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Results of the Complexities of Color Wilmington Mayoral Debate Focus Group

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 25, 2016 6 Comments
Results of the Complexities of Color Wilmington Mayoral Debate Focus Group

You’ll remember that the CoC in conjunction with the Metropolitan Urban League Young Professionals, Delaware Young Democrats Minority Caucus and IMAC hosted a Mayoral Debate at Ezion Fair on April 18. One of the potentially interesting things that could come from that debate was some polling data — in the form of a focus group — that might start shedding some light on the state of this race. I’ve permission to share this results memo on Delaware Liberal (I will post the actual memo later today — I can’t do that from here right now):

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Candidate Fair Tonight – Delaware Americans for Democratic Action (DADA)

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Candidate Fair Tonight – Delaware Americans for Democratic Action (DADA)

Via FaceBook:

Want to get involved in a political campaign for economic, social, and racial justice? Were you supporting one of the Presidential Candidates in Delaware and want to continue that push for progressive social change?

Then come to this Political Candidate Fair for Economic, Social, and Racial Justice where we’ll have campaign teams from those running for Congress, Lt. Gov., and Mayor of the City of Wilmington.

Co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League Young Professionals and Delaware Americans for Democratic Action.

If you’ve never been part of a political campaign, but have been curious to what it’s like then this is your chance!

When: Tonight! May 23, 2016

Where: Woodlawn Library (2020 West 9th St., Wilm, DE 19805)

Time: 5:00 – 6:30pm

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Matt Denn Comes Right Out and Says It: Delaware Is A Police State.

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 21, 2016 30 Comments
Matt Denn Comes Right Out and Says It: Delaware Is A Police State.

This is one of the most important stories of the year. Attorney General Matt Denn admitted that the main reason why no officers were charged in the shooting death of Jeremy McDole was b/c the law enabling police to shoot first and face no consequences is so broadly written that it’s virtually impossible to charge police in any shooting.  From the News-Journal article:

Denn’s decision didn’t rest solely on the facts of the case. Hamstringing the AG’s efforts was that Jeremy “Bam” McDole was killed in Delaware, a state that essentially immunizes law enforcement officers from criminal responsibility when they use deadly force in response to a perceived threat.

Here, a police officer doesn’t have to prove the use of deadly force was “actually necessary to protect the officer against death or serious physical injury,” according to the recent state Department of Justice report. “All (the officer) must show is that he believed that to be the case at the time that he used deadly force, whether that belief was reasonable or unreasonable.”

So, am I missing anything here? If an officer states that they ‘believed’ there was a threat, even if no other reasonable person would believe such a thing, he can shoot at will and w/o fear of consequence. 

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Delaware Political Weekly: May 13-19, 2016

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 20, 2016 22 Comments
Delaware Political Weekly: May 13-19, 2016

We have a Democratic Primary in the 9th RD.

OK, kids, some of you (well, LG) will remember that this was the district that Rebecca Walker vacated after the filing deadline in 2014, meaning that the voters didn’t get to pick the D nominee. R Kevin Hensley defeated D appointee and Walker choice Jason Hortiz, a former R candidate for Clerk of the Peace, 3290-2950 in the 2014 General Election. You may also remember that, back in 2010, Walker, who had lost to Dick Cathcart back in 2008, told the RD committee that she wasn’t running.  Into the breach stepped one Richard Griffiths, who was endorsed by the committee. Then Cathcart ‘retired’, after his dirty dealings at Del-State were revealed, and Walker jumped back in. She defeated Griffiths handily in the primary, 970-258, and edged out John Marino in the general, 5583-5301. Then, of course, she got a job where she can help the police cover up evidence that police might, just might, have been engaged in wrongdoing.  (Have I mentioned lately just how corrupt and incestuous the politicians in this state are? Oh, and did I mention that her husband is an ex-cop?)

But, I digress. Richard Griffiths has filed to run in the 9th, and he has a primary opponent, one Monique Johns.  All I’ve got for Griffiths is his 2010 announcement notice. Johns appears to be, uh, the wife (‘First Lady’) to a Bible Fellowship pastor.  I know that Liberal Geek was real high on Griffiths back in 2010, can you fill us in on what’s going on, Big Guy? Can a D knock off Hensley this year?

