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The GOP’s Electoral Map Problem

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The GOP’s Electoral Map Problem

Chris Cillizza starts the analysis of the Electoral Map:

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The Dem Nightmare Map

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The Dem Nightmare Map

Donald Trump wins all the rust belt and coal belt toss-ups and toss-ups that have significantly restricted the voting rights of minorities. Click the map to create your own at 270toWin.com

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Trump and Sanders win in Dem’s blind spot

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Trump and Sanders win in Dem’s blind spot

Clinton may agree with Sanders on 95% of the issues, but it is the 5% of the time that she is on the side of the financial industry and not the people that voters still want to talk about.

Sanders is a one issue candidate, and it has always been within Clinton’s power to eliminate Sanders from the race by co-opting his message on the rigged economy. That she hasn’t done it suggests to me that she can’t bring herself to do it.

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Wednesday Open Thread [5.4.16]

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Wednesday Open Thread [5.4.16]

Alright. Jason and I have to admit that we were wrong. Ted Cruz will not be the nominee. And Unstable Isotope was right: Donald Trump will be the nominee.

Bernie Sanders rebounded after a string of five defeats over the last two weeks to defeat Hillary Clinton in the Indiana Democratic presidential 52% to 48%. He wins 43 delegates to Hillary’s 37 from the contest, meaning he has gained 6 delegates on Hillary from the performance. At that rate, he will catch up to Hillary sometime in April 2017 after she has passed her first budget as President. Hillary leads Sanders still by 296 pledged delegates, thus Sander’s win last night, or wins by similar margins in all of the remaining nine contests, does little to impede Clinton’s likely path to the nomination.

Ted Cruz had a much easier path to the nomination of his party than does Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Party. Ted Cruz dropped out last night because that path was foreclosed. Bernie’s path to the nomination was foreclosed on April 19 after his 20 point loss in the New York primary. But he remains in the race.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [5.4.2016]

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Tuesday Open Thread [5.3.16]

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Tuesday Open Thread [5.3.16]

This is a true open thread today, since today I am at an all day continuing legal education seminar, so I didn’t have time to read all the stories I need to. So have at it.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [5.3.2016]

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Bernie Math

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I saw this last week, but held off on posting it. But now Bernie Sanders himself is insisting we are going to a contested convention that he will win.

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“Establishment” Republicans easy path into the arms of Trump

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“Establishment” Republicans easy path into the arms of Trump

Did you notice how easy it was for Copeland to pivot from hating Trump to loving him? A while back Josh Marshall dissected the #nevertrump mindset and sketched a path by which Establishment Republicans like Charlie Copeland could come to love for Trump quickly and completely.

He began by asking about the basic policy differences someone like Copeland might have with Trump. There aren’t many because Trump is essentially a doctrinaire Republican, only more so.

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Elections Are Not Binary

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Elections Are Not Binary

Several times when I have mentioned by distaste for Hillary Clinton, one of the common replies from the Hillaryites has been, “I guess you will be voting for Trump in November.” The first thing that bothers me about this comment is that is supposes there are only two choices on the ballot in November. Either […]

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Monday Open Thread [5.2.16]

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Monday Open Thread [5.2.16]

From the fingers of George F. Will: “In losing disastrously, Trump probably would create down-ballot carnage sufficient to end even Republican control of the House. Ticket splitting is becoming rare in polarized America: In 2012, only 5.7 percent of voters supported a presidential candidate and a congressional candidate of opposite parties…Were he to be nominated, conservatives would have two tasks. One would be to help him lose 50 states — condign punishment for his comprehensive disdain for conservative essentials, including the manners and grace that should lubricate the nation’s civic life. Second, conservatives can try to save from the anti-Trump undertow as many senators, representatives, governors and state legislators as possible.”

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

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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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Monday Daily Delawhere [5.2.16]

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Obama Drops the Mic at the Correspondents Dinner

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Obama Drops the Mic at the Correspondents Dinner

One thing Obama could do when he is out of office is go on tour — he’s hilarious: “There’s one area where Donald’s experience could be invaluable, and that’s closing Guantanamo. Because Trump knows a thing or two about running waterfront properties into the ground.” The Shade is fierce with this one.

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How to Play the Woman Card

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I laughed AND I cried! From the Washington Post:

And good on the Clinton campaign for embracing this idea.

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Sunday Open Thread [5.1.16]

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Sunday Open Thread [5.1.16]

Matt Yglesias thinks Donald Trump could do to the national Republican Party what Pete Wilson did to the California Republican Party:

Donald Trump might doom the Republican party. As he inches closer to the nomination, national polling suggests he is in a very weak position in the general election. A loss in November could leave the party in shambles, more divided than ever. That’s a big deal, but some right-of-center Trump skeptics are trying to talk themselves into the idea that he’s only a temporary setback to the party.

RealClearPolitics’ Sean Trende notes correctly that there is a long history of pundits over-reading single landslide elections and writing parties out of history, only to see them bounce back two or four — or even six — years later. Even a really bad 2016 election could be the just the same for the GOP. That may be right. But there’s a chance that it could be wrong. Just ask Pete Wilson, the former governor of California who managed to turn a contested state into a Democratic stronghold by over-indulging a shrinking white majority’s fear of uncontrolled immigration and ending up defining his party as permanently unacceptable to the state’s new diverse majority.

