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R. I. P. Stanley ‘Buckwheat Zydeco’ Dural

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on September 24, 2016 1 Comment
R. I. P. Stanley ‘Buckwheat Zydeco’ Dural

One of America’s greatest musical ambassadors has died.  Stanley Dural, who helped propel zydeco into the public consciousness, has passed at the age of 68.  He once told me that his goal was to pass this great Creole music (do not call it ‘Cajun’) down from generation to generation.  And, with his family-friendly shows, he, along with his band known collectively as Buckwheat Zydeco, accomplished just that.

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What Are You Seeing/Hearing This Election Day?

Filed in Delaware by on September 13, 2016 49 Comments
What Are You Seeing/Hearing This Election Day?

I’ll start. Was putting up a Townsend sign at my polling place and saw that Karen Hartley-Nagle had signs reading ‘This sign replaces one stolen sign’.  Professionally-made signs, too.  She’s running on allegedly stolen signs. Over 200, she says. We know of one.  It’s a setup, but a cynically effective one, IMHO.

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The Delaware Voters’ Guide

Filed in Delaware by on September 10, 2016 31 Comments

From the News-Journal: http://data.delawareonline.com/webapps/Voters_Guide/ A couple of things I found interesting.  Contrast Don Peterson’s responses with the non-responses of Pete Schwartzkopf. Arrogance personified. While Carney’s responses weren’t too bad on some issues, his citing of the ‘bipartisan’ report on economic reform is disingenuous.  He knows damn well that what that means is that D’s are […]

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Cassandra & El Somnambulo Predict ‘Em (Almost) All For You

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on September 8, 2016 63 Comments
Cassandra & El Somnambulo Predict ‘Em (Almost) All For You

Our Prediction Percentage could well be down from recent years, especially with close races at the top of the ballot. Cassandra has written the City of Wilmington predictions, El Somnambulo the rest.  Clip & save (or destroy, if we hit the electoral iceberg)…. Come inside!

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Delaware United Rocks!

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on September 5, 2016 10 Comments
Delaware United Rocks!

Remember how the supporters of Howard Dean applied their grassroots skills to great effect after Dean’s candidacy faded?  In Delaware, many of these supporters became part of the Delaware grassroots and remain progressive stalwarts to this day.

Bernie Sanders supporters have taken the same approach in Delaware, and are working very hard on at least three campaigns near and dear to Delaware Liberal:  Bryan Townsend for Congress, Eugene Young for Mayor, and Matt Meyer for NCC Executive.

Those supporters have joined together to create Delaware United, and they are awesome! Here’s how they describe themselves:

We are a proactive group of Delaware voters from various backgrounds, all united to change the course of Delaware local politics.

They’re also real cool.  They’re hard-working volunteers, but they’re also lots of fun.  Reminds me of what I love the most about grassroots politics.

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: August, 2016

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on September 1, 2016 8 Comments

Frank Ocean’s adventurous ‘NIKEs’ would have appeared here, but…Apple Music. ‘Nuff said. You say you like the Beach Boys? Here’s some great non-Beach Boys Beach Boys: Love this lounge lizard persona: Let’s go out the way we came–an end of summer elegy by the Next Best Thing to the Beach Boys–and we don’t even have […]

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‘Bulo To Appear On WHYY-TV

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, Delaware by on August 31, 2016 4 Comments
‘Bulo To Appear On WHYY-TV

Yes, I’m trying a new medium.  Or, to be accurate, they’re trying me. I sure know how to secure non-monetized gigs.  Even went out and bought two shirts and two ties and, for the first time ever, had my shirts TAILORED. In order, of course, to highlight my 42-inch biceps.  Sorry, ladies, I’m taken.

We taped a segment on the Lieutenant Governor’s race. About seven minutes long, although who knows how much usable tape they’ll be able to  salvage.  It will first appear this Friday at 5:30 p.m. on WHYY TV, and will then also be shown over the weekend.  In addition, you will be able to find it at whyy.org. once it airs.  And who knows, maybe we’ll even post it here.

Gotta say it was a fun segment.  They took away my cheat sheet so I had to do it all from memory,  but I generally survived and actually enjoyed it. Even threw in a few laugh lines.  They can take me off the radio, but they can’t take the radio out of me.

BTW, no makeup. You can’t improve on perfection.

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DL Endorsements for the General Assembly

Filed in Delaware by on August 29, 2016 119 Comments
DL Endorsements for the General Assembly

We have a few primaries in races for the General Assembly that we, as liberals and progressives, would like to weigh in on. We have an open seat in the 9th Senatorial District, a challenger to Speaker Schwartzkopf in the 14th Representative District, and a rematch between current Representative Sean Matthews and former Representative Dennis Williams in the 10th Representative District.