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., May 18, 2016

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 18, 2016 12 Comments
General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., May 18, 2016

I need our readers to enlighten me on two roll calls that took place yesterday: 1. HB 330 (Heffernan), which unanimously passed the House, was defeated in the Senate. 7 Y, 13 N, 1 NV.  That’s rare, especially with both houses in control of the D’s.  And this vote didn’t reflect a partisan split. Here’s […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Tues., May 17, 2016

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Tues., May 17, 2016

I’m back from Oregon, and I see that I didn’t miss much.

The General Assembly is currently in collective thumbs-twiddling mode.  I now understand why they took a week off recently.  It’s not like they have nothing to address (like minimum wage), it’s just that they’ve chosen not to address much of consequence. Cowardice in an election year, who’dathunkit?

Can we just talk about minimum wage? Please?  While places across the country are passing $15 an hour minimum, idiot/legislators like Andria Bennett and Quin Johnson turn up their noses at a far less ambitious proposal by accepting Chamber talking points w/o even looking on their own at how higher minimum wages have impacted communities that have implemented them.  Plus, if one of them should ‘falter’ and eventually go against the Chamber, there is always the no-longer-running-for-Congress business lackey Bryon Short waiting to deep-six the proposal. When it comes to minimum wage, Delawareans did better when the R’s controlled the House than they do now.

As to the notion of raising taxes on Delaware’s wealthiest, I wrote about this last year. If it wasn’t even gonna be considered in an off-year (thanks, Pete), it certainly isn’t gonna be passed in an election year. The General Assembly made the decision to give more to the 1%, hence the corporate bailouts that were rushed through in January.  More and better Democrats are few and far between in Dover.

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The Murdertown Chronicles, Part 2 Released

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 16, 2016 9 Comments
The Murdertown Chronicles, Part 2 Released

Part 2 was released today and this post has updated links. Have you heard about this new podcast? Sponsored by the Delaware Center for Justice, this is a long-form reporting project that is meant to explore the role that poverty plays in Wilmington’s crime problems. This will be in four parts — and so far includes voices from young men wrapped up in crime as well as voices from the ACLU, Dr. Yasser Payne, Charlie Copeland and others who are illuminating the larger picture involved with Wilmington’s crime problems. I’ve listened to the first one (this is about 20 minutes long) and it is riveting. Give it a listen and I hope you’ll come back to this thread to discuss this work and the issues it raises.

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I actually agree with Christine O’Donnell, and think Mike Castle is wrong

Filed in Delaware by on May 13, 2016 7 Comments

Here’s something I never thought I’d write in a million years – Christine O’Donnell is right.

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Delaware Democrats Elect Delegates for DNC

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 8, 2016 8 Comments
Delaware Democrats Elect Delegates for DNC

Yesterday, in Dover, the state Democratic Party elected their delegates for the Democratic National Convention this summer in Philadelphia.

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Tues., May 3, 2016.

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 3, 2016 11 Comments
General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Tues., May 3, 2016.

By far the most important bill on the House Agenda is SS2/SB 130(McDowell).  The bill:

defines criteria for a local government to enter into an agreement with the Department of Transportation (“Department”) to create transit-oriented development districts, called Complete Community Enterprise Districts (“District”), for the purposes of promoting economic development. A District may be designated in downtown or urban core areas, traditional towns or villages, or regional activity centers. A District is characterized by its mix of land uses, efficient use of public infrastructure, efficient use of public services, and multiple modes of public transportation combined with environmentally friendly private transportation.

I  look for this bill to pass some time this week.

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Why Lisa Dean Moseley Matters–Even If Her Death Doesn’t.

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on May 2, 2016 22 Comments
Why Lisa Dean Moseley Matters–Even If Her Death Doesn’t.

Sherry Freebury. Elmer Setting. Lisa Dean Moseley.

We all know that Freebury and Setting, at the time they accepted favors from Moseley, were/are among the most powerful people in New Castle County and deeply connected to the county police.

