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The Weekly Addresses

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In this week’s address, President Obama solemnly reflected on the meaning of Memorial Day and recognized the sacrifices made by the American warriors who never made it back home.

In his weekly message, filmed at W.B. Simpson Elementary, Governor Markell highlights the World Language Immersion Initiative and announces its expansion.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [5.28.2016]

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Friday Open Thread [5.27.2016]

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Last night, Mein Fuhrer Donald Trump, was featured with his family in an hour long special called Meet The Trumps on Fox, who are obviously auditioning to be the US version of Russia Today to Donald Trump’s Vladimir Putin. This is what state-run fascist media looks like.

The special served as a decent preview of America’s dark totalitarian future. But there is good news! You can stop this. You can vote for Hillary Clinton. Yes you can. Yes we can.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [5.27.2016]

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Trump’s GOP to become a ‘Worker’s Party’

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Trump’s GOP to become a ‘Worker’s Party’

Workers should have a home in at least one U.S. political party, and the Democratic Party doesn’t appear to want the job. (*cough* NAFTA… *cough*…TPP…)

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Comment Rescue – Re Delaware’s Rep in Congress… what Puck said

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Comment Rescue – Re Delaware’s Rep in Congress… what Puck said

puck says: May 26, 2016 at 12:17 pm When you are the congressman from Delaware, being a corporate shill comes with the job. I understand that. But Carney goes above and beyond with his wholesale deficit-mongering and austerity preaching, buying into the whole Republican crackpot economic philosophy. I can understand if there are certain votes […]

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Robert Reich: How to like Clinton, for liberals who don’t

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Robert Reich: How to like Clinton, for liberals who don’t

The esteemed Professor Robert Reich via Facebook:

“Last week I suggested Bernie supporters do three things: (1) fight like hell for Bernie until he either gets or loses the nomination, (2) if Hillary gets the nomination, fight like hell for her, and (3) regardless of who wins the nomination or the election, continue to build a powerful progressive movement.

Several of you disagree with (1), saying Bernie has no chance, and his continuing candidacy is just hurting Hillary, so he should bow out of the race. I’ll get back to this point in a subsequent post.

Here I want to address those of you who disagree with (2). As I understand your arguments, they fall into four categories….

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Thursday Open Thread [5.26.2016]

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Thursday Open Thread [5.26.2016]

Alan Abramowitz: “Perhaps the key lesson that we can learn from the results of the 2008 battle between Clinton and Obama is that Sanders supporters probably do not have to love Clinton in order to vote for her in the general election. They merely have to like her as well or better than Trump, and that should be a very easy bar to clear.”

“Trump has far less appeal to Democratic voters in 2016 than McCain had in 2008. According to the 2008 ANES data, McCain was viewed favorably by 23% of all Democratic identifiers and leaners and unfavorably by 58%. In contrast, according to four recent national polls… Donald Trump is viewed favorably by only 5% to 12% of Democratic voters and unfavorably by 82% to 89%. And while these polls did not provide data on Trump favorability among Clinton and Sanders supporters, it seems unlikely that he is viewed more favorably by Sanders voters, who tend to be, if anything, further to the left and more suspicious of billionaires than Clinton supporters.”

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [5.26.2016]

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Blevins Endorses Townsend

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Blevins Endorses Townsend

State Senator and President Pro Tem Patti Blevins (D-Elsmere) has endorsed her down Kirkwood Highway colleague State Senator Bryan Townsend today. This may not seem like a rather large deal, given that they are fellow upstate Democratic Senators. But Blevins is a further signal that the Dem Establishment is lining up behind Townsend now that their favorite, Bryon Short, is out. So in that case it is.

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Results of the Complexities of Color Wilmington Mayoral Debate Focus Group

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Results of the Complexities of Color Wilmington Mayoral Debate Focus Group

You’ll remember that the CoC in conjunction with the Metropolitan Urban League Young Professionals, Delaware Young Democrats Minority Caucus and IMAC hosted a Mayoral Debate at Ezion Fair on April 18. One of the potentially interesting things that could come from that debate was some polling data — in the form of a focus group — that might start shedding some light on the state of this race. I’ve permission to share this results memo on Delaware Liberal (I will post the actual memo later today — I can’t do that from here right now):

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Daigle Drops Out of Crowded 7th RD Democratic Primary

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Daigle Drops Out of Crowded 7th RD Democratic Primary

I am sorry to see this, but it is expected given incumbent Bryon Short’s return to the race after his own withdrawal from the Congressional race.

