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Saturday Daily Delawhere [8.16.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [8.16.14]

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Friday Open Thread [8.15.14]

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Friday Open Thread [8.15.14]

Who says nothing happens in Delaware? And that our politics is boring?

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Delaware 2014: The Statewides and the Senate [Pre-Primary]

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Delaware 2014: The Statewides and the Senate [Pre-Primary]

Today, we will review the state of play in the statewide races, which are our US Senator and Representative, as well as the Attorney General, Treasurer and Auditor. As is Delaware custom, we have overwhelmingly favored incumbents facing off against token or insane opposition, and then we have a game of musical chairs producing an unexpected race (Attorney General), a race between a tired incumbent who has overstayed his welcome and a young competent whippersnapper (Auditor), and a vulnerable incumbent whose time in office has invited primary challenges on both sides of the aisle an open race between a competent Democrat, a Republican businessman, and a crazy person named after a singer and a South American country (Treasurer).

Then we move over to the State Senate, where the Democrats enjoy a 3 seat majority in the small chamber of 21 Senators (13 Democrats and 8 Republicans). Can the GOP take over the majority this fall?

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BREAKING: Flowers Ends Reelection Bid, Will Not Resign, Moving to Mass. (UPDATEx2)

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BREAKING: Flowers Ends Reelection Bid, Will Not Resign, Moving to Mass. (UPDATEx2)

Somebody get Deval Patrick on the phone. We have to warn him.

State Treasurer Chip Flowers has announced that he is ending his campaign for reelection and his moving to Massachusetts with his soon to be new wife once his term as Treasurer is over. He will not be resigning. This makes Sean Barney (D), the defacto Democratic nominee for Treasurer, and it likely ends all GOP designs on the office. I will leave it to others to describe the incredible press conference where these announcements were made, but needless to say another ommission of fact (or as we call them, lies) was revealed in that Chip did in fact attend that Patriots game, tickets to which were purchased on the state credit card. Like I have said before, I am tired, we are all tired, and now, Chip himself is tired. Best of luck, Mr. Flowers on your future endeavors in your new state.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [8.15.14]

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WDDE: Flowers Considers Resignation

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WDDE: Flowers Considers Resignation

I don’t believe this at all, given the current state of play and what we publicly know. So there must be another shoe about to drop.

Embattled State Treasurer Chip Flowers could resign after a former deputy accused him of harassment. Delaware Public Media contributor Jeff Mordock of Delaware Law Weekly reports sources tell him Flowers may step down as early as Friday and abandon his run for second term this fall. Reports of Flowers possible resignation come about a day after reports surfaced of former Deputy Treasurer Erika Benner filing harassment claims against her former boss.

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Thursday Open Thread [8.14.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [8.14.14]

I am working on two major projects today: a race by race analysis of each General Assembly race and the Statewides and a look at what each candidate raised during the last reporting period and what cash they have on hand. So the Open Thread is going to be a little bare today. Like Coffee Talk on Saturday Night Live in the 90′s, I shall propose some topics for you to discuss:

1. Since Jack Markell took my advice and shaved his head, does he not look more and more like Jesse Ventura?

2. I wish I paid more attention to county politics, but they are just so boring and corrupt. Case in point.

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My Stunt Double… Gary Sinise

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Matt Denn has a different take on the ALS videos you see everywhere. And I agree with Matt. I’ll send a check, but no ice water!

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Primary Election Finance Report Extravaganza.

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Primary Election Finance Report Extravaganza.

The big race this year is of course the race everyone is talking about today. I wonder if some Republicans are crying into their coffees this morning, or adding some Bailey’s to ease the pain. For their easiest path to victory was a Flowers primary win, who would then be beat down by their strongest candidate, Ken Simpler. It does not seem all is going to plan now, as the road to victory for Flowers just got a little more difficult. And that was before we even talk about text messages.

It would seem that the only candidate actually raising the majority of their campaign coffers from actual people and not themselves… is Sean Barney? That kinda upends some perceptions. I thought Flowers was the People’s candidate, yet he is self financing like he’s a Ken Simpler or something. Just how rich is Treasurer Flowers anyway, if he has a half million to blow on two campaigns? And while he has the cash on hand advantage right now, will that last? I imagine Flowers will now have to spend heavily to keep the seat. And he will have to dirty Barney. That will cost money. Does he have more to give himself?

Onto the other races.

Another marquee primary is that between Senator Bryan Townsend and New Castle County Councilman David “DeLuca Promised Me” Tackett in the 11th Senate District. Tackett was too busy trying to get some lawyers to turn against Bryan instead of raising money during this last go round, as he only raised $900. But fortunately he has $17,170.74 cash on hand, and he seems to be sitting on that for a classic last minute mail drop. Oh, and you what Tackett used to entice these lawyers into turning against Bryan? The fact that Tackett is against marriage equality. These lawyers looked at him and said “We are for it.” As is every Democrat in good standing. The next time Tackett is up for election to his council seat, he must be thrown out of office as a bigot.

