Archive for February, 2014

Coons’ fundraising email tries to cover too many bases

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Coons’ fundraising email tries to cover too many bases

Senator Coons needs money to fight the horrible Tea Party, but also bipartisanship is AWESOME!!! (…or something, it made sense to the fundraising consultant.) Anyway, in addition to the philosophically hazy email, Coons is sitting on $2.9 million and has no GOP opponent, so I’ll probably sit this round out. (Click through to read the muddled email)

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Delaware Political Weekly: Feb. 22-28, 2014

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Delaware Political Weekly: Feb. 22-28, 2014

Jonathan Gallo has filed to face Bobby Outten in the 30th RD. Gallo changed his registration from R to D to run and, if you check out his site  right now, you will not find the word Democrat, or the donkey, anywhere on the site. I mean, anywhere. He’s got the classic bio, and he’s a “man of dedication, integrity, and commitment, who early in his life felt a call to serve his community.” Which means, he’s a ‘man of dedication, integrity, and commitment’ who is hiding his party affiliation. He also rides a tractor standing up (picture).

J. Kevin Robbins of Harrington, is challenging Harold Peterman in the conservative 33rd RD. Robbins is a long-time farmer and has the type of profile that could give him a shot in this district.  Here is his site.   Not only does he have the donkey there, he actually calls the Party the Democratic Party.

Guess which one I prefer.

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Daily Approval Rating — Results for Treasurer Chip Flowers and Poll for AG Beau Biden

Filed in Delaware by on February 28, 2014 6 Comments
Daily Approval Rating — Results for Treasurer Chip Flowers and Poll for AG Beau Biden

Here are the results for Treasurer Flowers, which are not unexpected. Do you approve or disapprove of the job performance of Treasurer Chip Flowers?

Disapprove — 83%.
Approve — 12%
Meh — 5%

Of the Disapprove category, 82% of the disapprovers do so strongly. Now go vote on Beau Biden.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [2.28.14]

Filed in Delaware by on February 28, 2014 3 Comments
Friday Daily Delawhere [2.28.14]

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Late Night Video — White Man Breaking Into A Car Vs. Black Man Breaking Into A Car

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It’s a social experiment. Want to guess what happens? (This is approx. 1 min 43 seconds)

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What? A Private School Bus Stipend?

Filed in Delaware by on February 27, 2014 13 Comments
What? A Private School Bus Stipend?

Ok, I’m ready for it. A transplant from Texas dares to question the Delaware practice of providing private school parents who apply for a stipend to transport their children to a non-public school? Yes. Admittedly I was shocked to learn that this is a pretty longstanding practice here and in a number of other states. Apparently also there is funding of school nurses in private schools.

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The 62 Project: #’s 21 and 41

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The 62 Project: #’s 21 and 41

When I started the 62 Project, I had Pete Schwartzkopf ranked 13th on my initial list. That was largely because I thought that he, as House Majority Leader, effectively pushed through key progressive bills, including civil unions. He also was able to get the at-the-time controversial ‘revenue enhancement’ package through a fractured House. This helped balance the budget during the early Markell years. He wasn’t afraid to use legislative power to get things done. While I didn’t always admire his tactics, I respected the results. The role of House Majority Leader requires tough tactics in tough times.

However, as Speaker of the House, Schwartzkopf has governed as if he were still Majority Leader. Aided and abetted by an equally-enthusiastic, though far less skilled, arm-breaker, Valerie Longhurst. Pete not only handpicked Longhurst to be his successor, he insisted that they both be elected as a team or he would not serve as Speaker. Uh, I wonder if he’d be willing, or in any position, to make the same demand today. Put simply, Pete Schwartzkopf is in danger of being a one-term Speaker, and not because the D’s are in any way facing the loss of the House chamber.

