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I Guess He is Back from Massachusetts…

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I Guess He is Back from Massachusetts…

Treasurer Chip Flowers (D), who withdrew from running for reelection back in August, has announced that he will be announcing his endorsement of a potential successor tomorrow. I wonder if there is any Delaware precedent for a refusal of an endorsement.

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Wednesday Open Thread [10.1.14]

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Wednesday Open Thread [10.1.14]

“You women don’t understand — guns are for men what jewelry is for women.”

Rep. Steve King (R-IA), oh so popular with the ladies. And Mr. King, I, as a man, do not view a gun as a fashion accessory to be worn for display only. I, as a man, view a gun as a tool, a weapon that kills. Like a child, you view guns as a play thing.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [10.1.14]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [10.1.14]

This is on my bucket list next year. The Lums Pond Zipline by Flying Inn on Flickr.

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Bonini now Copeland’s failure sponge

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Bonini now Copeland’s failure sponge

In his ongoing attempt to prevent any of his DNA from being found on the DEGOP’s utter failure this fall, Copeland has appointed Colin Bonini to stand in front of the shit fan.

Dear Republican Friend,

I am tremendously excited to announce that I have appointed Senator Colin Bonini as Chairman of the Delaware GOP’s Victory Program! The final weeks of the campaign are the most critical, and there’s no one I’d trust more with this operation than Colin.

That’s how it reads to me anyway.

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Matlusky Endorses Mayrack

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Matlusky Endorses Mayrack

“I ran for the Auditor’s office because I wanted to see the office work for Delawareans and protect their interests instead of special interests. Brenda wants to see the same improvements made to the office. She is overwhelmingly qualified to run the Auditor’s office,” Matlusky said. “She has established her own solo law firm where she has focused on doing exactly what the current State Auditor’s office has not effectively done—auditing.”

That is a very nice and welcome statement from Ken Matlusky, who is also a very nice guy. I am surprised though that the statement was released today. And I will tell you why….

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Tuesday Open Thread [9.30.14]

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This is brilliant:

The revisions are out with respect to last quarter’s GDP growth (i.e. the second quarter, which lasts from April to the end of June), and the facts are that the economy grew at even a higher rate than originally reported (and the reported rate of 4.2% was pretty damn good).

We also have lots of polling results and some good Obamacare news inside…

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Crazy Sheriff Not Done Being Crazy

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Crazy Sheriff Not Done Being Crazy

Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher, who wasted untold taxpayer dollars trying to sue the state after the state refused to let him set up his own police force, and who embarrassed the citizenry with his sovereign citizen and sovereign sheriff nonsense (i.e. the highest constitutional officer in the land is God and then the Sheriff, and then the President and everyone else), just announced on the Dan Gaffney show downstate (is that still on the air?) that he is running a write-in reelection campaign.

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ISIL Recruiting Incentives For Poor Youth

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ISIL Recruiting Incentives For Poor Youth

IS (variously ISIS, ISIL) has recruiting centers set up, employing sophisticated social media to lure desperate young people from middle eastern countries with youth unemployment rates as high as 29%.

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Monday Open Thread [9.29.14]

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Monday Open Thread [9.29.14]

Ed Kilgore on what a Democratic win in Kansas should mean:

If the Republican governor of a very Republican state loses for undertaking a conservative political and policy revolution, complete with a purge of party “moderates” and reactionary legislation on just about every front imaginable, it may remind Republicans everywhere that there are limits to a meta-strategy of moving to the right, polarizing the electorate, and then winning on money and pure dumb luck. As a huge bonus, among the injured in a Brownback loss would be the Koch Brothers, right there in their Wichita lair….

Brownback has very publicly made his state a conservative “experiment station” and sought to stamp out any dissent in his party, all in the pursuit of a sort of intellectual rogue’s gallery of bad ideas, from supply-side economics to the harshest attacks in the country on reproductive rights. He not only deserves to lose, but his regime needs to be remembered with fear and trembling by Republicans everywhere.

I guarantee you, if Republicans lose in Kansas, it will be because they were not conservative enough. Conservatism never fails, it can only be failed.

