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We are endorsing this year

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We are endorsing this year

There are a number of contested primaries this year, and we will be offering our opinion on a number of those races. The first endorsement will be coming shortly.

We will be endorsing in the following races:

U.S. Representative
Insurance Commissioner
New Castle County Executive
Wilmington Mayor

We may also weigh in on some State Senator and State Representative races. But there is one race where we have no consensus and even no idea who we all will vote for: the Lt. Governor race. This year’s race among six candidates has convinced me that the gubernatorial candidate should chose his Lt. Governor running mate and they should run as a ticket. I want to see legislation dealing with that, and with filling a Lt. Governor vacancy, on the first day of the session.

So on the Lt. Governor race only (because you all will have ample time and space to argue over the other races soon, trust me), who are you supporting and why?

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Odds and Ends

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Odds and Ends

If, for reasons passing all possible understanding, you are not registered to vote, and/or if you are not registered as a Democrat and you want to vote in the Democratic Party primary on September 13, then your deadline to do so is this Saturday, August 20.

There is simply no excuse. You can do it online here..

Also, the Sussex County Democratic Jamboree will be taking place after the primary this year, on September 18, and it will serve as a good unity function.

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Wednesday Open Thread [8.17.16]

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Wednesday Open Thread [8.17.16]

Trump has shaken up his campaign for a third time. There has been talk that Trump is basically the comments sections of Breitbart and INFOWARS if it took human form. Well, now Trump has hired Breitbart.

Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon will “temporarily step down from his role with Breitbart News” to join the team as the campaign CEO, while Republican strategist Kellyanne Conway will be promoted to campaign manager. [...]

While Paul Manafort will stay on as campaign chairman and chief strategist, two Trump advisers who spoke to the Washington Post on condition of anonymity said that his internal role would be diminished as the Republican nominee tries to retake the reigns of his campaign.

The aides told the Post that Trump has felt “controlled” and “boxed in” by staffers urging him to tone down his rhetoric and pivot towards a general election audience. As a seasoned campaign operative, Manafort played a key role in trying to turn Trump’s understaffed, shoestring operation into a more traditional national presidential campaign.

But the notoriously blustery real estate mogul has shrugged off these efforts, continuing to get in trouble for off-the-cuff comments like his claim that “Second Amendment people” could keep Hillary Clinton from appointing liberal Supreme Court justices. As his poll numbers in national surveys and battleground states have fallen, Trump has expressed a wish to return to the kind of combative campaign that fueled his success in the Republican primary.

So…. wait a minute. This staff shakeup is not an effort to run a more disciplined presidential on message campaign It is an effort to get more undisciplined and more uncontrolled. Ok then.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [8.17.16]

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From Liberty to Legislation (Explored 3/17/2014)

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Mayor Williams is Desperate

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Mayor Williams is Desperate

There is no other explanation for these slanderous non-union racially charged hand bills he is passing out. And he should be ashamed of himself.

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Truth, accuracy, and “fact checking” are all meaningless bullshit.

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Truth, accuracy, and “fact checking” are all meaningless bullshit.

..and now I’m not so worried about an October Surprise. But first read this…

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday that he was using “abbreviated language” when he claimed that the U.S. had seen no terror attacks carried out by Islamic extremists before President Barack Obama came into office.

“You speak in somewhat abbreviated language,” he told the New York Daily News by way of explaining his Monday introduction for Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Youngstown, Ohio. “All human beings speak in abbreviated language at times.”

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Ken Simpler should enroll his kids in public school

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Ken Simpler should enroll his kids in public school

The last sensible Delaware Republican, Mike Stafford, put this on his Facebook yesterday. I could not agree more.

Mike Stafford
Yesterday at 9:37am ·

Before he ran for office, I recall asking Ken Simpler where his kids went to school after listening to +30 minutes of canned Rodel and Scott Walker-style anti-union and “education reform” tropes and talking points come spewing out of his mouth. His answer wasn’t the local public school! I told him a politician who talks about education reform but doesn’t have their kids in public school is like a Chevy salesman who drives a Toyota, only worse- because such a politician is willing to experiment on other peoples’ children.

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Lacy Lafferty will be the GOP Nominee for Governor

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How do I know this? Look at the Sussex County GOP Headquarters. What’s missing?

