Archive for March, 2010

HB194 Not Being Worked Thursday

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Just saw this in my email about this bill that would authorize two more casinos.

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Affordable Care Act Survives Its First Challenge

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In case you missed it yesterday, the ACA survived the first of what will undoubtedly be many attempts to nip at the edges of its authority.  The issue at hand this time was the provision that insurers would be prohibited from denying to coverage to children with pre-existing conditions. The goal and spirit of the law […]

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Good Times… Good Times

Filed in Delaware by on March 31, 2010 13 Comments

I just went back to take a look at the old DL endorsement post from October 2008.  I stated that DL did not endorse in the Insurance Commissioner race in one of the threads today.  This is true.  It is interesting looking at the comments that this non-endorsement generated.

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Is Eric Bodenweiser Sussex County’s Joan of Arc or Another False Prophet?

Filed in Delaware by on March 31, 2010 38 Comments

Eric Bodenweiser, one of the founders of the now-defunct Sussex County Community Organized Regiment (SKKKOR) is on a mission to save the 14th RD, and by doing that, saving Sussex County.  He has House Majority Leader Pete Schwartzkopf (D-Rehoboth Beach) in his figurative gun sight (knowing how off-balanced Bodie is, it might be literally, too).  […]

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Ron Williams States His Problem With Bloggers And Then Proceeds To Use Their Work

Filed in Delaware by on March 31, 2010 27 Comments

On today’s opinion page of the News Journal Ron Williams makes several points. 1.  He really doesn’t like bloggers, especially anonymous bloggers 2.  Bloggers that use to be journalists are sorta okay, but, in general, he doesn’t like bloggers. 3.  Having got that off his chest he then proceeds to write an article about a […]

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Wednesday Open Thread

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Wednesday Open Thread

It’s Wednesday and it’s time for an open thread. Do you have any burning thoughts you want to share with the rest of us? Put your thoughts, non sequitors and links below. This thread is open! There’s not too much I can add to this story of a Hutaree wedding: Isn’t it romantic? Weddings always […]

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Legislative Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show-Wed., March 31

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“Idle hands are the Devil’s playground.” Prof. Harold Hill- “The Music Man” No doubt this is a biblical reference as well, a book I’ve been meaning to read for some time now. I use it here b/c we’re starting to see well-meaning, but dangerous, legislation starting to surface, most concerning additional charges for existing crimes. […]

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John Kerry Boosts Chris Coons

Filed in Delaware, National by on March 31, 2010 11 Comments

I think we’ve all been a little disappointed since Chris Coons announced his Senate run but hasn’t been very visible. There’s some increasing evidence that his campaign is starting the ramp up, and he just got a big boost from John Kerry. John Kerry’s PAC announced his “Final Four,” four Senate seats that he says […]

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WDEL’s Interviews on DE Insurance Commissioner Story

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The podcast of yesterday’s WDEL interviews can be found on the Podcast page. I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet, but though it important enough to get out to you folks. Here is the link to the mp3.

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He Knows Why The Caged Bird Sings

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I think I know how Glenn Beck chooses his guest hosts. Beck picks someone more nutty than he is so that he sounds sane by comparison. Case in point, guest host Doc Thompson: On Glenn Beck’s radio show this morning, guest-host Doc Thompson explained his belief that he, as a white person, is a victim […]

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Ed Osbourne Wins an Award

Filed in Delaware by on March 30, 2010 2 Comments

This is from the good news/bad news file. Local political activist and fabulous auto mechanic, Ed Osbourne has won a Sammie Award for being a Modern Day Sam Adams. That’s the good news.

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Tuesday Open Thread

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Welcome to Tuesday on another dreary day. I keep hearing rumors that the end of the week will be nice and sunny. Bring it on! What’s on your mind today? Share it in our daily open thread. I’m not so sure that Republican donors should be that outraged at the RNC’s expenses. Scamming their followers […]

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Can I Get an Oh My!

