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General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., April 25, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 25, 2017 4 Comments

Back from its  latest vacation,  the General Assembly may, or may not, tackle the big issues before its next, and final break (Memorial Day) before the end of session.  I HAVE to think that we will see some revenue-generating initiatives from the D’s being considered.  I would love to see if the House, at least, could pass […]

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April 21, 2017 Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, National by on April 21, 2017 4 Comments

Another Shuttered Golf Course, More NIMBY.  I’ve been around so long that I know both sides’ arguments by heart. Wilmington Riverfront Part Deux?:  I’m pretty encouraged by this–as long as it doesn’t lead to further gentrification, which it could well do. Trump Stumps for Le Pen: I worry that he could be right. So Does […]

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April 20, 2017 Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, National by on April 20, 2017 14 Comments

Bill-o Gone-o: An In-Depth Analysis from the Atlantic.  BTW, kids, and think this through.  Isn’t replacing Sean Spicer with Bill O’Reilly the ultimate Trumpian move? I think it’s gonna happen. Whaddayathink? Carney’s Marijuana Forum.  Reading between the lines, I think Carney is doing this just for show.  Prove me wrong, John. Exxon Seeks Waiver for […]

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April 19, 2017 Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, National by on April 19, 2017 0 Comments

Has Anybody Here Seen Our Mighty Armada? Has Anybody Here Seen the Federal Prosecutor…ANY Federal Prosecutor? Dover City Elections: These are great bench building blocks.  Is the Kent County or State D Party Engaged? Shit Just Got Real. First DREAMer Deported.  Illegally, It Seems. Ivanka Dines With Chinese. Gets Trademark Deal:  Was the Emoluments Clause […]

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Whoa. Matt Denn and Son Zach Survive Falling Tree Hitting Their Moving Car

Filed in Delaware by on April 18, 2017 0 Comments

Doesn’t get much scarier than this: They were traveling on Brackenville Road in Hockessin in their family car when the tree fell over and totaled the vehicle. Neither were seriously injured, but Zach Denn was taken to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children for treatment. Wilmington has its gun problem. Hockessin has its tree problem. BTW, earlier […]

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April 18, 2017 Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 18, 2017 0 Comments

DuPont Pays Lawyers Instead of Its Victims Prison Guards Call Out Sick:  Doesn’t Carney have a Task Force working on this, or something? British PM Calls for Surprise Early Election: Don’t get too excited.  Labour’s got nothing. Bruce Langhorne, Who Created Memorable Riffs on Dylan’s ‘Bringing It All Back Home’, Dies: Gotta admit I’d never […]

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Yes, The Clinton Campaign Was Every Bit As Bad As You Thought It Was. Actually, Even WORSE

Filed in Featured, National by on April 18, 2017 42 Comments

What a recipe for political success.  Decide from the very beginning of your campaign that you will make no appeal to white voters. Then stick to your plan.  That was just one of the disastrous mistakes made by the Clinton campaign. 2016 was just like 2008 all over again, except with a candidate 8 years […]

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April 17, 2017 Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, National by on April 17, 2017 2 Comments

United Does It Again.  Boots Newlyweds off Half-Full Plane Trump Seeks and Receives Industry Advice on Gutting Environmental and Labor Protections Delaware Nursing Homes Turn Backs on Medicaid Recipients More Blatant Trump Fox Guarding Henhouse Appointees Liar. Liar, Hair on Fire: Hair Forensic Analysis Not All That “Nobody’s Got to Use the Internet”.

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What Would YOU Tell Gov. Carney at His Marijuana Symposium?

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 17, 2017 23 Comments

It looks at least possible that the Governor is willing to consider marijuana legalization.  Cynics might say that that’s b/c it’s just one more issue he hasn’t thought about.  Even if that’s true, though, it means he could be persuaded.  It’s  better than the ‘over my dead body’ line in the sand drawn by Jack […]

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Easter Sunday Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on April 16, 2017 0 Comments

DELDOT Suing DuPont, others, for bridge repair costs. Can’t ANYBODY at DNREC collect a fine from a serial polluter? Trump Fox Guarding Henhouse Part I Trump Fox Guarding Henhouse Part II Trump Fox Guarding Henhouse Part III Best. Gubernatorial. Veto. Ever.  

