Archive for March, 2016

Wilmington FD Votes No Confidence in Chief Goode

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Wilmington FD Votes No Confidence in Chief Goode

Amazing, but once you think about it, not surprising. According the the NJ: The union that represents Wilmington’s firefighters on Thursday submitted a letter to the city’s elected officials notifying them they had “no confidence” in its leader, Fire Chief Anthony S. Goode. “It is with great regret that we report to you that the […]

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DE GOP Poverty (?) Plan [Updated w/ link]

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DE GOP Poverty (?) Plan [Updated w/ link]

When I first heard about the DEGOP Senate’s poverty plan, I had to let it sink in a bit. I figured it was a plan for further increasing poverty, like all of their plans – only just a little more honest this time. Turns out….I was right. More of the same, tax cuts, private school […]

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I love this legal strategy

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I love this legal strategy

The President appoints and the Senate confirms. If the Senate abstains, the appointment stands.

There is a fun legal theory floating around advocating one way the Obama administration could resolve the mess over Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court. In brief, the theory says this: A few months from now, Garland could just show up at the Supreme Court building and start working.

Okay, it’s a legal theory, so it is much more complicated than that. But Garland pulling on his judicial robe and plunking himself down in Antonin Scalia’s seat without so much as a fare-thee-well from Mitch McConnell….

What we think of as the “advise and consent” process is nothing but the accretion of tradition. The GOP Senate has overturned tradition, so what is the new process? President Obama has a hand in forming that new tradition and seating a new Supreme Court Justice while the Senate abstains should be the next step.

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New Castle County Government: A Police Family Business

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This is a creation from our friends at NCCo. Politics on Twitter. This chart is brilliant.

NCCo.Police.Family.Business.Chart

Whomever is responsible for that twitter feed has also created some other clever graphics. Come inside and see…

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‘Better Call Saul’ Catch up Thread

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‘Better Call Saul’ Catch up Thread

If you are living under a rock, ‘Better Call Saul’ (BCS) is a series on AMC created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. Set in 2002, it is a spin-off prequel of Breaking Bad. Critics, namely me, consider it the best writing and directing on TV right now – or ever.

BCS follows the story of small-time lawyer James Morgan “Jimmy” McGill played brilliantly by Bob Odenkirk, six years before his appearance on Breaking Bad as Saul Goodman.

During the season one cold opening of BCS we find Jimmy playing the part of a sad sack manger of a Midwestern Cinnabon Franchise as he predicted in one of the closing episodes of Breaking Bad. (Wait a sec…is Jimmy “playing the part” of a sad sack manager, or is he a sad sack manager?) How does he get from “jimmy McGill” to “Saul Goodman” to this sad sack? I guess we’ll see. But for catch up purposes, I will not go into the plot, but look at the characters and chat about plot from now on.

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Thursday Open Thread [3.31.16]

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Gallup finds an enthusiasm gap in the Democratic Party. One candidate does 10 points worse than the other when their supporters are asked if they are enthusiastic to vote for him or her. But it is not who you think.

Dem-enthusiasm

One of the things Bernie Sanders supporters say to boost their candidate’s chances is that Bernie has more enthusiasm and momentum on his side, while voters are just “meh” about Hillary. That talking point just died.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [3.31.16]

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Hats cost money

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Hats cost money

COOPER: You always say you’re self-funding. How much do you think your campaign has cost – in the past you said $25 million. TRUMP: I can tell you, I’d say I’m in right now for – now, I’m in for about $35 million right now. COOPER: Okay. TRUMP: We take the small loans, the people […]

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Donald Trump Speaks On Abortion – And It’s Just As Bad As You Imagine

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Donald Trump Speaks On Abortion – And It’s Just As Bad As You Imagine

Via The Daily Beast: There must be “some form of punishment” for women who have abortions, Donald Trump said Wednesday afternoon Adding… “you go back to a position like they had where they would perhaps go to illegal places, but we have to ban it.” and the exact punishment would “have to be determined.” And […]

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Wednesday Open Thread [3.30.16]

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Wednesday Open Thread [3.30.16]

Jonah Goldberg: “If Trump misses the mark by, say, 150 delegates, that would be significantly more than the delegate totals of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina combined. It’s one thing to deny the trophy to the guy who finished a few yards shy of the finish line. It’s another if he misses it by a mile. The bigger the shortfall, the easier it is to persuade delegates that they are not defying the popular will by denying Trump, particularly given the widespread conviction that Trump would be crushed in a general election (with the GOP being torn apart in the process).”

