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Why does Christine O’Donnell Still have Campaign Aides?

Filed in National by on February 24, 2015 10 Comments
Why does Christine O’Donnell Still have Campaign Aides?

Is she running for something? Or is she just keeping up appearances so she can continue to mooch off donations? Either way, one of the aides resigned last month, probably because he was being sued as a result of his service to the deity that is O’Donnell.

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Tuesday Open Thread [2.24.15]

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Tuesday Open Thread [2.24.15]

A CNN/ORC poll finds that only Hillary Clinton is viewed as a candidate of the future rather than the past, and I bet you it is because people view her as a potential first woman President, which of course is something that has not happened yet, and thus would be the future. This is why a “She’s part of the past” argument will not work against Hillary.

Asked in a new CNN/ORC poll whether seven possible candidates better represent the future or the past, 50% said Clinton evoked the future, more than said so of any other candidate. By contrast, Joe Biden and Jeb Bush, whose names have been in the political conversation even longer than Clinton’s, were each seen as representing the past by 64% of Americans.

43% say New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie represents the future, while 41% says its Rand Paul, while 39% says its Scott Walker.

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Markell’s Supreme Court, and a Missed Opportunity.

Filed in Delaware by on February 24, 2015 3 Comments
Markell’s Supreme Court, and a Missed Opportunity.

Nothing explains the Delaware Way more than the recent nomination to the Supreme Court by Gov. Jack Markell (D) of corporate attorney and the son of a former Supreme Court Justice, Collins J. “C.J.” Seitz, Jr., Esquire. Seitz, when confirmed (because there is no if about it in this state), will replace retiring Justice Henry duPont Ridgely.

The Judicial Nominating Commission, in addition to Seitz, also recommended to Governor Markell Superior Court Judge Calvin Scott, who would have been the first African American Supreme Court Justice on the Delaware Supreme Court; and a former Superior Court judge and now an attorney in private practice, Joseph Sleights III.

I think the Delaware Supreme Court could have used a little color, and something more diverse than another corporate attorney.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [2.24.15]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [2.24.15]

Mixed messages in a time of crisis, by Curtis Perry on Flickr.

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Lavelle Will Not Run for Governor in 2016

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Lavelle Will Not Run for Governor in 2016

Breaking news from Jonathan Starkey at the News Journal:

Republican Sen. Greg Lavelle will not seek the governor’s office next year, according to a letter the lawmaker sent to political supporters. [...] Lavelle told supporters this week he “had given a lot of thought” to a run for governor, but said personal commitments prevented him from launching a campaign.

“I have decided that now is not the time for me to take on this challenge,” Lavelle wrote. “At this time, the personal bandwidth just doesn’t exist to create and sustain the time needed to run for Governor, while maintaining and addressing my current and varied responsibilities.”

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Carly Forina to Speak at State GOP Convention

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Carly Forina to Speak at State GOP Convention

The Delaware Republican Party is holding their annual convention gathering at the DoubleTree Hotel on Concord Pike in Wilmington in May of this year. And after a wonderous election year in which a whole bunch of new Republicans were elected, and with a wide open field of prospective Republican Presidential candidates like Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson, the state GOP has invited

Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and failed U.S. Senate candidate from California, will speak at the annual gathering of party faithful on May 30[.]

To their credit, Ms. Fiorina is, for reasons passing human understanding, considering a presidential run of her own in 2016. I don’t know, I just feel our local GOP could have done better.

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Time for a Revolution

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Time for a Revolution

Last night, Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris noted that the gift bags that nominees and other special attendees and guests received had items in them that totaled over $100,000.00, and one of the items was a gift card for a Brinks security van to come pick the bearer up and to take him or her to safety once the Revolution comes.

Well, it is time for the Revolution to come. And by revolution, I do not mean the automatic beheadings of the wealthy by us were regular Americans (although that may be the next step if the wealthy prevent, in any way, what I am about to prescribe). No, by revolution, I mean adjusting the tax code such that this country and state can function once again. David Sirota calculates that, if we just tax the wealthy at the same relative rates as we tax the middle and lower classes, we would be able to raise hundreds of billions of dollars:

Roads are crumbling, bridges require repairs, schools need upgrades and public pension systems remain underfunded. How can states and cities find the money to address any of these problems? One way could be through their tax codes.

According to a new report, if the rich paid the same state and local tax rate as the middle class, states and cities would have hundreds of billions of dollars more a year in public revenue.

Last month, the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy found that the poorest 20 percent of households pay on average more than twice the effective state and local tax rate (10.9 percent) as the richest 1 percent of taxpayers (5.4 percent).

Enter the Kavipsian Progressive Tax Fairness Plan of 2015, which I demand be enacted by the General Assembly forthwith!

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Monday Open Thread [2.23.15]

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“I don’t question his motives. And I try not to question the president’s motives as being a good American or a bad American.” — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), on whether President Obama loves America.

