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Comment Rescue – One Evening A Month

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Comment Rescue – One Evening A Month

Blogger Emeritus, Liberal Geek makes a very sound point.

When Howard Dean had his moment in the sun there were people that stepped into the fray. Some of them stuck around and started blogs (DL is one), joined committees, started progressive clubs, etc. Today, there are a bunch of Deaniacs and other progressives that have roles in the Delaware Democratic party. Some are elected officials.

If Bernie Sanders makes you want to make the Democratic party more like him, you need only give one evening a month to a local committee or club. There are whole RD committees that are progressives. Some day, they might be looking for someone to run for an office, and you might be the best person for the job. In the meantime, you can chat with candidates and ask them hard questions about the economy, Social Security, criminal justice reform, whatever.

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Here is the problem…

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Here is the problem…

When a Democratic President is elected (who isn’t named Franklin Roosevelt) he (or she) stops being the leader of the Democratic Party and pushing for things that Democrats want. Instead he become “The President”, and thereby has a view of events that extends beyond the provincial interests of the loser Americans who gather under the tattered banner reading “Democrats”

Republican Presidents are not burdened by this urge to be the President of the entire country. They run roughshod over the opposition because they view it as their repsosibilty to work for the voters who put them in office (e.g Republicans).

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First Political Mailer of the Season – A Sanders Home Run

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First Political Mailer of the Season – A Sanders Home Run

There is a lot to like about this mail piece. My observations below. And BTW, has anyone else been polled twice in the past 3 days by either Bernie or Hillary?

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Judy Butler and June Eisley Get Arrested and NJ Coverage

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Judy Butler and June Eisley Get Arrested and NJ Coverage

Props to Butler and Eisley for putting their butts on the line for a vision of American politics less corrupted by big money. AND for getting NJ coverage of the protest. No small feat for a group not aligned with the Delaware Chamber of Commerce.

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About the poll….

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About the poll….

The “Another person wins” is a non-starter. Who is voting for that one, Mike Castle?

The only one that worries me is “Trump/Cruz unity ticket”. Knowing a little about the personalities involved, I don’t think it is going to happen, but still.

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NJ coverage of House Debate pretty thin, or the debate was thin

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NJ coverage of House Debate pretty thin, or the debate was thin

I guess the NJ’s Adam Duvernay was expecting some fireworks.

The candidates didn’t throw a single punch Tuesday night.

At the University of Delaware College Democrats’ debate inside Mitchell Hall on campus, three of the four Democrats running for the state’s single congressional seat agreed on almost every point.

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Overbrook “Town Center” Retail Monstrosity Delayed… for now

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Overbrook “Town Center” Retail Monstrosity Delayed… for now

Another sprawling retail monstrosity situated at the entrance to Lewes and Rehoboth was (shockingly) voted down by the sprawl happy Sussex County Council.

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The Grift-iest Generation

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The Grift-iest Generation

Former officials of American Legion Post 28 have been charged for taking part in a check-cashing scheme that stole $641,000 in slot-machine proceeds, officials say.

The vice commander of the American Legion Post 28, a former post commander, two former finance officers and a past adjutant face charges after police say they wrote checks for cash that was not used for American Legion business. A sixth man involved has since died.

What gets me about these guys, and the other old farts I see stealing lumber from construction sites, is that they are the first to blame everything on the no-good poors. Meanwhile, they act like their stealing isn’t a crime because society owes them something.

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Bryon Short Drops Back In

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Bryon Short Drops Back In

Not exactly breaking news, but Bryon Short has filed for re-election.

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We get mail

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We get mail

I have been living in DE for 8 years and just found this DEM Party rag. I was looking for an answer to a question about whom among the super delegates from DE are supporting HRC; all of them. Sadly, much like Republicans, Delaware Democrats are not really interested in anything but maintaining the status quo.