Freebury received, and publicly admitted that she would never have had to repay, a $2.3 million sweetheart loan from Linda Dean Moseley allegedly in exchange for county approvals for a country club that Moseley wanted.  At the time she received that loan, she was Tom Gordon’s CEO, as she was from 1997 to 2004. She previously was the head of NCC police, as was Gordon.  There’s so much more on Freebury and Gordon.  This article serves as a good starting point.

More recently, the longstanding ‘rent-free’ deal that current NCC Police Commissioner has enjoyed from Moseley was documented in the this WDEL story.  He claims he provides ‘security and maintenance’ for the property.  (BTW, didja know that one of Lisa Dean Moseley’s marriages was to her gardener? Another was to her gynecologist. But more on that later.)

Lisa Dean Moseley died recently.  Here is the obit from the paper.

I searched for anything recent in the News-Journal to place her life and death in context.  After all, context is everything.  So far, nothing.  If she had merely had the two clearly inappropriate relationships with Freebury and Setting, that alone would have warranted such an article.  Two law enforcement officers at the highest level being paid off for their ‘services’.

But here’s another reason why anyone from law enforcement should have had nothing to do with Moseley, and perhaps a reason why they did. 

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More Proof the ‘News’-Journal Has Jumped the Shark

Filed in Delaware by on May 1, 2016 8 Comments
More Proof the ‘News’-Journal Has Jumped the Shark

I can’t vouch for the tipster’s claim that two ex-sportswriters are penning the editorials, but this classic from today’s opinion page speaks for itself: “Two years ago, Ken Simpler became the highest-ranking Republican in Gov. Jack Markell’s administration when he was elected insurance commissioner.” Besides the fact that Insurance Commissioner is a separate office and not […]

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Delaware Political Weekly: April 22-28, 2016.

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 29, 2016 15 Comments
Delaware Political Weekly: April 22-28, 2016.

While the Trumpster talks about building a literal wall between the US and Mexico, Bryan Townsend is building a figurative electoral wall around the greater Newark area.  His campaign HQ is in Newark, the preponderance of his grassroots efforts so far have been in the greater Newark area, and all of these endorsements are from legislators who more or less are from that area.  It makes sense to me.  Shows that his grassroots campaign is paying off.  He now starts with a solid group of supporters largely based on geography.  That’s a nice chunk of voters who he can count on.  The question will become: To what extent can he expand and replicate that grassroots either throughout the state as a whole or in a more specific sense. A great start though.  Haven’t contributed to his campaign for, oh, three weeks or so.  Might be time to ante up again.

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More Shenanigans in Tom Gordon’s NCCo Government

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More Shenanigans in Tom Gordon’s NCCo Government

As previewed in this Tweet from earlier this week, WDEL reports that NCCo PD Chief Elmer Setting doesn’t pay rent at the house he lives in on Lisa Dean Mosley’s property. I could have sworn I read that here at DL awhile ago, but I can’t find it.  Still — John Flaherty speaks for me […]

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Wilmington Mayoral Debates at Ezion Fair

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Wilmington Mayoral Debates at Ezion Fair

Last night was another big Mayoral debate, this one including the newly announced (but not filed) Maria Cabrera and finally showing up Dennis Williams. This debate was sponsored by the Complexities of Color Coalition, the Metropolitan Urban League Young Professionals, Interdenominational Ministers Action Council, Delaware Young Democrats Minority Caucus and Delaware Black and held at Ezion Fair church in Southbridge. This was really well attended and the audience was definitely there to be engaged. The NJ provides a bunch of the highlights of the evening, but I want to focus on some campaign themes emerging and a different cattle call at the end.

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One Of the Good Guys Leaving Elective Office.

Filed in Delaware by on April 19, 2016 1 Comment
One Of the Good Guys Leaving Elective Office.

Thankfully, for a good reason.  Sussex County Justice of the Peace John Brady will take a court appointed position in Sussex County and will not run for reelection.

He has been an integral figure in the expansion of equal rights for all Delaware citizens, and he’s changed things for the better.

