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Memo to Carper, Coons, and Carney: American Jews Support Iran Deal.

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Memo to Carper, Coons, and Carney: American Jews Support Iran Deal.

By margins significantly larger than Americans as a whole.

If AIPAC gives you permission to use anything other than their propaganda and their money to make an informed decision (Chris, ask them if they’ll let you out of your intellectual padded cell, they might say yes) read this, or at least have a staffer read this to you….

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So Draft Biden is a Thing, and it’s holding a local party here in Delaware this weekend….

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So Draft Biden is a Thing, and it’s holding a local party here in Delaware this weekend….

We received this in our tip line, and though I cannot attend, I thought I should pass it on. This is an invitation to a “small and informal gathering” at a private residence in the Devonshire neighborhood off Shipley Road (and near the intersection with Naamans Road) in Brandywine Hundred. If you are interested in attending, email and RSVP to draftbiden_de@draftbiden2016.com, and then you will receive the full and exact address. Here is the full, though redacted, invitation:

You are invited to attend a small and informal gathering at my home (XXXXXXXX, Wilmington, DE 19810) this Saturday, July 25th at 1:00pm as part of the “day of action” taking place in all 50 states, to show support of nation-wide Draft Biden 2016 movement. I would be honored if you would please join us. Feel free to bring your friends and family. Please RSVP to draftbiden_de@draftbiden2016.com.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [7.24.15]

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We took a chip out of the wall

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We took a chip out of the wall

These (more or less) were the remarks I delivered last night at the PDD event honoring PDD’s “Bob Stachnik Progressive Courage” awardees.

Thanks for having me here to say a few words about Bob Stachnik on the occasion of awarding these first Bob Stachnik Progressive Courage Award. Having worked with him through the Howard Dean meetup days and into the founding of PDD, I can say one thing with absolute authority – Bob would hate the name of this award.
This I know for sure. That is an objective fact.

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Thursday Open Thread [7.23.15]

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Thursday Open Thread [7.23.15]

Attention Republicans everywhere. You are hereby ordered to cease what you are doing and make your way to your nearest public elementary school forthwith. Once there, you will be forced to retake Basic U.S. Civics so that you might learn how the U.S. Federal Government is structured, and what the roles of each branch of government are.

Last night, for reasons passing any understanding, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow had Rick Santorum on her show, and of course, they got into it over gay marriage.

Santorum told Maddow that the Supreme Court “is not a superior branch of government” and argued that Congress can still pass a law regarding same-sex marriage. Maddow insisted that Congress could only pass a constitutional amendment that directly contradicts a Supreme Court ruling. Santorum disagreed and said that all three branches of government can determine what is constitutional.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [7.23.15]

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Wilmington. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Wednesday Open Thread [7.22.15]

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Wednesday Open Thread [7.22.15]

Ryan Lizza:

“Republicans almost universally acknowledge that, over the long-term, their Party needs to increase its appeal to Latinos in order to win the White House. The first step down that path is to talk about immigrants from Latin America in a respectful way and to marginalize prominent politicians who attack immigrants.”

“However, what is good for the Party over all is not necessarily good for individual candidates. One can laugh at Trump and his absurdities, but it’s wrong to say that he doesn’t matter. He has exposed and exploited the Republican Party’s two great weaknesses: the fact that many of its voters don’t agree with Party leaders on immigration and the fact that the Party is powerless to do much about it.”

A conscious choice has to be made. Courageous Republican party leaders need to cut the rope to that anchor dragging them down. That means standing up to their base, and not supporting candidate who play up to the base’s racism. But that means losing elections after election, and control of the House and Senate and State legislatures. It means giving up power.

The only thing giving Republicans the opportunity for power right now is the laziness and fecklessness of Democrats and Independents in off year elections.

