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Vote Tracker Update — How are they voting?

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Vote Tracker Update — How are they voting?

Bryan Townsend is the busiest legislator in Dover. The man’s name is so omnipresent, as a lead or additional sponsor, on legislation of significance that I have to imagine either that he is running for higher office, or that he is just the best damn legislator period. The cynic and politician in me wants the former. The good government romantic in me wants the latter. Kim Williams is a close runner up too.

So here is the updated Vote Tracker as of today, May 4, 2015. My focus on these vote trackers is to follow legislation of progressive significance, whether they be pro-progressive or anti-progressive. For example, we are following the Right to Work bill and the Estate Tax Repeal bill, not because we want them to pass, rather we want them to fail, and we are going to take note of any Democrat who votes for them so that we can work to replace them in the next election.

I have reorganized the Vote Tracker this month. It’s just one document now, and legislation with actual votes recorded is list at the top, followed by legislation that has been released by their relevant committees and are due for votes in one chamber of the General Assembly or the other. For the specific details of legislation that is being considered in committee, and also the whens, wheres, whys and wherefores, I encourage you to follow El Somnambulo’s Pre-Game Post-Game series.

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Hillary Clinton Watch Over… Beau Biden Watch Begins

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Hillary Clinton Watch Over… Beau Biden Watch Begins

Well, we finally know that Hillary Clinton is running for President. Now we need to find out if Beau Biden is running for Governor. It is the central question in Delaware politics, and really, no one knows the exact answer to it, just like no one really knows what medical condition the former Attorney General suffered back in August 2013. But we finally got some Beau Biden news on Friday that may shed some light on some answers.

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Monday Open Thread [5.4.15]

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Monday Open Thread [5.4.15]

Republicans love to call themselves Christians and denounce anyone who doesn’t vote for or follow them as un-American non-Christians, but the truth is it is all projection:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) was criticized by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) for “hiding behind Jesus to expand Medicaid” according to a report in The Atlantic.

The two Republican governors confronted Kasich at a donor forum hosted by the Koch brothers in Palm Springs.

A source at the event told The Atlantic, “It got heated.”

If Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley were Christians they would actually follow Jesus Christ and care for the poor, sick, elderly and the needy. Instead, they are fellating their rich benefactors and criticizing those who are following Christ’s example. I hope they both go straight to Hell.

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Time for a Separation

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Time for a Separation

And by that I mean, a separation of Delaware’s Democrats in the General Assembly from Governor Jack Markell (D). On Friday, the Governor went on Rick Jensen’s show on WDEL and stated that he would veto House Bill 50 (the opt-out bill) if it passed the House and Senate. HB 50 would allow parents to opt their child or children out of state standardized testing. The bill cleared the House Education Committee last week and it awaits a vote by the full House, which may come this week.

“I never say what I’m going to do to a bill in advance, but I can say I absolutely do not support that bill,” Markell said. Markell said it’s his job to do what’s best for Delaware kids, and he said opting out of the Smarter Balanced assessment isn’t the way.

“Civil rights communities across the country, the NAACP, the urban leagues have been very, very focused on not allowing opt out because they’re concerned that if the kids are allowed to opt out they’ll fall through the cracks,” he said. Markell also stood behind Delaware’s adoption of the Common Core standards.

They are falling through the cracks now because they are not learning. They spend all their time trying to prepare for an impossible test. But I digress.

These standardized tests are very unpopular with parents across the country and here in Delaware. They are very unpopular with teachers, and educators. They are only popular with those who want to “reform” education so as to either 1) privatize it, or 2) enrich themselves or their benefactors, or 3) both. So General Assembly Democrats have a decision to make.

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Sign This Petition to Support Implementing Real Violence Reduction Strategies in Wilmington

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Sign This Petition to Support Implementing Real Violence Reduction Strategies in Wilmington

This petition at the site change.org is addressed to the Governor, AG Matt Denn, Mayor Dennis Williams and Chief Bobby Cummings to ask them to implement the Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission report and 9 other actions to help to address and reduce the violence in Wilmington. Please take a few minutes to read this over and sign it, if you can. Also forward this on to your friends and share via your FB pages or Twitter to help spread the word. Thanks!