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., April 19, 2016

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., April 19, 2016

Oh, Jeez, Frank Luntz must be consulting with the House R’s again.  Today, Greenville’s Debbie Hudson and Monsignor Greg Lavelle are pushing the, wait for it, Parent Empowerment Education Savings Account Act in the House Education Committee.  If the bill’s title leads you to suspect that this is another scheme to take $$’s away from public schools, you are correct:

This bill provides opportunities to parents of special needs students to select the most appropriate and productive educational pathway for their children by using funds otherwise allocated to their residential school district.

The co-sponsors of this legislation appeal to the General Assembly to dignify parents of special needs children, by approving an innovative experiment to empower certain parents with the authority to design their special needs children’s education plan, subject only to state approval of vendors to be managed by the state Department of Education or its designee.

And, of course, those parents who aren’t ‘empowered’ will find resources even scarcer than ever. Why do Rethugs hate public education?

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Delaware Political Weekly: April 8-14, 2016.

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 15, 2016 7 Comments
Delaware Political Weekly: April 8-14, 2016.

NCC Councilman Joseph Reda passed away yesterday at the age of 73. A ‘sheet metal worker, union man, bartender, husband and politician’, Reda earned the affection and admiration of all of his colleagues, regardless of political differences. I encourage you to read the obituary. He did a lot of good for a lot of people. People really liked him. Folks like that deserve to be remembered.

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We Have Debate Watch Parties!

Filed in Delaware, National by on April 14, 2016 7 Comments
We Have Debate Watch Parties!

Tonite is the debate between Hillary and Bernie in New York. There are a couple of local debate watch parties that I know of listed below. The operative phrase here is “that I know of”. If you are aware of others, please post the details in the comments and one of us will get the information in the main post. So here we go:

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., April 13, 2016

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 13, 2016 17 Comments
General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., April 13, 2016

I don’t think it was on yesterday’s Senate Agenda, but this was the best, and potentially most important, bill passed yesterday. SS2/SB 130 (McDowell) creates Complete Community Enterprise Districts, and here’s the statement of policy as to what they’re supposed to do:

(1) Encourage development that maximizes the economic value to the citizens and the government of the State of both existing and new transportation infrastructure.

(2) Strategically deploy transportation funds in ways that meet the mobility needs of the people of the State at the lowest total economic cost to the people and government of the State.

(3) Encourage transportation solutions that enable the formation of new households in the State that have less than one vehicle per adult worker.

Should the bill become law, local communities could enter into agreements with DELDOT to create districts using the synergies described above.

McDowell has been at this issue for virtually his entire career.  Troglodytes like Kermit Justice and a succession of like-minded Transportation Secretaries have kept Delaware far behind the national curve when it comes to innovative mass transportation alternatives.  Justice fought commuter rail tooth and nail.  Until, of course, his conviction for taking kickbacksJason330’s new BFF, Colin Bonini, was a co-sponsor, leaving only three downstate Troggs to vote no. Hocker, Lawson and Simpson.

It looks like this bill has the strong support of the current DELDOT secretary, so maybe better things are ahead.  I know that this would be a boon for the ongoing Claymont renaissance, so I’m for it.

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., April 13, 2016

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 12, 2016 13 Comments
Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show:  Tues., April 13, 2016

The Governor and leaders of the General Assembly, along with the State Chamber of Commerce, are repeating the same strategy they employed so effectively to emasculate a decent minimum wage increase two years ago.

The exact same strategy, in fact. Step One: Get some DINO like Brian Bushweller to express reservations about the bill, thus requiring supporters to weaken it in order for it to pass the Senate.

Step Two: Have Speaker Pete put it in the House Business Lapdog Committee, instead of the Labor Committee. Step Three: Get a couple of putative D legislators to parrot Chamber talking points and express ‘concerns’ they have with the bill. Step Four: Either kill the bill in committee or, failing that, make the bill even weaker than the bill that passed the Senate.

While states like New York and California have passed bills establishing a $15 minimum wage, and while several municipalities have done the same, what passes for D leadership here seeks to water down a bill that would provide a phase-in of an eventual $10.25 minimum wage.  This, of course, after tossing something like $50 mill to corporate serial polluters to stay here.