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Sunday Open Thread [9.28.14]

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Sunday Open Thread [9.28.14]

Earlier this past week, Ezra Klein wondered why Vice President Joe Biden was trailing Hillary Clinton by 44 points in the latest poll of a potential match up in the 2016 primary. Ezra said that it wasn’t the Biden gaffes or the preception that he is a joke; it’s that “Biden is an old-school, white, male politician in a party that’s increasingly young, multicultural, and female.”

Seth Masket at the Monkey Cage has a different take, and it is the right one.

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It is hard not to agree with the Satanists on this one

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It is hard not to agree with the Satanists on this one

From the Orlando Sentinel:

A religious group called The Satanic Temple is making plans to hand out literature in Orange County Public Schools later this school year, following distributions by atheist and evangelical Christian groups.

The New York-based Satanist group hopes to use a distribution as a form of protest.

“If a public school board is going to allow religious pamphlets and full Bibles to be distributed to students, as is the case in Orange County, Florida, we think the responsible thing to do is to ensure that these students are given access to a variety of differing religious opinions,” said temple co-founder and spokesman Lucien Greaves.[/blockquote]

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The Weekly Addresses

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President Obama:

Governor Markell:

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Friday Open Thread [9.26.14]

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Friday Open Thread [9.26.14]

This is a massive polling dump that includes polls that go back to last week, polls that I have not previously posted. I have grouped all the states alphabetically, and then separated the offices of Senator and Governor. Where there are multiple polls in a particular state and office, the older polls are listed first, and newer polls are listed last. This past polling week has some good news from Arkansas, very bad news from Alaska, bad news from Colorado, and good news from Iowa and North Carolina. These Senate races are going to go down to the wire, and turnout will be the key. If our voters turnout, Dems will win all of them. If not, the GOP will win. Right now, as you will see, I have the GOP picking up 6 new Senate seats while successfully defending Kentucky and Georgia, BUT the GOP will lose Kansas. And Iowa remains too close to call.

So that leaves us with 50 GOP seats, 48 Democratic seats, 1 toss up Iowa seat, and a kingmaker in Kansas. The Independent Greg Orman has said that he will caucus with whomever wins the majority. But what if that decision is up to him? If Iowa goes to the Dems, then it will be 50-49. If Orman goes with the Dems, it is 50-50 with Biden (D) the tiebreaking vote, giving the Dems the majority. If Orman goes with the GOP, it will be 51-49 GOP.

Personally, I think the Dems will still win in Colorado despite this last week of bad polls there, and I think they will win in Iowa, leaving us with a 51-49 Dem Senate.

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Another Delaware Poll, by a Delaware Polling outfit, shows Coons, Carney up

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Another Delaware Poll, by a Delaware Polling outfit, shows Coons, Carney up

DELAWARE–SENATOR–Univ. of Delaware: Sen. Chris Coons (D) 50, Kevin Wade (R) 27, Andrew Groff (G) 6

DELAWARE–REPRESENTATIVE–Univ. of Delaware: Rep. John Carney (D) 52, Rose Izzo (R) 17, Others 11

I wonder if these numbers are more to the pundits’ liking.

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Thursday Open Thread [9.25.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [9.25.14]

Sorry everyone, for my absence. I was sent to Mississippi for work… er ah… to combat evil. The place is so evil that they grow evil in fields as far as the eye can see…

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Why does ISIL even bother when we have cops that are fully committed to terrorizing us?

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You’ve probably seen this by now, but I just watched the whole thing.