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I Dunno About Wilmo’s New Police Chief

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 15, 2017 8 Comments

Bob Tracy’s got a lot to prove. Possibly more than any large city in the country, Chicago’s police force has been singled out for excessive force, institutional racism, and corruption.  From this NYTimes article: “C.P.D.’s own data gives validity to the widely held belief the police have no regard for the sanctity of life when […]

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Mark Murphy Blames Teachers’ Union For His Failure to Totally Destroy Public Education in Delaware

Filed in Delaware, Education, Featured by on April 12, 2017 9 Comments

Whoa.  We all had a pretty good idea that Markell’s ‘torch’ wanted to burn public education in Delaware to the ground. Here, in this New York Magazine blog, Delaware’s former Secretary of Education verifies what we thought. All of this in his own words: Imagine if the teachers’ union was a gatekeeper for quality teaching: […]

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Could Be Curtains For O’Reilly

Filed in National by on April 11, 2017 3 Comments

Suddenly announces he’s going on vacation. Claims he’d been planning a vacation long before the NYTimes story was published. However, New York Magazine claims that his fate is very much in doubt: Embattled Fox News host Bill O’Reilly announced tonight that he is taking a vacation. O’Reilly’s decision to go off the air in the midst […]

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Early K-4 Results Promising…

Filed in National by on April 11, 2017 12 Comments

I mean, real promising.  At least in early voting and absentee voting, the D is not only outperforming the registration figures by huge margins, he is doing well enough to win the district if the day of election vote totals do only about 2/3rds as well. I know it’s early, but the early results are […]

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Anti-Gay Zealot Resurfaces in Trump Administration

Filed in Featured, National by on April 11, 2017 1 Comment

Pro Publica (you really should contribute since it’s journalism that makes a difference), posted this story about an anti-gay obsessive from the Bush years who shipped suspected gays out from his agency, and who has resurfaced as a Trump appointee: It was one of the uglier scandals of the Bush administration: Top officials at an […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., April 6, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 6, 2017 7 Comments

First, let me just say that what Colin Bonini and Dave Lawson did yesterday is perhaps the most disgusting display of bigotry I’ve ever seen in Dover.  Which, believe me, is saying something.  Two utterly despicable alleged human beings. (Deep cleansing breaths.) A truly-independent redistricting process is one significant step closer to enactment today. The […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: April 5, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 5, 2017 25 Comments

OK, kids, lube up those finger joints and start making some calls. Here’s the deal. HB 109 (Kowalko), which lowers the current tax rate by .05% for each bracket.and creates a new tax bracket at $125,000 with a rate of 7.05% and an additional bracket at $250,000 with a rate of 7.80%, will be considered […]

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Is Serial Sexual Predator Bill O’Reilly Going Down?

Filed in National by on April 4, 2017 8 Comments

Could be.  Following a NYTimes report that O’Reilly has paid out $13 mill (and counting) to settle sexual harassment claims, advertisers are bailing out of his show. En Masse: At least 15 companies have pulled advertising from Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” after revelations that several women have accused host Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment. Following […]

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General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., April 4, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 4, 2017 10 Comments

The vast suckitude of Gov. Carney’s budget proposal becomes more obvious every day. Slash direct education spending to the schools? Shared sacrifice? There is nothing ‘Democratic’ about this budget.  It also sucks in terms of strategy, if Carney was even to think in such terms.  Propose a bunch of weak shit, offer up the Coastal […]

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It’s Call Chris Coons Week

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on April 3, 2017 5 Comments

Delaware’s Senator Chris Coons could well hold the key to the success or failure of the filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.  He could determine whether the nominee of an illegitimate president will occupy the seat that was stolen from Merrick Garland by Rethuggery.  Coons, of course, is wavering. (“They call me the Waverer, […]

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: March 2017

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on April 1, 2017 0 Comments

After a third consecutive month of musical bounty, I think I’m getting better with age…at least when it comes to unearthing great music.  Dynamite tunes from artists both familiar and brand new to you and me: These guys played at the Arden Shady Grove Fest when they were 17.  Now, they’re opening for the Rolling […]

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NYTimes: Trump Officials Fed Nunes Intel That Nunes Fed Back to White House

Filed in National by on March 30, 2017 5 Comments

Jesus H. Christ: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/30/us/politics/devin-nunes-intelligence-reports.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news The takeaway: A pair of White House officials played a role in providing Representative Devin Nunes of California, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, with the intelligence reports that showed President Trump and his associates were incidentally swept up in foreign surveillance by American spy agencies. Several current American […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., March 30, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on March 30, 2017 2 Comments

Time stands still this afternoon at 2:30 as John Carney applies his monotone to his monochromatic budget address in the Senate Chamber. It must be said again: Carney’s lack of vision is shocking.  This is a bean counter’s proposal.  A percentage of this, a percentage of that.  No thought given to prioritizing what’s most important […]

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., March 28, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on March 28, 2017 8 Comments

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.  […]

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Why the Rethugs HAD to Push Obamacare Repeal First

Filed in National by on March 26, 2017 2 Comments

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 […]

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