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Delaware Political Weekly: April 1-7, 2016

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 8, 2016 40 Comments
Delaware Political Weekly: April 1-7, 2016

That was a pretty weak non-denial denial, wasn’t it? The person who could shed light on it refuses, claiming that it is a confidential personnel matter. If nothing happened, if he never took those lists, then wouldn’t a simple ‘He did his job, he didn’t take the lists’ be justified? I also love the part about how the complainant was invited to come in, but didn’t. You live in Section 8 housing, you’re gonna head on up to Cop-land? Whole thing smells like a cover-up to me with ex-cops acting as the enforcers. Since Gordon is no stranger to ethical violations or even illegalities, and since everyone knows it, I don’t know whether it will impact him. But he clearly did a 180 on that tape when he found out who the alleged miscreant was. Will the primordial ooze flowing through county government flush him down into one of NCC’s sewers this time? It depends on whether his D opponent, Matthew Meyer, runs an effective and aggressive campaign. It’s also possible that if Barry Nahe, who has filed as an R for County Executive, turns out to be a non-ideological candidate running on the issues of transparency and competence, he could defeat the ethical black hole that is Gordon. Nahe has been Chief of Building Operations and Maintenance in NCC since 2008.

As to Bethany Hall Long, I think it could damage her campaign for Lieutenant Governor. Even if it turns out that Dana Long did nothing wrong, she could unfairly wind up as collateral damage. She barely got a mulligan on the first one (the sign-stealing), but people may start seeing this as a pattern, even if there’s no pattern. It also places John Carney in a bit of a predicament. He’s made no secret internally that he would prefer to run on a ticket with BHL. If he no longer prefers to, her candidacy takes a huge hit. Does Carney want to risk having Gordon sewage all over him? I don’t think so. BTW, let me go back to the sign-stealing thing for a moment. Long didn’t just steal signs, he was a serial sign-stealer. Dana Long got caught b/c his opponents’ signs had gotten stolen so much that they got frustrated and essentially set him up on camera. I fully understand that. My signs were selectively stolen when I ran against Wayne Smith, and I fantasized about catching the thieves in the act. So, Dana Long doesn’t get a pass from me. As of now, we don’t know if Long did anything wrong and/or if BHL knew about anything he might have done wrong. Don’t know if people are in the mood to give her the benefit of the doubt this time.

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In Which We Find Tom Gordon Telling You Not to Believe Your Lyin’ Eyes

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In Which We Find Tom Gordon Telling You Not to Believe Your Lyin’ Eyes

Anyone surprised that Gordon is denying any allegations or corruption or mismanagement? Or that he is blaming Grimaldi? Saying that one of the parties who is actually heard on the tape is “misinformed”.

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Tales of Corruption from Tom Gordon’s NCC — Coverups, Double Dealing and GA Senators

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Tales of Corruption from Tom Gordon’s NCC — Coverups, Double Dealing and GA Senators

First, go look at WDEL’s story on this. The story as currently released alleges that an employee of the county (and husband of Bethany Hall-Long) took confidential records of low-income housing residents in order to run his own personal phone bank for his wife.

A confidential source implicated Hall-Long’s husband, Dana Long, in allegedly using his position as a Section 8 housing property inspector–a contract position within New Castle County government–to lobby for his wife’s state Senate re-election bid.

A confidential source told WDEL that Long took the county’s protected contact list of low-income housing residents and cold-called them–on his own time–urging residents in his district to vote for his wife when she faced Republican John Marino in her 2014 re-election bid.

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Outing People Is NOT Okay

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Outing People Is NOT Okay

Kevin Ohlandt, of Exceptional Delaware, has crossed a line. He has outed an anonymous commenter – and one that doesn’t post on his blog. Publius posts on Kilroy’s. I disagree with Publius almost 100% of the time. His comments read like a high school burn book, but that is no excuse for what Kevin has done. There might not be many rules in blogging, but this one is carved in stone.

I hesitate to link to the post because giving this sort of behavior more hits is wrong.  I have emailed Kevin asking him to pull the post. I’ll update with his decision.

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