Archive for May, 2014

Saturday Open Thread [5.31.14]

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Saturday Open Thread [5.31.14]

It is a gorgeous Saturday! What are you doing on this near perfect day? There’s lots of house projects going on here.

Over at the Daily Kos, we discover an interesting recent poll done by the Robert Sage Foundation. This poll purports to have surveyed the 1% as well as the 99% to compare attitudes to various government and political programs. (NOTE: I can’t find the actual poll results, so no idea what the internals look like. Meaning I have no idea how they define the 1%, or how the screened for this, or even the sample size. FYI) But take a look:

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The Weekly Addresses

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President Obama:

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Saturday Daily Elsewhere [5.31.14]

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Saturday Daily Elsewhere [5.31.14]

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Republican Hypocrisy on the VA Scandal

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Republican Hypocrisy on the VA Scandal

The abuse of the VA scandal in a midterm election year to “rock” the anti-Obama vote is entirely disgraceful. The issue of VA bureaucracy is one that has existed for decades now, and while President Obama hasn’t done enough to solve the issue, pinning the fault entirely on the President is plainly wrong.

From 1921’s Veteran’s Bureau collapse, to unpaid revolutionary soldiers, to today’s waiting lists, the issue of how we treat our veterans is one that needs an open national discussion, not a finger-pointing series of aggressive speeches and letters.

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Friday Open Thread [5.30.14]

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Friday Open Thread [5.30.14]

According to Politico, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “offers a detailed account of the deadly attack on the American embassy in Benghazi — and a pointed rebuttal to Republican critics who’ve laced into her over the incident — in a much-anticipated chapter of her forthcoming book, Hard Choices.”

“The 34-page chapter is Clinton’s most complete account to date of the attack and its aftermath. Her tone is less defensive than defiant: Clinton takes responsibility for the “horror” of the loss of life in Benghazi, but puts it in the context of “the heartbreaking human stakes of every decision we make” — and she accuses adversaries of manipulating a tragedy for partisan gain.”

Good. A fighting Clinton is always a site to see. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that 55% of Americans say they support Hillary Clinton running for president. The same poll finds 66% of Americans disapprove of Karl Rove raising questions about Hillary Clinton’s age and health in advance of her potential presidential run.

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Delaware Political Weekly: May 21-27, 2014

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Delaware Political Weekly: May 21-27, 2014

Here are some names of people who haven’t yet filed, and whose candidacies may be in doubt:

State Auditor Tom Wagner: Has any statewide official ever done less work while being paid by the taxpayers over a longer period of time than Wagner? Faced with an inspiring and hard-working challenger in Brenda Mayrack, does Wagner really want to go out on his shield? We already know he doesn’t want to have to work too hard to get reelected. And he’s gonna have to work hard to have any chance of fending off Mayrack.

State Rep. Rebecca Walker (D-RD 9): This one’s real interesting. As I’ve written, Walker has not been a powerhouse as a campaigner. She is facing a credible challenger in realtor Kevin Hensley.

State Rep. Andria Bennett (D-RD 32): Andria Bennett has shown tremendous growth as a representative, and is now one of a handful of the most consistently progressive legislators in Dover. All I’d heard was some scuttlebutt that it wasn’t a sure thing that she’d run again, although the sense was that she would. I hope she does.

Dave Tackett (for State Senate District 11): It was with great fanfare and not-so-great grammar that New Castle County Councilman Dave Tackett announced that he would primary State Senator Bryan Townsend this year. That was well over a month ago. Since then, no filing nor, as far as I can find, any type of campaign website. Could it be that Tackett’s realizing that going up against Townsend would be a fool’s errand? I dunno, but his campaign seems to be in limbo.

And there are others…

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this picture proves nothing….

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this picture proves nothing….

…For one thing you can’t see the anvil Pete has Valerie standing under, or the TNT Valerie has slipped into Pete’s back pocket.