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Daily Approval Rating — Results for Lt. Governor Matt Denn and Poll for Treasurer Chip Flowers

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Daily Approval Rating — Results for Lt. Governor Matt Denn and Poll for Treasurer Chip Flowers

Here are the results for Lt. Governor Denn:

57% Approve
29% Disapprove
14% Meh

Now go vote for (or against) Treasurer Flowers.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [2.27.14]

Filed in Delaware by on February 27, 2014 0 Comments
Thursday Daily Delawhere [2.27.14]

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Federal Court Says Texas’ Gay Marriage Ban Is Unconsitutional

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Federal Court Says Texas’ Gay Marriage Ban Is Unconsitutional

Oh yes, I just wanted to write that headline! Remember that a court striking down Texas’ anti-sodomy laws brought us Lawrence V Texas too — invalidating the remaining anti-sodomy laws on several states’ books. From TPM:

{Judge Orlando} Garcia, a Bill Clinton appointee, wrote in his decision that Texas’ constitutional ban on same-sex marriage violates equal protection rights under the Fourteenth Amendment.

“Texas’ current marriage laws deny homosexual couples the right to marry, and in doing so, demean their dignity for no legitimate reason,” he wrote. “Accordingly, the Court finds these laws are unconstitutional and hereby grants a preliminary injunction enjoining Defendants from enforcing Texas’ bans on same-sex marriage.”

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DelawareLiberal Wins! Democrats calling themselves liberal up 50%

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DelawareLiberal Wins!  Democrats calling themselves liberal up 50%

Nine years ago the word liberal was in general disrepute. Thanks to the crackerjack blogging of DD, Cassandra, Pandora, El Somnabulo, Liberalgeek, Nemski, XStryker, Unstable Isotope, Donviti, and ProgressivePopulist the word liberal is storming back. The shift toward greater liberal self-identification has been led by Democrats. Currently, 43% of Democrats say they are liberal, a […]

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Carper Opposes $10.10 Minimum Wage

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Carper Opposes $10.10 Minimum Wage

Yep. Favors a rate lower than that, $9 to be exact. Because he is Tom Carper. It’s keeping Harry Reid from having enough votes to pass the bill. He needs to get out of that bleeping Chamber. Who is paying for his obstructionism this time? He should just take a job with them and end his disgraceful public career.

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Wednesday Open Thread [2.26.14]

Filed in Delaware, Open Thread by on February 26, 2014 4 Comments
Wednesday Open Thread [2.26.14]

Delaware is not sharing its salt with Pennsylvania or New Jersey.

Salt-strapped New Jersey had asked Delaware to share its salt earlier this week, and Delaware said it has enough to last a few more storms, but isn’t willing to share. When asked again if they’d share with neighboring states, {DelDOT Jim] Westhoff told WDEL, “No way.”

LOL. A story about a responsible squirrel and his acorns comes to mind.

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The Mania for Austerity Finally Hits the Military

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The Mania for Austerity Finally Hits the Military

You’ve been hearing this week about SecDef Chuck Hagel’s proposed budget for the DOD for FY15. This budget reduced the number of active duty troops, reduces the number of reserve troops, reduces salary increases, requires uniformed staff to contribute more to their health care, reduces retirement benefits and focuses growth in cybersecurity and in Special Forces. It looks to re-orient the Pentagon’s focus on being prepared for two land wars to dealing with current threats of terrorism. And this budget looks as though it accomodates some continued sequestration as well as real spending reduction. Remember as you hear more about this budget that if the US gets out of Afghanistan at the end of this year (as planned), the US won’t be engaged in regular ground wars anywhere. From the WaPo:

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Daily Approval Rating — Results for Governor Markell and Poll for Lt. Governor Matt Denn

Filed in Delaware by on February 26, 2014 8 Comments
Daily Approval Rating — Results for Governor Markell and Poll for Lt. Governor Matt Denn

Here are the results for Governor Markell. The bigoted brigades that came here last night to defend the Ugandan Right to Discriminate tilted the balance of disapproval for the Governor. That’s the breaks.

Approve 32%
Disapprove 63%
Meh .045%

You can tell the poll was freeped by the knuckle draggers by the “Strongly Disapprove” option, which, out of the the 154 total votes, measured 64. True Delawareans don’t do anything strongly. We’ll redo the poll once the neanderthals are distracted by a shiny rock, next week perhaps.

