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Zombie Economic Bullshit Can Never Die

Filed in National by on September 19, 2014 10 Comments

I happen to know Dave Lawson. Nice guy. But this is just sad.

“Hi, I’m Senator Dave Lawson.
“You may have heard in the news recently that Burger King merged with a Canadian company. By doing so, Burger King, incorporated in Delaware, can move its corporate address to Canada to take advantage of the lower tax rate.

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Does Kansas Offer an Example for Delaware’s “Sane” Republicans ?

Filed in National by on September 17, 2014 17 Comments

Nobody handicapping 2014 races as recently as three weeks ago factored in the possibility that Kansas, of all places, might become a sudden GOP sinkhole. Now Sen. Pat Roberts is in real and consistent trouble against independent candidate Greg Orman, as part of what appears to be a self-conscious revolt of moderate Republican voters who are also threatening to throw Gov. (and former Sen.) Sam Brownback out of office.

“A self-conscious revolt of moderate Republican voters…?” Go on…

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Why I’m Totally Psyched for Scotland’s Historic Vote

Filed in National by on September 16, 2014 39 Comments
Why I’m Totally Psyched for Scotland’s Historic Vote

Full Disclosure: I lived in Edinburgh for around a year when I was 20, so Scotland is close to my heart. However, beyond the “Screw yoo, Ya English Bastards!” nationalism that I imbibed with the beer while I was over there – I’m psyched for this Independence referendum vote on Thursday for more practical reasons. […]

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Why I’m not voting for Ken Simpler

Filed in National by on September 15, 2014 39 Comments
Why I’m not voting for Ken Simpler

“Excuse me, do you have the time?”

“Is this seat taken?”

“Do you happen to know, is this the line for registration?”

Everyone has millions of these forgettable little interactions every year. To make one of these little encounters between strangers memorable, you would really have to be a huge dick.

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Mayrack v Suspenders

Filed in National by on September 12, 2014 15 Comments

It is strange to think that the marquee races this year are for Treasurer and Auditor. It is strange to think that these are even elective office, but they are so let’s take a look, shall we? To me this comes down to whether Suspenders is even going to put up a fight. As of […]

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Constitutional Amendment to Undo ‘Citizens United’ Moves Forward

Filed in National by on September 12, 2014 4 Comments

Being an incumbent and 1%er, he is no doubt a beneficiary of the Orwellianly named “Citizens United” decision. But to his credit, Coons appears to be trying to get rid of this affront to Democracy.

Bill to overturn Citizens United takes important step forward
Judiciary Subcommittee passes constitutional amendment to restore protections against corruption

WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights has approved a resolution cosponsored by U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United and restore Congress’ authority to regulate spending on campaigns. On Wednesday, the Committee approved S.J. Res. 19, a constitutional amendment crafted in response to Supreme Court rulings that have drastically expanded the role of money in politics, including Citizens United and, earlier this year, McCutcheon v. FEC.

“Our Constitution guarantees every American political equality and the equal right to participate in elections,” Senator Coons said. “Today, that right is in jeopardy, as a bare majority on the Supreme Court has systematically expanded the political influence of the wealthiest Americans at the expense of average citizens. By dismantling decades-old, commonsense measures to limit the influence of money in politics, the Supreme Court has disregarded the principle of political equality on which our democracy was founded.”

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“I’ll be the Lady GOP version Chip Flowers” (paraphrase)

Filed in National by on September 8, 2014 12 Comments
“I’ll be the Lady GOP version Chip Flowers”  (paraphrase)

Sher Valenzuela on why she should be (insert name of elected office here).

If Ken Simpler loses the primary to this outright dumbass – the GOP really is beyond hope.

Extra Prediction – The Cape Gazette will overtake the News Journal as Delaware’s newspaper of record within 8 years.

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Bezos Promotes Politico Founder to Publisher of WaPo

Filed in National by on September 2, 2014 5 Comments
Bezos Promotes Politico Founder to Publisher of WaPo

This is some bullshit.

Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos has replaced publisher Katharine Weymouth with a co-founder of the newspaper’s competitor Politico, the company announced Tuesday.

Weymouth’s departure is the end of an era of Graham family involvement with the Post. Her great-grandfather bought the newspaper in the 1930s, and her uncle Donald Graham sold it to Bezos last August for $250 million.

She’ll be replaced by Frederick J. Ryan, the founding CEO of Politico and a former Reagan administration official.

Anyone who thought that Amazon ownership of the Post was going to be good for American journalism can put away that childish naivety.

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Vance Phillips Crashes Gaffney Interview with 5th RD Opponent

Filed in National by on August 29, 2014 15 Comments
Vance Phillips Crashes Gaffney Interview with 5th RD Opponent

OMG – please podcast this…

Radio talk show host Dan Gaffney called a segment of his Aug. 28 morning show “damned odd,” while Republicans locked in a primary battle for the Sussex County 5th District council seat called the show “crazy” and “surreal.”

Call it what you want – bad timing, miscommunication or a calculated election-year ploy – an exchange on a local radio talk show has ignited swirling controversy.

During the segment, the two Republican candidates running for the District 5 seat both used up airtime. According to Gaffney, one of the two – incumbent Vance Phillips of Laurel – was not invited during that time slot. About half way through a scheduled interview and call-in session with Republican challenger Rob Arlett of Frankford, Phillips entered the studio and put on headphones.

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Rick Jensen’s Critque of Simpler Echoes Teabag Critique of “The Establishment”

Filed in National by on August 28, 2014 14 Comments
Rick Jensen’s Critque of Simpler Echoes Teabag Critique of “The Establishment”

This is from Sher Valenzuela so it may be pure fantasy (like her claims to love smaller government while building a business on government contracts). Anyway…

If it is true, it strikes me that Jensen here channels the lizard brain of teabagist everywhere who value robust and angry simplicity over doughy thoughtfulness.

WDEL’s Rick Jensen Rips Simpler Debate Performance: Weak, Awkward and Creepy

WDEL political talk show host Rick Jensen has leveled devastating criticism toward Ken Simpler and his performance in the recent WDEL Treasurer debate. Jensen described the performance at times as “weak,” “awkward” and “creepy.”

Speaking live last week on his daily radio show, Jensen said Simpler’s opponent, Sher Valenzuela, was “strong, tough and every time Simpler took a swing at her, she blocked it and hit him real hard in the face.”

Jensen concluded that he “didn’t think [Simpler] is very good at this debate stuff.”

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Jason330′s Musical Pick for 2014

Filed in National by on August 27, 2014 1 Comment
Jason330′s Musical Pick for 2014

I get a lot of well deserved shit for my sucky taste in music, but ignore all of that. Get in on the ground floor with these guys – Annie In the Water – “Hey, I’m on my way”

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Flowers Back In

Filed in National by on August 27, 2014 49 Comments
Flowers Back In

What else could this be about?

Treasurer Flowers will issue a statement on primary election tomorrow afternoon. #netde #Delaware #staytuned @Deldems

Thanks Tipster.

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An imagined conversation with my future grandson

Filed in National by on August 27, 2014 4 Comments
An imagined conversation with my future grandson

What? You want to know about a time when I wasn’t such a crusty old bastard so down on Democrats? You want to hear about a piss-filled young progressive? Well pull up a chair Jason990.   Let me tell you a little story about the olden days.  It must be about forty years ago now that a man named Howard Dean came down from Vermont made some rumbles and raised some money online talking like a genuine Democrat.  Why, he went right ’round the usual fundraising and appealed directly to the folks out there for $20 or $30 bucks at a shot.

Well, the people were right parched for a nice cool drink of undiluted Democratic speechifying and they came to that campaign by the bus load.  I even started a blog back then to help support that campaign and pour rhetorical boiling oil down on all the Republican Morlocks, and the Democratic compromisers and bank lovers.   ‘Course the national media and all the DC insiders couldn’t stand it so they put on the TV lynching of that campaign.  But for a few months there it really looked like the Democratic Party was going to run an actual Democrat in an election.

