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Wednesday Open Thread [7.29.15]

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Wednesday Open Thread [7.29.15]

President Obama seriously trolled the right wing yesterday with his comments to the Africa Union that if the constitution allowed it, he could win a third term. He also said he thinks he is a pretty good president, which is of course an objective fact, but it was sure to still the pot on the right nonetheless. I say he was trolling regarding the third term talk because the right wing, what with all of their fantasy talk about conspiracies and birther nonsense and Jade Helm takeovers of Texas, believes that Obama will institute martial law and install himself as Dictator for Life.

First off, yes, it is true that some on the left also believe Bush was going to start a war with Iran and declare martial law and install himself as President as a third off. So, touche.

Second, I cannot image anyone who has served as President wants to stay in that job forever. 8 years in that job takes 20 years off your life. Just look at the before and after photos.

Third, yeah, the Constitution is pretty explicit about this, and if you want to start a revolution against you, staying for third term is a good way to start it.

Fourth, the President was illustrating a point to African leaders because Africa frequently deals with popularly elected leaders who then want to stay in power. The President was saying, hey, if I could, I would and I would win. But that doesn’t mean he should. He was saying respect the rule of law and get off the stage when it is your time.

Fifth, he is right. If President Obama could run for a third term, there is no doubt in my mind that he would trounce any one of the Republicans currently running.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [7.29.15]

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The Charcoal Pit, by Nick McNevich.

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Tuesday Open Thread [7.28.15]

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Tuesday Open Thread [7.28.15]

Politico reports that “[f]Four leading GOP presidential candidates – Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker – ” were summoned…. SUMMONED… by the Koch Brothers “to a Southern California luxury hotel in coming days to make their cases directly to the Koch brothers and hundreds of other wealthy conservatives planning to spend close to $1 billion in the run-up to the 2016 election.”

If these men had any guts, if they truly were men (and if Carly Fiorina or Hillary Clinton were involved in this story, I would say if they truly were women) of any integrity, any self respect, any honor at all, they would tell the Koch Brother to stick it where the sun don’t shine.

Summoned? In stories like this, these candidates have to know that they look like puppets, right? Well, not look like, they are.

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State Rep. Kowalko and State Sen. Lawson pen Op-Ed on Overriding Markell’s Veto of Opt-Out.

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State Rep. Kowalko and State Sen. Lawson pen Op-Ed on Overriding Markell’s Veto of Opt-Out.

This joint and bipartisan op-ed was published in the News Journal and other media outlets today, and we are publishing it here. The position of any Democratic elected official or candidate must be to override the Governor’s veto of House Bill 50, and it should be done immediately, if not in a special session, then on the first day in January once the General Assembly reconvenes.

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Perhaps the overwhelming popularity of the Iran Deal will convince Carper and Coons to vote for it.

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Perhaps the overwhelming popularity of the Iran Deal will convince Carper and Coons to vote for it.

A LA Jewish Journal survey finds that 48% of Jewish Americans support the Iran nuclear deal negotiated between the United States, Germany, the UK, France, Russia, China and Iran. 28% oppose it and 25% hadn’t heard enough to form an opinion. In another poll released yesterday, the PPP finds strong support for the Iran nuclear deal. Among the key findings:

-Only 38% of voters are opposed to the Iran deal, compared to 54% who are supportive of it. Democratic voters (75/17) are far more united in their favor for the agreement than Republicans (36/54) are in their opposition to it. Voters within every gender, race, and age group are in support of it, reflecting the broad based mandate for the deal.

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GOP picks Eileen O’Shaughnessy-Coleman for the 18th RD Special Election

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GOP picks Eileen O’Shaughnessy-Coleman for the 18th RD Special Election

Good luck getting that all on a sign.

Last night, the GOP, in an undemocratic smoke filled closed door backroom*, picked a pretty good candidate for the 18th RD Special Election: Eileen O’Shaughnessy-Coleman. The Democratic candidate will have to pick up his game.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [7.28.15]

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Browntown, Wilmington, by Nick McNevich.

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I really need the GOP to pick a false analogy and stick with it.

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I really need the GOP to pick a false analogy and stick with it.

Somehow, critics of the President have compared him to both Neville Chamberlain, the former British Prime Minister prior to World War II who appeased Adolf Hitler at Munich with territorial concessions, which of course did nothing to appease Hitler… and Adolf Hitler, the genocidal fascist dictator who could not be appeased.

So Barack Obama is both the most incompetent president in history, and the most powerful tyrant who must be stopped.

He is weak but strong.

