Archive for June, 2017

Politics 101: A Lesson Markell Never Taught Carney

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Politics 101: A Lesson Markell Never Taught Carney

When he was engaged in a primary campaign against John Carney, future Governor Jack Markell told me how he intended to get shit done when he became Governor. “Politics 101… find out what the other side wants and don’t give it to them until they give you something you want.” It is hard to argue with the basic common sense of that formulation. It may not be pretty, but that’s how things get done.

And yet, now we have Democratic “leadership” completely flummoxed by Republicans simply acting like the Republican assholes they are. How did we get here?

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Fri., June 30, 2017

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A Long Day’s Journey Into Night Into Day Into…? Hey, don’t look at me. I don’t know what’s gonna happen.  Here’s what I know. What happened yesterday was political theatre.  One bill would have both restored grants-in-aid cuts and raised taxes. Why? Because the two are intertwined. The BS from Rethuglicans Simpson and Lavelle crying […]

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Hansen Takes Both Sides on CZA Gutting

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Hansen Takes Both Sides on CZA Gutting

When the vote came down, she was for it. But not until she made sure everyone knew that she was also against it.

Though she ended up supporting the bill, Sen. Stephanie Hansen read a statement outlining her reservations about casting a “yes” vote.

“Failing companies and those just limping along are usually incapable of cleaning up the mess they make,” Hansen said. “And companies that are operating just fine right now will do only what they are expected to do and only when it is discovered.”

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Open Thread For June 30, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 30, 2017 15 Comments

Deranged President Gets Derangier.  Look, I’m not a fan of Morning Joe either. But THIS? That boy ain’t right. County Projects On Hold Over Location of Paramedic Station.  Couple of goobers holding construction projects hostage. Phony Voter Fraud Commission Seeks Unprecedented Private Information On Every Voter.  Nothing to see here, folks. It’s not as if […]

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CARNEY AND SCHWARTZKOPF GETTING EXACTLY WHAT THEY DESERVE

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CARNEY AND SCHWARTZKOPF GETTING EXACTLY WHAT THEY DESERVE

When you give away everything before negotiations even begin… when you imagine that Republicans will be reasonable partners in effective governance, what the fuck do you think is going to happen? This a shitshow. How is it even possible in 2017 that we can have Democrats who are this naive and/or stupid?

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CARNEY TOUTS CZA GUTTING & DEDO PRIVY AS VICTORIES FOR REPUBLICANS AND CONSERVATIVES ALIKE

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CARNEY TOUTS CZA GUTTING & DEDO PRIVY AS VICTORIES FOR REPUBLICANS AND CONSERVATIVES ALIKE

The reforms in HB 226, which would restructure Delaware’s economic development efforts, and House Bill 190, which would allow for the responsible redevelopment of 14 industrial sites within the Coastal Zone, will help improve economic opportunity for all Delawareans and create good-paying jobs across our state. We will responsibly pave the way for new industries […]

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Open Thread For June 29, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 29, 2017 14 Comments

Wilmington Chief of Police: Culture Needs To Change. Couldn’t agree more. Get their lazy asses out of HQ and out of their cars and into the communities. Oh, and have them on patrol at the time that crime is at its highest.  Alby is correct: Police unions are an impediment to effective law enforcement. They’re […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., June 29, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 29, 2017 28 Comments

Speaker Pete has given the D Caucus their marching orders: Pass HB 240, don’t dare deviate.  Those who deviate will be marched up to the Governor’s office for a one-on-one with The Kingfish The Jellyfish. There are some progressive legislators who strongly believe that those least able to afford it are being inordinately impacted by the […]

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SEN. GARY SIMPSON & SEN. GREG LAVELLE DEMAND STIPENDS FOR WEALTHY

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SEN. GARY SIMPSON & SEN. GREG LAVELLE DEMAND STIPENDS FOR WEALTHY

“Today, the Democrats demonstrated where their values lie. They have declared that that they cannot cut taxes for our wealthiest citizens and corporations any lower.  The idea that our wealthiest cannot get further tax cuts is mean-spirited and pathetic. The state government spends over $8 billion every year, and very little of that goes directly […]

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PDD 2017 Fundraiser – Tickets Available Now!

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PDD 2017 Fundraiser – Tickets Available Now!

· Hosted by Progressive Democrats for Delaware

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 28, 2017

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Wow. Democrats acting like Democrats in Dover. At least to an extent. Me likey. And, of course, Rethugs acting like Rethugs. Yep, R’s want to delay budget consideration through July while, in fact, they’re holding the budget hostage in order to push their ‘right to work for less’ obsession and to straitjacket future budget deliberations.  […]

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Open Thread For June 28, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 28, 2017 23 Comments

Baynard Stadium, Sallies Deal Moves Forward. No thanks to Charles Potter, who stuck his nose into the deliberations back in November. Manafort Retroactively Files As Foreign Agent. Represented Ukraine officials closely aligned with Putin. Hey, it was merely a $17.1 million oversight. Nothing to see here, folks. Jay Sekulow Funneled Millions From Christian Charity To–His […]

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Trumpcare Vote Delayed

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McConnell doesn’t have the votes.  In fact, the bill has lost support since the CBO Report came out. Not the time to let up, though.  Make your opposition clear.  Hey, we (almost) all have friends and relatives from out-of-state.  Urge them to call their R senators.

