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Pushy Bastards Step Up Into Leadership Positions

Filed in National by on March 27, 2017 3 Comments
Pushy Bastards Step Up Into Leadership Positions

You’ve read El Som’s take on Erik Raser-Schramm. It is an unvarnished good. But check this out, and connect the dots. Recently Mike Matthews was elected to lead the large and influential DSEA. I’ve also heard that a long time friend of DL is going to chair the New Castle County Democratic Party.

Taken alone all of these are positive developments for people who want progressive voices to be heard. But viewed as a whole, it is safe to say that we are on the cusp of some exciting times for Democrats. Exciting times, really, for anyone who is interested in effective advocacy and governance. To paraphrase the stirring words of John F Kennedy, let the word go forth that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans, so it is time to kick some ass and see what we are really made of.

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Putting Pressure on Coons and Carper to Support the Democratic Filibuster of the Gorsuch nomination

Filed in National by on March 27, 2017 2 Comments

Here is where this stands. Bluedelaware and DelawareLiberal are working together to bring groups like Delaware United, Network Delaware, Progressive Democrats for Delaware, and Democrats in Kent and Sussex Counties together to commit to a two-part action. Part 1 is a rally to deliver a petition to Coons and Carper prior to the cloture vote, and Part 2 is to commit to turning up on Carper and Coons’ doorstep (flashmob style) if they vote to close debate and thereby break the filibuster.

If you are a member of an organization please get in touch with me about joining this effort. If you are an individual, please sign the petition and be ready to go if need be.

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March 27, 2017 Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, Open Thread by on March 27, 2017 5 Comments
March 27, 2017 Open Thread

4 dead in one day from heroin in Delaware; Man, 30, is 13th fatally shot in Wilmington this year; 1 business destroyed, others damaged after massive fire on Market Street in Wilmington; It’s a homecoming for Christina’s new Superintendent; Delaware jobless rate ticks up again for February

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Erik Raser-Schramm to Run for Chair of Del Dems

Filed in National by on March 26, 2017 12 Comments
Erik Raser-Schramm to Run for Chair of Del Dems

It is clearly a big upgrade. Raser-Schramm brings a lot of energy and the proven ability to win elections. I hope it also means that the Democratic brand comes into sharper focus. For too long Democratic politicians have used LGBTQ friendliness as a fig leaf to cover their Republican, trickle down economic sensibilities. It is time that being a Democrat means more that being someone who is comfortable using gays as window dressing.

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Why the Rethugs HAD to Push Obamacare Repeal First

Filed in National by on March 26, 2017 2 Comments

Because the repeal would have yielded the big pot of money they needed to enact permanent tax cuts. Check out this must-read analysis from the Washington Post.  Oh, and subscribe.  At least to the Post and to the Times.  We need great journalism now more than ever.  Here are a couple of key excerpts: But […]

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The best explainer on why Trumpcare failed

Filed in National by on March 25, 2017 3 Comments

“(GOP) opposition to Obamacare was like Benghazi. Peel away the layers of wingutese and there just wasn’t anything there. And as we’ve learned, elected Republicans aren’t any different from internet wingnuts these days. Sure some of them literally want people to die, but most of them just know wingnut word salad and don’t understand what […]

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Rob Arlett wants to be surprised by illegal trash dumps again, this time within the DEGOP

Filed in National by on March 25, 2017 11 Comments
Rob Arlett wants to be surprised by illegal trash dumps again, this time within the DEGOP

Rob Arlett was recently in the news for being “amazed, appalled, disgusted and disappointed” by what a disgusting shit hole parts of Sussex had become during his tenure as a county councilman. Now he wants to be “amazed, appalled, disgusted and disappointed” all over again.

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March 25, 2017 Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, Open Thread by on March 25, 2017 17 Comments
March 25, 2017 Open Thread

The frontline of child abuse in Delaware; $15.5 million bridge project awarded, will close Del. 141; Two 23-year-old men shot in Wilmington, police say; Marijuana legalization bill announced by Delaware state Senator Margaret Rose-Henry

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The speech I wish Pelosi had given

Filed in National by on March 24, 2017 11 Comments

The President lost. Being a loser on something this big should be something he learns from. Losing is no fun, but he lost badly. Like any loser he needs to consider why he lost and try to think about how to not be such a loser who lost. Bottom line: Loser, lost. Loser.