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Brenda Mayrack’s New Campaign Video

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It’s very well done, though I don’t Senator Bethany Hall Long holds the News Journal that tightly in her office.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [8.14.14]

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Primary Bombshell?: Claims of Harrassment Against Treasurer Flowers (Updated)

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Primary Bombshell?: Claims of Harrassment Against Treasurer Flowers (Updated)

I remarked to my source that I thought the primary in the Treasurer’s race was going to be a very close. My source replied “…. assuming something doesn’t break in, say, the next three weeks.” Then he said.. “that is foreshadowing.” That was yesterday.

This is today:

Former deputy state treasurer Erika Benner has accused her former boss, state Treasurer Chip Flowers, of making harassing and threatening statements in text messages and phone calls after an incident before a July Fourth parade in Dover. [...]

“Tell him to come to my house,” according to the text Benner provided that she said was sent by Flowers on the evening of July 4. “I picked up something from cabelas last week that should ude (sic) just fine. Tell him I’m begging him. He fu—- with the wrong ni—.”

I just knew that Cabela’s was bad news the minute it opened.

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Wednesday Open Thread [8.13.14]

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Wednesday Open Thread [8.13.14]

First Read: “Well, that didn’t take long. Less than 48 hours after The Atlantic published Hillary Clinton’s critical comments about Obama’s foreign policy, she walked them back. Spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement that Clinton called the president to ‘make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him, his policies, or his leadership,’ adding that the two will ‘hug it out’ in Martha’s Vineyard tonight. As we’ve noted, Clinton’s always been more hawkish than the president, but the handling of the interview and this apology just seem like more politically head-scratching decisions as she continues her book tour. The bottom line: This is not the first time Clinton and Obama are going to have a public split as Democrats transition from one standard-bearer to another. But is every one of those moments going to be as tortured as this one?”

This was the first time I seriously considered not supporting Hillary AND seriously considered whether, should a credible candidate challenge her, like Warren or O’Malley, she could win the nomination. Hillary wants to walk a tight rope and appear hawkish and strong, but when she does that, she sounds like a Neocon or John McCain. And I will not be voting for a Neocon. So Hillary better get her act together.

Meanwhile, what is going in Kansas? Sometimes the public just tunes out an incumbent and decides they are done with him. There are three such incidences this year: Corbett in PA, Quinn in IL, and now Brownback in KS.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [8.13.14]

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Tuesday Open Thread [8.12.14]

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Tuesday Open Thread [8.12.14]

Ed Kilgore suspects that if the GOP does real well in 2014 (i.e. winning the Senate), then they will become overconfident in 2016 and nominate someone who cannot possibly win:

In both 2008 and 2012 the GOP managed to nominate presidential candidates with relatively moderate images and demonstrated swing-voter appeal. In both cases, the nominations were in no small part fortuitous following a demolition derby of more ideologically rigid rivals. The odds of the “most electable” candidates winning a third straight GOP nomination have been diminished by the relatively low popularity of Chris Christie (damaged significantly by “Bridgegate” and already controversial for supporting a Medicaid expansion in his state), Jeb Bush (headed for a direct collision with conservative activists for his championship of Common Core education standards) and Marco Rubio (more distant from conservative sentiment than ever as the prime Senate sponsor of “amnesty” legislation).

Personally, I think no matter how well the GOP does this year, the dye is already cast for 2016. The radical tea bagger base of the Republican Party already thinks that they lost in 2008 and 2012 because the Establishment forced them to nominate two liberals. And of course they lost because their candidate was not conservative enough.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [8.12.14]

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Monday Open Thread [8.11.14]

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Monday Open Thread [8.11.14]

So President Obama will take some kind of executive action pursuant to both his executive authority and laws already passed by Congress to address the immigration problem later this summer. Whatever he does, it will be the basis for impeachment proceedings this fall. Greg Sargent, in one of his latest columns, talked to experts about the limits of executive power. One of those experts was attorney David Leopold, who was the “former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and immigration reform advocate who has consulted with the White House on immigration law.” The upshot is, the President has all the authority he needs under existing law to do what he wants to do. But the GOP will impeach him for it anyway.

We also have a lot of polling goodness inside…

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Monday Daily Delawhere [8.11.14]

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Sunday Open Thread [8.10.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [8.10.14]

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Saturday Open Thread [8.9.14]

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Saturday Open Thread [8.9.14]

My Delaware season tickets should be coming soon. I better check on that. Especially since Delaware seems to be on the cusp of becoming a Division I school. Over the next few years, they are scheduling more games with the ACC, including games against Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Pittsburgh.

Ed Kilgore:

The only thing funnier than those who (despite widespread mockery) continue to support the Green Lantern Theory of Presidential Leadership is the phenomenon of the same people freaking out when the president assumes “leadership” to address a big problem.

Nobody is a bigger Green Lanternist than National Journal’s Ron Fournier, for whom the president, like God, is held responsible every time a sparrow falls to the ground. He’s now warning Obama not to take unilateral executive action on immigration policy. The Prospect’s Paul Walman skewers Fournier for blaming the “polarization” that might ensue on Obama alone; we abundantly know by now that savage GOP opposition to Obama will be at maximum levels no matter what he does or does not do.

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The Weekly Addresses

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President Obama:

Governor Markell:

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [8.9.14]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [8.8.14]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [8.8.14]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [8.7.14]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [8.7.14]

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