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McGuiness v. Poppiti v. Fuller for Lt. Gov

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McGuiness v. Poppiti v. Fuller for Lt. Gov

In a Democratic wave year, like this one, the primary is the election. Via the Cape Gazette Rehoboth Beach — Rehoboth Beach Commissioner Kathy McGuiness has filed to run as a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in the 2016 state election. McGuiness said she would formally announce her candidacy in the near future. A five-term […]

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Friday Open Thread [9.4.15]

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Friday Open Thread [9.4.15]

The Economist: “First, as a billionaire, he will not run out of money to finance his campaign. Second, he faces so many Republican opponents that he could grab the nomination with only a modest plurality of the vote. The smart money still says that Republicans will eventually unite behind a mainstream candidate, as they always have in the past. But the world cannot take this for granted. Demagogues in other countries sometimes win elections, and there is no compelling reason why America should always be immune.”

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Joe Biden is the Earnest-er in Chief

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Joe Biden is the Earnest-er in Chief

Lord knows the guy has been through a lot, I’m not saying he hasn’t. I’m simply pointing out that he is now 1,000 times more earnest than everyone else running for President. Vice President Joe Biden gave his most striking and somber answer yet on Thursday about whether he plans to run for President, saying […]

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I, Donviti, Declare Racism Dead

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I, Donviti, Declare Racism Dead

I watched Selma the other day. It was awful. I cried for the negroes. Why couldn’t they just listen to George Wallace, the FBI and LBJ? Why couldn’t they wait to vote while we waged war in Vietnam for those people’s freedoms, I’ll never understand. But I’m glad it happened when it did so we as a nation could move on from that horrendous week in our history. It truly was an awful week. At least as it appeared from the safety of my basement on my 55” Panasonic Plasma with surround dolby 7.1 Bose speakers. It was frightening watching those negroes fight for their rights. I even saw flashes of the Confederate flag being shown. Actual photos from that awful week. I can’t imagine how those white people must have felt, only being able to wave their symbol of freedom and defenseless to those “activists”!

So why is racism dead Donviti? And why do you get to declare it?

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: August, 2015

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: August, 2015

More better music this month. Lotsa Americana and roots music this time.  Most of which you probably haven’t heard. So, hear here!

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Friday Daily Delawhere [9.4.2015]

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Brandywine Town Center on a rainy cloudy day.

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Thursday Open Thread [9.3.15]

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Thursday Open Thread [9.3.15]

First Read on whether Biden is running (hint: he’s not): “The truest signals of Biden’s 2016 plans are 1) setting up some sort of fundraising committee, and 2) hiring staff who could work on a campaign. And after a month of intense speculation about Biden’s White House intentions, he still has done neither. Remember, having a sitting vice president traveling to Iowa or New Hampshire for campaign events would cost tens of thousands — if not hundreds of thousands — of dollars per day. So Biden can’t run on the cheap.”

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The Smarter Balanced Assessment Results Are In

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The Smarter Balanced Assessment Results Are In

I’m not even sure where to begin. I’ll start here:

Only half of Delaware students are proficient in English and fewer than four in 10 are proficient in math, according to results of the state’s tough new standardized test, the Smarter Balanced Assessment. (link takes you to the results)

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It’s no secret I’m not a fan of standardized tests, mainly because I think we’re using them incorrectly.  We focus on handing out gold stars to schools who pass and slap “failing” labels on schools that don’t. But… maybe this is changing?

“There will certainly be an increase in regards to how the state allocates resources–and that’s really part of the value here–let’s understand which districts and which schools have the greatest struggles, and let’s make sure that we, as a state, are able to allocate resources to those students who need it most.”

Hey, that sounds like equitable funding. Could it be? I’m skeptical tho, since I lived through the Priority School fiasco. “Allocate resources” is usually followed with the threat of charter conversion, privatization and closure. We’ll see. That said, if these tests were actually used to help struggling schools (instead of punishing them) I’d change my tune.

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Coons Re-Reads Bible, Finds Justification for WARRRRRRR and living in a Whale is possible!

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Coons Re-Reads Bible, Finds Justification for WARRRRRRR and living in a Whale is possible!

