Archive for June, 2012

BREAKING: Gilligan Retiring

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Delaware House of Representatives Speaker Bob Gilligan has announced his retirement.

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Take Action: Sign the Delaware Marriage Equality Petition

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It is the last day of Gay Pride Month, and we should remind ourselves that our LGBT family, friends and neighbors still have a little ways to go to be able to enjoy all of the rights the rest of us do. If you haven’t signed the Delaware Marriage Equality Petition, please click on the link below and add your name to the 7700+ Delawareans who want to see gay marriage legal in this state.

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The President’s Weekly Address and Helping Colorado

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This week, the President made his weekly address from Colorado where fires are devastating communities and putting many more at risk. He thanks the firefighters risking their lives to help contain these fires and the volunteers helping those who have lost their homes or are evacuated from them. At the end of this post, I include links to some of the organizations on the ground helping Coloradans to cope with this disaster. Help out if you can.

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Republican Beatitudes

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This might as well be the GOP platform, I’m thinking.

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Saturday Open Thread [6.30.12]

Filed in Delaware, Open Thread by on June 30, 2012 12 Comments

Moving day for me. If I read my new redistricting maps correctly, my new representatives in the General Assembly are Senator Cathy Cloutier (R-5th) and Representative Debbie Hudson Capano or Debbie Capano Hudson (R-12th). Ugh. Quite a change from Margaret Rose Henry and Dennis P. Williams.

Well, perhaps in 2014 I will take out Debbie, if no Democrat files and wins this year.

Don’t know who your legistatlor is? Find them here. You have to be registered to vote for that link to work. If you are not registered to vote, then what the hell are you doing being interested in politics and reading Delaware Liberal and not being registered?? It boggles my mind. Go here now. Register. Don’t do anything else until you do.

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Sat., June 30, 2012

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To its credit, the House, as opposed to the shrouded-in-secrecy Senate, has an Agenda. Also to its credit, more specifically, Speaker Gilligan’s, the House has already gotten the retirement festivities out of the way. Former Speaker Terry Spence used to futz around for hours on end on June 30, with endless hosannas to retiring House members, said hosannas often sung by (I’m not making this up) an Elvis impersonator. Self-indulgence at its worst. I was working in the Senate at the time, and we used to stew at this turning the ‘people’s business’ into some freak sideshow for two hours every June 30.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [6.30.12]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [6.30.12]

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Must See TV — Governor Markell on CNN This Morning

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So here are some good clips from the Governor’s co-hosting duties (including asking Rielle Hunter a very tough question AND showing that Michele Bachmann really has no clue) this morning:

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Friday Open Thread [6.29.12]

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Friday Open Thread [6.29.12]

Happy Friday!

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Delaware Political Weekly: June 23-29, 2012

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 29, 2012 57 Comments

We get press releases from candidates all the time, as do every other media outlet. It is exceedingly rare, however, that someone’s campaign manager sends out a press release announcing that someone’s campaign manager will be someone’s campaign manager. And for good reason. Good campaign managers know that there is only one candidate and only one campaign manager, and that all the focus should be on the candidate. That, however, did not stop Ezra Temko from announcing that he, Ezra Temko, would be managing the campaign of Claudia Bock for State Representative in the 23rd RD. Perhaps fittingly, Temko spends at least the first 50% of the press release talking about himself, Ezra Temko, and his ongoing search for enlightenment.

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Guest Post: Child Abusers Astroturfing

Filed in Delaware by on June 29, 2012 9 Comments

One of our readers, Brooke Bovard, has written this guest post. Delaware, as a ‘blue’ state, and without much to steal, is new to the game of being targeted by the Right. Sure, they tried to foist Christine O’Donnell on us, but they can’t be trying too hard, right? Sadly, wrong. A case in point […]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [6.29.12]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [6.29.12]

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Democrats Walk Out of Eric Holder Contempt Vote

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The House voted to hold AG Holder in contempt anyway, for a wingnut conspiracy-fueled version of Fast and Furious. A version that has been exposed as largely a fabrication (surprise!) by this great bit of reporting from Fortune.

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Late Night Video — Gov. Markell on TV!

