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Well, Jason could not be any more clear. So I will leave Delaware Liberal and let you have fun. Thank you for all the time we have spent together. I will be still involved in Delaware blogging by setting up the Delaware Vote Project on my own, or perhaps with one or two others. Goodbye.
Starting today, I will be mixing in more Delaware news and opinions into the Open Thread. Going local was one of the most repeated suggestions by our readers over the last week after my Moving Forward post. Cassandra and I will be launching a new Vote Accountability project that will be similar to our prior Vote Tracking efforts, but I will explain that in later post. El Somnambulo’s posts regarding the General Assembly will be replaced by that project, in that we will be posting the Daily Agenda and Hearing Schedule as part of that project, but that will be detailed later this week.
I will also be posting more Agenda items for Governor Markell and Carney, Senator Carper and Senator Coons, and Congresswoman Blunt Rochester, just to keep you informed as to their daily activities. We want DL to be the clearing house of all federal, state and local activity. Yes, even Sussex County.
Today, Governor Markell will announce the LEED certification of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Richardson and Robbins building in a ceremony at 10:15 am at the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.
Senator Chris Coons will be meeting with Secretary of State Designate Rex Tillerson this afternoon at 3:15 pm. At the top of the meeting, there will be a photo/video availability prior to the meeting in Coons’ Senate office (Russell Senate Office Building #127A), however, no quesitons will be taken. After the meeting, at 3:45 pm, Senator Coons will hold a media availability alone where he will presumably take questions. I am not sure why Senator Coons agreed to the photo/video availability if the nominee is going to refuse to answer any questions. Why would he want his photo taken with this friend of Putin? Sure, have the meeting, and then afterwards hold a press conference, but that should be it if Tillerson won’t take questions.
Sometimes I listen to the Thom Hartmann show on the Sirius XM Progress channel. This afternoon one of the callers had an interesting idea: he wanted Democrats to focus on making life as hard as possible for those in the red states while fighting for the blue states. As an example, he wanted Democrats to not oppose the repeal of the Federal Minimum Wage, or at least vote against repeal but let it pass by not using the filibuster. Should that be repealed, minimum wages would be left to be set by the states, and the blue states would keep it between $12 and $15 while the red states would implement no minimum wages. The point is to make the Republican and Trump voter suffer as much as possible.
Wilmington Mayor-elect Mike Purzycki will be sworn in Tuesday evening at the first organizational meeting of the Wilmington City Council, to be held in the Grand Opera House on Market Street in Wilmington. The doors will open at 7:45 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 8. The event is free and open to the public. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Aside from the Mayor-Elect, new City Council members also will be sworn into office at the event.
Inside we have video from Matt Meyer’s Facebook page of the swearing-in this morning at the Garfield Park PAL Center. In his address, County Executive Meyer promised to emphasize honesty, transparency and efficiency in government. From the News Journal:
“I understand with that trust comes awesome responsibility, a responsibility to lead and act with the best interest of all of our communities in the county,” Meyer said. [...]
On Tuesday, he spoke of the county’s shrinking open space, controversial development code, the scourge of heroin and the epidemic of violence among young people in Delaware. He borrowed inspiration from former President Bill Clinton to say there is hope for solving these problems.
“There is nothing wrong with New Castle County that we can’t fix with what is right about New Castle County,” Meyer said.
If you cannot make it to Washington, DC for the National Women’s March on Washington on January 21, you can attend an event in Newark on the same day at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark, 420 Willa Road, Newark, Delaware. There will be a Candlelight vigil at 9:00 a.m., and then the Marchers will depart the church grounds at 10 a.m. and then reassemble at the UUFN for a rally at 11 am.
Outgoing Governor Jack Markell garners mostly positive ratings from DL readers as he heads for the doors. 66% of our readership in this voluntary, non-random, non-scientific Internet poll rated him and his Administration at a C or better. (27% said C, 23% said B, 16% said A). 33% gave the Governor either a D or F.
My evaluation of the Governor was that he succeeded on social issues, helping Delaware move left and towards equality on a host of progressive issues. But, despite some early nods towards more progressive taxation for this state rather than its lubricious flat tax for those making above $60,000, he was a disappointment and a failure economically.
Jonathan Chait says there will be no replacement for Obamacare: “The Republican Party has used health care to its advantage for the last seven years by following the same strategy: advocating an alternative plan that does not and cannot exist. During this entire time, President Obama has held power. This has afforded them the luxury of posturing against the status quo — and, indeed, doing everything in their power, at both the federal and the state level, to make it worse. Republicans could denounce the messy negotiations in Congress, and then the messy reality of American health care, while promising that giving them power would let them start over and design a new reform that would protect everybody without having any objectionable features.”
