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Toward a Democratic Party Elevator Speech – “Patriotism, Equality, Science, Results”

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Toward a Democratic Party Elevator Speech – “Patriotism, Equality, Science, Results”

I was moved by the newly adopted Democratic Party Platform. It collects a lot of our best values and highest aspirations. What it doesn’t do is summarize those values into a quick elevator speech. A quick manifesto or touchstone. Here is my take on what that might look like:

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Open Thread For June 11, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 11, 2017 3 Comments

Erik Raser-Schramm To Head State D’s: Nobody has Erik’s campaign chops, especially when it comes to grassroots mobilization. While the article focused on his work w/Stephanie Hansen, I still view his success in leading the House D’s out of the basement and into the majority as his singular achievement.  Nobody asked me, but if I […]

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Carney blows a layup

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Carney blows a layup

He excels at indecision and lack of vision, but unforced errors are Carney’s speciality.

-Via BlueDelaware

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Kowalko – “They (The Chamber of Commerce) own the House of Representatives and the Senate chamber”

Filed in National by on June 10, 2017 2 Comments
Kowalko – “They (The Chamber of Commerce) own the House of Representatives and the Senate chamber”

As the lone vote against releasing CZA gutting (HB 190) from committee, Kowalko took the opportunity to drop a truth bomb on the process:

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Del Dems Platform as reported by the News Journal

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Del Dems Platform as reported by the News Journal

I can see the influence of the Bernie campaign in his document:

The party’s newly approved platform, formulated over a year with statewide input, endorses: a $15 minimum wage; fighting and overturning Citizens United; fighting wealth and income inequality; a commitment to ending Super PACs; equal pay for equal work; ending mass incarceration; working toward debt-free college; expanding and investing in green energy; a commitment to mental health and substance abuse treatment; and Wall Street reform.

At the meeting, the party also approved resolutions reaffirming commitment to organized labor, supporting internet privacy, opposing defunding of Planned Parenthood and overturning of Roe v. Wade, supporting a ban on gay conversion therapy, increasing young adult participation in the political process, strengthening the Voting Rights Act and “resisting the Trump agenda” which it called “destructive.”

Some of it, no doubt, came as surprise to Governor Carney and Acting Governor Schwartzkopf.

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Rising grassroots work to head off Carney/Dem Pols idiocy

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Rising grassroots work to head off Carney/Dem Pols idiocy

Yesterday I wrote that Governor Carney, Acting Governor Schwartzkopf and various elected Dems are on track to blow the next elections. Republicans have a organizational culture and marketing story that resonates with voters even though it has been exposed time and again as mostly economic nonsense wrapped in racism. The trouble is…Democrats, particularly Democratic office holders have no story. Trying to knit together a coherent picture of what it means to be a Democrat by looking at the gyrations of the current Den majority in Leg Hall is the definition of a mug’s game.

There are people working to change that though, and whether or not they can wrest the Dem marketing message away from vision-less dolts like Carney will tell the tale of Democratic fortunes in Delaware for the next 30 years.

These people are a new generation of Party leaders like Cassandra Marshall who fought a pitched battle to break into and become chair of the clubby and lethargic Wilmington Democratic Party.

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Open Thread For June 10, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 10, 2017 2 Comments

Middletown’s Delaware Sports Complex Mired in Bankruptcy Proceedings:  They got the land for $1 a year from Middletown. Still couldn’t make a go of it. The State of Transgender Students in Delaware.  It varies, but could use more guidance from the state.  Especially in Sussex County, where the majority of the state’s assholes reside. Not […]

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Dem Pols, Gov Carney, and Acting Gov Schwartzkopf set up Republicans for big gains

Filed in National by on June 9, 2017 8 Comments
Dem Pols, Gov Carney, and Acting Gov Schwartzkopf set up Republicans for big gains

Alby posted a link dealing with the UK vote in the open thread. Interesting stuff, and a lot that may play out in our upcoming Delaware elections. The whole “something beats nothing” comes to mind.

Carney and the Dems are shaping up to be the party of nothing. Carney doesn’t even have the low hanging fruit of Gay Marriage, as it’s all been picked by Markell. Meanwhile the Dem house caucus, and Brian Townsend’s championing of the CZA gutting make it impossible for “Democrat” to mean anything coherent, so Dem challengers to R incumbents will be stymied unless they have their own charisma or some kind of locally stirring manifesto.

Bottom Line: I see Republicans making big gains this mid-term and taking back the Gov’s Mansion in the next cycle.

