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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [10.1.14]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [10.1.14]

This is on my bucket list next year. The Lums Pond Zipline by Flying Inn on Flickr.

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Bonini now Copeland’s failure sponge

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Bonini now Copeland’s failure sponge

In his ongoing attempt to prevent any of his DNA from being found on the DEGOP’s utter failure this fall, Copeland has appointed Colin Bonini to stand in front of the shit fan.

Dear Republican Friend,

I am tremendously excited to announce that I have appointed Senator Colin Bonini as Chairman of the Delaware GOP’s Victory Program! The final weeks of the campaign are the most critical, and there’s no one I’d trust more with this operation than Colin.

That’s how it reads to me anyway.

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Matlusky Endorses Mayrack

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Matlusky Endorses Mayrack

“I ran for the Auditor’s office because I wanted to see the office work for Delawareans and protect their interests instead of special interests. Brenda wants to see the same improvements made to the office. She is overwhelmingly qualified to run the Auditor’s office,” Matlusky said. “She has established her own solo law firm where she has focused on doing exactly what the current State Auditor’s office has not effectively done—auditing.”

That is a very nice and welcome statement from Ken Matlusky, who is also a very nice guy. I am surprised though that the statement was released today. And I will tell you why….

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Red Clay Super’s Message Regarding The Priority Schools’ MOU

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Red Clay Super’s Message Regarding The Priority Schools’ MOU

“Please be aware that the MOU and the planning process are not the same. The MOU is an agreement to collaborate during the planning process.”

So… is Merv saying that the MOU is simply an invitation to get-together and chat?  That nothing in it is binding?  It’s just a “Hey, could you RSVP so we can set up a time to come up with a plan that doesn’t exist – just ignore all that talk in the MOU about the school leaders’ salaries and teachers having to reapply for their jobs, etc. because none of that means anything.”

Question… the 9/30 due date is today – there’s a workshop scheduled tonight. Can the board vote at a workshop? If not, what happens if the deadline isn’t met?

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Tuesday Open Thread [9.30.14]

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This is brilliant:

The revisions are out with respect to last quarter’s GDP growth (i.e. the second quarter, which lasts from April to the end of June), and the facts are that the economy grew at even a higher rate than originally reported (and the reported rate of 4.2% was pretty damn good).

We also have lots of polling results and some good Obamacare news inside…

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Crazy Sheriff Not Done Being Crazy

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Crazy Sheriff Not Done Being Crazy

Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher, who wasted untold taxpayer dollars trying to sue the state after the state refused to let him set up his own police force, and who embarrassed the citizenry with his sovereign citizen and sovereign sheriff nonsense (i.e. the highest constitutional officer in the land is God and then the Sheriff, and then the President and everyone else), just announced on the Dan Gaffney show downstate (is that still on the air?) that he is running a write-in reelection campaign.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [9.30.14]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [9.30.14]

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ISIL Recruiting Incentives For Poor Youth

Filed in International, National by on September 29, 2014 13 Comments
ISIL Recruiting Incentives For Poor Youth

IS (variously ISIS, ISIL) has recruiting centers set up, employing sophisticated social media to lure desperate young people from middle eastern countries with youth unemployment rates as high as 29%.

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Monday Open Thread [9.29.14]

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Monday Open Thread [9.29.14]

Ed Kilgore on what a Democratic win in Kansas should mean:

If the Republican governor of a very Republican state loses for undertaking a conservative political and policy revolution, complete with a purge of party “moderates” and reactionary legislation on just about every front imaginable, it may remind Republicans everywhere that there are limits to a meta-strategy of moving to the right, polarizing the electorate, and then winning on money and pure dumb luck. As a huge bonus, among the injured in a Brownback loss would be the Koch Brothers, right there in their Wichita lair….

Brownback has very publicly made his state a conservative “experiment station” and sought to stamp out any dissent in his party, all in the pursuit of a sort of intellectual rogue’s gallery of bad ideas, from supply-side economics to the harshest attacks in the country on reproductive rights. He not only deserves to lose, but his regime needs to be remembered with fear and trembling by Republicans everywhere.

I guarantee you, if Republicans lose in Kansas, it will be because they were not conservative enough. Conservatism never fails, it can only be failed.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [9.29.14]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [9.29.14]

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Late Night Video — Jon Stewart Crushes Fox News, Again

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This is a thing of beauty and a reminder that there is no news at Fox News:

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Sunday Open Thread [9.28.14]

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Sunday Open Thread [9.28.14]

Earlier this past week, Ezra Klein wondered why Vice President Joe Biden was trailing Hillary Clinton by 44 points in the latest poll of a potential match up in the 2016 primary. Ezra said that it wasn’t the Biden gaffes or the preception that he is a joke; it’s that “Biden is an old-school, white, male politician in a party that’s increasingly young, multicultural, and female.”

Seth Masket at the Monkey Cage has a different take, and it is the right one.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [9.28.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [9.28.14]

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It is hard not to agree with the Satanists on this one

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It is hard not to agree with the Satanists on this one

From the Orlando Sentinel:

A religious group called The Satanic Temple is making plans to hand out literature in Orange County Public Schools later this school year, following distributions by atheist and evangelical Christian groups.

