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Saturday Open Thread [4.30.16]

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Saturday Open Thread [4.30.16]

John Sides: “The longest-running measure of American attitudes about the economy is the Index of Consumer Sentiment. Before I had looked at these data, I was sure I’d find that sentiment was only a bit more positive than it was when Obama took office. But in fact, the upward trend — with the exception of the drop during the 2011 debt ceiling crisis — is striking. This upward trend is also reflected in data from Pew and Gallup.”

“As of the first quarter of 2016, even with a slight downturn in the second and third quarters of 2015, consumer sentiment was as positive as it had been since the mid-2000s. It was also as positive as it had been in the mid-1980s during the recovery from the recession of 1981-1982. For example, the value of consumer sentiment at the end of 1983, as Ronald Reagan’s reelection campaign was gearing up, was 91.6. In the first three months of 2015, it was almost exactly the same: 91.5.”

“In other words, consumer sentiment is as positive as it was at the beginning of the election year when Reagan argued that it was ‘Morning in America.’”

This is why Clinton is running a positive campaign embracing Obama and why it will work.

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The Weekly Addresses

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In this week’s address, the President repeated his call for Republicans in the United States Senate to give Chief Judge Merrick Garland a fair hearing and a vote.


In his weekly message, Governor Markell talks about the benefits of homeownership and the effort to expand those opportunities through access to credit and financing assistance, financial literacy education, and partnerships among government, non-profits and the business community to drive accessible and affordable housing development statewide.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [4.30.2016]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [4.30.2016]

P.S. DuPont Middle School, on 34th Street at the foot of Van Buren Street in Wilmington. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Trump to court Sanders supporters

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Trump to court Sanders supporters

I’ve been called a purist. I’ve been ridiculed for cleaving to corny old nonsense like “values” and “integrity.” So I know where Clinton skeptics are coming from. But, I truly feel sorry for the nit wits, nutbags, and wild-eyed zealots who could be taken in by something like this.

Republican Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is planning its next coup: vying for the votes of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) supporters who say they won’t back Hillary Clinton in a general election.

“You have two candidates in Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders which have reignited a group of people who have been disenfranchised and disappointed with the way Washington, D.C. and career politicians have run the country,” campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told CNN on Friday.

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Biking Lewes to Rehoboth (and vice versa) to take a small step, and giant leap forward

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Biking Lewes to Rehoboth (and vice versa) to take a small step, and giant leap forward

The Junction Breakwater Trail is a State treasure that currently comes to a crazy dead-end just shy of Rehoboth. Props to DelDot for getting this fixed. Source: DelDOT A map of the proposed trail entering Rehoboth, with routes going either down Church Street or through a planned development next to Shoal Harbor. Rehoboth Beach — […]

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Delaware Political Weekly: April 22-28, 2016.

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Delaware Political Weekly: April 22-28, 2016.

While the Trumpster talks about building a literal wall between the US and Mexico, Bryan Townsend is building a figurative electoral wall around the greater Newark area.  His campaign HQ is in Newark, the preponderance of his grassroots efforts so far have been in the greater Newark area, and all of these endorsements are from legislators who more or less are from that area.  It makes sense to me.  Shows that his grassroots campaign is paying off.  He now starts with a solid group of supporters largely based on geography.  That’s a nice chunk of voters who he can count on.  The question will become: To what extent can he expand and replicate that grassroots either throughout the state as a whole or in a more specific sense. A great start though.  Haven’t contributed to his campaign for, oh, three weeks or so.  Might be time to ante up again.

