Archive for December, 2015

Watching Mayor Williams Get Played By His Own “Take Credit for These Ideas” Strategy

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Watching Mayor Williams Get Played By His Own “Take Credit for These Ideas” Strategy

I’ve been following the news from my Holiday Location and it is looking like Mayor Dennis Williams is being hung by his own “We’re Not Going to Let This Commission Take Credit for These Ideas” strategy in his effort to push back against having to live with the accountability (and potentially some consequences) that would come with a grant being provided by the Joint Finance Committee to help the City pay for foot patrols. You’ll recall that the Williams Administration’s response to the Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission report was to claim that they had already implemented most of the recommendations made — with the help of the VRN folks, not the Governor. There is wide skepticism about this claim that they’ve implemented most of those recommendations — especially from me — and the JFC looking to send the Police Foundation back into the WPD to check on progress is an excellent accountability measure. And if I am Mayor Dennis Williams with a re-election hanging in the balance because he is widely seen as utterly ineffective in managing the crime problem (in spite of campaign promises) — it would be Good News all the way around if one of the Commission’s consultants could say that progress is actually being made as promised.

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New Year’s Eve Open Thread [12.31.2015]

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New Year’s Eve Open Thread [12.31.2015]

Sam Nunberg, a former Trump political adviser to Donald Trump, told the Daily Beast that he doesn’t think the billionaire presidential candidate will win the GOP nomination.

Said Nunberg: “Based on public polling that I have seen and based on a downward trend, which includes a downward trend in New Hampshire, it includes Ted Cruz consolidating social conservatives in Iowa. I am concerned that Mr. Trump will not be able to get into the position to win South Carolina, which is his strongest state of support. He has to get there. Now that the race is tightening, it’s more difficult for him to get to South Carolina, which is the real firewall.”

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Time for Some Optimism: Some Victories for Progressives in 2015.

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Time for Some Optimism: Some Victories for Progressives in 2015.

I am an optimist. Which is unusual for a Progressive. Usually progressives, despite their forward looking politics, are most times pretty depressing and unhappy people. Look at Jason330 for an example of this. He has been pretty down of late. I think it is because we progressives never get what we want, in policy or candidates. And that is true, if you look at everything from a short term perspective. If you zoom back though from a distance, you will see that we are, as a people, as a country, always progressing. And while sometimes there is a conservative reaction to two steps forward that produces a one step backward, in the end, we are always going forward. So to do my part in instilling a sense of optimism in you, here are some victories progressives saw in 2015.

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‘Bulo’s Fave Songs of 2015: The Top 10!!

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‘Bulo’s Fave Songs of 2015: The Top 10!!

The Final Countdown is here! Bulo’s list of his favorite songs of 2015. But first, a recap for those late to the party:

50-41
40-31
30-21
20-11

And now, the moment that all, or perhaps some, of you have been waiting for…

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New Year’s Eve Daily Delawhere [12.31.2015]

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Wednesday Open Thread [12.30.2015]

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Wednesday Open Thread [12.30.2015]

Frank Luntz explains that Trump voters hate everything you stand for:

I spent three hours in a deep dialogue focus group with 29 Trump supporters. The phenomenon of “The Donald” is rooted in a psyche far deeper and more consequential than next November’s presidential election. His support denotes an abiding distrust in — and disrespect for — the governing elite. These individuals do not like being told by Washington or Wall Street what is best for them, do not like the direction America is headed in, and disdain President Barack Obama and his (perceived) circle of self-righteous, tone-deaf governing partisans.

Trump voters are not just angry — they want revenge.

Mr Trump has adroitly filled the vacuum of vitriol, establishing himself as the bold, brash, take-no-prisoners megaphone for the frustrated masses. They see him as the antidote to all that Mr Obama has made wrong with America. So to understand why millions love Mr Trump so much, you have to take a step back and listen to why they hate Mr Obama so much.

Here, my Trump voter focus group was particularly illuminating. Some still believe the president is not Christian. Many believe he does not love America. And just about all of them think he does not reflect the values the country was built upon. Indeed, within this growing faction, Mr Trump has licence to say just about anything. As we have seen repeatedly, the more outrageous the accusation, the more receptive the ear.

Mr. Luntz, that is all bullshit. Thinking the President is not a Christian or believing he does not love America or that the does not believe in the values the country was built on is all fucking code. They hate the President because he is black. They are racists, and are angry that a black man got to be President. And now they want revenge? LOL. What are they going to try to do? Bring back slavery so that the blacks know their place? Maybe. They support Trump because he wants to deport all Latinos and Muslims.

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DL’s Top Three Commenters in 2015

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DL’s Top Three Commenters in 2015

We have some great commenters here at Delaware Liberal that are just as much part of this blog as any one of the contributors. In 2015, our top three were:

1. Geezer, 862 Comments
2. Dorian Gray, 574 Comments
3. Mouse, 562 Comments

Thank you all for reading and commenting all year long!

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Accept It or Change It: Senator Peterson to sponsor ban on large capacity magazines

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Accept It or Change It: Senator Peterson to sponsor ban on large capacity magazines

Joanna Cabry, the chairwoman of the Progressive Democrats of Sussex County had a Delavoice column in the News Journal the other day, talking about our never ending problem of gun violence. In the column, Joanne talks about assault weapon bans that were enacted in Australia after a mass shooting there. The first step we need to take is to tackle banning large capacity magazines. Because it is a solution that could at least alleviate the problem. If we can’t get the guns banned, maybe we can control the ammunition.

Senator Karen Peterson was the sponsor of the last bill to ban large capacity magazines (HB 58), and she is ready to do it again. But she needs our help. She needs us to counter the hate mail and calls legislators receive from the gun nuts.

