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People who support John Carney in this Primary are helping Ken Simpler Win

Filed in National by on June 23, 2017 17 Comments
People who support John Carney in this Primary are helping Ken Simpler Win

You dolts are playing into Ken Simpler’s hands. He wants you to support Carney and fight a damaging primary so that Dems are divided and angry when the general election gets here. Carney is a vanity candidate that stands for nothing other that fucking up the rightful nominees chances. Get a clue you unrealistic Carney zealots! Ken Simpler is the real opponent.

(Ed Note: I’m just gearing up and getting ready of the inevitable, substance-less arguments that will be a daily (hourly?, 5-minutely?) feature of this blog’s comments section when Carney faces a primary for his vaguely right of center, but otherwise feckless first term. The names will change, Carney’s name will change position, but the arguments are evergreen.)

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Wilmington Rally to Fund Our Schools

Filed in National by on June 23, 2017 4 Comments

Right now the State of Delaware’s budget is facing a ~$350 million shortfall, and our schools are facing huge cuts. In addition to education, critical programs are facing cuts throughout Delaware, including health, social services, and the arts. We need to raise the funds necessary to avoid deep cuts that cost us all later. Come […]

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ACA replacement monstrosity will pass because – fuck it

Filed in National by on June 23, 2017 12 Comments
ACA replacement monstrosity will pass because – fuck it

Republicans fear their base, (and primary challenges from the right) a lot more than they fear losing to Democrats (scoff) in general elections. They also feel (rightly) that they were elected to fuck shit up. Fucking shit up is not a bug, it is a feature of GOP governance.

So yes… this monstrosity should kill them but it will only make them stronger.

You can read a longer version of this lament here if you are into that sort of thing.

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Kushner fired by his lawyer

Filed in National by on June 20, 2017 0 Comments
Kushner fired by his lawyer

As you may recall, the popular vote loser appointed his son-in-law to settle the Israel/Palestinian conflict and to solve the opioid crisis. He is going to do all of that while getting a new legal team, having been fired by his current lawyers.

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Republican scumbags acting scummy

Filed in National by on June 18, 2017 1 Comment

As much as I don’t like “centrists” Democrats, it is important to keep in mind that many of them are decent folks who earnestly want the best for the country. They are just wildly wrong about how to get there. Republicans, on other hand are loathsome scumbags who are not bound by any sense of decency.

The television spot (attacking Ossoff), which was produced by the Principled PAC, shows House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) on a stretcher after the shooting, along with the sound of gunshots.

“The unhinged left is endorsing and applauding shooting Republicans,” the ad’s narrator says.

“When will it stop? It won’t if Jon Ossoff wins on Tuesday,” the narrator continues.
The spot then shows several images and videos including one of comedian Kathy Griffin holding a fake severed head that looks like President Trump, as well as a letter that reads “Resist the Facist takeover. String up the collaborators.”
The ad then claims “these same leftists are all for Ossoff, and if he wins, they win.”

“Stop Jon Ossoff. Stop Nancy Pelosi. Vote Karen Handel for Congress,” the narrators concludes.

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Racist, Sexist Idiot is an Idiot

Filed in National by on June 18, 2017 2 Comments
Racist, Sexist Idiot is an Idiot

Sheesh.

Dewey Beach Police and employees of the Town of Dewey Beach, in the form of a letter signed by multiple police officers, have accused Town Manager Marc Applebaum of sexual harassment towards female employees, abusive conduct towards all employees, suggestive drug use, racial discrimination, interfering with law enforcement, jeopardizing public safety, interfering with the office of building inspection, and dishonest dealings.

The letter, attached below, alleges Applebaum would frequently wear pajama bottoms into the office without underwear underneath to show off his erect penis to female employees, and on one occasion was caught doing so by a male employee where he shouted “get out, shut the door.”

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Comment Rescue – Bernie Sanders

Filed in National by on June 17, 2017 2 Comments
Comment Rescue – Bernie Sanders

In 2016, the Democratic Party lost the presidency to possibly the least popular candidate in American history. In recent years, Democrats have also lost the Senate and House to right-wing Republicans whose extremist agenda is far removed from where most Americans are politically. If these results are not a clear manifestation of a failed political […]

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The GOP paraphrased: “If you are poor, just fucking die already”

Filed in National by on June 17, 2017 5 Comments
The GOP paraphrased: “If you are poor, just fucking die already”

Atrios is sure right about this: The London apartment tower fire was a council (public) housing tower in a rich (and getting richer) part of London. Rich councils have been pushing out such things in various ways, both to get rid of the icky poors and to make real estate developers rich. They put some […]

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WHYY Featuring Delaware’s foremost expert on Leg Hall machinations

Filed in National by on June 17, 2017 3 Comments

Carney gets a charitable “D” as Professor El Somnabulo breaks it all down on local TV.

