Kowalko is his own worst enemy. (And considering the depth of his enemies enmity, that’s saying something. )
“There’s a palpable sense of fear. I see it in the eyes of the governor. I see it in the eyes of Murphy, and Schwinn, and the rest of them shylocks that they have down there…”
Alabama’s first openly gay state legislator fired back on Facebook over the weekend, including a threat to expose the affairs of state officials, to comments made by Republican Party officials in the wake of a federal judge declaring the state ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
State Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, said she was elated and in “shock” when the judge issued the order overturning Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban.
But after seeing comments by Republican officials, particularly from Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, and seeing Attorney General Luther Strange’s efforts to get a stay of the judge’s orders, Todd fired off an emotional Facebook post making a threat to expose politicians’ dalliances.
These Republican officials of course say same sex marriage is an affront to family values and good Christian morality. So is sleeping around with mistresses, or in some cases, boy toys. I say don’t just make the threat, reveal all now. If Republicans want to act holier than thou, then they better be holier than thou.
No, he hasn’t, but he is done something pro-environment and non-corporate that may force his recall by Carperdyne Industries. And that, coupled with Congressman Carney’s normally backbenching silent service in Congress since 2011, points me to the conclusion that Carney is gearing up. Like with Bluewater Wind prior to his first gubernatorial run.
A Delaware Democrat isn’t on board with the Obama administration’s consideration of a proposal to open up Atlantic coastal waters for oil drilling. Congressman John Carney tells WDEL News offshore drilling in the Atlantic was a bad idea when it was first proposed 5 years ago, and it’s an especially bad one now.
“We’re more energy-independent from foreign oil than we’ve been in a long, long time–greater production with existing offshore wells, as well as onshore sources of oil, and so this is just unneccessary, and a great risk to our beaches in southern Delaware,” said Carney.
The Democratic Party, especially the top leadership responsible for messaging, sucks ass. The Party is a directionless clusterf*ck, attempting to woo voters by being a slightly less vile version of the GOP. I think we can all agree on that much. Now they are going up against the Koch Bros and their $1 billion in attack ads. The bottom line is the beltway consultants who have wrecked the party are shitting themselves, and for good reason.
Theological error from none other than Nancy Pelosi’s highly credentialed (by his organization) Canon Law expert in the Diocese of San Francisco.
Kudos to Jack Markell. This is exactly the kind of crumb Markell is a master of tossing out to starving liberals. Nice work Gov! Now get back to the real work of governing and privatize public education, reduce the minimum wage, or figure out how to exempt millionaires from paying taxes.
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) has declared Feb. 12 as “Charles Darwin Day” in the state.
Praising Darwin’s theory of evolution as “the foundation of modern biology, an essential tool in understanding the development of life on earth,” Markell’s proclamation says Feb. 12 — Darwin’s birthday — “is a time to reflect and celebrate the importance of his scientific achievements.”
Whenever I see a news story that references a state-run news agency in a foreign country, like Russia, for example, or North Korea, the adjective “state-run” is always a pejorative, indicating to the reader that the news or quote you are about to read is not to be trusted, because it is coming directly from the suspect government in question, a government that is so distrustful of an independent media and the freedom of press and speech that it has set up its own propaganda arm.
Keep that in mind when you read that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, of course a Republican, is setting up his own state-run news agency. The agency will be called “Just IN” will provide pre-written stories for small Indiana news outlets on breaking news as well as “personality driven profiles.” Stories will be written by the Pence administration’s communications team. Yes, this is a valuable use of taxpayer money. I wonder which child’s education was cut to pay for the Republican propaganda?
….and that is in states with the most uneven and unequal economic recovery. According to a new research paper released yesterday by the Economic Policy Institute, in 39 states, the top 1% of wage earners earned at least half of all income gains between 2009 and 2012. In 17 of those states, the top 1% earned all income growth, while everyone else’s wages stayed stagnant or declined.
But where did the 1% gain the most?
You guessed it.
I would first like to thank the meteorologists for making this article necessary. Was this the new ‘faith-based’ meteorology? Rest assured I won’t be watching the insipid smile-meisters on the Weather Channel to find out what went wrong with their model. Don’t have the time. (Personal to Al Roker: Eat something, willya? The human shar pei look is disconcerting.)
I’m now assuming the General Assembly will meet today, so you’re gonna get the Full Monty weekly preview. The last preview before the six-week break for meetings of the Joint Finance Committee meetings. Which reminds me, the Governor will submit his proposed budget later this week, which, of course, plays a central role in the work of the JFC.
This is cool, and I am going to waste hours playing with this. Becky Ferreira reports that a blizzard was not the only thing we missed out on yesterday.
[A]n enormous space rock missed Earth by a narrow margin of 745,000 miles, or about three times the distance from the Earth to the Moon. With a diameter of 550 meters and a velocity of about 35,000 miles per hour, the asteroid, known as 2004 BL86, will be so bright in the evening sky that it will be visible through binoculars. Scientists don’t expect another object of this size to pass so closely to Earth until August 7, 2027.
