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Open Thread For June 26, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 26, 2017 24 Comments

Kushner, Trump, Russia, Loans, Deutsche Bank.  Emoluments. Not just for the President any more. Kushner got a $285 mill lifeline loan month before election.  So many conflicts-of-interest, so little time (to secure that credit line). Great reporting from WaPo. British PM Theresa May Cuts Deal With RWNJ Fringe Party To Stay In Office.  Homophobia and […]

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Open Thread For June 25, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 25, 2017 11 Comments

Joy Reid: Leave Nancy Pelosi Alone!  I agree with her. We’re gonna put that centrist asshole from Ohio in her spot? Hope not. The Business Of Compensating Victims:  Turns out it’s mostly a mom-and-pop operation. Interesting read from the NYTimes. Trumpcare Not Draconian Enough For the Koch Heads. When the history of our democracy’s demise […]

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Open Thread For June 24, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 24, 2017 19 Comments

Putin was Directly Involved In Electing Trump.  Simply one of the most important stories of this or any other year. Read it, even if it means subscribing. In fact, you should subscribe. As the Washington Post’s masthead reads, “Democracy Dies In Darkness”. But the Trump Administration Isn’t Concerned, Even If Intelligence Agencies Are.  It doesn’t help that […]

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People who support John Carney in this Primary are helping Ken Simpler Win

Filed in National by on June 23, 2017 17 Comments
People who support John Carney in this Primary are helping Ken Simpler Win

You dolts are playing into Ken Simpler’s hands. He wants you to support Carney and fight a damaging primary so that Dems are divided and angry when the general election gets here. Carney is a vanity candidate that stands for nothing other that fucking up the rightful nominees chances. Get a clue you unrealistic Carney zealots! Ken Simpler is the real opponent.

(Ed Note: I’m just gearing up and getting ready of the inevitable, substance-less arguments that will be a daily (hourly?, 5-minutely?) feature of this blog’s comments section when Carney faces a primary for his vaguely right of center, but otherwise feckless first term. The names will change, Carney’s name will change position, but the arguments are evergreen.)

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Wilmington Rally to Fund Our Schools

Filed in National by on June 23, 2017 4 Comments

Right now the State of Delaware’s budget is facing a ~$350 million shortfall, and our schools are facing huge cuts. In addition to education, critical programs are facing cuts throughout Delaware, including health, social services, and the arts. We need to raise the funds necessary to avoid deep cuts that cost us all later. Come […]

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ACA replacement monstrosity will pass because – fuck it

Filed in National by on June 23, 2017 12 Comments
ACA replacement monstrosity will pass because – fuck it

Republicans fear their base, (and primary challenges from the right) a lot more than they fear losing to Democrats (scoff) in general elections. They also feel (rightly) that they were elected to fuck shit up. Fucking shit up is not a bug, it is a feature of GOP governance.

So yes… this monstrosity should kill them but it will only make them stronger.

You can read a longer version of this lament here if you are into that sort of thing.

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Open Thread For June 23, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 23, 2017 12 Comments

Yes, Vote Totals May Well Have Been Altered Due To Russian Interference. Besides, it’s written by Charles Pierce, so it’s a great read. But, it’s an essential read. A rare excerpt: We are creeping ever closer to actual evidence that there was Russian ratfcking of the vote totals in the last election. Not long ago, […]

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Open Thread For June 22, 2017

Filed in National by on June 22, 2017 22 Comments

Could Abortion Language Deep-Six Trumpcare?  Only the Parliamentarian knows for sure. But, it’s quite possible. Yes, Trump Asked Key Intel Figures To Deny Collusion Charges.  Will it matter in an oligarchy? Pelosi Thrown Under Bus. Let me just state what I think should be obvious: Should Pelosi fall on her sword, the Rethugs will just […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., June 22, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 22, 2017 3 Comments

What a shock. Liquor store owners, beer distributors and the like flooded Legislative Hall yesterday to rail against tax hikes, specifically sin tax hikes.  As might be expected, the wavering quaverers, or are they quavering waverers, were ready to fold at the first hint of special interest anger. Led, of course, by Bryon Short: Rep. […]

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Open Thread For June 21, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 21, 2017 22 Comments

Delaware Correctional Officers To Finally Get Pay Raise:  Minner/Carney kicked the can down the road back in 2005, Markell punted the can as far as he could. Leading to an inevitable tragedy.  Might I point out that state employees have been treated with the same lack of regard as the correctional officers by disdainful governors? […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 21, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 21, 2017 16 Comments

Let’s talk Coastal Zone, shall we?  HB 190 (Osienski), The Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act, passed the House by a 34-7 vote.  There were several amendments adopted in the House, and I think they made the bill more palatable.  Here are the substantive amendments that were adopted. HA1, which adds reporting requirements from DEDO and […]

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., June 20, 2017

Filed in Delaware by on June 20, 2017 12 Comments

First some rare good news.  The committee that tracks Delaware’s revenue (DEFAC) has upped its prediction by $27 million.  Meaning that balancing the budget just got a little bit easier.  Of course, with a projected $400 million deficit, the General Assembly’s work is hardly complete. But every $27 mill helps. That might be the end […]

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Open Thread For June 20, 2017

Filed in National by on June 20, 2017 18 Comments

Has Mike Flynn Been Flipped?  Signs point to a strong maybe. How Rethugs Revealed Your Personal Info:  Data Mining and Russian Bots.  This is democracy? Dems Find Challenger For Sen. Dean Heller: Rep. Jackie Rosen, recruited by Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer. A Horrible Supreme Court Ruling. Government officials can’t be sued for abusive treatment.  […]

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Kushner fired by his lawyer

Filed in National by on June 20, 2017 0 Comments
Kushner fired by his lawyer

As you may recall, the popular vote loser appointed his son-in-law to settle the Israel/Palestinian conflict and to solve the opioid crisis. He is going to do all of that while getting a new legal team, having been fired by his current lawyers.

