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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [3.3.15]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [3.3.15]

The University of Delaware’s Performing Arts Campus in the snow, by the Flying Inn on Flickr.

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Monday Open Thread [3.2.15]

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Monday Open Thread [3.2.15]

Now this is what I call Karma, from Talking Points Memo:

Former Arizona county sheriff Richard Mack, a fierce opponent of Obamacare and a leader in the “constitutional sheriff” movement, is struggling to pay his medical bills after he and his wife each faced serious illnesses. The former sheriff and his wife do not have health insurance and started a GoFundMe campaign to solicit donations from family and friends to cover the costs of their medical care.

“Because they are self-employed, they have no medical insurance and are in desperate need of our assistance,” reads a note on Mack’s personal website.

Mack, the founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, suffered a heart attack in January and is in recovery. His wife fell ill late last year. Mack is on the board of Oath Keepers, a right-wing fringe group made up of police and military veterans, and is known for supporting Cliven Bundy in his standoff against the federal government. He is also an ardent opponent of Obamacare.

Pssst… buddy… come here… hey, I got a secret for ya…. there is this new government program that can help you out…

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Breaking News: UD’s Harker Gets Out While the Gettin’s Good.

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Breaking News: UD’s Harker Gets Out While the Gettin’s Good.

Going to…the Philly Fed.  Guess someone else will have to address campus diversity.

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Budget and Services Cuts Detailed in Christina School District

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Budget and Services Cuts Detailed in Christina School District

In response to last week’s defeat of the two options open to voters in the Christina School District for raising revenue, officials in the Christina School District released a list of immediate actions they are taking to deal with the looming budget shortfall that required the referendum in the first place.

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Not Gonna Do It

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Not Gonna Do It

Governor Jack Markell just did his best impression of Dana Carvey’s impression of the elder President Bush. He said “not gonna do it.” Well, actually he said “not going to happen.” But my way is better. The ‘it’ is the legalization of marijuana while he serves as Governor.

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The Vote Tracker for March 2, 2015

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The Vote Tracker for March 2, 2015

The General Assembly has been out on recess for most of this month to allow for budget hearings and the like. In the next two weeks, action will be ramping back up in Dover. And that includes Rep. Earl Jaques reintroducing his legislation from last session allowing for no-excuse absentee voting.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [3.2.15]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [3.2.15]

Pierce du Pont House in Winter, by the Flying Inn, on Flickr.

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Reverend Kilroy Delivers A Sunday Sermon

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Reverend Kilroy Delivers A Sunday Sermon

Last week my phone started ringing and emails/texts poured in. Almost everyone began with: “Have you heard?” Why no, no I hadn’t heard. Today Kilroy puts up a post addressing what’s going on. Go read the post.

Those who sit at the right and left hand of the Red Clay God (Merv) better take a hard look in the mirror. Though school superintendents make many request for school board approval it is the school board who makes the final approval with no veto power on the super’s part. In the big picture the super’s failures are the board’s failures. [...]

I am dishearten to hear (rumor of course) some board members want to throw Merv overboard midstream (before the end of his contract). Those who think Merv may be the problem are just as much the problem.

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Weekend Open Thread [3.1.15]

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Weekend Open Thread [3.1.15]

So it would seem that, in order to get Democratic votes to extend funding of the Department of Homeland Security for another week, Speaker John Boehner had to promise that a vote would be held on a clean bill to fund the department for the rest of the year during this coming week. He is denying it now, but the proof is in the pudding, and if a clean vote happens next week, Politico reports many of Boehner’s allies “are concerned [...] that his critics inside the Republican Conference may try to oust him as speaker if — as expected — he puts a long-term DHS funding bill on the House floor next week. While Boehner shrugs off such speculation, close friends believe such a move is a real possibility.” Said one GOP lawmaker close to Boehner: “There is a lot of speculation about this. People are watching for this very, very closely.”

