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BREAKING NEWS: AG Beau Biden will not run for reelection; will run for Governor in 2016.

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BREAKING NEWS: AG Beau Biden will not run for reelection; will run for Governor in 2016.

BOOM. The game of musical chairs that is sometimes Delaware politics just got blown the frack up. But now that Mr. Biden is running for Governor, we expect a full and complete disclosure of his health issues will be forthcoming in the next week.

Here is the press release…

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Thursday Open Thread [4.17.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [4.17.14]

Yeah, that internal Christie investigation was really on the up and up. The Bergen Record reports that “nine days before a team of its top lawyers made public a report clearing Governor Christie in the George Washington Bridge scandal, the law firm donated $10,000 to the Republican Governors Association, a group [Christie] heads.”

Andrew Sullivan continues to be impressed by the Long Game Theory of the Obama Presidency.

And Hillary Clinton crushes everyone in the lastest national poll. We are talking 40 state blowout.

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This photo….

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This photo….

…accompanies a story that News Journal ran this morning on New Castle County government clearing out a homeless tent city near Christiana by week’s end. The photo is from New Castle County. Given that Gordon wants to develop a humane policy, I am not attacking him for touring the site or having it cleared in lieu of better options for the inhabitants. It is private property, and such tent cities are not safe. But the photo makes it look like Gordon is personally ordering the woman (who is Executive Assistant Angela Walker, rather than a tent city inhabitant) to leave now. Not a good image, even for the law and order Gordon.

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Wednesday Open Thread [4.15.14]

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Wednesday Open Thread [4.15.14]

A new study finds that rich and powerful interest groups have a much greater impact on government policy than the majority of citizens. Gawker says it means that the United States has officially become an oligarchy:

“The study notes that the position of the median American and the position of the affluent American are often the same; therefore, regular people tend to think that their political interests are being represented when they see the triumph of some political position that they agree with. In fact, the researchers say, this is a mere coincidence. Yes, the average American will see their interests represented–as long as their interests align with the interests of the wealthy.”

And this is where it gets interesting. The interests of the average and the wealthy are diverging. And the wealthy are freaking out because they know what happens next. For you see, when the interests diverge, the wealthy can either accept it and make the changes necessary to placate the average American, which will probably cost them some money. Or they can just prepare for revolution and hope that the wealthy and the government they bought can put down the violence. This is why you see billionaires complaining in the Wall Street Journal about the evils of progressives and economic populism.

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Interview with Senator Bryan Townsend

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Interview with Senator Bryan Townsend

Here is an interview that El Somnambulo and I had with Senator Bryan Townsend (D-11th). The interview took place at Timothy’s on the Waterfront a little over a month ago, but don’t worry, the topics we talk about are not out of date. So that explains the bar and restaurant ambiance, and some 70′s tunes in the background. The reason for the delay in publishing this was problems I experienced with my editing software. I had to cut out the moment that the waitress came over mid interview.

We touch on the Charter School bill from last year and Education in general, the Governor’s infrastructure plan that he wants to pay for with a 10 cent increase in the gas tax, the once and future minimum wage increase, the Veasey Report and any resultant reform measures (this interview comes before several rather bland bills were introduced), casinos, the “clarifying” bill regarding our State Treasurer and the Sunset Committee.

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Girls Rationalize Sexual Assault As… Normal?

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Girls Rationalize Sexual Assault As… Normal?

First, let me start off by saying that I’ve witnessed the normalization of sexual assault first hand – through my experience and now through my 16 year old daughter.  It feels like an uphill battle.  My small victory?  Everyone at the Pandora household has stopped using gender specific words in a negative, and a positive, fashion.

But take a look at this study.  I doubt you’ll be surprised.

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Tuesday Open Thread [4.15.14]

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Tuesday Open Thread [4.15.14]

A new CBO report shows Obamacare will cost $100 billion less than expected while insuring more people. Run against that you Republicans, we dare you. And you spineless corporate shill Democrats, run away from it and you are done. You might as well call yourself a Republican.

Meanwhile, we have Markos Moulitsas on the fact that Liberals have won the Culture War, and we have pretty much won the Everything Else war too.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [4.15.14]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [4.15.14]

From Lance Rogers on Flickr.

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Monday Open Thread [4.14.14]

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Monday Open Thread  [4.14.14]

Republicans think healthcare is a great issue for them. With ads like Mark Begich’s in Alaska, they might want to rethink that. With their focus on Obamacare in 2014, and their belief that the law is actually failing and that the people actually hate it, Republicans are heading for a repeat of 2012. Obamacare is now the new unskewed polls.

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Procrastination Nation

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Procrastination Nation

Residing in my “twilight years”, I’ve been reflecting on the many unresolved issues facing my country and revisiting the ebb and flow of progress/regression in the search for solutions I’ve witnessed and worked for as an activist over about 45 years of my more than seven decades of life.

