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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 […]
For all you newbies out there (and welcome, it’s great to have so many people who have found us!), this might seem a little, shall we say, self-indulgent. Using this blog to post my favorite songs. Well, yes, yes it is. However: 1. Since junior high, I’ve been obsessed with wanting people to hear really […]
Do you all have your phones handy? Today would be a very good day to flood Sen. Chris Coons’ office with irate phone calls. Why? Here’s why: Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, a member of the Judiciary Committee told CNN he is still seething over the Republicans’ decision to block Judge Merrick Garland from filling the […]
A Guest Post from Alby Damned Welcome to the Protest Presidency of Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, proprietor. It’s becoming obvious, at the start of the second week of the Trump Interregnum, that it’s Steve Bannon with his hands on the marionette’s strings. Dozens of pundits, including Digby, have come to that conclusion: http://www.salon.com/2017/01/30/trumps-rasputin-seizes-the-moment-a-week-of-chaos-may-suit-steve-bannons-master-plan/ Trump’s Muslim […]
A Guest Post from Alby Damned If you’re collected indications that Trump is either different or incompetent, take your pick, here’s one that went mostly unnoticed: No Friday news dump. Then again, they’ve been dumping all week, so maybe it was time to rinse out the dumpsters. It’s almost impossible to keep up with the […]
For those of you younger than a certain age, you may never have heard of the Roches. I aim to correct that oversight. To me, they were a wonderful, though little-known, musical treasure despite critical acclaim. Which is understandable as they were sorta ‘anti-careerists’, but to me, they were, and remain, special. Three sisters who […]
Nemski’s already written about the big news. In a preview of things-to-come should the R’s take over the State Senate, the Rethugs banded together to block the nomination of Shawn Garvin, who appears to be a flaming moderate on the environment, to be DNREC Secretary. The R’s, including self-proclaimed moderate Cathy Cloutier, voted in lockstep […]
Some days, you, meaning I, start to write this and then realize that there’s next to ‘no there there’. Such was yesterday. For you completists, here is the Session Activity Report from last Thursday. For you marathon completists, here is yesterday’s Session Activity Report. Two bills passed unanimously in the House, including legislation requiring that […]
This is not good news for music lovers or for the revitalization of the City. WCL at the Queen will close its doors on May 25. The reason? They just couldn’t make a financial go of it.
While educators and politicians throughout the land are recoiling at the notion of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, Democrats created her. Or someone like her. The Democratic Party’s embrace of corporate education, corporate textbooks, corporate testing and corporate-sponsored ‘education reform’ is what led to this.
Wow. Just…wow. We must have had at least 50,000 people there. My wife really wanted to go, and I was more than happy to tag along. My wife and I got to Philly around 9 and to Logan Square around 9:15. I’ve never seen so many clever signs. Many of them employing the vulgarism that […]
The first set of John Carney’s nominees sailed through the Senate yesterday. Republicans could not contain themselves from raining effusive praise on these nominations. And why should they? It’s basically the same set of characters with whom they did business during the Markell years. Which, at first glance, is what the Carney Administration appears hell-bent […]
OK, kids, this gets a little tricky. Yesterday morning dawned with Jack Markell as Governor. Today, John Carney is Governor. There are only two weeks until the General Assembly breaks for budget hearings. Gov. Carney wants to have his cabinet in place by then. What to do? Well, last week President Pro-Tem David McBride announced […]
Yes, today I offer you a brief respite from all of those ‘Markell legacy’ pieces emanating from…the Markell Administration. Which ends today. No, not the self-serving legacy pieces. The Markell Administration. Maybe this means that state workers can take off their body armor. I certainly hope so. When you take a closer look at the […]
If memory serves, this is a far more modest proposal than in recent years. SB 10 provides for a 50 cent increase each year for the next four years, and then, post-2020, ties minimum wage increases to Social Security Cost-of-Living increases.
I really hit my TV stride with this one. ‘First’ at 5:30 pm. Mark Eichman and I talk about the General Assembly and, specifically, the budget deficit. I’m pretty sure I managed to diss the current and future governor and most of the members of the General Assembly. In other words, I was on target. […]
Here is the press release: Dover, DE – Governor Jack Markell today unveiled a balanced Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal that promotes increased job and educational opportunities for Delawareans, while maintaining fiscal responsibility that has repeatedly earned the state a AAA rating. The budget appropriates 98 percent of available revenues and sustains a fully funded […]
Exciting news! We have our First Agenda of the Year! There is one bill on it! The bill on this agenda pretty much defines everything you need to know about the General Assembly. It is a House Agenda. It is a House Bill. And, yes, the bill creates a new Special License Plate for veterans. […]