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The US Middle Class hasn’t gotten a raise during Tom Carper’s tenure in Congress

Filed in National by on September 22, 2014 18 Comments

In 1988 when Tom Carper was cruising to an easy victory over James P. Krapf he had already gotten a few pay bumps on his way to being a multimillionaire with a lifetime sinecure in the US Senate. During the same period (1988 to today), the income of the median U.S. household has remained just under $52,000.

“Third Way” economics have been great for Carper – but terrible for the country. Tom Carper is an abject failure when considering what he’s been able to deliver to his constituents. His “centrist” economic philosophies have been an unmitigated disaster for the people who keep returning him to Washington. I can only assume that the reason he keeps winning is that he has the good fortune to pitted against Republicans in elections.

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Delaware Sends Three Busloads To Climate March

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Delaware Sends Three Busloads To Climate March

The First State sent three busloads of concerned citizens to the September 21 massive and largely media-ignored Climate March in New York City. Reports claimed 400,000 marchers and I believe them, given the shoulder to shoulder shuffle we joyfully experienced on Sunday at Central Park Avenue.

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QOD — Should the NFL Lose Their Federal Tax Exemption?

Filed in National by on September 22, 2014 4 Comments

Easy question — the NFL head office gets to operate as a non-profit (even though individual teams pay taxes), exempt from Federal taxes. There’s probably not a ton of money involved in eliminating this tax subsidy, but there is no reason my a sports league (even if it is the head office only) to no have to pay taxes. It isn’t as though the NFL needs any special incentives to operate or to make money. They squeeze enough of those out of the taxpayers of the cities they play in. And apparently, professional hockey and professional golf have the same deal. Seriously?

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Monday Daily Delawhere [9.22.14]

Filed in Delaware by on September 22, 2014 0 Comments
Monday Daily Delawhere [9.22.14]

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The Takeover of Wilmington Public Schools

Filed in Delaware by on September 21, 2014 21 Comments

This issue has been percolating for awhile, especially since this was announced by the Governor’s office as a Major Education Initiative — and it turns out that this isn’t about education, but about moving around teachers and school leadership to continue to pretend to do something about Wilmington’s failing schools. The NJ writes about this today:

The Delaware Department of Education says six low-income schools in Wilmington are failing, and the way to fix them is to make the more than 200 teachers reapply for their jobs – and to hire elite principals at each school who won’t have to follow most district rules while earning annual salaries of $160,000.

Mark Murphy, secretary of education, says it’s necessary for teachers to reapply for their jobs to ensure that every educator in the six “priority” schools has the commitment and skill to improve student achievement, as measured by the state’s standardized tests.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [9.21.14]

Filed in Delaware by on September 21, 2014 0 Comments
Sunday Daily Delawhere [9.21.14]

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The Weekly Addresses

Filed in National by on September 20, 2014 0 Comments

President Obama

Governor Markell

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [9.20.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [9.20.14]

From the Flying Inn on Flickr

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Zombie Economic Bullshit Can Never Die

Filed in National by on September 19, 2014 12 Comments

I happen to know Dave Lawson. Nice guy. But this is just sad.

“Hi, I’m Senator Dave Lawson.
“You may have heard in the news recently that Burger King merged with a Canadian company. By doing so, Burger King, incorporated in Delaware, can move its corporate address to Canada to take advantage of the lower tax rate.

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Frederic Douglass Explains Racial Malice

Filed in National by on September 19, 2014 1 Comment
Frederic Douglass Explains Racial Malice

I am privileged to know and to have worked with Former Congressman Craig A. Washington of Bastrop and Houston Texas who shared this with me. He represented well the good people of Barbara Jordan’s district after having served in the Texas legislature.

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What The… This Is Not Okay

Filed in Delaware by on September 19, 2014 105 Comments

I was just listening to Al Mascitti on WDEL and this happened. A song was playing in the background and Al asked if the song was by Nicki Minaj and Gary Mullinax said something along the line that she wasn’t the only one who “slutted” it up this week. WTF? He then went on to […]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [9.19.14]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [9.19.14]

The Old State House, from Mike Mahaffie on Flickr.

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Thursday Open Thread [9.18.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [9.18.14]

Kudos to Apple today:

Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user information.

[...]The key is the encryption that Apple mobile devices automatically put in place when a user selects a passcode, making it difficult for anyone who lacks that passcode to access the information within, including photos, e-mails and recordings. Apple once maintained the ability to unlock some content on devices for legally binding police requests but will no longer do so for iOS 8, it said in the new privacy policy.

If you have data in the iCloud, this does not apply, but I like locking down your devices from law enforcement not just as a privacy standard, but also as a marketing differentiator. All of the rest of the cell phone purveyors need to offer this level of privacy immediately.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [9.18.14]

Filed in Delaware by on September 18, 2014 0 Comments
Thursday Daily Delawhere [9.18.14]

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Does Kansas Offer an Example for Delaware’s “Sane” Republicans ?

Filed in National by on September 17, 2014 18 Comments

Nobody handicapping 2014 races as recently as three weeks ago factored in the possibility that Kansas, of all places, might become a sudden GOP sinkhole. Now Sen. Pat Roberts is in real and consistent trouble against independent candidate Greg Orman, as part of what appears to be a self-conscious revolt of moderate Republican voters who are also threatening to throw Gov. (and former Sen.) Sam Brownback out of office.