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The 18th RD Special Election — Start Your Engines

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The 18th RD Special Election — Start Your Engines

As you know, State Representative Mike Barbieri has resigned to become the new director of Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health under the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS). His resignation shall be effective on July 31, 2015, though it was earlier reported that his resignation will be effective on August 3, 2015, which is the Monday following the Friday of July 31. Delaware law requires a special election be held between 30 and 45 days after the date of the vacancy (i.e. the effective date of the resignation, which is why whether the date is July 31 or August 3 is important). If it is the latter date, the election will be held between September 2 and September 16. If it is the earlier date, then the election will be held between August 30 and September 14.

The state Democratic Party has announced that there will be a meeting this Thursday night (i.e. tomorrow), at DelDems headquarters, to select the candidate from the Democratic Party. That’s a lot of notice!

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [7.22.15]

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Home again, by Mike Mahaffie on Flickr.

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PDD Honors the Democratic Six in the House and Leading Education Reform Activists in Summer Tribute

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PDD Honors the Democratic Six in the House and Leading Education Reform Activists in Summer Tribute

At the Fifth Annual PDD Summer Social at the FireStone Roasting House (110 S. West Street, Wilmington, DE 19801) this Wednesday, July 22nd, at 7-9 pm, the Progressive Dems will be honoring the NO votes of six progressive Democrats in the House on the Budget, and leading education activists from around the state. But I’ll let new PDD President Nancy Willing tell you more…

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DL GOP Fantasy Pool Update – John Kasich enters the clown car as the compasionate conservative

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DL GOP Fantasy Pool Update – John Kasich enters the clown car as the compasionate conservative

Some dude, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, announced today. Who cares? Not us. Nobody has Kasich and also… additionally, he is no LeBron James. Will Kasich make it to the Fox News debate and thereby and legitimize his candidacy?

If he does I’ll talk about him then.

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Tuesday Open Thread [7.21.15]

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Tuesday Open Thread [7.21.15]

The New York Times again on how the economy will impact the 2016 election:

“They said they believed that unemployment would be the lowest it has been during an election since George W. Bush and Al Gore faced off in 2000, when it stood at 3.9 percent. The median forecast for the unemployment rate when voters go to the polls in November 2016 was 4.8 percent (which would be down from 5.3 percent last month). They saw only a 15 percent chance of a recession starting by next Election Day. Interest rates, inflation and gasoline prices should all be a bit higher than they are now, they said, while staying quite low by historical standards.”

“On its face, all of that points to an election with dynamics similar to 1988 or 2000, when the nominee of the incumbent party (George H. W. Bush in 1988 and Mr. Gore in 2000) could promise continued prosperity. That bodes well for the Democratic nominee, though as Mr. Gore’s loss despite winning the popular vote shows, even a favorable economy doesn’t assure victory, given the workings of the Electoral College.”

Al Gore also ran AWAY from the Clinton Presidency when he should have embraced it with both arms and legs, while at the same time, George W. Bush pretended that there was no difference between him and Gore (and given an assist by the evil Nader voters) with his “Compassionate Conservative” pitch. So that makes 2000 an outlier in my mind. In 2016, you are going to have Hillary Clinton embracing the Obama record, and the GOP candidate will do everything he can to run away from Obama and push an extremist and radical agenda. And that all benefits Hillary.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [7.21.15]

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Entering the Harbor of Refuge, by Mike Mahaffie on Flickr.

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Al Mascitti, Bill Cosby And Me

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Al Mascitti, Bill Cosby And Me

I have avoided this topic, mainly because it seems so obvious. Bill Cosby drugged women in order to sexually assault them. That’s my opinion and I’m sticking with it. Via NYT: While Mr. Cosby insisted the only drug he had given Ms. Constand was Benadryl, he was open about his access in the 1970s to […]

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Monday Open Thread [7.20.15]

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Monday Open Thread [7.20.15]

USA Today:

We had hoped to pay no attention to the Trump sideshow. But that became harder to do when he jumped to the top of the recent USA TODAY/Suffolk and Fox News polls of Republican voters. Then, over the weekend, Trump’s big mouth became, not surprisingly, impossible to ignore. [...]

Like meteors that flash across the sky and burn out, flawed candidates have a way of self-destructing. That’s one of the few benefits of our endless, grueling presidential campaigns.

