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Reports from Return Day

Filed in National by on November 6, 2014 6 Comments
Reports from Return Day

Because I recoil from the fake, the counterfeit, fraudulent and the pretend – I hate the stupid Delaware tradition called Return Day. Some people love it though.

Here is an update from a guy who probably doesn’t want to be associated with one of the best liberal blogs in the UNIVERSE!!

It stopped raining, the clouds parted and a great beam of light shone down on Simpler as he passed. I heard a voice from on high say “this is my investment advisor in whom I am well pleased.” Might have been a dove in the mix too. Not sure. Memory hazy. Consumed lots of 16 Mile.

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Caesar Rodney Institute Loves Jack Markell’s Schools Plan… ’nuff said

Filed in National by on November 6, 2014 12 Comments
Caesar Rodney Institute Loves Jack Markell’s Schools Plan… ’nuff said

I have to admit that I have not been paying much attention to the “priority schools” discussion, but if Delaware’s radical wing-nut “think tank” likes it, Markell must have concocted the Ebola/ISIL of school reform plans.

The Markell Administration’s reform plan could
help all Delaware students succeed

The establishment of a plan to turn six of Delaware’s lowest performing public schools into “priority schools” has provided the education establishment with an opportunity to implement reform for the entire public school system.
If the Markell Administration’s initiative succeeds the state’s public schools will have a readily-available blueprint for success for the First State.

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Election Hangover Dump

Filed in National by on November 5, 2014 26 Comments

An apology, a couple of observations and a question under the fold.

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Comment Rescue: Liberalgeek on taking over the Demcoratic Party

Filed in National by on November 4, 2014 14 Comments

I’ll offer my thoughts under the fold. Here is the comment:

I guess the plan is to win hearts and minds with an air war. Sounds reasonable.

If you are clamoring for the Democratic Party to move to the left, but are unwilling to actively participate in politics outside of election day, you will be left with exactly what you already have.

The only reason that there are any progressive voices around here is due to the Dean campaign. The beauty in his campaign was the ability to get people involved in the campaign. There were meetups, blogs were started (this one included) and people stepped up to join committees and start organizations (like PDD).

A decade has passed since then. Some of us are still involved, some have settled in for armchair bitching and some have dropped out of politics altogether. But if you don’t think that the Howard Dean message was “Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work”, you weren’t paying attention.

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My Green Votes

Filed in National by on November 4, 2014 26 Comments
My Green Votes

At the moment of truth, it was tough. I’m a Democrat and I want Democrats to win, so it took a lot for me to punch the button for the Green Party candidates for Congress. But neither John Carney or Chris Coons gave me any reason to vote for them. Since they are both going to win by miles, the old scare tactics, and the “lesser of two evils” arguments don’t seem to apply.

They are such prohibitive favorites that I doubt they will even notice this impotent protest, but I feel better. When they return to Congress and vote along with the Republicans to prove their bipartisanship bone fides on the next heinous trade agreement, or more tax cuts for “job creators” I’ll be able to say, “I didn’t vote for that.”

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It is time for Progressives and Liberals to stop pretending that the Democrats represent them

Filed in National by on November 3, 2014 20 Comments

I summarized Bill Curry’s piece in Salon in the headline above. But go ahead and read the whole thing. Or don’t. See if I care. Instead, send the DNC or Chris Coons more money because THE GOP IS OUT OF TOUCH! or STAKES HAVE NEVER BEEN HIGHER!, or some other hysterical bullshit.

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I’ve still got $50.00 that says Republican economics are full of shit… any takers?

Filed in National by on October 31, 2014 37 Comments
I’ve still got $50.00 that says Republican economics are full of shit… any takers?

With all the recent talk about how the Republicans want to “fix” the economy by cutting taxes, I feel the need to reintroduce everyone with my standing bet.

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The guy who wants to turn Medicare and Medicaid into a voucher system is thinking about running for President

Filed in National by on October 30, 2014 2 Comments
The guy who wants to turn Medicare and Medicaid into a voucher system is thinking about running for President

FSM does not love me enough to allow Paul Ryan to be the GOP nominee.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) indicated in an interview published Thursday that he is open to a presidential run, saying he does not see himself as a House “lifer.”