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No Delaware public figure generates more angry letters to the Delaware Liberal tip line more than Insurance Commissioner,  Karen Weldin Stewart.  We have probably received more than 50 of them about her since she was sworn in a little over a year ago.  Most are rants of unsubstantiated rumors and vague assurances that her house […]

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A Blog That Combines Literature And Politics

Filed in Delaware by on March 30, 2010 4 Comments

Correct grammar, rich language and content? What’s the blogging world coming to? Broken Turtle Literature and Politics from a microcosm called Delaware. Here all the multifaceted players across the great capitalist contradiction are reduced to a few actors: a handful of banking and chemical oligarchs squatting in châteaux, a stable of artists downwind who either […]

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Morning Funny — New RNC Logo

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Morning Funny — New RNC Logo

Courtesy of the indispensable Crooks and Liars (via the Delawareliberal twitter feed):

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Legislative Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Tues., March 30

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Better late than never. No, no, not the post-game show from last Thursday’s session, but House Resolution 38, introduced and passed Thursday (March 25), “PROCLAIMING FEBRUARY 21-27, 2010 AS FOOD CHECK-OUT WEEK IN DELAWARE.” Memo to Rep. Pam Thornburg: If you’re gonna do a resolution like this, it might be more effective to do it […]

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A Little Perspective, Please

Filed in International by on March 30, 2010 5 Comments

I don’t know how closely you’ve been following the developments in the pedophilia scandal surrounding the Catholic Church lately. He’s facing charges that he not only ignored the problem, but also personally intervened to stop the canonical trial of a Wisconsin priest accused of molesting 200 deaf boys. Obviously the pope is under a lot […]

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DE GOP is on the comeback trail?

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Apparently not if the new voter registration numbers are to be believed. As with the registration figures during the 2006 and 2008 election cycles, the Democratic Party enjoys not only increasing number of state citizens, but also an increasing disparity between itself and the supposedly reinvigorated DE GOP.

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So This Is What They Meant by Bipartisan

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We all know that Republicans have been going on about how much they want to work in a bipartisan way with Democrats, but we always figured they were doing it with their fingers crossed behind their backs. It turns out, though, that we were wrong — Republicans really do want bipartisanship. Yesterday, on FOX News […]

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Two More Casinos

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That is going to be the proposal from Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf in an amendment to House Bill 194 that he is filing today for debate on Thursday. This is the entirety of the Press Release from the Delaware House of Representatives House Majority Caucus:

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I’ve Just Met the New State Senator from the 5th District–I Think

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Some of you will recall that #2 on my list of Most Vulnerable Delaware Republicans is/was  State Sen. Cathy Cloutier. For those of you who missed my Magnum Opus on this race, or who just want to relive the snark, here is my analysis. That seat is far more vulnerable today as the Democrats have […]

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Monday Open Thread

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Welcome to a dreary Monday open thread. What can we do to brighten your day? Perhaps an open thread will work? For some reason, CBS invited lunatic Rep. Michele Bachmann on Face the Nation and she was as fact-free as ever. Bachmann, who is by most measures stark raving mad, didn’t disappoint. Given the national […]

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BREAKING NOW: Delaware Awarded Race To The Top Funding

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It’s just been announced – Delaware and Tennessee are the first awardees of the Department of Education’s “Race To The Top” Grant. Update: The New York Times has a story up now. There’s not much more detail on how much the grant is and what it’s going to be used for. Delaware and Tennessee beat […]

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GOP Donors Are Suckers

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If Republican donors were mad about the Palin family clothes grab on donor’s dimes, I wonder how they’ll feel about this: The Daily Caller examines the Republican National Committee’s FEC filings, and discovers a few things that are not likely to go over well with GOP donors. Such as: Once on the ground, FEC filings […]

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In Which We Find the Local GOP Bamboozling Again About Budget Discipline

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Today’s installment of GOP bamboozlement comes via the News Journal, where they are now trying to convince people that they want to constrain government spending. You should read the whole thing, but I’m not so sure who this convinces:

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