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Saturday Open Thread [5.16.15]

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Saturday Open Thread [5.16.15]

NY Times:

So Jeb Bush now says he would not have invaded Iraq if he knew then what he knows today. Neither would Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, John R. Kasich, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum or Marco Rubio. In fact, Mr. Rubio said, “Not only would I not have been in favor of it, President Bush would not have been in favor of it.”
Which raises an interesting question: Would George W. Bush still have authorized the invasion in 2003 had he known that Iraq did not actually have the unconventional weapons that intelligence agencies said it did?

Mr. Rubio’s staff said he based his comment on the fact that Mr. Bush had expressed regret about the false intelligence he relied on and — since the war was predicated on it — it is reasonable to assume he would have decided differently, if he had known differently.

But in fact, while Mr. Bush has said he was sick to learn the intelligence was off base, he has always defended his decision to invade Iraq as the right one, arguing that the world is still better off without Saddam Hussein.

This really presents a logical conundrum for Republicans. Because for the last two years, hell, for the last seven years, every single Republican has criticized President Obama for withdrawing from Iraq, and then they blamed that pullout for the rise of ISIS. But how can that be? If they all now think that the U.S. invasion was wrong, then they have to blame President Bush for the consequences. And the consequences were sectarian violence and terrorism. We liberals said so at the time. And we were right.

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The Weekly Addresses

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The President highlights the importance of expanding opportunity for all Americans — a principle that has guided his work throughout the past six years.

Governor Markell highlights the need for investment in a modernized infrastructure network to promote long-term economic activity and improve road safety.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [5.16.15]

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Lewes Beach, North.

Lewes Beach, looking north, by Mike Mahaffie, on Flickr.

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Friday Open Thread [5.15.15]

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Friday  Open Thread [5.15.15]

Amy Walter on why Hillary needs Obama: “Every presidential election is a response to the current president, even when the current president isn’t seeking re-election. If people don’t like the guy in the White House, it’s almost impossible for a member of his party to be elected to succeed him. Even when voters are happy with their incumbent president, it’s not always a guarantee of success for the party’s nominee. Voters are often looking for a change in style as much as substance (see: Bush v. Gore, 2000). This is why we should spend as much time checking in on President Obama’s job approval ratings as we do the polling data of the potential presidential candidates.”

“The magic number for Obama – and ultimately Hillary’s chances – is somewhere around 47 percent. If Obama’s job approval rating is above that, a Democrat has a decent to a good chance of winning in 2016. Below that number, especially if Obama is in the 45 percent range or below, it will be hard for a Democrat to gain entry to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”

President Obama’s job approval is currently at 48%.

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Carper & Coons Back Together Again

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Carper & Coons Back Together Again

Both voted for fast track yesterday.

Well, that didn’t take long.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [5.15.15]

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Lewes Beach, South.

Lewes Beach looking south, by Mike Mahaffie on Flickr.

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Thursday Open Thread [5.14.15]

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Thursday Open Thread [5.14.15]

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) slammed House Republicans who voted to cut funding for Amtrak a few hours after a deadly train accident in Philadelphia, TPM reports. Said Rendell: “Here, less than 12 hours after seven people died, these SOBs, and that’s all I can call them, these SOBs didn’t even have the decency to table the vote.”

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Open letter to Jeb Bush

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Open letter to Jeb Bush

Dear Governor Bush,

Acknowledging that the invasion of Iraq was a bad idea doesn’t “disrespect the troops.” It respects the truth.

Jason330

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Ditch the Seige Mentality, It’s Hurting Wilmington

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Ditch the Seige Mentality, It’s Hurting Wilmington

It isn’t news that cities like Camden, NJ and Philadelphia, PA are reducing their violent crime statistics. I’ve been posting that news along with most of the posts I write here about the current situation in Wilmington. What these cities have done includes re-orienting themselves to data and intelligence-driven forces, able to address crime hot spots and get out in front of crime — rather than simply wait for a phone call to respond to. Heck, even the SEPTA has moved to a data-driven policing model and is clearly bending the curve on their own crime problem.

So what’s wrong with Wilmington?