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DL Endorsement for U. S. Congress

Filed in Delaware by on August 23, 2016 81 Comments
DL Endorsement for U. S. Congress

Progressives have been waiting forever to have one of their own represent Delaware in Congress. The last time a liberal voice represented Delaware in the U.S. House of Representatives was in 1966, when then-Representative Harris McDowell (the state senator’s dad) lost to Bill Roth. For the first time in 50 years, we now have the chance to elect a proven progressive and exceedingly effective legislator to Congress. A person with both intellect and heart. That person is Bryan Townsend.

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Political Primal Scream Therapy

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on August 19, 2016 6 Comments
Political Primal Scream Therapy

I don’t know why I didn’t think of this earlier. While we may not have a Christine O’Donnell in 2016, I can’t recall a year when there have been so many Stoopid Candidate Tricks.  Or at least the kind of stories that make me want to scream. Two such stories surfaced this morning in the News-Journal. Scream along with me.

First, we have another example of Mayor Dennis Williams’ solid personnel judgment.  Second, we have a DUI in Sussex politics again.

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Breaking: Delaware AG Matt Denn Will Not Appeal Death Penalty Ruling

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on August 15, 2016 10 Comments
Breaking: Delaware AG Matt Denn Will Not Appeal Death Penalty Ruling

Just got this press release from the AG’s office:

Attorney General Will Not Appeal To U.S. Supreme Court On Death PenaltyDelaware DOJ Will Argue State Court Decision Is Not Retroactive

After carefully reviewing the Delaware Supreme Court’s opinion regarding the constitutionality of Delaware’s current death penalty statute, the Attorney General has decided not to appeal the decision to the United States Supreme Court.  He has concluded that even if the United States Supreme Court reversed the opinion on Federal Constitutional grounds, that the Delaware Supreme Court would ultimately invalidate Delaware’s current death penalty statute based on the Constitution of the State of Delaware.  The Delaware Supreme Court has repeatedly stated that the Delaware Constitution provides rights to a jury trial that are independent of and in some instances more expansive than those provided by the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution.  Litigating and appealing these issues – a process that would likely take years before issues of both federal and state constitutional law were resolved — would likely not only bring about the same result, but would also deny the families of victims sentencing finality.

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Lisa Blunt Rochester Tries to Trick Voters into Contributing to Her Campaign.

Filed in Delaware by on August 9, 2016 4 Comments
Lisa Blunt Rochester Tries to Trick Voters into Contributing to Her Campaign.

So. Lisa Blunt Rochester sends out the following e-mail:   Friends, This week we celebrate the 51st anniversary of the Voting Rights Act being signed into law. It is a piece of legislation that guarantees all Americans—no matter their race—the right to vote. For the first time in half a century, we are facing an […]

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WDEL’s Amy Cherry Exposes Corruption in County Farmland Deal

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on August 3, 2016 58 Comments
WDEL’s Amy Cherry Exposes Corruption in County Farmland Deal

By far the best journalism being committed in Delaware today is being done by WDEL’s Amy Cherry. She has effectively chronicled the stink of corruption permeating the proposed farmland deal between the Gordon Administration and a couple of well-connected farmers.  Here are the links. Go ahead and read/listen to them. I’ll wait.

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: July 2016

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on August 2, 2016 0 Comments
‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: July 2016

Only six songs, with a Very Special Bonus Track (actually two bonus tracks, if you pay attention), this month. Quality over quantity.

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SevOne to Delaware: “Thanks, Suckers!”

Filed in Delaware by on August 1, 2016 40 Comments
SevOne to Delaware: “Thanks, Suckers!”

Perhaps Jack Markell’s favorite poster child for economic development has given Delaware the finger. SevOne is conducting a series of ‘brutal layoffs.’  And, of course, the Delaware Economic Development Office doesn’t know how much money the state won’t get back. Here’s the (no) money quote from the News Journal story:

“They are laying off so many people I had to wait [hours] to get my severance,” the worker said. “It’s like standing in a line for a guillotine.”

It’s not clear where Delaware will stand in this line.  Here’s what we know….

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Biden: D’s Have Stopped Talking to White Working Class Voters.

Filed in National by on July 27, 2016 22 Comments
Biden: D’s Have Stopped Talking to White Working Class Voters.

I agree. If you’re a white working class voter and you’re watching this convention, you don’t even see yourself there. Much like that virtually no minorities were seen at the Republican National Convention.  This had better change or else.

Looks like Scranton Joe to the rescue.

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BREAKING: Former NCC Councilman Chris Roberts Commits Suicide

Filed in Delaware by on July 26, 2016 8 Comments
BREAKING: Former NCC Councilman Chris Roberts Commits Suicide

This just came across the WDEL Newswire.

“Sources told WDEL that Roberts took his own life at his home on his family farm, the Roberts Farm, near Odessa, which was preserved by private non-profits in 2015.

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It Looks Like Kaine.

