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The Weekly Addresses

Filed in Delaware, National by on November 1, 2014 0 Comments

President Obama:

Governor Markell:

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [11.1.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [11.1.14]

Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, on Mill Creek Road at McKennan’s Church Road in Mill Creek Hundred. The church was built in 1853. Photo by Xzmattzx.

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Lack of Clean Hands: Complaints filed against GOP Organizations for Campaign Finance Violations

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Lack of Clean Hands:  Complaints filed against GOP Organizations for Campaign Finance Violations

After the Dana Long incident, I warned Republicans against triumphalism, indicating to them that they better have clean hands when it comes to this election. While this is not necessarily directly analogous, indeed I would say this is worse, the Democratic Party has filed a complaint with the Elections Commissioner over multiple campaign finance violations by state Republican organizations. Come inside for the full release….

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Friday Daily Delawhere [10.31.14]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [10.31.14]

Happy Halloween! This photo of Frightland was taken by Jay Joslin on Flickr.

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Sign This Petition — Rep. Smyk Should Apologize

Filed in Delaware by on October 30, 2014 29 Comments
Sign This Petition — Rep. Smyk Should Apologize

Sexual assault is serious and traumatic for its survivors — and there is no comparison to paying taxes. Insisting on that comparison is certainly callous and certainly stupid. Two things that may, in fact, be habit with Rep. Smyk. He needs to apologize (and stop chasing down people he thinks are responsible for circulating this) and he needs to apologize now. Please sign this petition that calls upon Smyk to apologize for his stupid and offensive use of the word “rape” in trying to defend corporate interests.

Then, make sure you go vote for Marie Mayor, who will certainly respect and represent her constituents better than this.

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Kevin Wade – Fear and Ebola

Filed in Delaware by on October 30, 2014 7 Comments

“ChipKevin Wade has chosen to abandon his campaign against Chris Coons, and instead started to run against science.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [10.30.14]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [10.30.14]

A bridge for the Wilmington & Western Railroad over Red Clay Creek near Yorklyn. Photo by Xzmattzx.

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2014: My Predictions

Filed in Delaware by on October 29, 2014 12 Comments
2014: My Predictions

Everyone knows who the President of the United States. But after that, it’s a crap shoot. A Jimmy Kimmel (I think, maybe it was a Jimmy Fallon skit) revealed that some people in New York don’t know who Joe Biden is. And we know moving down the electoral ladder, from governor to U.S. Senator to your representative in Congress to your state Senators and Representatives and your local councilpeople, that the smaller and more local a position, the less likely it is that people are going to know who they are. So the people who have the most power to affect your daily and everyday life, i.e. your county and city councilmen and women, your state representatives and senators, are strangers to you. But everyone knows Obama.

As a local political blog, we strive to keep you informed as to who the most important politicians to you are. But even we fail at that sometimes. National political news is easier to follow, because you know the players and the players want to be known, and you have many people wanting to tell you the story. If you want to follow local politics, your choices are limited, hard to find, and often lacking much substance. And its hard to follow events because the players are lesser known to you.

So to help in that, let’s start in talking about and predicting all of the offices up and down the ballot. And as you see below, I have included all the statewide and county level Row offices, even though I think some of them should not be elected offices (yeah, we shouldn’t be electing sheriffs, treasurers, recorders of deeds or wills, at any level of government).

Now, El Somnambulo has already posted his predictions for you. And he, along with our illustrious founder, Jason330, are very pessimistic, in their attitude, and in some of their predictions. I am a little more optimistic and realistic.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [10.29.14]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [10.29.14]

Hockessin Friends Meeting House, on Old Wilmington Road in Hockessin. The meetinghouse was built in 1738. Photo by Xzmattzx.

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El Somnambulo Predicts ‘Em All For You!

Filed in Delaware by on October 28, 2014 68 Comments
El Somnambulo Predicts ‘Em All For You!

The tough races are really tough, the easy races are really easy. I know I’m not running the table, but I don’t know where I’ll falter. I just know that I will. If there’s a unifying theme, I think it’s that D’s will struggle in Delaware more than usual, which is exactly what I expect to happen nationwide. Hope I’m wrong. These predictions are also going up a week out, and there’s plenty of movement in some of the races.

With that depressing, but not hopeless, forecast out of the way, here we go:

United States Senate: Chris Coons over Kevin Wade, 58-40%, with Andrew Groff of the Green Party at 2%. I’ll be among the 2 percenters.

