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No insurance industry publications, nor the WNJ, have so far acknowledged the election of new DE insurance commissioner Trinidad Navarro, who will replace failed incompetent Karen Weldin Stewart. However, she is working hard to stay relevant, including asking John Carney for a job which he of course refused. She was interviewed at the recent national meeting of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) in Miami Beach, obviously arranged and bought-and-paid for by one of her cronies, by a representative of international insurance rating agency A.M. Best. [...] After the interview, A.M. Best published a big article with a photo of her in which she spouts off about what she sees as the future of Delaware insurance matters and how she would do things. She added she may run again in 2020 [when she will be 74 years old] or become IC in another state, or just hold off on deciding, i.e. “taking a cue from Joe Biden”. Her hubris is breathtaking. No questions about Trini Navarro by the interviewer, nor an acknowledgment from her. This sycophantic crap was inappropriate and unprofessional on the part of A.M. Best, to put it mildly. Looks like you’ll have to deal with this arrogant moron for at least the next four years because she ain’t going away.
I am pretty sure the Wilmington News Journal has acknowledged the election the election of Trinidad Navarro when they reported the election results, both on September 13 and November 8. So I am not sure what that reference is about. As for Insurance Industry publications or the A.M. Best interview, I would have no idea.
But yes, Karen Weldin Stewart should retire from attempts at seeking office. I am sure she will be present at Democratic Party functions and events because she always is. This Baby Boom generation of politicians, whether national or local, sure are clinging to power, aren’t they?
Alright, in this down week between Christmas and New Years where it seems everyone is on vacation, I thought it would be a good time for some feedback from our readers. Yes, I want you all to be brutally honest with us about your ideas, suggestions, and complaints about Delaware Liberal over the past year.
I know we need to improve our local coverage after being sucked into the Trump Vortex with all other media in the past year. To that end, we will be returning to our Vote Tracking roots in the new year, with some changes. Instead of a large post every few weeks, each relevant piece of legislation will be given its own post, and links to each individual post will be saved on the front page under a single “mothership” post. We will be doing the same for Congress this year, tracking how the Delaware Delegation fights the Fuhrer with all their might, or whether they will capitulate.
I also want to explore ways to change the anonymous commenting system, if at all possible. Sockpuppetry has returned (where more than 1 person has multiple accounts). I know many value the psuedo-anonymity Delaware Liberal provides. But sometimes that leads to some pretty fervent commentary and flame wars.
So have at it. Or at me. I won’t hold anything you say against you.
DR Tucker says no more drama:
Let’s all make a New Year’s Resolution for 2017: no more hand-wringing about why Hillary Clinton didn’t win the Electoral College.
In the days following the dark night of November 8, I have been mystified as to why most Democrats and progressives didn’t come to the obvious conclusion that the Electoral College win of the, shall we say, uncharitable Republican nominee was a fluke, that there was nothing Clinton really could have done to avoid such a fluke, that sometimes stuff happens. Clinton didn’t lose the Electoral College because of identity politics, or because she ran a bad campaign, or because “Make America Great Again” was a more compelling slogan than “Stronger Together.” She lost the Electoral College because Trump got lucky. On any given Election Day, any candidate can beat any other candidate. Democratic self-flagellation is not needed.
Can we also resolve to knock it off with the “Bernie would have beaten Donald” stuff? That’s like arguing that Bill Bradley would have kicked George W. Bush’s rear end in 2000. Sanders supporters are merely speculating when they make this sort of argument; how would Sanders have dealt with the right-wing media infrastructure striking down upon him with great vengeance and furious anger in an general election? Those who insist that Sanders would have stomped on Trump are arguing, in essence, that everyone who voted for Clinton in the Democratic primary made a mistake. Really?
Democrats and progressives should spend their intellectual energy developing strategies to strip the bark off of Donald Trump, not continuing to lament a fluke outcome. If a superior team with a superior coach and a superior quarterback loses the Super Bowl to an inferior team with an inferior coach and an inferior quarterback, and it’s obvious to every spectator watching that the inferior team got lucky, the superior team shouldn’t spend the offseason despondent over the upset loss, but determined to dominate the next season and the playoffs, in order to get another shot at the trophy.
