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It’s Over

Filed in Delaware by on August 28, 2014 10 Comments
It’s Over

Apparently, that 3:45 pm meeting between Elaine Manlove and Treasurer Flowers was quick. Amy Cherry of WDEL is up with the following story that Flowers’ withdrawal from the state treasurer’s race is effective IMMEDIATELY.

Flowers tells WDEL he spoke to state Elections Commissioner Elaine Manlove and made the the decision final, ending speculation that he might re-enter the race. The announcement comes two weeks after Flowers, through tears, said he would be moving to Massachusetts, and politics would be his past, in the wake of a harassment accusation from ex-deputy treasurer Erika Benner.

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Thursday Open Thread [8.28.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [8.28.14]

Two conservative groups commissioned a poll and found that women think that the GOP is “intolerant”. Ya think? YA THINK???

The report found that women think the GOP is “intolerant” and “stuck in the past,” and that women are “barely receptive” to Republican policies. Women think Republicans “fail to speak to women in the different circumstances in which they live.”

“This lack of understanding and acknowledgment closes many minds to Republican policy solutions,” the report reads, according to Politico.

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Rick Jensen’s Critque of Simpler Echoes Teabag Critique of “The Establishment”

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Rick Jensen’s Critque of Simpler Echoes Teabag Critique of “The Establishment”

This is from Sher Valenzuela so it may be pure fantasy (like her claims to love smaller government while building a business on government contracts). Anyway…

If it is true, it strikes me that Jensen here channels the lizard brain of teabagist everywhere who value robust and angry simplicity over doughy thoughtfulness.

WDEL’s Rick Jensen Rips Simpler Debate Performance: Weak, Awkward and Creepy

WDEL political talk show host Rick Jensen has leveled devastating criticism toward Ken Simpler and his performance in the recent WDEL Treasurer debate. Jensen described the performance at times as “weak,” “awkward” and “creepy.”

Speaking live last week on his daily radio show, Jensen said Simpler’s opponent, Sher Valenzuela, was “strong, tough and every time Simpler took a swing at her, she blocked it and hit him real hard in the face.”

Jensen concluded that he “didn’t think [Simpler] is very good at this debate stuff.”

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Why Won’t Sher Valenzuela Debate?

Filed in Delaware by on August 28, 2014 17 Comments
Why Won’t Sher Valenzuela Debate?

This might not be a real debate, but the GOP candidates are gathering on stage in Dover on Thursday to be able to talk about their positions (no way am I calling them ideas) and field questions. Kevin Wade, Carl Smink and Ken Simpler have agreed to go, but Sher Valenzuela?

Meanwhile, treasurer candidate Sher Valenzuela has opted out of the event, with her campaign telling state GOP officials she would not feel comfortable.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [8.28.14]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [8.28.14]

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Late Night Video — Race/Off by Jon Stewart

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Awesome commentary about the media coverage of the Ferguson business:

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Jason330′s Musical Pick for 2014

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Jason330′s Musical Pick for 2014

I get a lot of well deserved shit for my sucky taste in music, but ignore all of that. Get in on the ground floor with these guys – Annie In the Water – “Hey, I’m on my way”

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Flowers Back In

Filed in National by on August 27, 2014 49 Comments
Flowers Back In

What else could this be about?

Treasurer Flowers will issue a statement on primary election tomorrow afternoon. #netde #Delaware #staytuned @Deldems

Thanks Tipster.

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An imagined conversation with my future grandson

Filed in National by on August 27, 2014 3 Comments
An imagined conversation with my future grandson

What? You want to know about a time when I wasn’t such a crusty old bastard so down on Democrats? You want to hear about a piss-filled young progressive? Well pull up a chair Jason990.   Let me tell you a little story about the olden days.  It must be about forty years ago now that a man named Howard Dean came down from Vermont made some rumbles and raised some money online talking like a genuine Democrat.  Why, he went right ’round the usual fundraising and appealed directly to the folks out there for $20 or $30 bucks at a shot.