What happened in California should serve as a warning to future of the Republican party.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [5.1.2016]

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Saturday Open Thread [4.30.16]

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Saturday Open Thread [4.30.16]

John Sides: “The longest-running measure of American attitudes about the economy is the Index of Consumer Sentiment. Before I had looked at these data, I was sure I’d find that sentiment was only a bit more positive than it was when Obama took office. But in fact, the upward trend — with the exception of the drop during the 2011 debt ceiling crisis — is striking. This upward trend is also reflected in data from Pew and Gallup.”

“As of the first quarter of 2016, even with a slight downturn in the second and third quarters of 2015, consumer sentiment was as positive as it had been since the mid-2000s. It was also as positive as it had been in the mid-1980s during the recovery from the recession of 1981-1982. For example, the value of consumer sentiment at the end of 1983, as Ronald Reagan’s reelection campaign was gearing up, was 91.6. In the first three months of 2015, it was almost exactly the same: 91.5.”

“In other words, consumer sentiment is as positive as it was at the beginning of the election year when Reagan argued that it was ‘Morning in America.’”

This is why Clinton is running a positive campaign embracing Obama and why it will work.

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The Weekly Addresses

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In this week’s address, the President repeated his call for Republicans in the United States Senate to give Chief Judge Merrick Garland a fair hearing and a vote.


In his weekly message, Governor Markell talks about the benefits of homeownership and the effort to expand those opportunities through access to credit and financing assistance, financial literacy education, and partnerships among government, non-profits and the business community to drive accessible and affordable housing development statewide.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [4.30.2016]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [4.30.2016]

P.S. DuPont Middle School, on 34th Street at the foot of Van Buren Street in Wilmington. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Trump to court Sanders supporters

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Trump to court Sanders supporters

I’ve been called a purist. I’ve been ridiculed for cleaving to corny old nonsense like “values” and “integrity.” So I know where Clinton skeptics are coming from. But, I truly feel sorry for the nit wits, nutbags, and wild-eyed zealots who could be taken in by something like this.

Republican Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is planning its next coup: vying for the votes of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) supporters who say they won’t back Hillary Clinton in a general election.

“You have two candidates in Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders which have reignited a group of people who have been disenfranchised and disappointed with the way Washington, D.C. and career politicians have run the country,” campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told CNN on Friday.

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Biking Lewes to Rehoboth (and vice versa) to take a small step, and giant leap forward

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Biking Lewes to Rehoboth (and vice versa) to take a small step, and giant leap forward

The Junction Breakwater Trail is a State treasure that currently comes to a crazy dead-end just shy of Rehoboth. Props to DelDot for getting this fixed. Source: DelDOT A map of the proposed trail entering Rehoboth, with routes going either down Church Street or through a planned development next to Shoal Harbor. Rehoboth Beach — […]

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Mark your calendars: PDD’s Upcoming Candidate Forums for Congress and Insurance Commissioner

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Mark your calendars: PDD’s Upcoming Candidate Forums for Congress and Insurance Commissioner

This coming Wednesday, May 4, at 7 PM, the Progressive Democrats for Delaware are hosting a Congressional Candidates Forum at their regular monthly meeting at the Delaware Democratic Party HQ at 19 E. Commons Boulevard, 2nd Floor. All of the candidates, Sean Barney, Bryan Townsend, Mike Miller and Lisa Blunt Rochester, are expected to attend At their next meeting on June 1 at the same location and time, they will be hosting the first solo forum (I believe) for the Insurance Commissoner candidates: incumbent Karen Weldin Stewart, current NCCo Sheriff Trinidad Navarro, and 2012 candidate Paul Gallagher.

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Friday Open Thread [4.29.16]

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Friday Open Thread [4.29.16]

Scott Lemieux says Hillary will govern like her last name is Sanders rather than Clinton:

Last week, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that voting rights will be restored for convicted felons who are no longer in prison. If his executive order is upheld, this will enfranchise more than 200,000 citizens of the state who have paid their debt to society and deserve a voice in their state government. It’s a bold, progressive action, exactly the kind of policy core Democratic voters are coming to expect from their leaders.

Before assuming office, McAuliffe seemed like the ultimate political hack.
This major progressive reform didn’t come out entirely of the blue, either. On his first day in office, McAuliffe signed an executive order banning discrimination against state employees based on sexual orientation. In an action that foreshadowed his enfranchisement of felons, McAuliffe removed questions about criminal history from government job applications. He has been limited by a Republican-controlled legislature—his valiant fight to accept the Medicaid expansion ultimately failed—but he’s been a solidly progressive governor.

What’s interesting about this is that before assuming office, McAuliffe seemed like the ultimate political hack. The Clinton crony and prodigious fundraiser seemed worth voting for only because the Republicans were running the odious former state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli against him.

Sound familiar?

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Facts Are Always Lost on The Republicans

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Facts Are Always Lost on The Republicans

Donald Trump continues his “Throw Shit on The Wall and See if It Will Stick Tour”. This time it was in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

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