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Chris Bullock announces for Lt. Gov

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Chris Bullock announces for Lt. Gov

Bullock claims thefirst second mover advantage. If Copeland really is letting the Teabags run (and lose) statewide to send some kind of message, the Dem primary is basically the election.

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BREAKING NEWS: Parties Try Last-Minute Cash Grab in General Assembly!

Filed in Delaware by on June 29, 2015 28 Comments
BREAKING NEWS: Parties Try Last-Minute Cash Grab in General Assembly!

The D’s and R’s have finally found something they can both agree on.  I had previously written about HS 1 to HB 128,  a candidate and party cash grab which was removed from the House Agenda once it was exposed.

Guess what? They’ve got another bill they plan to work under the cover of darkness of June 30 and July 1.  And, while they won’t fund $$’s for road building, ‘leadership’, including ‘mortal enemies’ Greg Lavelle and Patti Blevins, are united in crushing any insurgent candidacies under something called a ‘Party Building Fund’. No, it’s not for buildings.

Ladeez and gentlemen, let me introduce to you SB 155, which is sort-of a Delaware version of Citizens United.

The bill creates a new fund for political parties.  Here’s the key sentence:

No political party may make any expenditure from its building fund except for the costs of telephone and other communications services and the rental or purchase of equipment, office supplies, or an office or building.

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The NJ is taking Lafferty seriously…is Copeland?

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The NJ is taking Lafferty seriously…is Copeland?

Is throwing the Gov’s race a sign that Charlie Copeland is willing to keep his powder dry for yet another statewide election? Is he going allow the teabags to run “a real conservative” and fall on their faces (again)? If that is the plan, he is more a much more cagey tactician than I’ve ever given him credit for.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [6.29.15]

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This photo is from the wonderful photography of Nick McNevich. McNevich’s work was recently featured in the News Journal. McNevich is also part of the CreateInWilm Facebook community, which is a cooperative group of artists, photographers, and craftspeople dedicated to bringing change to the city of Wilmington through art and expression.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [6.28.15]

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This photo is from the wonderful photography of Nick McNevich. McNevich’s work was recently featured in the News Journal. McNevich is also part of the CreateInWilm Facebook community, which is a cooperative group of artists, photographers, and craftspeople dedicated to bringing change to the city of Wilmington through art and expression.

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Wilmington’s City Council Looks to Wash Its Hands of the City’s Safety Problem and Just Throw Money At It

Filed in Delaware by on June 27, 2015 1 Comment
Wilmington’s City Council Looks to Wash Its Hands of the City’s Safety Problem and Just Throw Money At It

Timed for the Friday afternoon news dump, Wilmington’s City Council has scheduled a joint Committee of the Whole and a Public Safety meeting to debate the City budget’s first budget amendment (not a month after the new budget went into effect). This budget amendment will add funds to the WPD budget to create two new Inspector positions and one civilian CIO position. The meeting is this Monday (June 29, 2015) at the City Council chambers starting at 5pm. This amendment has been revised from the original ask, now it provides approval for 3 new positions (rather than 4), does not add to the authorized strength of the Department and now spends just $285,000 of a projected surplus. A projected surplus that no one has any confidence in and AGAIN, I do not understand why we are committing to spending money that we think that we might have, rather than money that we actually do have. I’ll extend that to wonder why they are having this hearing at all right now — given that the GA has blown a hole in their budget and no one know what the world will look like on July 1, it seems clueless to spend any time talking about more spending until you know that your budget is intact.

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Saturday Open Thread [6.27.15]

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Saturday Open Thread [6.27.15]

Seriously? Multiple choice Mitt is reported by the WaPo to be gathering his team to get into the Presidential race for 2016.

In the conversations, Romney said he is intent on running to the right of Bush, who also is working vigorously to court donors and other party establishment figures for a 2016 bid. Romney has tried to assure conservatives that he shares their views on immigration and tax policy — and that should he enter the race, he will not forsake party orthodoxy.