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Weekend Open Thread [4.12.14]

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The Weekly Addresses

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We are adding a new address to the mix this week, and that is the weekly legislative wrap up from the House Democratic Caucus. Last week, it was Speaker Peter Schwartzkopf giving the address. This week, it is outgoing Representative Daryl Scott.


President Obama:

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Friday Open Thread [4.11.14]

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Friday Open Thread [4.11.14]

LOL. The House Conservatives are planning a coup against Boner again. From the National Journal:

“The conservatives’ exasperation with leadership is well known. And now, in discreet dinners at the Capitol Hill Club and in winding, hypothetical-laced email chains, they’re trying to figure out what to do about it. Some say it’s enough to coalesce behind–and start whipping votes for–a single conservative leadership candidate. Others want to cut a deal with Majority Leader Eric Cantor: We’ll back you for speaker if you promise to bring aboard a conservative lieutenant.” “But there’s a more audacious option on the table, according to conservatives involved in the deliberations. They say between 40 and 50 members have already committed verbally to electing a new speaker. If those numbers hold, organizers say, they could force Boehner to step aside as speaker in late November, when the incoming GOP conference meets for the first time, by showing him that he won’t have the votes to be reelected in January.”

This reminds me of a time back in 1994, when it was announced that Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell (D) was going to retire from the Senate. I remember reading stories in the Washington Post about the race to succeed Mitchell (well actually I found a link to a story in the New York Times, but whatever) between former Senators Jim Sasser and Tom Daschle. No where did the articles and speculation consider that, um, what if we are no in the majority next year? Teabaggin efforts to oust Boehner would be quite misplaced if the GOP ends up losing the majority. And yes, that can happen.

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Thursday Open Thread [4.10.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [4.10.14]

Republicans are acting all indignant on behalf of women, saying “how dare the Democrats talk about about equal pay for women!!! That’s insulting to women!!”

Booman:

[W]hile [Republicans are] opposing [Democratic] efforts they are attempting to distort the Democrats’ position to make it seem like the Democrats think that the entirety of the problem with disparity in pay is due to simple gender discrimination. The Democrats have not made that argument, but it’s a blessing that the Republicans seem to think that women will be receptive to it. This is an example of being wrong even if you’re right. Simply by making the argument that women aren’t discriminated against in the workplace, you piss off most women.

And we have lots of polling goodness inside today.

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Wednesday Open Thread [4.9.14]

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Wednesday Open Thread [4.9.14]

Come inside to watch a video from Randall Paul, which some pundits are saying will end his 2016 candidacy because he dared question Dick Cheney, the Iraq War and the military industrial complex. I am not so sure. David Corn explains:

Critics of President George W. Bush and Cheney have long assailed the pair for pushing a WMD-centered case for war that was false and questioned their reasons and motives for invading Iraq. But it’s notable that a member of the Senate who might be a leading contender for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination thinks that the most recent Republican vice president snookered the nation into war to boost profits for a company he once steered.

This is not news to us. We long believed that this was what Cheney did. We believed it then, in 2002 and 2003. And we were proven right. But we are dirty liberals, right? Who cares if we are always right. We’re “libruls!!!!!” Now that a libertarian-tea-party-conservative-clinton-hater confused Republican is saying it, finally, the notion that Dick Cheney committed treason may finally sink in.

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Courtship Republican Style

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Courtship Republican Style

I don’t get it.  Seriously, I just don’t get it.  Republicans openly acknowledge that they have women issues.  They don’t pretend they don’t exist, so why in the world is their new “wooing women” strategy based on insulting women?  And the Republican statements over the gender pay gap give a stunning insight into how the GOP sees women.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [4.9.14]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [4.9.14]

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Tuesday Open Thread [4.8.14]

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Tuesday Open Thread [4.8.14]

Looks like I was right yesterday when I said someone had flipped on Christie. I was just wrong on who had flipped. Instead of Kelly, it appears that David Wildstein has flipped.

Meanwhile, Jeb Bush is getting a lot of pub recently. Hell, even he is speaking about illegal immigration being an act of love rather than a crime, which should eliminate him as a contender for the GOP nomination. But establishment types are talking him up because he is all they have right now. Christie is gone (see above). The rest of the bland midwestern governors stand no chance against Hillary, and that is assuming they all win reelection (and some of them won’t). So who is left besides Ted Cruz and Rand Paul? Jeb Bush. But don’t get your tickets for Clinton v. Bush II: The Sequel just yet.

Also, this New Yorker cover is awesome…

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Monday Open Thread [4.7.14]

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Monday Open Thread [4.7.14]

I missed this on Friday because I was busy with work, but the US Attorney in New Jersey has convened a grand jury to investigate Governor Christie’s involvement.

