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So, it turns out that the killing of the death penalty was not final. When the Delaware Supreme Court held that the statute was unconstitutional, it was like waving a red flag in front of a bull. Or, bull-headed legislators. Hence, the “Extreme Crimes Prevention Act”, which the News-Journal reports will be introduced next week. […]
Because the repeal would have yielded the big pot of money they needed to enact permanent tax cuts. Check out this must-read analysis from the Washington Post. Oh, and subscribe. At least to the Post and to the Times. We need great journalism now more than ever. Here are a couple of key excerpts: But […]
“Shared Sacrifice”. Does that phrase sound familiar? It is the phrase that Gov. Jack Markell used during the economic crisis of 2008 and beyond. It meant that all Delawareans would have to share in the pain in order lift Delaware out of the economic recession. It is the exact same phrase that Gov. Carney has […]
No wonder Trump’s mouthpieces are trying to minimize the role of Trump’s former campaign chair: https://www.apnews.com/122ae0b5848345faa88108a03de40c5a/Manafort According to the AP, Manafort was directly working as a lobbyist on behalf of Vladimir Putin as far back as 2005, which directly contradicts administration assertions that no campaign official had any direct contact with Russia: President Donald Trump’s […]
My self-imposed exile from the news shows having (temporarily?) ended, I watched a lot of coverage of the Trumpcare battle the last couple of days, and also read the reports in the papers. I can only reach one conclusion. If a vote is held on Thursday, Trumpcare is going down, and maybe going down YUGE. […]
Quite the productive legislative day. Perhaps the first one this year. The House passed Rep. Bentz’ access to TANF bill with only one no vote: Sussex County’s Rich Collins. Sean Matthews scored a two-fer with the passage of his bill to forestall dropping out of school (Briggs King and Yearick voted no, Spiegelman went not […]
16 tons of bullshit and whaddayaget? Another day older and $35.6 million deeper in debt. The budget hole is up to $386 mill and counting. Hey, I’ve got an idea. Why not do a property tax revision on Delaware properties owned by those who do not officially reside in Delaware? And, of course, propose two […]
So many questions.
Will John Carney propose a budget before or after his Endless Coffee Klatch Tour? It now extends into late April. The tour, that is.
What, if any, proposals will members of the General Assembly introduce to close the $350 million budget gap?
Will Jellyfish John permit Sen. Nicole Poore to singlehandedly end the term of Patrice Gilliam-Johnson as Secretary of Labor?
This race has the potential to be the most important Delaware race in at least 45 years. In 1972, upstart Joe Biden defeated incumbent US Senator J. Caleb Boggs in a year where the D’s suffered defeat after defeat (It was the Nixon defeats McGovern presidential landslide). It’s quite possible that the 2018 US Senatorial […]
Over the next few weeks and months, we’ll be examining every key 2018 race in depth. However, to get the juices flowing and to get the grassroots recruiting, today we’ll list every race that will be on the 2018 ballot. Uh, except for row offices, which really should be appointed rather than elected. If you […]
The Few. The Proud. The Disgraceful. Turns out that there’s an invitation-only all-male Facebook site called Marines United, 30,000-plus members, that posts nude and compromising pictures of female Marines with all kinds of comments, including invitations to rape: From the attached NY Times story: Now the Defense Department has opened a criminal investigation and the […]
Enjoyed coming home to spot the ongoing attempt to discredit my story. 24 hours and counting. So, I’m gonna do something I rarely do. I’m gonna admit that something I wrote might have been wrong. In fact, please allow me to share this ‘tip’ from a Troll Tipster: El Som, Your research and sources are […]
…on the current and should-be future Labor Secretary, Patrice Gilliam-Johnson. Who are Nicole and Tony? That would be Senator Nicole Poore and disgraced ex-Senator Tony DeLuca. Poore has a six-figure sinecure from Jobs For Delaware Graduates. And DeLuca has a sinecure from the Department of Labor as Director of Labor Law Enforcement. Neither are at […]
I don’t know if the music is just better so far this year or if I’m getting better at finding it, but I found a lot of great music this month. Lotsa diversity as well. Hope you like these tunes: For some reason, I just never got Father John Misty. Until now. This one […]
The scheme was so crazy that it might well have been dreamt up by a tiny group of cronies downing a few libations at Crabby Dick’s in Delaware City. In fact, it was. Two of those cronies being then-drinking buddies Nicole Poore (more on her appearing in DL very soon) and Valerie Longhurst, along with […]
1. Biggest Surprise: The turnout. While I haven’t gone back to check, there is no way that any previous Special Election turnout rivaled this one. There are 35,673 registered voters in SD 10. 12,580 cast ballots. That’s over 35% of eligible voters. This should cause real concern for R’s going forward. When mobilized, there are […]
With polls closing soon, we await the results and, of course, the discussion. We’ll update the results as they come in. If any of you are at polling places, feel free to share info with us. And, of course, let’s hear what everybody thinks.
It is being viewed as the first chance for voters to respond to Donald Trump at the ballot box since November. From the Huffington Post: A Special Special Election From the article: “Hansen’s campaign is benefitting from the outpouring of anger and activism that has erupted since the election of Donald Trump as president. Millions […]
That quote is being attributed to Retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward as his reason for turning down Donald Trump’s offer to head up the National Security Council. I mean, would YOU want to lead an agency where Steve Bannon (the mind still reels) is feeding intel to whoever he wants to? In fact, I think […]
Predictable: R Senators Demand Investigation into Blevins Hiring. Now, let me just say that Patti Blevins has indeed used and abused her power to feather her own nest. There’s no doubt about it. Head of Delaware Helpline? And now Director of Animal Control? If you go back even further you’ll find Girls Incorporated. So, yes, […]
Less than two weeks before the SD 10 Special Election, John Marino’s campaign has lost both its campaign manager and volunteer coordinator. Both quit the campaign, at least one of the two due to the extreme right-wing nature of Marino’s positions. Multiple sources have confirmed the departure of the two aides. Captain Obvious Says: “When […]
The Date: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, polls open from 7 am to 8 pm. The Stakes: Control of the Delaware State Senate. The Party Standard Bearers: John Marino (R); Stephanie Hansen (D); Joseph Lanzendorfer (L). The District: The 10th SD’s northern boundary takes in southern portions of Newark. The district runs south from there along […]
One of the poorest excuses for ‘journalism’ I’ve read in a long time. Made me want to ‘fwow’ up: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2017/02/03/after-month-blunt-rochester-finding-her-direction/97395588/ The guilty journalist is one Adam Duvernay. Who may well be auditioning for a role as her press secretary since this puff piece is a PR release if ever there was one. A couple of […]