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Sunday Daily Delawhere [8.28.16]

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Saturday Open Thread [8.27.16]

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Saturday Open Thread [8.27.16]

NBC News has tracked down Dr. Harold Bornstein, the doctor who signed the completely bizarre letter of health for Donald Trump. It turns out that Dr. Harold Bornstein does exist, and he is like a character out of the Sopranos or Breaking Bad, who treats patients in the back of a strip club. He wrote the letter in 5 minutes while a Trump limousine was waiting outside to pick it up.

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The Weekly Addresses

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [8.27.16]

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Eric Trump: Dad is running because he watches waaaaaay too much Fox News and is haunted by the “PC” boogeymen

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Eric Trump: Dad is running because he watches waaaaaay too much Fox News and is haunted by the “PC” boogeymen

Let’s look at the reasons Trump is running according to his idiot son:

“He opens up the paper each morning and sees our nation’s leaders giving a hundred billion dollars to Iran,”

Iranian frozen assets were unfrozen through negotiations, so this is bullshit.

… or he opens the paper and some new school district has just eliminated the ability for its students to say the pledge of allegiance,

Pure BS. Show me this non-existent school district.

…or some fire department in some town is ordered by the mayor to no longer fly the American flag on the back of a fire truck,”

Again, what a load of crap. Please point me to whatever “paper” carried this story.

“Or, he sees the tree on the White House lawn has been renamed ‘Holiday tree’ instead of ‘Christmas tree.’

Nope. Maybe in Bill O’Reilly’s fever dreams, but not in reality.

I could go on and on for hours. Those are the very things that made my father run, and those are the very things he cares about.”

So… he cares about utter nonsense. Got it.

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Damn, this Clinton Ad Team is Amazing.

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Del. ADA’s Progressive Rankings of the General Assembly

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Del. ADA’s Progressive Rankings of the General Assembly

Earlier this week, the Delaware Chapter of the ADA released its annual Legislative Report Card, which evaluates each Representative and Senator’s votes on priority progressive legislation and determines which have acted as Progressive Heros, or, alternatively Progressive Zeros. For the 2nd year in a row, Rep. John Kowalko in the House and Sen. Bryan Townsend were the legislators at the top of the list as the most progressive in Delaware. The full list is inside…

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Barney joins LBR in airing television ads, but he repeats false Social Security claim.

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Barney joins LBR in airing television ads, but he repeats false Social Security claim.

It’s your generic political ad, professionally produced, and it is likely airing only on cable and not over air out of Philadelphia (as that would be prohibitively expensive). Still, airing and producing this ad likely took a good chunk of Barney’s cash on hand.

The ad, though, repeats a false claim that Barney is the only candidate with a plan to protect and expand Social Security.

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More Mailers

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More Mailers

A positive Bethany Hall Long piece, an anti-Gordon and pro-Meyer piece from Matt Meyer, and an anti-Koch Brothers issue ad on money in politics from the Townsend campaign.

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Celia Cohen attended TEDxWilmington

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Celia Cohen attended TEDxWilmington

…at least I think she did. It is hard to tell because, as she eases into retirement, her blog posts are now 95% content free.

Here is the substance: Chris Coons cracked a joke about how unpopular congress is. He had a constituent that stopped getting social security, but he fixed it. Coons also formed a congressional “Chicken Caucus,” with a Republican from Georgia.

That’s, literally, it. I wonder if Delaware Today, Ramone Family of Business, Bonny Anderson, David Deputy, Lisa B. Goodman, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, Norman D. Griffiths, Laird Stabler, Carolyn Swayze, Frances M. West, S.B. & Katy Woo and Bill Wood feel like they are getting their money’s worth.

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Friday Open Thread [8.26.16]

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Friday Open Thread [8.26.16]

Here is Matt Flegenheimer’s write-up at The New York Times on Hillary’s speech yesterday, which I consider to be one of her best speeches ever:

In a 31-minute address, building to a controlled simmer, Mrs. Clinton did everything but call Mr. Trump a racist outright — saying he had promoted “racist lie” after “racist lie,” pushed conspiracy theories with “racist undertones” and heartened racists across the country by submitting to an “emerging racist ideology known as the alt-right.” [...]

​With Mr. Trump’s rise, Mrs. Clinton has often struck a have-you-no-sense-of-decency theme in her critiques — warning sternly and repeatedly that the arc of his candidacy transcended standard political attack. But her effort on Thursday was remarkable for its exhaustive accounting of Mr. Trump’s controversial racial history in business and in his presidential campaign.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [8.26.16]

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Tom Gordon does not show up to WDEL debate with Matt Meyer!!

