Archive for June, 2009

Celia Cohen spotted in the Press Room

Filed in National by on June 30, 2009 9 Comments

She is obviously trespassing. Arrest her.

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The Hypocrisy of Sin Taxes?

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Per Unstable Isotope, Sen. Bonini says it’s hypocritical to tell people not to smoke yet raise money by taxes. He misses the point. I shall relay a scene from the West Wing. CJ Craig, the White House press secretary is talking to an undersecretary of state on Air Force One about free trade with China. […]

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Crazy People in the Attic – Liveblogging the Senate

Filed in Delaware by on June 30, 2009 9 Comments

We’re here! Liberalgeek and I are sitting in the balcony of the Senate. Right now they are voting on some appointments – boring so far. So when they nominate someone, why do they have to read out the whole name and address, including ZIP code? So far we’ve appointed some people, supported getting some grants […]

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Live Blogging the House – Vol. 3

Filed in Delaware by on June 30, 2009 3 Comments

Liberalgeek and I are now listening to the debate on HB 290, the budget bill. Right now they are praising the hard work of putting together the budget. OMB Visalli testifying. Rep. Marshall: why not 2.5% cut for judges? Case law says that judges are exempt by law, based on DE Constitution. Why no cut […]

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RAM is back!

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Per many observers in the House, former Governor Ruth Ann Minner is on the floor of the House. Why is she there? Surveying the cleanup efforts of the disaster she left behind?

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Late Night Video

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A video about the high costs of universal fire care from HAARM.org, Healthy Americans Against Reforming Medicine.

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Update: False Retaliation

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UPDATE 2: Sen. Sokola states that Rep. Kowalko’s VCCB bill WILL be on the Senate agenda, per Matthews. Two ways to read this little boomlet: 1) Rumors were true, and publication of them forced Governor’s office and the Senate leadership to backtrack, or 2) Rumors were not true to begin with. UPDATE: The Governor’s office […]

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Tell Tom Carper to Support the Public Option

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We have a little over a month to apply pressure to Senator Carper to support public option health care. (302) 573-6291 Put this number in your cell phone or your wallet or purse. Call it on your lunch break tomorrow. Ask his staff (or leave a message asking) if Senator Carper supports offering public option […]

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The Tweets

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Click on the following for the latest tweets from the local tweeters inside Legislative Hall” Liberal Geek Unstable Isotope DWABlog DEPolitics (not the new Anderson-led, formerly Burris-led group blog of the same name, I foresee lawsuits). DEHouseMinority

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Live-Blogging the House-Vol. 2

Filed in Delaware by on June 30, 2009 2 Comments

Anyone wishing to catch up with El Somnambulo’s timeless prose from earlier today can link here. When the House recessed for an arm-twisting session around 5:30, ‘bulo doubted that it would eventually turn into the dinner break. Apparently, ‘Bulo was wrong, not for the first time today, nor certainly for the last time tonight. Clearly, […]

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Live-Blogging the House With All the Comforts of Home

Filed in Delaware by on June 30, 2009 8 Comments

Making all the final preparations. Lessee… Bottle of Chenin Blanc/Viognier nicely chilled? Check. Cheese platter to allay that pre-dinner break hunger? Check.  Law & Order reruns on the tube for those anticipated down-times? Check. Dogs fed? Oops, better feed the dogs…Check. OK, here’s how the final day usually works. Once the House goes in, they […]

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The only Republican MILF there is and she just wont go away

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If you must know all things Palin here is yet another Whacko from Wasilla piece. This time done by Vanity Fair. If this doesn’t grab you then continue on to a post of a can of beans or something… Just where that storm may be heading is one of the most intriguing issues in American […]

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BREAKING: Al Franken Declared Winner

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The Minnesota Supreme Court has declared Al Franken the winner of the protracted (by sore loser Norm Coleman) Senate race. Given that Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has stated that he will sign the election certificate in such an eventuality, Al Franken could be seated in the Senate this afternoon or tomorrow. UPDATE: Here is the […]

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End of the 2Q Fundraising

Filed in Delaware by on June 30, 2009 5 Comments

Today, June 30, is the end of the 2nd quarter and the last day to give for donations to appear in the 2Q fundraising reports (federal candidates). I know it’s not an election year, but fundraising reports, especially in the early race are used as a gauge of strength of a candidate. There are two […]

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State of Delaware/Walgreen’s: Can This Marriage Be Saved?

