Archive for March, 2017

Campaigns don’t start with a three county tour…

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Campaigns don’t start with a three county tour…

…they start with a tip to the DL tipline.

A person close to Simpler says that he is NOT running for treasurer in 2018. And that he does plan on running against Carney for governor in 2020.

Also – I’ve heard that if Simpler doesn’t run for Tres. look for Kathy McGuiness to run for that office. Could Ken be so generous as to give Park City a running start? Simpler is rumored to be a big supporter of KMcG and in looking at her facebook page, she’s planning on running for something.

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I’m calling it: Ken Simpler will beat John Carney

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I’m calling it: Ken Simpler will beat John Carney

After taking in Carney’s “shared sacrifice” budget proposal a couple of things have become clear to me.

1) Carney has no imagination. He isn’t a leader. He is just following along what Jack Markell did, right down to adopting Markell’s January swansong budget proposal wholesale. This budget shows no guts and fewer brains.

2) He doesn’t care about courting Democratic constituencies. The gutting of the Coastal Zone Act in order to preserve “offshore tax shelter” tax rates for wealthy corporations and individuals speaks volumes.

3) Carney is trapped in 1990’s. This budget does court two constituencies – the state chamber of commerce, and “moderates.”

Does he really think that he is going to run a race that ignores Democrats (because he thinks he has those votes tied down) while trying to appeal to the state’s persuadable Republicans? My sense is that he is thinking precisely that because it is what would have worked in the 1990’s.

This budget demonstrates…

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Is it way too early for DE pot enthusiasts to get psyched?

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Is it way too early for DE pot enthusiasts to get psyched?

I’m seriously asking. Some friends who follow marijuana policy more closely than they follow politics at large are rather excited by this development: Delaware took a major step Thursday toward becoming the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana use. State legislators unveiled a bill that would allow state residents 21 and older to purchase up […]

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March 31, 2017 Open Thread

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March 31, 2017 Open Thread

Gov. John Carney: Fix budget, update Coastal Zone Act; Suspect killed by NCCo police shot earlier by Phila. cop; Delaware legislators say they have votes to legalize pot; Working group to consider future of Wilmington’s Baynard Stadium

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Sussex Dem’s Shakeup Shocks Good Old Boys

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I didn’t know what to make of the change in leadership in the Sussex County Democratic Party, until I read this update by Claire Snyder-Hall. “The Sussex County Democrats had their Caucus on March 27th, and they overwhelmingly elected Jane Hovington as their new chair, reportedly shocking establishment Dems. Jane had the support of progressives, […]

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John Carney Address Live Blog

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Some procedural crap going on now. Passing motions to enable the session, etc. BTW – this is going out live on FB. All of my observation will go in the comments section below.

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NYTimes: Trump Officials Fed Nunes Intel That Nunes Fed Back to White House

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Jesus H. Christ: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/30/us/politics/devin-nunes-intelligence-reports.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news The takeaway: A pair of White House officials played a role in providing Representative Devin Nunes of California, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, with the intelligence reports that showed President Trump and his associates were incidentally swept up in foreign surveillance by American spy agencies. Several current American […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., March 30, 2017

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Time stands still this afternoon at 2:30 as John Carney applies his monotone to his monochromatic budget address in the Senate Chamber. It must be said again: Carney’s lack of vision is shocking.  This is a bean counter’s proposal.  A percentage of this, a percentage of that.  No thought given to prioritizing what’s most important […]

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Carper Steps Up on Gorsuch Filibuster – Now What about Coons?

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Carper Steps Up on Gorsuch Filibuster – Now What about Coons?

In an uncharacteristically direct and forceful statement, Tom Carper has announced that he will support the Democratic filibuster of Judge Neil Gorsuch.

I believe that moving forward with Judge Gorsuch’s nomination will send a signal that it’s acceptable to put partisan politics over fidelity to our Constitution. It is not. While I do not believe that two wrongs make a right, I believe this may be our only opportunity to right a historic wrong. Therefore, I am left with no other choice but to oppose Judge Gorsuch’s nomination until we find agreement on moving Judge Garland’s nomination forward at the same time.

The complete statement is below the fold.

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March 30, 2017 Open Thread

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March 30, 2017 Open Thread

Delaware correctional officer pension boost proposed; Report: 41% of Delaware graduates not ready for college; Joe Biden honors late son Beau’s legacy; Legislative bills could pave way for Dover Mall road

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Support Network Delaware and not just with your good wishes, but with money

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Support Network Delaware and not just with your good wishes, but with money

Network Delaware is the successor to the Eugene Young campaign. They are a very active group of activists who deserve our support. Click through for the details.

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Trump Issues Three-Word Executive Order

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Trump Issues Three-Word Executive Order

(CNN) President Donald Trump signed a three-word executive order Tuesday, which administration officials said defines his approach to governing while giving agency heads wide latitude to implement his vision.

The executive order simply read “Fuck shit up.” Although terse, the order was not viewed as cryptic but was immediately and broadly understood by Republicans throughout all levels of federal, state, county and local governments.

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March 29, 2017 Open Thread

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March 29, 2017 Open Thread

Delaware immigrants perceive greater threat; NCCo Executive Matt Meyer: No tax hike in coming year; Delaware bill pushes changes to charter school rules; Man shot in the head Tuesday afternoon in Wilmington; Steele named Indian River superintendent;

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The Best Cartoon Ever

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Bugs and Thugs has recently been voted* the best cartoon ever. It features the great “oven gag” in which Bugs Bunny predicts the Irish cop’s words and actions with absolute perfection.