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ICYMI: Hillary’s speech from today

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$600 or Death

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$600 or Death

Why has the cost of EpiPen risen over 500% in the last 9 years? Because Mylan and their CEO decided to excessively profit off of the sale of a dirt-cheap medication and relatively cheap delivery technology that routinely saves peoples’ lives, including young children.

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Thursday Open Thread [8.25.16]

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Thursday Open Thread [8.25.16]

Jonathan Chait: “The main difficulty Trump faces in dispelling the impression that he is a racist is that Trump is, in fact, a gigantic racist.”

Meanwhile, the Daily Beast says Donald is in trouble: “Donald Trump used his campaign funds to buy thousands of copies of his own book at retail cost, simultaneously diverting donor money back into his pockets while artificially boosting his sales figures. It’s a tactic that may be illegal, campaign finance experts say.”

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [8.25.16]

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Trump’s Campaign Manager, Kellyanne Conway, is not attractive

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Trump’s Campaign Manager, Kellyanne Conway, is not attractive

Kellyanne Conway is not conventionally attractive, and judging from her politics her soul is a putrid mess as well. I only mention this because Trump puts so much stock in looks, mentions how attractive or unattractive people are all the time, and it must be killing him to have to work with Conway. Also, she is in the news today because she says that polls are “skewed” by the fact that people are embarrassed to tell pollsters that they are voting for Trump.

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Wednesday Open Thread [8.24.16]

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Wednesday Open Thread [8.24.16]

Laura Clawson says that Donald Trump won’t let go of Hillary’s main weakness in his eyes: that she is not a man.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [8.24.16]

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DL Endorsement for U. S. Congress

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DL Endorsement for U. S. Congress

Progressives have been waiting forever to have one of their own represent Delaware in Congress. The last time a liberal voice represented Delaware in the U.S. House of Representatives was in 1966, when then-Representative Harris McDowell (the state senator’s dad) lost to Bill Roth. For the first time in 50 years, we now have the chance to elect a proven progressive and exceedingly effective legislator to Congress. A person with both intellect and heart. That person is Bryan Townsend.

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Tuesday Open Thread [8.23.16]

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Tuesday Open Thread [8.23.16]

“I’m a journalist.”

— Sean Hannity, on Fox News in 2008.

“I never claimed to be a journalist.”

— Hannity, quoted by the New York Times on how he’s been advising Donald Trump.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [8.23.16]

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A couple of last thoughts about the Peach Festival

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A couple of last thoughts about the Peach Festival

It was fun going around the Peach Festival shooting videos. Which, by the way is pretty easy. So if you see a candidate, you are hereby deputized as a DL reporter. Just get someone to hold the camera sideways and keep the video to around 2 minutes so you can text it to us.

Now then. Here are some things I wish I had asked, and some surly volunteers who didn’t like me.

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DL Endorsement for New Castle County Executive

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DL Endorsement for New Castle County Executive

Sometimes voting is an exercise in prevention, as in preventing someone from gaining office; or rejection, in rejecting a failed incumbent. You are not necessarily voting for an alternative, but against a failure. Other times, and hopefully more often than not, you are voting for the best candidate for the job. And sometimes, you can do both. And Democrats can do both on September 13 in voting for Matthew Meyer, and against Tom Gordon, for County Executive.

And doing both is necessary to save our state and county Democratic Party. Delaware, right now, is a one party state. Especially in New Castle County, which is more Democratic than Sussex County is Republican. The danger of one party states, or one party counties, is that they tend to become corrupt and abusive. And that is when the one party of the one party state collapses, either through the weight of its own corruption, or because outside forces have become strong and popular enough to depose him.

Twice now, Tom Gordon is the leading indicator of that trend. You would have thought we would have learned our lesson the first time. He previously served two terms, from 1997 until 2004, until he was forced out during a federal corruption investigation during his second term. Gordon and his chief administrative officer, Sherry Freebery, were indicted and accused of engaging in a criminal enterprise that included using county police officers to campaign for candidates of their liking. Further, Freebery was accused of accepting a “loan” of more than $2 million from a county landowner who needed county approval for a golf course project. It was also alleged that the county settled a sexual harassment lawsuit to avoid public disclosure of a sex scandal that included intimate relations between Gordon and Freebery. Gordon and Freebery had been charged with racketeering, wire fraud and mail fraud.

In the end, however, the prosecutions failed to eradicate the cancer that was and is Gordon. Freebery admitted to lying on a bank loan, a felony, and Gordon pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors for failing to provide accurate tax information for two employees who performed political work on county time. And Gordon found his way back into county government by defeating an ethically challenged Paul Clark in 2012. County voters took a chance that Gordon had changed and learned his lesson. They took a chance that he would bring back the roaring 90’s without the corrupt taint.

They were wrong.

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