But what if this asteroid had hit the Earth? Well, now you can play with Purdue University’s Impact Earth tool I linked to above.
We saw this very thing in the Steubenville rape case – the victim consoled their attacker, said that they didn’t believe their attacker had done anything wrong. Little did they know.
It was after Vandenburg and three other football players were charged with her rape that she would see graphic videos of the alleged attack, she testified. Prosecutors played videos of the alleged attack for jurors that they said were shot from Vandenburg’s cellphone. A Nashville detective testified that police were able to recover the videos from a laptop. [...]
Earlier this week, McKenzie testified that Vandenberg was “amped” and coaching players to violate the woman. McKenzie said he did not touch her but took pictures. He also testified that Banks and Batey violated the woman.
There’s also testimony that Vandenberg handed out condoms and covered a security camera. Those acts seem pretty deliberate for a guy saying he was too drunk to instigate rape.
Wall Street Journal: “Potential presidential candidates — top-tier contenders and long-shots alike — have already spent years quietly laying groundwork, building email lists, recruiting staff, and generally doing the scut work of building an organization on which to call if they flip the switch and launch a 2016 campaign. Mr. Biden, who said this week that he is still weighing a presidential run, is one of the few potential candidates with no political organization, nonprofit, foundation, or campaign staff-in-waiting.”
That is because Biden is not running for President, and, according to the Politico article linked inside, is only saying he is considering it in order to be some kind of Plan B in case Clinton dies, implodes, or something else truly horrible happens.
Douthat imagines how the left and right will respond to the president:
[Obama’s] influence over Clinton’s campaign will depend on economic trends and foreign policy developments as well as her own choices: If he’s climbed to a 47-48 percent approval rating by early 2016, I wouldn’t expect there to be any daylight between his agenda and her platform; if he falls back toward 40 percent (or drops below) amid some unlooked-for crisis, then no presidential speech is likely to constrain Hillary from trying to charting a more post-Obama course.
Meanwhile, the future relevance of his stab at a middle class agenda will be determined in part by whatever the G.O.P. comes up with for its post-Obama blueprint. If you contrast what was on offer last night with some of the ideas that, say, Utah Senator Mike Lee has proposed, there’s a very interesting right-left debate to be had around higher education reform, tax reform (family-friendly and otherwise), and other issues as well. But maybe the eventual Republican nominee will have a very different game plan, and the big clashes will end up happening elsewhere. Or maybe the mere fact that Obama has touched these issues will prompt the right to retreat to “safer” (that is, staler) ground.
In conservative-land, you see, Obama’s first election was a fluke and his second a calamitous accident, both canceled by the ensuring midterms and both destined to be remembered as incidental interruptions of the Long March of Movement Conservatism towards total power. The idea that 2008 and 2012 are just as significant as 2010 and 2014 (maybe a bit more significant insofar as far more Americans participated) is outrageous to the Right, and so Obama mentioning them was the defiant act of a political nonentity.
Beyond that, the basic framing of Obama’s remarks on the economy left Republicans even deeper in the trap they’ve been in ever since conditions began improving. The main criticism available to them for the performance of the economy is the one Democrats (and Obama himself) have been articulated: sluggish wage growth and growing inequality. But Republicans have little or no agenda to deal with that beyond the usual engorge-the-job-creators stuff dressed up with attacks on the few corporate welfare accounts they’ve agreed to oppose, and then the Keystone XL Pipeline. On this last point, Obama was very clever in dismissing Keystone as one controversial infrastructure project we’re spending too much time fighting over as hundreds of others languish. It made Joni Ernst’s plodding Official Response sound all the more foolish for spending so much time on that one project.
Ezra Klein says that if Mitt Romney was President right now, and we had all of this good economic news, the applause would never have ended on Tuesday night, and Brian Beutler says Republicans would have “draped him in Reagan’s cloak, and the public would have warmed once again to the kinds of policies that George W. Bush’s presidency briefly discredited.”
OK, I’ve been putting it off long enough. I suppose I should briefly discuss Governor Markell’s State of the State Address. Markell states in the address that he is open to all sorts of proposals for bridging the infrastructure funding shortfall, but he’s not gonna lead on this, he’s gonna wait until the General Assembly comes up with something, um, concrete. He also embraced Matt Denn’s proposals for addressing crime and its causes, particularly in Wilmington. And he supported a (wait for it) fact-based task force (as opposed to other task forces). Well, a ‘commission’, not a task force. So commissions are fact-based. Task forces are not. Got it.
Matt Denn and Ted Kittila, opponents in the race for attorney general, had another bizarre connection that had nothing to do with the election.
Kittila was the lawyer for a jailed insurance executive accused of plotting to kill Denn.
h/t Nancy Willing for linking
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