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Carney Poll Numbers Tank on Stumbling, Bumbling Start

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Carney Poll Numbers Tank on Stumbling, Bumbling Start

There is time for Carney to redeem himself, but he’d have to do something that seems like an anathema to him – be a Democrat.

Yet herein will I imitate the sun,
Who doth permit the base contagious clouds
To smother up his beauty from the world,
That, when he please again to be himself,
Being wanted, he may be more wonder’d at,
By breaking through the foul and ugly mists
Of vapours that did seem to strangle him.

The poll numbers via Allan Loudell:

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McConnell’s new case to GOP Moderates for Medicaid Cuts – “Don’t worry a smarter future Congress will undo it.”

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McConnell’s new case to GOP Moderates for Medicaid Cuts – “Don’t worry a smarter future Congress will undo it.”

This is nuts. MCConnell tells moderates that a future (smarter) President will not sign off on Medicaid cuts and a future (smarter) Congress will not let them pass. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) learned from TPM last week that Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was telling moderate Republican senators in closed-door meetings that a future Congress […]

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Carper and Coons still stone cold locks – but a little less so

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Carper and Coons still stone cold locks – but a little less so

Cassandra at BlueDelaware noticed this survey and showing that Coons and Carper are less popular today that they were yesterday. The survey company reported 58 percent of Delaware voters approve of Sen. Tom Carper and 52 percent approve of Sen. Chris Coons. Both are Democrats. Those numbers are down from September of last year, when […]

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Senate Version of Trumpcare Leaked – Contains Ted Cruz’ “operation clusterfuck” amendment

Filed in National by on July 13, 2017 12 Comments
Senate Version of Trumpcare Leaked – Contains Ted Cruz’ “operation clusterfuck” amendment

Vox has this summary document provided by a lobbyist: The Senate Republicans’ revised health care bill will keep Obamacare’s taxes on high-income Americans in place and allow the sales of bare-bones health insurance plans that wouldn’t pass muster under the Affordable Care Act, according to a summary of the bill obtained by Vox. The bill […]

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Coons gets FBI Wray on the Record – Investigation Not a Witch Hunt

Filed in National by on July 13, 2017 5 Comments

WDEL’s Amy Cherry covered Coons questioning of FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray.

Coons, opened by stressing the unique circumstances of the appointment:

“Let us not forget why we’re having this hearing–your predecessor James Comey was not even at the half-way point of his 10-year term as FBI director when President Trump abruptly fired him without cause and without warning…so now more than ever, I believe it to be crucial that our next FBI director be prepared to be steadfastly independent,” said Coons.

It sounds like Coons did a fair job. He got Wray on record stating that the investigations into Russian interference in the election is not a “witch hunt” contrary to the views of President Dumbfuck. Read more at WDEL.

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Donald Trump, Christian?

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Donald Trump, Christian?

If you are a Republican, you can like Trump. You are dumb, but I get it.

You can’t, however, go around thinking that he is a Christian. Not unless you are the dumbest dumbfuck in all of Christendom.

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Abortions up in Texas as Planned Parenthood Defunded

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Abortions up in Texas as Planned Parenthood Defunded

Who could have predicted it? Actually, everyone except Republicans. The truth is, they are not concerned with the number abortions. They are concerned with punishing women for having sex. If anyone happens to know a so-called “pro-life” Republican who supports sex education and family planning, let me know. I’d like to shake that unicorn’s hand.

NEW YORK ― Republicans are trying to find a way to defund Planned Parenthood as part of an overall effort to limit abortion in America. But doing so had the opposite effect in Texas, according to a new study based on research from Texas A&M University.

The study, conducted by economics professor Analisa Packham (now at Miami University), shows that in the first three years after Texas Republicans slashed the family planning budget in 2011 and shut down more than 80 women’s health clinics, the abortion rate among teenagers in the state rose 3 percent over what it would have been had the clinics remained open. After cutting Planned Parenthood out of the state’s subsidized women’s health program, then-Gov. Rick Perry (R) said his “goal” was to “ensure abortions are as rare as possible under existing law.” But the move actually interfered with an overall downward trend in abortions in Texas.

“This certainly isn’t the way to have fewer abortions,” said Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper, an OB-GYN in Maryland and an advocate with Physicians for Reproductive Health. “The abortion rates nationally have decreased and are at a historic low. So for Texans to see an increase in adolescent abortions is really telling ― it seemed to have followed the national trend until these clinics were defunded.”

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Senate Trumpcare May Preserve ACA Taxes

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Senate Trumpcare May Preserve ACA Taxes

Because the whole point of Trumpcare is to give a huge tax break to millionaires and billionaires, this seems highly unlikely.

Nevertheless, it is a start. If McConnell’s Senate somehow comes up with a program that 1) retains the ACA tax structure, 2) continues to ensure preexisting conditions are covered in a real way, and 3) doesn’t cut or privatize medicare or medicaid – they might just get some Dems on board.

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Trump sent this G20 tweet

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Trump sent this G20 tweet

‘Make America great again’ – The Song.