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Open Thread For June 19, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 19, 2017 28 Comments

Over 1100 Animals Adopted At Bellevue.  Best wishes to all the adopters and adopted.  What an incredible job by the Brandywine Valley SPCA.  There may not be a cooler event in Delaware all year. How Trump Used Digital Disinformation (And Russian Bots?) To Win the Election. It could all come tumbling down. Ever heard of […]

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Republican scumbags acting scummy

Filed in National by on June 18, 2017 1 Comment

As much as I don’t like “centrists” Democrats, it is important to keep in mind that many of them are decent folks who earnestly want the best for the country. They are just wildly wrong about how to get there. Republicans, on other hand are loathsome scumbags who are not bound by any sense of decency.

The television spot (attacking Ossoff), which was produced by the Principled PAC, shows House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) on a stretcher after the shooting, along with the sound of gunshots.

“The unhinged left is endorsing and applauding shooting Republicans,” the ad’s narrator says.

“When will it stop? It won’t if Jon Ossoff wins on Tuesday,” the narrator continues.
The spot then shows several images and videos including one of comedian Kathy Griffin holding a fake severed head that looks like President Trump, as well as a letter that reads “Resist the Facist takeover. String up the collaborators.”
The ad then claims “these same leftists are all for Ossoff, and if he wins, they win.”

“Stop Jon Ossoff. Stop Nancy Pelosi. Vote Karen Handel for Congress,” the narrators concludes.

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Racist, Sexist Idiot is an Idiot

Filed in National by on June 18, 2017 2 Comments
Racist, Sexist Idiot is an Idiot

Sheesh.

Dewey Beach Police and employees of the Town of Dewey Beach, in the form of a letter signed by multiple police officers, have accused Town Manager Marc Applebaum of sexual harassment towards female employees, abusive conduct towards all employees, suggestive drug use, racial discrimination, interfering with law enforcement, jeopardizing public safety, interfering with the office of building inspection, and dishonest dealings.

The letter, attached below, alleges Applebaum would frequently wear pajama bottoms into the office without underwear underneath to show off his erect penis to female employees, and on one occasion was caught doing so by a male employee where he shouted “get out, shut the door.”

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Open Thread For June 18, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 18, 2017 6 Comments

Russia Does Trump A Solid. Renews expiring Trump trademarks. On Election Day. Meaning Trump has at least something to do with Russia. Civil Rights Commission Launches Probe Into Trump/Sessions Evisceration of Protections.  Who knew that naming an Alabama racist as Attorney General would lead to this? (Hey, if somebody wants to challenge me on this, […]

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Comment Rescue – Bernie Sanders

Filed in National by on June 17, 2017 2 Comments
Comment Rescue – Bernie Sanders

In 2016, the Democratic Party lost the presidency to possibly the least popular candidate in American history. In recent years, Democrats have also lost the Senate and House to right-wing Republicans whose extremist agenda is far removed from where most Americans are politically. If these results are not a clear manifestation of a failed political […]

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The GOP paraphrased: “If you are poor, just fucking die already”

Filed in National by on June 17, 2017 5 Comments
The GOP paraphrased: “If you are poor, just fucking die already”

Atrios is sure right about this: The London apartment tower fire was a council (public) housing tower in a rich (and getting richer) part of London. Rich councils have been pushing out such things in various ways, both to get rid of the icky poors and to make real estate developers rich. They put some […]

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Open Thread For June 17, 2017

Filed in Featured, National by on June 17, 2017 10 Comments

Rhode Island Teacher of the Year Has Photo Taken With Trump.  And what a photo it is.  You have to check this out. The Witch Hunt Is Due to Trump’s Deputy Attorney General.  Or so Trump says. He’s gonna try to get Rosenstein fired to get someone in there who will agree to fire Mueller.  […]

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WHYY Featuring Delaware’s foremost expert on Leg Hall machinations

Filed in National by on June 17, 2017 3 Comments

Carney gets a charitable “D” as Professor El Somnabulo breaks it all down on local TV.

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Open Thread For June 16, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on June 16, 2017 14 Comments

D’s Give Delaware’s Wealthiest Another Break.  Yep, those who inherited obscene wealth will now be able to keep all of it in the (DuPont) family.  Although not on the Senate Agenda, both the corporate tax increase and repeal of the estate tax passed the Senate and heads to the Governor.  The Estate Tax repeal says […]

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A year later, and no Min Wage cataclysm

Filed in National by on June 15, 2017 10 Comments

Crazy moron fears are, as usual, unfounded. More than a year after a new minimum wage took effect in Seattle–$12.50 an hour now for small employers, increasing to $15 an hour by January 2018–prices at most stores haven’t gone up. Before the minimum wage law took effect, most retailers said they would have to charge […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., June 15, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 15, 2017 37 Comments

The D’s have unveiled their proposed income tax increases and, while it doesn’t go as far as I’d like, I see it as progress. The proposal would create a new top rate of 6.95% for those earning over $150,000 a year.  From the News-Journal article, here is how the current rates would be changed if […]

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