The classless attack on McCain might or might not turn out to mark the end of Trump’s presidential ambitions. This much is assured: The mouth will keep moving, and one day it will open wide and swallow his candidacy whole.

I will be curious to see if Trump’s attack on John McCain this Saturday (which by the way was just like the entire Republican Party’s attack on John Kerry in 2004, so it is ok to attack a veteran and question his service so long as that veteran is a Democrat) affects his poll standing at all. Right now, Trump still leads.

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Trump is Done

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Trump is Done

It had to happen sooner or later. With his sneering and cynical remarks about John McCain’s service and captivity in Vietnam, Trump has brought his candidacy to a close. It happened sooner, not later. Everyone knew he was going to say something that he couldn’t bluster through, or shrug off, and now the feeding frenzy […]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [7.20.15]

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Photo by Skyjack.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [7.19.15]

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Photo by Photojack

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The Weekly Addresses

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The President explains the comprehensive, long-term deal announced earlier this week that will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

In his weekly message, filmed at Lewes Dairy, Governor Markell highlights Local Produce Week and the significant impact the agricultural industry has on Delaware’s economy.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [7.18.15]

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Photo by Skyjack.

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Our gun laws make this kind of killing entirely too easy

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Our gun laws make this kind of killing entirely too easy

Four Marines and a gunman were killed in shootings at multiple military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Mayor Andy Berke announced at a Thursday afternoon press conference. The gunman was believed to have acted alone.

No matter what you think about gun control, it is impossible to dispute the fact that our gun laws make it easy for people, who are so inclined, to inflict a lot of damage.

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Friday Open Thread [7.17.15]

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Friday Open Thread [7.17.15]

Keith Koffler writes that “despite what you’ve read in the media, even some outposts of the conservative media, these Trump acolytes in general are not racist against Latinos and they have not been seized by madness.”

“They are, however, angry. Very angry. And many are agonizingly fearful about the future of the nation. They believe that vast changes to the country are being wrought in ways that are undemocratic, dishonest and perhaps even illegal. Trump, who seems perpetually angry, is an expression of the angst of conservatives who believe the United States has gotten so deep into a mess that a little extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. What they adore about Trump is that he is a pugilist who has emerged at a time when someone needs to start throwing punches.”

Chris Matthews echoed this on MSNBC recently. That Voters are Angry!!! Well first, which voters? I am not angry. People need to clarify that racist Tea Bagger voters are angry. And yes, they are losing “their” country. That is a good thing. No longer will there be discrimination. We are a multicultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious country now, where there is equality for all and tolerance of all. And if they don’t like that, they can go fuck themselves. I really really do not care if their feelings are hurt or if they are angry. In fact, I enjoy it. Their tears are delicious.

And if they want to throw punches, I will throw them right back.

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More on why Senator Chris Coons favors war with Iran over diplomacy

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More on why Senator Chris Coons favors war with Iran over diplomacy

According to this Daily Beat piece by Michael Tomasky the ostensible reason Coons is down on diplomacy because it doesn’t solve all problems in the middle east tomorrow. That’s some transparent bullshit, because nobody ever said that this deal was supposed to solve all middle eastern problems (or even the ones caused by George Bush) with the stroke of a pen.

But I think we all know the real reasons. 1) AIPAC says so. and 2) He thinks there is some political/career gain from building up this image as some kind of Dem hawk. I don’t get #2, but his track record is pretty clear.

h/t a commenter for the link

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Friday Daily Delawhere [7.17.15]

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Keep Calm and Override

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Keep Calm and Override

Governor Markell announced today that he vetoed House Bill 50, the Opt-Out bill, which would allow for any student to be opted-out of any state or district assessment. He tried to soften that blow, and prevent an override vote, with some nonsense about signing a Senate Joint Resolution that seeks to get recommendations from various groups and school districts and boards.

I have a better idea. Let’s override that veto. HB50 passed the House twice by two-thirds margins, 36-3 and 31-5. And it passed the Senate twice by two-thirds margins, 14-7 and 15-6. Both chambers can vote again.

Let’s force them.

Sign the Petition.

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