Which is it? Either you try not to question the motives, or you don’t question his motives. Do or do not. There is no try.

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Barack Obama has been President for over 6 years now….

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Barack Obama has been President for over 6 years now….

….he started running for President about 8 years ago. He burst onto the national scene nearly 11 years ago. Barack Obama, the President of the United States, is a known quantity. We know him. He is not a mystery. Thus the mere fact that promiment conservatives and Republicans are still… STILL… questioning “who is this Barack Obama?”….”Does he love America?” …. “Is he a Christian?” has everything… EVERYTHING… to do with his race, and everything… EVERYTHING…. to do with their racism.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [2.23.15]

Filed in Delaware by on February 23, 2015 0 Comments
Monday Daily Delawhere [2.23.15]

The Delaware Memorial Bridge, on El, on Flickr.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [2.22.15]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [2.22.15]

Old New Castle, by Kristopher Arnold on Flickr.

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Saturday Open Thread [2.21.15]

Filed in Delaware, National by on February 21, 2015 9 Comments
Saturday Open Thread [2.21.15]

Jake Miller at CBS examines how Common Core may become a primary issue for Republican presidential candidates. Eventually, I think it will become an issue in Democratic politics as well. If Kavips has his way, it already has:

Common Core federal education standards are riling the conservative base, and as the 2016 Republican presidential field takes shape, the standards — seen by right wing activists as a federal overreach and a threat to parental rights — are poised to play a big role in the GOP nominating process. That’s doubly true in Iowa, where the kinds of Republican voters most vehemently opposed to Common Core — evangelical Christians, home-schooling advocates, states-rights conservatives — exert considerable influence over the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucus.

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The Weekly Addresses

Filed in Delaware, National by on February 21, 2015 5 Comments

In his Weekly Address, President Obama underscored the importance of continuing to grow our economy and support good-paying jobs for our workers by opening up new markets for American goods and services.

In an effort that will surely please education advocates throughout the state, Governor Markell shares his weekly message with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Boy, is Markell’s legacy going to be completely destroyed by his positions on education.

Here is Senator Harris McDowell on Larry Mendte’s Delaware Way’s program, where they discuss crime in Wilmington and the Sustainable Energy Utility Program, as well as Harris’ thoughts on Beau Biden, John Carney and the Delaware’s Game of Thrones.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [2.21.15]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [2.21.15]

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Friday Open Thread [2.20.15]

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Friday Open Thread [2.20.15]

Amy Walter: “One of the biggest assets for Democrats – especially for Hillary Clinton – going into this next election is the fact that they are much more ideologically united than the GOP. From social issues to economic ones, the overwhelming majority of Democrats are on the same page. This, of course, leaves little room for a primary challenger to Hillary Clinton to expose a gap or drive a wedge.”

“Not so much for Republicans who are divided on almost everything other than foreign policy and a desire to repeal Obamacare. This is will not only make it difficult for a Republican to become a ‘consensus’ candidate in the primary, but could make it difficult to unite the party post-primary as well.”

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Matt Opaliski Indicted for Illegal Gun Dealing

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Matt Opaliski Indicted for Illegal Gun Dealing

Republican Party official and former state Senate candidate in Delaware with illegally dealing in firearms.

If these charges are true, and if Mr. Opaliski is convicted, then he is now the perfect symbol of the kind of criminal who get guns to people who do massive harm, such as murder and massacres. He would also be the kind of criminal who thinks he is supporting the Second Amendment when in fact he is directly harming it. Mr. Opaliski should stand trial, and if the facts are proven beyond a reasonable doubt, he should be convicted and he should serve time behind bars. Then these federal prosecutors need to check all the illegal weapons he sold, ever, because we know it is more than what is in the indictment. If any one of them were used in violent crimes, Mr. Opaliski should be charged with those crimes as well. In other words, throw the fucking book at him, and every single Second Amendment supporter in this small state and nationwide should agree, and they must agree.

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Closing School for the Cold: The Debate Redux

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Closing School for the Cold: The Debate Redux

This post from last year is getting massing nationwide traffic, so I am linking to it here and recopying it here for a rediscussion, since all of Delaware is closed today, which of course also gives us the opportunity to repost this:

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Friday Daily Delawhere [2.20.15]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [2.20.15]

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Thursday Open Thread [2.19.15]

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Thursday Open Thread [2.19.15]

Hillary Clinton held a private, one-on-one meeting with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in December at Mrs. Clinton’s Washington home, “a move by the Democrats’ leading contender in 2016 to cultivate the increasingly influential senator and leader of the party’s economic populist movement,” the New York Times reports.

“The get-together represented a step toward relationship-building for two women who do not know each other well. And for Mrs. Clinton, it was a signal that she would prefer Ms. Warren’s counsel delivered in person, as a friendly insider, rather than on national television or in opinion articles. And for Ms. Warren, the meeting offered the opportunity to make clear what she believes are the most pressing national issues.”

