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Open Thread For May 22, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on May 22, 2017 13 Comments

Uh, Doesn’t This Rub Up Against the Emoluments Clause?:  Saudis ‘donate’ $100 mill to Ivanka’s pet cause. After getting favorable weaponry deal. Trump Pushes $800 Billion In Medicaid Cuts to Pay For Tax Cuts  For the Wealthy: Not a bad transfer of wealth. For an oligarch. Poetic Justice. Big-Game Killer Dies When Elephant Collapses On […]

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Open Thread for May 21, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on May 21, 2017 5 Comments

How ‘Privatization Prophets’ Try to Destroy Public Education.  One of their leaders is Trump’s Secretary of Education.  BTW, see where Jack Markell fits in.  It begins with a ‘D’. Why The Rush to Hire More Border Agents Will Not Work Out So Well.  Getting rid of the the polygraph? What could possibly go wrong?  Rec0mmended […]

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Open Thread for May 20, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on May 20, 2017 16 Comments

Trump Brags in Oval Office About Sabotaging Obamacare.  Story was leaked in near record time. UnitedHealthcare Bilked Medicare Out of Billions:  I repeat. Insurance companies are middlemen, not healthcare providers. Single payer eliminates the middleman, saves billions. No Corrections Experience Needed to Head Vaughn Correctional Center.  Friday news dump, nobody returning reporters’ calls. About Bleeping […]

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Open Thread for May 19, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 19, 2017 16 Comments

How Trump Is Killing Obamacare:  Not even the insurance companies will take his bribes. He’s Not a Dupe, He’s a Serial Liar:  We’re talking Mike Pence, of course. Biden Claims That He Was the ‘Correct’ Candidate.  Of course, that would’ve required running.  He’s right about Hillary, though. How Nike’s Vaunted ‘Oregon Project’ Was Headed By […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., May 18, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 18, 2017 16 Comments

A quid pro quo? Both HB 16 (Ramone)  and HB 175 (Schwartzkopf) are on today’s House Agenda. HB 175 raises corporates taxes and fees and makes a substantial dent in the budget deficit.  HB 16 eliminates the Estate Tax. I wouldn’t be shocked if Speaker Pete placed HB 16 on the Agenda as part of […]

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Delaware General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., May 17, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 17, 2017 6 Comments

Hmmm, a couple of bills went down to defeat yesterday. At least one that I did not expect. SB 24 (Henry), which ‘would allow people with anxiety to get medical marijuana and loosen its prescription for those with post-traumatic stress disorder’, was defeated in the Senate by a vote of 9 Y, 1N, and 10 […]

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Open Thread for May 16, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on May 16, 2017 4 Comments

Nine Takeaways From the Trump Leaking of Classified Intel.  Placing this story in context does Trump no favors. North Carolina Rethugs Still Pushing For Voter Suppression.  Why? Because Justice Roberts’ opinion draws them a road map. How Paul Manafort Cashed in On His Stewardship of the Trump Campaign.  A nice house, funded by a bunch […]

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General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., May 16, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 16, 2017 8 Comments

Before we look at what’s happening today, we first must address what SHOULD happen today: The House should censure Rep. Steve Smyk for his disgraceful behavior in inciting violence. The demagogic ex-cop told a grave lie that has now taken over right-wing media, a lie that could well lead to violence. Nancy Willing lays it […]

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Open Thread for May 15, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on May 15, 2017 16 Comments

Russian Law Firm of the Year:  Yes, it’s the ‘highly-prestigious’ law firm that wrote the letter about Donald Trump’s Russia ties.  BTW, this isn’t fake news, this is the law firm bragging about it. US Settles Russian Money-Laundering Case Right Before It Comes to Trial.  Yes, this was the case that Preet Bharara was working […]

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Open Thread for May 13, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on May 13, 2017 4 Comments

Reasons Why the Letter on Trump’s Russia Ties Is Bullshit. Faux News Part Deux. Sinclair Broadcasting is poised to bring yet more propaganda to your screens, thanks to a huge merger. At least it might mean more exposure for ROH Wrestling. Those Organic Foods May Not Be So Organic.  Three words-Made In China. Great reporting […]

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Open Thread For May 12, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on May 12, 2017 5 Comments

Trump Demanded Loyalty Oath From Comey. Didn’t Get It.  Yes, it’s a cover-up.  I repeat: Trump will not be President on Dec. 31, 2017. Sam Guy’s Gotta Sam Guy: Hard to believe it’s been almost 30 consecutive years of public narcissism. Has he gotten his law license back yet? Sessions Demands Toughest Drug Sentences Possible.  […]

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General Assembly Pre-Game Show/Post-Game Wrap-Up: Thurs., May 11, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 11, 2017 24 Comments

Law ‘n order is back with a vengeance in Dover. And, hey, why not cede the entire agenda to ex-cop Steve Smyk? Two of his crappy bills passed the Senate yesterday and head to Jellyfish John for his signature. This one and this one.  Hey, let’s drop a pile of charges on a bunch of […]

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Open Thread for May 11, 2017

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Yes, it’s a coverup. Yes, it’s a coverup. Yes, it’s a coverup. Yes, it’s a coverup. Yes, it’s a coverup.