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes of 2015: #’s 20-11

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes of 2015: #’s 20-11

Coming up on the Final Countdown of Bulo’s fave tunes of 2015. Here is #20 to #11.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [12.30.2015]

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Holy Bleep! Eagles Fire Chip Kelly

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Holy Bleep!  Eagles Fire Chip Kelly

I really liked the idea of his hiring.  But, the idea of his hiring turned out to be far better than the reality of his tenure.  Still, this is a shock.

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Tuesday Open Thread [12.29.2015]

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Tuesday Open Thread [12.29.2015]

According to a new Gallup poll, President Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have been named 2015’s “Most Admired” people. Not only did they win, but they won by a very wide margin to those who came in behind them.

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2016: The General Assembly

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2016: The General Assembly

Here is our update on the race for the General Assembly next year. The Democrats hold majorities in both houses, 25-16 in the House and 12-9 in the Senate. Only half of the Senate seats are up for election next year, for four year terms. All of the House seats are up for two year terms. The Republicans only need to net 2 seats in the Senate to win control, while they will need to win 5 seats in the House to win control.

The purpose of this chart inside is to show you which seats are competitive and which are not. The number besides each officeholder’s name is the percentage of the vote that that officeholder received in their last election. And based off that number, I rank the seats either Safe, Lean D/R, or Competitive. If the number is shaded in Dark Red or Dark Blue, the district is safe for the incumbent party. If the number is a lighter shade of blue or red, that district leans either Republican or Democratic, meaning the race could get competitive in the right conditions, but it is likely to go to the incumbent party. If the number and the whole district is shaded in yellow, then it is competitive.

My judgment on which district is competitive, at this stage, has a lot to do with how the incumbent performed in his or her prior election. I also factor into my consideration the nature of the district. For example, Trey Paradee’s and Andria Bennett’s districts will be competitive no matter how long they are in office, because of their district’s more conservative lean, and based on their percentage of the vote in the last election. I also include RD18 as competitive because it will be David Bentz’s first real general election, even though he will likely win a full two year term due to the district’s overwhelming Democratic registration edge in general elections. I include RD7, Bryon Short’s district, as competitive because it is an open seat with a history a decade ago of voting Republican. But that race will depend heavily on who will run to replace Short.

So what are you all hearing out there? Who is running? Who is retiring?

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes of 2015: #’s 30-21

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes of 2015: #’s 30-21

Here is the third installment of El Som’s countdown of his favorite tunes of 2015. Here are entries 30 to 21.

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2015: A Year in Reviews

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [12.29.2015]

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Delaware Liberal in 2015

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Delaware Liberal in 2015

As we all recover from Christmas, the Eagles losing, and prepare for New Years, it is time to look back on 2015 at Delaware Liberal. We added a new amazing writer here this year in Brian Stephan from the local blog, Those in Favor. He makes a great addition to our team of Jason300, Pandora, Cassandra, Rob Tornoe, El Somnambulo and yours truly.

Inside you will find our most discussed, visited, and viral posts of 2015, and this year, they reflected the most important political stories in Delaware in 2015.

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Monday Open Thread [12.28.2015]

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Monday Open Thread [12.28.2015]

I touched on this last week, and it is a huge question heading into the GOP, and to a lesser extent, Democratic primaries. From the Washington Post:

“Trump’s unexpected and sustained popularity has, at least in part, been fueled by his appeal to a voting bloc that seems to be emerging: blue-collar workers without college degrees who are slightly younger than the traditional Republican voter. Many say they haven’t cared about politics until now, as they flock to Trump rallies like groupies to a rock concert, read his books, buy his products, quote his jokes and follow his social-media accounts.”

“But is their devotion to Trump deep enough to vote? For those who don’t regularly vote in primaries, doing so for the first time is a hurdle — especially in Iowa, which uses a caucus system that can intimidate first-timers.”

A quote in the piece was symbolic of a large number of responses about the Trump voter’s commitment to vote and caucus:

“We’re going to see … With kids and grandkids and all this, it’s kind of hectic … We’ll look into it. If our time is available, then yeah, maybe we’ll do it. Maybe. We’ll have to see,” said Randy Reynolds, a diehard Donald Trump supporter who’s just not sure if he’ll show up to vote. The Washington Post reports that many of Trump’s supporters, unsurprisingly, say the same thing.

I would not be surprised if Trump loses Iowa by a significant margin. He may not even finish in second place.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [12.28.2015]

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Sunday Open Thread [12.27.2015]

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Sunday Open Thread [12.27.2015]

Peter Beinart says a new Liberal era is beginning? Beginning? It already begun. Back in 2006.

“That doesn’t mean the Republicans won’t retain strength in the nation’s statehouses and in Congress. It doesn’t mean a Republican won’t sooner or later claim the White House. It means that on domestic policy—foreign policy is following a different trajectory, as it often does—the terms of the national debate will continue tilting to the left. The next Democratic president will be more liberal than Barack Obama. The next Republican president will be more liberal than George W. Bush.”

“In the late ’60s and ’70s, amid left-wing militancy and racial strife, a liberal era ended. Today, amid left-wing militancy and racial strife, a liberal era is only just beginning.”

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [12.27.2015]

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The Weekly Addresses

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In his weekly message, Governor Markell highlights efforts to expand job training to offenders to reduce recidivism rates.

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes of 2015: #’s 40-31

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes of 2015: #’s 40-31

El Som’s year end musical countdown continues.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [12.26.2015]

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Christmas Open Thread [12.25.2015]

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