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Bentz gets the nod to run in the 18th RD Special Election

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Bentz gets the nod to run in the 18th RD Special Election

Last Thursday night, the 18th District Democratic RD Committee selected David Bentz as its candidate in the upcoming state House of Representatives special election. Bentz will be seeking to succeed current Rep. Mike Barbieri, whose resignation will take affect at the end of July. A special election will held at some point in early to mid September according to law. Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf will announce the date of the special election early next week.

Bentz has been Rep. Barbieri’s legislative aide for 4 years, since 2011. Prior to that, he earned his Master’s Degree at the University of Delaware in Public Administration. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State. Other than that, non-Leg Hall insiders don’t know much about the young candidate. Hopefully we will get to sit down later in August to talk with him.

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The Senate Republicans Send a Curious Letter to the Governor.

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The Senate Republicans Send a Curious Letter to the Governor.

In the wake of yet another mass shooting, this time in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the state Senate Republicans have pulled off a little stunt: they publicly sent a letter to Governor Markell and Delaware National Guard Chief Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala.

What is curious is that the letter was sent at all, with the grandstanding of having all Republican Senators sign it. Was a similar letter sent by the entire Republican Senate Caucus after the Sandy Hook shootings in December 2012? How about the Colorado theater shooting in 2012? Or the Louisiana theater shooting last week? Or the Santa Barbara university shootings in 2014? The Charlestown Church shooting in June?

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Monday Open Thread [7.27.15]

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Monday Open Thread [7.27.15]

The Social Security Trustees’ annual report for Social Security and Medicare was released last week, and it stated that President Obama and Obamacare have saved Medicare.

The Medicare Hospital Insurance (HI) Trust Fund will have sufficient funds to cover its obligations until 2030, the same year that was projected last year, and 13 years later than was projected in the last report issued prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act. [...] The improved long-term outlook for HI is primarily due to a change in the projection methodology that results in a lower estimate for long-range health care cost growth for HI and other parts of Medicare.

Medicare has 13 additional years of life after the passage of Obamacare due to the cost savings that Obamacare has already achieved for the program, referred to in the phrase “lower estimate for long-range health care cost growth.” So a vote for any Republican who wants to end Obamacare is a vote to end Medicare too.

We also have tons of polling numbers for you, that show that Donald Trump is here to stay until such time that Republicans get the guts to destroy both him and their racist bigoted Tea Party base.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [7.27.15]

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Spaceboy Clothing. Photo by Nick McNevich.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [7.26.15]

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Saturday Open Thread [7.25.15]

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Saturday Open Thread [7.25.15]

Lexington: “The Trump technique involves confiding in unhappy Americans that they are victims of a plot—and a plot, what is more, that could be easily thwarted. In his telling, scheming foreign governments have outwitted a soft political elite in Washington and preyed on America’s openness and generosity. He is tapping into a political tradition with deep roots. The Know-Nothings are only one example. The ‘America First’ movement of the early 1940s accused decadent Europeans and well-connected Jews of conspiring to drag America into a new world war. In the 1960s the John Birch Society saw communist cunning at every turn.”

“To difficult questions Mr Trump offers appealingly simple solutions, starting with this most painful puzzle for conservatives: if America is the mightiest country in the world, how come it feels so weak? His answer goes beyond blaming Barack Obama and the Democrats. The fault, he insists, lies instead with the governing class in both parties, which has betrayed a great nation.”

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The Weekly Addresses

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In this week’s address, the President speaks to the progress we have made in making our financial system stronger, safer, and more fair in the years since financial crisis.

Governor Markell recognizes the 25th anniversary of the American’s with Disabilities Act by sharing efforts both in Delaware and across the country to create a more inclusive society.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [7.25.15]

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Friday Open Thread [7.24.15]

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Friday Open Thread [7.24.15]

Brian Beutler on why Donald Trump terrifies Republicans:

For almost three years now, Republican strategic thought has been roughly divided between two schools. One, represented by Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and to a lesser extent Rand Paul, accepts the notion that the party must improve its performance with minority voters, without sacrificing its command of the white vote, in order to remain competitive in presidential elections. The other, represented by Ted Cruz and Scott Walker, rejects this premise.

These Republicans hew to the theory, expressed numerically by RealClearPolitics analyst Sean Trende, that making inroads with minorities is not important. The key to winning, they believe, lies with activating a large block of the white electorate that has stood on the sidelines, but would find a natural home in a Republican party if it were led by someone who could channel the political mood of the white working class.

So if you are in the former camp and believe reaching out and changing the party is how you win again, then Trump destroys that path by reminding Latinos and everyone else that Republicans are evil racist bigots. If you are in the latter camp and believe the “missing white voter” is the key to keeping the GOP competitive in elections, then you worry that any attack on Trump alienates them. So in essence, Donald Trump is forcing the courageous choice that Republicans should have made after 2012: Either cast off the racist bigoted tea party or die.