Well, the people were right parched for a nice cool drink of undiluted Democratic speechifying and they came to that campaign by the bus load.  I even started a blog back then to help support that campaign and pour rhetorical boiling oil down on all the Republican Morlocks, and the Democratic compromisers and bank lovers.   ‘Course the national media and all the DC insiders couldn’t stand it so they put on the TV lynching of that campaign.  But for a few months there it really looked like the Democratic Party was going to run an actual Democrat in an election.

But Gramps, after Howard Dean showed what could be done, why didn’t other authentic Democrats do that?

Fuck if I know.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [8.27.14]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [8.27.14]

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Moderate Allies In The Middle East? An Oxymoron.

Filed in International by on August 26, 2014 33 Comments
Moderate Allies In The Middle East?  An Oxymoron.

The fruitless search for moderate allies in the middle east is absurd. I’m an optimist, but this idea is ridiculous. Moderate nations to create both a political and military front to stop and roll back the ISIL caliphate? Syria? Iran? They were “enemies” before being considered as future allies.

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Tuesday Open Thread [8.26.14]

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Tuesday Open Thread [8.26.14]

Chris Christie demonstrates a perfect execution of the GOP Grift:

Gov. Chris Christie’s administration openly acknowledged that more New Jersey taxpayer dollars were going to land in the coffers of major financial institutions. It was 2010, and Christie had just installed a longtime private equity executive, Robert Grady, to manage the state’s pension money. Grady promoted a plan to put more of those funds into riskier investments managed by Wall Street firms. Though this would entail higher fees, Grady said the strategy would “maximize returns while appropriately managing risk.”

Four years later, New Jersey has secured only half the promised results. The state has sent more pension money to big-name Wall Street firms like Blackstone, Third Point, Omega Advisors, Elliott Associates and Grady’s old firm, The Carlyle Group. Additionally, the amount of fees the state pays financial managers has more than tripled since Christie assumed office. New Jersey is now one of America’s largest investors in hedge funds.

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Senator Bobby Marshall Sponsored Low Wage Worker Task Force Starts Wednesday

Filed in Delaware by on August 26, 2014 10 Comments
Senator Bobby Marshall Sponsored Low Wage Worker Task Force Starts Wednesday

Senator Marshall sponsored Senate Concurrent Resolution 60, creating the Low Wage Service Worker Task Force to:

study and make findings and policy recommendations about the growth and nature of the low wage service sector as compared to other job growth and sectors in the State of Delaware; the demographics and rate of poverty of workers in low wage industries, the impact of low wage jobs on children, families and communities; the cost to Delaware taxpayers caused by the impact of low-wage jobs and the cost of state services used by low-wage workers; and the effects on the local economy.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [8.26.14]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [8.26.14]

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Why Black and White People See The Police Differently

Filed in National by on August 25, 2014 57 Comments
Why Black and White People See The Police Differently

In the multiple threads we’ve had here in the Ferguson incidents and the operation and obligations of the police, we had a request to talk about the long-standing poor relationship of African Americans with the police. Frankly, I think that the long history of this poor relationship pretty well mirrors the status of African Americans in the American community. When you are subject to slavery and apartheid for most of your history here, you aren’t going to see the country’s police forces as allies and friends. On the other hand, throughout our history, newly immigrant populations have documented problems with over-policing as well. Irish and Italian immigrants in particular lived with the kind of policing that African Americans have always been subject to and that’s reflective of the wishes and prejudices of the majority population that the politicians who direct the police are responsive to. Bu rather than rehash history, I’m going to post the Storify record of a series of Tweets from Gene Denby, the editor of NPR’s Code Switch blog. In about 25 tweets, Denby breaks down why different demographics may view Ferguson and other incidents like it through very different lenses. I admire what he did here — it is focused and too the point without fingerpointing that inspires defensive postures rather than conversation.

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Monday Open Thread [8.25.14]

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Monday Open Thread [8.25.14]

GOP columnist and consultant David Frum is down but not yet out on his Republican Party.

Three big trends have decisively changed the Republican Party over the past decade, weakening its ability to win presidential elections and gravely inhibiting its ability to govern effectively if it nevertheless somehow were to win. First, Republicans have come to rely more and more on the votes of the elderly, the most government-dependent segment of the population — a serious complication for a party committed to reducing government. Second, the Republican donor class has grown more ideologically extreme, encouraging congressional Republicans to embrace ever more radical tactics. Third, the party’s internal processes have rigidified, in ways that dangerously inhibit its ability to adapt to changing circumstances. The GOP can overcome the negative consequences of these changes and, in time, surely will. The ominous question for Republicans is, How much time will the overcoming take?