“Cruz would be the most likely victor in a floor fight, but that isn’t assured. The longer the balloting goes, the more likely it is that the bitter and bleary-eyed delegates will opt to order off-menu. That’s what Kasich is allegedly counting on. But Kasich is widely disliked, and it might be a good deal easier to find a unifying candidacy in, say, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, Nikki Haley, or Mike Pence.”

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Lawlessness in the City of Wilmington Starts at the Top

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Lawlessness in the City of Wilmington Starts at the Top

The News Journal published a remarkable story yesterday, detailing the escapades of a Wilmington Fire Marshal who was supposedly performing a residency investigation. Some quick background, new hires with the City of Wilmington are expected to establish residency in the city within six months of hire and then are expected to live in the city for 5 years. There’s a Residency Review Board that is supposed to review challenges of non-compliance. But here we find that somehow a WFD Fire Marshal is clumsily investigating WFD employees:

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Which candidate was a client of the DC Madam?

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Which candidate was a client of the DC Madam?

A lawyer who represented the so-called “D.C. madam” says he has phone records that could influence the outcome of the presidential election, and he’s threatening to release one or more names on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court if he’s denied a hearing on his right to distribute them.

So let’s assume Montgomery Blair Sibley, the late “DC Madam” Deborah Palfrey’s attorney, does have information that ties one of the current candidates to some of the same prostitutes famously frequented by former Senator and presently disgraced pious blow-hard, David Vitter… which one is it? I have listed the candidates from LEAST likely to MOST likely:

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [3.30.16]

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Who said it, Hans Reigle or John Carney?

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Who said it, Hans Reigle or John Carney?

Take the quiz. Identify which statement was copied from which candidates web page, and I’ll post the correct answers in the comment section this afternoon.

Deficit:

A: “For too long, Democrats and Republicans have spent trillions of dollars the nation didn’t have.”

B: “Eliminate wasteful spending that is draining our nation’s economic resources. An $19 trillion national debt is unacceptable.”

Jobs:

A: “Reclaim high tech and low tech manufacturing jobs to enable more Americans to work. Too many jobs have moved overseas. Strong export industries like aerospace and agriculture need to be nurtured.”

B: “Delawareans are not just competing against other Americans for good jobs — they are competing against an increasingly educated workforce around the world. By investing in innovation and building the industries of the future, the U.S. will continue to grow and maintain the world’s leading economy.”

Education:

A: “…states and school districts should have flexibility in determining how best to educate their students.”

B: “Local control of education needs to be increased and maintained.”

National Security:

A: “Address our border control problems in order for Americans to reclaim our sense of security. Current immigration laws are not being properly enforced. A weak border complicates immigration reform and is a threat to our national security. Unvetted immigrants should not be allowed entry into the United States.

B: I firmly believe that America should be focused on nation-building here at home, not abroad, I feel strongly that we must maintain a counterterrorism infrastructure that ensures a tragedy like September 11th will never happen again.

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Tuesday Open Thread [3.29.16]

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Tuesday Open Thread [3.29.16]

David Plouffe:

Ok, you say. We get that Clinton has built a strong delegate lead. But she should be able to close this out with more strength, winning the vast majority of the remaining states. And if she doesn’t, it shows weakness for the general election. Well, [...] [a]t this time eight years ago, ]President Obama] too had an all but insurmountable delegate lead.

But in the last 9 contests, we lost 6 of them. Now, we had some issues like Rev Wright we were fighting thru. And Hillary Clinton campaigned admirably. But we predicted those losses long before based on the results we were seeing in the earlier primaries and caucuses.

Even as we were moving towards the nomination, and ultimately the Presidency, we knew we would lose a bunch of states in the latter part of the primary calendar. Some suggested it showed weakness or would hurt us in the general.

History suggests otherwise.

Bernie had an expected good weekend, and some fools decided that it meant he was absolutely going to be the nominee, despite the math, despite the upcoming slate of primaries that all favor Hillary by large margins, despite the history that Plouffe so expertly lays out. Boy, some of you are going to have to eat a lot of crow in May. Do you like Ketchup to go with it?

