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A Modest Proposal

Filed in Delaware by on March 31, 2015 13 Comments
A Modest Proposal

I have been following the charter school/high-stakes testing/Priority Schools debacle for the past few years. My proposal is that we use the same model for another daunting and complex problem: Crime.

We have a major crime problem in Wilmington and other locales around the state. I think we can solve it with a few transformations of the way that we structure our public safety. The key is to use the invisible hand of the market to reduce crime.

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LG Out

Filed in National by on December 12, 2012 27 Comments

I have been trying to put together a resignation post for a while now.  It is hard to capture the joy and pain, success and frustration that I have enjoyed for the past several years as a part of the DL team. But as a wise blog founder once told me, “Never let perfect be the enemy of the good enough”.

So I’ll be signing off as a contributor here to attend to other political, professional and personal endeavors, but I’ll be here as a commentor as time permits. As always, DL can count on me for any support that they may need.

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I Stand Corrected: Dem Signs to Come Down & More

Filed in Delaware by on October 26, 2012 8 Comments

Earlier, I let my cynicism get the better of me. I should have known better with people like Matt Denn around. I received this email from the Democratic party during the 7 o’clock hour:

We received the email pasted below regarding sign removal in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. The Coordinated Campaign (Carper, Carney, Markell, Denn, Weldin Stewart Campaigns) will be working to remove signs by region, but we need all the help we can get. Stephanie Swain with Matt Denn’s campaign will be coordinating these efforts. Please contact her at to find out more and/or to volunteer.

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Not Gonna Happen

Filed in Delaware by on October 26, 2012 15 Comments

I just got a press release from DelDOT that has a lot of good information about storm prep, including road projects that have been postponed due to the impending conflagration (95 @202 will NOT be closed this weekend). Among the suggestions for storm safety was this gem: DelDOT is requesting that political campaigns do what […]

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Behind the Numbers in Local Races: Updated

Filed in National by on September 24, 2012 66 Comments

This week I was granted access to some of the polling data gathered by a new local communications firm, Out of the Box. One of the men behind the curtain is Richard Korn, former Democratic candidate for Auditor. Richard sat down with me to answer questions about the polling that Out of the Box did for local races, including Insurance Commissioner, SD11 (Deluca v. Townsend), Mayor of Wilmington and County Executive.

Deluca v. Townsend and Wilmington Mayor are first up…

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The Polls are Closed: Primary Election Results Thread

Filed in National by on September 11, 2012 111 Comments

The polls are now closed. The poll workers are tabulating results and phoning them in.  Hopefully the candidates are having their signs gathered in hopes of reuse in two months.

The Department of Elections website is here.

Post the results you find interesting below.

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Primary Day in Delaware

Filed in Delaware by on September 11, 2012 54 Comments

Well, the polls are now open. Go out and vote, then report back with any observations.

This is now an open thread for polling place reports for the day and predictions.

Polls close at 8PM. If you don’t know where to vote, look it up here.

And once the polls close, come on out to Timothy’s on the Wilmington waterfront for some liberal libations and to watch the returns come in.

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SEO And The Local Races

Filed in Delaware, National by on September 10, 2012 2 Comments

SEO is Search Engine Optimization. It is a geeky dark science that strives to improve the ranking of web pages through a variety of techniques. It can also show you who is working on improving their online persona. I like to think of it as a way of controlling the first impression of someone looking for more information. Let’s look at how the candidates have done.

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DL Primary Returns Party (there will be beer)

Filed in Delaware by on September 10, 2012 16 Comments

It’s been a long and painful primary campaign. You’re tired, anxious, angry, overjoyed or confused… but most of all, you are thirsty.

Join Delaware Liberal for a little soiree at Timothy’s on the waterfront in Wilmington at 8PM. We’ll have our laptops open and our eyes trained on the elections returns websites… and on our beer (or wine, or martinis). Anyone is welcome, Democrat, Republican, independent or faux-republican Libertarians.

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Romney Just Lost Virginia

Filed in National by on September 5, 2012 27 Comments

I was just over at (a great site that I don’t visit enough) and saw that Virgil Goode, Presidential candidate for the Constitution Party and long-time Virginia Congressman, has made the ballot in Virginia. As a Virginia local running to the right of Romney, this should be the death-knell of the Romney campaign.  At […]

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Delaware Democrats Take On Valenzuela

Filed in Delaware by on August 28, 2012 25 Comments

>Delaware Democratic Party Executive Director Joe Aronson and and small business owner Gemma Buckley will hold a press call ahead of Sher Valenzuela’s speech at the Republican National Convention on the night themed “We Built It.”  Although Sher will say she built her business all on her own, her company, First State Manufacturing, has taken OVER $2 MILLION IN SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION-GUARANTEED LOANS and has obtained more than $15 million in government contracts.