The New York-based Satanist group hopes to use a distribution as a form of protest.

“If a public school board is going to allow religious pamphlets and full Bibles to be distributed to students, as is the case in Orange County, Florida, we think the responsible thing to do is to ensure that these students are given access to a variety of differing religious opinions,” said temple co-founder and spokesman Lucien Greaves.[/blockquote]

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Tom Gordon Blames the News Journal for His Own Lack of Transparency

Filed in Delaware by on September 27, 2014 25 Comments
Tom Gordon Blames the News Journal for His Own Lack of Transparency

This week’s unnecessary controversy is over a planned trip to Denmark (!) by Community Services Manager, Sophia Hanson, and an unnamed other county employee to inspect a library that apparently they think is a model for what they want to do with the planned library across the street (sort of) from Chris Bullock’s church on Rt 9. County Council did not know of this trip until Councilman George Smiley asked about it after a presentation on this library this week. It isn’t clear that any one knows much more about this trip, but Adam Taylor of the NJ asked for more detail and was pretty much told that the County won’t release more information on this because the County Executive thinks that the NJ is just going to do a hit piece:

County spokesman Tony Prado said Friday that Gordon administration officials would not talk about the trip. They wouldn’t say who was going, when the trip is scheduled to take place, how much it will cost, whose idea it was, or why it is necessary to visit a library in Denmark.

“The executive is concerned this is going to be a negative story and he doesn’t want to comment,” Prado said. “This has been a project that is near and dear to his heart, and the executive feels like this is going to be a hit piece, so he would just rather not comment.”

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The Weekly Addresses

Filed in Delaware, National by on September 27, 2014 0 Comments

President Obama:

Governor Markell:

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [9.27.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [9.27.14]

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Friday Open Thread [9.26.14]

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Friday Open Thread [9.26.14]

This is a massive polling dump that includes polls that go back to last week, polls that I have not previously posted. I have grouped all the states alphabetically, and then separated the offices of Senator and Governor. Where there are multiple polls in a particular state and office, the older polls are listed first, and newer polls are listed last. This past polling week has some good news from Arkansas, very bad news from Alaska, bad news from Colorado, and good news from Iowa and North Carolina. These Senate races are going to go down to the wire, and turnout will be the key. If our voters turnout, Dems will win all of them. If not, the GOP will win. Right now, as you will see, I have the GOP picking up 6 new Senate seats while successfully defending Kentucky and Georgia, BUT the GOP will lose Kansas. And Iowa remains too close to call.

So that leaves us with 50 GOP seats, 48 Democratic seats, 1 toss up Iowa seat, and a kingmaker in Kansas. The Independent Greg Orman has said that he will caucus with whomever wins the majority. But what if that decision is up to him? If Iowa goes to the Dems, then it will be 50-49. If Orman goes with the Dems, it is 50-50 with Biden (D) the tiebreaking vote, giving the Dems the majority. If Orman goes with the GOP, it will be 51-49 GOP.

Personally, I think the Dems will still win in Colorado despite this last week of bad polls there, and I think they will win in Iowa, leaving us with a 51-49 Dem Senate.

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Another Delaware Poll, by a Delaware Polling outfit, shows Coons, Carney up

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Another Delaware Poll, by a Delaware Polling outfit, shows Coons, Carney up

DELAWARE–SENATOR–Univ. of Delaware: Sen. Chris Coons (D) 50, Kevin Wade (R) 27, Andrew Groff (G) 6

DELAWARE–REPRESENTATIVE–Univ. of Delaware: Rep. John Carney (D) 52, Rose Izzo (R) 17, Others 11

I wonder if these numbers are more to the pundits’ liking.

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‘Bulo Presents Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola w/the Dinkendo Family Band Tonight!

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‘Bulo Presents Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola w/the Dinkendo Family Band Tonight!

Shameless plug, and I’m totally not ashamed. I’m presenting a superb concert tonight at the Arden Gild Hall. If you show up, first drink’s on me.

Charlie Hunter is an amazing instrumentalist and plays a hybrid guitar/bass that has seven strings. Yes he plays both the bass and guitar parts at the same time!  He and drummer Scott Amendola have extraordinary telepathy with each other that can only happen after years of playing together.  They have been called the ‘jazz scene’s funkiest duo’ for good reason. Come inside for more information….

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Friday Daily Delawhere [9.26.14]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [9.26.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [9.25.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [9.25.14]

Sorry everyone, for my absence. I was sent to Mississippi for work… er ah… to combat evil. The place is so evil that they grow evil in fields as far as the eye can see…

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Why does ISIL even bother when we have cops that are fully committed to terrorizing us?

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You’ve probably seen this by now, but I just watched the whole thing.

Insane. More money for dashboard cams, please.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [9.25.14]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [9.25.14]

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Whackjob terrorizes school because “2nd Amendment”

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Whackjob terrorizes school because “2nd Amendment”

I don’t know why ISIS even bothers when he have so many fucking wingnut whackjobs in country fully committed to terrorism. A Tennessee man on Wednesday caused panic as he paced back and forth near a high school in a bulletproof vest with a rifle strapped across his back and a GoPro camera, WSMV-TV reported. […]

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