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Results of the Complexities of Color Wilmington Mayoral Debate Focus Group

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 25, 2016 6 Comments
Results of the Complexities of Color Wilmington Mayoral Debate Focus Group

You’ll remember that the CoC in conjunction with the Metropolitan Urban League Young Professionals, Delaware Young Democrats Minority Caucus and IMAC hosted a Mayoral Debate at Ezion Fair on April 18. One of the potentially interesting things that could come from that debate was some polling data — in the form of a focus group — that might start shedding some light on the state of this race. I’ve permission to share this results memo on Delaware Liberal (I will post the actual memo later today — I can’t do that from here right now):

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The Murdertown Chronicles, Part 2 Released

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 16, 2016 9 Comments
The Murdertown Chronicles, Part 2 Released

Part 2 was released today and this post has updated links. Have you heard about this new podcast? Sponsored by the Delaware Center for Justice, this is a long-form reporting project that is meant to explore the role that poverty plays in Wilmington’s crime problems. This will be in four parts — and so far includes voices from young men wrapped up in crime as well as voices from the ACLU, Dr. Yasser Payne, Charlie Copeland and others who are illuminating the larger picture involved with Wilmington’s crime problems. I’ve listened to the first one (this is about 20 minutes long) and it is riveting. Give it a listen and I hope you’ll come back to this thread to discuss this work and the issues it raises.

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The Failure of Crony-Capitalism

Filed in National by on May 13, 2016 12 Comments
The Failure of Crony-Capitalism

Will Bunch is always worth a close read, and his piece in the 12 May Philly Inquirer (h/t to anonymous in the Thursday Open Thread) is no exception. I’ve had this open in a tab since last night and have been thinking alot about his question: Money monster: What if the problem’s not the candidates but capitalism?

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The Inauthenticity of So-Called Progressives Repeating Right Wing Talking Points

Filed in Featured, National by on May 12, 2016 169 Comments
The Inauthenticity of So-Called Progressives Repeating Right Wing Talking Points

So let’s take a look at where this “Clinton is inauthentic” talking point comes from. Because with the exception of one thing, we’re going to be listening to so-called progressives lazily repeating bullshit talking points from wingnuts for a few months. For this cycle, it seems to have started as early as 2 years ago:

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Late Night Video — Argentinian Sports Channel Trolls Donald Trump

Filed in National by on May 6, 2016 2 Comments
Late Night Video — Argentinian Sports Channel Trolls Donald Trump

Oh yes, this is completely brilliant. The Copa America Centenario is a major soccer event — this year is its 100th anniversary and this is the first time it is being hosted by the United States. So this Argentinian sports channel decided to make use of Trump’s xenophobic and racist BS to showcase the skills of their team — especially Lionel Messi.

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The GOP’s Electoral Map Problem

Filed in National by on May 4, 2016 5 Comments
The GOP’s Electoral Map Problem

Chris Cillizza starts the analysis of the Electoral Map:

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Obama Drops the Mic at the Correspondents Dinner

Filed in National by on May 1, 2016 28 Comments
Obama Drops the Mic at the Correspondents Dinner

One thing Obama could do when he is out of office is go on tour — he’s hilarious: “There’s one area where Donald’s experience could be invaluable, and that’s closing Guantanamo. Because Trump knows a thing or two about running waterfront properties into the ground.” The Shade is fierce with this one.

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How to Play the Woman Card

Filed in National by on May 1, 2016 0 Comments

I laughed AND I cried! From the Washington Post:

And good on the Clinton campaign for embracing this idea.

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More Shenanigans in Tom Gordon’s NCCo Government

Filed in Delaware by on April 21, 2016 8 Comments
More Shenanigans in Tom Gordon’s NCCo Government

As previewed in this Tweet from earlier this week, WDEL reports that NCCo PD Chief Elmer Setting doesn’t pay rent at the house he lives in on Lisa Dean Mosley’s property. I could have sworn I read that here at DL awhile ago, but I can’t find it.  Still — John Flaherty speaks for me […]

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Wilmington Mayoral Debates at Ezion Fair

Filed in Delaware by on April 19, 2016 24 Comments
Wilmington Mayoral Debates at Ezion Fair

Last night was another big Mayoral debate, this one including the newly announced (but not filed) Maria Cabrera and finally showing up Dennis Williams. This debate was sponsored by the Complexities of Color Coalition, the Metropolitan Urban League Young Professionals, Interdenominational Ministers Action Council, Delaware Young Democrats Minority Caucus and Delaware Black and held at Ezion Fair church in Southbridge. This was really well attended and the audience was definitely there to be engaged. The NJ provides a bunch of the highlights of the evening, but I want to focus on some campaign themes emerging and a different cattle call at the end.

