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DL community steps up to help Don Peterson challenge Schwartzkopf in the 14th

Filed in National by on June 28, 2016 41 Comments
DL community steps up to help Don Peterson challenge Schwartzkopf in the 14th

The DL community contributed $534.12 to help Don Peterson take on the execrable Pete Schwartzkopf. $534.12 might not seem like a huge haul, but Don Peterson is treading a long and difficult path in taking on an incumbent who also happens to be the Speaker, so it is important to take a long view of projects like this.

Since I’ve been paying attention to Delaware politics, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an incumbent beaten on the first attempt. It seems to always take an election for a challenger to get his campaign footing. It is my hope that this support and future support from the DL community, small though it may be, helps Don Peterson fix his vision on the horizon and settle on the long term goal of beating Pete Schwartzkopf if not this primary, then next. If not that primary, then the next.

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Why the Brexit vote should concern people who think Trump can’t win

Filed in National by on June 24, 2016 46 Comments
Why the Brexit vote should concern people who think Trump can’t win

People voted with their fears, not their heads. This Guardian lede sums it up perfectly. Exchange Trump for EU Exit, and you have a chilling look at our possible future. Our fearfully isolationist, angrily racist, self-destructive future. In the end those who placed their faith in the “experts” were always going to be disappointed. The […]

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I give Celia a hard time, but her elegiac take on Karen Peterson’s retirement is actually pretty good

Filed in National by on June 22, 2016 3 Comments
I give Celia a hard time, but her elegiac take on Karen Peterson’s retirement is actually pretty good

“If Peterson decides to tilt with windmills, do not bet on the windmills.”

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Not Breaking: Carney still running on “I’m a decent fall back for people who liked Beau” platform

Filed in National by on June 21, 2016 8 Comments
Not Breaking: Carney still running on “I’m a decent fall back for people who liked Beau” platform

This is getting ridiculous.

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BHL (and others) snag NCC Democratic Party “Endorsement”

Filed in National by on June 16, 2016 76 Comments
BHL (and others) snag NCC Democratic Party “Endorsement”

Via BHL’s FB: Bethany Hall-Long 6 mins · I am truly honored to have received the New Castle County Democratic Party Executive Committee Recommendation for Endorsement in my race for Lt. Governor. For years, I have stood firmly rooted in Democratic values and principles. As a long-term RD Vice Chair and Democratic committee member, I […]

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“Dem to win White House” hits $0.75, a new high close on IEM

Filed in National by on June 16, 2016 7 Comments
“Dem to win White House” hits $0.75, a new high close on IEM

I track the futures trading markets rather than polls because people are betting on outcomes with real money, and therefor stand to make (or lose) real money. That clears out the fanboys and pretenders. Of the predicting markets, I tend to look at IEM (Iowa Electronic Markets) because they have the history and larger volume of trades. So when I see “Dem to win White House” closing at $0.75, I’m impressed. [$0.75 means that people are buying and trading "Futures Contracts" called "Dem to win White House" for $0.75. If they hold onto them, those contracts will pay off $1.00 if/when that outcome happens. The more likely that outcome becomes, the close the trading price gets to $1.00]

As a point of comparison, at on this day in 2008, “Dem to win White House” closed at $0.60.

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Carper Joined Chris Murphy’s Successful Filibuster – Coons MIA

Filed in National by on June 16, 2016 34 Comments
Carper Joined Chris Murphy’s Successful Filibuster – Coons MIA

Delaware’s Tom Carper joined 39 Dem Senators in supporting Chris Murphy’s filibuster to force a vote on closing the terror gap and gun show loophole.

Where was Chris Coons?

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Criminal state workers cover non-criminal state workers in ignominy*

Filed in National by on June 15, 2016 4 Comments
Criminal state workers cover non-criminal state workers in ignominy*

This story sucks because 1) stealing is wrong, and 2) it will allow idiots like Tom Kline to rest easy in their idiotically shallow beliefs about state workers and governments in general.