Filed in Delaware by on June 30, 2009 11 Comments

It can and it should. In fact, there is no earthly reason why this war of words should have escalated this far. First, allow the Beast Who Slumbers to stipulate that he does have a dog in this fight as he is close to several people who work for Walgreen’s. Not at the corporate level, […]

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QOD

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During my long drives to work I have time to think about things because I don’t have my Sirius satellite and have to listen to regular radio and all the f’ing commercials. NPR however is the bomb I must say, even when the play David Frum editorials and don’t mention he was Bush’s speechwriter. That […]

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Donviti honest thought for the day

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Look, I know that Obama said what he said about DOMA. I also know that he has been President for about 6 months now. He has had to deal with a few wars, a collapsing economy and a few other things I can’t seem to think of as if those two were enough. Now, we […]

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What to Expect From Delaware Liberal Tonight

Filed in Delaware by on June 30, 2009 7 Comments

This is the last day of the legislative session in Dover.  Unstable Isotope and I (at a minimum) will be in attendance and passing along reports.  Many of our reports will be available via Twitter (@liberalgeek and @UnstableIsotope), Nemski and DelawareDem will be monitoring the tweets.  El Somnambulo will be listening to the audio stream […]

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Health Care Monopolies

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The next time you hear the anti-reform forces talking about competition, think of this report. But the notion that most American consumers enjoy anything like a competitive marketplace for health care is flatly false. And a study issued last month by a pro-reform group makes that strikingly clear. The report, released by Health Care for […]

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WTF Jack ?

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The “companies” that I think can afford revenue increases in these terrible economic times are the richest 1500 incorporated in De. (minimal stock-asset value of $660 million). An additional $5,000 per year increase in the franchise tax cap would produce nearly double the revenue in FY10 that the alcohol tax would with no job losses. […]

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Iraq Sovereignty Day

Filed in International by on June 30, 2009 4 Comments

This is a day a lot of people have been waiting for: U.S. troops are beginning a pull-out of Iraq. Iraqi forces assume formal control of Baghdad and other cities on Tuesday after American troops hand over security in urban areas in a defining step toward ending the U.S. combat role in the country. Fireworks, […]

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Happy Half Way Day

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Half way through the year. Already we have had record Unemployment, record bank closings, record lows in the DOW, record foreclosures, record interest rates, record Executive pay, record (fill in the blank) and we still have six more months to go. Personally I think that this coming Christmas Holiday Season is going to be absolutely […]

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Late Night Oddity: Billy Mays

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As much as I laughed at his TV pitchman persona, this commercial shows him to be a true professional.

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WTF John?

Filed in National by on June 29, 2009 42 Comments

8:23-HB 212, raises tax on beer 2 cents a can, 15-cent increase on wine, increase on spirits as well, expected to raise over $4 mill this year. (snip) Roll call: Once again, the Rethugs are getting a complete pass. Hard to believe that the D’s are letting them get away with this. Presumably, once again, […]

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House Working Revenue Bills Now

Filed in National by on June 29, 2009 9 Comments

8:15 pm-They unanimously passed HB 268 creating a tax amnesty program that is projected to raise $10 mill w/o raising taxes. More as it breaks. 8:20-HB 21o, raising the licensing fees on establishments serving alcohol, being voted on now. Lotsa Rethugs voting no. Cathcart changes from ‘no’ to ‘yes’, enabling the bill to pass, 25-16(3/5 […]

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