Archive for February, 2012
“Rick should scat. Mitt Romney needs to be left alone to limp across the finish line, so he can devote his full time and attention to losing to President Obama.” — Maureen Dowd. The problem is Santorum is inconveniently leading in three of the 10 states up next Tuesday, which includes Ohio.
for truly wonderful blogging on the Red Clay Referendum over the past few weeks. She educated me and I think many others on an issue that needs more attention, and I hope she continues blogging about Red Clay and other educational issues.
Generally speaking, education is one of those issues that everyone says they care about but if you press them on it, no one knows a thing about the true troubles facing our educational systems nor do they have any ideas on what solutions are appropriate. It is only if you have “skin” in the game as a parent or teacher are you in any way knowledgeable about the issue, especially at a local district level. I am sure I just insulted someone there, but I only mean to see it is easy for people like me, who is not a teacher and not a parent, to have no idea what is going on at district level.
Delaware is blessed with wonderful and very knowledgeable education bloggers, John Young, Kilroy and Mike Matthews to name a few. We are lucky here at Delaware Liberal to have Pandora counted among them now.
This is why I called Tom Kovach a credible candidate in the mode of a Castle. He seems like a likeable guy, and that is because he does try to get everyone to like him. He charmed me at a Delaware Liberal Twin Lakes function a couple of years ago, and then appeared at a Tea Party rally as one of them. Kovach has a 49% approval rating and a 37% disapproval rating. That is good for a Republican in the State of Delaware actually running for something this year. How do they compare to John Carney’s numbers? I’m glad you asked.
This is a shocking turn of events. Senator Snowe, a supposed “moderate” Republican, was up for reelection this year, and she was facing her first primary challenge from the right in the form of Scott D’Amboise. Three Democrats were seeking the Democratic nomination: State Rep. Jon Hinck, state Sen. Cynthia Dill, former Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap and Portland home builder Ben Pollard. However, Maine’s two Democratic Representatives, Rep. Michael Michaud and Rep. Chellie Pingree. Former Rep. Tom Allen could also get in the race now. But if Chellie Pingree runs, I think she wins easily, both the nomination and in the fall.
Last night, the two unions representing the Wilmington Police Department and the Wilmington Fire Department sponsored a Mayoral Debate held at the Chase Center. Candidates Kelley, Johnson, Montgomery, Williams, Spencer and Bovell (!) attended, and Senator Marshall sat this one out again. This one was not open to the public, which accounts for the kind of topics covered. Much of the night’s focus was less on issues of public safety and alot more in union issues. Not much of a surprise, I guess, but there’s something quite corrective in being in a room full of police and firefighters where citizen safety was a topic addressed by just a couple of the candidates.
Remember to vote today in Red Clay.
Santorum looks good in Ohio and Tennessee, which have contests next week, on March 6. Romney looks good in Vermont and South Dakota. Meanwhile, the President is cruising in Pennsylvania and Vermont against both Republicans and is shockingly competitive in Tennessee of all places.
I have no idea how this will turn out. Here’s the basic info on who can vote and where you can vote. I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone for reading and commenting on my posts over the last several weeks. Your comments were interesting, thought provoking and informed! I learned a lot. Thanks!
As we embark on another primary day full of bitterness, anger and despair (hey, it’s a Republican primary after all), let’s check out some of the ads the various Republican campaigns and their associated Super PACs have been running. At the end, we have some ads from the good guys.
Today we have the Republican primaries in Arizona and Michigan. As I understand, Arizona is a closed primary for only registered Republicans, and Michigan is an open primary, which allows Republicans, Democrats and Independents to vote. Indeed, a la Rush Limbaugh in 2008, Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos has launched Operation Hilarity, pushing for Democrats and liberals in Michigan to vote for Rick Santorum. Hell, even Rick Santorum is encouraging Democrats to stick it to Mitt and vote for him today.
I must say, this one surprised me. But, I suppose Tom Wagner’s staff have a lot of free time on their hands, and they use it to read DL constantly. How else can you explain a 47% strong approval rating? His overall approval rating is 55%, as 8% just merely approve of Tom Wagner’s job performance as State Auditor, though not strongly. On the flip side, 34% strongly disapprove, while 9% just disapprove. 3% were undecided or unsure. At some time shortly in the future, I will rerun this poll again but I won’t announce it, and we will see if we get different results. It is easy to freep one poll, but harder to do so consistently.
Sorry this Open Thread is late — much going on today. Please be sure to see Pandora’s excellent blogging on the Red Clay mess and be sure to pass this info on to your friends and relatives who might live in Red Clay. She’s done an excellent job of turning over the rock that is Red Clay decision-making.
Everything I’ve written has all been leading up to tomorrow’s referendum. Info on where to vote can be found at The Friends of Red Clay (Red Clay’s SuperPac?) referendum site. For those that want to catch up or review, click inside for links to my past posts.
But an education post wouldn’t be complete without linking to Kilroy‘s post “Red Clay’s political bedfellows take a hand at pouring Kool-Aid – which points us to the News Journal’s editorial by Fred C. Sears II, president and CEO of the Delaware Community Foundation and Karen L. Morris, managing partner of Morris and Morris LLC.
Chip Flowers provokes strong opinions on both sides. 27% strongly disapprove of him. 24% strongly approve of him. Overall, Mr. Flowers has a 47% approval rating, and a 39% disapprove rating. 14% are undecided or are unsure. The primary between him and Velda Jones-Potter was acrimonious. And it looks like some are not able to give up those resentments. Because I can’t think of anything Chip has done in his job to cause some ratings. Perhaps our commenters will enlighten me.
Tonite the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents their awards for 2011 film achievements. If you are outside of this industry, the interest in the Oscars seems to be either, 1) Dishy — what they wore, who they were with, what they screwed up or 2) Snobby — mostly centered around the perceived lack of artistry in the nominations. I’m in Camp 2. So what do you think about this year’s nominations? Join us below and tell us who you think will win, what should have been nominated and preview the night’s gossip.
We got your weekly messages from Governor Markell and President Obama, and the latest polling out of the Republican primaries, where Romney is looking more and more like he will win the Arizona and Michigan primaries on Tuesday, but it looks like he will have a Southern problem. Thus, the primary will continue. Good.