*voted by me. Just now.

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., March 28, 2017

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So, it turns out that the killing of the death penalty was not final.  When the Delaware Supreme Court held that the statute was unconstitutional, it was like waving a red flag in front of a bull.  Or, bull-headed legislators. Hence, the “Extreme Crimes Prevention Act”, which the News-Journal reports will be introduced next week.  […]

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Being A-Holes to Transgender People Cost North Carolina $3 Billion Plus

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Being A-Holes to Transgender People Cost North Carolina $3 Billion Plus

I’m old enough to remember when “conservative” meant sober, frugal, thoughtful and cautious. Now it means “piss money away with reckless abandon, as long as it gets your dick hard by being a-holes to the right groups.”

About a year after North Carolina Republicans passed the anti-LGBT law known as HB2, the Associated Press has calculated that the law will cost the state $3.76 billion in lost business over 12 years.

The AP calculated the loss by looking at projects that were canceled or moved to another state because of the law using public records requests and interviews. The number reached “is likely an underestimation of the law’s true costs,” (per the AP).

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The Death Penalty – Expensive, Impractical and Unconstitutional so naturally Republicans (and some dumbass Democrats) love it

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The Death Penalty – Expensive, Impractical and Unconstitutional so naturally Republicans (and some dumbass Democrats)  love it

I’m old enough to remember when “conservative” meant sober, frugal, thoughtful and cautious. Now it means “piss money away with reckless abandon, as long as it gets your dick hard.”

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March 28, 2017 Open Thread

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March 28, 2017 Open Thread

Police scramble to find cause of rash of heroin overdoses; No cause yet in large Wilmington fire; Ospreys arrive back in Delaware; State ESSA plan nears completion, concerns about 5-star rating system linger; Goal of Newark Train station is to connect Philly-to-DC

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Pushy Bastards Step Up Into Leadership Positions

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Pushy Bastards Step Up Into Leadership Positions

You’ve read El Som’s take on Erik Raser-Schramm. It is an unvarnished good. But check this out, and connect the dots. Recently Mike Matthews was elected to lead the large and influential DSEA. I’ve also heard that a long time friend of DL is going to chair the New Castle County Democratic Party.

Taken alone all of these are positive developments for people who want progressive voices to be heard. But viewed as a whole, it is safe to say that we are on the cusp of some exciting times for Democrats. Exciting times, really, for anyone who is interested in effective advocacy and governance. To paraphrase the stirring words of John F Kennedy, let the word go forth that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans, so it is time to kick some ass and see what we are really made of.

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Putting Pressure on Coons and Carper to Support the Democratic Filibuster of the Gorsuch nomination

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Here is where this stands. Bluedelaware and DelawareLiberal are working together to bring groups like Delaware United, Network Delaware, Progressive Democrats for Delaware, and Democrats in Kent and Sussex Counties together to commit to a two-part action. Part 1 is a rally to deliver a petition to Coons and Carper prior to the cloture vote, and Part 2 is to commit to turning up on Carper and Coons’ doorstep (flashmob style) if they vote to close debate and thereby break the filibuster.

If you are a member of an organization please get in touch with me about joining this effort. If you are an individual, please sign the petition and be ready to go if need be.

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March 27, 2017 Open Thread

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March 27, 2017 Open Thread

4 dead in one day from heroin in Delaware; Man, 30, is 13th fatally shot in Wilmington this year; 1 business destroyed, others damaged after massive fire on Market Street in Wilmington; It’s a homecoming for Christina’s new Superintendent; Delaware jobless rate ticks up again for February

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Erik Raser-Schramm to Run for Chair of Del Dems

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Erik Raser-Schramm to Run for Chair of Del Dems

It is clearly a big upgrade. Raser-Schramm brings a lot of energy and the proven ability to win elections. I hope it also means that the Democratic brand comes into sharper focus. For too long Democratic politicians have used LGBTQ friendliness as a fig leaf to cover their Republican, trickle down economic sensibilities. It is time that being a Democrat means more that being someone who is comfortable using gays as window dressing.

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Why the Rethugs HAD to Push Obamacare Repeal First

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Because the repeal would have yielded the big pot of money they needed to enact permanent tax cuts. Check out this must-read analysis from the Washington Post.  Oh, and subscribe.  At least to the Post and to the Times.  We need great journalism now more than ever.  Here are a couple of key excerpts: But […]

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The best explainer on why Trumpcare failed

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“(GOP) opposition to Obamacare was like Benghazi. Peel away the layers of wingutese and there just wasn’t anything there. And as we’ve learned, elected Republicans aren’t any different from internet wingnuts these days. Sure some of them literally want people to die, but most of them just know wingnut word salad and don’t understand what […]

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Rob Arlett wants to be surprised by illegal trash dumps again, this time within the DEGOP

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Rob Arlett wants to be surprised by illegal trash dumps again, this time within the DEGOP

Rob Arlett was recently in the news for being “amazed, appalled, disgusted and disappointed” by what a disgusting shit hole parts of Sussex had become during his tenure as a county councilman. Now he wants to be “amazed, appalled, disgusted and disappointed” all over again.

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