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Governor Markell will be on CNN co-anchoring with Soledad O’Brien tomorrow from 7 til 9 AM. Bad omen? Please Governor, DO NOT TAKE PART IN ANY BREAKING NEWS STORIES WITH THESE PEOPLE!

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Tornoe’s Toon: Health Care Reform

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Tornoe’s Toon: Health Care Reform

For tea baggers, facts and constitutionality won’t change a thing – that bubble is too darn thick!

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Thursday Open Thread [6.28.12]

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Thursday Open Thread [6.28.12]

Obamacare survives and it is a win for the good guys! Certainly Obamacare is not the end of the line, but am hoping that progressives will finally look at this as an opportunity to launch an effort to make Obamacare better. The AP-GfK took a poll recently that noted that if Obamacare was overturned, Americans did not want their government to give up on reining in health care costs and issues. To me, that looks like opportunity, for a public option, for single-payer — as long as it gets closer to better control of costs and getting better outcomes for it. But it is time to step up and push for useful revisions to Obamacare before the wingnuts sell everybody on something stupid like buying cheap insurance (that really isn’t insurance) from Texas.

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Supreme Court ACA Watch Open Thread

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Supreme Court ACA Watch Open Thread

Today is supposed to be the last day of this Supreme Court session so all of the breathless press vamping waiting on the ACA decision officially turns into lots of breathless punditry sometime after 10AM today. I’m posting this thread for everyone to have a place to start posting your own prognostications and links to people who are doing a good job at discussing the issues involved.

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., June 28, 2012

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Four Senate grandstanders voted against the Budget Bill. Won’t stop ‘em from bragging to their constituents about what they’re bringing home to the district. Hypocrites. The four nos: Bonini, Lawson, Katz, and Booth. Meaning that Booth voted against funding for his beloved Sussex Vo-Tech although, to be fair, there sure is some wasteful spending there. In this case, every penny being paid to double-dipper Joe Booth.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [6.28.12]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [6.28.12]

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Crossing the Line

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Crossing the Line

The Sheriff of Nuttingham and his wife are promoting the assassination of elected officials who oppose them.

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Late Night Video — Dear Mitt, This Is What Class Looks Like

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President Obama spoke at a campaign event in Georgia yesterday and take a look at his reaction when the crowd starts booing Romney:

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Frameshopping: Sharpen Up

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Here are a few sharp barbs I thought up; in the comments, offer your own punchy one liners that you’d like to see injected into the mix.

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Wednesday Open Thread [6.27.12]

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Republicans always talk about the 47% who don’t pay taxes, and are now saying taxes must be raised on the poor so that they pay their fair share. It never occurs to them that maybe they don’t make enough money to even pay tax. Meanwhile, those who make hundreds of millions if not billions are also not paying any taxes, and yet the Republicans are fighting tooth and nail to make sure it stays that way.

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 27, 2012

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The Senate defeated Rep. Longhurst’s ‘Fuck the Doomed’ bill yesterday. 9 Y, 10 N, 2 Hiding in the Restroom. My guess is that the votes are there. Especially once Delmarva breaks out its/their checkbooks. Perhaps in the rest room. Legislators have been known to stake out ‘wide stances’ on issues like this, and don’t object to manipulation. Joe Farley, Delmarva’s ‘Democratic’ lobbyist, will be working OT to earn his blood money today. BTW, is this really the kind of bill that a supposed member of the House Democratic Caucus leadership team should be sponsoring? Betcha it passes. Hope it doesn’t. Memo to Longhurst primary opponent James Burton: Make this a campaign issue. I’ll even toss off the ‘money’ sentence for you…”What sort of Democrat would sponsor the terminating of life-saving utilities to seriously-ill patients?” You’re welcome.

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Baumbach to kick off campaign this Thursday

Filed in Delaware by on June 27, 2012 0 Comments

As you may know, PDD President Paul Baumbach has thrown his hat into the race to succeed Representative Terry Schooley in the 23rd RD. He will formally announce his candidacy for State Representative of the 23rd District at 11AM tomorrow, June 28th at the Newark Senior Center. The Newark Senior Center is located at 200 White Chapel Drive, and the announcement is open to the media and the public.

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