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A year later, and no Min Wage cataclysm

Filed in National by on June 15, 2017 10 Comments

Crazy moron fears are, as usual, unfounded. More than a year after a new minimum wage took effect in Seattle–$12.50 an hour now for small employers, increasing to $15 an hour by January 2018–prices at most stores haven’t gone up. Before the minimum wage law took effect, most retailers said they would have to charge […]

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Goodbye, and Good Riddance, to Centrism

Filed in National by on June 14, 2017 0 Comments
Goodbye, and Good Riddance, to Centrism

Last week, after yet another week of anti-establishment upheavals in Europe, former Bush speechwriter and current Atlantic senior editor David Frum tweeted in despair:

“I think we need a word to describe people broadly satisfied with the status quo & skeptical of radical changes based on wild promises.”

Frum was responding to a move by Catalonia to seek independence from Spain. But he might as well have been talking about the electoral successes of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party in Britain, which Frum also denounced last week.

Frum was so distressed by all this rejecting of the status quo going on that he proposed that those “broadly satisfied” folks band together to create a political coalition:

“I mean, there have to be a few of us, right? Maybe we could form a movement of some kind or form a political party with that word in it?”

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Toward a Democratic Party Elevator Speech – “Patriotism, Equality, Science, Results”

Filed in National by on June 11, 2017 35 Comments
Toward a Democratic Party Elevator Speech – “Patriotism, Equality, Science, Results”

I was moved by the newly adopted Democratic Party Platform. It collects a lot of our best values and highest aspirations. What it doesn’t do is summarize those values into a quick elevator speech. A quick manifesto or touchstone. Here is my take on what that might look like:

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Carney blows a layup

Filed in National by on June 11, 2017 1 Comment
Carney blows a layup

He excels at indecision and lack of vision, but unforced errors are Carney’s speciality.

-Via BlueDelaware

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Kowalko – “They (The Chamber of Commerce) own the House of Representatives and the Senate chamber”

Filed in National by on June 10, 2017 2 Comments
Kowalko – “They (The Chamber of Commerce) own the House of Representatives and the Senate chamber”

As the lone vote against releasing CZA gutting (HB 190) from committee, Kowalko took the opportunity to drop a truth bomb on the process:

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Del Dems Platform as reported by the News Journal

Filed in National by on June 10, 2017 2 Comments
Del Dems Platform as reported by the News Journal

I can see the influence of the Bernie campaign in his document:

The party’s newly approved platform, formulated over a year with statewide input, endorses: a $15 minimum wage; fighting and overturning Citizens United; fighting wealth and income inequality; a commitment to ending Super PACs; equal pay for equal work; ending mass incarceration; working toward debt-free college; expanding and investing in green energy; a commitment to mental health and substance abuse treatment; and Wall Street reform.

At the meeting, the party also approved resolutions reaffirming commitment to organized labor, supporting internet privacy, opposing defunding of Planned Parenthood and overturning of Roe v. Wade, supporting a ban on gay conversion therapy, increasing young adult participation in the political process, strengthening the Voting Rights Act and “resisting the Trump agenda” which it called “destructive.”

Some of it, no doubt, came as surprise to Governor Carney and Acting Governor Schwartzkopf.

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Rising grassroots work to head off Carney/Dem Pols idiocy

Filed in National by on June 10, 2017 7 Comments
Rising grassroots work to head off Carney/Dem Pols idiocy

Yesterday I wrote that Governor Carney, Acting Governor Schwartzkopf and various elected Dems are on track to blow the next elections. Republicans have a organizational culture and marketing story that resonates with voters even though it has been exposed time and again as mostly economic nonsense wrapped in racism. The trouble is…Democrats, particularly Democratic office holders have no story. Trying to knit together a coherent picture of what it means to be a Democrat by looking at the gyrations of the current Den majority in Leg Hall is the definition of a mug’s game.