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Complexities of Color Coalition Mayoral Debate April 18

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Complexities of Color Coalition Mayoral Debate April 18

The Complexities of Color Coalition, in partnership with the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League Young Professionals, Interdenominational Ministers Action Council, Delaware Young Democrats Minority Caucus, and Delaware Black are hosting a debate among Wilmington Mayoral candidates April 18, 2016, 7pm at Ezion Fair Baptist Church in Wilmington. You need a ticket (it’s free) for this one and you can sign up for that at this website. Your ticket comes via email.

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Open Democratic Convention Scenerio: The Joe Biden Option

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Open Democratic Convention Scenerio: The Joe Biden Option

Even though Sanders is now poised to win, I think we have to turn our attention to the possibility of an open Democratic Convention. In the event that two current candidates are too close to call in pledged delegates, and the super delegates exercise their prerogative to keep their powder dry, I can easily envision […]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [3.29.16]

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I’m calling it: The Walking Dead Officially Sucks

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I’m calling it:  The Walking Dead Officially Sucks

Repetitive, boring… It is simply stupid at this point. No central characters are ever killed anymore and the way they behave, they are in desperate need of being killed. How many undisciplined strolls do we have to go on with these nit wits? How many times do “the bad guys” need to get the drop […]

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I’m calling it: Bernie Sanders is the Democratic Nominee

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I’m calling it: Bernie Sanders is the Democratic Nominee

Bernie is surging and, hounded by legal troubles, Clinton is fading. Wisconsin sets up well for Sanders and the Wisconsin momentum is going to carry him through New York and Pennsylvania. That is enough to wipe out Clinton’s meager 230 delegate lead by the end of March. But beyond the polls, Sanders has (and Clinton […]

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Monday Open Thread [3.28.16]

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Monday Open Thread [3.28.16]

Harry Enten says Sanders overperforms in Caucauses, and he doesn’t gain momentum from his caucus wins, and he is about to run out of caucuses to win.

The problem for the Sanders campaign is that there are only two caucuses left on the Democratic primary calendar. [...]

Now, I know what some of you are thinking: How do we know that Sanders’s big wins this week aren’t a sign that something more fundamental about the Democratic race has changed? We don’t, necessarily. But look at the calendar: Sanders also outperformed his delegate targets in Colorado, Kansas and Maine earlier this month, and he still went on to suffer big losses on March 15. And that was after his shocking Michigan victory. Moreover, Sanders greatly underperformed his delegate targets last Tuesday in Arizona, which held a primary and has a more diverse electorate.

Most likely, Sanders will need to find another way to make up ground on Clinton in the delegate race. Wyoming (April 9) and North Dakota (June 7) are the only remaining stateside caucuses. The rest of the stateside races are primaries. Sanders has exceeded his delegate targets in just three stateside primaries. He’s matched them in three and underperformed in 15. Given that Sanders is still so far behind in the delegate count, he needs to outperform his delegate targets by a lot.

How likely is that? Well, he’s behind by about 6 percentage points in Wisconsin, according to FiveThirtyEight’s weighted polling average. That’s not a huge deficit, and it wouldn’t shock me if Sanders won Wisconsin given that the black population there is below 10 percent. (To match his delegate target in Wisconsin, he needs a net gain of 10 delegates there.) Sanders, though, will likely have more difficulty in later primaries in April, such as Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania, where African Americans make up more than 10 percent of the state’s population.

Sanders had a strong week, and this has been a crazy year in politics. But there’s nothing in the recent results to suggest that the overall trajectory of the Democratic race has changed. Clinton was and is a prohibitive favorite to win the nomination.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [3.28.16]

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Easter Sunday Open Thread [3.27.16]

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Easter Sunday Open Thread [3.27.16]

As expected, Bernie Sanders won blowout wins in Washington, Hawaii and Alaska. It keeps him going, although it does little to change the structure of the race. To do that, he is going to have to win New York by blowout margins. He narrowed the delegate yesterday by winning 104 delegates to her 38, earning him a net gain of 66 delegates. So now Clinton’s delegate lead is down to 250. To win the nomination, Bernie will need to win all the remaining states by margins he enjoyed yesterday, 73 to 25. And there are only two more caucus states remaining where he can do that (Wyoming and North Dakota).

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Happy Easter!

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Happy.Easter

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [3.27.16]

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