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Clinton/Sanders Democratic Delegation Fundraiser June 2!

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Clinton/Sanders Democratic Delegation Fundraiser June 2!

To be delegate to the Democratic convention can be an expensive proposition. You have at least five nights in a hotel at at least $150 a night, and that is being, pardon the pun, conservative. I, as a Hillary supporter, have donated personally to a Bernie delegate, because she is a friend and because, if you need help to participate in our party democracy, you should get it.

In that vein, Rebecca Faye Powers and Mona Parikh are hosting, and the Progressive Democrats are sponsoring, a fundraiser for those delegates, whether they are Bernie delegates or Hillary delegates, who need assistance. Rebecca Faye Powers knows the Bernie delegates who are in need, and Drew Fennell knows the Hillary delegates who are in need. Whatever is raised at this fundraiser will be divided evenly between those on each side who need help.

So please join us all on next Thursday, June 2 between 5:30 and 8:30 pm at the Ernest & Scott Taproom, 902 N. Market St, Wilmington, Delaware 19801.

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Wednesday Open Thread [5.25.2016]

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Wednesday Open Thread [5.25.2016]

You know what will bring unity among Sanders and Clinton supporters: the sacking of DWS. And it looks like some Democratic Senators are actually contemplating sacking her BEFORE the convention, which will give Bernie a literal scalp to crow about.

Democrats on Capitol Hill are discussing whether Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz should step down as Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman before the party’s national convention in July. Democrats backing likely presidential nominee Hillary Clinton worry Wasserman Schultz has become too divisive a figure to unify the party in 2016, which they say is crucial to defeating presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump in November.

Wasserman Schultz has had an increasingly acrimonious relationship with the party’s other presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, and his supporters, who argue she has tilted the scales in Clinton’s favor. “There have been a lot of meetings over the past 48 hours about what color plate do we deliver Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s head on,” said one pro-Clinton Democratic senator.

A senior Senate Democratic aide said, “There’s a strong sentiment that the current situation is untenable and can only be fixed by her leaving. There’s too much water under the bridge for her to be a neutral arbiter.” Another Democratic senator who supports Clinton said Wasserman Schultz will hurt her chances of rallying the liberal base in the fall.

“We need to get this figured out and come together,” said the lawmaker. “Hillary’s got the nomination. She needs Bernie’s energy. It’s time for her to accommodate. It’s time to pick hard-nosed people to cut through things and figure out a deal. “They need to know this is their party,” the lawmaker said, observing that if Wasserman Schultz were to be replaced as party leader, young liberals may become more enthusiastic about the ticket.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [5.25.16]

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The Deliciously-Ironic Demise of Ken Starr

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The Deliciously-Ironic Demise of Ken Starr

I can’t make this stuff up. We all remember Ken Starr. The self-righteous, lip-pursing prig/special prosecutor who took great delight in preparing an ‘ independent report’ designed to get Bill Clinton impeached, and designed to provide every salacious detail the prudish prig could produce. The man reeked of moral rectitude. As the Huffington Post reported: […]

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When liberals don’t vote, these guys vote in your place

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When liberals don’t vote, these guys vote in your place

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Tuesday Open Thread [5.24.2016]

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Tuesday Open Thread [5.24.2016]

Jesse Berney at Rolling Stone looks at Trump’s donations to veterans groups:

He claimed to have raised $6 million for the various charities — $5 million from others, $1 million from himself. That’s real money when it comes to nonprofit budgets.

Only… he didn’t.

Trump being Trump, we’ll probably never know how much money he raised that night. But his campaign manager has admitted it wasn’t the $6 million Trump claimed.

