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Open Thread For June 22, 2017

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Could Abortion Language Deep-Six Trumpcare?  Only the Parliamentarian knows for sure. But, it’s quite possible. Yes, Trump Asked Key Intel Figures To Deny Collusion Charges.  Will it matter in an oligarchy? Pelosi Thrown Under Bus. Let me just state what I think should be obvious: Should Pelosi fall on her sword, the Rethugs will just […]

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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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Open Thread For June 20, 2017

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Has Mike Flynn Been Flipped?  Signs point to a strong maybe. How Rethugs Revealed Your Personal Info:  Data Mining and Russian Bots.  This is democracy? Dems Find Challenger For Sen. Dean Heller: Rep. Jackie Rosen, recruited by Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer. A Horrible Supreme Court Ruling. Government officials can’t be sued for abusive treatment.  […]

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Kushner fired by his lawyer

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Kushner fired by his lawyer

As you may recall, the popular vote loser appointed his son-in-law to settle the Israel/Palestinian conflict and to solve the opioid crisis. He is going to do all of that while getting a new legal team, having been fired by his current lawyers.

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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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Republican scumbags acting scummy

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As much as I don’t like “centrists” Democrats, it is important to keep in mind that many of them are decent folks who earnestly want the best for the country. They are just wildly wrong about how to get there. Republicans, on other hand are loathsome scumbags who are not bound by any sense of decency.

The television spot (attacking Ossoff), which was produced by the Principled PAC, shows House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) on a stretcher after the shooting, along with the sound of gunshots.

“The unhinged left is endorsing and applauding shooting Republicans,” the ad’s narrator says.

“When will it stop? It won’t if Jon Ossoff wins on Tuesday,” the narrator continues.
The spot then shows several images and videos including one of comedian Kathy Griffin holding a fake severed head that looks like President Trump, as well as a letter that reads “Resist the Facist takeover. String up the collaborators.”
The ad then claims “these same leftists are all for Ossoff, and if he wins, they win.”

“Stop Jon Ossoff. Stop Nancy Pelosi. Vote Karen Handel for Congress,” the narrators concludes.

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Racist, Sexist Idiot is an Idiot

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Racist, Sexist Idiot is an Idiot

Sheesh.

Dewey Beach Police and employees of the Town of Dewey Beach, in the form of a letter signed by multiple police officers, have accused Town Manager Marc Applebaum of sexual harassment towards female employees, abusive conduct towards all employees, suggestive drug use, racial discrimination, interfering with law enforcement, jeopardizing public safety, interfering with the office of building inspection, and dishonest dealings.

The letter, attached below, alleges Applebaum would frequently wear pajama bottoms into the office without underwear underneath to show off his erect penis to female employees, and on one occasion was caught doing so by a male employee where he shouted “get out, shut the door.”

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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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Comment Rescue – Bernie Sanders

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Comment Rescue – Bernie Sanders

In 2016, the Democratic Party lost the presidency to possibly the least popular candidate in American history. In recent years, Democrats have also lost the Senate and House to right-wing Republicans whose extremist agenda is far removed from where most Americans are politically. If these results are not a clear manifestation of a failed political […]

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The GOP paraphrased: “If you are poor, just fucking die already”

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The GOP paraphrased: “If you are poor, just fucking die already”

Atrios is sure right about this: The London apartment tower fire was a council (public) housing tower in a rich (and getting richer) part of London. Rich councils have been pushing out such things in various ways, both to get rid of the icky poors and to make real estate developers rich. They put some […]

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Open Thread For June 17, 2017

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Rhode Island Teacher of the Year Has Photo Taken With Trump.  And what a photo it is.  You have to check this out. The Witch Hunt Is Due to Trump’s Deputy Attorney General.  Or so Trump says. He’s gonna try to get Rosenstein fired to get someone in there who will agree to fire Mueller.  […]

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WHYY Featuring Delaware’s foremost expert on Leg Hall machinations

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Carney gets a charitable “D” as Professor El Somnabulo breaks it all down on local TV.

