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Open Thread For June 26, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 26, 2017 24 Comments

Kushner, Trump, Russia, Loans, Deutsche Bank.  Emoluments. Not just for the President any more. Kushner got a $285 mill lifeline loan month before election.  So many conflicts-of-interest, so little time (to secure that credit line). Great reporting from WaPo. British PM Theresa May Cuts Deal With RWNJ Fringe Party To Stay In Office.  Homophobia and […]

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Open Thread For June 25, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 25, 2017 11 Comments

Joy Reid: Leave Nancy Pelosi Alone!  I agree with her. We’re gonna put that centrist asshole from Ohio in her spot? Hope not. The Business Of Compensating Victims:  Turns out it’s mostly a mom-and-pop operation. Interesting read from the NYTimes. Trumpcare Not Draconian Enough For the Koch Heads. When the history of our democracy’s demise […]

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Open Thread For June 24, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 24, 2017 19 Comments

Putin was Directly Involved In Electing Trump.  Simply one of the most important stories of this or any other year. Read it, even if it means subscribing. In fact, you should subscribe. As the Washington Post’s masthead reads, “Democracy Dies In Darkness”. But the Trump Administration Isn’t Concerned, Even If Intelligence Agencies Are.  It doesn’t help that […]

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Open Thread For June 23, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 23, 2017 12 Comments

Yes, Vote Totals May Well Have Been Altered Due To Russian Interference. Besides, it’s written by Charles Pierce, so it’s a great read. But, it’s an essential read. A rare excerpt: We are creeping ever closer to actual evidence that there was Russian ratfcking of the vote totals in the last election. Not long ago, […]

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Open Thread For June 22, 2017

Filed in National by on June 22, 2017 22 Comments

Could Abortion Language Deep-Six Trumpcare?  Only the Parliamentarian knows for sure. But, it’s quite possible. Yes, Trump Asked Key Intel Figures To Deny Collusion Charges.  Will it matter in an oligarchy? Pelosi Thrown Under Bus. Let me just state what I think should be obvious: Should Pelosi fall on her sword, the Rethugs will just […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., June 22, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 22, 2017 3 Comments

What a shock. Liquor store owners, beer distributors and the like flooded Legislative Hall yesterday to rail against tax hikes, specifically sin tax hikes.  As might be expected, the wavering quaverers, or are they quavering waverers, were ready to fold at the first hint of special interest anger. Led, of course, by Bryon Short: Rep. […]

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Open Thread For June 21, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 21, 2017 22 Comments

Delaware Correctional Officers To Finally Get Pay Raise:  Minner/Carney kicked the can down the road back in 2005, Markell punted the can as far as he could. Leading to an inevitable tragedy.  Might I point out that state employees have been treated with the same lack of regard as the correctional officers by disdainful governors? […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 21, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 21, 2017 16 Comments

Let’s talk Coastal Zone, shall we?  HB 190 (Osienski), The Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act, passed the House by a 34-7 vote.  There were several amendments adopted in the House, and I think they made the bill more palatable.  Here are the substantive amendments that were adopted. HA1, which adds reporting requirements from DEDO and […]

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., June 20, 2017

Filed in Delaware by on June 20, 2017 12 Comments

First some rare good news.  The committee that tracks Delaware’s revenue (DEFAC) has upped its prediction by $27 million.  Meaning that balancing the budget just got a little bit easier.  Of course, with a projected $400 million deficit, the General Assembly’s work is hardly complete. But every $27 mill helps. That might be the end […]

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Open Thread For June 20, 2017

Filed in National by on June 20, 2017 18 Comments

Has Mike Flynn Been Flipped?  Signs point to a strong maybe. How Rethugs Revealed Your Personal Info:  Data Mining and Russian Bots.  This is democracy? Dems Find Challenger For Sen. Dean Heller: Rep. Jackie Rosen, recruited by Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer. A Horrible Supreme Court Ruling. Government officials can’t be sued for abusive treatment.  […]

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Open Thread For June 19, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 19, 2017 28 Comments

Over 1100 Animals Adopted At Bellevue.  Best wishes to all the adopters and adopted.  What an incredible job by the Brandywine Valley SPCA.  There may not be a cooler event in Delaware all year. How Trump Used Digital Disinformation (And Russian Bots?) To Win the Election. It could all come tumbling down. Ever heard of […]

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Open Thread For June 18, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 18, 2017 6 Comments

Russia Does Trump A Solid. Renews expiring Trump trademarks. On Election Day. Meaning Trump has at least something to do with Russia. Civil Rights Commission Launches Probe Into Trump/Sessions Evisceration of Protections.  Who knew that naming an Alabama racist as Attorney General would lead to this? (Hey, if somebody wants to challenge me on this, […]

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Open Thread For June 17, 2017

