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Thursday Open Thread [4.24.13]

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Thursday Open Thread [4.24.13]

Sean Braswell of Ozy.com recently wrote that a President Hillary Clinton will benefit an economic boom that is taking off just at the moment she enters the Oval Office, and she will have her former boss and rival, Barack Obama, to thank for it. Braswell details the five key economic and political trends that should leave Democrats “giddy” and the GOP “scared out of its mind.”

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So… Rand Paul will not be the 2016 GOP Nominee….

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… for he criticized St. Ronnie. And not only did he criticize St. Ronnie, but he compared him… UNFAVORABLY… to Jimmy Carter.

LOL.

Next?

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“Which one of these Motherf*ckers talked to God?”

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“Which one of these Motherf*ckers talked to God?”

WWE megastar “Stone Cold” Steve Austin states that he is in favor of marriage equality in only the way he can. Come inside for the audio… (as you can see from the title, the audio does contain some profanities).

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Wednesday Open Thread [4.23.14]

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Wednesday Open Thread [4.23.14]

We have some polling goodness from all over, including some that show that our so called vulnerable southern Democrats are not so vulnerable. Such as Sen. Mary Landrieu, whom I hereby predict she will win her election rather easily. Why? Because she has embraced Obamacare:

[I]n an interview today, Landrieu vowed to campaign aggressively against GOP foe Bill Cassidy’s opposition to the Medicaid expansion in the state, offered a spirited defense of the law—while acknowledging it has some problems—and even insisted he’d be at a “disadvantage” over the issue. […]
“That would be a real setback for the people of Louisiana, many of whom are working 30, 40, 50 hours a week but find themselves caught in the Jindal gap because the state refuses to expand health care options to the working poor at little to no expense,” Landrieu told me, referring to Governor Bobby Jindal’s opposition to the expansion.

“This issue is not going away—it will become an issue in the 2015 governor’s race,” she added. “Cassidy has wrapped himself up with Jindal. The question is whether people who work full time or part time in the U.S. should have access to quality and affordable health care.” […]

“I think the benefits that people have received are worth fighting for,” Landrieu continued, citing an end to discrimination against preexisting conditions and extended coverage for young adults on parents’ plans. “I think Bill Cassidy is going to be at a distinct disadvantage. He has insurance, but he’s also denying it to the 242,000 people who fall into the Jindal gap. He also wants to take coverage away from tens of thousands who have gotten it for the first time.”

It makes me real happy when Democrats act like Democrats. This is what every Democrat should sound like this summer and fall. And if you don’t, leave the party and join the Republicans.

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Kiss me I’m English

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Kiss me I’m English

Happy Saint George’s Day everyone! Grab a pint glass of your favorite English beer, or fix yourself a nice gin and tonic, and enjoy your pretend Englishness today – preferably with the aid of alcohol. There will be readings from Douglas Adams and a half-assed game of cricket later.

Until today, Saint Georges Day hasn’t really be celebrated around here and I mean to fix that. We are Americans and holidays are what we do. So let the word go forth – today we are all English.

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Tuesday Open Thread [4.22.14]

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Tuesday Open Thread [4.22.14]

Happy Earth Day. National Geographic gives us the history of Earth Day:

Earth Day began in 1970, when 20 million people across the United States—that’s one in ten—rallied for increased protection of the environment.

“It was really an eye-opening experience for me,” Gina McCarthy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator, who was a self-described self-centered teenager during the first Earth Day rallies, told National Geographic. (See pictures: “The First Earth Day—Bell-Bottoms and Gas Masks.”)

“Not only were people trying to influence decisions on the Vietnam War,” she recalled, “but they were beginning to really focus attention on issues like air pollution, the contamination they were seeing in the land, and the need for federal action.”

In response to this, Richard Nixon actually did a good thing. Indeed, it may have been the last liberal/progressive thing a Republican President has done. They passed the Clean Air and Water Act and established the EPA.

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Monday Open Thread [4.21.14]

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Monday Open Thread [4.21.14]

The latest state revenue estimate from DEFAC is expected to be released today. Last month saw $40 million added to the projected deficit that Markell and the GA will need to close. And they may have already done so:

But with Gov. Jack Markell (D-Delaware) signing his $51 million corporate tax hike into law April 15th, the state could have more money to work with.

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An Election for Lt. Governor can be held this year.

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An Election for Lt. Governor can be held this year.

My question as to who is running for AG is answered. My next question is: does our Delaware State Constitution provide anyone power to appoint a new Lt. Governor, should Lt. Governor Matt Denn be elected Attorney General later this year and thus resign his current office. Section 9 of Article II tells us the Governor does not have that power. But If Matt Denn resigns the office of Lt. Governor at any time prior to September 4 of this year, then it would seem that the election for the remainder of the term of Lt. Governor would take place during the November general election. Given the lateness of that September 4 date, I imagine this election for Lt. Governor is treated like a special election wherein the parties nominate a candidate for the office rather than engage in a primary.

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Delaware To Tackle Human Trafficking

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Delaware To Tackle Human Trafficking

Make no mistake. Delaware needs to tackle human trafficking. According to activists, Delaware ranks near the bottom when it comes to addressing the issue of, let’s not mince words, slavery.

