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Sunday Daily Delawhere [10.19.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [10.19.14]

Fall colors near Corner Ketch. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Saturday Open Thread [10.18.14]

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Saturday Open Thread [10.18.14]

It looks like the betting markets have spoken.  The Senate will be in the hands of the GOP after November 4th.

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The Weekly Addresses

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President Obama:

Governor Markell:

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [10.18.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [10.18.14]

An alleyway of shopping off the main avenue in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Photo by Darren LoPrinzi.

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Friday Open Thread [10.17.14]

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Friday Open Thread [10.17.14]

I can predict that next year’s General Assembly will be all about education and pot. Why pot?

A majority of Delawareans support fully legalizing marijuana according to a new poll, but the issue’s political future isn’t quite as certain.

56 percent of state residents are in favor of it, compared to 39 percent opposing the issue according to the University of Delaware poll.

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Sheriff Christopher Screws Up and Cost Sussex County $7,426,461

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Sheriff Christopher Screws Up and Cost Sussex County $7,426,461

It is all laid out for you in this Delaware Right Guest Post by Georgetown lawyer John Sandy. Sandy took a look at the recent bid documents reprocuring process serving services in the County. The Constitutional Sheriff couldn’t bring himself to follow the requirements of the RFP and lost the contract. A contract that should have added about $7M to Sussex County coffers. Seriously — go read the whole thing. Mr. Sandy provides documentation to back this up and also takes a look at how Christoper paid for his lawsuit via a non-refundable retainer with one of the law firms that represents the County. He claims that since it was a non-refundable retainer, that his lawsuit where multiple courts told him his view of the constitution wasn’t even worthy of a fiction award, that the taxpayers paid no money for his defense. Sussex doesn’t operate on a retainer basis and Sandy provides a summary of the invoices presented to the County to defend his boondoggle. Seriously folks, go read the whole thing. Not only is Christoper a bad constitutional scholar (?), he’s been an incompetent administrator of the office, losing a major revenue stream. And he is a liar. Sussex County citizens should send him to jail.

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Speaking of White Privilege….

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Speaking of White Privilege….

The Wall Street Journal reports that Hunter Biden failed a drug test for cocaine last year and was discharged in February of this year. For reasons passing understanding, he received a commission as a public affairs officer in the Naval Reserve after receiving a special waiver due to his 42 years of age. This was after a career as an attorney, a lobbyist, and an investment banker. Given those careers, it is likely that this was not Hunter’s first encounter with cocaine (yeah, you don’t start at 42).

I am sure Hunter is not expecting there to be consequences, other than public embarrassment and discharge, which have already taken place (and the embarrassment will continue for a while). And he likely will not be. That is quite a privilege.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [10.17.14]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [10.17.14]

Houses on 2nd Street in New Castle.

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Late Night Video — Jon Stewart Schooling Bill O’Reilly on White Privilege

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This is a thing of beauty — watching Stewart explain it and and O’Reilly stubbornly insisting on the fiction of equality:

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Combating The National Republican Fear Campaign?

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Combating The National Republican Fear Campaign?

It is well understood by communications experts that fear is an extremely powerful emotion to reverse. The RNC is executing a powerful national campaign of fear, based mostly on ISIL and Ebola. It is grounded in their national and local messaging strategy that government doesn’t work, especially an Obama/Pelosi government.

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Thursday Open Thread [10.15.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [10.15.14]

First Read: “But here is something else we need to say about the Ebola story: The level of panic doesn’t match the crisis, at least not yet. So far in the United States, one man (from Liberia) has died, and two nurses have been infected from caring for him. And at this rate, it’s possible another health-care worker (or two or three) might get infected, too. But compare this with the thousands who have died from the disease in West Africa, plus the thousands who die from the flu and car accidents each year.”

Three people out of three hundred and fifty million. Three people in one city, one hospital. Three people connected to only one incident. I wonder why that is. I wonder why the public is hysterical. Could it be that the media and certain Republican candidates are stoking the fear for ratings and votes?

If the disease pops up in Cleveland and other cities based on that idiot Texas nurse did (she should be fired as a nurse and have her license forever revoked), then we can start to get a little bit concerned. If it spreads to more people and more cities after that, then we can start panicking.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [10.16.14]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [10.16.14]

The Wilmington Friends Meeting House, on West Street in Quaker Hill, Wilmington. The meetinghouse was built in 1817. Famous Delawareans, including John Dickinson, penman of the Revolution, Governor Caleb Bennett, and abolitionist Thomas Garrett are buried in the burial ground.

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Carney’s debate performance WOW’s sceptics

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Carney’s debate performance WOW’s sceptics

That would be a surprising headline, wouldn’t it? Alas, it would be hard to be wowed by the softballs lobbed by Nancy Karibjellybean or Carney’s predictably flavorless responses.

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Late Night Video — Shep Smith Tells You there is No Ebola Outbreak in America

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Shep Smith says: “These are the facts — we do not have an outbreak of ebola in the United States. Nowhere.” And he takes the media (radio and TV) to task for hyperventilating when it isn’t needed. Bravo, Mr. Smith. When he’s on, he’s on:

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Debate Night!

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Debate Night!

There’s a debate for Attorney General Candidates (I don’t know if this includes all of the ballot-qualified candidates) at Widener tonight, starting at 6pm, conducted by WDEL. You can listen on WDEL or go over to Widener to see it in person.

Delaware Public Media and the University of Delaware Center for Political Communication sponsor debates with the major party candidates for U.S. House and U.S. Senate tonight at Mitchell Hall. This website provides the times (House starts at 7 and the Senate starts at 8), and there are rules for the debates there as well. Not sure if you can still attend in person, but that is likely there at the website. You can also watch a live stream (I think!) of the House and Senate debate.