To me, it sounds like that first step in the dance we usually see when a candidate for a party nomination has just more or less locked it up and is exploring an endorsement from the principal rival without demanding an acknowledgment of defeat, not unlike the meeting in a Washington townhouse in 2008 between then Senators Obama and Clinton. But Bloomberg Politics’ Emily Greenhouse, thinks it might represent more, not Clinton vanquishing Warren, but the other way around:

Some might have interpreted the report as a sign that Clinton was taking Warren under her wing. But for Warren’s most vocal supporters, the self-appointed army raging for economic populism, the tête-à-tête meant just about the opposite. Ilya Sheyman, the executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action, which with Democracy for America launched the project Run Warren Run, sounded emboldened. “It’s more evidence that Sen. Warren and progressives are driving the conversation within the Democratic Party,” he said, through a spokesman. “That’s why we’re eager for Elizabeth Warren to run for President, and any candidate would do well to speak to the issues she’s led on — like tackling income inequality, student debt, and taking on the big banks.”

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [2.19.15]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [2.19.15]

The lovely downtown Bellefonte. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Wednesday Open Thread [2.18.15]

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Wednesday Open Thread [2.18.15]

In his article, “How Democratic Progressives Survived a Landslide: They ran against Wall Street and carried the white working class. The Democrats who shunned populism got clobbered,” Bob Moser echos Jason330 that “mushy moderation has failed to convert many Republicans or Republican-leaning independents, even as it gives Democratic-leaners nothing special to get excited about.”

In short, either embrace your inner progressive, fight for Democratic ideals, or retire.

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Poll Results: Eaby Edges Townsend in LG Race

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Poll Results: Eaby Edges Townsend in LG Race

Well, we had some new visitors at Delaware Liberal last night, and they were here voting for Levy Court Commissioner Brad Eaby, who is so far the only announced candidate for Lt. Governor. It was an small thing in the grand scheme of things, but it is impressive that Eaby has his supporters out talking […]

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Game of Thrones, Episode Four: A Short Challenge?

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Game of Thrones, Episode Four:  A Short Challenge?

I know Representative Bryon Short wants to run for higher office. He told us so back in December, and then his focus was on the office of Insurance Commissioner:

State Rep. Bryon Short (D-Highland Woods) today told Delaware Liberal that he is considering a run for State Insurance Commissioner.

While he has not made a decision on the race, he told me that it’s important that the IC’s office does an effective job of ‘setting the marketplace’ to ensure competition and consumer choices, and to ‘effectively address the concerns and problems facing consumers’. He also said that the work of the office ‘is very important, but unfortunately people aren’t made aware as to just how important it is, and how it impacts them’.

Short has attended the last two NAIC (National Association of Insurance Commissioners) meetings in order to extend his knowledge for both his House committee work and to possibly prepare for a statewide run.

In his capacity as chair of the House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance/Commerce Committee, Short has been particularly active in addressing problems with Delaware’s Workmen’s Comp laws.

Since then, he has expanded his scope beyond the Insurance Commissioner’s office to that of Congress or Lt. Governor. Such an expansion of focus most likely is the result being threatened by higher up party powers-that-be to lay off Karen Weldin Stewart, the incumbent Insurance Commissioner and luckiest office holder in the mid-Atlantic. To which I say, fuck them, Bryon. Run anyway!

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [2.18.15]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [2.18.15]

The Wilmington skyline, from Brandywine Mills Park in the Brandywine Village neighborhood. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Game of Thrones, Episode Three: The Understudies for the Role of Understudy

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Game of Thrones, Episode Three: The Understudies for the Role of Understudy

From Top to Bottom, Left to Right, New Castle County Council President Chris Bullock (D), 2014 Democratic Treasurer Nominee Sean Barney (D), Senator Brian Pettyjohn (R-19th SD), former Sussex County Register of Wills Greg Fuller, Sr. (D), Senator Bryan Townsend (D-11th SD), Senator Bethany Hall Long (D-10th SD), Senator Ernesto Lopez (R-6th SD); Kent County Levy Court Commissioner Brad Eady (D), Senator Gerald Hocker (R-20th SD), Senator Nicole Poore (D-12th SD), Representative Quinn Johnson (D-8th RD), and Representative Jeff Spiegelman (R-11th RD).

The office of Lt. Governor is so unimportant, with no imperative and necessary duties assigned to it, that it can, and will, remain vacant until January 20, 2017. When former Lt. Governor Matt Denn resigned to be sworn in as Attorney General, there was some talk about passing a new law to address the vacancy (to allow the Governor to appoint a replacement or to allow a special election), but that talk has died down, and the likely scenario is that Secretary of State Jeff Bullock will remain next in line to the Governorship until one of the people above is sworn in.

Yet, this office is a platform is for future ambition. You don’t run for Lt. Governor so you can just preside over the Senate and cast tie breaking votes. You run to advance issues and make a name for yourself, usually for a future race for Governor.

Come inside to find out whom I think is running.

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