If I were a Republican, I would realize that the 2016 election is already lost. I would let Trump and Cruz get the Presidential and Vice Presidential nomination and watch them go down in defeat in an epic landslide. And then I would finally clean house. And it may take a generation, but at least you’d have your party back.

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So Draft Biden is a Thing, and it’s holding a local party here in Delaware this weekend….

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So Draft Biden is a Thing, and it’s holding a local party here in Delaware this weekend….

We received this in our tip line, and though I cannot attend, I thought I should pass it on. This is an invitation to a “small and informal gathering” at a private residence in the Devonshire neighborhood off Shipley Road (and near the intersection with Naamans Road) in Brandywine Hundred. If you are interested in attending, email and RSVP to draftbiden_de@draftbiden2016.com, and then you will receive the full and exact address. Here is the full, though redacted, invitation:

You are invited to attend a small and informal gathering at my home (XXXXXXXX, Wilmington, DE 19810) this Saturday, July 25th at 1:00pm as part of the “day of action” taking place in all 50 states, to show support of nation-wide Draft Biden 2016 movement. I would be honored if you would please join us. Feel free to bring your friends and family. Please RSVP to draftbiden_de@draftbiden2016.com.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [7.24.15]

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Thursday Open Thread [7.23.15]

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Thursday Open Thread [7.23.15]

Attention Republicans everywhere. You are hereby ordered to cease what you are doing and make your way to your nearest public elementary school forthwith. Once there, you will be forced to retake Basic U.S. Civics so that you might learn how the U.S. Federal Government is structured, and what the roles of each branch of government are.

Last night, for reasons passing any understanding, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow had Rick Santorum on her show, and of course, they got into it over gay marriage.

Santorum told Maddow that the Supreme Court “is not a superior branch of government” and argued that Congress can still pass a law regarding same-sex marriage. Maddow insisted that Congress could only pass a constitutional amendment that directly contradicts a Supreme Court ruling. Santorum disagreed and said that all three branches of government can determine what is constitutional.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [7.23.15]

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Wilmington. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Wednesday Open Thread [7.22.15]

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Wednesday Open Thread [7.22.15]

Ryan Lizza:

“Republicans almost universally acknowledge that, over the long-term, their Party needs to increase its appeal to Latinos in order to win the White House. The first step down that path is to talk about immigrants from Latin America in a respectful way and to marginalize prominent politicians who attack immigrants.”

“However, what is good for the Party over all is not necessarily good for individual candidates. One can laugh at Trump and his absurdities, but it’s wrong to say that he doesn’t matter. He has exposed and exploited the Republican Party’s two great weaknesses: the fact that many of its voters don’t agree with Party leaders on immigration and the fact that the Party is powerless to do much about it.”

A conscious choice has to be made. Courageous Republican party leaders need to cut the rope to that anchor dragging them down. That means standing up to their base, and not supporting candidate who play up to the base’s racism. But that means losing elections after election, and control of the House and Senate and State legislatures. It means giving up power.

The only thing giving Republicans the opportunity for power right now is the laziness and fecklessness of Democrats and Independents in off year elections.

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The 18th RD Special Election — Start Your Engines

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The 18th RD Special Election — Start Your Engines

As you know, State Representative Mike Barbieri has resigned to become the new director of Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health under the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS). His resignation shall be effective on July 31, 2015, though it was earlier reported that his resignation will be effective on August 3, 2015, which is the Monday following the Friday of July 31. Delaware law requires a special election be held between 30 and 45 days after the date of the vacancy (i.e. the effective date of the resignation, which is why whether the date is July 31 or August 3 is important). If it is the latter date, the election will be held between September 2 and September 16. If it is the earlier date, then the election will be held between August 30 and September 14.

The state Democratic Party has announced that there will be a meeting this Thursday night (i.e. tomorrow), at DelDems headquarters, to select the candidate from the Democratic Party. That’s a lot of notice!

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [7.22.15]

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Home again, by Mike Mahaffie on Flickr.

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PDD Honors the Democratic Six in the House and Leading Education Reform Activists in Summer Tribute

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PDD Honors the Democratic Six in the House and Leading Education Reform Activists in Summer Tribute

At the Fifth Annual PDD Summer Social at the FireStone Roasting House (110 S. West Street, Wilmington, DE 19801) this Wednesday, July 22nd, at 7-9 pm, the Progressive Dems will be honoring the NO votes of six progressive Democrats in the House on the Budget, and leading education activists from around the state. But I’ll let new PDD President Nancy Willing tell you more…

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