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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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Open Thread For June 8, 2017

Filed in National by on June 8, 2017 7 Comments

Rethugs Rope-A-Dope D’s On Obamacare Repeal:  The Senate is gonna pass a bill while everybody’s focused on Russia. Keep in mind that the Republican Party is now a criminal enterprise largely controlled by the Koch Brothers.  Then ask yourself, “Why wouldn’t they pass such a bill?”  They will. Russian Hookers?  Like, what’s that all about? […]

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Open Thread For June 7, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 7, 2017 6 Comments

Trump Nominates Christopher Wray as FBI Director.  Timing purely coincidental, of course.  BTW, Chris Christie was Wray’s biggest cheerleader for the post. Why Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Found No Protesters in Saudi Arabia.  If you guessed that protesters face execution for protesting, you’d be correct.  Ross liked the fact that there were no protesters. John […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 7, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 7, 2017 7 Comments

A woman’s reproductive rights will be protected in Delaware, regardless of what the US Supreme Court does.  The House (barely) passed SS1/SB5 (Townsend), which protects those rights.  The vote was 22Y, 16N, 3A. Not a single R voted for the bill. Not one. Maybe Deborah Hudson would have, but she was absent.  2 D’s voted […]

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General Assembly Pre-Game Show For Tues., June 6, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 6, 2017 16 Comments

Let’s try to figure out what’s going on with this shutdown of JFC.  Whether or not the Joint Finance Committee intended it as such, I think the result was the Kabuki Theatre we now see.  By announcing these draconian cuts, JFC wittingly or unwittingly created the firestorm of public outcry that resulted.  Which led to […]

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Open Thread For June 6, 2017

Filed in Featured, National, Open Thread by on June 6, 2017 15 Comments

NSA Director Rogers Might Drop a Bomb During Wednesday Testimony:  Might not have to wait for Comey on Thursday. Trump Complains That Dems Refuse To Confirm Nominees He, Uh, Hasn’t Nominated Yet. Part 1: Defense appointees. Trump Complains That Dems Refuse To Confirm Nominees He, Uh, Hasn’t Nominated Yet. Part 2: Diplomacy and everything else.  […]

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Open Thread For June 5, 2017

Filed in Featured, National by on June 5, 2017 12 Comments

That Russian Bank Is ‘Not A Bank’: It’s a government agency.  No wonder Trump was in such a hurry to lift sanctions. Kushner might just have needed their money.  It was always about the money. Must-read story of the day. Trump’s Gonna Trump.  Tweets shade at London’s Mayor. Arab Alliance In Crisis: The sword dance […]

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Open Thread For June 4, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 4, 2017 7 Comments

How Climate Change Deniers Won Over the Rethugs:  Start with Citizens United and the Koch Brothers and move on from there. Fake facts abound. Great piece in the NY Times. The Tax-Exempt ‘Charities’ That Promote Propaganda and Fueled Trump: The REAL fake facts, often funded by the taxpayers. Goldman Sachs D Targeted in New Jersey […]

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Open Thread For June 3, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on June 3, 2017 9 Comments

Prisons Report Consigned to the Friday News Dump.  Bottom line: Yeah, the prisons suck, we know why, but we’ve got that $400 K deficit. You can go back to sleep now, John.  I smell lawsuits. But, John, you might want to look at the recommendations from 2005 that were never implemented.  That was during your […]

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Open Thread For June 2, 2017

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

Trump Cites Fake Facts To Justify Exit From Paris Accords.  What R will stand up to this nut? How To Fight Climate Change W/O Trump?   Wonder if Trump will try to shut down this gambit. Leadership w/o the putative leader. ‘Patriotic Hacking’:  Putin knows that he’s been caught. Time to put some distance between him […]

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: May, 2017

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on June 1, 2017 4 Comments

A really good month!:  This one features the great Mavis Staples: Featuring the great Curtis Mayfield, one of my heroes: We close with Jason Isbell, who may be our most empathetic singer-songwriter today. This one gives me the chills:  

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Mo’ Better Dems: Everybody Into the Primary Pool…RD 1

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 1, 2017 31 Comments

The incumbent: Charles Potter. District Registration:  12,665 D; 1,444 R; 2,626 I.  Those are not misprints. OK, why should Charles Potter be primaried? First, he and his family have fed at the public trough for far too long. And, yes, by ‘family’ I also include disgraced ex-Mayor Dennis P. Williams, who is Potter’s cousin. The […]

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Open Thread For June 1, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on June 1, 2017 16 Comments

Legislative Cowards Surface to Stop JFC Cuts.  Politics uber alles.  Too many constituents are being hurt, say ‘leaders’ McBride and Schwartzkopf. So they’re ‘stopping’ the JFC process to see what can be done. We, of course, know what can be done:  Raise taxes on Delaware’s wealthiest, which of course was a non-starter in Pete’s House.  […]

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Open Thread For May 31, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on May 31, 2017 5 Comments

No, The Grownups Won’t Save Us Or Trump.  It’s Dubya deja vu all over again. Sussex County Population Grows As Retirees Storm the Beaches.  More ‘takers’ than ‘givers’ in that group.  And we won’t even means-test that senior citizen discount. Aide to BHL Charged With DUI. He’s also a Dover councilman. Says he’s gonna fight […]

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Most Dismal Legislative Session Ever?