Filed in Featured, National by on June 17, 2017 10 Comments

Rhode Island Teacher of the Year Has Photo Taken With Trump.  And what a photo it is.  You have to check this out. The Witch Hunt Is Due to Trump’s Deputy Attorney General.  Or so Trump says. He’s gonna try to get Rosenstein fired to get someone in there who will agree to fire Mueller.  […]

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Open Thread For June 16, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on June 16, 2017 14 Comments

D’s Give Delaware’s Wealthiest Another Break.  Yep, those who inherited obscene wealth will now be able to keep all of it in the (DuPont) family.  Although not on the Senate Agenda, both the corporate tax increase and repeal of the estate tax passed the Senate and heads to the Governor.  The Estate Tax repeal says […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., June 15, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 15, 2017 37 Comments

The D’s have unveiled their proposed income tax increases and, while it doesn’t go as far as I’d like, I see it as progress. The proposal would create a new top rate of 6.95% for those earning over $150,000 a year.  From the News-Journal article, here is how the current rates would be changed if […]

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Open Thread For June 15, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 15, 2017 1 Comment

Trump the Target of Obstruction of Justice Probe. They may not have been investigating him when he asked Comey. They are now. R’s Respond To Attacks By Calling For Looser Gun Laws.  No A-Ha moment for them. Highmark Seeks To Extort More From Delaware Consumers: I see that Karen’s proctologist is blabbing away in the […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 14, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 14, 2017 17 Comments
General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 14, 2017

The Day the Rethugs Showed Their Hand.  Cut wages for workers on construction projects. Throw more people off Medicaid.  Tighten the screws on the State budget.  Have you ever noticed that they always leave one essential point out of their narrative when it comes to ‘the good times (then)’  vs. ‘the bad times (now)’?  They […]

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Open Thread For June 14, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 14, 2017 23 Comments

Delaware Rethugs Hold Budget Hostage For Ideological Goals.  Right to Work For Less, Medicaid Cuts, the usual. But no tax increases on the wealthy. ‘I Don’t Remember, I Can’t Recall, I’ve Got No Memory Of Anything At All’.  Sessions goes all Alzheimer’s before the Senate Intelligence Committee. It’s like Reagan on Iran-Contra. Trump Business Selling […]

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show for Tues., June 13, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 13, 2017 20 Comments

From the platform of the Delaware Democratic Party: Wages: No one who works full time should have to struggle to provide for their family. Delaware Democrats support our state’s working families and strongly believe in a $15 minimum wage, paid sick leave, and short-term disability insurance. Today’s Senate Agenda features  SB 10 (Marshall), which would […]

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Open Thread For June 13, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on June 13, 2017 9 Comments

Scumbag Trump Friend Resigns Once Business Scam Is Exposed.  He’ll still, of course, reap millions by cashing out.  Guess who his business exploited? Trump/Kushner tactics everywhere. Dog Bites Man. Trump Won’t Testify To Congress Under Oath.  His decision is absolutely 100% final. McConnell Pushing Stealth Obamacare Repeal.  When the history of this country is recounted […]

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Open Thread For June 12, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 12, 2017 6 Comments

Maryland, DC AG’s To Sue Trump For Violation of Emoluments Clause.  About bleeping time. Everything he does is to benefit his businesses. Trump Give Priebus Until July 4 To Clean Up White House.  Absent a new President, that ain’t happenin’. How Police Are Helping Battle the Opioid Crisis.  Delaware is taking steps in the right […]

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Open Thread For June 11, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 11, 2017 3 Comments

Erik Raser-Schramm To Head State D’s: Nobody has Erik’s campaign chops, especially when it comes to grassroots mobilization. While the article focused on his work w/Stephanie Hansen, I still view his success in leading the House D’s out of the basement and into the majority as his singular achievement.  Nobody asked me, but if I […]

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Open Thread For June 10, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 10, 2017 2 Comments

Middletown’s Delaware Sports Complex Mired in Bankruptcy Proceedings:  They got the land for $1 a year from Middletown. Still couldn’t make a go of it. The State of Transgender Students in Delaware.  It varies, but could use more guidance from the state.  Especially in Sussex County, where the majority of the state’s assholes reside. Not […]

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Open Thread For June 9, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 9, 2017 7 Comments

PM May’s Roll of the Dice Comes Up Snake Eyes. She’s still likely to be able to form a minority government with support from a Northern Ireland party though. But the election weakened her instead of making her Brexit initiative easier to accomplish. House Rethugs Vote To Gut Dodd-Frank.  Not even the bankers think it’s […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., June 8 2017

Filed in Delaware by on June 8, 2017 33 Comments

After some 45 years as accepted law and practice in Delaware, the Delaware Coastal Zone Act appears to be on the fast track to being compromised as this bill cleared its House Committee yesterday.  I think it’s disgraceful that the cynics in and around the General Assembly are trying to push this bill through before […]

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