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As you can see, the potential Mayor-Elect Mike Purzycki owes his victory to the Highlands and the West Side, though he had strong second place finishes in those areas where Eugene Young notched his victories. Interestingly though, in those areas where Kevin Kelley won in the West Side, Purzycki did not finish second, but third or worse. Further, in the north and northeast, where the color indicates that he finished in fifth place, he really finished much worse than that. Like 6th, 7th or 8th place. I just ran out of shades of pink and space in order to express that correctly. So as Purzycki admitted on election night, he has work to there and across the city in Kevin Kelley’s home base. Another thing that I found interesting is that Purzycki finished third in the southern Riverfront area across the river. I would have figured the residents of Christina Landing would have put him in second at least.
Or so this WDEL “story” by Rob Petree would have us know.
As times change, so do political parties–as is the case for the Grand Old Party. Many Delawareans have considered the Republican party to be one of exclusivity, as evidenced in the elections. Delaware Republican Chairman Charlie Copeland wants voters to know his party is “no longer your father’s GOP.”
“In the Republican party, there is active diversity–whether it’s African Americans, Hispanics, White, whether it’s LGBTQ, I mean the whole gamut–and we have an active discussion about all of those issues, and I think it’s good for the party and I think it’s good for the country.”
Hey Rob, once you dutifully took down that statement as Copeland’s hired steneographer, did it occur to you to ask any follow up questions, like, oh I don’t know, do you and your party support the Donald Trump and his history of racism?
James Fallows has a must-read piece on the upcoming presidential debates:
“If the sound-off image is of a calm, confident Clinton and a fuming Trump, she will have won the debates and moved that much closer to winning the election. But if Trump can seem easily rather than angrily in command, or if he can lure Clinton into joining him in an insult-for-insult exchange, or if she is beset by some new controversy for which she gives a hyper-legalistic rationalization, then the debates could be a turning point for Trump. … If he seems better than expected, either by throwing Clinton off her game or appearing calmer than a wound-up opponent who gives a dense six-point answer to every question, he might achieve something similar to Reagan’s ‘There you go again!’”
A potential strategy for Clinton:
“Most people I spoke with recommended a picador-like mocking approach, designed not to confront Trump directly but to cumulatively provoke him into an outburst. … When Comedy Central hosted a roast of Trump five years ago, he didn’t seem to object to jokes about his hair, about his weight, even about his lecherous remarks regarding his daughter Ivanka. The one subject he nixed, according to Aaron Lee, a writer for the roast, was ‘any joke that suggests Trump is not actually as wealthy as he claims to be.’ So this is a scab Hillary Clinton should deftly pick.”
I have developed a new love of maps, and will be preparing several showing other races. But here is a map of Wilmington showing Young’s strength in the city. If my review of the data is correct, Eugene Young either came in first, second or third place in all but one small district of the city. The first place finishes are colored in gold, the second place finishes in yellow, and the third place finishes in a light yellow. It shows you what Cassandra was saying earlier: his campaign was city wide and pretty damn spectacular. Young was competitive in all parts of the city. He will be back.
Click on the image for the large version. Hey, DOE, where is the missing 14th Election District of the 4th RD? Your raw data reports contain no information concerning this district. I sense a conspiracy of biblical proportions (but given the district’s placement, the votes likely benefit Purzycki or Kelley).
The News Journal’s Map of the Wilmington Mayoral Primary
reveals a city divided almost exactly along its quadrant lines: is actually probably inaccurate given that the colors assigned to various districts do not correspond to the actual winners of those districts.
A larger version of the map with the data is here.
I will be crafting a new map today. Stay tuned.
A Washington Post editorial says even Trump’s charity is a scam:
“Mr. Trump has cultivated the persona of a generous man, repeatedly claiming on television he would donate to charity “out of my wallet” and accepting honors from groups he appeared to support. In fact, an exhaustive investigation by Post reporter David A. Fahrenthold shows that Mr. Trump retooled his foundation about a decade ago to act as an intermediary for other people’s charitable giving, a racket from which Mr. Trump gained in reputation and from which he may even have occasionally profited.”
“Mr. Trump does not appear to have given his own money to the Trump Foundation since 2008, and by then Trump funds had become a tiny slice of the organization’s revenue. Since then, the available records suggest, a charitable group that bears the billionaire’s name has been funded by others. That has not stopped Mr. Trump from claiming credit for doling out other people’s cash.”