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [3.1.15]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [3.1.15]

Wilmington, by Steve Ives, on Flickr.

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The Weekly Addresses

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In President Obama’s weekly address, the President reiterated his commitment to ensuring that all hard-working Americans get the secure and dignified retirement they deserve.

In Governor Markell’s weekly message, he addresses ongoing efforts to support the supplier diversity community in Delaware at Star-Med in Hockessin.

This week the bipartisan House Small Business Caucus in the General Assembly took a field trip to Painted Stave Distilling in Smyrna to meet with representatives from Delaware’s vibrant craft beverage industry. I am sure they did some taste testing. Rep. Bryon Short, who co-chairs the small biz caucus with Rep. Danny Short, invited brewers, winemakers and distillers from all over the state to share their success stories, as well as suggest things state government could be doing to help their businesses grow and thrive. Since the law permitting farm wineries passed in 1991, and since the law permitting craft distilleries passed in 2012, Delaware’s great craft wine, beer and spirits community has grown to 18 businesses, with more coming next year.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [2.28.15]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [2.28.15]

Bellevue State Park by Abysal Guardian on Flickr.

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O’Donnell Surfaces Unnoticed at CPAC

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O’Donnell Surfaces Unnoticed at CPAC

From Dave Weigel, a native Delawarean in his own right, spotting Christine O’Donnell at CPAC. His words: “Sitting outside a sports bar at CPAC, totally unnoticed: Christine O’Donnell.” Well, at least she is talking to someone.

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Friday Open Thread [2.27.15]

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Friday Open Thread [2.27.15]

Kudos to Former Texas Governor Rick Perry. Yes, I just said that. Why?

“These are Americans. You are talking about, in the case of ISIS, people who are beheading individuals and committing heinous crimes, who are the face of evil. To try to make the relationship between them and the unions is inappropriate.” — Rick Perry, in an interview with NBC News, criticizing Scott Walker’s comparison of union protests with the Islamic State.

Scott Walker is an evil man and his political career must be destroyed at all costs. He is a slightly smarter Sarah Palin with male genitalia. Luckily, the polling boom has gone to his head, and he let some of the evil stupid contained within his brain to leak out. Eventually, he will be toxic to the general public. I mean, if even Rick Perry says you have gone too far, you are obviously off the road and in the forest.

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The Dress.

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The Dress.

It is all anyone is talking about today. And if they are not talking about that they are talking about escaping llamas, and if they are not talking about that, they are spoiling the first couple of episodes of House of Cards, which dropped its full season on Netflix at 3 am this morning (yes, I woke up at 4:22 am and have already watched one episode in bed on my phone and no I don’t have a problem).

Anyway, the dress.

What colors are this dress?

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Friday Daily Delawhere [2.27.15]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [2.27.15]

H. Fletcher Brown Park in Wilmington at night, by Steve Ives on Flickr.

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Thursday Open Thread [2.26.15]

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Thursday Open Thread [2.26.15]

The Senate is moving forward on a clean bill funding DHS until September, and though it’s not clear when that vote will happen, we know that House Republican leadership plans, at the very least, to let things go down to the wire. For some House Republicans, after all, a DHS shutdown is not such a big deal.

First Read: “With the Senate easily advancing a ‘clean’ bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, the ball is now in House Speaker Boehner’s court. And the timing couldn’t be more problematic for him: The conservatives assembling at CPAC probably aren’t going to appreciate House Republicans caving in their fight against the Obama administration. It’s déjà vu for Boehner: He’s caught between trying to help his caucus out of tricky situations, and looking over his shoulder for conservatives who want his head on a platter if he caves to Democrats. What we haven’t been able to understand: Why haven’t Boehner and Republicans been able to make their success (so far) in the courts against Obama’s executive action an asset here?”

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Science Takes On A Zombie Outbreak

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Science Takes On A Zombie Outbreak

Given my and DelawareDem’s love of The Walking Dead, I had to post this. This is for you, DD!

