Archive for January, 2012
My guess is that it was a slow day in the Oklahoma State Senate. Why else would this rethuglican legislator introduce this bill? An Oklahoma Republican is pushing a bill to outlaw the use of human fetuses in food, because, as he says, “there is a potential that there are companies that are using aborted [...]
Wednesday’s session illuminated precisely why properly-functioning committees are essential to the legislative process. Or not, depending on the committee and/or your point of view. Here are arguments for either side: The House Education Committee tabled legislation that would raise the mandatory age of school attendance from 16 to 18 years of age. It doesn’t mean [...]
Today we find out Medicaid is to be “reformed?” Will it be reformed by punishing those who need it through the cutting of benefits? Or will it be reformed through the cutting of waste and costs. Governor Markell will release his recommended Fiscal Year 2013 Operating Budget and Capital Improvements Budget today at a press [...]
Jan Brewer obviously wasn’t raised right. “I asked him if he had read my book, ‘Scorpions for Breakfast.’ And he said that he read an excerpt and he didn’t think that I was very cordial,” Brewer said in the phone call to KFYI’s Mike Broomhead. “I said, ‘Well, we’ll just agree to disagree.’ And , [...]
From the files of “What Could Go Wrong:” Romney’s new debate coach is Brett O’Donnell, who had been working as a strategist for Michele Bachmann. Gingrich has raised $2 million since South Carolina. Which was only this past weekend, but for some reason feels like a lifetime ago now.
A pretty active day in Dover yesterday. The Senate passed legislation doing away with five agencies you never heard of. In addition to passing two City of Dover charter changes, the Senate also passed Colin Bonini’s annual ‘contribution’ to the legislative mix. That’s right. Recognizing Feb. 6 as ‘Ronald Reagan Day’ in Delaware. I got [...]
I enjoyed the multiple digs at Romney, whom the White House clearly thinks will still be the GOP nominee this fall. But the way he wrapped tax fairness as patriotic (and it really is, because the selfish greed of the 1% is not in any way patriotic), for the first time making the Democratic case that if you give tax cuts to the wealthy you have to take away a hell of a lot from everyone else, was brilliant.
Yes, it’s on! Bryan Townsend has filed the paperwork and paid the fees to run for the 11th Senatorial District seat currently held by President Pro-Tempore Anthony J. DeLuca.. Here you have a well-qualified enthusiastic candidate taking on the person who embodies the worst of the Delaware Way.
To John McCain’s credit, and Sarah Palin’s chagrin, John McCain did correct people in the audiences of his speeches and town halls who wrongly believed that the President was a Muslim. To someone like John McCain, where integrity, honor and truth seem to matter a great deal, I suppose not doing so, and allowing such malicious disinformation that is fostered on many corners of the right to grow, was a rubicon he could not cross.
Rick Santorum has no such trouble.
Romney was asked how he would reconcile his pledge that, as president, he wouldn’t order mass deportations of undocumented immigrants with his promise to crack down on illegal immigration. His answer: “self-deportation.” I guess they’ll just load up their SUV, strap the dog to the top, and go somewhere else.
Yep, 10 a.m. 1150-WDEL Newsradio on your AM dial. Al Mascitti and I will be talking Delaware politics and the goings-on in Dover. And El Somnambulo apparently has discovered a legit link between pro rasslin’ and…Rick Santorum! But he’s not talking. At least, not until 10 this morning…
Little of interest in the Senate today. There’s a bill from the Joint Sunset Committee eliminating some state agencies, boards, or committees that no longer serve a public purpose. Or perhaps never served a public purpose. Not that they’re the only ones…
There’s more action in the House today. Should be an interesting roll call on HB 222(Jaques), which would require the Department of Labor to ‘publish the names of employers who have violated the Workplace Fraud Act, by misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor or otherwise.’ Let’s see who favors screwing the little guy by claiming that an employee really isn’t an ‘employee’.
If you’re watching (NBC at 9pm)… this thread’s for you. Here are my thoughts:
Romney’s been talkin’ tough all day. Tonight he has to bring that trash talk to Newt – as he’s been promising to do all day. My first thought was that Newt would take Mitt’s attacks and shove them back down his throat, and then I thought… maybe not. Okay, hear me out. Mitt Romney absolutely stinks at attacks. His delivery is really, really bad. Perhaps Newt plays the “reasonable” guy staring in amazement at the bumbling lunatic.
Former state Sen. Charlie Copeland, one of the governor’s chief Republican critics, said Markell’s $1.4 million is more than enough to win a gubernatorial race in Delaware. “I think anytime he leaves the state, he’s having a fundraiser,” said Copeland, who is supporting [little known Brandywine business man Jeff] Cragg. “Why are all of these people out-of-state giving him this money he’s not going to need this year?”
I am suprised Charlie had to ask the question, but in so doing, he made a glaring admission.