Which, IMHO, is why, as ‘Lazy Reader’ pointed out (major tip of the ‘Bulo sombrero), that Delaware has had this sudden proliferation of Asian massage ‘spas’. Within the past year, New Jersey has enacted perhaps the most comprehensive statute in the country. The Pennsylvania legislature is likely to pass a comprehensive bill by the end of the current legislative session, and already has a stronger statute than Delaware. As to Delaware, while it comes relatively late in the session, there should be no reason why SB 197(Blevins) doesn’t get enacted into law by the end of June.  I think that one of the elements driving the increased spa proliferation in Delaware is, in fact, likely the stronger statutes enacted elsewhere. Delaware offers a soft underbelly for those with no conscience.

Just to give you an idea of the extent of the sprouting of these spas, My Friend At Work (huge sombrero tip to her), who is deeply involved in this issue, suggested a website that pretty much lays it out there. While I will not give the website any undeserving traffic, it promotes, both under ‘escorts’ and ‘body rubs’, many of these spas. Generalized locations include Philly Pike in Claymont,  Shoppes of Camelot in Rehoboth, Market Street in Wilmington, Foulk Road in Brandywine Hundred, State Street in Dover, Naamans Road in Brandywine Hundred, N. Broad Street in Middletown,  Silverside Road in Brandywine Hundred, N. DuPont Hwy. in Dover, Chestnut Hill Plaza in Newark, S. Maryland Ave. in Wilmington, Pulaski Highway in Bear, and Jenmar Plaza in Newark. 

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Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

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Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

I laughed out loud at this sign.

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Saturday Open Thread [4.19.14]

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Saturday Open Thread [4.19.14]

Stan Greenberg had been previously telling these spineless cowards to campaign on moving past Obamacare. Now he is telling them to embrace it. Because his polling tells him it is the better idea.

“Until now, this is an issue where the intensity has been on the other side,” he says. But defending Obamacare, he adds, has emerged as “a values argument for our base.” Greenberg now believes Democrats “ought to lean much more strongly” to campaign on the virtues of Obamacare as a means of boosting progressive turnout. “Not apologizing for Obamacare and embracing it actually wins the argument nationally,” he says. “And it produces much more engagement of Democratic voters. That’s a critical thing in off-year elections.”

No fucking shit. Seriously, if you wonder why Progressives have absolutely no respect for our corporatist spineless establishment party, what with people like Chris Coons, Tom Carper, John Daniello et al, it is because we are nearly always proven right, and yet we are the ones treated with disdain by them.

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The Weekly Addresses

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President Obama:

Governor Markell and the House Democratic Caucus are on Spring Break down in Daytona. No updates from them this week.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [4.19.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [4.19.14]

The William H. Todd Memorial, in Brandywine Park near Baynard Boulevard in Wilmington. The memorial, also known as the Soldiers and Sailors of Delaware Monument, was dedicated in 1925 and features a bronze figure of Victory.

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Friday Open Thread [4.18.14]

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Friday Open Thread [4.18.14]

Good news on the deficit on this Good Friday:

The U.S. government’s deficit will fall to $492 billion this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office, a steeper drop than originally predicted from $680 billion in fiscal year 2013. The 2014 deficit will be 2.8 percent of the economy, according to CBO, almost 32 percent below fiscal year 2013, when it was 4.1 percent. The deficit will shrink again in fiscal 2015 to $469 billion….

“This will be the fifth consecutive year in which the deficit has declined as a share of GDP since peaking at 9.8 percent in 2009,” CBO said in a report released today. The 2.8 figure as a percentage of gross domestic product is lower than the 3.1 percent average of the last 40 years, CBO said.

And we have some polling goodness inside…

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Biden to remain silent until January 2015.

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Biden to remain silent until January 2015.

Alan Loudell:

Molly Magarik told me Beau Biden would not be available to further discuss his political intentions as long as he remains Attorney General (No surprise!). But we have a circular loop, because – as noted earlier on this blog – the Attorney General has been noticeably unavailable for media interviews ever since his hospitalization in Texas.

Loudell also wonders if Biden can simply not campaign and not make any appearances and just rely on the Biden name to get elected. The answer to that is a resounding no. And Biden and his people need to understand that. Because I am sure it has crossed some mind somewhere in the Biden camp. I will vote Republican if that is his plan, and I will work tirelessly for that Republican, and encourage everyone I know to vote Republican. Even if that Republican is Christine O’Donnell. Even if Sarah Palin herself moves to Delaware to hunt foxes and decides “you betcha this state is small enough for me to be Governor in.” I would place “Evil (R) for Governor” bumperstickers all over my car. And the reason is that if Biden follows the Loudell hypothetical, it will be a sign of such disrespect for all Delawareans that the shower of that disrespect will need to be destroyed, in the figurative sense of course.

He cannot run for public executive office and keep his medical condition a secret, all the while using that medical condition as a reason to not make public appearances. Running for public office involves sacrifice. Sacrifice of time away from your family. Sacrifice of long hours you rather spend watching baseball instead of another rubber chicken dinner at another RD fundraiser. And you sacrifice some of your privacy. And I am not even talking about full disclosure. I don’t need every medical record, every prescription, every boo boo Biden has ever had. No, we are entitled to know what procedure Biden underwent. What the diagnosis was. What the prognosis is.

All Biden would have to say to satisfy me is….

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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.

Come inside to listen….

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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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