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., May 10, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 10, 2017 2 Comments

The death penalty is likely to be restored in Delaware unless there is an effective groundswell of opposition, something that was sorely lacking as the House considered HB 125.  For the life of me, I can’t understand why the Delaware Chapter of the ACLU chose to sit this out.  There are a lot of our […]

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., May 9, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 9, 2017 6 Comments

Tuesday’s Tale of Two Bills: Bringing back the death penalty in the House, and codifying the protections of Roe v. Wade in the Senate. The Extreme Crimes Prevention Act will, of course, prevent no such thing.  But it’s a great opportunity to satisfy the bloodlust of both legislators and Angry White Men as well.  Oh, […]

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Delaware House Rushes to Restore Death Penalty

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 4, 2017 16 Comments

Forget about a Post-Game/Pre-Game today. The only important story is that the Delaware House of Representatives, led by ex-cop Pete Schwartzkopf, will vote on restoring Delaware’s death penalty today.  It will almost certainly pass. You will recall that it was Schwartzkopf who delayed a vote on death penalty repeal for months before his police pals […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., May 3, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 3, 2017 4 Comments

When it comes to legislators being courageous vs. fear of being demagogued, fear wins every time.  Which is why HB 122 (Smyk) unanimously, unanimously, passed the House yesterday.  Just use your critical thinking skills and parse every syllable of its synopsis: This bill provides greater protection to correctional officers and other state employees who are […]

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General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., May 2, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 2, 2017 7 Comments

First, a wrap-up of last week’s highlights: *The second leg of a constitutional amendment requiring expenditures from the Transportation Trust Fund to be limited to transportation infrastructure-related expenses passed the Senate. One Not Voting: Sen. McDowell.  Bill now goes to the House. *Sen. McDowell introduced legislation barring the practice of ‘conversion therapy’ in Delaware. *Here’s […]

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John Carney’s First 100 Days

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 1, 2017 13 Comments

Yes, he thinks he accomplished some stuff. Or at least his press secretary thought that they needed to release a list of his so-called accomplishments. Really, they did.  Here is the result: Governor Carney’s First 100 Days WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor Carney released the following statement on his first 100 days in office: “During my […]

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General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., April 25, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 25, 2017 8 Comments

Back from its  latest vacation,  the General Assembly may, or may not, tackle the big issues before its next, and final break (Memorial Day) before the end of session.  I HAVE to think that we will see some revenue-generating initiatives from the D’s being considered.  I would love to see if the House, at least, could pass […]

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April 18, 2017 Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 18, 2017 0 Comments

DuPont Pays Lawyers Instead of Its Victims Prison Guards Call Out Sick:  Doesn’t Carney have a Task Force working on this, or something? British PM Calls for Surprise Early Election: Don’t get too excited.  Labour’s got nothing. Bruce Langhorne, Who Created Memorable Riffs on Dylan’s ‘Bringing It All Back Home’, Dies: Gotta admit I’d never […]

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Yes, The Clinton Campaign Was Every Bit As Bad As You Thought It Was. Actually, Even WORSE

Filed in Featured, National by on April 18, 2017 42 Comments

What a recipe for political success.  Decide from the very beginning of your campaign that you will make no appeal to white voters. Then stick to your plan.  That was just one of the disastrous mistakes made by the Clinton campaign. 2016 was just like 2008 all over again, except with a candidate 8 years […]

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What Would YOU Tell Gov. Carney at His Marijuana Symposium?

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 17, 2017 23 Comments

It looks at least possible that the Governor is willing to consider marijuana legalization.  Cynics might say that that’s b/c it’s just one more issue he hasn’t thought about.  Even if that’s true, though, it means he could be persuaded.  It’s  better than the ‘over my dead body’ line in the sand drawn by Jack […]

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Easter Sunday Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on April 16, 2017 0 Comments

DELDOT Suing DuPont, others, for bridge repair costs. Can’t ANYBODY at DNREC collect a fine from a serial polluter? Trump Fox Guarding Henhouse Part I Trump Fox Guarding Henhouse Part II Trump Fox Guarding Henhouse Part III Best. Gubernatorial. Veto. Ever.  

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I Dunno About Wilmo’s New Police Chief

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 15, 2017 8 Comments

Bob Tracy’s got a lot to prove. Possibly more than any large city in the country, Chicago’s police force has been singled out for excessive force, institutional racism, and corruption.  From this NYTimes article: “C.P.D.’s own data gives validity to the widely held belief the police have no regard for the sanctity of life when […]

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