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In Which We Find That Legislators Can’t Read Contracts — The Sallies Contract vs. Charles Potter

Filed in Delaware by on November 30, 2016 27 Comments
In Which We Find That Legislators Can’t Read Contracts — The Sallies Contract vs. Charles Potter

So this deal is still dead and I think that the expectation is that if it gets revived it will be because the new Mayor will work at reviving it. No idea if it is even possible at this point, but that is where we are. In the meantime, we have Rep. Charles Potter putting out a piece of propaganda that specifically misrepresents the terms of this dead deal — I guess so that he can make himself look like a hero or something for standing up to the big bad Sallies and their desire to make Bayard Stadium into a working home field for everybody. He counts, of course, on the fact that no one will spend any time on that document and just get fired up because he says to. I did look at that contract and here is the response to the propaganda with references to the page numbers where I found this info. The items in BOLD are the ones listed on the “Highlights of the major points of the contract with Sallies” that he has posted to Facebook. My responses and references follow.

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How Tom Carper’s Votes and Positions Screw People and Help Rethugs to Screw People. Volume 2

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on November 30, 2016 9 Comments
How Tom Carper’s Votes and Positions Screw People and Help Rethugs to Screw People.  Volume 2

I was gonna release these at a more leisurely pace, but this one sticks in my craw. Well, they all do, but I couldn’t let this one slide any longer.  When it comes to grandstanding, Tom Carper is right there with the best. With support for the military (and braggadocio about his own service) near the top of the list.  When the rubber meets the road, though, that’s a different story.   This one is about how Tom Carper screws the grunts in the military…

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How Tom Carper’s Votes and Positions Screw People and Help Rethugs to Screw People. Volume 1

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on November 29, 2016 14 Comments
How Tom Carper’s Votes and Positions Screw People and Help Rethugs to Screw People. Volume 1

I think a lot of people view Tom Carper as an essentially well-meaning, if occasionally eccentric, public servant.  That includes a lot of Democrats and plenty of liberals who I know.  They are wrong.

His votes and stated positions, all a matter of public record, and easily discovered via a simple Google search, reveal that he largely ignores the needs of those who routinely vote for him.  He does, however, pay fealty to those who finance his campaigns, and he also gives away votes on behalf of his search for bipartisanship.  That search, like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football held by Lucy, never comes to fruition.

Carper’s desire to ‘reach across the aisle’ becomes even more dangerous in the era of Trump and Republican-controlled government.  He could well end up as the key D who enables the gutting of Medicare and Social Security.

So, while it will take several pieces to flesh out his many sins of commission and omission,  let’s get started.

Tom Carper and the Keystone Pipeline…..

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We don’t need no education

Filed in Delaware, Education, National by on November 24, 2016 7 Comments
We don’t need no education

As a former public school teacher, I loved nothing more than having an administrator, with NO teaching experience, come into my classroom with a clipboard and a checklist to tell me how to do my job better. I mean—if it’s on the checklist, it must be easy to implement in a classroom with 25+ students […]

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Tom Carper and The Third Way

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on November 22, 2016 22 Comments
Tom Carper and The Third Way

Delawareans can no longer afford the risk of having Tom Carper in the United States Senate.  He is, in his own way, as dangerous as Donald Trump because he does not represent the people of this state, but rather represents those who control the lives of ordinary people through undue influence.

We have long referred to Carper’s corporatist leanings, but we perhaps haven’t spelled them out so that people truly understood the extent of them, and the extent of the damage he has caused and can cause.

Today we begin.

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Paging 2016 MVP Nominees!

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on November 21, 2016 17 Comments
Paging 2016 MVP Nominees!

Yes, time to honor those who most contributed to the progressive cause in Delaware in 2016.  It was a real tough year, but there were some distinct bright lights, including longtime stalwarts and intriguing newcomers.

While I, of course, have some ideas, I fully expect many of those on the final list, and the order, to come directly from you.