Insane. More money for dashboard cams, please.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [9.25.14]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [9.25.14]

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Whackjob terrorizes school because “2nd Amendment”

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Whackjob terrorizes school because “2nd Amendment”

I don’t know why ISIS even bothers when he have so many fucking wingnut whackjobs in country fully committed to terrorism. A Tennessee man on Wednesday caused panic as he paced back and forth near a high school in a bulletproof vest with a rifle strapped across his back and a GoPro camera, WSMV-TV reported. […]

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The Bombing of ISIL in Syria Has Begun

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The Bombing of ISIL in Syria Has Begun

Yesterday, the bombing of ISIL targets in Syria started in earnest.. Even though there is stated coalition to take on this task, right now it seems that the US is doing the heavy lifting. No surprise, I imagine. I’m interested in this question posed by Andrew Sullivan: Does The GOP Really Give A Shit About The Debt?:

I mean: where are the fiscal conservatives now? The ISIS campaign is utterly amorphous and open-ended at this point – exactly the kind of potentially crippling government program Republicans usually want to slash. It could last more than three years (and that’s what they’re saying at then outset); the cost is estimated by some to be around $15 billion a year, but no one really knows. The last phase of the same war cost, when all was said and done, something close to $1.5 trillion – and our current travails prove that this was one government program that clearly failed to achieve its core original objectives, and vastly exceeded its original projected costs.

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Desmond Tutu calls for anti-apartheid tactics in climate fight: International boycotts of climate killers

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Desmond Tutu calls for anti-apartheid tactics in climate fight:  International boycotts of climate killers

This isn’t getting much play in the media (naturally).

Desmond Tutu, the Nobel peace prize winner and activist, has called for an international campaign to boycott mining companies, oil corporations and other businesses involved in the trade of fossil fuels. Writing exclusively in the Observer prior to this week’s UN climate summit in New York, Tutu says the same approach that was taken by the 1980s anti-apartheid campaign, of which he was a leader, should now be adopted in the battle to halt global warming.

“The most devastating effects of climate change – deadly storms, heat waves, droughts, rising food prices and the advent of climate refugees – are being visited on the world’s poor,” he states. “Those who have no involvement in creating the problem are the most affected, while those with the capacity to arrest the slide dither. Africans, who emit far less carbon than the people of any other continent, will pay the steepest price. It is a deep injustice.”

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The Kids Are All Right

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The Kids Are All Right

Hundreds of students in a Colorado school district walked out of class to protest another conservative effort to rewrite history and control the information we get:

Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay.

Got that? The conservatives in this school district want to replace an education in American History with “patriotic” indoctrination.

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Whatever happened to “the left” in America?

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Whatever happened to “the left” in America?

When rounding up all the suspects who killed the “American Left” (or through inaction allowed it to die) you’d have to include American Christianity. This is from a piece at TPMCafe regarding the American Catholic Church, but it is true across denominations. American Christianity simply stopped being concerned with “the little guy” and started being about myopic self-righteousness or around January 20, 1981.

In less than two years, Pope Francis has changed the face of a two-thousand-year old institution. His emphasis on humility, mercy and social justice offer a vivid contrast to a vocal minority of U.S. Christian leaders who only see dark clouds and battles to fight. Think of it as the joy of the Gospel v. culture war Christianity fight. The latter is being kicked to the curb by a pope determined to rescue the church from self-righteous ideologues, princely clerics and conservative activists who think opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion are the only real litmus tests of authentic Catholicism.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [9.23.14]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [9.23.14]

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The US Middle Class hasn’t gotten a raise during Tom Carper’s tenure in Congress

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The US Middle Class hasn’t gotten a raise during Tom Carper’s tenure in Congress

In 1988 when Tom Carper was cruising to an easy victory over James P. Krapf he had already gotten a few pay bumps on his way to being a multimillionaire with a lifetime sinecure in the US Senate. During the same period (1988 to today), the income of the median U.S. household has remained just under $52,000.

“Third Way” economics have been great for Carper – but terrible for the country. Tom Carper is an abject failure when considering what he’s been able to deliver to his constituents. His “centrist” economic philosophies have been an unmitigated disaster for the people who keep returning him to Washington. I can only assume that the reason he keeps winning is that he has the good fortune to pitted against Republicans in elections.

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Delaware Sends Three Busloads To Climate March

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Delaware Sends Three Busloads To Climate March

The First State sent three busloads of concerned citizens to the September 21 massive and largely media-ignored Climate March in New York City. Reports claimed 400,000 marchers and I believe them, given the shoulder to shoulder shuffle we joyfully experienced on Sunday at Central Park Avenue.

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