US Representative: This provides the true measure of how many people will vote Republican no matter what.  Does Rose Izzo get over 30%? I’m going Carney 67%, Izzo 29%, with the Green and Libertarian candidates maybe getting 4%.  For me, it’ll be August in November.

Attorney General: Matt Denn will win, does he break 60%?

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [10.28.14]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [10.28.14]

The Wilmington Waterfront by Dewski on Flickr.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [10.27.14]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [10.27.14]

Nearing peak color on Old Coach Road in Pike Creek. Photo by Xzmattzx.

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Is This What’s Happening at the News Journal?

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Is This What’s Happening at the News Journal?

We all know that the NJ is working on the lastest Gannett revenue extraction scheme — the Newsroom of the Future — that mainly looks like a way to implement a staff reduction while re-orienting their attention to their website, rather than the paper. This article from the Nashville Scene provides some details of what is going on at The Tenneseean (another Gannett property going through the same thing):

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Rep. Smyk Thinks Delaware Casinos are Being Raped

Filed in Delaware by on October 26, 2014 28 Comments
Rep. Smyk Thinks Delaware Casinos are Being Raped

So he says in this recording of a debate answer defending his vote for bailing out casinos. Smyk is — surprise — an ex-cop and the district he represents is the area where Bradley committed his crimes against children. And this career cop wants you to believe that the taxes paid by casinos are the equivalent of rape. A comment that completely diminishes the violence of real rape and completely devalues the real trauma endured by its victims. To be sure, plenty of Ds voted for this bailout too — but none of them would tell you they were somehow in the rape prevention business. His opponent, Marie Mayor, has a great response — that the revenues from casinos ought to be in use the fix Delaware infrastructure, which is exactly right. So the choice is between the R who wants to reduce the casino taxes vs the D who wants to help get our roads and bridges fixed. There’s no point in re-electing Smyk if the only people he plans to represent are a handful of casino owners.

Come inside for the video….

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [10.26.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [10.26.14]

Walker’s Mill, on the Brandywine River in Henry Clay Village. The mill was built in 1815 as a cotton mill, and was converted into a weaving mill in 1843 by A.I. DuPont. The mill operated until 1938. Photo by xzmattzx.

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The Weekly Addresses

Filed in Delaware, National by on October 25, 2014 3 Comments

President Obama:

Governor Markell:

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [10.25.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [10.25.14]

University of Delaware’s Recitation Hall, off of Main Street in Newark. The hall was built in 1892 by Furness, Evans and Company, as Delaware College began expanding. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [10.24.14]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [10.24.14]

Beach entrance near Fenwick Island. Photo by xzmattzx.

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KWS Goes to Bat For Mega Insurance Company

Filed in Delaware, National by on October 23, 2014 35 Comments
KWS Goes to Bat For Mega Insurance Company

Our purported insurance regulator, Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart, is instead trying to run interference for Met Life.  Check out this article from the state government website: fer cryin’ out loud:

DOVER, DE  – In a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and other federal regulators, Delaware Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart has urged them to reconsider their vote to propose that MetLife be labeled as a “systemically important financial institution” (SIFI) and therefore subject to tougher federal regulation. “Based on my experience as an insurance regulator (insert joke here), and a regulator of one of MetLife’s larger insurance subsidiaries, I do not believe that MetLife’s businesses and corporate structure create the kind of systemic risk that Dodd-Frank’s SIFI designation process was designed to address,” she said. Stewart argues explicitly against the designation of MetLife and said state regulators are capable and competent to continue the oversight of the company (insert joke here).

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [10.23.14]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [10.23.14]

Rowhomes near the Brandywine Park and River in Wilmington. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [10.22.14]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [10.22.14]

I once took a corner too fast on this road, hit some gravel, went into a 360 degree spin and plowed into one of these stone walls. The wall was not damaged. I was. Brandywine Springs Park area. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [10.21.14]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [10.21.14]

The Marshall House, on NW Front Street in North Milford. Part of the house was first built in 1787, and the “newer” western portion of the house was built in 1811. The house is now a Victorian tea bar. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [10.20.14]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [10.20.14]

Looking towards North Wilmington from Center City. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [10.19.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [10.19.14]

Fall colors near Corner Ketch. Photo by xzmattzx.

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The Weekly Addresses

Filed in Delaware, National by on October 18, 2014 0 Comments

President Obama:

Governor Markell:

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