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Jason330 to announce plans to annouce the possibility of forming an exploratory committee to look into primarying the Democratic State Treasurer
How hard could being Sate Treasurer be? Seriously. Especially for someone who has no other political ambitions, this job is a piece of cake. Not as easy as being the Development Director at CRI, but up there. Since the Christmas kickstarter project wasn’t funded, (and since I will not be starting an athiest church anytime soon) I’ll have a little time on my hands. While I cogitate on this some, you (yes you!) can be the cyber-pre-pre-exploratory committee by noting in the comments section how much it costs to file and what the deadlines are.
In my continuing attempt to understand the hobbled and frequently diseased mindset of conservatives, I’ve noticed that thinking of everything as a zero-sum game is huge with them. When I think of my Grandpa (or this blog’s own resident grumpy racist grandpa, …yes you Dana) I marvel at how they can view every dollar paid out to someone on welfare as a dollar taken out of their pockets. I wonder why they are so blinkered in their thinking that keeping the economy on the rocks is fine if the alternative is a healthy economy in which a non-white person might possibly get a health care subsidy. There is no sense of “growing the pie.” The aphorism “a rising tide lifts all boats” makes no sense to them.
I was reminded of that mindset again when I read that conservative Catholics are worried that the Pope is paying too much attention to the needy, and that attention means that they aren’t getting enough Pope love. [...]
This is shocking. It is downright unAmerican tell ‘ya.
Bucking the incredibly lucrative trend for retailers to stay open during Thanksgiving, bulk food utopia Costco has announced that they would stay closed during the holiday, which is seriously blowing our minds with its lunacy.
Shopping on Thanksgiving is for losers. Sorry losers. I’m calling you out. [...]
I got some shit for calling Carney a millionaire. Maybe it is technically true that his net worth isn’t a million today, but it will be tomorrow or next week sometime. It is simply inevitable.
What isn’t inevitable is that he become a Tom Carper clone in the house. He represents a solidly blue state and actually seems to have some decency and empathy that Tom Caper is wholly lacking. It is not a given that he have a mediocre career in Congress chasing the affection of fifty or so Klansmen in western Sussex county. [...]
I always loved Church. The saying “hi” to people. The singing. The occasional thought provoking talk on living a life with meaning. I just couldn’t buy all the God and Jesus stuff. The Sunday Assembly would be perfect for me if I only lived in London or Melbourne or New York.
Why should churchies get to hog all the fun?
The race to decide Virginia’s next attorney general is still undecided. 3,000 Democratic absentee ballots that were “lost” have been found and now it is down to counting up the provisional ballots. Just in time to preserve Republican Mark Obenshain’s razor thin 100 vote lead, a new wrinkle to provisional ballot counting rules threatens to disenfranchise more Democratic voters.
When I last checked this we were #2 behind Alaska, so 6th is an improvement. With any luck we can drop out of the top ten in the next couple of years and stop attracting all of these cheapskates from New Jersey.
I know I’m obsessed with this, but it is going to be Christie for the GOP in 2016. Teabags are going to get onboard, and this RedState diary by davenj1 can be viewed as the blue print for making that a little easier for the party’s base to swallow.
1. Being against Christie is the same as being “for” the Democrat. [...]
There is a famous psychology experiment which deals with how humans resolve conflicts between intuition and reason. The spoiler is – not very well. But the experiment goes like this:
Your Democratic colleagues in the House are supporting an effort to expand Social Security benefits. I think it is time for you to break with the right-wing policies you’ve supported in the past and join your fellow Democrats in helping restore sanity to the debate over this vital social insurance program that has done so much to allow our nation’s elderly to live in dignity.
At a time when the 401k system has been proven to be a failed experiment, based on legalized theft, it is not time to cut social security benefits. Rather, it is a time to ensure Social Security’s long-term solvency by “scraping the cap” and stop excluding income over $113,700 from the social security tax.
The current proposal, supported by your Democratic colleagues, would [...]
It isn’t such a slam dunk. On the one had Cruz is an easy pick, because he’d be oh so easy to beat in a national election. On the other hand I’d like to see some semblance of sanity return the the GOP, and picking Christie would be a nod in the direction of reality. Also, Christie would keep Cruz from even the possibility of becoming President. That issue looms large for me because flukey stuff can happen down the stretch and BAM! – you are looking at President Cruz.
As bad as Christie would be, the idea of President Cruz should make ever patriotic American break into a cold sweat.
While the possible switch from Joe to Hillary sucked all of the oxygen out of the room, this Beau Biden item in the recent Halperin book flew under the radar.
Halperin and Heilemann offer behind-the-scenes details about the campaign and other revelations. They say, for example, that the 2010 stroke suffered by Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the vice president’s son, was more serious than reported and that he suffered months of paralysis.
“The stroke was publicly described as minor, but in fact was life-threatening,” Halperin and Heilemann wrote. “There were initial questions about how full his recovery would be. (He suffered paralysis for months.)”
Maybe we have something to chat about other than Chipman Flowers?
GOP shot caller and DC assignment desk editor, Matt Drudge, says that today is a sad day for conservatives: “McAuliffe, De Blasio and Christie: Triple feature in a Republican’s nightmare. Hug a conservative today.”