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First, we have the recently released inaugural schedule, which we have in detail inside. Second, we have the schedule of transition events and hearings that are also open to the public, inside. Finally, County Executive-elect Matt Meyer has appointed Marcus Henry as General Manager of the Department of Community Services, Carol Dulin as County Attorney and Tamarra Morris as Director of Economic Development.
2016 was the third best year ever in terms of traffic and views. Our best year ever was 2012, when we garnered 1,334,026 unique visitors. The second best year was 2010, for obvious reasons, when we got 1,001,373 unique visitors. This year we will end up either just over or just under a million unique visitors (we are idling at 990,000 right now with five days to go (and we average 2,500 a day)).
Come inside for the top 10.
Dana Milbank says there is a new solution for Trump and his team of billionaires: Ignore the law.
Trump lieutenant Newt Gingrich this week proposed an elegant solution for all the conflicts of interest swirling around the president-elect and his team of billionaires: Ignore the law.
President-elect Donald Trump, Gingrich said, should let those in his administration do as they wish with their personal fortunes and business interests and pardon them if they are found to have violated laws against using public office for personal enrichment. “He could simply say, ‘Look, I want them to be my advisers, I pardon them if anybody finds them to have behaved against the rules, period’,” Gingrich said on NPR’s “The Diane Rehm Show” on Monday.
“Drain the Swamp” is so October.
In another NPR interview on Wednesday, Gingrich said Trump’s “swamp” campaign theme had been relegated to the marshlands of history, asserting that “he now says it was cute, but he doesn’t want to use it anymore.”
Excellent. That will make impeachment easier when the Dems retake Congress.
“Merry Christmas to all! Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King.” — RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, in a statement.
This quote sparked outrage on Twitter and the Internets yesterday, as it was assumed that the good news of a new King referred to Trump and that anything involving him was good news, or that Trump was a King. Nah, as much as I loathe to defend Republicans here, this is typical evangelical speak: the new King refers to Jesus Christ. These fanatical evangelicals love referring to Jesus in that way.
From our families to yours, we hope you all have a wonderful holiday, no matter which holiday you celebrate. And if you don’t celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, well we hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable day. Let’s all hope 2017 is just a tiny bit better than the absolute and unmitigated disaster that was 2016.
Rick Klein: “Twice in the last week, access to Donald Trump’s children has literally been put up for sale. Both times, those sales were canceled, or at least scaled back, following public scrutiny. But the process that allowed those offerings to go forward at all – an auction for coffee with Ivanka, and a hunting trip with the two eldest Trump sons for big inauguration donors – suggests something in the territory of chaos and/or indifference inside the president-elect’s inaugural planning.”
“These are the sorts of arrangements that should set off bright red flags – particularly after a campaign where the Clintons were accused of all manner of pay-for-play arrangements. The Trump operation has done virtually nothing to specify its safeguards, even while new arrangements testing any planned boundaries pop up. One good way to ensure that individuals and companies don’t try to buy access and influence? Don’t offer it to them.”
As expected, the Democratic Party nominated former New Castle County Council President Stephanie Hansen to be the party’s candidate in the 10th Senate District’s special election to succeed future Lt. Governor Bethany Hall Long.
The real news last night though was an attempt to embargo the news of this nomination until a press release was published this morning. The Democratic Party held a public meeting and announced the candidate by unanimous vote, and expected the news to stay secret until a press release had been prepared? Why wasn’t one already drafted and waiting to be released? Everyone knew it was going to be Hansen, no disrespect to the other candidates. We desperately need a Party Chairman who knows that technology and press relations have advanced since the 1970’s. We desperately need party regulars who populate the committee who understand this as well.
You. Can. Never. Take. A. Republican. At. His. or Her. Word. They are liars. They do not deal in good faith. They will betray you at the earliest opportunity.