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Please Welcome our Newest Contributor, TheNewDeal

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Please Welcome our Newest Contributor, TheNewDeal

Please welcome to the fold our newest contributor, TheNewDeal. Mr. Deal is a local student who has been active in the political scene, and needless to say he is interested and involved in Delaware politics. His first post was just posted before this one, concerning the Washington Redskins and the our local Senators being one of the 49 that have signed a letter requesting the team change its name. Like many of us, he has chosen to remain psuedonymous, so we will all respect that.

Please welcome him there or here, and be nice. At least for the first few posts, anyway.

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Credit Where Credit is Due – The Name “Redskins” Needs to Go

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Credit Where Credit is Due – The Name “Redskins” Needs to Go

Some people love the Redskins. A team that seems to hate its fans is loved by many. For them, the Redskins team name is a symbol of pride and excitement. But to many others, including myself, it’s a racial slur and is insulting to the original inhabitants of North America.

Highlighting the actions of Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, the News Journal posted a brief story on a letter sent to the NFL commissioner by them and many others urging the Redskins to alter their controversial name.

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Friday Daily Elsewhere [5.30.14]

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Friday Daily Elsewhere [5.30.14]

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Texas, The Epicenter Of The Tea Party

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Texas, The Epicenter Of The Tea Party

Always has been. Or, at least from the day Dick Armey became chair of Citizens For A Sound Economy in 2003. That’s Dick Armey, Republican from north Texas. CSE was a pretty nondescript political funding vehicle for the anti-tax movement when founded by the Koch brothers from nearby Kansas in 1984. But Army gave it brainy fire and brimstone, however plain spoken.

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Thursday Open Thread [5.29.14]

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Some evil conservatives and crazy Republicans and Libertarians want to reimpose property restrictions on the right to vote, in that you must have to own some kind of property in order to vote. Such a desire is just further evidence that these conservatives, Republicans and Libertarians do not believe in democracy or live by democratic principles. Well, Professor Alexander Keyssar, Stirling Professor of History and Social Policy at Harvard University lays the historic and constitutional smackdown….

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Are Progressive Politics Being Redefined?

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Are Progressive Politics Being Redefined?

There’s a great article in Vox magazine about Andrew Cuomo — Governor 1 Percent — the Governor of New York who is seen in many circles as the future of the Democratic Party. What this article does well (I think) is show the strategy of the so-called moderate Democrats — fight for socially liberal causes and values, but spend your legislative time and energies catering to the 1%. This glances by the question of whether these Democratic politicians who are proudly Blue for marriage equality, but looking to provide tax cuts and special subsidies to the 1% are actually becoming the face of what passes as progressive in this country.

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Thursday Daily Elsewhere [5.29.14]

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Thursday Daily Elsewhere [5.29.14]

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Wednesday Open Thread [5.28.14]

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Wednesday Open Thread [5.28.14]

Yesterday, I posted the Gallup poll showing that Americans now support marriage equality by 55 to 42%. Digging deeper into that poll, we find a massive generational gap. Basically, the old people are just plain bigoted towards gays. Once they die off, we are all going to wonder why this was ever an issue. We are going to laugh at those opposing marriage equality the same way we mock opponents of interracial marriage.

Indeed, 61% of younger Republicans support marriage equality, according to Gallup. So that means that soon, within the next 10 years, the GOP platform and all GOP candidates will be pro-marriage equality as well. If they aren’t, not a single Republican anywhere will win an election. Well, maybe in Utah…

So, the war is lost for the radical Christianists who seek to turn America into a theocracy. Or is it?

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Chris Christie just ended his 2016 hopes.

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Chris Christie just ended his 2016 hopes.

Last week, Chris Christie renominated the current Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, Democrat Stuart Rabner, to another term in office. This was smart New Jersey politics, but not smart national politics, especially if he wants to win over conservatives in a GOP primary in two years. Nominating a Democrat to the Court? Yeah, that will not go over well among the true believers.

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This project could be the answer to everything.