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Forget Panama – Delaware should be your money laundering, tax haven of choice

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Forget Panama – Delaware should be your money laundering, tax haven of choice

The address “1209 North Orange Street” in Wilmington, Del., has become known in recent years as the epicenter of U.S. corporate secrecy. The squat, split-level building is the official address of over 285,000 companies, many of which are looking to take advantage of Delaware’s Panama-like secrecy rules, tax incentives, and business-friendly case law. In the […]

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BHL Statement via FB

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BHL Statement via FB

I join other Delawareans in being disturbed by what I heard on the tapes and I am frustrated that my husband and I have been pulled into their long-standing feud. What adds to my anger is that the accusations made against us are completely untrue, and it’s a nameless, politically-motivated source who is manipulating the […]

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Colin Bonini, Stop making me like you!

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Colin Bonini, Stop making me like you!

For someone who was luke warm about running, Bonini is really turning into an actual candidate. And as a voter who (like all Delaware voters) is very “meh” about John Carney, I like that this race could get interesting. Government Bipartisan bill seeks to end civil forfeiture in Delaware Bipartisan bill seeks to end civil […]

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Clinton in panicked search for “Dean Scream” moment – Not finding it

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Clinton in panicked search for “Dean Scream” moment – Not finding it

Based on the histrionic responses to 1) a recent interview and 2) a Sanders stump speech, it is clear that the Clinton campaign is out of ideas and trying to create the kind of “media controversy” that Kerry deftly used to knock Howard Dean out of contention for the Democratic nomination.

It all feels so made up and phony though, doesn’t it? It is difficult for me to imagine it working. Difficult, but not impossible. On this very blog, we have contributors willing to go along with it, I can only imagine how many others in the national media will hear their dog whistle and respond in accordance with their classical conditioning.

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“GOP to Retain Senate” hits record low in futures markets

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“GOP to Retain Senate” hits record low in futures markets

Whether is is Cruz vs Sander, Trump vs Clinton or any combination thereof, the Republicans are going to lose control of the Senate. According to people with skin in the game.

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The NYT accepts reality – Bernie is for real, Clinton is on the wrong side of history

Filed in National by on April 6, 2016 61 Comments
The NYT accepts reality – Bernie is for real, Clinton is on the wrong side of history

It may well be weeks or months before the corporate media and the high Dems around here accept reality, but cracks are beginning to show through, and “delegate math” incantations grow increasingly hollow.

Senator Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in the Wisconsin primary on Tuesday, his sixth straight victory in the Democratic nominating contest and the latest in a string of setbacks for Mrs. Clinton as she seeks to put an end to a prolonged race against an unexpectedly deft and well-funded competitor.

I’m not a zealous anti-Clinton person, but it is getting increasingly difficult for her supporters to deny that she had had her hand on all of the shady shit that has made life increasingly miserable for the American working class.

Iraq War - She voted for it.
Free trade that shifts American manufacturing to Mexico and beyond – Bill Clinton’s signature accomplishment.
Deregulation of the financial Industry - She was (is?) all for it.

…the (Wisconsin) loss underscores her problems connecting with young and white working-class voters who have gravitated to Mr. Sanders’s economic message — a message he will now take to economically depressed parts of New York State ahead of the April 19 primary there.

I initially said that it seems like she is running for President in 1988 somewhat flippantly, but I’m more and more convinced that I tripped over the truth. Unless Clinton gets a handle on the issues that are important to people today, I don’t see her being the nominee.

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DL GOP Fantasy Pool Update – Cruzin’

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DL GOP Fantasy Pool Update – Cruzin’

It’s all over… IT’S ALL OVER!!! Do you believe in miracles?!?!?

Ted “The Lunatic Cringe” Cruz ™ has outplayed, outwitted and outlasted all the other candidates (who were drafted in this fantasy pool). Marco Rubio dropped on March 16th, but I couldn’t bring myself to sweep the floor one last time, turn off all the neon, and shut the old game down. I wanted to live in the craziness for a few more days…. *sigh* And also, as the days wore on, the math started to get a little wonky. The table below probably could not withstand heavy accounting scrutiny, but what is lacks in scientific accuracy, it makes up for in heart.

And isn’t that really the most import thing? Heart …and the fact I won my own contest. Those are the two most important things. So under the rules of this contest, I owe everyone reading this sentence a beer.* And I look forward to raising that glass with you sometime, as the gentle Christina River flows on into tomorrow.

