Archive for October, 2015

Saturday Open Thread [10.31.15]

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Saturday Open Thread [10.31.15]

Next week, Des Moines, Iowa will host a National Religious Liberties Conference, where theocratic fascists will gather to tell attendees that birth control kills babies and how the gays should be put to death. Naturally, GOP candidates Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, and Mike Huckabee will be there.

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Guest Post: Delaware’s Government Channels Its Inner Trump

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Guest Post: Delaware’s Government Channels Its Inner Trump

Secretary of Finance Tom Cook’s recent op-ed epitomizes the strategy of hiding things in plain sight.  Secretary Cook and Governor Jack Markell’s revenue review panel has concealed among its recommendations for making Delaware tax revenues more “elastic” an ideologically driven agenda of tax cuts for the wealthy and out-of-state corporations at the expense of our state’s middle class, senior citizens and local business owners.  That our governor could sanction such recommendations is a prime example of how politics in Delaware has been hollowed out in favor of profit taking.

Let’s first notice that in a era of declining revenues and increasingly challenging budgets to balance Governor Markell’s instructions forbade raising new revenue:  “if a recommendation was made that could be expected to generate additional revenue for the state, then a corresponding revenue reduction would also be proposed to offset it.”  This means (in English) that Cook’s panel was not interested in providing more money to balance our budget, but in changing who pays the bills.

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The Weekly Addresses

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In this week’s address, the President spoke to the need for meaningful criminal justice reform in America.

In his weekly message, Governor Markell discusses statewide efforts to embrace the new economy and how those efforts support job growth, including a commitment by JP Morgan to hire 1.800 people in Delaware by 2019.

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Halloween Daily Delawhere [10.31.15]

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Pumpkins on Doorsteps on The Strand in New Castle. Photo by xzmattzx.

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The RNC is pretty much done for – What does this mean for the DEGOP?

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The RNC is pretty much done for – What does this mean for the DEGOP?

Grassroots “conservativism” with its radio shows and endless supply of outrage fodder is flourishing. The Republican Party, on the other hand, is a raging dumpster fire. With Jeb!’s campaign circling the toilet bowl, and the remaining Republican Presidential campaigns have taken over planning the future debates, the Republican National Committee (RNC) along with the establishment […]

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Friday Open Thread [10.30.15]

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Friday Open Thread [10.30.15]

Paul Krugman’s take on the debate:

At one point during Wednesday’s Republican debate, Ben Carson was asked about his involvement with Mannatech, a nutritional supplements company that makes outlandish claims about its products and has been forced to pay $7 million to settle a deceptive-practices lawsuit. The audience booed, and Mr. Carson denied being involved with the company. Both reactions tell you a lot about the driving forces behind modern American politics.

As it happens, Mr. Carson lied. He has indeed been deeply involved with Mannatech, and has done a lot to help promote its merchandise. PolitiFact quickly rated his claim false, without qualification. But the Republican base doesn’t want to hear about it, and the candidate apparently believes, probably correctly, that he can simply brazen it out. These days, in his party, being an obvious grifter isn’t a liability, and may even be an asset.

Carson, Trump, Fiorina, Rubio and Christie were each caught in easily disprovable bold faced lies. Perhaps it’s because Republican just lie with more frequency and daring. And that is because Republican voters want to be lied to. They do not want to live in a world where a black man with a funny name is not only President, but a rather successful one who has turned the country around from the disaster left from the previous Republican President. They do not want to live in a world where “coloreds” and women don’t know their place. A world that has more orientation than straight, more religion than Christian.

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Breaking News: Holy Bleep! Gordon Fires Grimaldi, Grimaldi to Primary Gordon?

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Breaking News: Holy Bleep! Gordon Fires Grimaldi, Grimaldi to  Primary Gordon?

Look what the News-Journal just published:

“It was in the spur of the moment because I questioned him about his risk manager, who I think is his girlfriend,” Grimaldi said. “It was just (expletive) you, David. You are fired.”

But here’s the money quote:

“I put lipstick on that pig for three years, but it is a … pig,” Grimaldi said.

I’m not a religious man but…“Thank you, Jesus.”

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“Fuck You, David. You’re Fired.” [Updated]

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“Fuck You, David. You’re Fired.” [Updated]

Yeah, that sounds like our esteemed New Castle County Executive and former felon Thomas P. Gordon. And those were the words he allegedly said to former Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi yesterday afternoon after Grimaldi allegeldy questioned his choice of a risk manager, because the risk manager was actually Gordon’s girlfriend.