But Gramps, after Howard Dean showed what could be done, why didn’t other authentic Democrats do that?

Fuck if I know.

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What happens when the GOP takes the Senate? – UPDATED

Filed in National by on August 20, 2014 20 Comments
What happens when the GOP takes the Senate? – UPDATED

On August 7th I wondered aloud what kind of chaos a GOP controlled Senate would unleash on the nation. There is no longer any need to wonder. Senate Minority Leader and soon to be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is very candid about the mayhem he is going to sow.

Interviewed by Politico aboard his campaign bus, the Senate minority leader offered his vision for the Senate should he be promoted to majority leader: confrontation, manufactured crises, and the ever-present threat of a government shutdown:

In an extensive interview here, the typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest thinking yet of how he would lead the Senate if Republicans gain control of the chamber. The emerging strategy: Attach riders to spending bills that would limit Obama policies on everything from the environment to health care, consider using an arcane budget tactic to circumvent Democratic filibusters and force the president to “move to the center” if he wants to get any new legislation through Congress.

“Move to the center” is a clever euphemism for “pay ransom in exchange for hostages.” And I’m not putting words in anyone’s mouth here – back in 2011, McConnell was asked what lessons he learned from threatening to put the government in default in order to extract concessions from the White House, and he said the debt limit was “a hostage that’s worth ransoming.”

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Delaware’s 1033 Program Haul

Filed in National by on August 15, 2014 2 Comments
Delaware’s 1033 Program Haul

Assault Rifles: 234
Night Vision: 67
Body Armor: 136
Pistols: 37

No Mine Resistant Vehicles, but Queen Anne’s County has one.

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DEGOP has, literally, one issue – and it isn’t a very good one

Filed in National by on August 15, 2014 25 Comments
DEGOP has, literally, one issue – and it isn’t a very good one

Copeland is really phoning it in, and why not? He doesn’t have any viable statewide candidates so why should he try to make an actual case for Republican governance? He has clearly decided to punt on this round of statewide and focus his energies on building for 2016. But he still has to make a show about caring, so while he hasn’t committed himself and the party to any coherent policies – he has chosen a campaign theme of sorts. That theme is a mild queasiness around the idea of “one-party rule” in Delaware.

This is just the latest iteration of the perfunctory messaging coming out of Greenville:

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We need to put an end to the 1033 program

Filed in National by on August 14, 2014 9 Comments
We need to put an end to the 1033 program

In addition to seeing that justice is done in Ferguson – this 1033 program has got to go. It is really possible that in 2013 alone, the 1033 program has transferred $449 million in military equipment to police forces?

Yes. They brag about it on the 1033 Program webpage.

The Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO), the facilitators of 1033 program, originated from the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 1997 (FY 97). This law allows for the office to transfer excess Department of Defense property to law enforcement agencies across the United States and its territories.

Since its inception, the 1033 program has transferred more than $4.3 billion worth of property. In 2013 alone, $449,309,003.71 worth of property was transferred to law enforcement.

If your law enforcement agency chooses to participate, it may become one of the more than 8,000 participating agencies to increase its capabilities, expand its patrol coverage, reduce response times, and save the American taxpayer’s investment

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My Progressive Endorsement is for Matt Denn (and I’m putting money where my mouth is)

Filed in Delaware, National by on August 14, 2014 16 Comments
My Progressive Endorsement is for Matt Denn (and I’m putting money where my mouth is)

There are some questions swirling around the PDD endorsements, but here is someone all progressives, …hell… all of DELAWARE can endorse, Matt Denn.

He is a legit Robert Kennedy Democrat seeking statewide office, so if you consider yourself a progressive, get off your ass and send him money. If you do I’ll match it up to a total of $500.

Mark your donation with 3 cents added, so the Denn team can tell me how much I owe. Hopefully that is a quick $1,000 bucks to a guy who makes me proud to call myself a Democrat.

