Delaware

Delaware GOP No Longer Has An AG Candidate

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on August 13, 2018 2 Comments

Not surprising since I doubt that anyone can remember they had an AG candidate. For the record, her name is/was Peggy Marshall Thomas. In announcing that she was dropping out,  she asked “the media to ‘respect her privacy’.”  No problem, Peggy. The R’s have until Sept. 4 to name someone to replace her on the […]

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Tom Carper In His Own Words: Why He Should No Longer Be Senator

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on August 10, 2018 6 Comments

When Tom Carper ran against Bill Roth in 2000, he made age the issue while claiming that age was not the issue. Of course, age wasn’t the issue, said Carper. Energy was.  Don’t believe me? Read this piece on that race from 2000. Won’t take you long to find the money quote. Here’s how Tom […]

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Aug. 7 Open Thread: For Midterm Voters, Any Democrat Will Do

Filed in Delaware, National, Open Thread by on August 7, 2018 6 Comments

Many liberals are too accustomed to the malfeasance of the Democratic Party to appreciate that midterm voters don’t care whether Democrats are neo-liberals or progressives. Viewed in horse-race terms, all signs point to a wave that will swamp Republicans in the House. Remember the lesson of the current Congress: A party’s internal conflicts are easy […]

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Most Intriguing Delaware Primaries: RD 5

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on August 3, 2018 37 Comments

This is the district that was specifically drawn for Melanie George, now Melanie George Smith.  The 2012 version retains most of the barbell-ian characteristics of the original 2002 incarnation and stretches from Bear to New Castle.  It was part of a deal that D leadership, specifically Bob Gilligan, cut with the R’s who controlled the […]

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Aug. 2 Open Thread: Liberals Are Not Popular, But Liberal Ideas Are

Filed in Delaware, International, National, Open Thread by on August 2, 2018 2 Comments

When people say, “I worry that voters will be scared of a leftist agenda,” they’re really saying, “I’m scared of a leftist agenda.” Polling demonstrates this over and over again — people label themselves conservative but approve of all sorts of programs that are unabashedly liberal. Here’s another one that shows surprising strength even for […]

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Most Intriguing Primaries: RD 22

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on July 31, 2018 14 Comments

This one is a political scientist’s dream.  A retiring long-time legislator.  A district which has moved from red to purple.  Primaries in both parties. The retiring legislator is Joe Miro.  Probably the last of his breed: A moderate R from a northern New Castle County district that is trending more D every month. Current registration […]

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Why Isn’t John Atkins In Jail?

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on July 25, 2018 17 Comments

After allegedly strangling a woman earlier this month, Atkins was arrested again this week for harassing the same victim and for breaching the conditions of his release: www.wdel.com/news/ex-state-lawmaker-atkins-charged-with-harassing-victim His punishment?: He’s free on his own recognizance. This man is a serial abuser of women.  He is not wired right. While many people accused of non-violent […]

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Most Intriguing Primaries: New Castle County Council Districts 1, 4 & 6

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on July 25, 2018 3 Comments

We have two insurgent candidacies challenging back-benchers, and we have an outlier.   Let’s start with the outlier. Perpetual candidate and realtor Vincent White is challenging Penrose Hollins in Council District 4.  If elected, White would join fellow family members Charles Potter and Velda Jones Potter in feeding off the taxpayers. Not to mention the unwillingly-retired […]

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July 24 Open Thread: Stand Your Ground = License to Kill

Filed in Delaware, International, National by on July 24, 2018 1 Comment

The latest Florida outrage — I know, it’s a new one almost every day — involves the cold-blooded slaying of another black man by another white man who apparently will get away scot-free by invoking the NRA’s notorious stand-your-ground law, claiming that the white man felt his life was threatened by the black man, who […]

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July 22 Open Thread: Democrats in the Woods Looking for Their Balls

Filed in Delaware, National, Open Thread by on July 22, 2018 4 Comments

The timidity of the Democratic Party establishment has long been chronicled ’round these parts, but it’s getting late in the election cycle and the mainstream pundits are starting to react with the same frustration that’s common ’round these parts. America’s best daily newspaper columnist, Leonard Pitts, questions whether the party’s leaders understand that they’re in […]

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John Atkins A Laughingstock No More

Filed in Delaware by on July 20, 2018 3 Comments

He is now a serial practitioner of domestic violence. There is nothing funny about that.  There is not a single redeeming feature about him.  Of course he claims ‘self defense’ when the victim clearly had choke marks on her neck and also had a black eye.  It’s time to put his ass in the same […]

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Bipartisanship Forever! Coons Takes Wing With GOP Lame Duck

Filed in Delaware, National by on July 19, 2018 2 Comments

Don’t accuse Sen. Chris Coons of doing nothing about Trump’s treason. Yesterday he swung into bold action by — INTRODUCING A RESOLUTION! Better yet, it’s a BIPARTISAN resolution! The Republic is saved! Or maybe not. His Republican symbiote on this is Arizona’s Jeff Flake, whose career died when he attacked Trump and scared any other […]

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Most Intriguing Primaries: SD 2 And SD 3

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on July 18, 2018 22 Comments

I first want to talk about how local Democratic primaries could impact the statewide primary races.  For the most part, with just a few exceptions,  the local primaries could well drive up progressive participation precisely where such participation could help statewide reform candidates. It’s just the way the primaries worked out geographically and demographically this […]

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