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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., June 22, 2017

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What a shock. Liquor store owners, beer distributors and the like flooded Legislative Hall yesterday to rail against tax hikes, specifically sin tax hikes.  As might be expected, the wavering quaverers, or are they quavering waverers, were ready to fold at the first hint of special interest anger. Led, of course, by Bryon Short: Rep. […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 21, 2017

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Let’s talk Coastal Zone, shall we?  HB 190 (Osienski), The Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act, passed the House by a 34-7 vote.  There were several amendments adopted in the House, and I think they made the bill more palatable.  Here are the substantive amendments that were adopted. HA1, which adds reporting requirements from DEDO and […]

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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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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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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., June 15, 2017

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The D’s have unveiled their proposed income tax increases and, while it doesn’t go as far as I’d like, I see it as progress. The proposal would create a new top rate of 6.95% for those earning over $150,000 a year.  From the News-Journal article, here is how the current rates would be changed if […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 14, 2017

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 14, 2017

The Day the Rethugs Showed Their Hand.  Cut wages for workers on construction projects. Throw more people off Medicaid.  Tighten the screws on the State budget.  Have you ever noticed that they always leave one essential point out of their narrative when it comes to ‘the good times (then)’  vs. ‘the bad times (now)’?  They […]

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show for Tues., June 13, 2017

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From the platform of the Delaware Democratic Party: Wages: No one who works full time should have to struggle to provide for their family. Delaware Democrats support our state’s working families and strongly believe in a $15 minimum wage, paid sick leave, and short-term disability insurance. Today’s Senate Agenda features  SB 10 (Marshall), which would […]

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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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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 7, 2017

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A woman’s reproductive rights will be protected in Delaware, regardless of what the US Supreme Court does.  The House (barely) passed SS1/SB5 (Townsend), which protects those rights.  The vote was 22Y, 16N, 3A. Not a single R voted for the bill. Not one. Maybe Deborah Hudson would have, but she was absent.  2 D’s voted […]

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General Assembly Pre-Game Show For Tues., June 6, 2017

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Let’s try to figure out what’s going on with this shutdown of JFC.  Whether or not the Joint Finance Committee intended it as such, I think the result was the Kabuki Theatre we now see.  By announcing these draconian cuts, JFC wittingly or unwittingly created the firestorm of public outcry that resulted.  Which led to […]

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Open Thread For June 6, 2017

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NSA Director Rogers Might Drop a Bomb During Wednesday Testimony:  Might not have to wait for Comey on Thursday. Trump Complains That Dems Refuse To Confirm Nominees He, Uh, Hasn’t Nominated Yet. Part 1: Defense appointees. Trump Complains That Dems Refuse To Confirm Nominees He, Uh, Hasn’t Nominated Yet. Part 2: Diplomacy and everything else.  […]

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Open Thread For June 5, 2017

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That Russian Bank Is ‘Not A Bank’: It’s a government agency.  No wonder Trump was in such a hurry to lift sanctions. Kushner might just have needed their money.  It was always about the money. Must-read story of the day. Trump’s Gonna Trump.  Tweets shade at London’s Mayor. Arab Alliance In Crisis: The sword dance […]

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Open Thread For June 3, 2017

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Prisons Report Consigned to the Friday News Dump.  Bottom line: Yeah, the prisons suck, we know why, but we’ve got that $400 K deficit. You can go back to sleep now, John.  I smell lawsuits. But, John, you might want to look at the recommendations from 2005 that were never implemented.  That was during your […]

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Open Thread For June 2, 2017

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Trump Cites Fake Facts To Justify Exit From Paris Accords.  What R will stand up to this nut? How To Fight Climate Change W/O Trump?   Wonder if Trump will try to shut down this gambit. Leadership w/o the putative leader. ‘Patriotic Hacking’:  Putin knows that he’s been caught. Time to put some distance between him […]

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Mo’ Better Dems: Everybody Into the Primary Pool…RD 1

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 1, 2017 31 Comments

The incumbent: Charles Potter. District Registration:  12,665 D; 1,444 R; 2,626 I.  Those are not misprints. OK, why should Charles Potter be primaried? First, he and his family have fed at the public trough for far too long. And, yes, by ‘family’ I also include disgraced ex-Mayor Dennis P. Williams, who is Potter’s cousin. The […]

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Open Thread For June 1, 2017

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Legislative Cowards Surface to Stop JFC Cuts.  Politics uber alles.  Too many constituents are being hurt, say ‘leaders’ McBride and Schwartzkopf. So they’re ‘stopping’ the JFC process to see what can be done. We, of course, know what can be done:  Raise taxes on Delaware’s wealthiest, which of course was a non-starter in Pete’s House.  […]

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Most Dismal Legislative Session Ever?