“A self-conscious revolt of moderate Republican voters…?” Go on…

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [9.17.14]

Filed in Delaware by on September 17, 2014 2 Comments
Wednesday Daily Delawhere [9.17.14]

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A Delaware Poll! Coons leads Wade by 15, and we got approval numbers on Obama, Biden, Carper and Markell

Filed in Delaware by on September 16, 2014 14 Comments
A Delaware Poll!   Coons leads Wade by 15, and we got approval numbers on Obama, Biden, Carper and Markell

For some reason, the Republican-leaning Rasmussen polled little ole Delaware, and found Senator Chris Coons (D) leading Republican nominee Kevin Wade, 49% to 34%. A source who has access to some of the internals that are hidden behind a pay wall on Rasmussen’s site has sent me snapshots of the favorability ratings of Vice President Biden and Senator Carper, and the approval ratings of Governor Markell and President Obama. Unfortunately, my source did not have any further numbers for Senator Coons or GOP Nominee Kevin Wade. Come inside for the surprising numbers.

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Tuesday Open Thread [9.16.14]

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Tuesday Open Thread [9.16.14]

Charlie Cook: “Two things may be keeping Republican strategists up at night: money and the Democratic ground game. Perhaps the biggest untold story of this election is how so many Republican and conservative donors, at least those whose last name isn’t Koch, have kept their checkbooks relatively closed… Many Republican and conservative donors appear to be somewhat demoralized after 2012. They feel that they were misled about the GOP’s chances in both the presidential and senatorial races that year, and/or their money was not well spent. In short, they are giving less if at all, and it has put Republican candidates in a bind in a number of places.”

“Another reason things might not turn out for Republicans is if the highly touted Democratic Senate ground game comes together. Clearly the Obama campaign and Democratic allies had a superior voter-identification and get-out-the-vote operation two years ago… In midterm elections, if Democrats can crank up the turnout among young, female, and minority voters, then their chances of success this year increase.”

We have more polls painting a pretty happy picture for Dems.

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Why I’m Totally Psyched for Scotland’s Historic Vote

Filed in National by on September 16, 2014 39 Comments
Why I’m Totally Psyched for Scotland’s Historic Vote

Full Disclosure: I lived in Edinburgh for around a year when I was 20, so Scotland is close to my heart. However, beyond the “Screw yoo, Ya English Bastards!” nationalism that I imbibed with the beer while I was over there – I’m psyched for this Independence referendum vote on Thursday for more practical reasons. […]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [9.16.14]

Filed in Delaware by on September 16, 2014 1 Comment
Tuesday Daily Delawhere [9.16.14]

From Lance Rogers on Flickr.

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Monday Open Thread [9.15.14]

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Monday Open Thread [9.15.14]

The New York Times on what we politicos know to be true: the disaster in Kansas, both fiscally and for Republicans politically is a direct result of conservative tax policy. We have known it for years: cutting taxes does not, repeat, does not lead to increased revenue. Duh, it cuts revenue, meaning that the government has to cut spending. Conservatives are just fine with cutting spending. They do not care about their constituents. But unfortunately for them, their constituents vote.

“Although every statewide elected official in Kansas is a Republican and President Obama lost the state by more than 20 points in the last election,” Gov. Sam Brownback’s (R) “proudly conservative policies have turned out to be so divisive and his tax cuts have generated such a drop in state revenue that they have caused even many Republicans to revolt[.]

“Projections put state budget shortfalls in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually, raising questions of whether the state can adequately fund education in particular. This has boosted the hopes of the Democratic candidate, Paul Davis, the State House minority leader, who has shot up in the polls even though he has offered few specifics about how he would run the state. Many disaffected Republicans might give Mr. Davis their vote because, if nothing else, he is not Mr. Brownback.”

Democrat Davis will win the Kansas governorship, and a possibly Democratic-leaning Independent will unseat a longtime incumbent GOP Senator, all because the Republicans finally cut taxes too much, and their own voters noticed they were getting screwed. Finally.

Politico reports that GOP Operatives are scared “that an ambitious Democratic turnout initiative will give the party a potentially significant 1- or 2-percentage point boost in some key states.” Damn. I was hoping they would sit back and enjoy the Republican leaning polls that have been giving prognosticators the giggles that the GOP has the Senate in the bag. But then again, the Democrats have done the job on the state level to maintain control. Nate Cohn:

“A few months ago, the Democratic path to a Senate majority looked long and arduous… But today the Democratic path to victory looks as clear as it has at any point this year. That path remains narrow, to be sure. The Democrats will probably still need to sweep those five fairly close races. Yet with just two months to go, the Democrats appear to have an advantage in four of them. And the Democrats have other opportunities that might give them more breathing room.”

“If Colorado and Michigan are penciled into the Democratic column, the Democrats would then need three more states to get to a majority. The Democrats have a fairly broad set of options for those states, but the likeliest possibility is that the election comes down to three states: Alaska, Iowa and North Carolina.”

Recent polling out of all three is positive for the Dems, plus we are leading in Louisiana and are competitive in Georgia, Arkansas and Kentucky. And let’s not forget Kansas.

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Why I’m not voting for Ken Simpler

Filed in National by on September 15, 2014 40 Comments
Why I’m not voting for Ken Simpler

“Excuse me, do you have the time?”

“Is this seat taken?”

“Do you happen to know, is this the line for registration?”

Everyone has millions of these forgettable little interactions every year. To make one of these little encounters between strangers memorable, you would really have to be a huge dick.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [9.15.14]

Filed in Delaware by on September 15, 2014 4 Comments
Monday Daily Delawhere [9.15.14]

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Late Night Video — Diet Racism

Filed in Open Thread by on September 14, 2014 0 Comments

On the money (about 1 and a half minutes long):

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QOD — Get Your Gameface On

Filed in National by on September 14, 2014 5 Comments

This image seems to be going viral fast and is a photoshopped version of an ad that is part of the Cover Girl Game face makeup (WTF?), and is accompanied by a pretty strong message to fire Roger Goodell. What do you think?

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