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The (Late) Weekly Addresses

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Sorry that this is being posted late, but I was away for my birthday weekend and away from the computer. Apologies…

In this week’s address, the President reiterated his commitment to expanding access to education.

In his weekly message, Governor Markell explains how state grant funding, awarded earlier this week, will leverage over $100 million in private investments in Delaware’s Downtown Development Districts.

Rep. Bryon Short discusses legislation he is sponsoring that would prohibit employers from requiring employees or applicants to give the employer access to their personal social media accounts. House Bill 109, crafted by the Attorney General’s office, respects both the employee and employer and will be an important step forward in social media privacy.

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DL GOP Fantasy Pool – Carson and Fiorina to announce today

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DL GOP Fantasy Pool – Carson and Fiorina to announce today

The GOP presidential field will grow by two Monday as Ben Carson and failed technology executive Carly Fiorina kick off their runs for the White House. Carson tipped his hand Sunday, telling an Ohio TV station of his intention to seek the presidency ahead of a campaign launch event in his hometown of Detroit Monday. […]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [5.4.15]

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Rowhouses in spring on 13th and Orange Streets in Wilmington. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [5.3.15]

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Classic high end cars from the Point to Point races at Winterthur. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Saturday Open Thread [5.2.15]

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Saturday Open Thread [5.2.15]

Pope Francis is set to release his first Papal Encyclical and it will be on climate change. The Pope is recognizing that climate change is real, it is caused by humans and it needs to be addressed now. Conservatives are losing their minds — this Pope has immense moral credibility — and the Heartland Institute is so upset that they are trying to get a meeting with the Pope to make him an offer he can’t refuse, presumably. Seriously, the hubris of these people to think that a man with the world’s greatest minds at his fingertips could find the Heartland Institute’s propaganda compelling. This Pope is not a clueless American conservative.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [5.2.15]

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Magnolia Circle and Memorial Hall on the University of Delaware campus. Photo by xzmattzx.

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(Late) Friday Open Thread [5.1.15]

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(Late) Friday Open Thread [5.1.15]

And what the heck is going on in Rehoboth Beach? Dogfish Head Brewing and Eats has plans to revitalize their space and the zoning board in Rehoboth turned down their variance. Because they would invite too many people to that part of downtown Rehoboth, even though the plans call for fewer restaurant seats than they have now. And one of the Zoning Board members invited Dogfish Head to move to another town. That’s some economic development plan, right there.

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Bridge Closure Was A Christie Revenge Plot Against Fort Lee Mayor

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Bridge Closure Was A Christie Revenge Plot Against Fort Lee Mayor

A former ally of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) admitted Friday that he directed lane closures on the George Washington Bridge to punish a local politician for refusing to endorse the governor’s 2013 re-election bid.

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Murder, Manslaughter, and Assault charges Filed Against Officers In Baltimore

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Murder, Manslaughter, and Assault charges Filed Against Officers In Baltimore

This seems like a big deal. Via TPM:

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced on Friday that she had filed murder, manslaughter, and assault charges against city police officers following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [5.1.15]

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The Carillon at Nemours in Fairfax. It was built in 1935 by Alfred I. DuPont as a tribute to his parents and as his own mausoleum. Man, rich people. They do have big egos, don’t they?

Photo by xzmattzx.

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Thursday Open Thread [4.30.15]

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Thursday Open Thread [4.30.15]

“I respect the courts, but the Supreme Court is only that — the supreme of the courts. It is not the supreme being. It cannot overrule God.” — Mike Huckabee, quoted by CNN, on the pending same-sex marriage ruling.

Mike, the Supreme Court is the last word on constitutional rights bestowed upon American citizens by the Constitution and its Amendments. The case before the Supreme Court right now concerns the constitutional right of individuals to marry, which is currently being denied by a number of states. The case before the Supreme Court does not concern any rights bestowed in the Bible, or by heavenly decree.

