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Delaware Political Weekly: June 15-21, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 22, 2018 14 Comments

1. Will Wilmington House Delegation Suck Even More Next Year? All signs point to yes. Rep. J. J. Johnson, who doesn’t live in Wilmington, but represents a small portion of the city, is retiring. Regardless of who succeeds him, they will inevitably have huge shoes to fill. Johnson is among the best legislators to serve […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: June 21, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 21, 2018 2 Comments

A mixed bag yesterday. The good? State employees will now be entitled to 12 weeks of family leave for the birth or adoption of a child. The neutral? The Budget Bill passed the Senate.  Yes, Colin Bonini was the only no. The bad: A constitutional amendment designed to put an end to onerous bail and […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 20, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 20, 2018 6 Comments

Some days suck more than others. Yesterday, the Senate voted down an assault weapons ban, with the Senate’s answer to the ‘Get Off My Lawn’ guy, Brian Bushweller, dealing the death blow to the bill, thus enabling weapons wielders to deal literal death to victims in volleys of ammo.  Whatever was Bushweller’s legacy has shrunk […]

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‘Tender Age’ Shelters: Warehouses For Babies And Toddlers

Filed in Featured, National by on June 19, 2018 21 Comments

Rachel Maddow just broke down on the air as this story broke: http://time.com/5316764/toddler-immigrants-tender-age-shelters/ ‘Tender Age Shelters”. What a fucking euphemism. The Trump Administration has been hiding this from the all of us. Three shelters open, with a 4th needed. Hundreds and hundreds of babies. Forcibly detained. In America. Oh, and then there’s the tent city […]

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: June 19, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 19, 2018 28 Comments

It all comes down to Cathy Cloutier.  Today, the Senate will vote on a motion to (pardon the expression) discharge the assault weapons bill to the Senate floor for a vote. In other words, there could be two votes on this bill in the Senate today–one on the discharge motion, the other on the bill […]

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Delaware Political Weekly: June 8-14, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 15, 2018 10 Comments

1. The Mulrooney Retirement. On virtually every issue, Rep. Mike Mulrooney has been a traditional Democrat, and not a Chamber lackey. He supports workers, families, equal rights for all, and has voted as such. He’s a salt-of-the-earth guy who took his job seriously while not taking himself too seriously. His legislative priorities generally centered around […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs. June 14, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 14, 2018 13 Comments

Let’s talk assault weapons. Both public supporters and even John Carney have called for the assault weapons ban to be reconsidered.  Meaning, a vote on the floor of the Senate. We’ve already identified the would-be Twin Assassins of the bill, Dave McBride and Greg Lavelle. When I wrote that article, Lavelle had yet to officially […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 13, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 13, 2018 9 Comments

Strap yourselves in. We’re goin’ for a ride.  It was a very busy legislative day on Tuesday. Here’s the Session Activity Report. The highlights?: *Legislation providing 12 weeks of family leave for full-time state employees passed the House on largely a party line vote, with all D’s voting yes,  and three R’s, Hensley, Miro and […]

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BREAKING: Rep. Mike Mulrooney To Retire

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 12, 2018 4 Comments

Rep. Mike Mulrooney (D-17th RD) has announced that he will not seek reelection, according to WDEL. While Mulrooney has been especially strong on labor issues, he has also been one of the NRA’s staunchest supporters in the Delaware General Assembly. He was facing a primary challenge from Melissa Minor-Brown. In fact, both had filed for […]

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Get On Board The Kathleen Davies Bandwagon

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 12, 2018 26 Comments

Yes, we have an outstanding candidate for State Auditor. One who is building some momentum.  I’ve been slow to recognize this development, but both Kevin Ohlandt and Blue Delaware have been on top of it. Mea culpa. You just have to read the linked Ohlandt piece, which is great journalism. Turns out the reason that […]

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General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues. June 12, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 12, 2018 4 Comments

First, we must do a post-game wrap-up from last Thursday’s action-packed session. You can follow along with the Session Activity Report. The high(and low)lights. The Equal Rights Amendment passed the House. Six downstate R dead-enders voted no. The bill will have to pass in identical form in the next session of the General Assembly. Rather […]

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Delaware Political Weekly: June 1-7, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 8, 2018 13 Comments

1. It’s Official: Sturgeon vs. Lavelle. Monsignor Lavelle has filed, much to the delight of the NRA. The Senator earned the monicker ‘monsignor’ by supporting the Catholic Diocese’s cover-up of pedophile priests and opposing granting victims the right to sue. He effectively became a human rain delay by denying victims of abuse by clergy the […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., June 7, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 7, 2018 8 Comments

Greg Lavelle and Dave McBride.  The two senators who made sure that wielders of assault weapons will be able to mow down children, teachers, ordinary citizens, police, and others.  What they did was unconscionable. McBride, by using his position as President Pro Tempore to place the assault weapons ban in a hostile committee. And Lavelle, […]

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