Trump, who went to a rich kids’ military boarding school, got multiple deferments to get out of Vietnam, and has said he likes troops who “didn’t get captured,” loves to fashion himself a champion of veterans. That’s what his counter-event that debate night was all about: selling himself as a generous friend of the men and women who serve our country in the military.

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Can the Dem tent be big enough to cover both the exploiters and exploited?

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Can the Dem tent be big enough to cover both the exploiters and exploited?

Debbie Wasserman Schultz is now the poster child for transparently terrible, 1% loving Democrats….and for good reason, as the esteemed Bill Moyers notes: “… She embodies the tactics that have eroded the ability of Democrats to once again be the party of the working class. As Democratic National Committee chair she has opened the floodgates […]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [5.24.16]

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Candidate Fair Tonight – Delaware Americans for Democratic Action (DADA)

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Candidate Fair Tonight – Delaware Americans for Democratic Action (DADA)

Via FaceBook:

Want to get involved in a political campaign for economic, social, and racial justice? Were you supporting one of the Presidential Candidates in Delaware and want to continue that push for progressive social change?

Then come to this Political Candidate Fair for Economic, Social, and Racial Justice where we’ll have campaign teams from those running for Congress, Lt. Gov., and Mayor of the City of Wilmington.

Co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League Young Professionals and Delaware Americans for Democratic Action.

If you’ve never been part of a political campaign, but have been curious to what it’s like then this is your chance!

When: Tonight! May 23, 2016

Where: Woodlawn Library (2020 West 9th St., Wilm, DE 19805)

Time: 5:00 – 6:30pm

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Monday Open Thread [5.23.16]

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Monday Open Thread [5.23.16]

Jonathan Chait on Why Democrats Have Popular Presidents and Republicans Don’t:

As the matchup between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton takes shape, it has begun to dawn on some conservatives that the Republican Party faces a distinct handicap: The Democrats will have two popular ex-presidents to campaign for them, and the GOP will have none. Bill Clinton is the party’s most effective surrogate for wife Hillary, writes Byron York in the conservative Washington Examiner: “Republicans haven’t had the same luck. The only two-term GOP president in the last generation, George W. Bush, has stayed mostly out of politics in the seven years since he left the White House.” Meanwhile, writing for The Wall Street Journal opinion page, Richard Benedetto grapples with President Obama’s value as a surrogate. “When Mr. Obama ran for office in 2008, a central part of his campaign strategy was to heap blame on George W. Bush,” writes Benedetto. “How has Mr. Obama dodged similar treatment?”

How indeed? The answer, I’d suggest, is something along the lines of by governing competently rather than presiding over a flaming wreck of a presidency. But this answer presumes a level of introspection into the success of the last two Democratic presidents, and the conspicuous failure of the one wedged between them, that is absent from both columns, and from conservative thought in general.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [5.23.16]

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Sunday Open Thread [5.22.16]

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Sunday Open Thread [5.22.16]

Democrats will miss him when he’s gone, and should appreciate her while she’s here, says Martin Longman:

I expected Democrats to begin expressing much higher approval numbers for Obama once they were forced to really think about Clinton or Sanders in the White House, but the trend is even stronger with independents who basically hate their choices in this election cycle:

Democrats have slowly looked at Obama more favorably since the beginning of 2015, but independents have begun to look at Obama much more favorably. After a sharp slide following his reelection, independents turned their opinions of Obama around at the beginning of 2014. Over the past year, that’s escalated. And since ratings from Democrats and Republicans are more stable, that shift by independents moves the needle a lot.

People don’t always realize that Obama’s approval numbers have been held down by the ambivalence of a lot of Democrats. The same is happening now to a much greater degree to Hillary Clinton. She won’t really have to do anything to see her negatives decline once the Democrats unite around her as the only chance of keeping Donald Trump away from the nuclear codes. If independents follow suit, which they will if they campaign is waged competently, she won’t be laboring under historically high negatives by the time people start voting.

As I said yesterday, Democrats want to fall in love with their candidates, while Republicans want to fall in line. You are seeing that now with all the Republicans falling in line behind Trump. And you will see Hillary’s numbers rise when Democrats unite. The story of the Summer is set: The Resurrection of Hillary.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [5.22.16]

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