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General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., June 27, 2017

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Are you bleeping kidding me? ‘Leadership’ has announced that the General Assembly will not tackle anything controversial during the last week of session. Meaning that, for the most part, legislators will presumably twiddle their thumbs while ‘leadership’ tries to hammer out a budget deal.  Can someone please tell me which bleeping Democratic senator(s) won’t even […]

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Never Quit

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https://youtu.be/2RUNxejHftA

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Open Thread For June 27, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 27, 2017 27 Comments

WHA Director Wasn’t Who He Said He Was. Got Fired For It.  Never attended the college from which he claimed to have a degree.  Took one course at another, claimed to have a Master’s.  His only defender? Serial scam artist Herman ‘The Lesser’ Holloway, Jr. Neil Gorsuch Is Who We Thought He Was. In other […]

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Open Thread For June 26, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 26, 2017 34 Comments

Kushner, Trump, Russia, Loans, Deutsche Bank.  Emoluments. Not just for the President any more. Kushner got a $285 mill lifeline loan month before election.  So many conflicts-of-interest, so little time (to secure that credit line). Great reporting from WaPo. British PM Theresa May Cuts Deal With RWNJ Fringe Party To Stay In Office.  Homophobia and […]

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Open Thread For June 25, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 25, 2017 11 Comments

Joy Reid: Leave Nancy Pelosi Alone!  I agree with her. We’re gonna put that centrist asshole from Ohio in her spot? Hope not. The Business Of Compensating Victims:  Turns out it’s mostly a mom-and-pop operation. Interesting read from the NYTimes. Trumpcare Not Draconian Enough For the Koch Heads. When the history of our democracy’s demise […]

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Open Thread For June 24, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 24, 2017 19 Comments

Putin was Directly Involved In Electing Trump.  Simply one of the most important stories of this or any other year. Read it, even if it means subscribing. In fact, you should subscribe. As the Washington Post’s masthead reads, “Democracy Dies In Darkness”. But the Trump Administration Isn’t Concerned, Even If Intelligence Agencies Are.  It doesn’t help that […]

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People who support John Carney in this Primary are helping Ken Simpler Win

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People who support John Carney in this Primary are helping Ken Simpler Win

You dolts are playing into Ken Simpler’s hands. He wants you to support Carney and fight a damaging primary so that Dems are divided and angry when the general election gets here. Carney is a vanity candidate that stands for nothing other that fucking up the rightful nominees chances. Get a clue you unrealistic Carney zealots! Ken Simpler is the real opponent.

(Ed Note: I’m just gearing up and getting ready of the inevitable, substance-less arguments that will be a daily (hourly?, 5-minutely?) feature of this blog’s comments section when Carney faces a primary for his vaguely right of center, but otherwise feckless first term. The names will change, Carney’s name will change position, but the arguments are evergreen.)

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Wilmington Rally to Fund Our Schools

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Right now the State of Delaware’s budget is facing a ~$350 million shortfall, and our schools are facing huge cuts. In addition to education, critical programs are facing cuts throughout Delaware, including health, social services, and the arts. We need to raise the funds necessary to avoid deep cuts that cost us all later. Come […]

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ACA replacement monstrosity will pass because – fuck it

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ACA replacement monstrosity will pass because – fuck it

Republicans fear their base, (and primary challenges from the right) a lot more than they fear losing to Democrats (scoff) in general elections. They also feel (rightly) that they were elected to fuck shit up. Fucking shit up is not a bug, it is a feature of GOP governance.

So yes… this monstrosity should kill them but it will only make them stronger.

You can read a longer version of this lament here if you are into that sort of thing.

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Open Thread For June 23, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 23, 2017 12 Comments

Yes, Vote Totals May Well Have Been Altered Due To Russian Interference. Besides, it’s written by Charles Pierce, so it’s a great read. But, it’s an essential read. A rare excerpt: We are creeping ever closer to actual evidence that there was Russian ratfcking of the vote totals in the last election. Not long ago, […]

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Open Thread For June 22, 2017

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Could Abortion Language Deep-Six Trumpcare?  Only the Parliamentarian knows for sure. But, it’s quite possible. Yes, Trump Asked Key Intel Figures To Deny Collusion Charges.  Will it matter in an oligarchy? Pelosi Thrown Under Bus. Let me just state what I think should be obvious: Should Pelosi fall on her sword, the Rethugs will just […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., June 22, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 22, 2017 3 Comments

What a shock. Liquor store owners, beer distributors and the like flooded Legislative Hall yesterday to rail against tax hikes, specifically sin tax hikes.  As might be expected, the wavering quaverers, or are they quavering waverers, were ready to fold at the first hint of special interest anger. Led, of course, by Bryon Short: Rep. […]

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