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Sure to fail, Trumpcare vote pulled AGAIN

Filed in National by on March 24, 2017 19 Comments
Sure to fail, Trumpcare vote pulled AGAIN

CNN reports that tonight’s anticipated vote on Trumpcare has been pulled.

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White House lobbying to save Trumpcare broke the law

Filed in National by on March 24, 2017 2 Comments
White House lobbying to save Trumpcare broke the law

This is a White House that is too dumb and lazy to give a fuck about whether or not it is breaking laws. On Thursday morning, as the Trump administration frantically tried to save its deeply unpopular Affordable Care Act replacement bill, White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. tweeted out a message to […]

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Sign the Petition (& be ready to go if Coons and/or Carper bust the filibuster)

Filed in National by on March 24, 2017 2 Comments

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Time to prep for loud and direct protest of Coons and Carper gutlessness

Filed in National by on March 24, 2017 6 Comments
Time to prep for loud and direct protest of Coons and Carper gutlessness

Today DL contributors will visit the Wilmington office of Senator Chris Coons and hand deliver the letter below. It will be signed by members of the DL direct protest subgroup.

I’m sure we will all be keeping a close eye on Mr Coons’ actions over the next few weeks. If he and Carper lose their nerve (as some reporting suggests they are considering) we must act.

The political action group Network Delaware has stood up a strategic nonviolent organizing committee. Please comment below if you will be willing to take part in some protest action against Coons and/or Carper if they vote for the Gorsuch nomination to progress to the full Senate. – Thanks

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Ask Jason330 and Donviti

Filed in National by on March 24, 2017 3 Comments
Ask Jason330 and Donviti

We are going to add 10 minutes and a new segment to the podcast. An advice segment in which we answer the pressing questions you can’t ask your spouse or clergy member and solve your unsolvable problems. For example…

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Carney Channels Trump’s Mick Mulvaney

Filed in Delaware by on March 24, 2017 13 Comments
Carney Channels Trump’s Mick Mulvaney

Delaware non-profits are on alert as Gov. Carney starts looking at cutting funds for domestic abuse victims. Carney might as well start talking about compassion for Greenville Democrats. Disgusting.

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March 24, 2017 Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, Open Thread by on March 24, 2017 1 Comment
March 24, 2017 Open Thread

Delaware OKs rare land swap of historic mill property; Target in Brandywine Hundred receives bomb threat; New data: Delaware dropout, graduation rates improve; PJM shares new Artificial Island transmission plan with state lawmakers; Woodside woman gets busted with drugs in Vaughn prison

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Governor “My Hands are Tied” Carney sticks with Markell’s Budget Rec’s

Filed in National by on March 23, 2017 9 Comments
Governor “My Hands are Tied” Carney sticks with Markell’s Budget Rec’s

He toured the state and had coffee klatch after coffee klatch, but (true to form) in the end, there was only one coffee klatch that mattered. Carney’s “shared sacrifice” budget largely parrots the budget fixes left to him by Jack Markell.

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Coons pursues a downright horrible deal in the name of “moderation”

Filed in National by on March 23, 2017 18 Comments
Coons pursues a downright horrible deal in the name of “moderation” Politco reports that your representative in the US Senate, Chris Coons, is in talks to cut the worst deal in the history of the Senate, by voting for Cloture on Gorsuch in exchange for a Republican “promise” to not eliminate the filibuster on a future Supreme court nomination.

The deal Democrats would be most likely to pursue, the sources said, would be to allow confirmation of Gorsuch in exchange for a commitment from Republicans not to kill the filibuster for a subsequent vacancy during President Donald Trump’s term.

How does Chris Coons still think that he is NOT dealing with bad actors? He seriously can’t be this guileless. That is only the beginning of how stupid Coons’ plan is, though. This deal is Coons trading something (a yes vote for Gorsuch) for nothing (a promise NOT to do something). It is idiotic on its face.