Yeah, this is going to get real ugly, really fast.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [10.30.15]

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The Pond Trail. From Mike Mahaffie on Flickr.

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If You Are Okay With Officer Field’s Behavior Then You Are Part Of The Problem

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If You Are Okay With Officer Field’s Behavior Then You Are Part Of The Problem

There is no excuse. Not one. And if you think there is an excuse for Officer Field’s behavior then you really are part of the problem. Know who else is part of the problem? The teacher and the administrator. Not one of the adults involved demonstrated skill in deescalation. All of them demonstrated the art of escalation. Talk about an adult pissing contest. And I’m fine with all of them being fired. No loss there.

Not kidding. If you think kids don’t pull out their phones during class then you don’t know kids. (My daughter was so guilty of this in high school and yet no one laid a hand on her. They. Wouldn’t. Dare. And that is what privilege looks like.) Hell, this isn’t even a kid problem. Mostly everyone is guilty of this behavior. If you’re okay with Officer Field’s behavior, hope you’re okay if you’re flipped out of your chair and thrown across the room at a restaurant that doesn’t allow cell phone use. That’s okay, right?

The truth is this would never have happened to a white, middle class girl. Not. Ever. It’s why white boys accused of crimes are shown in their yearbook pictures while Tamir Rice (a 12 year old) is portrayed, not only as a potential criminal threat, but far older than his years.

And this incident is a flippin’ pattern that those parsing this horrendous video ignore.

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Thursday Open Thread [10.29.15]

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Thursday Open Thread [10.29.15]

Ted Cruz won. Bush lost and will end his campaign soon. Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen. But I did not foresee being swamped with work today and being out of the office at the same time. So have fun posting your own links today! I will make up for it tomorrow.

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Quick GOP Debate Reaction

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Quick GOP Debate Reaction

Disclaimer – I didn’t watch it. But judging from the AM TV news, Christie’s charm and wit carried the day.

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Sussex County GOP Purity Caucus Doesn’t Believe in Free Speech, Thought or Discourse

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Sussex County GOP Purity Caucus Doesn’t Believe in Free Speech, Thought or Discourse

Frank Knotts is a blogger over at DelawareRight — he previously blogged at DelawarePolitics until he was largely ostracized from there. I don’t agree with Frank over much (and have never met him, either), but he’s been the target of some really despicable actions by members of his party who don’t much like what he has to say about them, their views or political actions. Today, I am calling attention to the fact that 3 Sussex GOP members have decided to sue Frank — a blogger — for defamation. Just go here to see the letter.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [10.29.15]

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The Jetty at Cape Henlopen. From Mike Mahaffie on Flickr.

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DL GOP Fantasy Pool Update – John Kasich Attempts to Truth Gaffe His Campaign into Relevancy

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DL GOP Fantasy Pool Update – John Kasich Attempts to Truth Gaffe His Campaign into Relevancy

John Kasich thinks there is a hunger within in the GOP for a feisty realist. Earth to John Kasich…there is no hunger within in the GOP for a feisty realist. Anyway, here is Kasich dropping truth bombs on Carson and Trump: “Do you know how crazy this election is?” he shouted during a pre-debate rally […]

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Wednesday Open Thread [10.28.15]

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Wednesday Open Thread [10.28.15]

Sen. Bernie Sanders says he will not attack Hillary Clinton “in harshly negative ways. But pollsters for his campaign are quietly testing pointed critiques of Mrs. Clinton as too close to Wall Street or as unreliably liberal for initially supporting trade deals and the Iraq war,” the New York Times reports.

“After weeks of inching toward a more aggressive posture against Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Sanders is now walking a fine line: He is trying to draw sharp contrasts between their records, yet not attack her on a personal level. He questions her political shifts on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the Pacific Rim free trade deal and same-sex marriage rights, for instance, while trying to avoid impugning her honesty and judgment, a favorite Republican tactic.”