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on May 31, 2017 44 Comments

By ‘ever’, I mean since 1983, when I first started working for the General Assembly.  I’ve either worked for, or followed what’s going on in Dover ever since. My answer to my question is: Yes, I think so. Go ahead. Pick a highlight. Eliminating the Estate Tax? Bringing back the death penalty? Finding ways to […]

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Open Thread For May 30, 2017

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White House Cans Communications Director:  Hey, I didn’t even know this guy was the Communications Director. Noriega Dies:  He was always a brutal despot.  He was also George HW Bush’s useful ally–until he wasn’t. Press Literally Under Attack: Bullets fired at the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader’s offices.  This is what Trump and his minions seek to […]

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Open Thread For May 29, 2017

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Open Thread For May 29, 2017

WSJ Tries To Peddle False Equivalency On Kushner’s Back Channel. Joy Reid Blows It Up.  The false equivalency was ‘Obama did it too’.  Except he didn’t.  This, however, will be a phony Rethug talking point going forward. First Kushner Apologist Steps Up. DHS Secretary. His job’s secure for now.  We’ll see the drumbeat this week.  […]

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Open Thread For May 28, 2017

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What Happens When You Keep Cutting Education Funds.  Yes, it’s Oklahoma.  But when you blindly cut funds, it leads to this. Are you paying attention, Jellyfish John? Using a formula to cut spending is not a policy, it’s a formula. Same Holds True For Colleges.  A deliberate attempt to put an end to upward mobility? […]

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Open Thread For May 27, 2017

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Kushner Sought Illegal Back-Channel w/Russia…To Avoid Detection From US Intelligence:  Graham and McCain express ‘concern’ in 3-2-1. Then do nothing.  The Rethugs are a criminal enterprise. Second only to Trump and his minions. Neither Delaware Nor Feds Inspect Freight Rails: More fuel shipments by rail? What could possibly go wrong? ‘Psst, Wanna See John Glenn’s […]

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Open Thread For May 26, 2017

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‘Bad, Very Bad, German Cars’. He’s not talking the Volkswagen scandal, he’s PO’d that Germany successfully sells cars here. Oh, and they have a trade surplus. Must be their fault. Guy’s not just deranged, he’s a fucking idiot. Real Rethug-Russian Collusion In the Election.  Oh, and there’s that name again: Roger Stone. “What A Dump”.  […]

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Open Thread For May 25, 2017

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111 D House Members Co-Sponsor ‘Medicare For All’.  AKA ‘Single Payer.  None of the co-sponsors are named Lisa Blunt Rochester.  She looks more and more like a mere Carperbot.  But, you know, she’s a ‘Woman of Color’. The color is yellow. James Comey–Unwitting Dupe?:  Whether he wants it or not, Comey has changed history and […]

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Open Thread for May 24, 2017

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Open Thread for May 24, 2017

HSBC Cuts 450 Delaware Jobs. Jellyfish John caught unawares. Did someone wake him up from a nap to tell him? Rogue Presidency Seeks to Avoid Ethics Requirements. Ethics Office Strikes Back.  Oh, those inconvenient civil servants. NCC Council Rejects Sewer Rate Increases and More Cops. The last thing we need is more cops. So, good […]

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Open Thread for May 23, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on May 23, 2017 37 Comments

He’s Toast. Seriously.  He’s gone to every investigative agency and asked them to put the kibosh on the Russian investigation.  He won’t be President by Dec. 31, 2017. JFC Cuts Senior Property Subsidy To Seniors:  Cutting this subsidy and eliminating the Estate Tax were both proposals pushed by Markell’s Chamber-dominated working group. Give a tax […]

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