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 31, 2017 44 Comments

By ‘ever’, I mean since 1983, when I first started working for the General Assembly.  I’ve either worked for, or followed what’s going on in Dover ever since. My answer to my question is: Yes, I think so. Go ahead. Pick a highlight. Eliminating the Estate Tax? Bringing back the death penalty? Finding ways to […]

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Open Thread For May 30, 2017

Filed in Featured, National, Open Thread by on May 30, 2017 3 Comments

White House Cans Communications Director:  Hey, I didn’t even know this guy was the Communications Director. Noriega Dies:  He was always a brutal despot.  He was also George HW Bush’s useful ally–until he wasn’t. Press Literally Under Attack: Bullets fired at the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader’s offices.  This is what Trump and his minions seek to […]

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Open Thread For May 29, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on May 29, 2017 14 Comments
Open Thread For May 29, 2017

WSJ Tries To Peddle False Equivalency On Kushner’s Back Channel. Joy Reid Blows It Up.  The false equivalency was ‘Obama did it too’.  Except he didn’t.  This, however, will be a phony Rethug talking point going forward. First Kushner Apologist Steps Up. DHS Secretary. His job’s secure for now.  We’ll see the drumbeat this week.  […]

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Open Thread For May 28, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on May 28, 2017 5 Comments

What Happens When You Keep Cutting Education Funds.  Yes, it’s Oklahoma.  But when you blindly cut funds, it leads to this. Are you paying attention, Jellyfish John? Using a formula to cut spending is not a policy, it’s a formula. Same Holds True For Colleges.  A deliberate attempt to put an end to upward mobility? […]

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Open Thread For May 27, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on May 27, 2017 7 Comments

Kushner Sought Illegal Back-Channel w/Russia…To Avoid Detection From US Intelligence:  Graham and McCain express ‘concern’ in 3-2-1. Then do nothing.  The Rethugs are a criminal enterprise. Second only to Trump and his minions. Neither Delaware Nor Feds Inspect Freight Rails: More fuel shipments by rail? What could possibly go wrong? ‘Psst, Wanna See John Glenn’s […]

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Open Thread For May 26, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on May 26, 2017 1 Comment

‘Bad, Very Bad, German Cars’. He’s not talking the Volkswagen scandal, he’s PO’d that Germany successfully sells cars here. Oh, and they have a trade surplus. Must be their fault. Guy’s not just deranged, he’s a fucking idiot. Real Rethug-Russian Collusion In the Election.  Oh, and there’s that name again: Roger Stone. “What A Dump”.  […]

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Open Thread For May 25, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on May 25, 2017 23 Comments

111 D House Members Co-Sponsor ‘Medicare For All’.  AKA ‘Single Payer.  None of the co-sponsors are named Lisa Blunt Rochester.  She looks more and more like a mere Carperbot.  But, you know, she’s a ‘Woman of Color’. The color is yellow. James Comey–Unwitting Dupe?:  Whether he wants it or not, Comey has changed history and […]

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Open Thread for May 24, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on May 24, 2017 9 Comments
Open Thread for May 24, 2017

HSBC Cuts 450 Delaware Jobs. Jellyfish John caught unawares. Did someone wake him up from a nap to tell him? Rogue Presidency Seeks to Avoid Ethics Requirements. Ethics Office Strikes Back.  Oh, those inconvenient civil servants. NCC Council Rejects Sewer Rate Increases and More Cops. The last thing we need is more cops. So, good […]

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Open Thread for May 23, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on May 23, 2017 37 Comments

He’s Toast. Seriously.  He’s gone to every investigative agency and asked them to put the kibosh on the Russian investigation.  He won’t be President by Dec. 31, 2017. JFC Cuts Senior Property Subsidy To Seniors:  Cutting this subsidy and eliminating the Estate Tax were both proposals pushed by Markell’s Chamber-dominated working group. Give a tax […]

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Open Thread For May 22, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on May 22, 2017 22 Comments

Uh, Doesn’t This Rub Up Against the Emoluments Clause?:  Saudis ‘donate’ $100 mill to Ivanka’s pet cause. After getting favorable weaponry deal. Trump Pushes $800 Billion In Medicaid Cuts to Pay For Tax Cuts  For the Wealthy: Not a bad transfer of wealth. For an oligarch. Poetic Justice. Big-Game Killer Dies When Elephant Collapses On […]

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