“The convening of the grand jury is evidence that the U.S. Attorney’s investigation has progressed beyond an inquiry and moved to the criminal phase.” Newark Star Ledger: “Legal experts say the hearing of grand-jury testimony is an important development that means U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman has accumulated enough evidence to move past a preliminary inquiry into the controversial lane closings and into a grand jury investigation of them.”

Indeed. If there wasn’t something there, there would be no grand jury investigation. Another question: why did Chris Christie’s administration trash
Bridgett Kelly in their “independent” report? She seems to be a key player in all of this, and could sink Christie if there really is something there there. It seems stupid to antagonize her.

Well, the trashing of Kelly and the convening of the Grand Jury tells me that Kelly has flipped and is providing state’s evidence. So now Christie et al are trashing her credibility.

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Weekend Open Thread [4.6.14]

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The Weekly Addresses

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Late Night Video — Tropic Plunder

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John Hodgeman explores the options available to persecuted millionaires for not paying taxes on American income from the comfort of his yacht — Going Galt.

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Wednesday Open Thread [4.2.14]

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Wednesday Open Thread [4.2.14]

Andrew Sullivan:

Last fall, I argued that Obama’s presidency, already historic in significant ways, would become as influential as Reagan’s if two things happened: if the ACA stuck and American entered an era of near-universal healthcare; and if the negotiations with Iran led to an end of sanctions and a controlled Iranian nuclear capability. Both would be generational game-changers – one in domestic policy, the other in foreign affairs. [...] So where are we? Too soon to tell on Iran. But after a clear, self-inflicted disaster – the website’s debut – we’ve seen a classic Obama pattern. The fail is replaced by a dogged, persistent, relentless attempt at repair. I’d argue that the competence behind the repair of the site and the revival of the ACA’s fortunes has been as striking as the original incompetence. And we do not and should not judge a president by his mistakes; the critical judgment is in how he responds to those mistakes. As Dick Cheney might put it, the results speak for themselves[.]

Now look at the economic forecast: the IMF is predicting growth of 2.8 percent this year and 3 percent in 2015, easily the best performance among Western economies. We may see further declines in unemployment. This does not seem to me to be compatible with declining support for Obama and his record. In fact, I’d be surprised – barring, of course, any number of game-changing events – if Obama’s approval ratings were not ticking up by the summer.

We’ve been here so many times before with this president – when he seems temporarily becalmed, inert, unable or unwilling to seize every moment. But over the long run, you see the virtues of persistence, relentlessness and pragmatic advance. The hopes he once inspired may be dimmed or dashed right now; but in the cold light of day, they shouldn’t be. Like the slow, excruciating accumulation of delegates in the epic 2008 primary campaign, Obama never puts it away until he puts it away. But it’s coming. And more and more people are beginning to see it.

In December 1986, it seemed reasonably possible that Reagan, then beset by the Iran Contra scandal with polls in the low 40s, might be impeached. And yet, he is generally remembered among the general population fondly and having a successful Presidency. Sullivan has always made the comparison of Obama to Reagan as far as how their respective Presidencies played out. And I think he is right. In the end, Obama will be remembered as fondly as Reagan is or was.

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While a wealthy rapist walks, nobody thinks of the real victims – the AG office lawyers

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While a wealthy rapist walks, nobody thinks of the real victims – the AG office lawyers

The Delaware Bar association and others will tell you – the AG office lawyers are the true victims in the “du pont heir will not fare will in prison” case. They are hamstrung when trying to convict wealthy people because the wealthy people can hire lawyers. (Lawyers from the very best firms that the AG office lawyers may hope to join in a year or so.) They also have to contend with the fact that they have a boss that leaves the trickiest decisions most fraught with huge downsides entirely to them.

How can we expect the AG office lawyers to prosecute a case they may lose? Obviously we can’t. The AG office lawyers in this case were facing a lose/lose situation. Either they prosecute the rich guy and likely lose because they are utterly outclassed by the defense lawyers and the child rapist goes free, our they cut a ludicrously lenient deal that allows the child rapist to go free. Obviously in that situation, you cut a deal.

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Tuesday Open Thread [4.1.14]

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Tuesday Open Thread [4.1.14]

Salon: “Here’s a riddle for anyone who thinks the politics of Obamacare are straightforward, and toxic for Democrats. How is it possible, in defiance of public rebuke, widespread misinformation and other headwinds, that insurance enrollment is surging in just about every state in the country?”

Is it because, when people tried it, they liked it, and told their friends? Is it possible that when they tried it, they realized that everything they heard from the Republicans were lies? For the first time since ABC News and Washington Post started polling on public support for Obamacare, the law is viewed positively. 49 percent support. 48 percent oppose. The shift proves the argument that Democrats and liberals have made: that when the benefits of the law prove all Republicans liars, people will support and approve of the law.

Sally Kohn at CNN lists the benefits of the law, a law that benefits all Americans.

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