Ryan said he will make his decision next year. “I’m not in a rush,” he told The Washington Post. “My way is to do the job at hand, do it well, and not worry about strategizing how I can do better than this guy or that guy in New Hampshire. I’m not in a place where I have to scratch and claw to get my name out there. Why do I need to blow money on that? I’ll line it all up next year and do my long list of pros and cons, this and that.”

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UPDATED: No political fall out from signgate anticipated

Filed in National by on October 30, 2014 45 Comments
UPDATED: No political fall out from signgate anticipated

I haven’t spoken to anyone who thinks that this significantly changes the dynamics of the race. Here is a round-up of statements that pretty much put this thing to bed.

The Bethany Hall-Long apology:

“My husband is the man depicted in the video. The video shows him removing a handful of signs this morning. He turned them over to the Democratic Party and asked that they be returned to the Republican Party about six hours after they were taken up,” she said. “Sadly, this race has become tough and personal. My husband is my high school sweetheart and he loves me very much. I was not aware that he had allowed his frustration over the campaign attacks to get the better of him. Of course I’m disappointed and wish that it had not happened.”

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Someone took some bullshit DEGOP signs that said “Vote Republican”

Filed in National by on October 29, 2014 50 Comments
Someone took some bullshit DEGOP signs that said “Vote Republican”

Here is the press release. Two things. 1) The sign taker in the video says something about the fact that the signs don’t include a candidate’s name. I don’t know enough about sign law to know if that is exculpatory. 2) I feel like the use of “Democrat Party” was an homage to my recent uptake of that shitty usage.

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Futures Market Handicapping the Statewide Races – October 28th

Filed in National by on October 28, 2014 5 Comments

Lots of buying and selling action in the trading markets since my last update. Who has crashed and who still has a little upside potential? Let’s take a look.

Senate: Chris Coons 0.98 (0.98) – Kevin Wade 0.01 (0.02)

House: John Carney 0.95 (0.99) – Rose Izzo 0.01 (0.01) Bernie August 0.04 (n/a)

Attorney General: Matt Denn 0.95 (0.93) – Ted Kittila 0.05 (0.07)

Treasurer: Chip Flowers 0.00 (0.39) – Sean Barney 0.48 (0.37) – Ken Simpler 0.48(0.17) – Sher Valenzuela 0.00

Auditor: Brenda Mayrack 0.48(0.43) – Tom Wagner 0.48 (0.47)

You could have made some money in the Treasurers race. Shorting Flowers at 0.40 and taking a long position in Simpler at 0.15 was the winning move.

As it stands now, other than simply guessing the Treasurer and Auditors races and winning the coin flip, I don’t see any profitable moves left. Simpler, for example, appears to be at his max trading value. Smart traders will probably be taking their Simpler profits off the table. But hey, this is politics so do “smart traders” exist? For instance, somebody placed some sentimental money on Bernie August, bidding him up to 0.04.

(Okay, it was me. There is still a week to go. Carney could still Bill Roth it.)

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Tom Wagner charging $1,200 to see his schedule

Filed in National by on October 27, 2014 21 Comments
Tom Wagner charging $1,200 to see his schedule

What do you do if you are a lazy do-nothing auditor who has been sucking on the government teet for 25 years, and someone asks to see your schedule? You try to wrap yourself in an expensive FOIA estimate and hope the request goes away. That was Wagner’s plan when Brenda Mayrack asked to see his schedule to check up on why his office has been chronically understaffed.

From Mayracks FB page:

* Is the State Auditor’s Office attending local job fairs? After not seeing the office on the list of attendees at a University of Delaware job fair for accounting students, we filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the State Auditor’s schedule: “For the year 2014, the public schedule of R. Thomas Wagner, Jr., including all meetings and public events.” The response from his office: “In order to construct information in response to request below and based what we have available in the Office, I estimate it will run approximately $1,191.” And that’s the cost for sending it by email so we didn’t incur any copying or mailing fees.