A team of Cornell University researchers has determined the best place to hide during a zombie apocalypse.

A graduate statistical mechanics class was inspired by a reading of “World War Z,” a fictional oral history of a zombie war, and decided to explore what might happen in an actual zombie outbreak, reported Phys.org.

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He said most films or books assume that a zombie outbreak would affect all areas at the same time, leaving a small pocket of survivors after a few months.

“But in our attempt to model zombies somewhat realistically, it doesn’t seem like this is how it would actually go down,” Alemi said.

Cities would fall quickly, the researchers found, but it would take weeks or even months for zombies to penetrate less densely populated areas.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [2.26.15]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [2.26.15]

Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk in black and white, by Bob Mical on Flickr.

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Wednesday Open Thread [2.25.15]

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Wednesday Open Thread [2.25.15]

Nevada State Assemblywoman and Cliven Bundy supporter Michele Fiore (R) said:

If you have cancer, which I believe is a fungus, and we can put a pic line into your body and we’re flushing with, say, salt water, sodium cardonate ([sic] through that line and flushing out the fungus. These are some procedures that are not FDA-approved in America that are very inexpensive, cost-effective.

Who knew that cancer is like athlete’s foot? Idaho State Rep. Vito Barbieri (R) thinks the throat and stomach are connected to the vagina and uterus. Wrong hole, sir. But there is a sign of hope. In Wyoming, state Rep. Harlan Edmonds (R) was kicked out of a House Labor, Health and Social Services meeting after proposing an amendment to a bill protecting gay and transgender people from discrimination that would make it effective when “hell freezes over,” instead of the date of July 1.

“Many longtime observers said that while some members of the public have been tossed from committees, this was the first time they’d seen a lawmaker removed from a meeting.”

Good for the Republicans in Wyoming for showing a bigot the door.

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Constitutional Absolutists

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Constitutional Absolutists

Only 30% of Republicans oppose making Christianity the national religion. Let that sink in for a second.

The poll found that 57 percent of Republicans “support establishing Christianity as the national religion” while 30 percent are opposed. Another 13 percent said they were not sure.

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Even with Tom Carper, Keystone backers fall short for veto override

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Even with Tom Carper, Keystone backers fall short for veto override

Carper’s office has not yet released a statement, but his ardor for the Keystone tar-sands oil pipeline is well known, making his a target for Republicans seeking to override yesterday’s presidential veto.

Andy yet, there is does not appear to be much upside for Carper if he votes, once again, for this ecological cluster-fuck.

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Yes Red Clay. No Christina. So What’s Next?

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Yes Red Clay.  No Christina.   So What’s Next?

Residents in the Red Clay School District approved a measure that would raise taxes .35 cents per $100 of assessed property value over three years to cover increased operating expenses in their budget and provide for improvements in technology, curriculum and student services (the actual cost to the average homeowner in Red Clay once the measure is fully phased in would be $280 per year).

Residents in the Christina School District had two options to chose from, and they said no to both. The first option was a bare bones measure to just “keep the lights on,” and it would have raised taxes .65 cents per $100 of assessed property value phased in over three years. Only 26% of Christina residents voted yes to that. The second option would have raised taxes an additional .40 cents per $100 of assessed property value phased in over four years (so a total of $1.05 per $100), with the additional funds to pay for improvements in technology, arts, and early childhood learning. Only 22% voted yes.

So what’s next?

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [2.25.15]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [2.25.15]

Dover Air Force Base, in snow, by Stuart Rankin on Flickr.

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Why does Christine O’Donnell Still have Campaign Aides?

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Why does Christine O’Donnell Still have Campaign Aides?

Is she running for something? Or is she just keeping up appearances so she can continue to mooch off donations? Either way, one of the aides resigned last month, probably because he was being sued as a result of his service to the deity that is O’Donnell.

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