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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., March 28, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on March 28, 2017 8 Comments

So, it turns out that the killing of the death penalty was not final.  When the Delaware Supreme Court held that the statute was unconstitutional, it was like waving a red flag in front of a bull.  Or, bull-headed legislators. Hence, the “Extreme Crimes Prevention Act”, which the News-Journal reports will be introduced next week.  […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., March 22, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on March 22, 2017 2 Comments

Quite the productive legislative day.  Perhaps the first one this year.  The House passed Rep. Bentz’ access to TANF bill with only one no vote: Sussex County’s Rich Collins.  Sean Matthews scored a two-fer with the passage of his bill to forestall dropping out of school (Briggs King and Yearick voted no, Spiegelman went not […]

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General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., March 21, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on March 21, 2017 2 Comments

16 tons of bullshit and whaddayaget? Another day older and $35.6 million deeper in debt.  The budget hole is up to $386 mill and counting.  Hey, I’ve got an idea.  Why not do a property tax revision on Delaware properties owned by those who do not officially reside in Delaware?  And, of course, propose two […]

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Weds., March 15, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on March 15, 2017 9 Comments
Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Weds., March 15, 2017

So many questions.

Will John Carney propose a budget before or after his Endless Coffee Klatch Tour? It now extends into late April. The tour, that is.

What, if any, proposals will members of the General Assembly introduce to close the $350 million budget gap?

Will Jellyfish John permit Sen. Nicole Poore to singlehandedly end the term of Patrice Gilliam-Johnson as Secretary of Labor?

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Delaware Elections 2018: United States Senate, aka the Race to Change the Face of Delaware Politics

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on March 13, 2017 20 Comments
Delaware Elections 2018: United States Senate, aka the Race to Change the Face of Delaware Politics

This race has the potential to be the most important Delaware race in at least 45 years.  In 1972, upstart Joe Biden defeated incumbent US Senator J. Caleb Boggs in a year where the D’s suffered defeat after defeat (It was the Nixon defeats McGovern presidential landslide). It’s quite possible that the 2018 US Senatorial […]

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Our First Look At Delaware Elections 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on March 9, 2017 43 Comments
Our First Look At Delaware Elections 2018

Over the next few weeks and months, we’ll be examining every key 2018 race in depth.  However, to get the juices flowing and to get the grassroots recruiting, today we’ll list every race that will be on the 2018 ballot. Uh, except for row offices, which really should be appointed rather than elected. If you […]

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When Bad Things Happen To Relentless Trolls

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on March 2, 2017 3 Comments

Enjoyed coming home to spot the ongoing attempt to discredit my story.  24 hours and counting. So, I’m gonna do something I rarely do. I’m gonna admit that something I wrote might have been wrong.  In fact, please allow me to share this ‘tip’ from a Troll Tipster: El Som, Your research and sources are […]

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Nicole and Tony Sittin’ In a Tree, P-I-S-S-I-N-G…

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on March 1, 2017 61 Comments
Nicole and Tony Sittin’ In a Tree, P-I-S-S-I-N-G…

…on the current and should-be future Labor Secretary, Patrice Gilliam-Johnson. Who are Nicole and Tony?  That would be Senator Nicole Poore and disgraced ex-Senator Tony DeLuca.  Poore has a six-figure sinecure from Jobs For Delaware Graduates.   And DeLuca has a sinecure from the Department of Labor as Director of Labor Law Enforcement.  Neither are at […]

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How A Potential Boondoggle Became a Full-Fledged Boondoggle

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on February 28, 2017 5 Comments

The scheme was so crazy that it might well have been dreamt up by a tiny group of cronies downing a few libations at Crabby Dick’s in Delaware City. In fact, it was.  Two of those cronies being then-drinking buddies Nicole Poore (more on her appearing in DL very soon) and Valerie Longhurst, along with […]

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El Somnambulo Overthinks It All For You: Special Election Edition

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on February 27, 2017 22 Comments

1. Biggest Surprise: The turnout.  While I haven’t gone back to check, there is no way that any previous Special Election turnout rivaled this one. There are 35,673 registered voters in SD 10.  12,580 cast ballots. That’s over 35% of eligible voters.  This should cause real concern for R’s going forward.  When mobilized, there are […]

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The SD 10 Election Night Results and Open Thread

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on February 25, 2017 37 Comments

With polls closing soon, we await the results and, of course, the discussion.  We’ll update the results as they come in.  If any of you are at polling places, feel free to share info with us. And, of course, let’s hear what everybody thinks.

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SD 10 Race Takes On National Significance

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on February 21, 2017 2 Comments

It is being viewed as the first chance for voters to respond to Donald Trump at the ballot box since November.  From the Huffington Post: A Special Special Election From the article: “Hansen’s campaign is benefitting from the outpouring of anger and activism that has erupted since the election of Donald Trump as president. Millions […]

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BREAKING: ‘Team’ Marino In Turmoil!