CALL NOW!
Coons Wilmington: 302-573-6345
Carper Wilmington: 302-573-6291

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It is times like this that I miss Mike Castle

Filed in National by on March 23, 2017 0 Comments
It is times like this that I miss Mike Castle

Long time readers will remember my ongoing love/hate feelings for Mike Castle. I hated Castle’s down the line GOP voting record, but I loved his crazy rationalizations for why a sincere “moderate” like him needed to cast all of those party line votes.

I’m certain that is Castle was still in the house, he’d be voting with the GOP leadership to pass the bloody abortion known as Trumpcare. Then we’d get the anguished rationalization about how pained he was by having to “vote for this deeply flawed” legislation. It was always as full of pathos, and as cloyingly predictable as a Joel Osteen sermon on why God wants us all to be rich fuckers.

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., March 23, 2017

Filed in Delaware by on March 23, 2017 13 Comments

“Shared Sacrifice”. Does that phrase sound familiar?  It is the phrase that Gov. Jack Markell used during the economic crisis of 2008 and beyond.  It meant that all Delawareans would have to share in the pain in order lift Delaware out of the economic recession. It is the exact same phrase that Gov. Carney has […]

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March 23, 2017 Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, Open Thread by on March 23, 2017 0 Comments
March 23, 2017 Open Thread

Delaware JobLink site hack puts 200,000 at risk; Delaware schools plan includes 5-star rating system; Delaware native, ex-Phillies manager Dallas Green dies at 82; Mother who lost son to addiction: trying to find help in Delaware was like ‘finding a rose in a snowstorm'; Local governments in Delaware could be prohibited from passing breed specific legislation against pit bulls

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Delaware Democrats Blow It (again)

Filed in National by on March 22, 2017 20 Comments
Delaware Democrats Blow It  (again)

When your political party is deeply unpopular because it stands for nothing, and has no coherent brand identity, (Thanks, Carper! Thanks, John Carney!) you are starting out any special election 100 yards behind the starting line, wearing a 40-pound weight vest. So it is not surprising that the Democratic Party’s lackluster party and brand building claimed another special election victim, as Hosfelt (R), trounced Kreiner (D) in a race for the Kent County Levy Court seat vacated by Bradley Eaby.

The 2nd District has 21,029 registered voters — 10,045 Democrats, 5,626 Republicans and 5,358 other. Delaware Dems turned out a pitiful 660 voters (7%) to the DEGOP’s 1,107 (20%). Even if you assume that ALL of Kent County District 2’s “Other” voters are stealth Republicans, the GOP still turned out 3% more voters than the Democrats.

This result raises an important question, what the fuck are Kent County Democrats doing? Seriously… what the holy fuck is going on when in these days of political unrest the County party can’t muster up more than 660 voters?

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BREAKING! Manafort Was Putin’s Proctologist

Filed in International, National by on March 22, 2017 6 Comments

No wonder Trump’s mouthpieces are trying to minimize the role of Trump’s former campaign chair: https://www.apnews.com/122ae0b5848345faa88108a03de40c5a/Manafort According to the AP, Manafort was directly working as a lobbyist on behalf of Vladimir Putin as far back as 2005, which directly contradicts administration assertions that no campaign official had any direct contact with Russia: President Donald Trump’s […]

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I’m Calling It: Trumpcare Going DOWWWNN!

Filed in National by on March 22, 2017 19 Comments

My self-imposed exile from the news shows having (temporarily?) ended, I watched a lot of coverage of the Trumpcare battle the last couple of days, and also read the reports in the papers. I can only reach one conclusion. If a vote is held on Thursday, Trumpcare is going down, and maybe going down YUGE. […]

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All Eyes on Carper and Coons

Filed in National by on March 22, 2017 13 Comments
All Eyes on Carper and Coons

It is very simple. If they vote to invoke cloture… to close the Senate debate on the nomination of Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, they are voting for the validation of this President and this Presidency. They are voting to validate the Republican strategy of stealing a Supreme Court nomination from President Obama. They are voting to legitimize and normalize the Russian intervention in our political system.

They are putting a black mark on their respective records. A black mark that they must never be allowed to live down.

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