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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., June 22, 2017

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What a shock. Liquor store owners, beer distributors and the like flooded Legislative Hall yesterday to rail against tax hikes, specifically sin tax hikes.  As might be expected, the wavering quaverers, or are they quavering waverers, were ready to fold at the first hint of special interest anger. Led, of course, by Bryon Short: Rep. […]

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Open Thread For June 21, 2017

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Delaware Correctional Officers To Finally Get Pay Raise:  Minner/Carney kicked the can down the road back in 2005, Markell punted the can as far as he could. Leading to an inevitable tragedy.  Might I point out that state employees have been treated with the same lack of regard as the correctional officers by disdainful governors? […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 21, 2017

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Let’s talk Coastal Zone, shall we?  HB 190 (Osienski), The Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act, passed the House by a 34-7 vote.  There were several amendments adopted in the House, and I think they made the bill more palatable.  Here are the substantive amendments that were adopted. HA1, which adds reporting requirements from DEDO and […]

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., June 20, 2017

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First some rare good news.  The committee that tracks Delaware’s revenue (DEFAC) has upped its prediction by $27 million.  Meaning that balancing the budget just got a little bit easier.  Of course, with a projected $400 million deficit, the General Assembly’s work is hardly complete. But every $27 mill helps. That might be the end […]

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Open Thread For June 19, 2017

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Over 1100 Animals Adopted At Bellevue.  Best wishes to all the adopters and adopted.  What an incredible job by the Brandywine Valley SPCA.  There may not be a cooler event in Delaware all year. How Trump Used Digital Disinformation (And Russian Bots?) To Win the Election. It could all come tumbling down. Ever heard of […]

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Open Thread For June 18, 2017

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Russia Does Trump A Solid. Renews expiring Trump trademarks. On Election Day. Meaning Trump has at least something to do with Russia. Civil Rights Commission Launches Probe Into Trump/Sessions Evisceration of Protections.  Who knew that naming an Alabama racist as Attorney General would lead to this? (Hey, if somebody wants to challenge me on this, […]

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Open Thread For June 16, 2017

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D’s Give Delaware’s Wealthiest Another Break.  Yep, those who inherited obscene wealth will now be able to keep all of it in the (DuPont) family.  Although not on the Senate Agenda, both the corporate tax increase and repeal of the estate tax passed the Senate and heads to the Governor.  The Estate Tax repeal says […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., June 15, 2017

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The D’s have unveiled their proposed income tax increases and, while it doesn’t go as far as I’d like, I see it as progress. The proposal would create a new top rate of 6.95% for those earning over $150,000 a year.  From the News-Journal article, here is how the current rates would be changed if […]

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Open Thread For June 15, 2017

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Trump the Target of Obstruction of Justice Probe. They may not have been investigating him when he asked Comey. They are now. R’s Respond To Attacks By Calling For Looser Gun Laws.  No A-Ha moment for them. Highmark Seeks To Extort More From Delaware Consumers: I see that Karen’s proctologist is blabbing away in the […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 14, 2017

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 14, 2017

The Day the Rethugs Showed Their Hand.  Cut wages for workers on construction projects. Throw more people off Medicaid.  Tighten the screws on the State budget.  Have you ever noticed that they always leave one essential point out of their narrative when it comes to ‘the good times (then)’  vs. ‘the bad times (now)’?  They […]

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Open Thread For June 14, 2017

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Delaware Rethugs Hold Budget Hostage For Ideological Goals.  Right to Work For Less, Medicaid Cuts, the usual. But no tax increases on the wealthy. ‘I Don’t Remember, I Can’t Recall, I’ve Got No Memory Of Anything At All’.  Sessions goes all Alzheimer’s before the Senate Intelligence Committee. It’s like Reagan on Iran-Contra. Trump Business Selling […]

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show for Tues., June 13, 2017

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From the platform of the Delaware Democratic Party: Wages: No one who works full time should have to struggle to provide for their family. Delaware Democrats support our state’s working families and strongly believe in a $15 minimum wage, paid sick leave, and short-term disability insurance. Today’s Senate Agenda features  SB 10 (Marshall), which would […]

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Open Thread For June 13, 2017

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Scumbag Trump Friend Resigns Once Business Scam Is Exposed.  He’ll still, of course, reap millions by cashing out.  Guess who his business exploited? Trump/Kushner tactics everywhere. Dog Bites Man. Trump Won’t Testify To Congress Under Oath.  His decision is absolutely 100% final. McConnell Pushing Stealth Obamacare Repeal.  When the history of this country is recounted […]

