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Carney dodges TPP questions in FB Q&A

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Carney dodges TPP questions in FB Q&A

These constituent questions are good ones and there is no reason for Carney to dodge them. With regard to the environment, Carney wants to appear to be a rational guy. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be a priority when the topic turns to “free” trade. >Props to Nancy Willing for gettign the question in.

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News Journal Finally Reports Walker Job…Leaves A Few Key Things Out.

Filed in Delaware by on May 29, 2015 6 Comments

Gee, seems like I’ve read this story somewhere else before.  Oh, that’s right. Here.  As much as I like Jonathan Starkey’s reporting and always credit him (and link to him) when I reference one of his stories, I guess that a newspaper doesn’t feel any responsibility to reciprocate when they’re scooped on a major story. […]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [5.29.15]

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The Brandywine Branch of the NCCo. Library on Foulk Road.

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BREAKING: Gay Agenda — 1,593,422; Shaun Fink — 0

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BREAKING: Gay Agenda — 1,593,422; Shaun Fink — 0

I’ve probably undercounted the Gay Agenda wins. Still. Mr. Fink has resigned his position on the Indian River school board, surrendering to the vastly superior ground and air forces of the Gay Agenda. No word yet when the Gay Agenda will actually control the Board:

Shaun Fink, an Indian River School District school board member who spent much of the school year debating against the merits of teaching homosexual terms in the district’s middle and high school classrooms, has resigned.

“I’ve decided to resign because of acquiescence to the homosexual agenda within the district,” he said.

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Thursday Open Thread [5.28.15]

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Thursday Open Thread [5.28.15]

Finally, someone starts talking some sense about Delaware’s tax rates. Seriously, it makes no sense to raise the taxes of the people who did not gain much during the recovery (the plan to eliminate deductions) — taxes should be raised on the folks who did get the money:

Delaware’s personal income tax is the largest source of state revenue, generating $1.2 billion this year – enough to fund almost 32 percent of total state government operations.

Delaware’s top income tax rate of 6.6 percent is charged on incomes $60,000 and above.

Some lawmakers now say adding a tax bracket for wealthier Delawareans could help solve the state’s budget problems, while more fairly spreading the state’s income tax burden.

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Wilmington’s Leadership and Education

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Wilmington’s Leadership and Education

It is pretty normal to go to any Wilmington civic meeting and have at least part of that meeting focused on a discussion of improving educational opportunities for kids in the city. This is a good thing, because it is pretty clear that residents know that education is important for this kids; they know that the city is full of kids who need some additional help here and they know that it will be easier for the city to stabilize if it has great schools available to all of its kids. City Leadership from both the Administration and the City Council enthusiastically join in these discussions, carving out their own place in the Amen Corner here and showing themselves as on the same page with what their constituents want. It is a bad thing because none of these meetings is a school board meeting and I have never witnessed one of these discussions where any government official: 1) explained that the City of Wilmington has no authority over the schools in the city; 2) encouraged people to actually take all of this energy to a school board meeting where something could be done to address those concerns or 3) encouraged people to get out to vote in a school district referendum.

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DL GOP Fantasy Pool Update – Rick Santorum-mania…catch the fire!

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DL GOP Fantasy Pool Update – Rick Santorum-mania…catch the fire!

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps on at it’s petty pace, and still only one real announcement since my last update back in 1873.

Rick Santorum found the most homophobic county in PA to make his announcement yesterday. He appears to be running on a platform of “Its my turn because I came in second last time”

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [5.28.15]

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The Interior of the Old New Castle County Courthouse in New Castle.

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If she’s speaking to the DE GOP, is she really a “serious” candidate?

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If she’s speaking to the DE GOP, is she really a “serious” candidate?

Let’s face it, the DE GOP doesn’t attract the top tier. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s attempt to attack former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) didn’t quite go as planned on Wednesday. Fiorina scheduled her own press conference outside of the Marriot Hotel in Columbia, South Carolina where Clinton was scheduled to speak. But […]

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Carper get real support from a fake group

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This “progressive” group supporting the TPP is complete bullshit, of course.
Carper Ad

The Progressive Coalition for American jobs, my ass.

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Wednesday Open Thread [5.27.15]

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Wednesday Open Thread [5.27.15]

First Read: “By itself, making money shouldn’t be an issue for Bill and Hillary Clinton; after all, so many of our past presidents have been wealthy. By itself, Bill Clinton having a shell LLC wouldn’t be an issue either. But when you add the two together, you see that the Clintons have a Mitt Romney problem on their hands — wealth and ‘otherness’ that voters might not be able to relate to, especially when the likes of Bernie Sanders are campaigning against wealth.”