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The Best Burger in Delaware

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The Best Burger in Delaware

Business Insider, in commemoration of National Hamburger Month, has compiled a list of the best burgers in every state. Their choice for Delaware? Union City Grille‘s Angus burgers, which last year won the People’s Choice award in Wilmington’s annual Burger Battle.

Today is National Burger Day. What is your favorite Delaware burger?

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#YesAllWomen

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#YesAllWomen

This is the twitter hashtag that has been trending since Elliott Roger’s violence spree and since his misogynistic writings and videos came to light. It is worth spending time reading through them (there are some people — men — who refuse to take this seriously and some are angrily trolling the hashtag, but in the main, these tweets documenting the misogyny that women live with Every.Damn.Day are powerful and heartbreaking. Some will make you angry and others will make you sad. It is an amazing ourpouring from women all over the world making sure that everyone knows that misogyny like Rogers’ is something women need to constantly be prepared for — including the violence. There are a few Storifys of these tweets (and if you know of better ones, please post them up):

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Wednesday Daily Elsewhere [5.28.14]

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Wednesday Daily Elsewhere [5.28.14]

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The 62 Project: #’s 20 and 42

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The 62 Project: #’s 20 and 42

John Kowalko’s pluses: A true progressive, unafraid to take unpopular stands, willing to be a public gadfly when needed, almost always a dependable vote for progressive principles, and a willing sponsor for progressive legislation.

Bob Venables’ pluses: A good Bond Bill chair who understands that capital investment in roads and schools is a good thing, first to really blow the whistle on the cost of prison expansion and minimum mandatory sentences, a genuinely nice person.

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Tuesday Open Thread [5.27.14]

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Tuesday Open Thread [5.27.14]

That’s a real sign, not a fake one you often see on the Internet. An Anglican priest from Australia put up the sign in response to the conservative government in Australia. In America, support for marriage equality has increased yet again in the Gallup poll to 55%.

Meanwhile, we have some new Senate polls that paints an optimistic picture for the Democrats.

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The 62 Project!

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The 62 Project!

Yes, it still exists, although it’s been in limbo for awhile.

For those of you who were too young and/or didn’t read this blog religiously or atheistically at the time, the 62 Project is/was designed to rank all of the legislators based on their effectiveness, accomplishments, and progressive principles. These are/were career rankings, not simply snapshots of a given period. Clearly, those with longer careers have more of a track record, for better or for worse, and are less subject to major changes in the rankings.

I now realize that there’s no way that I can continue to write the type of extensive profiles I’ve been doing, and complete this project by (my newest deadline) the September primaries. So, I will write shorter profiles that I hope capture the reason for each legislator’s ranking. Let’s first recap those I’ve already ranked…..

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Is a demographic solution to American gun mayhem inevitable?

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Is a demographic solution to American gun mayhem inevitable?

Twenty years ago it would have been hard to imagine the our country’s present acceptance gay marriage. In 1994, the year in which The American Medical Association first opposed treatments intended to cure homosexuality, if you had predicted that homosexuals would be a protected class and that it would be illegal to fire a person for being gay in 2014, you would have sounded like a crazy person. But times have changed. Old, angry a-holes die off by the day and they are replaced by younger people with, by and large, a more mature and less terror-filled world view.

So it is fitting to wonder what might our gun mayhem situation be like 20 years from now.

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What happens when you’re in a Twitter ‘spat’ with Chip Flowers and don’t even know it?

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What happens when you’re in a Twitter ‘spat’ with Chip Flowers and don’t even know it?

According to Jonathan Starkey over at the News Journal, I was in a Twitter spat with Chip Flowers over a tweet I sent on Sunday about one of his challengers, Sean Barney, getting a choice spot on msnbc while the network scrambled to cover President Obama’s surprise visit to Afghanistan. Apparently, Flowers wasn’t too keen on my innocent joke that he was “pissed” at Barney’s free airtime (or, in true Flowers fashion, one of his employees was pissed, since he blamed the now-deleted tweet on an unnamed staffer). According to Flowers, Memorial Day is “above politics.”

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