Mike, I am concerned about your intelligence. You seem to confuse man made law and Biblical law all the time. Indeed, I almost think you think they are, or should be, one and the same, much like Church and Government should be one and the same. Thankfully, much smarter people than you established a separation between Church and State many centuries ago during the Founding of our great nation.

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It Can. It Did. It Will.

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It Can.  It Did.  It Will.

Yes, white people were arrested too during riots. And yes, some of them were held for two days without hearing or charges, only to be released with no charges. I am including this picture here and in the thumbnail on the front page of the site because sometimes, oh shit, most of the time, the privileged white people among us, including myself, cannot really and totally connect to a story unless we think it can happen to us. It can. It did. It will.

Police Brutality is not just a problem for the black community. It is a problem for us all.

From Facebook…..

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Have Republicans simply gone completely bananas?

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Have Republicans simply gone completely bananas?

The evidence points to – yes.

Not from The Onion:

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday asked the State Guard to monitor a U.S. military training exercise dubbed “Jade Helm 15″ amid suspicions that the war simulation is really a hostile military takeover.

My sense is that as the Democratic Party has become ever more conservative and indistinguishable from moderate Republicans over the years, there is a desperation among Republican partisans to distinguish themselves as LEGIT conservatives in ways that would have been viewed as coo-coo a mere 5 years ago.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [4.30.15]

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Endurance

Spring at Winterthur, by the Flying Inn on Flickr.

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Paul Krugman Takes Tom Carper to the Woodshed

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Paul Krugman Takes Tom Carper to the Woodshed

It is rare, in the history of economic thought, for debates to get resolved this decisively. The austerian ideology that dominated elite discourse five years ago has collapsed, to the point where hardly anyone still believes it.

Hardly anyone, that is, except the Tom Carper and John Carney.

When Tom Carper and John Carney say that there is a “budget crisis” and that “austerity” is needed to grow the economy, they are lying. Yes. It is that simple.

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Wednesday Open Thread [4.29.15]

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Wednesday Open Thread [4.29.15]

The Los Angeles Times reports that Hillary Clinton will call for far-reaching reforms in the criminal justice system that would “end the era of mass incarceration,”

“The speech will mark the unveiling of Clinton’s first major policy proposal as a presidential hopeful, coming as candidates are under pressure to confront the unrest in Baltimore. The city erupted in rioting Monday night, following the funeral of Freddie Gray, an African American man who was mortally injured while in police custody.”

Man, this Hillary campaign is really trying to win me over big time (and she is succeeding).

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Anti-Gay Supreme Court Argument Claims Marriage Is Only About Children

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Anti-Gay Supreme Court Argument Claims Marriage Is Only About Children

“The state doesn’t have an interest in love and emotion at all,” Mr. Bursch said. “It’s about binding children to their biological moms and dads.”

Several justices were intensely skeptical of that rationale, noting that many gay couples have children. These justices also seemed unpersuaded by Mr. Bursch’s contention that altering the definition of marriage would harm the institution.

This has to be the weakest argument they could choose. It’s so limiting. It also leads to this argument: If marriage is about “binding children to their biological moms and dads” then should people who do not want children, or cannot have children even be allowed to marry?  If this argument is accepted then wouldn’t that redefine marriage, far more than gay marriage?  It also merges quite nicely with the Republican’s forced birth-anti birth control platform.

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Nobel Prize-winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz, on the TPP

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Nobel Prize-winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz, on the TPP

From a Salon interview. Please note what your Delaware Congressional delegation is pushing for:

I’ve talked to the health negotiators around the world. I’ve talked to people who’ve been involved in the arbitration process as part of the investment agreements. Even people who are arbitrators say the whole system is corrupt, that it’s a very expensive system, that therefore creates an un-even playing field with big corporations with big, deep pockets can get access to have recourse, whereas smaller firms can’t. That American firms can re-locate or do their investments in the United States as a subsidiary sue the U.S. government in ways that they could not if we didn’t have that trade agreement.

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Bernie Sanders to seek the Democratic nomination

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Bernie Sanders to seek the Democratic nomination

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will announce his plans to seek the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, presenting a liberal challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [4.29.15]

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Middle Run Valley in Pike Creek in Spring. Photo by xzmattzx.

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