“Of course, there’s one BIG difference between Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney: Romney wanted to cut taxes for the wealthy, while Hillary likely wants to raise them and eliminate tax loopholes benefitting the well-off. As the Clintons have said before, people like them should be paying more in taxes. And you probably won’t hear that rhetoric from the eventual GOP nominee.”

The voters won’t care. They only care when someone who is wealthy wants to cut taxes for him so as to further enrich himself at the expense of the voters. If a candidate who is wealthy wants to raise taxes on himself or herself while at the same providing benefits and services to the voter as a result, the voters will lap that right up. Remember the Kennedy’s. They were fabulously wealthy. But also liberal.

To get elected as a rich person in this country, you better be a liberal Democrat.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [5.27.15]

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The Dorms on the Green in Newark.

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“We’re Not Going to Let This Commission Take Credit for These Ideas”

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“We’re Not Going to Let This Commission Take Credit for These Ideas”

That’s a paraphrase of what Wilmington’s Public Safety Liaison, Mr. Douglas Iardella, told one of the attendees of tonite’s Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission. This, unfortunately, is the only thing that can explain the Administration’s continued and obvious delay in talking about implementing the recommendations of the Commission’s report. Tonight’s meeting was expected to feature Chief Bobby Cummings discussing the report’s recommendations that the WPD would implement and discuss the path forward. Many community members came out (again) to be a part of the discussion and several of Wilmington’s GA delegation came as well.

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Vessels of Wrath

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Vessels of Wrath

I don’t have time to get into how this latest defense of Josh Duggar is perhaps the most morally bankrupt defense yet – but I have to make an observation.

The most morally upright people I know are also often the least religious people I know.

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“limited” passes = stay away teabaggers

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“limited” passes = stay away teabaggers

May 26, 2015

Dear Fellow Republican,

I wanted to make sure I let you know that there are very few guest passes remaining for the 2015 Delaware Republican State Convention this coming Saturday morning. Convention delegates and other guests are excited to welcome Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina as the keynote speaker, and I’d love to know that you’re going to be there with us as we launch the 2016 campaign season.

Simply click the link above and you’ll be able to register online, but there are only a few passes left so you’ll need to purchase your ticket immediately to ensure that you have reserved space for this Saturday’s event.

I hope to see you this weekend!
Charlie Copeland
Chairman
Paid for by the Delaware Republican Party

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Markell an imperfect messenger on infrastructure funding

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Gov. Markell is right when he says that as a state, “We just have to make more investments in our roads and bridges.” He’s also part of the problem.

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Ken Simpler: Advocate for the 1%, Taxing Everyone Else.

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Ken Simpler: Advocate for the 1%, Taxing Everyone Else.

Celia Cohen fellates Ken Simpler and supply side economics once more in reporting on the Revenue Commission’s findings:

They also found, as Markell had, retirees are getting a sweet deal through an assortment of tax breaks that ought to be revisited. They concluded it was fine for the state to rely on personal income taxes and corporate franchise taxes and fees as the mainstays of its revenue, although the personal income taxes could stand to have itemized deductions eliminated and the top marginal rate lowered.

What they decided the state could use, though, was another steady revenue source. They identified a property tax as the best candidate, especially because Delaware has one of the lowest property tax burdens in the country. Nobody should get too excited yet about this idea, one way or the other. Here is where it pays to remember Markell’s remark about the difference between the math and the politics. Other suggestions: Eliminate the estate tax. Shave the corporate income tax but nudge up the gross receipts tax. Recalibrate the realty transfer tax.

There was one last conclusion to be drawn. People ought to pay attention to that Ken Simpler guy. He appears to be the driving force behind a lot of the analysis.

No shit. Eliminating the Estate Tax, cutting the corporate income tax rate, eliminating itemized deductions (like your mortgage deduction) and lowering the top marginal rate (which is already at 6.6% starting at the $60,000 net injcome)??? All horrible conservative ideas that are giveaways to the wealthy and that will further deprive this state of revenue, all the while raising taxes on everyone else.

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Tuesday Open Thread [5.26.15]

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Tuesday Open Thread [5.26.15]

Ed Kilgore of the Washington Monthly on that Gallup poll that showed that America is now a liberal nation.

