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Romney was the right man for the wrong time

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Romney was the right man for the wrong time

I can say it now. I liked Romney. He seemed like a decent guy. A family man – sober and risk averse. A results oriented CEO. He reminded me of the kind of Republican Eisenhower might have hung out with. Sure, I have to overlook the vulture capital, company destroying parts of his biography, but […]

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Friday Open Thread [1.30.15]—The Romney Free Edition

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Friday Open Thread [1.30.15]—The Romney Free Edition

In a sense, our first Romney free open thread since 2007, since Mitt Romney began running for President. And by “Romney free,” I mean, we, the citizens of this country, are free from the prospect of Willard Dillard Mittens Romney III ever being our President. If you thought “Romney free” meant this open thread was free of mentions to Romney, you are sadly mistaken.

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Delaware General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up: January 27-29, 2015.

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Delaware General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up: January 27-29, 2015.

As a would-be oligarch, Jack Markell introduced a proposed budget that will make him a welcome guest at Chateau Country’s finest soirees. As a putative Democrat, his budget is disgraceful and indefensible.  Guess whose taxes will increase? Seniors who get a modest tax break on their homes. That’s it. You know why that break was implemented in the first place? To make seniors less likely to oppose public school referenda due to the impact it would have on their fixed incomes.  For Markell, it’s a two-fer: Screw seniors on a fixed income and make it harder for public school districts to raise funds.  BTW, it’s time we face reality.  We really are an oligarchy and not a democracy.  Take some time to read this, and then come back.

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Copeland’s murky response to Gov’s budget stops short of calling for tax hikes

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Copeland’s murky response to Gov’s budget stops short of calling for tax hikes

Read the confusing response to Markell’s budget proposal from the out of touch billionaire running the DEGOP below the fold.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [1.30.15]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [1.30.15]

The Old Custom House, on King Street in Wilmington. The Federal building was constructed in 1855, and originally housed a post office on the main floor, with a courtroom upstairs. The custom house was renovated in 1976, and housed Wilmington College until 2004. Photo by xzmattzx.

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The Matt Denn Dividend

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By leaving the LT Gov’s office empty, the state is saving $610,000. Pretty sweet.

Lt. Governor’s Office -$610,3000

Knowing this cost $610,000 it is going to be pretty hard going forward for anyone to make the case that we need a Lt. Governor.

Other than that, I don’t see anything surprising in this Markell budget power-point. Unless I’m missing it, no tax increases. Only cuts to balance the budget. Elderly property tax subsidy cut -$12 million. (Suck it old fart New Jersey losers!), lower debt service -$11.7 million (thanks low interest rates), and presumably nobody is going to get sued this year, -$2 in legal fees.

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Thursday Open Thread [1.29.15]

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Thursday Open Thread [1.29.15]

A reader of Dish wrote in after watching Speaker Boner and Majority Leader Turtle’s joint interview of 60 Minutes this past Sunday, and offered these observations.

They also acknowledged that the recovery has mostly only benefited the top income-earners while leaving the majority of Americans stuck in neutral. Boehner and McConnell want to “do something” to address income inequality and make sure those on the bottom of the economy have the opportunity to move up. They basically accused Obama of only helping the top 1% (which seems a complete reversal of the stories we’ve been hearing from them the last six years, but I digress).

This all sounds good enough to me, since for so long, it seemed the GOP was unwilling to even acknowledge there was an issue with inequality. If they want to blame Obama, I don’t really care so long as they are willing to present solutions.

So, the interviewer then asked if they would support raising taxes on top income earners. Answer:

No. The interviewer asked if they would support raising the minimum wage. Answer: No. The interviewer asked if they would support Obama’s plan to provide free community college. Answer: No. The interviewer asked if they would support Obama’s plan to expand the Child Income Tax Credit for working families. Answer: Maybe (Boehner mumbles about wanting to help working families but says he needs to further study this idea).

The Republicans really do have an issue and agenda problem. My God, what will they do after Obama is gone? Well, I suppose screaming no to President Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton will suffice until 2025, but then what?

