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Monday Open Thread [4.25.16]

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Monday Open Thread [4.25.16]

Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich “have agreed to coordinate in future primary contests in a last-ditch effort to deny Donald J. Trump the Republican presidential nomination, with each candidate standing aside in certain states amid growing concerns that Mr. Trump cannot otherwise be stopped,” the New York Times reports.

“In a statement late Sunday night, Mr. Cruz’s campaign manager, Jeff Roe, said that the campaign would ‘focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Governor Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico.’ Minutes after Mr. Roe’s statement, the Kasich campaign put out a similar message.”

Trump responded on Twitter: “Lyin’ Ted and Kasich are mathematically dead and totally desperate. Their donors & special interest groups are not happy with them. Sad!”

This may be the case of too little too late, but maybe, just maybe, if the deal extends to California and New Jersey, with Cruz concentrating on Cali and Kasich NJ, then maybe it might prevent Trump from gettting to 1237.

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No Apologies, No Backing Down, No Bullshit – My Bernie in Wilmington Quick Takeaways

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No Apologies, No Backing Down, No Bullshit – My Bernie in Wilmington Quick Takeaways

I’m a terrible blogger. This should be a thoughtful, heavily linked think piece. Instead it is three quick bullet points and a picture that I took and am inordinately proud of.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [4.25.16]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [4.25.16]

Lammot DuPont Laboratory, on The Green in Newark. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Sunday Open Thread [4.24.16]

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Sunday Open Thread [4.24.16]

NBC News: “When asked why he thinks he’s losing in those states, Sanders responded, ‘Well, because poor people don’t vote. I mean, that’s just a fact.'” Well, that may or may not be true, but wasn’t the whole point of Bernie’s campaign is that he will inspire a revolution where people who hadn’t voted before would rise up and ….vote for Bernie? If Bernie is losing because poor people are not voting at all, yet alone for him, then it looks like Bernie has failed to create his revolution, by his own admission.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [4.24.16]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [4.24.16]

Businesses on the Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Bernie Rally Open Thread

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Let no one know say I am not magnanimous. Here is a open thread for all those on Team Ironman who are going to feel the bern this afternoon at the Bernie Sanders Rally at the Chase Riverfront. Here is a picture from Delaware Public Media showing that the stage is set.

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Saturday Open Thread [4.23.16]

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Saturday Open Thread [4.23.16]

So Jason is worried that Trump will makeover himself and then become a moderate Democrat and win the election because voters are stupid and have no memory beyond two weeks ago. I’m not at all worried. In the modern day and age, of instant 24 hour cable crap and internet, video does not disappear, and brands do not change. Trump’s brand a racist fascist buffoon is established and is not going to change. Some columnists agree. Come inside…

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The Weekly Addresses

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In this week’s address, the President discussed his continued efforts to build a fairer and more equitable criminal justice system.


In his weekly message, Governor Markell discusses his commitment to ensure that Delaware’s professional regulations are instruments of opportunity for Delaware’s skilled workforce, including an executive order signed he this week that brings government together with community members to review existing licensing requirement and recommend ways to eliminate unnecessary barriers to entry.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [4.23.16]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [4.23.16]

Hoopes Reservoir, near Greenville, in the spring. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Sarah McBride’s “repealhb2″ post goes viral

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Sarah McBride’s “repealhb2″ post goes viral

Of all the Republican’s ridiculous and needlessly cruel crap, is there anything more ridiculous and needlessly cruel that the Republican Jihad against transgender bathroom use? It is fucking nuts.

Bravo to Delaware’s own Sarah McBride for calling out this bullshit so elegantly, and so effectively (46,436 views on Buzzfeed and trending)

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Sanders Rally at the Chase Center in Wilm this Saturday

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Sanders Rally at the Chase Center in Wilm this Saturday

Rallying inside the belly of the Centrist/DLC/Third Way/Bought-and-Paid-for Corporate Democratic Party beast: Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will hold a rally on Saturday in Wilmington, the campaign announced Friday. Sanders is scheduled to appear at The Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justin St., at 1 p.m. The appearance comes a day after Republican candidate Donald […]

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The “Pull” Of Trump

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The “Pull” Of Trump

Before I get into this post let me say that I know anything can happen in a general election. That rule applies to every candidate. Everybody got that? Good. Moving on… I have a terrible fear of heights. It’s not a fear of being so far off the ground; it’s a fear of jumping. Let […]

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The Gravis Poll Internals

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The Gravis Poll Internals

Why I was weary of this poll is born out in the internals. The poll deviates from the state wide demographics. 5% African Americans? The 2010 Census has the state population at 21% AA. The Hispanic/Latino population is 8%, not 2. In 2008, 28% of the Democratic voters were African American. Sure, that turnout is amplified due to Barack Obama, but it’s not going to fall down to 5%. It’s not going to fall below 20%.

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Friday Open Thread [4.22.16]

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Friday Open Thread [4.22.16]

Donald Trump would “absolutely” change the Republican Party’s platform on abortion to include exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother, Politico reports. Said Trump: “Yes, I would. Yes, I would. Absolutely. For the three exceptions, I would.” Well, that alone will burn down Quicken Arena.

The true believers on the right will stay home if a pro abortion platform is adopted at the RNC, and pro abortion to them is any exception to a complete abortion ban. They will not vote for Trump.