“After more than nine hours of closed-door meetings, jawboning and complicated legislative stratagems, North Carolina legislators went home in frustration Wednesday after failing to repeal the state law that has prompted economic boycotts, lawsuits, political acrimony and contributed to the defeat of the Republican governor,” the New York Times reports.
“Republicans, who control both houses of the legislature, could not agree on a way to repeal the law, commonly known as House Bill 2. The legislation curbs legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and requires transgender people in public buildings to use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate.”
“The failure to reach a deal in a one-day special session, even after Charlotte, the state’s largest city, fully repealed the ordinance that set the law in motion, was yet another moment of political dysfunction in a state that has become accustomed to it. The session comes just days after Republicans stripped significant powers from Governor-elect Roy Cooper, a Democrat, who is to be sworn in on New Year’s Day.”
In the latest HuffPost/YouGov survey, half of the respondents were asked if they agreed or disagreed with the following statement: “Over the past few years, blacks have gotten less than they deserve.” The other half was provided with the exact same statement, except the word “blacks” was switched to “average Americans.” You know what is going to happen, don’t you?
Among those who voted for Hillary Clinton, there was no difference in the two samples. But among those who voted for Donald Trump, nearly two-thirds agreed with the statement when it pertained to “average Americans” while just 12% though the same for blacks. Yep. It’s all Economic Anxiety.
Jesse Singal on what Democrats can learn from the Tea Party:
[T]he most important thing progressives can do is play united defense against Trump and the GOP rather than get into squabbles about which affirmative policy proposals are best. The tea party, after all, was successful in large part because it understood itself as primarily a defensive group. It was “focused on fighting against every proposal coming out of the new Democratic Administration and Congress,” note the authors. “This focus on defense rather than policy development allowed the movement to avoid fracturing. Tea Party members may have not agreed on the policy reforms, but they could agree that Obama, Democrats, and moderate Republicans had to be stopped.”
Progressives should follow the same tack, the authors argue: “[W]e strongly recommend focusing on defense against the Trump agenda rather than developing an entire alternative policy agenda,” they write. “This is time-intensive, divisive, and, quite frankly, a distraction, since there is zero chance that we as progressives will get to put our agenda into action at the federal level in the next four years.” Given the amount of left-liberal infighting that has raged since the election, it feels like important advice.
Emphasis mine. I feel that has been the number one piece of advice for us as the Opposition moving forward.
So last week, the state Democratic Party held an informational meeting in New Castle regarding the upcoming special election in the 10th Senate District to replace Bethany Hall Long. During this meeting, several candidates spoke announcing their candidacies. They are:
Jim Ryan – Retired CWA
Debbie Harrington – Retired Military, DSU Trustee
Dave Woodside – 27th RD chair
Stephanie Hansen – Former County Council president
Maggie Jones – Campaign manager for John Walsh
Harry Dudlek – Committee member, IBEW member
One name stands out among all the rest, and that is Stephanie Hansen, who is currently an environmental and land use attorney at the Wilmington law firm of Young Conaway. She is also the former President of New Castle County Council from 1996 to 2001, who had previously considered primarying County Executive Tom Gordon last year before deferring. As you can see from the picture above, she is friendly with many former or current members of the General Assembly. Out of that list above, she is obviously the Party’s pick and can be expected to win the Executive Committee vote on January 3.
George Lakoff on how Democrats help Trump: “Without knowing it, many Democrats, progressives and members of the news media help Donald Trump every day. The way they help him is simple: they spread his message.”
“Think about it: every time Trump issues a mean tweet or utters a shocking statement, millions of people begin to obsess over his words. Reporters make it the top headline. Cable TV panels talk about it for hours. Horrified Democrats and progressives share the stories online, making sure to repeat the nastiest statements in order to refute them. While this response is understandable, it works in favor of Trump.”
“When you repeat Trump, you help Trump. You do this by spreading his message wide and far.”