The rules are simple.  Make your suggestions, and explain why they deserve mention.  Keep in mind that individuals or groups are welcome as are those who aren’t progressive, but somehow contributed to the progressive cause.  For example, Christine O’Donnell won this award the year she took out Mike Castle.

I’m also hoping that this may serve as a catharsis to get us all feeling more optimistic about the future and to inspire us to redouble our efforts.  After all, marching isn’t just important, but it’s a great way to lose weight.

Nominate away!

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Meyer Appoints Chairpersons to Transition Team

Filed in Delaware by on November 18, 2016 3 Comments
Meyer Appoints Chairpersons to Transition Team

On January 3, 2017, Tom Gordon will be gone. He’ll be back like herpes, but in the meantime we can move forward the Matt Meyer, the New Castle County Executive-elect. Meyer has appointed Charles H. Toliver IV and Dan Freeman to head his transition team.

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Are Carper’s Empty Suit Days Over?

Filed in Delaware, National by on November 17, 2016 12 Comments
Are Carper’s Empty Suit Days Over?

Other than being a US Senator, Tom Carper is also Delaware Liberal’s punching bag and for many a good reason. One aspect of Carper’s record that is kind of good, B minus good, is his environmental record. With Sen. Barbara Boxer’s retirement, Carper backs himself in as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

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How Many White Supremacists is Tom Carper Comfortable With?

Filed in Delaware, National by on November 16, 2016 18 Comments
How Many White Supremacists is Tom Carper Comfortable With?

After Senator Coons released a statement concerning the raging anti-Semite Stephen Bannon in the White House, a friend on Facebook asked Tom Carper what his position was. The DC office told my friend that there were no plans. My friend asked, “How many white supremacist the senator was comfortable with in the incoming administration?”

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Good Riddance Sallies

Filed in Delaware by on November 16, 2016 48 Comments
Good Riddance Sallies

The Sallies-Baynard Stadium deal is no longer and I say, “Hurrah!” When I first heard of Sallies proposal to take over Baynard Stadium, I was quite skeptical. Sallies has a history in Delaware high school sports that is not so sporting.

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Buckle up, buttercup—it’s time to march

Filed in Delaware, National by on November 16, 2016 17 Comments
Buckle up, buttercup—it’s time to march

Tuesday night, November 8, 2016, it became clear to the millions of Americans that the country they thought they lived in, the one where women, people of color, members of the LGBTQIA community, and people with disabilities were considered actual people, was just an elaborate illusion created by the “Matrix.”

Wednesday, the 54% of women who voted for an intelligent policy wonk, with years of relevant experience, a spine stronger than steel, and an actual plan, woke up to the new reality of a Donald Trump presidency, and also to a terrible hangover. As it happened, in a shocking twist, the group complaining the loudest about the “trophy generation,” and the delicate nature of millennials who demand “safe spaces,” were the ones who needed the most hand-holding, and when they didn’t get the exact amount of love and adoration they were used to, they opted to show their displeasure and voice their grievances in the only reasonable manner available—they cut off their hands and threw them at Democrats. Hillary, they claim, did not understand their specific needs, or if she did, she didn’t cater to them exclusively. They didn’t feel included in her message. They weren’t the most coveted group, and that hurt their feelings. This of course begs the question, who is the special snowflake now, middle America?

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Please Welcome Evey to DL

Filed in Delaware by on November 16, 2016 8 Comments
Please Welcome Evey to DL

We’ve known Evey for years. For some, she’s everything that is wrong with liberal women. For us, she’s everything that is right with liberal women. Please give her a warm welcome and enjoy her rants.

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I’m Just a Citizen Standing in Front of a Politician

Filed in Delaware, National by on November 15, 2016 4 Comments
I’m Just a Citizen Standing in Front of a Politician

Are you a concerned citizen? Do you rant on Facebook? Would you like to change your representatives’ minds in DC, but you aren’t a bank or big pharma? What to do?