“After the election unexpectedly put them in full control of government, I predicted they would follow a ‘repeal and delay’ plan, because it is the only way to keep the lie going. The closer they get to taking action, the more clear it becomes to Republicans that their own propaganda has trapped them and given them no escape. Railing against Obamacare was easy, but the responsibilities of power have taken all the fun out of denying medical care to the poor and sick.”
Congresswoman-elect Lisa Blunt Rochester will be sworn in at noon today in the Library of Congress, followed by a ceremonial swearing in at the Capitol at 3:45 pm. She is the first woman and the first African American in Delaware’s congressional delegation. Delaware until recently had been one of the few remaining states that had not ever been represented by a woman or an African American in Congress. We congratulate her on this milestone, and on the occasion of her swearing-in, which is significant enough already; but we also hope she remembers, as a Representative for Delaware, that she works for the people and not the Banks. At the first sign of bipartisan Carperite fealty, we will know who you really are working for. Fight for the people and against Trump, in everything and every way.
Jessop’s Tavern, on Delaware Street in New Castle. The structure was built in 1743 as a house. In the 1940s, it became a tavern, going first by the name “Green Frog”. It is now Jessop’s Tavern, named after the original house owner, and is decorated in colonial garb.
Washington Post: “Incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) has told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that Democrats will home in especially on Rex Tillerson, Trump’s choice for secretary of state; Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), his pick for attorney general; Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), tapped to lead the Office of Management and Budget; and Betsy DeVos, selected to serve as education secretary.”
“There’s also Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services and oversee changes to Obamacare, who is expected to be attacked by Democrats for his support for privatizing Medicare. Andrew Puzder, a restaurant executive set to serve as labor secretary, will face scrutiny for past comments on the minimum wage, among other policies. Steve Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs partner set to serve as treasury secretary, and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Trump’s pick to lead the EPA, will also be the focus of Democratic attacks, aides said.”
“President Obama will head to Capitol Hill next week to meet with Democratic lawmakers to discuss a strategy to fight the ObamaCare repeal effort,” The Hill reports.
“Obama will hold a joint meeting with House and Senate Democrats at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Capitol Visitor Center auditorium. The notice for the meeting says the session is expected to last ‘at least one hour.’”
“The Obama administration struck back at Russia on Thursday for its efforts to influence the 2016 election, ejecting 35 Russian intelligence operatives from the United States and imposing sanctions on Russia’s two leading intelligence services,” the New York Times reports.
“The administration also sanctioned four top officers of one of those services, the military intelligence unit known as the G.R.U., which the White House believes ordered the attacks on the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations.”
“The expulsion of the 35 Russian spies, who were posing as diplomats, was in response to the harassment of American diplomats in Russia, officials said. None of those officials are believed to be connected to the hacking.”
I am updating the Blog Roll on the right column. Removing a lot of dead links or dead blogs. If you know of a website that we should add, please let us know in the comments.
Also, we will be having a series of polls over the next week and a half giving final grades to President Obama and Governor Markell, as they both are leaving office. We will also begin doing our approval rating polls of various state and federal officials. Of course, these polls are not scientific, as they are non-random internet polls. They are just for fun.
Secretary of State John Kerry accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel “of thwarting peace in the Middle East, speaking with a clarity and harshness almost never heard from American diplomats when discussing one of their closest and strongest allies,” the New York Times reports.
“With only 23 days left in his four-year turn as secretary of state, during which he made the search for peace in the Middle East one of his driving missions, Mr. Kerry said the Israeli government was undermining any hope of a two-state solution to its decades-long conflict with the Palestinians.”
Wall Street Journal: “Mr. Kerry’s decision to deliver a broad, hard-hitting speech on the Middle East just three weeks before leaving office reflected the frustration many in the administration say they feel about the failure of peace efforts and the accusation by Israel and some of its Washington allies that President Barack Obama hasn’t been a loyal friend.”
Israel has made the two state solution now realistically impossible due to the illegal settlements in the West Bank. Thus there can only be a one state solution: Israel with both Jewish Israelis, Arab Israelis and Palestinians as residents and citizens. If Israel denies the full rights of citizenship (including voting rights) to the Palestinians and Arab citizens residing within its borders (now including the whole of the West Bank), that means it is a discriminatory Apartheid state that must be opposed by the whole world. Good job Israelis.
The following is a schedule of the events concerning the Inauguration of Governor John C. Carney and Lt. Governor Bethany A. Hall-Long. Advanced registration is required for all events, and the deadline is January 6, 2017. To RSVP and register for the inaugural events, and for more information about the inauguration, please visit the Carney Inauguration website.