I’m not so sure. Christie is a conservative with the ability to trick the media into thinking that he is not a conservative – eg THE WORST KIND!
McAuliffe only wounded conservatism in Virginia, so that zombie will be shambling around doing some damage, and New York is liberal, so it should have a liberal Mayor.
Perhaps is was Christine O’Donnell, or it might have been the government shutdown. But a recent The University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication poll shows that the two largest parties in the State of Delaware are the Democrats (40%) and Independents (34%), with the GOP bringing up the rear at 22%.
Independents, Other Party, Don’t Know Party lean Democratic 33%, Republican 30% – so even among the I’s the Democratic Party is the party of choice.
That is polling data. In other words, a mere 22% percent of Delaware voters admit to being republicans. The actual voter registration numbers are lagging behind voter sentiment, but are nearly as bad: 303,157 Delaware voters are Dems (48%), 180,041 are Republicans (28%) A den margin of 123,116.
In 2002 the margin was 48,800.
Basically, the GOP in Delaware is hemorrhaging members. If another 6,000 people make their preference official, the GOP will be a third party.
Can anyone help me out with this? Will the GOP be handicapped if they lose another 6,000 defectors?
The Center for American Progress (CAP) report, “The State of Women in America,” uses 36 different health, economic, and leadership factors to measure disparities between states and rank the best and worst states for women.” Delaware women don’t have it so bad (relatively speaking). We are fifth overall and our gals make $0.81 for every dollar men make for the same job. The national average is $0.77 – so not too shabby ladies. Maryland is number 1 by that measure. They pay their daughters $0.85 for every dollar their sons make doing the same job.
The worst states in which to be a non-man are predictably, more often than not, in the south. Louisiana’s Mesdames et Mesdemoiselles take down a measly $0.67 compared to their Messieurs. [...]
When I was getting my MBA 10 years ago, the manifold virtues of shareholder primacy were so ingrained in the culture of business academics that, while they informed every bit of the curriculum, they were only discussed in passing. There was no more attention paid this foundational concept than you would pay attention to the concept of addition in a calculus class. Fortunately that is changing.
Lynn Stout, the Distinguished Professor of Corporate and Business Law at Cornell Law School, helps move shareholder primacy into a coffin and provides some coffin nails for the myth that has wrecked our economy in her most recent book, The Shareholder Value Myth: How Putting Shareholders First Harms Investors, Corporations and the Public. This abstract of the book explores the logical connections between the 40 year rise of shareholder value thinking and subsequent declines in investor returns, numbers of public companies, and corporate life expectancy. It also shows that shareholder primacy is an bullshit economic theory, completely lacking in support from history, law, or empirical evidence. [Set aside a few minutes to read the whole thing.]
A new study says that each year approximately 7,500 children are admitted to U.S. hospitals having been raped and more than 500 children die during hospital admission as a result of rape.
An abstract of the study, titled “United States Child Rape–Disturbing Trends,” was presented on Sunday by researchers at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla.
Why isn’t it a national scandal that this isn’t covered in the media? It is almost as if someone is covering it up? Oh wait. I changed “gunshot” to “rape.” Here is the original.
Read this from from the national journal and tell me if you don’t see the hand of Tom Carper stabbing seniors in the back.
15 years already? I remember when this money grab went down. If you ever want to get pissed off at the BILLIONS in welfare that gets doled out to wealthy individuals and corporations, just look at copyright law. It is a sick joke. I distinctly remember writing to Senator Joe Biden’s office to tell him that extending copyrights on books that should be moving into the public domain (like the Great Gatsby, for example) amounted to a HUGE tax on schools and school districts. His response was, “Go fuck yourself. The Gershwin’s and Disney just wrote me some fat checks. What have you contributed?”
Something to that effect. Maybe that’s a paraphrase.
mostly because I never thought a dyed in the wool, liberal hating, DLC simp like McAuliffe could ever be reformed. Times change.
WHY THE VIRGINIA GUBERNATORIAL CAMPAIGN MATTERS: Ron Brownstein has an interesting look at how Dem Terry McAuliffe’s embrace of liberal positions on social issues, gun control, and immigration highlights the Democratic Party’s larger increasing reliance on its new coalition of minorities, young voters, and college educated whites. Other red/purple state Dems are following this trend, and if McAuliffe wins, it will cement the emerging consensus that Dems should continue embracing liberal positions and rely less and less on the culturally conservative whites Dems used to fear alienating.
I haven’t given to the DNC or the D triple C in ages. The emails are as full of feisty bluster as their candiates have been full of Republicanism. I don’t know now though. If we really have a shot at 37 districts, I may have to see if I could scrounge up a little dough for the cause.
In contrast to the shrill and dystopian future championed by the GOP, Hillary Clinton will be running as the candidate of calm, reasonable professionalism. That’s how she brought the house down while dispatching this Republican heckler at the University of Buffalo. [...]
This endorsement from the Star-Ledger’s editorial board for Christie will give you a hint at the answer to that question.
The governor’s claim to have fixed the state’s budget is fraudulent. New Jersey’s credit rating has dropped during his term, reflecting Wall Street’s judgment that he has dug the hole even deeper. He has no plan to finance transit projects and open space purchases now that he has nearly drained the dedicated funds he inherited from Gov. Jon Corzine.
Sounds bad, right?