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Mark your calendars: PDD’s Upcoming Candidate Forums for Congress and Insurance Commissioner

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Mark your calendars: PDD’s Upcoming Candidate Forums for Congress and Insurance Commissioner

This coming Wednesday, May 4, at 7 PM, the Progressive Democrats for Delaware are hosting a Congressional Candidates Forum at their regular monthly meeting at the Delaware Democratic Party HQ at 19 E. Commons Boulevard, 2nd Floor. All of the candidates, Sean Barney, Bryan Townsend, Mike Miller and Lisa Blunt Rochester, are expected to attend At their next meeting on June 1 at the same location and time, they will be hosting the first solo forum (I believe) for the Insurance Commissoner candidates: incumbent Karen Weldin Stewart, current NCCo Sheriff Trinidad Navarro, and 2012 candidate Paul Gallagher.

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Friday Open Thread [4.29.16]

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Friday Open Thread [4.29.16]

Scott Lemieux says Hillary will govern like her last name is Sanders rather than Clinton:

Last week, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that voting rights will be restored for convicted felons who are no longer in prison. If his executive order is upheld, this will enfranchise more than 200,000 citizens of the state who have paid their debt to society and deserve a voice in their state government. It’s a bold, progressive action, exactly the kind of policy core Democratic voters are coming to expect from their leaders.

Before assuming office, McAuliffe seemed like the ultimate political hack.
This major progressive reform didn’t come out entirely of the blue, either. On his first day in office, McAuliffe signed an executive order banning discrimination against state employees based on sexual orientation. In an action that foreshadowed his enfranchisement of felons, McAuliffe removed questions about criminal history from government job applications. He has been limited by a Republican-controlled legislature—his valiant fight to accept the Medicaid expansion ultimately failed—but he’s been a solidly progressive governor.

What’s interesting about this is that before assuming office, McAuliffe seemed like the ultimate political hack. The Clinton crony and prodigious fundraiser seemed worth voting for only because the Republicans were running the odious former state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli against him.

Sound familiar?

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Facts Are Always Lost on The Republicans

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Facts Are Always Lost on The Republicans

Donald Trump continues his “Throw Shit on The Wall and See if It Will Stick Tour”. This time it was in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [4.29.2016]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [4.29.2016]

The rose garden in Brandywine Park in Wilmington, across Van Buren Street from the cherry trees surrounding the Joesphine Fountain. Photo by xzmattzx.

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DEGOP looking at the horizon and moving past the lunatics

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DEGOP looking at the horizon and moving past the lunatics

I don’t know these candidates, but knowing that it takes time to build up campaign chops, these youngsters (Chapman, Delcollo, and Spadola) appear to be recruited for this cycle and the next.

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Cringe Inducing Senator Induces Cringes

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The News Journal thinks Carper’s song was sexist. I think he was his normal awkward self, although maybe even a little more uneasy around actual humans these days.

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Your Primary Day Experience

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Your Primary Day Experience

Claire Snyder-Hall and the rest of the team at Common Cause Delaware want to hear your story if you had any difficulty voting at your polling place. I know that Nemski was asked for his ID before voting, and there is always some confusion regarding that procedure. It turns out that, while you are not required to show ID in Delaware, poll workers will ask for it, and if you do not have an ID or are unwilling to show it, you will be required to fill out a form before you can vote. I presume that this form has you swear under penalties of perjury that you are who you say you are.

Anyway, if you had a problem with your registration or your polling place, let Claire and Common Clause know.

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Townsend gets endorsements from Bentz, Jaques and Sokola

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Townsend gets endorsements from Bentz, Jaques and Sokola

Three Newark-Area state lawmakers have endorsed their fellow colleague, State Senator Bryan Townsend, this morning. These endorsements come on top of earlier endorsements by Sen. Karen Peterson, Sen. Nicole Poore, Rep. Ed Osienski, and Rep. Paul Baumbach.

