Yes, the 2013 MVP (Most Valuable to the Progressive Cause in Delaware) list is coming soon. As soon as I write it, in fact.
This Top Ten list reflects those Delawareans who most contributed to the advancement of progressive causes in the year-gone-by.
Those on the list don’t even have to be progressives (Tony DeLuca and John Sigler have made it, and that doesn’t even include the 2010 winner…) , but they have to have made at least one signature contribution to the cause.
Once again, I seek your nominees. Several of your suggestions have made it onto previous lists.
Kevin O’Holleran, who managed Mark Herring’s (D) campaign for Virginia attorney general, writes that gun control was the key to Herring’s narrow win.
“Political conventional wisdom has it that in a purple state, such as Virginia, support for gun-safety legislation is best played down. As manager of Mark Herring’s campaign for attorney general, I got a lot of advice. One of the things I heard most frequently was that we should soft-pedal his strong record and advocacy for sensible gun legislation. It would hurt us outside of Northern Virginia and wasn’t a voting issue within the Beltway, I was told. Like much conventional wisdom, this was wrong — and we not only ignored this advice but did the opposite.”
You know why? Because those who are against gun control to such an extent that it is their number 1 issue will never vote Democratic. They will always vote Republicans. So those voters are lost. And Democratic candidates will lose even more voters, from their own base, if they soft pedal or play down not only their records but their positions on reasonable gun control. Stand up and Man and Woman Up, Democrats.
December is the time of year for year end reviews. The Delaware General Assembly will be restarting its 147th Session this January, and now is a good time to see what they did, and how they did it. The Delaware chapter of Americans for Democratic Action released its 2013 Legislative Report Card last month. Their legislative report card focuses on the individual members of the General Assembly and how they sponsored and voted on specific progressive pieces of legislation.
The Progressives Democrats for Delaware (PDD) released their legislative scorecard today, and they instead focused on how their progressive priority legislation fared in the General Assembly as a whole that is completely controlled by Democrats. The PDD report is entitled “The Good, the Bad, and the Incomplete” and states that “four legislative goals were achieved; four were defeated, while four were incomplete.”
The full reports are inside.
hen incidents like this happen a chill runs up my spine.
A Michigan woman who suffered a dangerous, painful and prolonged miscarriage when she was 18 weeks pregnant is at the center of a lawsuit that claims she was denied appropriate treatment by a Catholic hospital guided by religious, not medical, concerns.
Yeah, I know. The new Pope is saying awesome stuff… perhaps he can back those words up with deeds?
What happened to this woman is 100% unacceptable. They knew the pregnancy wasn’t viable. They knew the safest treatment option. They knew they were endangering her health. And I’m sure they knew she had two children at home, because, as a mother, I can’t imagine not worrying (aloud) about my children when I’m in the emergency room. But, I’m beginning to think that these Catholic bishops, and other “pro-lifers”, only consider pregnant women mothers because they seem a-okay with creating motherless children.
It’s as if losing a child is only okay if a woman suffers maximum pain and risks her health and life. I can’t wrap my head around that, but these incidents keep happening so that’s the drill.
I just heard about this happening at Amazon’s Middletown facility. Can anyone spot the problem?
State Auditor Tom Wagner has been in office since 1988. He barely won reelection last time, in a year favoring Republicans (2010), against Richard Korn, a man that people were not rushing to vote for even before he was indicted on child pornography charges. A credible candidate beats him this time. Attorney Brenda Mayrack seems to have both the party backing, knowledge and auditing experience to be that credible candidate.
Now, as for the Treasurer. The oldest addage in politics is you can’t beat something with nothing, though the Republicans have really tried to test it out over the last five years. Right now, the conventional wisdom is Treasurer Flowers is in trouble and ripe for defeat at the hands of a GOP candidate. That has the Democratic establishment talking behind the scenes to Celia Cohen that they will be primarying Flowers with someone. But who?
Did you hear that Rosa Parks, all the way back in the 1950′s, ended racism? Yes, there has not been any racism in the United States for over over sixty years now. Amazing. No racism at all. Since there was no racism any more in 1968, it seems very silly that the GOP then devised the entire Southern Strategy to attract the votes of racists. I am amazed Nixon and then Reagan won at all, since obviously they attracted zero votes with that core campaign strategy, since there were no more racists or racism.
Sorry about our absence this past holiday weekend. We all spent time with our families, as I hope you did with yours. I also attended the Eagles game, which resulted in glorious victory! I will get an open thread up shortly and then we will be back to our normal schedule of posts.
I jotted down all the things I’m thankful for. I probably forgot some: Mrs. Liberal and my immediate family (I wrote out each name on the original list) All my other extended family including my caveman ancestors of 200,000 years ago Saturday night live Fred Amrison Paul Simon Simon and Garfunkle Music in general An […]
So how’s the last minute Thanksgiving prep going?
In keeping with the spirit of the seaon (i’m just guessing), Richard Land (a leader in the Southern Baptist church) says that single mothers should always give up their babies for adoption. I’m guessing the Land’s aren’t rushing right out to signup for some more mouths to feed — they are just in the business of making more women feel guilty and undermine the family values they only give lip service too.
So let’s start with a serious question — if Sheriff Christopher is the Sheriff of Nuttingham, what character would we assign to Chip Flowers?
Today, the Attorney General’s office rendered an opinion based on questions that the Cash Management Policy Board asked the AG to weigh in on. Those questions are:
I was thrilled last spring to move to a Blue state. Still am, except for one major deficiency here. Our voting machine systems. Most of the rest of the free world, at least here in the good old U.S. of A., has discovered the flaws and huge risks present with DRE voting machines.
I love that whenever he interprets the ministry of Jesus for the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics, Antonin Scalia can be heard saying, “Fuck this guy.”
In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed. Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own. The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase; and in the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us.
Beau Biden apparently wants to have it both ways. According to this article at WDEL.com, Biden states that he plans to run for reelection in 2014, but refuses to give any update on his health. Although the ‘…long, curving scar stretching from his left ear to the top of his head’ provides a clue. However, Biden “is still refusing to discuss details about a recent health scare that sent him to a Texas cancer center.” This in the same interview where he says he’ll run for reelection.
First, let me say, that no one in this story comes off looking good, but if you had to pick the biggest jerk it would be Olympic skier, Bode Miller. Here’s a rough timeline: Early 2012: Miller and McKenna meet through a matchmaking service. They fall into a relationship, occasionally hanging out on the yacht […]
Whenever someone takes money from these shadowy “pro-business” pacs, you have to think that they are getting third hand Koch brother’s money, right? ‘Polly’s Plan’ PAC funded by group supporting data center, documents show Documents released late Monday afternoon reveal that the political action committee supporting Polly Sierer is funded by Delaware Jobs Now, the […]