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It’s official – Charlie Copeland is a piece of shit

Filed in Delaware by on November 1, 2016 11 Comments
It’s official – Charlie Copeland is a piece of shit

I have wrestled with what to think about Charlie Copeland. Some people that I like and respect say he is a decent guy in a tough spot, just trying to do his best. He comes from a decent philanthropic family, and his own father was instrumental in establishing Planned Parenthood in Delaware. And then I get this is my mailbox, and it reveals the truth about what kind of person Charlie Copeland really is.

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I TOLD You Scott Walker Was a Slumlord.

Filed in Delaware by on October 27, 2016 7 Comments
I TOLD You Scott Walker Was a Slumlord.

His congressional campaign was quirky, and so he seemed harmless. Which, from a political perspective, he is. But here’s the Scott Walker I know, and he’s finally being sued for it:

The lengthy complaint filed in Delaware’s Court of Chancery says Scott Walker has racked up 371 housing code violations in the city of Wilmington and New Castle County in the last decade.

The full extent of the conditions, however, are unknown since Walker’s “golden rule” for his tenants is that law and code enforcement employees are not allowed access to the properties at any time, the complaint said.

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Trump-backer Colin Bonini is going to need a long shower after this campaign

Filed in Delaware by on October 25, 2016 2 Comments

Colin Bonini has steadfastly refused to unendorse the walking punchline that is Donald Trump, and lately he’s even using the same racist dog whistle.

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Charlie Copeland still “fully supports” Donald Trump for President

Filed in Delaware by on October 20, 2016 12 Comments
Charlie Copeland still “fully supports” Donald Trump for President

After the first Presidential debate on September 26th, Charlie Copeland released a statement saying that Donald Trump won the debate with a performance that made it clear that he should be supported by Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike.

Since that time Trump has revealed the fact that he is a serial sexual predator who feels that his celebrity status gives him the freedom to grab women “by the pussy.” He has supported Russian geopolitical aims, and taken election aid directly from the Kremlin, and last night Trump said that he will keep the country “in suspense” over the question of whether or not the peaceful transfer of power will continue in American.

And yet Charlie Copeland still fully supports Donald Trump for President. That is appalling. It is one thing for Charlie Copeland to have political differences with Democrats, but to fully support a candidate that is attacking a vital tenant of our system, the notion that election results are honored and accepted by winners and losers alike, that is simply appalling.

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Let’s Talk: A Discussion About Mental Health and Addiction Sponsored by Delaware United

Filed in Delaware by on October 19, 2016 1 Comment
Let’s Talk:  A Discussion About Mental Health and Addiction Sponsored by Delaware United

Delaware United is sponsoring a meeting to discuss the correlation between Mental Health and Addiction, with some discussion of strategies to help. This looks like a very interesting and on point discussion, especially as multiple groups and agencies are working to address the needs around both. Here’s the details:

This will be a meeting hosted by Delaware United to expand the discussion about the correlation between Mental Health and Addiction, and what we can do to help in Delaware.

Our list of guests speakers include:
Trinidad Navarro, Democratic Candidate for Insurance Commissioner
Matthew Meyer, Democratic Candidate for County Executive
Dave Humes, Board Member atTAcK addiction
Denise Bowers, Candidate for Senate District 5

This will be a forum style meeting, where speakers will get to answer questions about mental health and addiction in Delaware, and discuss different positions and ideas that they have for the future.

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Colin Bonini’s Weed Legalization Petition is getting a lot of play in and out of Delaware

Filed in Delaware by on October 18, 2016 17 Comments
Colin Bonini’s Weed Legalization Petition is getting a lot of play in and out of Delaware

I heard about Colin Bonini’s weed legalization petition from a friend on the west coast.

“What are your thoughts on Senator Bonini?”

