Archive for January, 2012

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Filed in National by on January 26, 2012 12 Comments

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 […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., Jan. 26, 2012

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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 […]

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Today is Budget Day

Filed in Delaware by on January 26, 2012 2 Comments

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 […]

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Miss Manners Would Be Appalled At Jan Brewer’s Classless Behavior

Filed in National by on January 26, 2012 95 Comments
Miss Manners Would Be Appalled At Jan Brewer’s Classless Behavior

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 , […]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [1.26.12]

Filed in Delaware by on January 26, 2012 4 Comments
Thursday Daily Delawhere [1.26.12]

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Wednesday Open Thread [1.25.12]

Filed in Open Thread by on January 25, 2012 13 Comments

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.

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., Jan. 25, 2012

Filed in National by on January 25, 2012 14 Comments

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 […]

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Gabby Giffords Last Night

Filed in National by on January 25, 2012 0 Comments

She is resigning this week from Congress, so this is perhaps the last time we will see her at a State of the Union. She says she will return after she focuses on her recovery, but you never know. Knowing that, these scenes were very emotional:

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George Romney And Saul Alinsky – Not Kidding

Filed in National by on January 25, 2012 8 Comments

When slum organizer Saul Alinsky, with the West Side Organization’s militant Negroes and clerics, wanted to meet with the white Detroit rulers, Romney indirectly arranged the meeting, and attended. That’s not all….

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [1.25.12]

Filed in Delaware by on January 25, 2012 4 Comments
Wednesday Daily Delawhere [1.25.12]

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My Reaction

Filed in National by on January 24, 2012 33 Comments

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.

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Change Happened

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But there is more to do.

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State of the Union Live Blog

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State of the Union Live Blog

We will be live blogging the State of the Union. Where do you join the Live Blog? Come inside and find out….

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Breaking News: It’s Official! Bryan Townsend Files to Challenge Tony DeLuca in Primary

Filed in National by on January 24, 2012 39 Comments

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.

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Tuesday Open Thread [1.24.12]

Filed in Open Thread by on January 24, 2012 1 Comment
Tuesday Open Thread [1.24.12]

We got a new poll out of Florida that shows Gingrich up 5. Meanwhile, Republican leaning Rasmussen has President Obama leads Mittens by 2 and Gingrich by 9. We also have an update on the Florida ad war, if you can stomach watching it.

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“It’s Not My Job.”

Filed in National by on January 24, 2012 40 Comments

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.

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Mitt Romney And Self-Deportation

Filed in National by on January 24, 2012 11 Comments
Mitt Romney And Self-Deportation

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.

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SOTU — Put Your Pundit Hat On

Filed in National by on January 24, 2012 23 Comments

This evening, President Obama goes to the House and delivers his State of the Union Address, and address that is widely advertised as either a bookend to the Osawatomie speech from last month, or an extension of it.

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‘Bulo on Al’s Show Today-Tues. Jan. 24, from 10-12

Filed in Delaware by on January 24, 2012 0 Comments

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…

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Tues., Jan. 24, 2012

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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’.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [1.24.12]

Filed in Delaware by on January 24, 2012 2 Comments
Tuesday Daily Delawhere [1.24.12]

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ANOTHER Republican Debate Open Thread

Filed in National by on January 23, 2012 47 Comments

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.

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About That “Food Stamp President” Thing…

Filed in National by on January 23, 2012 8 Comments

The new thing in GOPland is calling President Obama the “Food Stamp President.” But is it true? No, as with all things, more people were on food stamps under Bush.

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Monday Open Thread [1.23.12]

Filed in Open Thread by on January 23, 2012 14 Comments
Monday Open Thread [1.23.12]

I’m busy at work today, so I was only able to find two polls on Florida and not much else. Gingrich is leading in both, and PPP teases that Romney and Gingrich are neck and neck.

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Markell Raises an Impressive $1.4 Million

Filed in Delaware by on January 23, 2012 6 Comments

and Charlie Copeland is either bitter or jealous enough to throw his own Republican gubernatorial candidate under the bus..

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.

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