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He should’a said he was from Park City

Filed in National by on June 14, 2016 9 Comments
He should’a said he was from Park City

Republican James DeMartino has been denied his 14th Representative District candidacy and he’s accusing Sussex County election officials of playing party favorites.

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Schumer’s move a good start to eventually taking all guns away from everyone

Filed in National by on June 13, 2016 31 Comments
Schumer’s move a good start to eventually taking all guns away from everyone

This story gives me hope that the Obama plan to take all guns away from everyone is finally getting its pants on. Reacting to the mass shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando, allegedly by a self-proclaimed ISIS sympathizer, Senate Democrats plan to push legislation once again to keep people on the federal government’s terrorist […]

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Kim Kardashian West’s Reponse to Orlando makes more sense than John Carney’s

Filed in National by on June 13, 2016 11 Comments
Kim Kardashian West’s Reponse to Orlando makes more sense than John Carney’s

You know you are in trouble when Kim Kardashian is thinking rings around you.

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Poppiti Proposes Pardons Fix

Filed in National by on June 13, 2016 6 Comments
Poppiti Proposes Pardons Fix

Last week I divulged my one essential candidate questionnaire question: Do you think that there is a “Democratic” approach to this office?

Reading through some of the Lt. Governor candidates web sites, it appears to me that Poppiti’s idea for giving the Board of Pardons direct legal authority to grant pardons for low-level, non-violent offenses is simple and rooted in Democratic principles of fairness.

I can’t cut and paste from the site, but click through here and give it a read.

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Tax the rich, use that money to build stuff we need

Filed in National by on June 10, 2016 0 Comments
Tax the rich, use that money to build stuff we need

Spain’s anti-austerity, left-wing Podemos (“We Can”) Party (previously), which grew out of Spain’s Occupy-like Indignados movement, has just published its election manifesto for the June 26 election: The party pledges to bring unemployment down to 11% by the end of the next parliament. Unemployment is currently at 21%, with 4.8 million out of work. Podemos […]

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John Carney brings his stirring “you can’t vote for Beau, so vote for me” campaign message to New Castle

Filed in National by on June 10, 2016 13 Comments
John Carney brings his stirring “you can’t vote for Beau, so vote for me” campaign message to New Castle

He also snubbed Lt Gov candidates Greg Fuller and Park City’s own Kathy McGuinness at this thing, but you have to wade through 651 of Celia’s 693 plodding, meandering words to find it.

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The New and Improved Donald Trump

Filed in National by on June 9, 2016 20 Comments
The New and Improved Donald Trump

I have said that people who think that this election is going to be a blow out have a screw loose. Josh Marshall apparently agrees, pointing out that Trump’s victory speech marked a clear move away from “Crazy Racist Trump” and toward a Ross-Perot style economic nationalist, and foreign policy realist:

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Beat Pete – Contribute to Don today and I’ll match your contribution

Filed in National by on June 8, 2016 17 Comments
Beat Pete – Contribute to Don today and I’ll match your contribution

Friends,

I don’t have to tell any of you how terrible Peter Schwartzkopf is, so let’s cut to the chase.

Donate money to Don Peterson today and I’ll match your contribution. $25.00..$50.00…$100.00 Whatever you can swing on your credit card today. Add $0.01 to the contribution so the Peterson campaign knows it is coming from this fundraiser.

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Obama Congratulates Clinton and Sanders

Filed in National by on June 8, 2016 4 Comments
Obama Congratulates Clinton and Sanders

Just after mid-night the White House released the statement below. If they want it, I believe Clinton, Sanders and Obama can become be a three-headed destroyer of conservatism. The time is right to set the GOP back 50 years and re-establish fairness as a core national value and rational decision making, as a core national competency.

Yes we can.