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [5.14.15]

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Wednesday Open Thread [5.13.15]

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Wednesday Open Thread [5.13.15]

GOP Presidential hopefuls were asked who they thought where the greatest living President was. They all answered Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan died in June of 2004, eleven years ago. He is no longer living. Or so we thought. We have been joking about it for years, but maybe they really did reanimate the dead corpse of Ronald Reagan.

The reality is they all have to say Reagan because the living Presidents currently stand at Carter, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama. They can’t say Carter, Clinton and Obama. And if they say either Bush, it will look like a plug of Jebbie Bush, or self serving if you are Jebbie Bush.

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It will be a close vote, but at least it is getting one…

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It will be a close vote, but at least it is getting one…

During the last session of the General Assembly, the Senate passed the repeal of the Death Penalty 11-10, only to have House Judiciary Committee Chair Rebecca Walker bottle up the legislation in her committee, refusing to even consider the legislation table the legislation in committee. This year, repeal again passed the Senate in a close bipartisan vote, 11-9. But this time, at least the bill will get a public hearing may get a vote a vote.

[DD: It seems my memory is faulty. Drew Volturo contacted me and said that the Repeal Bill did get a public hearing last session but it was tabled in committee due to lack of votes to release it.]

The bill’s House sponsor, Rep. Sean Lynn (D-Dover), is not optimistic about the bill’s chances in committee, but he has a Plan B ready.

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Claire Snyder-Hall should primary Tom Carper

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Claire Snyder-Hall should primary Tom Carper

Claire Snyder-Hall would lose a Democratic primary to Tom Carper, but that’s not the point.

The Democratic Party needs the moral leadership of people like Snyder-Hall. I only hope that she isn’t already mobbed-up in the corporatist shit hole so much that she’d regard a primary challenge to Tom Carper as an affront to propriety. Her work with Common Cause gives me hope to think that she is not.

But if not to win, why run? That’s a legitimate questions, Snyder-Hall knows as well as anybody that running is hard. But I think a primary challenge from the left could help bring the discussion of income inequality back home to Delaware. It could make Carper account for his Republican voting record, and put issues from the environment to women’s health in play.

Tom Carper’s utter contempt for the party of Truman, Kennedy and FDR is well known, and on constant display. If he is not primaried, it could very well reveal our contempt for democracy.

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Bernie August should become a Democrat and primary Tom Carper

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Bernie August should become a Democrat and primary Tom Carper

Bernie August would lose a Democratic primary to Tom Carper, but that’s not the point.

The Democratic Party needs the moral leadership of the Green Party people who have left the Party in disgust. Do I blame them for leaving? Hell no! The Democratic Party, particularly the Delaware Democratic Party is a festering shit hole of corporatist functionaires. And yet the Democratic Party is the only viable counterweight to its own wrongheadedness.

If not to win, why run? That’s a legitimate questions, but I think a primary challenge from the left could help bring the discussion of income inequality back home to Delaware. It could make Carper account for his Republican voting record, and put issues from the environment to women’s health in play.

Tom Carper’s utter contempt for the party of Truman, Kennedy and FDR is well known, and on constant display. If he is not primaried, it could very well reveal our contempt for democracy.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [5.13.15]

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: April, 2015

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: April, 2015

Come inside for ‘Bulo’s favorite tunes of the month…..

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Senate Dems (all but one) vote to block “Fast Track”

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Senate Dems (all but one) vote to block “Fast Track”

Who was the wage killing, American worker hating hold out?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats have dealt President Barack Obama a stinging setback on trade by blocking efforts to begin full-blown debate on his initiatives.

All but one Senate Democrat defied the president Tuesday by voting to prevent consideration of his request for “fast track” trade authority. Such authority would let Obama present trade agreements that Congress could ratify or reject, but not amend.

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Tuesday Open Thread [5.12.15]

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Tuesday Open Thread [5.12.15]

Jonathan Cohn on what this means for the GOP if the Court does strike down the subsidies:

“Republicans keep saying they’ll be ready to act if the Supreme Court upholds the big legal challenge to Obamacare, thereby wiping out financial assistance for millions of people in two-thirds of the states. With the clock ticking down to a ruling, it’s gotten awfully hard to take the GOP’s vows seriously.”