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Wednesday Open Thread [10.15.14]

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Wednesday Open Thread [10.15.14]

South Carolina Prosecutors Say Stand Your Ground Doesn’t Apply To Victims Of Domestic Violence. Well, of course not! Stand Your Ground is for white men who want to shoot people with impunity! So silly to think that an expansion of 2nd Amendment rights would apply to you women and colored people:

In the cases of women who claim they feared for their lives when confronted with violent intimate abusers, prosecutors say the Stand Your Ground law shouldn’t apply.
“(The Legislature’s) intent … was to provide law-abiding citizens greater protections from external threats in the form of intruders and attackers,” prosecutor Culver Kidd told the Post and Courier. “We believe that applying the statute so that its reach into our homes and personal relationships is inconsistent with (its) wording and intent.”

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Poll of the week discussion thread

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Poll of the week discussion thread

Today’s poll asks DL readers so indicate (in general terms) why they plan on voting for the person they will be voting for in the Carney vs. Izzo vs. August showdown for Congress in three weeks.

Normally I’d choose “I just automatically vote for the Democrat” but since Carney cannot lose this election, I’m going for Bernie August this time to try and cut Carney’s margin of victory by one vote.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [10.15.14]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [10.15.14]

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Brenda Mayrack is Wiping the Floor with Tom Wagner

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Brenda Mayrack is Wiping the Floor with Tom Wagner

I’ve been listening to this debate on WDEL and Brenda Mayrack is really crushing it here. Wagner is crouching behind a story that his is a technical and complex job, which is why he isn’t doing accountability and watchdog roles — even though he thinks he should be re-elected to do accountability and watchdog work. He sounded *very* condescending to her and she bypassed that BS to stay on her message. Wagner spent a great deal of his time explaining how the real work of accountability belongs to agency management and the legislature. Basically, Wagner wants you to know that:

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Tuesday Open Thread [10.14.14]

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Tuesday Open Thread [10.14.14]

The GOP in Asheville, NC objected to a rainbow flag hung at city hall (voted on unanimously by Asheville City Council), and the GOP hung a Nazi swastika flag alongside it as a protest.

This is how we know them, right?

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Another reason to vote for Bernie August instead of John Carney

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Another reason to vote for Bernie August instead of John Carney

John Carney’s greatest accomplishment in congress, the accomplishment that he puts on the top of the list of reasons why he should be re-elected is that he “sat down with Republicans.” Yes. The very Republicans who continue to scheme to undermine the economic recovery to further their own narrow political aims. The Republicans who have never even pretended to reciprocate John Carney’s ardor for compromise and bipartisanship. John Carney just thinks they simply need to be “sat down” with. It is absolutely ludicrous that he is claiming “sitting down with Republicans” as a great accomplishment, but there you have it.

So every Democrat has a choice in this election – reward that kind of obstinate ignorance with a meek party line vote, or vote in a way that affirms your Democratic values by saying “yes” to Bernie August.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [10.14.14]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [10.14.14]

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Monday Open Thread [10.13.14]

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Monday Open Thread [10.13.14]

This ought to be the talk of everyone today — with the Texas Ebola problem, we are seeing how the US Public Health system has been deliberately broken:

That chart is from a great piece in the Scientific American, showing how Public Health spending has been on the decline. The author, Judy Stone, provides some context for how Public Health considerations have been undermined over the past few years. Read the entire thing, then take a look at some of the material she provides in the links at the end of the article:

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QOD — How Can An Accountability Testing Scheme Produce Such Low SAT Scores?

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QOD — How Can An Accountability Testing Scheme Produce Such Low SAT Scores?

We found out this week that approximately 25% of Delaware’s High school students are college-ready, in terms of their SAT scores. Leaving aside that SAT scoring is not the most reliable measure of college-readiness, what is the correlation between the SATs and the DCAS testing regime in Delaware’s schools? It seems to me that if DCAS measures what a kid is learning (yes, I know that is a BIG IF), and the kids are taking a curriculum that makes them ready for college, how can the SAT scores be so out of line with all of this testing? It is pretty remarkable to me that DCAS is used as an accountability test, but that it apparently all of that learning it measures doesn’t translate to better SAT scores.

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I am voting against John Carney’s bipartisanship idiocy by voting for Bernie August

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I am voting against John Carney’s bipartisanship idiocy by voting for Bernie August

In spite of how brazenly Republicans have decided to undermine the economy for their own narrow political ends, and in spite of the fact that even the so-called “moderate” Republican friends of John Carney never break with their leadership and reciprocate his affections – John Carney can’t shut up about how great it is to “work with” Republicans” and he even considers “sitting down with Republicans” his greatest accomplishment in congress. With “accomplishments” like that, who needs failures?

The upshot is that Carney has not given Democrats any reasons to vote for him. That is why I’m voting for the Green Party candidate Bernie August. I may even give money to the guy. But make no mistake – I am a Democrat.

I want Democrats to win elections because at the Party’s core, we are is still the party of the American working man. Also, when Democrats lose elections, that means Republicans win. And yet, in this case there is no downside to voting for the Green Party candidate. Rose Izzo cannot win. John Carney cannot lose. The only question is the margin of victory.

If Carney wins by one fewer vote this election, that’s fine with me. If two years from now he wins by 10 fewer…great. If, in some great and glorious future, Democratic voters eventually decide that their votes needs to be EARNED then eventually, John Carney will get the picture.

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