Filed in Featured, National by on July 22, 2016 136 Comments
It Looks Like Kaine.

According to the NY Times, Hillary Clinton is expected to name US Senator from Virginia Tim Kaine as her Vice Presidential nominee. Of all the candidates under consideration, with the possible exception of the General, she appears to have chosen the nominee with the least progressive record. Pro-TPP, pro-bank deregulation, squishy on women’s rights.

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Oopsies!

Filed in Delaware by on July 12, 2016 14 Comments

Don’t you just hate it when you’re a Democratic candidate for US Congress from Delaware, and something like this happens?:

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Delaware Political Weekly: Filing Deadline Countdown Edition

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on July 11, 2016 61 Comments
Delaware Political Weekly: Filing Deadline Countdown Edition

The filing deadline is this Tuesday, July 12 at 12 noon. After Tuesday, parties may file candidates, but individuals cannot file on their own separate from the party.  The deadline for withdrawing one’s candidacy and getting one’s filing fee returned is this Friday, July 15 at 4:30 pm.  Friday is also the deadline for candidates to switch from one race to another.  I’ll likely be out campaigning for the candidate of my choice (Bryan Townsend) at the Tuesday deadline, so please keep us posted on any last minute developments.

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BREAKING: Clinton (Likely) Skates Over E-mail Issue.

Filed in National by on July 5, 2016 66 Comments

I just watched FBI Director James Comey provide excruciating detail over how the FBI conducted the FBI investigation into SOS Clinton’s e-mails,  the findings of the investigation, and what the FBI concluded. The Bottom Line: While the Secretary of State was ‘extremely careless’ in her use of e-mail, and while some of the e-mails that […]

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: June 2016

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on July 1, 2016 3 Comments

An extraordinarily diverse and rich mixture of compelling music this month.  Something for (almost) everybody. Yes, you have to click on the link immediately below for the first one. It’s worth it, trust me. Astral Weeks meets Haiti: http://www.vuhaus.com/videos/lakou-mizik-wa-di-yo-world-cafe-version   This one will be in my year-end Top 10 for sure: I took my first […]

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Delaware General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., June 30, 2016

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 30, 2016 38 Comments
Delaware General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., June 30, 2016

It looks like the General Assembly has scrounged up enough money for the Bond Bill by finding figurative money under the seat cushions. Complete, of course, with dire warnings from Chamber worry trolls:

“It tells me that they are clearly focused on short-term remedies for something that is a long-term problem,” said Robert Perkins, executive director of the Business Roundtable and a former aide to Republican Govs. Pete du Pont and Mike Castle. “This is the equivalent of looking under the cushions of your sofa to find loose change to pay your electric bill.”

The Roundtable, which represents various Delaware business owners, released a study late last year that called for legislators to find more stable sources of revenue and stop the continually growing cost of things like education, Medicaid, and employee health care costs.

“If people did not recognize last August when we released that study that there was a structural problem then, they must now,” Perkins said. “Cobbling together a state budget, which has many, many important programs that must be funded, is not a practice that is sustainable in the long-term.”

You remember that ‘study’, don’t you? Paid for by the Business Roundtable to provide pro-business talking points. Cut corporate taxes, do away with the estate tax, raise taxes on seniors.  That’s the one.  No mention of raising taxes for Delaware’s wealthiest.  And not a peep from the General Assembly this year.

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Delaware General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 29, 2016

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 29, 2016 11 Comments
Delaware General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 29, 2016

Colin Bonini had company this year. The Annual Operating Budget passed the Senate, but only by a 15-6 vote.  All the nos were from R’s with only Cloutier, Lawson and Lopez voting for the budget.  An amendment failed that would have removed a $290,000 to the Center for Energy & Environmental Policy. The center is run by McDowell ally Dr. John Byrne. The amendment predictably failed on a straight party vote, 9 yes, 12 no.  I may have time to slog through the Epilogue Language which, as longtime legislative observers know, is often where special favors for legislators and their pet projects are buried.  However, today is not that day.

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., June 28, 2016.

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 28, 2016 1 Comment
Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., June 28, 2016.

Final three days for this General Assembly. Here’s what HAS to happen: Pass Budget Bill, Pass Bond Bill, Pass Grant-In-Aid Bill. (Actually, they don’t have to pass a grant-in-aid bill, but who wants to tell the local volunteer fire companies and senior centers that they didn’t pass the bill?)

The budget is a done deal. The bill has been introduced and has been laid on the table, aka DeLuca’d, in the Senate. It can be lifted any time via a motion. I expect the bill to reach the Governor’s desk before Thursday. The final DEFAC numbers are causing some issues with the Bond and Grant-In-Aid bills, but nothing that some kick-the-can-down-the-road fiscal legerdemain can’t solve.

Before we examine today’s agendas, let’s look at a last-minute bill that made me go ‘Hmmm’.

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