Bernie Sanders knows that if he goes too far, it will backfire. Hillary Clinton is beloved by Democrats. Her favorable ratings are at Barack Obama levels of popularity (which means extremely popular). So it is a very fine needle to thread. But it seems to me that his campaign is proceeding from a false mindset. They are trying to win. They shouldn’t be. They should know that winning the nomination is extremely unlikely, and if it happens, it will be because of events far beyond their control (i.e. Hillary dying, being indicted, etc). The campaign should be focused on getting out the pure Progressive message so as to keep his numbers up and to keep Hillary moving left. That is the ultimate goal of the Bernie Sanders campaign: a more progressive Hillary.

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Civil Liberties: Coons Hero, Carper Villain. At Least For One Day.

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Civil Liberties: Coons Hero, Carper Villain. At Least For One Day.

They really are different, after all. At least when it comes to protecting your right to privacy.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [10.28.15]

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Trap Pond State Park. Photo from butterfly4769’s Instagram.

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Tuesday Open Thread [10.27.15]

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Tuesday Open Thread [10.27.15]

First Read on the impending budget deal: “The budget deal that Republican and Democratic leaders reached late last night — to boost military and domestic spending, to keep the government open, and to raise the debt limit — appears to be a potential win for both parties. Especially when it comes to the 2016 presidential election. Think about it: Republicans get to avoid the possibility of a government shutdown and debt default, either of which would have further damaged the party’s brand heading into next year’s general election. Democrats, meanwhile, get to lock in economic certainty and avoid a drop in consumer confidence like what happened after July 2011 (the debt-ceiling debacle) and Oct. 2013 (the two-week government shutdown).”

“The devil is still in the details, of course, but the deal seems to help BOTH parties as it relates to 2016. And guess what: The budget deal and debt-limit hike last until 2017, which means that the party that wins next year will have the upper hand in the next round of budget fights.”

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Poland’s New Socially Conservative Government is Economically Progressive

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Poland’s New Socially Conservative Government is Economically Progressive

Who is to blame for economic “growth” that leaves middle class people out in the cold? Is it the unrestrained greed of international banks, or immigrants and a turning away from traditional family values? Poland’s Law & Justice party just won big with a new answer to that question – “BOTH”

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Romney Got Trumped

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Romney Got Trumped

The struggle was real for Donald J. Trump back in the day: “It has not been easy for me. It has not been easy for me. I started off in Brooklyn. My father gave me a small loan of a million dollars,” Trump remarked.

Parents take note, try not to make it hard on your kids. Keep your loans to them maxed out at $1 million a pop, okay? Let’s not spoil them. How else can they learn the true value of roll up your sleeves hard work?

I didn’t think it was possible to out-Romney the ol’ Mittster himself. I stand corrected. And I’m all out of popcorn. Time to hit the grocery store.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [10.27.2015]

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Delaware Park. Photo by downthestretch53 on Instagram.

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EDIT: City of Wilmington Mayoral Cattle Call — Announcement Season Edition 2015

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EDIT: City of Wilmington Mayoral Cattle Call — Announcement Season Edition 2015

This is the first Cattle Call I’ve written for the Wilmington Mayor’s race, even though there has been a fair amount of public positioning and “listening” going on among potential candidates. My work has taken up way too much of my time over the past several months, but it is well past time to start thinking about the folks who say they are running and who are “thinking” of running. What is interesting right now, is that so very many candidates are declaring and are circling around declaring for what would be Mayor Dennis Williams’ second term. This is a field that you would expect to see when a politician is term-limited out and the field is open, OR you would see this kind of field when the incumbent is widely seen as incredibly weak and mostly a failure. There’s been a rush of candidates declaring recently, so let’s take a look at the field so we can talk about this again come the New Year.

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Monday Open Thread [10.26.15]

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Monday Open Thread [10.26.15]

Mark Halperin says Republicans are in denial about Hillary Clinton: “A virulent strain of Clinton Derangement Syndrome, which scientists and Republicans thought had been wiped out at the end of the last century, is now inflicting millions of conservative Americans. Some Republicans so detest Hillary Clinton they are badly underestimating how likely she is, at this point in the campaign, to be America’s 45th president.

“Their denial is just as strong now as it was a month ago, before Clinton began a run of political victories that have enhanced her prospects, all while the roller derby/demolition derby that is the Republican nomination contest has continued to harm the GOP’s chances of winning back the White House.”

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Monday Daily Delawhere [10.26.2015]

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The Farmer’s Market at Rodney Square last weekend. Photo from Downtownwilmde on Instagram.

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