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We Have Debate Watch Parties!

Filed in Delaware, National by on April 14, 2016 7 Comments
We Have Debate Watch Parties!

Tonite is the debate between Hillary and Bernie in New York. There are a couple of local debate watch parties that I know of listed below. The operative phrase here is “that I know of”. If you are aware of others, please post the details in the comments and one of us will get the information in the main post. So here we go:

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In Which We Find Tom Gordon Telling You Not to Believe Your Lyin’ Eyes

Filed in Delaware by on April 7, 2016 50 Comments
In Which We Find Tom Gordon Telling You Not to Believe Your Lyin’ Eyes

Anyone surprised that Gordon is denying any allegations or corruption or mismanagement? Or that he is blaming Grimaldi? Saying that one of the parties who is actually heard on the tape is “misinformed”.

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Tales of Corruption from Tom Gordon’s NCC — Coverups, Double Dealing and GA Senators

Filed in Delaware by on April 5, 2016 65 Comments
Tales of Corruption from Tom Gordon’s NCC — Coverups, Double Dealing and GA Senators

First, go look at WDEL’s story on this. The story as currently released alleges that an employee of the county (and husband of Bethany Hall-Long) took confidential records of low-income housing residents in order to run his own personal phone bank for his wife.

A confidential source implicated Hall-Long’s husband, Dana Long, in allegedly using his position as a Section 8 housing property inspector–a contract position within New Castle County government–to lobby for his wife’s state Senate re-election bid.

A confidential source told WDEL that Long took the county’s protected contact list of low-income housing residents and cold-called them–on his own time–urging residents in his district to vote for his wife when she faced Republican John Marino in her 2014 re-election bid.

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Wilmington FD Votes No Confidence in Chief Goode

Filed in Delaware by on March 31, 2016 2 Comments
Wilmington FD Votes No Confidence in Chief Goode

Amazing, but once you think about it, not surprising. According the the NJ: The union that represents Wilmington’s firefighters on Thursday submitted a letter to the city’s elected officials notifying them they had “no confidence” in its leader, Fire Chief Anthony S. Goode. “It is with great regret that we report to you that the […]

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Lawlessness in the City of Wilmington Starts at the Top

Filed in Delaware by on March 30, 2016 49 Comments
Lawlessness in the City of Wilmington Starts at the Top

The News Journal published a remarkable story yesterday, detailing the escapades of a Wilmington Fire Marshal who was supposedly performing a residency investigation. Some quick background, new hires with the City of Wilmington are expected to establish residency in the city within six months of hire and then are expected to live in the city for 5 years. There’s a Residency Review Board that is supposed to review challenges of non-compliance. But here we find that somehow a WFD Fire Marshal is clumsily investigating WFD employees:

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Complexities of Color Coalition Mayoral Debate April 18

Filed in Delaware by on March 29, 2016 0 Comments
Complexities of Color Coalition Mayoral Debate April 18

The Complexities of Color Coalition, in partnership with the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League Young Professionals, Interdenominational Ministers Action Council, Delaware Young Democrats Minority Caucus, and Delaware Black are hosting a debate among Wilmington Mayoral candidates April 18, 2016, 7pm at Ezion Fair Baptist Church in Wilmington. You need a ticket (it’s free) for this one and you can sign up for that at this website. Your ticket comes via email.

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Mayor Williams’ FB Meltdown

Filed in Delaware by on March 25, 2016 21 Comments
Mayor Williams’ FB Meltdown

A meltdown, right? Because WTF else could be going on here? For someone who needs plenty of votes this September, alienating some of them on racial lines seems just plain delusional. And this is not all. If you are on his page regularly, there are posts saying Good Night Wilmington (think Good Night JohnBoy) and for those who are asking serious questions or who criticize him in any way — you are unfriended and blocked. Like he was still in junior high school or something.

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Black Lives Matter Political Town Hall March 23

Filed in Delaware by on March 22, 2016 0 Comments
Black Lives Matter Political Town Hall March 23

The Wilmington Black Lives Matter group is hosting a Town Hall on Wednesday, March 23 from 6 – 8 PM. The Town Hall is at 2303 Lancaster Avenue Wilmington, Delaware. Invited politicians include: John Carney, Matt Denn, Penrose Hollins, Stephanie Bolden, Theo Gregory, Kevin Kelley, Eugene Young, Justen Wright, Sherry Dorsey, Bob Williams, Greg Fuller, Maria Cabrera, Steve Washington, Matthew Meyers and others.

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Chart of the Day — A Data Point on the Failure of the War on Drugs

Filed in National by on March 21, 2016 8 Comments
Chart of the Day — A Data Point on the Failure of the War on Drugs

Interesting, yes? Legalizing marijuana thins out the importers. And certainly increases some legal entrepreneurial activity here. And it takes some money out of the black market and puts it into tax coffers. I can’t even imagine the savings from getting law enforcement out of the business of policing small users and producers.