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on February 13, 2017 57 Comments

Less than two weeks before the SD 10 Special Election, John Marino’s campaign has lost both its campaign manager and volunteer coordinator.  Both quit the campaign, at least one of the two due to the extreme right-wing nature of Marino’s positions. Multiple sources have confirmed the departure of the two aides. Captain Obvious Says: “When […]

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Your All-Purpose SD 10 Special Election Preview

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on February 9, 2017 13 Comments
Your All-Purpose SD 10 Special Election Preview

The Date: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, polls open from 7 am to 8 pm. The Stakes: Control of the Delaware State Senate. The Party Standard Bearers:  John Marino (R); Stephanie Hansen (D); Joseph Lanzendorfer (L). The District: The 10th SD’s northern boundary takes in southern portions of Newark.  The district runs south from there along […]

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News Journal Kisses Lisa’s Behind

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on February 4, 2017 6 Comments

One of the poorest excuses for ‘journalism’ I’ve read in a long time.  Made me want to ‘fwow’ up: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2017/02/03/after-month-blunt-rochester-finding-her-direction/97395588/ The guilty journalist is one Adam Duvernay.  Who may well be auditioning for a role as her press secretary since this puff piece is a PR release if ever there was one. A couple of […]

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What Fresh Hell is This? for Jan 31st 2017

Filed in Featured, National by on January 31, 2017 6 Comments
What Fresh Hell is This?  for Jan 31st 2017

The Trump administration ratcheted up the bully-boy tactics Monday night, firing the country’s acting attorney general for her “betrayal” – telling government attorneys not to defend the executive order banning travel from seven Muslim countries – and telling the 100 diplomats who released an official dissent memo that if they don’t like working under Trump they can quit.

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Chris Coons–Maybe Worse Than Carper

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on January 31, 2017 22 Comments
Chris Coons–Maybe Worse Than Carper

Do you all have your phones handy?  Today would be a very good day to flood Sen. Chris Coons’ office with irate phone calls. Why? Here’s why: Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, a member of the Judiciary Committee told CNN he is still seething over the Republicans’ decision to block Judge Merrick Garland from filling the […]

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What Al Thinks You Need To Know: Mon., Jan. 30, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, International, National by on January 30, 2017 9 Comments

A Guest Post from Alby Damned Welcome to the Protest Presidency of Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, proprietor. It’s becoming obvious, at the start of the second week of the Trump Interregnum, that it’s Steve Bannon with his hands on the marionette’s strings. Dozens of pundits, including Digby, have come to that conclusion: http://www.salon.com/2017/01/30/trumps-rasputin-seizes-the-moment-a-week-of-chaos-may-suit-steve-bannons-master-plan/ Trump’s Muslim […]

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What Al Thinks You Need To Know: Jan. 28, 2017

Filed in Featured, National by on January 28, 2017 12 Comments

A Guest Post from Alby Damned If you’re collected indications that Trump is either different or incompetent, take your pick, here’s one that went mostly unnoticed: No Friday news dump. Then again, they’ve been dumping all week, so maybe it was time to rinse out the dumpsters. It’s almost impossible to keep up with the […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., Jan. 26, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 26, 2017 13 Comments
General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., Jan. 26, 2017

Nemski’s already written about the big news.  In a preview of things-to-come should the R’s take over the State Senate, the Rethugs banded together to block the nomination of Shawn Garvin, who appears to be a flaming moderate on the environment, to be DNREC Secretary.  The R’s, including self-proclaimed moderate Cathy Cloutier, voted in lockstep […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., Jan. 25, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 25, 2017 8 Comments
General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., Jan. 25, 2017

Some days, you, meaning I, start to write this and then realize that there’s next to ‘no there there’. Such was yesterday. For you completists, here is the Session Activity Report from last Thursday. For you marathon completists, here is yesterday’s Session Activity Report. Two bills passed unanimously in the House, including legislation requiring that […]

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BREAKING NEWS: World Cafe Live at the Queen to Close In May

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, Featured by on January 24, 2017 36 Comments
BREAKING NEWS: World Cafe Live at the Queen to Close In May

This is not good news for music lovers or for the revitalization of the City. WCL at the Queen will close its doors on May 25. The reason? They just couldn’t make a financial go of it.

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How Democrats Created Betsy DeVos

Filed in Education, Featured, National by on January 22, 2017 6 Comments
How Democrats Created Betsy DeVos

While educators and politicians throughout the land are recoiling at the notion of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, Democrats created her. Or someone like her. The Democratic Party’s embrace of corporate education, corporate textbooks, corporate testing and corporate-sponsored ‘education reform’ is what led to this.

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Back From the Philly March

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 21, 2017 23 Comments
Back From the Philly March

Wow.  Just…wow.  We must have had at least 50,000 people there. My wife really wanted to go, and I was more than happy to tag along.  My wife and I got to Philly around 9 and to Logan Square around 9:15.  I’ve never seen so many clever signs.  Many of them employing the vulgarism that […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., Jan. 19, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 19, 2017 0 Comments

The first set of John Carney’s nominees sailed through the Senate yesterday. Republicans could not contain themselves from raining effusive praise on these nominations.  And why should they? It’s basically the same set of characters with whom they did business during the Markell years.  Which, at first glance, is what the Carney Administration appears hell-bent […]

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