From commenter Marcellus Wallace, who may need to get a promotion to contributer here at DL after this analysis he just posted this evening:
I believe LBR is a nice woman with legitimate high-level government experience and great potential. But her public performances (and lack thereof) left the impression that she is not ready for prime time, to put it charitably. I wanted to figure out how she won so convincingly. So I made sweet Excel love to the district-level data on the Department of Elections’ web page, so you don’t have to. My takeaways are below. Please note: the data is the data, but the conclusions are mine.
For starters, it would be easy to say that LBR won because of strong support in the City and surrounding areas, and that is true. But the real story is that she administered a broad-based, statewide ass kicking. All told, LBR won 28 of the 41 RDs statewide. In 13 of those 28 RDs, LBR earned more votes than Townsend and Barney combined.
I purposefully did not make any projections or predictions myself before the election this year, because in three of the races we had 6 or more candidate fields, and in the other races I cared about we had entrenched corrupt incumbents who have won against all odds before. So at least I don’t look like somewhat of a fool today for making a wrong prediction. LOL.
Still, I am disappointed that Townsend did not win the Congressional race. I am disappointed that Young did not win the Mayoral race in Wilmington. At least, with both races, there are some consolation prizes available. Bryan Townsend is still a State Senator, a leader of progressive policies in Dover, and has a bright future. Hopefully Tom Carper retires in 2018. And I have no problems with voting enthusiastically for Lisa Blunt Rochester. She has my full support. In Wilmington, at least Dennis P. Williams, that arrogant yet ignorant Mayor-King, is gone. And Eugene Young will be back. Indeed, perhaps, in his admitted need for outreach to the communities, the potential Mayor-elect Mike Purzycki can bring Young into his administration.
So enough of the disappointments. Time to celebrate. Tom Gordon is gone, praise Jesus. And we are replacing him with a honorable man devoted to public service. I cannot wait to see how Matt Meyer does in office. Karen Weldin Stewart is gone! Hopefully we get a true consumer advocate in the office in the form of Trinidad Navarro.
And we get a chance to wipe the slate clean at both the county and city level. And we get to do it on Democratic terms. For decades, it has been the same old faces. And I worried that those same old faces would eventually hang around long enough and screw up enough to hand the county and state to the Republicans. We don’t have to worry about that for now. The One Party State has been saved because the Democratic Party, internally, took care of its business. Pay attention, John Daniello. That is why primaries are important. Sometimes they are needed to clean out the stink.
Incomes in the U.S. surged in 2015, delivering the first increase for family households in eight years, the Wall Street Journal reports.
“The median annual household income—the level at which half are above and half are below—rose 5.2% from a year earlier, or $2,800, after adjusting for inflation, to $56,500… The boost leaves household incomes around 1.6% below the 2007 level, before the last recession began.”
Polls close at 8 pm. Here is the link for the official Commissioner of Elections Results page. Below, I will try to keep the main offices results updated as results come in, but I will be at the Townsend Party at the Mill, and I am Pandora and Cassandra will be at the Eugene Young party. Post any results or observations below in the comments.
Byron York: “Could there be a clunkier phrase than ‘basket of deplorables’? Hillary Clinton’s assertion that half — or maybe something less than half — of Donald Trump’s supporters are ‘racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it’ struck a lot of observers as not just an odd turn of phrase but politically unwise. You attack your opponent, the idea was, but you don’t attack the voters.”
“But now, a few days later, the brilliance of Clinton’s remark is becoming clearer. Yes, she got a few liberal commentators to take her side and defend the substance of it. But the far bigger benefit is that in the wake of her comment, some media figures decided to devise a ‘deplorables’ quiz for Trump supporters. Is Person X deplorable? How about Person Y? The effect was to pressure Trump supporters not only to agree with Clinton’s larger point but with her precise terminology.”
I never thought it was a “gaffe.” Yes, in the beltway media’s mind, it is. Hillary knew that and knew that racists cannot stand being called racists. So she knew Trump would devote this week to attacking her for saying it. And so now we are talking about how evil, bigoted, sexist and racist Trump’s supporters are. All week. It is brilliant.