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“Bean Feed” GOP fundraiser flyer contained a drawing of a dancing bean…wearing a sombrero

Filed in National by on August 7, 2014 4 Comments
“Bean Feed” GOP fundraiser flyer contained a drawing of a dancing bean…wearing a sombrero

Perhaps I’m wrong. Maybe the GOP hasn’t been taken over by the TeaParty. Maybe it has, in fact, been takeover by ‘South Park’ creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone?

A flyer distributed by the Republican Party of Garvin County, Oklahoma has engendered a significant amount of criticism for being incredibly racist, reports KFOR.

How incredibly racist are we talking about here? So racist that Oklahoma’s Democratic Party initially assumed the flyer was fake, because it was so patently and incredibly racist.

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M-town Seniors Angry at Possible Future Kids Who Might Tread on Their Grass

Filed in National by on August 6, 2014 19 Comments
M-town Seniors Angry at Possible Future Kids Who Might Tread on Their Grass

I can empathize with someone who bought a house having been told by a developer that they would be living next to “a mix of single family homes, townhomes, and apartments” only to find out that really that means apartments. But can’t our seniors come off a little less like a Simpson-esque sendup of old folks?

Residents of Spring Arbor, a luxury community for people over age 55, showed up at the August 4 Middletown mayor and council meeting to object to proposed apartment buildings near their neighborhood.

They were concerned with the types of people the apartments would attract, the devaluation of their properties, and the children that would allegedly “run through their yards.”

Via the Middletown Transcript

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Oh Democratic Party… is there no end to your sucking?

Filed in National by on August 5, 2014 11 Comments
Oh Democratic Party… is there no end to your sucking?

This would be comical if not voting for Democrats was anything other than a de facto vote for Republicans.

A Democratic Senate nominee had to clarify Monday that, contrary to a newly released video of her campaign chairman, she does not actually support “most” of President Barack Obama’s policies.

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Comment Rescue – “Politicians have gotten the message”

Filed in National by on August 5, 2014 18 Comments
Comment Rescue – “Politicians have gotten the message”

Geezer has posted a tidy summary of our current political situation:

“I don’t support the (cigarette) tax. The fairest way to tax people would be on wealth, not income, not sin taxes. But thanks to folks like you — the stupid ones who side with the wealthy instead of standing for the people — we’ve made that unacceptable. Politicians have gotten the message: People with money (and their broke-ass, brainwashed lackeys) will defeat you if you tax them; poor people don’t have the juice to do that.”

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Liz Cheney has no idea what the word “disgrace” means

Filed in National by on August 4, 2014 7 Comments
Liz Cheney has no idea what the word “disgrace” means

The Cheney family is a pestilence. A curse on America.

Liz Cheney bashed President Obama Friday night for the way he characterized CIA interrogation practices after Sept. 11, 2001 as “torture.”

“Even before I came into office, I was very clear that in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, we did some things that were wrong. We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks,” Obama said during a Friday press conference. We did some things that were contrary to our values.”

Cheney said this was unacceptable.

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New Israel vs. United Nations Schools Thread

Filed in National by on August 3, 2014 2 Comments
New Israel vs. United Nations Schools Thread

62 comments is a long comments thread. Put new comments here. As for me – looking at this conflict through a purely military tactics lens – you have to give the advantage to Israel. The UN school’s missile defense systems seem to be sorely lacking.

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Flowers winning the twitter primary?

Filed in National by on August 2, 2014 23 Comments
Flowers winning the twitter primary?

From reformed GOPer, Mike Stafford’s FB Page:

Is the size of a candidate’s Twitter following a good gauge of their electability? If so, as of right now Flowers has more than 800, Barney just passed 400, and Ken Simpler, well, at 73 I’m not really feeling the whole populist groundswell thing. Meanwhile, Sher Valenzuela’s Twitter strategy is to be invisible- I guess that makes her the stealth candidate.

Obviously an incumbent is going to have a built in twitter base. So this isn’t exactly scientific, but primaries are all about turnout, so if a candidate is having trouble attracting people to their twitter account, how much harder will it be to attract them to the polls?

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