There are people working to change that though, and whether or not they can wrest the Dem marketing message away from vision-less dolts like Carney will tell the tale of Democratic fortunes in Delaware for the next 30 years.

These people are a new generation of Party leaders like Cassandra Marshall who fought a pitched battle to break into and become chair of the clubby and lethargic Wilmington Democratic Party.

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Dem Pols, Gov Carney, and Acting Gov Schwartzkopf set up Republicans for big gains

Filed in National by on June 9, 2017 7 Comments
Dem Pols, Gov Carney, and Acting Gov Schwartzkopf set up Republicans for big gains

Alby posted a link dealing with the UK vote in the open thread. Interesting stuff, and a lot that may play out in our upcoming Delaware elections. The whole “something beats nothing” comes to mind.

Carney and the Dems are shaping up to be the party of nothing. Carney doesn’t even have the low hanging fruit of Gay Marriage, as it’s all been picked by Markell. Meanwhile the Dem house caucus, and Brian Townsend’s championing of the CZA gutting make it impossible for “Democrat” to mean anything coherent, so Dem challengers to R incumbents will be stymied unless they have their own charisma or some kind of locally stirring manifesto.

Bottom Line: I see Republicans making big gains this mid-term and taking back the Gov’s Mansion in the next cycle.

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Acclaimed Cape HS Teacher Forced Out By Anti-LGBT Board and Parents

Filed in National by on June 8, 2017 6 Comments

LEWES, Del. — A highly acclaimed teacher and theater director at a high school in Delaware near Rehoboth Beach who served as faculty adviser for the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance Club was forced to submit her resignation earlier this year based on what students and parents believe to be anti-LGBT bias. Martha Pfeiffer, who heads the […]

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UK Elections Thread

Filed in National by on June 8, 2017 3 Comments
UK Elections Thread

I’m going to Stoney’s Pub to support Delaware Shakespeare* and hopefully watch Jeremy Corbyn shock the world by becoming the UK’s next Prime Minister, so I will not be commenting. But feel free to chime in if anything interesting or momentous happens. *10% of your meal tab will be donated to support DelShakes which is […]

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Comey Testimony Primer

Filed in National by on June 8, 2017 10 Comments
Comey Testimony Primer

Josh Marshall’s annotated version of Comey’s published opening statement is very helpful for getting your hands around the various times the Republican President attempted to obstruct justice.

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Delaware Pit Bull killed by cop to end vicious attack

Filed in National by on June 8, 2017 17 Comments
Delaware Pit Bull killed by cop to end vicious attack

Police had to kill a dog at All Aboard Grooming and Kennels in Dagsboro June 6 after it attacked a state Office of Animal Welfare officer at the shelter. Officers from Delaware State Police were called to the shelter shortly before 4 p.m. for a dangerous dog actively attacking an animal-control officer. Dagsboro Police Department […]

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Decent humans swamp A-hole vote, pass Colonial referendum

Filed in National by on June 7, 2017 7 Comments
Decent humans swamp A-hole vote, pass Colonial referendum

There is nothing like a school referendum (or a mid-term election) to bring out the greedy a-holes. Sadly, decent humans need to be practically dragged to the polls. If you want to know what kind of short-sighted, greedy nit wits were defeated in New Castle yesterday, simply read the Delaware online comments on the referendum story.

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Carter favors an inclusive process for updating the CZA

Filed in National by on June 6, 2017 16 Comments
Carter favors an inclusive process for updating the CZA

“HB 190 is not an improvement to the CZA. Many of the problems with this bill are attributable to the lack of involvement from a diverse group of stakeholders who have an interest in and use the coastal zone. Diverse stakeholders involved in an inclusive and transparent problem-solving process is a fundamental prerequisite to any credible process that may be needed to revisit the CZA.”

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Delaware Joins State Climate Change Coalition

Filed in National by on June 5, 2017 3 Comments
Delaware Joins State Climate Change Coalition

Delaware has joined a coalition of states and cities promising to tackle global climate change despite President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of an international agreement to limit the scale of global warming. “The U.S. should lead in the global fight against climate change,” Carney said in a statement announcing the move. “Delaware is […]

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Exelon’s Current Chicanery

Filed in National by on June 5, 2017 1 Comment

John Kowalko cannot recall a proposal more specifically designed to squeeze profit out of his constituents without providing any improvement in service. …and he has seen three lifetime’s worth of chicanery on this topic.

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