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Open Thread For June 16, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on June 16, 2017 14 Comments

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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A year later, and no Min Wage cataclysm

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Crazy moron fears are, as usual, unfounded. More than a year after a new minimum wage took effect in Seattle–$12.50 an hour now for small employers, increasing to $15 an hour by January 2018–prices at most stores haven’t gone up. Before the minimum wage law took effect, most retailers said they would have to charge […]

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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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Open Thread For June 14, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 14, 2017 23 Comments

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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Goodbye, and Good Riddance, to Centrism

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Goodbye, and Good Riddance, to Centrism

Last week, after yet another week of anti-establishment upheavals in Europe, former Bush speechwriter and current Atlantic senior editor David Frum tweeted in despair:

“I think we need a word to describe people broadly satisfied with the status quo & skeptical of radical changes based on wild promises.”

Frum was responding to a move by Catalonia to seek independence from Spain. But he might as well have been talking about the electoral successes of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party in Britain, which Frum also denounced last week.

Frum was so distressed by all this rejecting of the status quo going on that he proposed that those “broadly satisfied” folks band together to create a political coalition:

“I mean, there have to be a few of us, right? Maybe we could form a movement of some kind or form a political party with that word in it?”

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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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Toward a Democratic Party Elevator Speech – “Patriotism, Equality, Science, Results”

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Toward a Democratic Party Elevator Speech – “Patriotism, Equality, Science, Results”

I was moved by the newly adopted Democratic Party Platform. It collects a lot of our best values and highest aspirations. What it doesn’t do is summarize those values into a quick elevator speech. A quick manifesto or touchstone. Here is my take on what that might look like:

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Open Thread For June 11, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 11, 2017 3 Comments

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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Carney blows a layup

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Carney blows a layup

He excels at indecision and lack of vision, but unforced errors are Carney’s speciality.

-Via BlueDelaware

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Kowalko – “They (The Chamber of Commerce) own the House of Representatives and the Senate chamber”

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Kowalko – “They (The Chamber of Commerce) own the House of Representatives and the Senate chamber”

As the lone vote against releasing CZA gutting (HB 190) from committee, Kowalko took the opportunity to drop a truth bomb on the process:

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Del Dems Platform as reported by the News Journal

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Del Dems Platform as reported by the News Journal

I can see the influence of the Bernie campaign in his document:

The party’s newly approved platform, formulated over a year with statewide input, endorses: a $15 minimum wage; fighting and overturning Citizens United; fighting wealth and income inequality; a commitment to ending Super PACs; equal pay for equal work; ending mass incarceration; working toward debt-free college; expanding and investing in green energy; a commitment to mental health and substance abuse treatment; and Wall Street reform.

At the meeting, the party also approved resolutions reaffirming commitment to organized labor, supporting internet privacy, opposing defunding of Planned Parenthood and overturning of Roe v. Wade, supporting a ban on gay conversion therapy, increasing young adult participation in the political process, strengthening the Voting Rights Act and “resisting the Trump agenda” which it called “destructive.”

Some of it, no doubt, came as surprise to Governor Carney and Acting Governor Schwartzkopf.

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Rising grassroots work to head off Carney/Dem Pols idiocy

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Rising grassroots work to head off Carney/Dem Pols idiocy

Yesterday I wrote that Governor Carney, Acting Governor Schwartzkopf and various elected Dems are on track to blow the next elections. Republicans have a organizational culture and marketing story that resonates with voters even though it has been exposed time and again as mostly economic nonsense wrapped in racism. The trouble is…Democrats, particularly Democratic office holders have no story. Trying to knit together a coherent picture of what it means to be a Democrat by looking at the gyrations of the current Den majority in Leg Hall is the definition of a mug’s game.

There are people working to change that though, and whether or not they can wrest the Dem marketing message away from vision-less dolts like Carney will tell the tale of Democratic fortunes in Delaware for the next 30 years.

These people are a new generation of Party leaders like Cassandra Marshall who fought a pitched battle to break into and become chair of the clubby and lethargic Wilmington Democratic Party.

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