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Big Idea Wednesday: Monster Mile Per Gallon

Filed in Delaware by on August 8, 2012 23 Comments

Twice a year, Dover Downs is the home of NASCAR races. As a guy that owns two hybrids and tries to be a good environmental citizen, I am appalled by the senseless waste of tires, oil, gas that goes on through the various qualifiers and races that go on throughout the weekend. But I get […]

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Big Idea Wednesday: The New Jim Crow

Filed in Delaware by on August 1, 2012 66 Comments

I have wanted to do a regular post to motivate myself to come up with content that would stimulate discussion and make my brain move. I’m hoping that this will be that vehicle. This week’s big idea comes from my friend Phillip Bannowsky.  Some day I’ll be drummed out of the corps for having him […]

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DelawareLiberal Personnel Change

Filed in National by on July 31, 2012 14 Comments

I just wanted to do a quick post to announce that DelawareLiberal.Net has parted ways with one of our former contributors, MJ.  We wish MJ luck in his future endeavors.

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McMurray to Challenge Carper?

Filed in Delaware by on July 6, 2012 24 Comments
McMurray to Challenge Carper?

Yesterday I got a tip from someone that Bill McMurray was going to try to challenge Tom Carper. I reached out to him to see what he has planned.

So far, he’s got a website, a treasurer and $500. He hopes to raise the remainder of the filing fee (another $10K) in the next few days.

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Guest Post: Child Abusers Astroturfing

Filed in Delaware by on June 29, 2012 9 Comments

One of our readers, Brooke Bovard, has written this guest post. Delaware, as a ‘blue’ state, and without much to steal, is new to the game of being targeted by the Right. Sure, they tried to foist Christine O’Donnell on us, but they can’t be trying too hard, right? Sadly, wrong. A case in point […]

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Three ICs and a Proxy

Filed in National by on May 25, 2012 38 Comments

On Tuesday night I had the pleasure of seeing 3 of the 4 Democratic Insurance Commissioners and a representative of Paul Clark.  The setting was a caucus with 4 or 5 RDs represented and conducting various business, including the first step in sending delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

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Sheriff Christopher v. Sussex County

Filed in Delaware by on May 10, 2012 113 Comments

A little birdie sent in this court filing last night.  In it, Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher is filing suit against Sussex County.  It is full of craziness, including the Magna Carta, English Common Law and Posse Comitatus. Today, Sussex County responded in a press release. My favorite part of the press release is the […]

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Your WTF Video of the Day

Filed in National by on May 2, 2012 5 Comments

A North Carolina pastor has a pretty straight-forward way to make sure your kids don’t turn gay. Beat the shit out of them.

Can I make it any clearer? Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Ok?

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Watch The Mitch Crane Interview Here

Filed in National by on March 15, 2012 20 Comments

If all goes according to plan, you’ll see the video here.

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Why Anonymous Blogging is Sometimes Essential

Filed in Delaware, International by on November 12, 2011 10 Comments

“This happened to me for not understanding that I shouldn’t report on the social networks,” advised a note left before dawn with the man’s body at a key intersection in the city’s wealthier neighborhood.

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A Crib Death for OccupyDelaware?

Filed in Delaware by on October 24, 2011 97 Comments

Not yet a month old, and already the Occupy movement in Delaware is in mortal danger. I don’t know if it is indicative of how the movement is progressing in other cities and states, but I hope not. Allow me to explain…

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Science is Cool or Remember When the US Did Cool Stuff?

Filed in International by on October 18, 2011 0 Comments

This video was pointed out to me by @thinkgeek on Twitter. I can’t help thinking a few things… Why is it that this was developed in Israel and not the US? Is research like this even possible without government help? Can I have one? How quickly would Bobby Jindal refuse funding for a train based […]

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Why the Middle Class is Angry

Filed in National by on October 17, 2011 15 Comments

The fat cats on Wall St. can’t seem to figure out why the middle class is angry at them. Let’s look at the nest eggs that the middle class has been hoping will comfort them in their waning years.

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Karen Weldin Stewart: Bag of Hammers

Filed in Delaware by on September 1, 2011 10 Comments

I was driving around the other day and heard Karen Weldin Stewart on the Jensen Show. Do yourself a favor and listen to the interview. She reminds me of the way that Rich Kotite was when he was the Eagles coach. He did great at the beginning of the game when he had scripted the plays. It all went downhill from there.

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