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Thursday Open Thread [4.28.16]

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Thursday Open Thread [4.28.16]

Josh Marshall on Clinton v. Trump:

These two candidates aren’t just appealing to different demographics or voting coalitions. They’re operating in what almost amounts to two different political universes. In linguistic terms it is almost like two mutually unintelligible languages. I guarantee you that everyone who has voted for Trump in any primary so far loved those remarks. They hate Hillary. They hate ‘political correctness’. More than anything else they love provocation itself. But this kind of talk, while a single instance itself, reminds us that Trump has already all but disqualified himself with huge swaths of the electorate. It’s like a long fingernail drag over the chalkboard for a significant majority of voters. Trump has a 70%+ disapproval rating among women; roughly 80% disapproval among Hispanics; and the list goes on and on. At the moment he’s even doing fairly poorly among whites! But we should expect those numbers to rise significantly as Republican partisans unify around Trump.

Meanwhile Clinton is talking about opportunity, inclusion across racial groups and the gender divide. It is a message framed around inclusion for rising groups, young people and incremental improvements in the safety net and wages for those just hanging on in the 21st century economy. It really amounts to a simple continuity message with the Obama presidency. What he did. My point isn’t to pump this agenda. This is an ideologically agnostic point. It is to point out how it is virtually incomprehensible in the Trump universe. Gibberish or nonsense in a worldview based on reclaiming things your supporters believe were or are being taken away from them by others, and a powerful leader reclaiming what you lost from domestic newcomers and foreign adversaries. They’re just categorically different, not just in policy terms, but in language, manner of acting in public, concept of leadership. Everything. They’re mutually incomprehensible, seemingly indifferent to what folks on the other side of the divide even think.

Think about it this way. Can you imagine Trump and Clinton actually debating or discussing a specific issue? Let alone engaging in a formal debate?

What worries Republicans profoundly and has Democrats what I would call cautiously ecstatic is that if both candidates are doubling down on these portions of the population – Clinton’s chunk looks significantly larger than Trump’s. The biggest driver in November may turn out to be gender. But seen through a racial prism, which seems more likely: that Trump will significantly drive up the white vote or that Clinton will significantly drive up the minority vote? Trump seems dramatically less popular with Hispanic voters than Romney and it is difficult to see him making up much of that ground. Remember too that there are fewer white voters in 2016 than there were in 2012.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [4.28.2016]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [4.28.2016]

New Castle Presbyterian Church, on 2nd Street in New Castle. The church was built in 1707. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Comment Rescue – TPP is a stinking shitpile (paraphrase)

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Comment Rescue – TPP is a stinking shitpile  (paraphrase)

I tend to lump all recent US manufacturing killing “free trade” deals into one disgusting lump. Rep Kowalko admonishes us to pay attention to the singularly onerous TPP. Why aren’t any of you focusing on the clear and ominous economic threat of TPP which if/when approved will allow non-signer China to provide a monopoly of […]

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Why I Did Not Vote For Hillary

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Why I Did Not Vote For Hillary

Late last night and this morning, I was working on a piece about why I didn’t vote for Hillary. (Jason has a great piece on why he voted for Bernie. You should read it.) So I got my post done and then I found this new editorial by Shaun King, If voting for Hillary Clinton means voting against my core beliefs, I’m not sure I can do it.

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Ted Cruz to announce some stupid bullshit at 4:00 today

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Ted Cruz to announce some stupid bullshit at 4:00 today

He should be announcing that he is dropping out on the grounds that he is widely hated. But it will probably be to announce his bold proposal to prevent Trans people from ever going to the bathroom…ever under any circumstances. Or, his bold pick of the corpse of Margaret Thatcher as a running mate. Who knows. Cruz is a has been. Fuck that weirdo.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told reporters on Wednesday that he will make a “major announcement” in Indiana at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Hoping to keep the media spotlight focused on his longshot campaign to wrest the nomination from Trump after losses in Tuesday night’s primary, Cruz told reporters on Wednesday morning that he hopes Indiana voters will back his “positive, optimistic, forward-looking, conservative campaign.”

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Wednesday Open Thread [4.27.16]

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Wednesday Open Thread [4.27.16]

Hillary Clinton reached out to Bernie Sanders in her Philadelphia victory speech tonight in an effort to begin to bridge the gap between their two campaigns.