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Doug Campbell – The 9th District’s Consitution Candidate

Filed in National by on October 24, 2014 9 Comments
Doug Campbell – The 9th District’s Consitution Candidate

You’ve seen his hand-painted signs along 13. He appearently wants the 9th to have its own currency or something. I don’t know, the font gets pretty small toward the bottom.

Anyway, for what it is worth, here is Campbell talking….

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The GOP’s coherent brand saves another suck-ass Republican candidate

Filed in National by on October 22, 2014 2 Comments
The GOP’s coherent brand saves another suck-ass Republican candidate

When we lose in Kansas, beltway campaign gurus and Democrat Party (sic) insiders will say, “Kansas was always going to elect a Republican.” They will not look at the fact that it was Republicans relentlessly promoting their core values and sticking to their coherent brand message that brought their candidate back from the dead.

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Burn…

Filed in National by on October 21, 2014 8 Comments
Burn…

NEWARK, DE – The Executive Director of the Delaware Republican Party, John Fluharty, just p—ed a b—r over this tid-bit.

Mayrack’s LinkedIn profile summary states that the candidate has “extensive experience in all aspects of unclaimed property advising.” However auditing itself—the primary job of the State Auditor—is not mentioned a single time.

Tom Wager has the word auditor on his linked in page, but it is enclosed in quotation marks.

I’m Delaware’s “auditor”

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Thank the utter suckitude of the Democrat Party (sic) for the Republican Senate

Filed in National by on October 20, 2014 22 Comments
Thank the utter suckitude of the Democrat Party (sic) for the Republican Senate

Check this out…

The New Hampshire Senate race … is closer than you might think. The three most recent nonpartisan polls — by New England College, SurveyUSA and WMUR — put Shaheen up by an average of 3 points. Her lead, which has tightened since the summer, is steady but it’s narrow, and most polls have her below the 50 percent threshold. That’s hardly safe territory.

She is running against a total douche bag in Scott Brown. And yet…

…Cook Political Report shifted its rating of the race from “lean Democratic” to “tossup,” deeming it one of 10 contests poised to determine Senate control.

How could that be?

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Is Sean Barney planning a late October surprise or something?

Filed in National by on October 20, 2014 163 Comments
Is Sean Barney planning a late October surprise or something?

I’m asking, because I’m not seeing much campaigning. Is it me? Is Sean Barney absolutely crushing it outside of lower New Castle County? Granted, my interest in this campaign is minimal, so my political radar isn’t constantly scanning the horizon – but that makes me a normal voter this round.

Or maybe this is the strategy, keep a low profile and just ride the registration advantage to a win? If anyone has some insight into this race, I’d be eager to hear it.

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Carney’s debate performance WOW’s sceptics

Filed in National by on October 16, 2014 5 Comments
Carney’s debate performance WOW’s sceptics

That would be a surprising headline, wouldn’t it? Alas, it would be hard to be wowed by the softballs lobbed by Nancy Karibjellybean or Carney’s predictably flavorless responses.

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Poll of the week discussion thread

Filed in National by on October 15, 2014 7 Comments
Poll of the week discussion thread

Today’s poll asks DL readers so indicate (in general terms) why they plan on voting for the person they will be voting for in the Carney vs. Izzo vs. August showdown for Congress in three weeks.

Normally I’d choose “I just automatically vote for the Democrat” but since Carney cannot lose this election, I’m going for Bernie August this time to try and cut Carney’s margin of victory by one vote.

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Another reason to vote for Bernie August instead of John Carney

Filed in National by on October 14, 2014 6 Comments
Another reason to vote for Bernie August instead of John Carney

John Carney’s greatest accomplishment in congress, the accomplishment that he puts on the top of the list of reasons why he should be re-elected is that he “sat down with Republicans.” Yes. The very Republicans who continue to scheme to undermine the economic recovery to further their own narrow political aims. The Republicans who have never even pretended to reciprocate John Carney’s ardor for compromise and bipartisanship. John Carney just thinks they simply need to be “sat down” with. It is absolutely ludicrous that he is claiming “sitting down with Republicans” as a great accomplishment, but there you have it.