Just listen to it as pictures of Trump greeting Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau, Narendra Modi and other world leaders fly past in a flurry of cross dissolves and zooms

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Proof? I’m Still an Impeachment Skeptic

Filed in National by on July 11, 2017 23 Comments
Proof?  I’m Still an Impeachment Skeptic

I’m a “Trump will be impeached” skeptic. for the following reasons:

1) The entire federal Government including the Supreme Court is in the hands of ideological Republican zealots,

2) At least half of the country is firmly in the “so what?” camp,

3) The Democrats, as ever, are fractured, weak-willed and pusillanimous, and

4) The 4th estate is a joke.

That said, these new revelations about Donny Jr. turn the knob in the direction of something (not impeachment, but something) happening.

Per Josh Marshall:

Donald Trump Jr. began this engagement with Rob Goldstone on the basis of this message. “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

At a minimum Don Jr. and likely (though this is as yet unproven) all high level members of the Trump team knew about this more than a year ago. Ergo, all the total and aggressive denials about Russia’s role supporting Trump, law-breaking for Trump, etc. etc were all the most total and abject lies.

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Help Laura Sturgeon Take On Greg Lavelle

Filed in National by on July 10, 2017 35 Comments
Help Laura Sturgeon Take On Greg Lavelle

Sturgeon has launched a polished, professional campaign that I’m sure is already giving Lavelle a panic attack. That is worthy of support all on its own, but as a DEMOCRAT, I also like reading…

All strong economies have a large, vibrant middle class. Unions help the middle class, progressive taxation helps the middle class, affordable health care helps the middle class, women’s access to reproductive choices helps the middle class, and excellent public education helps the middle class. I do not support the failed trickle-down economic policies of the past, and will fight to make sure the working people of Delaware are not over-burdened by shouldering the bulk of the cost of state programs.

This was El Somanbulo’s take on Lavelle back in March:

I think Lavelle could well be vulnerable based both on anti-Trump sentiment and b/c he’s such a shill for the least desirable aspects of Rethuggery. District’s about 50-50, and there are a lot of moderate R’s. A D appeal to R women could prove effective.

It only takes a $1.00 to show you are onboard.

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Reince Priebus’ Flop Sweat

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Reince Priebus’ Flop Sweat

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has accused Democratic operatives of arranging a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-linked lawyer last summer, two weeks after Donald Trump won the Republican nomination for president. The meeting, which included Jared Kushner and Trump’s then-campaign manager Paul Manafort and took place at Trump Tower in […]

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G20: Does Donald Trump’s awkward performance indicate America’s decline as world power?

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So, what did we learn this week?

We learned Mr Trump has pressed fast forward on the decline of the US as a global leader. He managed to diminish his nation and to confuse and alienate his allies.

He will cede that power to China and Russia — two authoritarian states that will forge a very different set of rules for the 21st century.

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Open Thread for July 9th – Fox and Friends

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Open Thread for July 9th – Fox and Friends

Has anybody else watched Fox and Friends, the AM “news” show on the Fox News Channel? I just watched that idiocy for about two minutes, and a painful two minutes it was.

The doltish hosts are very aware that they are talking to the Republican President who is almost surly watching. Moreover, they are very aware that they need to flatter their doltish baby-man viewer on topics such as:

  • How great the President is.
  • How smart the President is to conclude a cyber-security agreement with Putin
  • How great the cyber-security agreement is.
  • How angry Democrats will be at being bested by the genius President, yet again.
  • How great America is thanks to the greatness of the great Republican President.
  • I’m not exaggerating. That all happened in the two minutes I had it on. North Korean state media has nothing on Fox News.

    In totally not surprising news, The Republican President doesn’t know the difference between China and Taiwan.

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    Clintonite Dems, Stop killing America

    Filed in National by on July 8, 2017 38 Comments
    Clintonite Dems, Stop killing America

    I don’t dislike Clinton zealots and “centrist” Dems personally. Some of them are very nice people. Tom Carper one on one? Class guy. First rate. Mat Marshall? The best.

    What I don’t like are people wedded to a political philosophy that has such a long track record of abject failure. By luck and design we live in a two party system, and the radical modern Republican Party in America needs a legitimate counterweight. The Party of John Carney and Hillary Clinton is not that acting as that counterweight.

    If mushy, “third way”, middle of the road, compromise first and bi-partiisanship above all actually WORKED, I’d love it. Other than for the election of Bill Cinton, WHEN HAS IT EVER WORKED? Your endless appetite for appeasement is leaving Republicans to run roughshod over American norms and values that have served us well for over 240 years. Just stop it. Stop killing America.

    Dustyn Thompson and Eric Morrison wrote a guest post at Blue Delaware which deals with this topic more diplomatically than I could have.

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    WHYY’s FIRST State of Play: Delaware’s budget

    Filed in National by on July 7, 2017 16 Comments
    WHYY’s FIRST State of Play: Delaware’s budget

    El Somnambulo lands on Gov. Carney and Acting Gov Swchartzkopf from the top rope.