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Open Thread For June 9, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 9, 2017 7 Comments

PM May’s Roll of the Dice Comes Up Snake Eyes. She’s still likely to be able to form a minority government with support from a Northern Ireland party though. But the election weakened her instead of making her Brexit initiative easier to accomplish. House Rethugs Vote To Gut Dodd-Frank.  Not even the bankers think it’s […]

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Acclaimed Cape HS Teacher Forced Out By Anti-LGBT Board and Parents

Filed in National by on June 8, 2017 6 Comments

LEWES, Del. — A highly acclaimed teacher and theater director at a high school in Delaware near Rehoboth Beach who served as faculty adviser for the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance Club was forced to submit her resignation earlier this year based on what students and parents believe to be anti-LGBT bias. Martha Pfeiffer, who heads the […]

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UK Elections Thread

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UK Elections Thread

I’m going to Stoney’s Pub to support Delaware Shakespeare* and hopefully watch Jeremy Corbyn shock the world by becoming the UK’s next Prime Minister, so I will not be commenting. But feel free to chime in if anything interesting or momentous happens. *10% of your meal tab will be donated to support DelShakes which is […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., June 8 2017

Filed in Delaware by on June 8, 2017 34 Comments

After some 45 years as accepted law and practice in Delaware, the Delaware Coastal Zone Act appears to be on the fast track to being compromised as this bill cleared its House Committee yesterday.  I think it’s disgraceful that the cynics in and around the General Assembly are trying to push this bill through before […]

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Comey Testimony Primer

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Comey Testimony Primer

Josh Marshall’s annotated version of Comey’s published opening statement is very helpful for getting your hands around the various times the Republican President attempted to obstruct justice.

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Open Thread For June 8, 2017

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Rethugs Rope-A-Dope D’s On Obamacare Repeal:  The Senate is gonna pass a bill while everybody’s focused on Russia. Keep in mind that the Republican Party is now a criminal enterprise largely controlled by the Koch Brothers.  Then ask yourself, “Why wouldn’t they pass such a bill?”  They will. Russian Hookers?  Like, what’s that all about? […]

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Delaware Pit Bull killed by cop to end vicious attack

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Delaware Pit Bull killed by cop to end vicious attack

Police had to kill a dog at All Aboard Grooming and Kennels in Dagsboro June 6 after it attacked a state Office of Animal Welfare officer at the shelter. Officers from Delaware State Police were called to the shelter shortly before 4 p.m. for a dangerous dog actively attacking an animal-control officer. Dagsboro Police Department […]

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Open Thread For June 7, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 7, 2017 6 Comments

Trump Nominates Christopher Wray as FBI Director.  Timing purely coincidental, of course.  BTW, Chris Christie was Wray’s biggest cheerleader for the post. Why Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Found No Protesters in Saudi Arabia.  If you guessed that protesters face execution for protesting, you’d be correct.  Ross liked the fact that there were no protesters. John […]

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

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 7, 2017 7 Comments

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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Decent humans swamp A-hole vote, pass Colonial referendum

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Decent humans swamp A-hole vote, pass Colonial referendum

There is nothing like a school referendum (or a mid-term election) to bring out the greedy a-holes. Sadly, decent humans need to be practically dragged to the polls. If you want to know what kind of short-sighted, greedy nit wits were defeated in New Castle yesterday, simply read the Delaware online comments on the referendum story.

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

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 6, 2017 16 Comments

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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Carter favors an inclusive process for updating the CZA

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Carter favors an inclusive process for updating the CZA

“HB 190 is not an improvement to the CZA. Many of the problems with this bill are attributable to the lack of involvement from a diverse group of stakeholders who have an interest in and use the coastal zone. Diverse stakeholders involved in an inclusive and transparent problem-solving process is a fundamental prerequisite to any credible process that may be needed to revisit the CZA.”

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Open Thread For June 6, 2017

Filed in Featured, National, Open Thread by on June 6, 2017 15 Comments

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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Delaware Joins State Climate Change Coalition

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Delaware Joins State Climate Change Coalition

Delaware has joined a coalition of states and cities promising to tackle global climate change despite President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of an international agreement to limit the scale of global warming. “The U.S. should lead in the global fight against climate change,” Carney said in a statement announcing the move. “Delaware is […]

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Exelon’s Current Chicanery

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John Kowalko cannot recall a proposal more specifically designed to squeeze profit out of his constituents without providing any improvement in service. …and he has seen three lifetime’s worth of chicanery on this topic.

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Baumbach exposes the central myth in Carney’s scam “shared sacrifice” budget

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Baumbach exposes the central myth in Carney’s scam “shared sacrifice” budget

To believe that there is a budget crisis that requires “shared sacrifice” you need to buy into the myth that Delaware tax rates are not competitive with neighboring states. And that, in fact, to be competitive our taxes must be far lower that Pennsylvania and New Jersey’s. Paul Baumbach exposes that myth in this exchange […]

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Open Thread For June 5, 2017

Filed in Featured, National by on June 5, 2017 12 Comments

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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