That in itself is significant, but if you add partisanship into the mix, the change is even more significant. As recently as 2009, 31% of self-identified Democrats also self-identified as “conservative” or “very conservative” on “social issues.” That was a bit of an outlier, but the number was in the low twenties earlier. Now it’s at 14%, even as the “liberal/very liberal” total has spiked to an all-time high of 53%. There’s been a smaller but still significant shift among Republicans from “conservative’/very conservative” to “moderate,” but the overall trend is being driven by Democrats.

So whatever else this means, it means the temptation for Democrats to carve out some sort of “economic liberal/social conservative” position, which was very strong in the 1980s and 1990s in some culturally conservative areas of the country (typically those with a lot of white working class voters who retained enough union influence to keep them from defecting to the GOP entirely), has now pretty much vanished. And that’s evident in the fact that most “struggles for the soul of the Democratic Party” these days are focused on economic issues.

What we have here in Delaware is the Social Liberal Economic Conservative model in Jack Markell, Tom Carper, Chris Coons and John Carney.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [5.26.15]

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The Bandstand. From Sky Jack.

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Memorial Day Daily Delawhere [5.25.15]

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The African American Medal of Honor Statue in Brandywine Park in Wilmington, for this Memorial Day.

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UPDATE: When Bad Math Emerges from the Bunker

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UPDATE:  When Bad Math Emerges from the Bunker

The Tuesday Town Hall meeting had a couple of handouts, apparently. I only got one that didn’t make much sense, but there was a packet that I missed that had some additional data not on my handout, ostensibly showing the percent decrease in Class A crimes in the city. One of folks attending this meeting was Clayton Stacey, a Cool Springs resident who was brutalized in a robbery about a month ago. Mr. Stacey got one of these other handouts and he took a good look at the stats presented. And then he checked the math:

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Sunday Open Thread [5.24.15]

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Sunday Open Thread [5.24.15]

I feel like a Kremlinologist. So there is this AP tidbit that Vice President and Dr. Biden are staying in Washington this weekend, which is rare since they usually go home to Delaware on the weekends. It goes unmentioned in the article, but obviously they are staying close to the Walter Reed Hospital, which is a quick trip up 16th Street from Massachusetts Avenue and the Vice President’s residence at the Naval Observatory. We have to assume that Beau Biden is still admitted to that hospital, since we have no information to the contrary. The highlight of the AP article is that the Vice President golfed yesterday afternoon with the President. So Beau’s condition is serious enough that it has kept the Bidens in DC and Beau still in the hospital after four days, but not critical enough that the Vice President can’t go play golf.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [5.24.15]

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A view of Milton from above. Photo from Sky Jack.

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Saturday Open Thread [5.23.15]

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Saturday Open Thread [5.23.15]

It looks like the heavily Catholic Ireland has just become the first country on the planet to enact marriage equality by popular vote rather than by legislation, judicial order or royal decree. Probably because Irish Catholics are more intelligent and in tune with that Jesus said about homosexuality (i.e. nothing) than the conservative heirarchy that likes to look to Old Testament’s Leviticus than anything Jesus Christ said.

Ireland appears to have voted heavily in favor of allowing same-sex marriage in a historic referendum that marks a dramatic social shift in the traditionally Catholic country, government ministers and opponents of the bill said on Saturday. Final results are not expected until later in the day in a vote that would make Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote, just two decades after the country decriminalised homosexuality. State broadcaster RTE said the victory appeared to be overwhelming and government minister Kevin Humphreys predicted the margin would be two-to-one.

“I think it’s won,” Equality Minister Aodhan O’Riordain told Reuters at the main count center in Dublin. “The numbers of people who turned out to vote is unprecedented. This has really touched a nerve in Ireland today.”

Gay marriage is backed by all political parties, championed by big employers and endorsed by celebrities, all hoping it will mark a transformation in a country that was long regarded as one of the most socially conservative in Western Europe.

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The Weekly Addresses

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In this week’s address, the President commemorated Memorial Day by paying tribute to the men and women in uniform who have given their lives in service to our country.

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In his weekly message, Governor Markell discusses a statewide effort to end homelessness among veterans in Delaware by the end of 2015.

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House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst discusses the infrastructure improvement funding bill the House passed. The proposed Division of Motor Vehicles fee increases would raise $23.9 million that would fund infrastructure projects throughout Delaware. Many of the fees identified have not been increased in more than 20 years.

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