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Joe Biden Rebukes the Athena of Incremetalism

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Joe Biden Rebukes the Athena of Incremetalism

Good old Uncle Joe keeping it real up in here.

“I like the idea of saying, ‘We can do much more,’ because we can,” Biden told The New York Times in an interview published Thursday.

Clinton, a former Obama administration official, has criticized Sanders on the trail for his bold proposals, suggesting that his policies aren’t pragmatic.

“I don’t think any Democrat’s ever won saying, ‘We can’t think that big — we ought to really downsize here because it’s not realistic,’” Biden said. “C’mon man, this is the Democratic Party! I’m not part of the party that says, ‘Well, we can’t do it.’”

Biden, who has said he and President Barack Obama do not plan to endorse in the primary, added that presidents are always told not to push anything they can’t be successful in because that would minimize their authority.

“I completely disagree with that proposition,” he said. “Everything I’ve ever cared about — with the exception of the president’s brilliant passage of the Affordable Care Act — takes time. The only way to get these big things done is talk about them.”

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Friday Daily Delawhere [4.22.16]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [4.22.16]

The old St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church, on High Street in Odessa. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Trump Policy Specifics #1 – Compelling Mexico to Pay for the Wall

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Trump Policy Specifics #1 – Compelling Mexico to Pay for the Wall

“Compelling Mexico to Pay for the Wall” is item number 1 on Trump’s Web Site “positions” tab. I’ve stripped out some irrelevant material and left the rube-goldbergian machinations that Trump is going to use to get the Mexican Government to pay $5-10 billion for the construction of a border wall.

You can read the plan below, but basically… he is going to use some powers given to the President under the Patriot Act to threaten to stop wire transfers from the US to Mexico. The threat alone will bring Mexico to heal. Cinchy.

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More Shenanigans in Tom Gordon’s NCCo Government

Filed in Delaware by on April 21, 2016 8 Comments
More Shenanigans in Tom Gordon’s NCCo Government

As previewed in this Tweet from earlier this week, WDEL reports that NCCo PD Chief Elmer Setting doesn’t pay rent at the house he lives in on Lisa Dean Mosley’s property. I could have sworn I read that here at DL awhile ago, but I can’t find it.  Still — John Flaherty speaks for me […]

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Prince is Dead

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Prince is Dead

Prince, the legendary singer and songwriter, is dead, his publicist confirmed in a statement. Prince was 57. Prince’s body was discovered at his compound in Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota, early Thursday. The cause of death is unknown, though Prince had been hospitalized last week. TMZ, which first reported the singer’s death, said Prince’s representatives […]

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Thursday Open Thread [4.21.16]

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Thursday Open Thread [4.21.16]

Now this is interesting:

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, said on Wednesday that the senator will remain a Democrat after the 2016 presidential election. [...] “Well, he is a Democrat. He’s said he’s a Democrat, and he’s gonna be supporting the Democratic nominee, whoever that is,” Weaver responded. And when asked of Sanders was now a “Democrat for life,” Weaver said, “Yes, he is.”

Ben and I were discussing in the comments yesterday the future of Bernie Sanders, and he was aiming for VP or Majority Leader of the Senate, and I was going for something more informal: a leader of a wing of the Democratic Party in the Senate and nationwide, who will have considerable sway on a President Clinton. This comment by Weaver indicates Bernie maybe taking that latter track, and if he does, good for him and great for the party.

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First Delaware Poll of Presidential and Congressional Primary

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First Delaware Poll of Presidential and Congressional Primary

Gravis Marketing, which does not have a good track record, having been called the worst polling firm in America, and which incorrectly predicted a close 53-47 six point race between Hillary and Bernie in New York last week when it turned out to be a 16 point race, has polled our great state of Delaware. So take its results with a boulder of salt.

That said, it finds Hillary leading Bernie by 7, 45-38, and Trump leading all with 55% to Kasich’s 18, to Cruz’s 15.

The more important numbers from this poll, however, are found on the Congressional Primary in the Democratic Party. It finds Townsend with a 7 point lead over Barney, 19-12, with Rochester getting 8 percent. A whopping 61 percent said they are unsure who they’ll vote for in the September primary.

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Trump General Election Campaign Themes Succinctly Revealed

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Trump General Election Campaign Themes Succinctly Revealed

I put this speech (?) up yesterday because having watched it live, I knew that it succinctly revealed the campaign themes he was planning on rolling out against Clinton. And when I say succinct, I mean succinct. At times my explanation of the theme is longer that Trump’s own expression of it.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [4.21.16]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [4.21.16]

Congregation Beth Shalom, on Baynard Boulevard in Wilmington. Photo by xzmattzx.

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Transcript of Trump New York Victory Speech 4-19-16

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Transcript of Trump New York Victory Speech  4-19-16

After some introductions… Trump: We are going to use our great business people to negotiate unbelievable trade deals, so we bring our jobs back, and we don’t let our companies go to Mexico and all of these other countries anymore. We are going to keep the jobs here. You are going to be very proud […]

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Cornhuskers Cancel Civil Forfeiture, Now Require Criminal Conviction

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Cornhuskers Cancel Civil Forfeiture, Now Require Criminal Conviction

Why is my new BFF, Colin Bonini, the loudest voice in Delaware on this issue? Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a bill on Tuesday that eliminates civil forfeiture, which allows law enforcement to seize and keep property without filing charges or securing criminal convictions. The bill, LB 1106, passed the unicameral legislature last week by […]

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