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Vaccinations Should No Longer Be Optional

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The anti-vax crowd is really an anti-science religion. It’s 100% based on faith, not fact. And it’s time to stop indulging stupid. Vaccination is about public health, and everyone should have to be vaccinated – unless a qualified doctor says otherwise. If you refuse to vaccinate then you should not be allowed out in public. […]

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Simpson (Guilelessly) Proposes Repealing Delaware Estate Tax

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Simpson (Guilelessly) Proposes Repealing Delaware Estate Tax

The most interesting thing about this proposal to abolish the estate tax is that it is so transparent and honest. All the malarkey about this benefiting “farmers” and “small businesses” has been mercifully dropped, and the ranking Republican in the Senate simply states the truth – this is to help rich people.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [1.29.15]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [1.29.15]

Brandywine Academy, on Vandever Avenue in Wilmington’s Brandywine Village. The schoolhouse was built in 1798, and served as a school and meeting place until 1870, a year after Brandywine Village became part of Wilmington. It later was used as a library, from 1915 to 1943.

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Kowalko called Markell and his peeps Shylocks

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Kowalko called Markell and his peeps Shylocks

Kowalko is his own worst enemy. (And considering the depth of his enemies enmity, that’s saying something. )

“There’s a palpable sense of fear. I see it in the eyes of the governor. I see it in the eyes of Murphy, and Schwinn, and the rest of them shylocks that they have down there…”

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Wednesday Open Thread [1.28.15]

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Wednesday Open Thread [1.28.15]

I love this:

Alabama’s first openly gay state legislator fired back on Facebook over the weekend, including a threat to expose the affairs of state officials, to comments made by Republican Party officials in the wake of a federal judge declaring the state ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
State Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, said she was elated and in “shock” when the judge issued the order overturning Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban.

But after seeing comments by Republican officials, particularly from Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, and seeing Attorney General Luther Strange’s efforts to get a stay of the judge’s orders, Todd fired off an emotional Facebook post making a threat to expose politicians’ dalliances.

These Republican officials of course say same sex marriage is an affront to family values and good Christian morality. So is sleeping around with mistresses, or in some cases, boy toys. I say don’t just make the threat, reveal all now. If Republicans want to act holier than thou, then they better be holier than thou.

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John Carney Announces for Governor.

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John Carney Announces for Governor.

No, he hasn’t, but he is done something pro-environment and non-corporate that may force his recall by Carperdyne Industries. And that, coupled with Congressman Carney’s normally backbenching silent service in Congress since 2011, points me to the conclusion that Carney is gearing up. Like with Bluewater Wind prior to his first gubernatorial run.

From WDEL:

A Delaware Democrat isn’t on board with the Obama administration’s consideration of a proposal to open up Atlantic coastal waters for oil drilling. Congressman John Carney tells WDEL News offshore drilling in the Atlantic was a bad idea when it was first proposed 5 years ago, and it’s an especially bad one now.

“We’re more energy-independent from foreign oil than we’ve been in a long, long time–greater production with existing offshore wells, as well as onshore sources of oil, and so this is just unneccessary, and a great risk to our beaches in southern Delaware,” said Carney.

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Out spent and out witted Democrats better come up with a kick-ass message

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Out spent and out witted Democrats better come up with a kick-ass message

The Democratic Party, especially the top leadership responsible for messaging, sucks ass. The Party is a directionless clusterf*ck, attempting to woo voters by being a slightly less vile version of the GOP. I think we can all agree on that much. Now they are going up against the Koch Bros and their $1 billion in attack ads. The bottom line is the beltway consultants who have wrecked the party are shitting themselves, and for good reason.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [1.28.15]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [1.28.15]

A railroad bridge over Capitol Trail in Newark. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Nancy Pelosi Stands up to Theocratic Error and Hate

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Nancy Pelosi Stands up to Theocratic Error and Hate

Theological error from none other than Nancy Pelosi’s highly credentialed (by his organization) Canon Law expert in the Diocese of San Francisco.

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What blizzard?

Filed in Delaware, National by on January 27, 2015 3 Comments

“ChipThe most surprising fact about Monday night’s nor’easter is the 11 inches of snow it dropped in Delaware was the exact same color as pavement.

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Delaware’s “Charles Darwin Day” the first in the US

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Delaware’s “Charles Darwin Day” the first in the US

Kudos to Jack Markell. This is exactly the kind of crumb Markell is a master of tossing out to starving liberals. Nice work Gov! Now get back to the real work of governing and privatize public education, reduce the minimum wage, or figure out how to exempt millionaires from paying taxes.

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) has declared Feb. 12 as “Charles Darwin Day” in the state.

Praising Darwin’s theory of evolution as “the foundation of modern biology, an essential tool in understanding the development of life on earth,” Markell’s proclamation says Feb. 12 — Darwin’s birthday — “is a time to reflect and celebrate the importance of his scientific achievements.”

