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Sarah McBride’s Book Among ‘Most Anticipated Of 2018′

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, Delaware, National by on January 31, 2018 5 Comments
Sarah McBride’s Book Among ‘Most Anticipated Of 2018′

The book is called ‘Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss And The Fight For Trans Equality”, and will be released on March 6.  Sarah’s book appears on this list, and is described by Paste Magazine as follows: Why You’ll Love It: Sarah McBride’s memoir is a must-read, offering encouragement while showing that the fight for equality […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 31, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on January 31, 2018 13 Comments

More garage rock…in Magnificent Mono!:

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El Somnambulo Brings The Zydeco For Mardi Gras Weekend!

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on January 30, 2018 2 Comments

That’s right. A hed like that can only mean one thing: Symphony Steve Tanzer is pushing yet another upcoming concert. But WAIT, don’t leave just yet.  After all, what better way to celebrate Mardi Gras Weekend than with the band that No Depression calls “the best zydeco in the land”? Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas, […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 30, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on January 30, 2018 1 Comment

Paste Magazine just did a piece on the greatest garage rock albums of all-time.  Garage rock bands really didn’t do albums.  Singles, baby. Like Little Steven’s Underground Garage. Like this:

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 29, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on January 29, 2018 6 Comments

Dedications, we do dedications. This rousing anthem goes out to RE Vanella from his not-so-secret admirer, Alby:  

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 28, 2018

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Mike Dinsmore gave me several songs from which to choose. Why did I choose this one?  I’ll let Mike explain: “Most inspirational song I’ve ever heard.  It inspired a relative to run for Congress many years ago.  Against Tom Carper, no less!”

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The Chris Johnson Announcement

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 27, 2018 11 Comments

OK, I’m psyched.  Chris Johnson represents a sea-change alternative in how he would function as the State’s Attorney General. His slogan, “Real Change, Real Justice”, is embodied in his platform. At today’s official kick-off, Johnson spoke passionately about ending the ‘mass incarceration’ that clogs our prison system. Prisoners who are disproportionately poor and minorities. He […]

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Chris Johnson Announces Candidacy For AG Today

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 27, 2018 0 Comments

Here is the press release: CHRIS JOHNSON WILL ANNOUNCE RUN FOR DELAWARE ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALSO INCLUDE CAREER ADVANCEMENT WORKSHOP  WHO: Attorney, community organizer, and reformer Chris Johnson. Johnson, who will leave his post as Deputy Legal Counsel for the Office of the Governor tomorrow, has also previously worked in the City of Wilmington […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 27, 2018

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One of Mike Dinsmore’s ‘Must-Includes':

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Deneice Berry To Run For 5th RD

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 27, 2018 5 Comments

Aka Melanie George Smith’s seat. Berry is but the first candidate to announce. There will be at least one more.  She is a first-time candidate, and frankly it shows in her announcement release: DENEICE BERRY ANNOUNCES CANIDACY FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 5 Combined with my career, education, community outreach, and activism will help move the […]

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Delaware Political Weekly: Jan. 19-25, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 26, 2018 22 Comments

1. Melanie George Smith To Retire. There is a reason why she announced her retirement when she did.  By the end of this weekend, we will all know why. Suffice it to say that her career was the product of legislative insiderism of the worst order. There was never a clamoring for her candidacy within […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 26, 2018

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Mike Dinsmore’s fave R & B song.  Sung by, IMHO, the greatest soul singer of them all:

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Delaware General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., Jan. 25, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 25, 2018 1 Comment

Last session day before the Joint Finance Committee meets. Meaning, today’s the day that Gov. Carney introduces his budget proposal, which then becomes the starting point for JFC deliberations. My expectations are low. Here is yesterday’s Session Activity Report.  Cerron Cade is the new Secretary Of Labor.  That’s about it. Little of interest on today’s […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 25, 2018

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Mike Dinsmore brings you a point-of-view you don’t often get in a song, but should:

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., Jan. 24, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 24, 2018 0 Comments

Yo, Kevin Hensley: 1972 called, and it wants its Cadillac-drivin’, steak-eatin’, Welfare Queen racist stereotype back.  Yo, Sen. Pettyjohn: Why don’t you wander over to Gerald ‘Loogy’ Hocker‘s store to see all the displays hawking empty calorie products? Maybe call him out on it. We all know that Rethuglicans peddle race as their primary political […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 24, 2018

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We briefly interrupt Mike Dinsmore Week to bring you a song that, I hope, Mike Dinsmore would embrace and endorse.  The South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela (‘Grazing In The Grass’) passed away yesterday.  Here, from Paul Simon’s Graceland tour, is Masakela calling to bring Nelson Mandela back home to the streets of Johannesburg. Political folk […]

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Jan. 23, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 23, 2018 3 Comments

If you’re looking for quality day-to-day coverage of the General Assembly, Matt Bittle of the Delaware State News is doing the best job in Delaware. What a revolutionary idea for a paper–have someone cover the legislature as a beat.  Get to know the issues and the people who populate Leg Hall. Report on what you […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 23, 2018

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  I’ve worked most my life at a prison nearby And I’ve raised two sons and a daughter I knew all along, as I watched them grow strong They had a need for adventure Nothing could quell the longing they felt From the back of our lonesome holler Still I hoped somehow, they could find […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 22, 2018

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Mike Dinsmore Week commences.  Listening to Mike’s choices, it’s clear that he favors folk music of a political bent.  A broad palette of such songs.  We head north to Quebec for a taste from ‘Quebec separatist and environmental hero’ Richard desJardins:

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 21, 2018

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A great band you never heard of: Coming next week: Mike Dinsmore gets his musical closeup!

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 20, 2018

Filed in National by on January 20, 2018 0 Comments

Needed a shot of adrenaline after an amazing show by Tinsley Ellis at the Arden Gild Hall last night.  Paging the Blasters:

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 19, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on January 19, 2018 1 Comment

This song just popped into my head and onto the intertubes:

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Delaware, Shell Corporations, Donald Trump’s Lawyer, And The Porn Star

Filed in Delaware by on January 18, 2018 8 Comments
Delaware, Shell Corporations, Donald Trump’s Lawyer, And The Porn Star

The Wall Street Journal reports tonight that Donald Trump’s lawyer established a Delaware LLC, ‘Essential Consultants’, for the specific purpose of paying off actress Stormy Daniels to keep her from talking about her alleged affair with Donald Trump, and hiding the transactions from the public.  The lawyer in question, Michael Cohen, reportedly chose the Delaware […]

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It’s Official. Bernard Brady To Retire

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 18, 2018 9 Comments

The finest public servant I’ve ever known is retiring after 39 years.  He has served as the Secretary Of The Senate for something like 30 of those years. He did the job even though he didn’t have the title before that. Anyone who knows Bernard knows that he is one of the kindest and most […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs. Jan. 18, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 18, 2018 25 Comments

Neither the House nor the Senate have agendas today.  At 2 p.m. , we’ll find out whether Gov. Carney has an agenda for this session and, if so, whether there’s any substance to it.  We know what he has to address–the disaster that is the state’s corrections system, the mess that is our state’s public […]

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