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Bipartisan Bill to Boost Blue Hen Bootstappers

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Bipartisan Bill to Boost Blue Hen Bootstappers

Governor Markell joined members of the General Assembly today to announce legislation that will allow Delawareans to become equity investors in Delaware start ups. The bipartisan bill, which will be filed when the legislature returns to session next week and is sponsored by Representative Bryon Short (D-Highland Woods) and Senator Brian Bushweller (D-Dover), would permit […]

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Schwartzkopf and Park City Republican to Hold Joint Fundraiser

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Schwartzkopf and Park City Republican to Hold Joint Fundraiser

Because…of course they are.

Speaker of the House Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth, and Democratic candidate for lieutanant governor Kathy McGuiness are holding a joint campaign fundraiser from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Monday, April 4, at The Starboard, 2009 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach. The suggested donation is $250. The maximum donation for Schwartzkopf is $600. The maximum donation for McGuiness is $1,200.

Park City McGuiness

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Trump Futures Tank on Contested Convention Talk

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Trump Futures Tank on Contested Convention Talk

Over the weekend is dawned on a lot of people that Donald Trump is in deep trouble unless he gets to the Republican National Convention with the nomination sewed up. Why is that? Well, take Delaware’s 16 delegates as an example. Say Trump “wins” in the Delaware primary on April 26th. Delaware is a “winner […]

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DE GOP Poverty (?) Plan [Updated w/ link]

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DE GOP Poverty (?) Plan [Updated w/ link]

When I first heard about the DEGOP Senate’s poverty plan, I had to let it sink in a bit. I figured it was a plan for further increasing poverty, like all of their plans – only just a little more honest this time. Turns out….I was right. More of the same, tax cuts, private school […]

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I love this legal strategy

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I love this legal strategy

The President appoints and the Senate confirms. If the Senate abstains, the appointment stands.

There is a fun legal theory floating around advocating one way the Obama administration could resolve the mess over Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court. In brief, the theory says this: A few months from now, Garland could just show up at the Supreme Court building and start working.

Okay, it’s a legal theory, so it is much more complicated than that. But Garland pulling on his judicial robe and plunking himself down in Antonin Scalia’s seat without so much as a fare-thee-well from Mitch McConnell….

What we think of as the “advise and consent” process is nothing but the accretion of tradition. The GOP Senate has overturned tradition, so what is the new process? President Obama has a hand in forming that new tradition and seating a new Supreme Court Justice while the Senate abstains should be the next step.

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‘Better Call Saul’ Catch up Thread

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‘Better Call Saul’ Catch up Thread

If you are living under a rock, ‘Better Call Saul’ (BCS) is a series on AMC created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. Set in 2002, it is a spin-off prequel of Breaking Bad. Critics, namely me, consider it the best writing and directing on TV right now – or ever.

BCS follows the story of small-time lawyer James Morgan “Jimmy” McGill played brilliantly by Bob Odenkirk, six years before his appearance on Breaking Bad as Saul Goodman.

During the season one cold opening of BCS we find Jimmy playing the part of a sad sack manger of a Midwestern Cinnabon Franchise as he predicted in one of the closing episodes of Breaking Bad. (Wait a sec…is Jimmy “playing the part” of a sad sack manager, or is he a sad sack manager?) How does he get from “jimmy McGill” to “Saul Goodman” to this sad sack? I guess we’ll see. But for catch up purposes, I will not go into the plot, but look at the characters and chat about plot from now on.

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Hats cost money

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Hats cost money

COOPER: You always say you’re self-funding. How much do you think your campaign has cost – in the past you said $25 million. TRUMP: I can tell you, I’d say I’m in right now for – now, I’m in for about $35 million right now. COOPER: Okay. TRUMP: We take the small loans, the people […]

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Which candidate was a client of the DC Madam?

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Which candidate was a client of the DC Madam?

A lawyer who represented the so-called “D.C. madam” says he has phone records that could influence the outcome of the presidential election, and he’s threatening to release one or more names on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court if he’s denied a hearing on his right to distribute them.

So let’s assume Montgomery Blair Sibley, the late “DC Madam” Deborah Palfrey’s attorney, does have information that ties one of the current candidates to some of the same prostitutes famously frequented by former Senator and presently disgraced pious blow-hard, David Vitter… which one is it? I have listed the candidates from LEAST likely to MOST likely:

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