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Tuesday Open Thread [1.27.15]

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Tuesday Open Thread [1.27.15]

Whenever I see a news story that references a state-run news agency in a foreign country, like Russia, for example, or North Korea, the adjective “state-run” is always a pejorative, indicating to the reader that the news or quote you are about to read is not to be trusted, because it is coming directly from the suspect government in question, a government that is so distrustful of an independent media and the freedom of press and speech that it has set up its own propaganda arm.

Keep that in mind when you read that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, of course a Republican, is setting up his own state-run news agency. The agency will be called “Just IN” will provide pre-written stories for small Indiana news outlets on breaking news as well as “personality driven profiles.” Stories will be written by the Pence administration’s communications team. Yes, this is a valuable use of taxpayer money. I wonder which child’s education was cut to pay for the Republican propaganda?

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Delaware is First in something else not to be proud of….

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Delaware is First in something else not to be proud of….

….and that is in states with the most uneven and unequal economic recovery. According to a new research paper released yesterday by the Economic Policy Institute, in 39 states, the top 1% of wage earners earned at least half of all income gains between 2009 and 2012. In 17 of those states, the top 1% earned all income growth, while everyone else’s wages stayed stagnant or declined.

But where did the 1% gain the most?

You guessed it.

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: January 27-29, 2015

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: January 27-29, 2015

I would first like to thank the meteorologists for making this article necessary.  Was this the new ‘faith-based’ meteorology?  Rest assured I won’t be watching the insipid smile-meisters on the Weather Channel to find out what went wrong with their model.  Don’t have the time.  (Personal to Al Roker: Eat something, willya? The human shar pei look is disconcerting.)

I’m now assuming the General Assembly will meet today, so you’re gonna get the Full Monty weekly preview.  The last preview before the six-week break for meetings of the Joint Finance Committee meetings. Which reminds me, the Governor will submit his proposed budget later this week, which, of course, plays a central role in the work of the JFC.

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Deep Impact

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Deep Impact

This is cool, and I am going to waste hours playing with this. Becky Ferreira reports that a blizzard was not the only thing we missed out on yesterday.

[A]n enormous space rock missed Earth by a narrow margin of 745,000 miles, or about three times the distance from the Earth to the Moon. With a diameter of 550 meters and a velocity of about 35,000 miles per hour, the asteroid, known as 2004 BL86, will be so bright in the evening sky that it will be visible through binoculars. Scientists don’t expect another object of this size to pass so closely to Earth until August 7, 2027.

But what if this asteroid had hit the Earth? Well, now you can play with Purdue University’s Impact Earth tool I linked to above.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [1.27.15]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [1.27.15]

A calm and snowy Hoopes Reservoir, near Mount Cuba. Photo by xzmattzx.

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The Vanderbilt Rape Case Is Horrific

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The Vanderbilt Rape Case Is Horrific

We saw this very thing in the Steubenville rape case – the victim consoled their attacker, said that they didn’t believe their attacker had done anything wrong. Little did they know.

It was after Vandenburg and three other football players were charged with her rape that she would see graphic videos of the alleged attack, she testified. Prosecutors played videos of the alleged attack for jurors that they said were shot from Vandenburg’s cellphone. A Nashville detective testified that police were able to recover the videos from a laptop. [...]

Earlier this week, McKenzie testified that Vandenberg was “amped” and coaching players to violate the woman. McKenzie said he did not touch her but took pictures. He also testified that Banks and Batey violated the woman.

There’s also testimony that Vandenberg handed out condoms and covered a security camera. Those acts seem pretty deliberate for a guy saying he was too drunk to instigate rape.

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Monday Open Thread [1.26.15]

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Monday Open Thread [1.26.15]

Wall Street Journal: “Potential presidential candidates — top-tier contenders and long-shots alike — have already spent years quietly laying groundwork, building email lists, recruiting staff, and generally doing the scut work of building an organization on which to call if they flip the switch and launch a 2016 campaign. Mr. Biden, who said this week that he is still weighing a presidential run, is one of the few potential candidates with no political organization, nonprofit, foundation, or campaign staff-in-waiting.”

That is because Biden is not running for President, and, according to the Politico article linked inside, is only saying he is considering it in order to be some kind of Plan B in case Clinton dies, implodes, or something else truly horrible happens.

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