It was only a matter of time before someone with some balls used the Bible to invoke war and not peace. It was done after 9/11 when we attacked that nation that attacked us. Er Nation that held training camps that attacked us. Errrrr, nation that allegedly funded the nation of the nation that in fact was the nation they actually came from that had really bad bombs that were never found.

Anyway…This time an avid DL reader has sent in a tip (not all of the tip, but most of the tip) that says Chris Coons after much deliberation was able to find the scripture that says we can “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Iran” and can stop mamby-pansying around like Obama.

Here it is….

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16-0 Why not?

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16-0   Why not?

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [9.3.2015]

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The Kalmar Nickle on the Christina River. From Tim Furlong’s Instagram.

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Wednesday Open Thread [9.2.15]

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Wednesday Open Thread [9.2.15]

Paul Krugman notes that while Donald Trump “doesn’t exude presidential dignity, he’s seeking the nomination of a party that once considered it a great idea to put George W. Bush in a flight suit and have him land on an aircraft carrier.”

“The point is that those predicting Mr. Trump’s imminent political demise are ignoring the lessons of recent history, which tell us that poseurs with a knack for public relations can con the public for a very long time. Someday The Donald will have his Katrina moment, when voters see him for who he really is. But don’t count on it happening any time soon.”

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JPMorgan v. Yahweh, Case No. 1081RP

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JPMorgan v. Yahweh, Case No. 1081RP

JPMorgan Chase settled a lawsuit accusing it of putting its interests ahead of an historic church endowed by descendants of drug company founder Eli Lilly and mismanaging its trust accounts.

Lawyers for the bank and the Christ Church Cathedral told a federal judge in Indianapolis on Friday they reached an agreement, according to a court filing. Settlement details weren’t included in court records.

The church, founded in 1837 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places according to its website, accused JPMorgan of causing its trusts to lose about $13 million in value from July 2004 to December 2013. The losses flowed from the bank’s decisions to “purchase over 177 different investment products, mostly from itself, using church funds,” according to a complaint filed two years ago.

There’s a special place in hell for this bank. And yes they will go to hell, because corporations are people and Hell has a special place for anything that that is deemed human (yet soulless) by America. Must I remind you that they are one of Delaware’s largest employers.

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18th RD: David Bentz Is the Real Deal

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18th RD: David Bentz Is the Real Deal

I’m quite impressed with the progressive positions he has taken on the issues, and I hope we can all do whatever it takes to help him win the Special Election.  I’ve decided to print the entire endorsement from Progressive Democrats of Delaware, because he really spells out his positions here:

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [9.2.2015]

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Rockford Tower. From Tim Furlong’s Instagram.

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Coons is a Yes.

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Coons is a Yes.

Click here to view the webast. It is worth noting that Senator Casey of Pennsylvania, widely expected to be a no, along with Chris Coons, has just announced that he will vote yes. So perhaps Senator Coons will surprise me here with a good decision.

UPDATE:

Coons is a yes. I take back everything I have said about him. Good for him. And good for America.

From the Washington Post:

Coons’s decision, coming in an exclusive interview with The Washington Post, delivered a powerful blow to opponents of the plan because the Delaware Democrat had previously voiced some of the deepest skepticism about the controversial deal. It came as Casey announced support for the deal and left Obama needing just one more vote in the Senate to claim victory.

Coons reached his decision after many weeks of deliberation that included long talks with top administration officials — including his political mentor, Vice President Biden — and an exchange of letters with President Obama that codified the assurances he received about the pact’s implementation.

“We are better off trying diplomacy first,” Coons told The Washington Post in an exclusive interview.

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Tuesday Open Thread [9.1.15]

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Tuesday Open Thread [9.1.15]

“There is no war on women – there may be a war on what’s inside of women, but there is no war on women in this country.” — Ben Carson, quoted by The Hill. Well then. 2016, the year Republicans finally got honest. “Yes, we are bigots. Yes, we are racists. And yes, we want to control a woman’s choices.”

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Question of the Day

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Question of the Day

Look, it’s often said if you have to make a Hitler or Nazi reference, you lose your argument. But what does it mean when Nazis actually endorse you for President?

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In Kentucky, we have reached the point where force is required.