To the RIGHT of Jeb Bush. As if that part of the Clown Car isn’t already overflowing.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [6.27.15]

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This photo is from the wonderful photography of Nick McNevich. McNevich’s work was recently featured in the News Journal. McNevich is also part of the CreateInWilm Facebook community, which is a cooperative group of artists, photographers, and craftspeople dedicated to bringing change to the city of Wilmington through art and expression.

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Bond Bill Committee Zeros Out Municipal Street Aid and Community Transportation Fund

Filed in Delaware by on June 26, 2015 36 Comments
Bond Bill Committee Zeros Out Municipal Street Aid and Community Transportation Fund

This is reported to me by multiple sources at Leg Hall, (and the NJ!)with counties and other municipalities (and the REALTORS) furiously pushing back on this as well as the decrease in revenue sharing for the Real Estate Transfer tax. None of this is a done deal until the legislature takes its final vote, but blowing big holes in every single county and municipal entity here in Delaware doesn’t strike me as the most productive bit of business. Of course, they wouldn’t have such a big problem if they had passed a gas tax last year. Or if they had even passed the weak tea of the fee increases this week:

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Scott Walker’s Wingnut Extortion Plan

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Scott Walker’s Wingnut Extortion Plan

Scott Walker is threatening to NOT run for President, unless he can extort $100 grand from a bunch of suckers by June 30th.

Jason,

As you know, I am nearing a decision about whether to seek the Republican nomination for President of the United States, but a decision this important takes time … and money.

Whether I run will depend on the support I receive from conservatives like you during this crucial decision-making process. To that end, we have set an ambitious goal…

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Friday Open Thread [6.26.15]

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Friday Open Thread [6.26.15]

President Obama delivered an emotional and powerful eulogy at the funeral service for Reverend Clementa Pinckney this afternoon. If you haven’t had the chance to see this magnificent and compassionate eulogy, sit down and see it now and see it until the end:

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BREAKING: Gay Marriage Is Legal!

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BREAKING: Gay Marriage Is Legal!

The Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

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*knock, knock* I have a cardiac arrest warrant with Antonin Scalia’s name on it

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*knock, knock*  I have a cardiac arrest warrant with Antonin Scalia’s name on it

46 years ago tomorrow, the Stonewall riots “transform the gay rights movement from one limited to a small number of activists into a widespread protest for equal rights and acceptance.” America! Fuck Yeah! Bringing down the flag of Southern Traitors and raising up the Rainbow Flag of tolerance. By all indications the Supreme Court of […]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [6.26.15]

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This photo is from the wonderful photography of Nick McNevich. McNevich’s work was recently featured in the News Journal. McNevich is also part of the CreateInWilm Facebook community, which is a cooperative group of artists, photographers, and craftspeople dedicated to bringing change to the city of Wilmington through art and expression.

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Thursday Open Thread [6.25.15]

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Thursday Open Thread [6.25.15]

The coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska is one of America’s greatest wilderness. This area is the birthing and nursing ground for the Porcupine Caribou Herd, on which the Gwich’in people who are native to this region have depended for millennia. In their language, they call this land “The Sacred Place […]

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ACA Subsidies Upheld 6-3

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ACA Subsidies Upheld 6-3

Suck it, you Teabags.

WASHINGTON –The still-controversial but increasingly sturdy Affordable Care Act survived a major challenge Thursday as the Supreme Court rejected claims that could have dismantled the health care plan.

The court ruled 6-3 against four Virginia plaintiffs who had insisted that federal subsidies offered to offset the cost of health insurance purchased on a federal exchange operated on behalf of 34 states, including Texas, were illegal.

This utterly fraudulent, purely political case should never had made it this far.

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Bernie Sanders packs thousands into a Denver gymnasium

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Bernie Sanders packs thousands into a Denver gymnasium

Sanders is catching fire. My takeaways below:

Bernie Sanders, who’s emerged as Hillary Rodham Clinton’s chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, drew an estimated crowd of more than 5,000 people to the University of Denver on Saturday night for what appeared to be one of the largest political rallies of the 2016 cycle.

Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist senator from Vermont, delivered a fiery speech in a packed university gymnasium, where he decried the greed of the billionaire class, saying it is “destroying this nation.” Besides the more than 3,000 people in the gym, others listened in an adjacent atrium.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [6.25.15]

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This photo is from the wonderful photography of Nick McNevich. McNevich’s work was recently featured in the News Journal. McNevich is also part of the CreateInWilm Facebook community, which is a cooperative group of artists, photographers, and craftspeople dedicated to bringing change to the city of Wilmington through art and expression.

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Wednesday Open Thread [6.24.15]

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Wednesday Open Thread [6.24.15]

I miss DD. Some crazy shit probably went down. Republicans, and Delaware’s Senators, acting like a-holes. Poll results and such. Ted Cruz is a freak show. I sure hope he is the Republican nominee.

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 24, 2015

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 24, 2015

The Del-Tech stench grows fouler by the hour.  Despite the fact that no public notice was given, as required by Senate rules, the Senate Finance Commitee (illegally) met today and voted the Del-Tech Relief Act out of committee.  It’s on today’s agenda, just as it was on yesterday’s agenda.  The difference being that only one Senate rule was violated instead of the two rules that were violated in order for it to be placed on yesterday’s agenda. Make no mistake. The committee met because of what we wrote here yesterday.  They’re gonna try to railroad this bill through, and every homeowner will pay w/o having any say over the so-called ‘Community College Infrastructure Fund’.

As Al Mascitti pointed out yesterday, this is not the first time this exact same scheme has been proposed by Del-Tech. When Lonnie George did it, he at least announced the legislation in January, which gave legislators and the public enough (or, for those of you supported it, too much) time to reject it for the blatant rip-off it was.  It’s no coincidence that Mark Brainard and the bill’s supporters waited until June 11 to introduce the bill and try to sneak it through w/o any public input. The bill still sucks. As Al also pointed out, tuition at Del-Tech is far below the national average, and a very modest increase in that tuition would pay for this scheme w/o bilking homeowners who have no interest in Del-Tech and have no idea they’re about to be bilked. I call on many of the fine legislators who inexplicably have signed onto this bill to put the brakes on this cynical maneuver.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [6.24.15]

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This photo is from the wonderful photography of Nick McNevich. McNevich’s work was recently featured in the News Journal. McNevich is also part of the CreateInWilm Facebook community, which is a cooperative group of artists, photographers, and craftspeople dedicated to bringing change to the city of Wilmington through art and expression.

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Navarro Running for Insurance Commissioner

Filed in Delaware by on June 23, 2015 37 Comments
Navarro Running for Insurance Commissioner

Well, I guess that Karen Weldin Stewart proved that you don’t have to know anything about insurance to be Insurance Commissioner.

Still, cop to sheriff to…IC? I dunno.

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Good bye and good riddance to the rebel flag

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Good bye and good riddance to the rebel flag

As a child of the 70’s I have to admit that I’m a little surprised at how quickly and completely the rebel flag seems to be falling into the same untouchable category as the swastika. I didn’t think we’d see the demise of the stars and bars in my lifetime. It has always been venerated by particularly showy and repugnant southern racists, but it has also been something else.

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Tueday Open Thread [6.23.15]

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Tueday Open Thread [6.23.15]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Tues., June 23, 2015

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Tues., June 23, 2015

Sen. Patti Blevins: 1  NRA Lobbyist: 0.

That’s the result of one of the more unusual confrontations in recent Delaware legislative history. Unusual because it’s so not ‘Delaware Way’. And unusual because someone called out the NRA for lying. Also unusual because both Blevins and the lobbyist in question, Rich Armitage, do not generally court controversy. And most unusual in that the President Pro-Tem stated that Armitage “could have faced felony charges for his allegedly false testimony about closed door negotiations involving the gun rights group and the Attorney General’s office over language regarding the marketing of firearm safety programs.”

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