Now go vote on Matt Denn, to your right————–>

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Shorter Dick Cheney: Bombs are still free and Obama is still black

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Shorter Dick Cheney: Bombs are still free and Obama is still black

If there is a person alive who is more evil than Dick Cheney, I’ve never heard of them. He was the guy who was supposed to be the adult in the room during the caretaker Presidency of George Bush’s idiot son. Instead, to the non-surprise of many, he turned out to be a bloodthirsty sociopath. Well, now he is back talking to Fox News because he is such an expert on the military or something.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [2.26.14]

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Wednesday  Daily Delawhere [2.26.14]

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Late Night Video — Denunciation Proclaimation

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Jon Stewart and Senior Black Correspondent Larry Wilmore correct the history claimed by Fox News about Abraham Lincoln’s motivation to fight the Civil War. This is unspeakable, even by Fox standards, but Larry Wilmore gets it right:

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How to test if your RELIGIOUS FREEDOM!!! is really being infringed upon…

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How to test if your RELIGIOUS FREEDOM!!! is really being infringed upon…

The current excuse for the evil bigotry the Republican Party has displayed and advanced with respect to gays and marriage equality is that state action recognizing gay marriage and banning discrimination against gays infringes the religious freedom of those who oppose gays on religious grounds.

The Reverend Emily C. Heath of the United Church of Christ has published a wonderful test to determine whether a person’s religious freedom is truly being violated. Let’s take it together, shall we?

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This Week In Republican Outreach And Re-Branding

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This Week In Republican Outreach And Re-Branding

Let’s see how things are going with the Republican wooing of gays, minorities and women.

First up, the LGTB Republican love letter – that the Arizona legislature has passed (and sealed with a kiss) and the only thing that may stop Jan Brewer from signing it into law is the threat of losing the super bowl.  Priorities, people.  Anderson Cooper delivered the ultimate smack-down to Arizona state Sen. and gubernatorial candidate Al Melvin.  Seriously, watch the video.  Melvin isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, but it seems Arizona is full of tools.

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Tuesday Open Thread [2.25.14]

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“I think we got off that track when we allowed our government to become a secular government, when we stopped realizing that God created this nation, that He wrote the constitution, that’s based on biblical principles.” — Former Rep.Tom DeLay (R-TX), in an interview on Global Evangelical Television. The sound you hear is our Founding Fathers, and most notably Thomas Jefferson, rolling over in their graves.

“Once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it.” — Virginia State Sen. Steve Martin (R), quoted by Slate. And that’s how Republicans view women. As receptacles and hosts. Not as humans and mothers.

“There are several possible explanations for why Republicans would not denounce Nugent and his statement in unqualified terms. One is that they aren’t all that offended by what Nugent said. A second is Nugent is on their “team” and therefore needs to be treated with kid gloves. A third explanation is that they fear that in denouncing Nugent they will upset elements of the GOP base. Any of these explanations is an indictment,” – Pete Wehner, Commentary.

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Daily Approval Rating — Governor Markell

Filed in Delaware by on February 25, 2014 2 Comments
Daily Approval Rating — Governor Markell

In the poll on your right, state whether your strongly approve, approve, disapprove or strongly disapprove of the job performance of Governor Jack Markell. There is also an option for Neutral or Meh, which is also kinda like “Don’t care” or “Don’t know.” I am sure why you are voting in a poll if you have no opinion or knowledge of the subject matter of the poll, but sometimes people just want to express a resounding shrug of the shoulders as an opinion.

This poll is of course an internet poll, and thus it is purely voluntary, non-random, and non-scientific. At best, the results can only be described as a poll of the readership of Delaware Liberal.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [2.25.14]

Filed in Delaware by on February 25, 2014 0 Comments
Tuesday Daily Delawhere [2.25.14]

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Right Wing Terror Plot Foiled.

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Right Wing Terror Plot Foiled.

Three members of a right wing conservative terrorist organization have been arrested in Georgia and charged in federal court with conspiracy to attack federal agencies with explosive devices. The conservative terrorists were planning on using pipe bombs and thermite devices, and the target of their planned terrorist bombing appears to be TSA and FEMA offices, among other agencies.

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Markell v. Arizona

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Markell v. Arizona

If only the socially progressive Governor Markell was also the economically progressive Governor Markell. Well, I will enjoy the former…

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) spoke out against the controversial anti-gay bill in Arizona Monday, stating that if Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signs it into law, the state should not be allowed to host the Super Bowl next year in Glendale.

“It seems to me if they pass this law and if she signs it, the NFL may be looking, or maybe should be looking, to move the Super Bowl out of that state. There are so many places around the country that are welcoming to everybody,” he said in an interview on MSNBC with host Ronan Farrow.

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