“And I applaud Senator Sanders for challenging us to get unaccountable money out of our politics, and giving greater emphasis to closing the gap of inequality and I know together we will get that done,” she promised. “Whether you support Senator Sanders or you support me, there’s much more that unites us than divides us,” she added. Clinton then outlined some of those issues where we are united. “We all agree that wages are too low and inequality is too high. That Wall Street can never again be allowed to threaten Main Street. And we should expand Social Security, not cut or privatize it.”

Bernie Sanders, for his part, was also conciliatory and realistic as to the goals of his campaign going forward. From a statement released to the press last night:

“I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her victories tonight, and I look forward to issue-oriented campaigns in the 14 contests to come. [...]

“The people in every state in this country should have the right to determine who they want as president and what the agenda of the Democratic Party should be. That’s why we are in this race until the last vote is cast. That is why this campaign is going to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with as many delegates as possible to fight for a progressive party platform that calls for a $15 an hour minimum wage, an end to our disastrous trade policies, a Medicare-for-all health care system, breaking up Wall Street financial institutions, ending fracking in our country, making public colleges and universities tuition free and passing a carbon tax so we can effectively address the planetary crisis of climate change.”

I am fine with all that. Fight for the Platform. I really have never viewed the Sanders presidential campaign as a campaign to elect Bernie Sanders President. Rather, it really was a campaign to keep the Democratic Party in the progressive column. Indeed, Hillary and Bernie might make a good team going forward. No, not as a ticket. That is a demotion for Sanders to be her VP. No, Bernie can use his position in the Senate to advance the progressive agenda while working with Hillary Clinton on issues where they agree with each other and can get things done. Bernie will keep the party anchored to the left.

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The Probable Nominee Vs The Trouble Maker

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The Probable Nominee Vs The Trouble Maker

At some point early on in the primary season people around here picked sides. If they picked Hillary they quickly stopped viewing the race as a contest people people with policies and ideas, and viewed it as a race between the “Probable Nominee” (PN) and the “Trouble Maker.” (TM) I don’t blame anyone for this choice and the mindset that resulted from it. That lens is exactly how I would have viewed the race if I had picked Clinton, and trust me I was within a single micron of picking Clinton.

Like the Clinton supporters here, I would have viewed any attack on the policies of the PN as a weakening the PN in the upcoming general election. I would have looked at TM with scorn and shut out his transparently liberal and Democratic message because it was not something that “helped” the PM in the long run. I would have had an a moral compass that narrowed my thinking to stark black and white and provoked venomous pronouncements that supporters of the TM were reading off of Mitch McConnell’s play book.

But that is all behind us now. Now the trouble maker can be viewed as a man named Bernie Sanders.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [4.27.2016]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [4.27.2016]

Looking up W. Main Street in Newark. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Mid Atlantic/Northeastern/Acela Super Tuesday Results

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DEM.Map

Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Connecticut close their polls at 8 pm. Rhode Island closes at 9. Besides the main Presidential primary, I am also interested in the PA Senate Primary between Fetterman, Ginty, and Sestak, and MD Senate Primary between Edwards and Van Hollen.

Information is leaking out about the exit polls, and you can take them or leave them. Whatever interesting nuggets I find, I will post below.

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…so let me throw out an olive branch

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…so let me throw out an olive branch

While some people here think that movements can (and should) arise devoid of leadership, that leadership somehow cheapens a movement, Hillary Clinton doesn’t seem to think so. Mrs. Clinton sounds like she wants to be the leader of the Democratic Party IN ADDITION to being President.

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Tuesday Open Thread [4.26.16]

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Tuesday Open Thread [4.26.16]

So the polls are open. If you read this page, you better vote. Use this thread to talk about your polling experience, and if you are a poll worker, we would love to hear your stories about turnout and other campaign stories that are going on at your precinct. I voted first thing, the 5th voter in line at my polling place.

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