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    Open Thread for July 7th – The Ennui Edition

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    Open Thread for July 7th – The Ennui Edition

    This budget “past” by the Democrats and signed by a “Democratic” Governor sure was a kick in the balls wasn’t it? On an implementation level it is 100% morally bankrupt. But on a strategic level it is a disaster, giving the GOP all of its malevolent cuts while leaving Democrats holding the bloody knife. There […]

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    Can Delaware Liberals theoretically raise $50,000 for a primary challenger to John Carney?

    Filed in National by on July 5, 2017 18 Comments
    Can Delaware Liberals theoretically raise  $50,000 for a primary challenger to John Carney?

    It is a simple question. Based his track record so far, can we get 100 Delaware liberals and progressives to pledge $500.00 each? Money talks.

    I’m in, so the goal is now 99 Delaware liberals and progressives on the record pledging $500.00 each to signal their disgust with this travesty of a budget and the terrible “leadership” that foisted it on this state.

    Say yes or no in the comments, and if we get to $50,000 in pledges we’ll go on to phase 2 – setting up a fundraising page and start turning those pledges into real money thereby giving some qualified candidate a running start at challenging Carney.

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    White House Poised to Really Fuck Shit Up

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    White House Poised to Really Fuck Shit Up

    Kellyanne Conway has confirmed that the White House is willing to repeal the ACA without a replacement in place. I’m no economist, but I am a dyed in the wool capitalist, and this plan smells like a recipie for economic disaster.

    And yet, this should not come as a surprise to anyone. Remember that fucking shit up is what Republicans believe they were elected to do.

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    Tim Dukes is an idiot

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    Tim Dukes is an idiot

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    Far be it for me to crap on someone who doesn’t know the difference between “past” and “passed” they probably don’t spend too much time on book learnin’ where Dukes went to school. And lord knows I’ve made my fair share of typos.

    Just read past beyond that and drink in the stupidity and see how happy Gov Carney has made the “all taxes (other than taxes on poor people) are evil crowd”.

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    Bennett Screwed Up – Carney Set the Table

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    Bennett Screwed Up – Carney Set the Table

    I was wrong about Bennett. Her excuse for voting against the budget on Friday was so lame that I thought is was cover for something. Turns out, she was simply rolled by some conservatives. (Well played defenders of the 1%. You found the weak link.) But Bennett is a symptom, not the disease. A: “Government […]

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    Chamber of Commerce DINO Dems want to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

    Filed in National by on July 2, 2017 1 Comment

    This post if fairly typical of the battered wife mindset of “centrist” chamber of commerce Dems.

    It is all “hoist up the white flag, we’ve lost” before the battle is even joined.

    Del Dem says, “Andria Bennett has given the Republicans all the leverage.”

    How does he figure when Dems hold a super majority in the house? I’m not saying Bennett made her play in order to make the Acting Gov come back to the table with more Rev, but why not take the opportunity?

    Bennet’s vote seems very gettable in that with some minor amendments. As the post notes, Bennett was one of six Democrats who voted against the budget in 2015 BECAUSE it did not do enough to raise new revenues.

    The only possible reason not to go with HB 107 and a package that brings more revue, and less draconian cuts is that the Acting Gov, some chamber of Commerce DINO’s, and the figure head Gov might peel off back the the GOP side.

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    Acting Gov Pete Must Bring HB 107 to the House Floor

    Filed in National by on July 2, 2017 5 Comments

    Whatever happens today, it should include a vote on HB 107:

    This bill creates two new tax brackets at $125,000 with a rate of 7.10%, and $250,000 with a rate of 7.85%. Also, the bill provides a tiered reduction of the otherwise available itemized deduction based upon the individual’s taxable income.

    Bring up up with HB 101 (Grant-in-aid). Andria Bennett has given the Democrats a great opportunity to expose the Republicans for the scoundrels that they are. The problem is that Acting Gov Pete has played the bigger scoundrel so far.

    Multiple sources have painted a picture of Acting Gov Pete’s heavy handed treatment of the Dem’s in the closing hours of Friday’s session. His bullying style, his unwillingness to entertain any ideas that did not come from his own head are hall marks of terrible leadership. It is time the Acting Gov takes another approach and backs away from his Republican allies and take a more Democratic stance regarding the mix of revenues and cuts required to balance the budget.

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    Comment Rescue – John Kowalko

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    Comment Rescue – John Kowalko

    Some of yesterday’s House activity needs further explanation and clarification. There have been excuses made, and aspersions cast. I will not attempt to justify or excuse the failures of the entire General Assembly, its leadership and the Governor throughout this self-created crisis. However, I do think that the public and all Delawareans deserve to be […]

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    Andria Bennett Scotches Budget Vote

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    Andria Bennett Scotches Budget Vote

    In addition to giving away too much too early, Carney and Acting Gov Pete lost Dem Andria Bennett, ostensibly over mortgage interest deductibility: From the News Journal: “House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst, the bill’s sponsor, amended it eliminate tax increases for lower-income folks and hike taxes further on the wealthy. That was apparently a move […]

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