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In Kentucky, we have reached the point where force is required.

So that hateful bigot of a county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, Kim Davis, has been denying the issuance of marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples since the Supreme Court’s decision in late June 2015 allowing for them. State and Federal appeallate courts have ordered her to follow the Constitution and the Supreme Court’s ruling, which is the supreme law of the land. She refused, and appealed to the Supreme Court. Last night, they denied her. But this morning, she is refusing, citing to God’s authority.

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Who is Copeland’s Next Simpler?

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Who is Copeland’s Next Simpler?

Ken Simpler was no fluke. He ran a great campaign that offered voters a legitimate alternative to the Democratic cadidate without exciting the passions of the idiot base of the DE GOP. While he caught a break facing off against Sean Barney, a guy with all the baggage of Tom Carper and none of the name recognition, nobody can deny that the Simpler campaign was a cut above the usual half-assery Copeland’s DEGOP has become know for.

Which raises the question, who is next? Can any of the Republican candidates that have announced for statewide offices inherit Simpler’s sober, sane, level-headed, and thereby winning positioning?

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [9.1.2015]

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From Tim Furlong’s Instagram.

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Bernie Sanders’ Appeal Explained in One Chart

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Bernie Sanders’ Appeal Explained in One Chart

Our Delaware Democratic Congressional Delegation can’t make heads or tails out of that data, but it speaks very loudly to everyone else.

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Monday Open Thread [8.31.15]

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Monday Open Thread [8.31.15]

In arking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Paul Krugman noted that Katrina was the moment that the scales fell off the eyes of Americans to reveal who George W. Bush actually was:

“Katrina was special in political terms because it revealed such a huge gap between image and reality. Ever since 9/11, former President George W. Bush had been posing as a strong, effective leader keeping America safe. He wasn’t…It took a domestic disaster, which made his administration’s cronyism and incompetence obvious to anyone with a TV set, to burst his bubble.”

He thinks we are witnessing a similar moment with Jeb Bush.

“Consider Jeb Bush, once hailed on the right as “the best governor in America,” when in fact all he did was have the good luck to hold office during a huge housing bubble. Many people now seem baffled by Mr. Bush’s inability to come up with coherent policy proposals, or any good rationale for his campaign. What happened to Jeb the smart, effective leader? He never existed.”

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The Coons Soaking the Spotlight for All Its Worth Announcement

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The Coons Soaking the Spotlight for All Its Worth Announcement

I think Senator Chris Coons desires more war and thus he is a no on the Iran Deal. My evidence for this is that he is doing what fellow Senator Bob Menendez did: give a highly touted speech at a University to announce your decision. If he was a yes, he would just announce it in an interview or a press release like Tom Carper did, and like 30 other of his fellow Democratic Senators.

I hope I am wrong, and I will publicly say I was wrong here tomorrow if Coons surprises me, and makes a big show of voting yes. But, that is not the feel I am getting. So if you feel like attending a speech to boo and heckle the Senator nonstop throughout his speech once he announces his no vote, here are the details.

WHAT: United States Senator Chris Coons announces position on nuclear deal with Iran.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 1 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: University of Delaware, Institute for Global Studies, 44 Kent Way, Newark, DE 19716
CONTACT: Sean Coit (Coons) at sean_coit@coons.senate.gov or 202-224-0351 or 202-794-0670
LIVESTREAM: http://www.udel.edu/udlive
PARKING: Validation will be provided for the nearby Center for the Arts parking garage

The only thing that gives me pause in thinking that Coons will be a no is the fact that it is very clear to all concerned that Iran Deal will obtain the support of 34 Democratic Senators it needs to sustain the President’s veto. Indeed, the only real suspenseful question is whether the Democrats can obtain the 41 votes they need to filibuster the rejection from ever getting to the President’s desk. The warmongering campaign that Iran Deal opponents launched failed, and everyone knows it….

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It’s official Joe Biden is running

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It’s official Joe Biden is running

…for something.

Let’s face it. These old fuckers think that they are the only people who can get anything done. People like Biden look around and they see a bunch of sad sack losers with their eyes locked on the little TV screens they carry around all the time.

Joe is running. Mark my words.

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