“I like his stand against civil asset forfeiture, but he is going to get crushed on election day. Why do you ask?”

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It’s Time to Legalize Pot in Delaware

Filed in Delaware by on October 12, 2016 22 Comments
It’s Time to Legalize Pot in Delaware

Senator Margaret Rose Henry has a bill in draft that she has committed to sending to the GA in January to legalize and tax marijuana sales here. She is proposing it in part to help generate more than $21M in new revenue for the state. I hope that this is money that would be specifically earmarked for Education, rather than the general fund. Still — there’s not much detail yet.

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Every Single State Legislative Race*

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on October 3, 2016 46 Comments
Every Single State Legislative Race*

The asterisk means that I’m only looking at races with one D and one R on the ballot.  Per usual, the real story is the paucity of those races.  It’s even more pathetic than usual this year. Of the 11 Senate seats up this year, 5 are uncontested.  It’s worse in the House. Of the 41 seats, 23 candidates are running unopposed.  Well more than half. Just. Awful.

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The Vance Phillips Civil Suit Comes to an End With No Justice for the Woman He Assaulted

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on September 30, 2016 96 Comments
The Vance Phillips Civil Suit Comes to an End With No Justice for the Woman He Assaulted

It has been awhile since we heard anything about the lawsuit brought by Katelynn Dunlap against Vance Phillips seeking some accountability for raping her. We talked about this multiple times here at DL, but see here, here, here and here for a good recap.) Updating the story, Ms Dunlap has filed a stipulation of dismissal for the civil action filed against Phillips in Kent County court. This isn’t quite the end of the story though. Ms. Dunlap took to the airwaves Wednesday to talk about this and released a statement about her decision to both the media and her Facebook page. This is what she published to Facebook:

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Arson, Murder, Assault Charges for Resident of Wilmington Rowhome

Filed in Delaware by on September 29, 2016 15 Comments
Arson, Murder, Assault Charges for Resident of Wilmington Rowhome

I’ll let the Delaware Online story speak for itself, because I know what else to say. This is just so sad all the way around. I know I speak for the entire Delaware Liberal community when I say our condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with the families of Lt. Christopher Leach and Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes, as our collective hope and encouragement for continued strength and recovery is with Ardythe Hope and Brad Speakman.

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Help for DL Family Raising Funds for Autism Speaks Walk

Filed in Delaware, Science and Health by on September 20, 2016 7 Comments
Help for DL Family Raising Funds for Autism Speaks Walk

Rachel Schain is DL family (we needed a musician, ok?) and she is fundraising for an Autism Speaks Walk in a couple of weeks.
Rachel is walking for all families dealing with autism and she is walking for her gorgeous toddler who has autism.

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234

Filed in Delaware by on September 15, 2016 34 Comments
234

That was the number of votes that separated Mike Purzycki and Eugene Young for Wilmington Mayor by the end of the night on Tuesday. The difference between Purzycki and Kevin Kelley was 415 votes. 12,578 votes for Mayor were cast. But at the end of the day, there were 2,734 votes cast for Eugene Young who made me proud to be a small part of his campaign everyday. Everyday. A quick reminder of where we started — a year or so back, as Eugene started talking with people to gather up support, the leadership of this city (and its pundits) told him that no one knew him, then that he needed to wait his turn for Mayor, then that he couldn’t raise any money. Eugene did, of course, overcome every bit of that and ignored the wait your turn crowd. With is smart and fiercely competitive management team, he ran a citywide campaign with more than 200 volunteers (91 volunteers showed up and volunteered on Tuesday. 91!) and ended up knocking on more than 50,000 Wilmington doors. He ran an honorable and progressive campaign and completely avoided the sideshows that were being run by the more establishment candidates. Eugene Young, his vision for the city and his crackerjack campaign team caught the attention of the News Journal who endorsed a genuine progressive for Mayor. It was a real heartbreaker to come up short by 234 votes.

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