And yet… he still delusionally believes that a multiethnic, socially tolerant conservatism is ready to take over in the cyclic response to the Liberal Obama years, just as the alleged Compassionate Conservative Bush years followed the Liberal Clinton years, just as the law and order conservative Nixon years (a contradiction in terms) following the chaos of the liberal 1960′s. Just as, more generally, small government Reaganism was in response to New Deal Rooseveltism.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [8.25.14]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [8.25.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [8.24.14]

Filed in Delaware by on August 24, 2014 2 Comments
Sunday Daily Delawhere [8.24.14]

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Saturday Open Thread [8.23.14]

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In the category of It Couldn’t Happen to a Better Group of People: Australian comedian Adam Hills throws a hilarious challenge to the Westboro Rat Bastards after learning that the WBC was planning to picket Robin Williams’ funeral — he suggested that they go to Iraq (via First Class tickets he’d pay for) to protest the beheading of Christians who are being forced to convert by ISIS :

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [8.23.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [8.23.14]

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What’s Going On at the News Journal?

Filed in Delaware by on August 22, 2014 19 Comments
What’s Going On at the News Journal?

I heard today from an reliable Anon Tipster that the News Journal may be making its staff re-apply for jobs like some other Gannett newspapers have earlier this month. There may be even more (!)layoffs coming as they re-organize. If you’ve been following the Gannett news, they acquired a broadcasting company last year. Gannett is creating what they call the “Newsroom of the Future” (even though Jim Romanesko notes that they did this in 2006, too). Re-applying for their jobs has been done or in progress at other Gannett newspapers.

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Cojones of the Day

Filed in National by on August 22, 2014 8 Comments
Cojones of the Day

I wish this kind of thing happened enough to make this a regular feature, but today we have James Woods, Democratic Congressional candidate for AZ-5 who has been targeted by a letter-writing campaign from an anti-abortion group (National Pro-Life Alliance), trying to get him to sign some anti-abortion pledge. The Woods campaign is responding to these letters to him with his own letter explaining why he is not supporting the position of the National Pro-Life Alliance:

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Delaware Political Weekly, Or An Approximation Thereof: August 16-22, 2014

Filed in Delaware by on August 22, 2014 35 Comments
Delaware Political Weekly, Or An Approximation Thereof: August 16-22, 2014

This article got lost in the Chip Flowers Implosion, Version 4.0, but it shouldn’t have.  House D’s facing primary challenges sending out thinly-veiled campaign lit on the public’s dime. A practice that was discontinued under Speaker Gilligan (Terry Spence was the Godfather of this practice), but reinstated by Speaker Schwartzkopf just in time for the primaries. Now here’s the rest of the story. Complaints regarding this practice were filed with Elaine Manlove of the State Department of Elections. She determined that she had no legal jurisdiction over the complaints, that they did not technically violate state law, and referred them to…The House Ethics Committee. Did I mention that the House Ethics Committee is chaired by Valerie Longhurst, one of the two legislators who it’s been confirmed have sent out these mailers on the taxpayers’ dime? Now, that’s the Delaware Way.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [8.22.14]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [8.22.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [8.21.14]

Filed in Delaware, National by on August 21, 2014 7 Comments
Thursday Open Thread [8.21.14]

So the U.S. Supreme Court indicated this week that it will decide marriage equality for the entire country next year. A new Marist Poll shows that a “majority of Americans favor legalizing same-sex marriage, but there is little consensus about whether the decision should be made on the federal or state level.”

“Supporters of legalizing same-sex marriage think the issue should be decided for the entire country by a federal law. Half of those who oppose it believe it should be determined by the states. And, while Americans’ position on legalizing same sex marriage is a driving factor in the debate, political party affiliation matters, too. Democrats are more likely to turn to the federal level, and Republicans look more to the states. Independents are closer to the Democrats on whether to seek federal or state action.”

And here is a host of new polls from the last week….

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