So every Democrat has a choice in this election – reward that kind of obstinate ignorance with a meek party line vote, or vote in a way that affirms your Democratic values by saying “yes” to Bernie August.

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I am voting against John Carney’s bipartisanship idiocy by voting for Bernie August

Filed in National by on October 13, 2014 32 Comments
I am voting against John Carney’s bipartisanship idiocy by voting for Bernie August

In spite of how brazenly Republicans have decided to undermine the economy for their own narrow political ends, and in spite of the fact that even the so-called “moderate” Republican friends of John Carney never break with their leadership and reciprocate his affections – John Carney can’t shut up about how great it is to “work with” Republicans” and he even considers “sitting down with Republicans” his greatest accomplishment in congress. With “accomplishments” like that, who needs failures?

The upshot is that Carney has not given Democrats any reasons to vote for him. That is why I’m voting for the Green Party candidate Bernie August. I may even give money to the guy. But make no mistake – I am a Democrat.

I want Democrats to win elections because at the Party’s core, we are is still the party of the American working man. Also, when Democrats lose elections, that means Republicans win. And yet, in this case there is no downside to voting for the Green Party candidate. Rose Izzo cannot win. John Carney cannot lose. The only question is the margin of victory.

If Carney wins by one fewer vote this election, that’s fine with me. If two years from now he wins by 10 fewer…great. If, in some great and glorious future, Democratic voters eventually decide that their votes needs to be EARNED then eventually, John Carney will get the picture.

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Campaign mailers graded – Coons gets an A, Carney an F

Filed in National by on October 12, 2014 14 Comments
Campaign mailers graded – Coons gets an A, Carney an F

Facing off against nitwits who have been abandoned by their own party’s leadership, Carney or Coons could have passed on sending out campaign mailers this season, but they sent them so I’m here to grade them. The bottom line: Great job Coons. Carney, what the fuck are you running for? What office and why? I thought I knew prior to reading this piece of shit, but now I’m not sure.

First Coons – his piece is strong. On one side he is talking to hard hat wearing blue collar types which fits in with his laudable campaign theme of “Bringing manufacturing jobs back to Delaware.” In a stacked headline about the picture Coons provides the voters with basic facts: “Working hard for Delaware” is above “Democrat Chris Coons US Senator for Delaware.” Seeing the word “Democrat” gives me hope that Coons is aware of the fact that Republicans ARE the root problem in DC. That feeling is validated when I turn the piece over and read… “Chris is standing up to the Tea Party Republicans to put Delaware families first.”

I mean holy shit…right?

What’s up with Carney? Well his mailing is as slutty a mish-mash of mincing qualifications as Coons’ is direct and honorable.

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Anti-Gay group calls out SCOTUS for attacking their religious freedom

Filed in National by on October 6, 2014 11 Comments
Anti-Gay group calls out SCOTUS for attacking their religious freedom

If your religion calls on you to be an insufferable prick to everyone (especially gays), you’ve got to be pretty chagrined by the Supreme Court’s decision to not smite the evildoers. The National Organizations for Marriage isn’t turning the other cheek. They are pissed, and calling for action (and donations). …

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Punkin Chunkin Sunken

Filed in National by on October 3, 2014 67 Comments
Punkin Chunkin Sunken

I just posted this so I could claim that headline.

The marquee Delaware event since 1986 won’t be held this year.

The pumpkins will not be flying this year after logistical problems in moving the annual Punkin Chunkin event to Dover International Speedway.

Earlier this summer, World Championship Punkin Chunkin leaders announced a deal to move the event from its traditional home in Bridgeville to Dover. Organizers were forced to find a new home after the property it had been held on was unable to host it anymore.

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“Delaware millionaire gets prison sentence”

Filed in National by on October 2, 2014 5 Comments

I think we can all agree that it is pretty rare for an actual 1%er to get jail time. So rare, in fact, that I think the NJ headline writer did a good job capturing the essence of this surprising story.


Delaware millionaire gets prison sentence

PHILADELPHIA – Former eBay executive Christopher Saridakis of Greenville, Delaware, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for insider trading Wednesday by a U.S. District Court judge.

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