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Consulting is Not Policing

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on February 8, 2016 4 Comments
Consulting is Not Policing

We’ve been talking for a few weeks now about former Philadelphia Chief of Police Charles Ramsey providing consulting services to the WPD. The NJ provides some detail on his $16,000/month contract — namely, that there is a very ill-defined SOW for Ramsey’s services, and that one of his Deputies from Philly is means to be on the ground here working. Working on what is still the question — which is the question for all of the consultants that the Williams Administration has hired for the WPD.

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In Which the Western Sussex Republican Club Gets Its Comeuppance

Filed in Delaware by on February 6, 2016 22 Comments
In Which the Western Sussex Republican Club Gets Its Comeuppance

It’s definitely political season and it’s time to watch some of the local GOP dust off and exercise their resentments. They do this, of course, because they can’t figure out how to connect with enough voters to actually govern. They also do it because they think that their resentments and bigotries are somehow supposed to entitle them to run the world. The latest local exercise in GOP bigotry was directed at Sarah McBride, who recently endorsed Bryon Short for the US House seat being vacated byJohn Carney. The Western Sussex Republican Club responded to Sarah’s Facebook announcement by reposting it with a snide and hateful comment, with a screen shot shown below. Sarah had losts of people supporting her after this stupid bit of business was posted, including a quick (but deleted) comment from John Fluharty who observed that stuff like this is why the GOP can’t win. The Western Sussex Republican Club has deleted its post, so the comments opposing them are gone. But both Sean Barney and Bryan Townsend took to Twitter to stand with Sarah and to denounce this hateful business. Note to the GOP — this stuff may speak to somebody, but this is not the stuff of electoral coalitions. Not in Delaware, it isn’t.

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Wilmington Mayor Race Cattle Call — Show Me the Money Edition

Filed in Delaware by on January 22, 2016 28 Comments
Wilmington Mayor Race Cattle Call — Show Me the Money Edition

Campaign finance reports for the year ending 31 December 2015 were due into the Department of Elections by 20 January 2016, so let’s take a look at what those reports might tell us about the race for Mayor of Wilmington:

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UPDATED: NCCo President Chris Bullock Not Running for a Second Term?

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 20, 2016 8 Comments
UPDATED: NCCo President Chris Bullock Not Running for a Second Term?

That’s what my sources tell me this evening. I talked to a couple of typically excellent sources this evening who tell me that NCCo President Chris Bullock will not run for a second term. A variety of reasons were offered, not the least of which is that his church is experiencing some turmoil and he wants to address that full time. According to these same sources, NCCo Rep Penrose Hollins would run for NCCo President. If so, I’d say it’s about damned time. Announcements from both men are expected as early as tomorrow.

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Watching Mayor Williams Get Played By His Own “Take Credit for These Ideas” Strategy

Filed in Delaware by on December 31, 2015 19 Comments
Watching Mayor Williams Get Played By His Own “Take Credit for These Ideas” Strategy

I’ve been following the news from my Holiday Location and it is looking like Mayor Dennis Williams is being hung by his own “We’re Not Going to Let This Commission Take Credit for These Ideas” strategy in his effort to push back against having to live with the accountability (and potentially some consequences) that would come with a grant being provided by the Joint Finance Committee to help the City pay for foot patrols. You’ll recall that the Williams Administration’s response to the Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission report was to claim that they had already implemented most of the recommendations made — with the help of the VRN folks, not the Governor. There is wide skepticism about this claim that they’ve implemented most of those recommendations — especially from me — and the JFC looking to send the Police Foundation back into the WPD to check on progress is an excellent accountability measure. And if I am Mayor Dennis Williams with a re-election hanging in the balance because he is widely seen as utterly ineffective in managing the crime problem (in spite of campaign promises) — it would be Good News all the way around if one of the Commission’s consultants could say that progress is actually being made as promised.

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In Which We Find That Bud Freel Was Right

Filed in Delaware by on December 16, 2015 41 Comments
In Which We Find That Bud Freel Was Right

So jump to now, where we discover that the WFD is 6 months into its budget and $300,000 over its overtime budget for the year. What does that mean? It means that the rolling company shutdowns are back as a cost cutting measure AND both Goode and Williams are now quite open to eliminating those vacant positions:

The higher-than-average overtime cost was blamed on five vacancies in the department and coverage for personnel out because of injury or extended sick leave. As a result, Goode said one of the city’s fire companies will regularly be shut down on a rotating basis to offset the costs and he could move to eliminate a handful of vacant positions in the agency. [...]

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