CONGRESS: Bryan Townsend
COUNTY EXECUTIVE: Matthew Meyer
WILMINGTON MAYOR: Eugene Young
INSURANCE COMMISSIONER: Trinidad Navarro
STATE SENATOR, 9TH DISTRICT: Caitlin Olsen
STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 10TH DISTRICT: Sean Matthews
STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 14TH DISTRICT: Don Peterson
32BJ SEIU, the local chapter of the Service Employees International Union, and the local chapter that represents Delaware commercial office cleaners, today endorsed Bryan Townsend for Congress. Daisy Cruz, the 32BJ SEIU Mid-Atlantic District Director, made the following statement:
“Bryan Townsend will stand up for Delaware’s working moms and dads who are leading a movement to build a better future for their families. He has been a strong supporter of the issues that make a difference for our community like good schools, raising the minimum wage, clean air and water, paid leave and equal pay.
“He’s not just giving lip service to these ideas; he has a proven track record of fighting for real change in Dover. Washington desperately needs more leaders like Bryan to level the playing field for working families and fight for prosperity for everyone”
David Atkins at The Washington Monthly says Hillary’s Health Isn’t a “Real Issue in the Campaign”:
The Washington Post is, like many media outlets, a mixed bag. On one hand, they have some seriously great investigative journalists bringing important stories to light. Greg Sargent and Paul Waldman at The Plum Line are national treasures. The editorial page, on the other hand, is a different matter. But worst of all is Chris Cilizza of The Fix, who is the poster child for vapid, process-oriented, horse-race obsessed, campaign pseudo-journalism.
Case in point: today’s reaction to Clinton’s minor medical incident today in New York. It was a very hot day, Clinton was in neck-high shirt over the top of a bulletproof vest, and she had a spell of dizziness. As it turns out, she had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday—an inconvenience for a presidential candidate to be sure, but not really a major story in and of itself.
Conservative media had been noticing that Clinton appeared under the weather recently, most notably due to mild coughing. Whether it’s a simple scratchy throat, or allergies, or a mild cold, or even pneumonia still isn’t very important, and it’s not an issue on which voters should be judging candidates. Health only becomes an issue if there’s a serious chronic condition that might endanger the president’s life or impact their ability to do their job. So far there has been no evidence that Clinton has such a condition. That hasn’t stopped conservative media organizations from speculating that Clinton might be too ill to be president, however. But then, these are the same people who speculate the Barack Obama was born in Kenya, and the mainstream press shouldn’t be feeding the conspiracy trolls.
Daigle: “We have great respect for Blunt-Rochester’s and Barney’s accomplishments and candidacies. We even endorsed Barney for Treasurer in 2014 in recognition of his dedication to our cause, his intellect, and his principles. However, Townsend comes out ahead. For years, Townsend has consistently stood strongly and proudly with our community, campaigning unabashedly for our equality behind the scenes and on the streets. From his emotional pro-equality testimony on the Senate floor, to counseling struggling youth, Townsend is always there.
Importantly, he has demonstrated true partnership, working hard to respect and thoroughly understand the needs and challenges of our community. This is how he approaches all problems, and all communities, earning him respect up and down the State. Townsend has also proven himself on issues of economic inequality, opportunity, education, industry, and healthcare. These are especially important matters to us as well. For example, the LGBT community endures a higher rate of poverty than the general population due to stigmas, job /wage discrimination, and healthcare access.
Given this difficult choice between excellent candidates, we must also consider who would be the most effective coalition builder and change maker for us and the State. The choice here is clear: Townsend is the bold advocate that we want and need to represent Delaware in Congress. “
“As U.S. officials cast doubt on Donald Trump’s claim he read the ‘body language’ of intelligence officials at a recent briefing, NBC News has learned exclusive details of what unfolded in the room — one of Trump’s advisers repeatedly interrupted the briefers until Chris Christie intervened.”
“U.S. official pointed out that intelligence officers don’t give policy advice, so it would be inaccurate to say that Obama failed to follow the advice of the intelligence community. A second U.S. official said analysts are trained not to allow their body language to betray their thinking. Meanwhile, four people with knowledge of the matter told NBC News that one of the advisers Trump brought to the briefing, retired general Mike Flynn, repeatedly interrupted the briefing with pointed questions.”
“Two sources said Christie, the New Jersey governor and Trump adviser, verbally restrained Flynn — one saying Christie said, ‘Shut up,’ the other reporting he said, ‘Calm down.’ Two other sources said Christie touched Flynn’s arm in an effort get him to calm down and let the officials continue.”