And that is because the choice on health care is more basic than everyone is willing to admit. President Obama passed the market-based conservative Healthcare plan. Obamacare is actually Republicancare. But because a black socialist muslim was proposing it, it had to be opposed until death. And most in the Republican party are fine with that because most really do believe that having health insurance and thus the resultant health care is a privilege for those who can afford it (i.e. the rich), and not a right.

So really the reason there is not Republican alternative is because 1) Obamacare is the Republican alternative and 2) they don’t care if millions can’t now afford health insurance, because if you cannot afford it it means you were not supposed to have it.

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: May 12-14, 2015

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: May 12-14, 2015

That was quite the interesting little week. HB 50 passes overwhelmingly, Gov. Markell announces he will sign death penalty repeal legislation should it reach his desk, and the General Assembly apparently has come up with a sorta-gimmick to close at least some of the gap in infrastructure spending.  At least the D’s have. And my daughter graduated college with honors in Mathematics and Japanese, and now proceeds to a Masters of Arts in Teaching Program.  She wants to teach and inspire high school students to fully realize their potential in mathematics.  I sorta doubt that she sees the ‘Smarter Better Test’ as a means to that end.

While it looks like there’s gonna be some new funding for road projects, the Rethugs appear hell-bent on getting some sort of ‘right to work for less’ concessions in exchange for votes to close the budget shortfall. Because, you know, nothing furthers economic prosperity more than paying workers less. Hey, it’s why they’re Rethugs.

The big showdown of the week takes place in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday at 11 am in the House Chamber.  SB 40(Peterson), which repeals Delaware’s death penalty, and has already passed the Senate by an 11-9 margin, will be considered.

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The Vote Tracker for the Week of May 5-7, 2015

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The Vote Tracker for the Week of May 5-7, 2015

Last week, we had the Governor sign HB 56 (Wilmington Charter School Moratorium) into law. We saw the House unanimously pass Senator Townsend’s SB 47, the Public Defender Reform bill. We saw the Senate pass Rep. Jaques’ HB 58 (allowing NCCo Vocational & Technical School District to levy taxes), 17-2. Rep. Heffernan’s E-Cig Indoor Ban bill passed the House, as did Kowalko’s Opt Out Bill and Bryon Short’s Employee Social Media Privacy Bill. Come inside to see how everyone voted.

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Republicans vote to increase abortions by 35%

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Republicans vote to increase abortions by 35%

I think we can all agree that Republicans are not really anti-abortion. They are anti-sex. If they were honestly interested in reducing the number of abortions performed each year in this country, they would support access birth control. They don’t support access to birth control. In fact, given the black and white choice of increasing […]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [5.12.15]

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Michele Obama on her experience as First Lady

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First Lady Michelle Obama gives a candid, powerful, and emotional commencement speech at Tuskegee University.

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Monday Open Thread [5.11.15]

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Monday Open Thread [5.11.15]

First Read: “There are at least four reasons why the GOP candidates are focused so heavily on foreign affairs — more so than at this time in the 2012 presidential cycle. One, the economy has improved (223,000 jobs were created last month, and Obama’s economic handling is up to 49% in the latest NBC/WSJ poll), while the deficit has decreased. Two, there’s the rise of ISIS. Three, there’s the Iran deal that the Obama administration is racing to finalize by next month. And four, there’s the GOP recognition that focusing on foreign policy is maybe the best way to go after Hillary Clinton’s record as secretary of state.”

The first is the most important reason. If this election is about the economy, it will be a Clinton landslide.

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Markell Punches the Hippies

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Markell Punches the Hippies

Governor Jack Markell (D) has written a rather lengthy piece last week in “The Atlantic” entitled “Americans Need Jobs, Not Populism.” The title alone enrages me because, since when were jobs and populism mutually exclusive?

This is a long article, because the Governor’s article was long. But it is necessary. The Governor recognizes that income inequality is a problem, and that an active government is necessary in fighting that problem. But he won’t fund that active government, and still advocates policies that inflame inequality. All the while engaging in the use of strawmen, false categorizations, and triangulation.

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