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Crane Courted Atkins to Pose as a Dem

Filed in National by on June 7, 2016 18 Comments
Crane Courted Atkins to Pose as a Dem

I have to admit, this makes me a little angry. Mitch Crane is an honorable guy, who works his ass off trying to elect Democrats. He did himself and the party a grave disservice entertaining this nonsense. When Gilligan pulled this shit, I was like, “Oh Well” Gilligan is a fop and a party functionary. But Crane… Jesus. With “Democrats” like Atkins, what, at long last, is the fucking point?

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What Hillary Clinton sounded like 47 years ago

Filed in National by on June 7, 2016 6 Comments

This is an interesting and enlightening digital artifact. The introduction alone is worth a listen:

In 1969, Hillary Rodham, at age 21, was the first student ever to give a commencement speech at Wellesley College, and the college has just released excerpts of it. I would not have recognized her voice, which was higher-pitched and had a faster rhythm, but she had the same intensity and self-assuredness then as she does now.

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Candidate Questionaire Season

Filed in National by on June 6, 2016 8 Comments
Candidate Questionaire Season

Are your liberal groups getting their questionnaire’s together?  I would be, but I don’t have any of the candidate’s email addresses, and I’m too lazy to go to everyone’s web site and look for the general mailbox address.  Also, it would be a pretty short questionnaire.    I’d ask the two part question I always […]

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Depressing News – MSNBC going conservative

Filed in National by on June 3, 2016 11 Comments

Because there are never enough wingnut talking heads on TV. …the left-leaning cable news network was preparing a massive restructuring of his channel and a realigning of the talent. …In what is perhaps the network’s most overt symbol of the new tone, however, is another ad that will run in some conservative and mainstream outlets. […]

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John Carney’s Bio Annotated

Filed in National by on June 3, 2016 10 Comments
John Carney’s Bio Annotated

In the absence of any policy statements or positions on his campaign website, today I’m looking at Carney’s campaign bio to see if there is a legit case for voting for him.

The son of two teachers and a lifelong Delawarean, John Carney is a strong, independent voice for our state. Serving in his third term as Delaware’s lone Congressman, John has established a reputation as a pragmatic leader who puts results over rhetoric.

By virtue of his parents being teachers, I do happen to think Carney has a little more working class in him than most modern Democrats. Of course he went to private school, one of the lesser Ivies for college, and followed that up with his entire adult career in politics, so whatever working class was there is no doubt long gone. The part about “putting results over rhetoric”..? What results? Hopefully we’ll soon find some in the rest of bio.

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John Carney: Vote for me because we can’t vote for Beau Biden because he, sadly, died

Filed in National by on June 2, 2016 12 Comments
John Carney: Vote for me because we can’t vote for Beau Biden because he, sadly, died

I keep not posting this because I keep expecting John Carney to post some actual campaign material on his website. But the headline above continues to summarize the case John Carney is making to voters at johncarney.org

It is now after memorial day and his radio silence continues. I guess anyone in John Carney’s enviable situation might think, “Why bother having policies and positions?” His elevation to Governor is as guaranteed a stone cold lock as I’ve ever seen. There is simply no need for him to have any positions on anything. The strategic thinker in me gets it. The Delaware voter in me wishes he’d come up with some other case.

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Let’s blow up the moon!

Filed in National by on June 1, 2016 3 Comments
Let’s blow up the moon!

Wars are popular because they are big fun projects that we can all work on together by growing victory gardens, collecting scrap metal, and donating blood. Wars also pit us (good) against them (evil). That’s a bonus.

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Trump has 48% of voters sewn up – Clinton better hurry up and name Warren as VP

Filed in National by on June 1, 2016 36 Comments
Trump has 48% of voters sewn up – Clinton better hurry up and name Warren as VP

538 confirms what I’ve been saying. Because of polarization, Trump has a firm floor of 48% of the vote. This was never going to be the blow out election Democrats dreamed of when they saw Trump rising in the polls. It was always going to be nip and tuck. Long story, short: I am vindicated.

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