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Open Thread For June 12, 2017

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Maryland, DC AG’s To Sue Trump For Violation of Emoluments Clause.  About bleeping time. Everything he does is to benefit his businesses. Trump Give Priebus Until July 4 To Clean Up White House.  Absent a new President, that ain’t happenin’. How Police Are Helping Battle the Opioid Crisis.  Delaware is taking steps in the right […]

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Open Thread For June 11, 2017

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Erik Raser-Schramm To Head State D’s: Nobody has Erik’s campaign chops, especially when it comes to grassroots mobilization. While the article focused on his work w/Stephanie Hansen, I still view his success in leading the House D’s out of the basement and into the majority as his singular achievement.  Nobody asked me, but if I […]

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Open Thread For June 10, 2017

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Middletown’s Delaware Sports Complex Mired in Bankruptcy Proceedings:  They got the land for $1 a year from Middletown. Still couldn’t make a go of it. The State of Transgender Students in Delaware.  It varies, but could use more guidance from the state.  Especially in Sussex County, where the majority of the state’s assholes reside. Not […]

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Open Thread For June 9, 2017

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PM May’s Roll of the Dice Comes Up Snake Eyes. She’s still likely to be able to form a minority government with support from a Northern Ireland party though. But the election weakened her instead of making her Brexit initiative easier to accomplish. House Rethugs Vote To Gut Dodd-Frank.  Not even the bankers think it’s […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., June 8 2017

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After some 45 years as accepted law and practice in Delaware, the Delaware Coastal Zone Act appears to be on the fast track to being compromised as this bill cleared its House Committee yesterday.  I think it’s disgraceful that the cynics in and around the General Assembly are trying to push this bill through before […]

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Open Thread For June 7, 2017

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Trump Nominates Christopher Wray as FBI Director.  Timing purely coincidental, of course.  BTW, Chris Christie was Wray’s biggest cheerleader for the post. Why Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Found No Protesters in Saudi Arabia.  If you guessed that protesters face execution for protesting, you’d be correct.  Ross liked the fact that there were no protesters. John […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 7, 2017

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A woman’s reproductive rights will be protected in Delaware, regardless of what the US Supreme Court does.  The House (barely) passed SS1/SB5 (Townsend), which protects those rights.  The vote was 22Y, 16N, 3A. Not a single R voted for the bill. Not one. Maybe Deborah Hudson would have, but she was absent.  2 D’s voted […]

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General Assembly Pre-Game Show For Tues., June 6, 2017

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Let’s try to figure out what’s going on with this shutdown of JFC.  Whether or not the Joint Finance Committee intended it as such, I think the result was the Kabuki Theatre we now see.  By announcing these draconian cuts, JFC wittingly or unwittingly created the firestorm of public outcry that resulted.  Which led to […]

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Open Thread For June 4, 2017

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How Climate Change Deniers Won Over the Rethugs:  Start with Citizens United and the Koch Brothers and move on from there. Fake facts abound. Great piece in the NY Times. The Tax-Exempt ‘Charities’ That Promote Propaganda and Fueled Trump: The REAL fake facts, often funded by the taxpayers. Goldman Sachs D Targeted in New Jersey […]

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Open Thread For June 3, 2017

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Prisons Report Consigned to the Friday News Dump.  Bottom line: Yeah, the prisons suck, we know why, but we’ve got that $400 K deficit. You can go back to sleep now, John.  I smell lawsuits. But, John, you might want to look at the recommendations from 2005 that were never implemented.  That was during your […]

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Open Thread For June 2, 2017

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Trump Cites Fake Facts To Justify Exit From Paris Accords.  What R will stand up to this nut? How To Fight Climate Change W/O Trump?   Wonder if Trump will try to shut down this gambit. Leadership w/o the putative leader. ‘Patriotic Hacking’:  Putin knows that he’s been caught. Time to put some distance between him […]

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Mo’ Better Dems: Everybody Into the Primary Pool…RD 1

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 1, 2017 31 Comments

The incumbent: Charles Potter. District Registration:  12,665 D; 1,444 R; 2,626 I.  Those are not misprints. OK, why should Charles Potter be primaried? First, he and his family have fed at the public trough for far too long. And, yes, by ‘family’ I also include disgraced ex-Mayor Dennis P. Williams, who is Potter’s cousin. The […]

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