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Tuesday Open Thread [8.16.16]

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Tuesday Open Thread [8.16.16]

Nate Cohn: “The Upshot’s model gives Mrs. Clinton an 88 percent chance of winning. It’s about the same probability of hitting a field goal from the 20-yard line.”

“That’s a pretty good way to think about it. If Mrs. Clinton ultimately wins, we will probably look back and say she had more or less already won it by this point. If she loses, these next two months will be talked about for decades.”

“The game-winning field-goal analogy has one big weakness: She may win this by a lot more than a field goal.”

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [8.16.16]

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Breaking: Delaware AG Matt Denn Will Not Appeal Death Penalty Ruling

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Breaking: Delaware AG Matt Denn Will Not Appeal Death Penalty Ruling

Just got this press release from the AG’s office:

Attorney General Will Not Appeal To U.S. Supreme Court On Death PenaltyDelaware DOJ Will Argue State Court Decision Is Not Retroactive

After carefully reviewing the Delaware Supreme Court’s opinion regarding the constitutionality of Delaware’s current death penalty statute, the Attorney General has decided not to appeal the decision to the United States Supreme Court.  He has concluded that even if the United States Supreme Court reversed the opinion on Federal Constitutional grounds, that the Delaware Supreme Court would ultimately invalidate Delaware’s current death penalty statute based on the Constitution of the State of Delaware.  The Delaware Supreme Court has repeatedly stated that the Delaware Constitution provides rights to a jury trial that are independent of and in some instances more expansive than those provided by the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution.  Litigating and appealing these issues – a process that would likely take years before issues of both federal and state constitutional law were resolved — would likely not only bring about the same result, but would also deny the families of victims sentencing finality.

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Sucks to be Bonini

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Sucks to be Bonini

Poor chap. Not only did Copeland sucker him into being on the drubbed side of an electoral drubbing, now he has Lyme Disease. In all honesty, he should drop out. What does he owe the DEGOP? Why should he put his health on the line to spare Copeland the embarrassment of sitting with Laser Lafferty on Return Day? He shouldn’t.

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Monday Open Thread [8.15.16]

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Monday Open Thread [8.15.16]

Paul Krugman: “Just to be clear, I’m not saying that top Republicans were or are personally bigoted — but that doesn’t matter. What does matter is that they were willing to curry favor with bigots in the service of tax cuts for the rich and financial deregulation. Remember, Mitt Romney eagerly accepted a Trump endorsement in 2012, knowing full well that he was welcoming a racist conspiracy theorist into his camp.”

“All that has happened this year is a move of those white nationalists from part of the supporting cast to a starring role. So when Republicans who went along with the earlier strategy draw the line at Mr. Trump, they’re not really taking a stand on principle; they’re just complaining about the price. And the party’s top leadership isn’t even willing to do that.”

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Monday Daily Delawhere [8.15.16]

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Evening, beachfront.

A photo posted by Mike Mahaffie (@mmahaffie) on

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [8.14.16]

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Saturday Open Thread [8.13.16]

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Saturday Open Thread [8.13.16]

Donald Trump said he “certainly” wants to take part in the presidential debates this fall, but wants to see a fair moderator, The Hill reports.

Said Trump: “That’s all I’m looking for. Because we have a lot of very unfair people treating us, as Republicans and as conservatives. If you’re a Republican and a conservative, you get very unfair treatment.”

That’s how he back out of the debate, he will reject all of the Commission’s chosen moderators.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [8.13.16]

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Hotel view! #deweybeach #delaware #bay #pretty #summer

A photo posted by Sara (@inkychaotics) on

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Friday Open Thread [8.12.16]

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Friday Open Thread [8.12.16]

Zack Beauchamp at Vox brings up pesky things calls facts as he explains that ISIS was founded well before President Obama took office:

In short: The group that would become ISIS was founded in Jordan in 1999, and became devoted to holding territory in Iraq after the US invasion in 2003. You can debate which of these constitutes ISIS’s “founding” in some metaphysical sense. But by any definition, the group was founded well before President Obama came into office. Trump is just flatly wrong on this. [...]

Okay, a Trump defender might say, but Trump’s real point isn’t that Obama “created” ISIS. It’s that Obama withdrew US troops from Iraq in 2011, creating a security vacuum that allowed ISIS to regain its strength.

This is a pretty standard conservative narrative, one not at all unique to Trump. It is, however, quite wrong. The real sources of ISIS’s recent growth were the Syrian civil war and political sectarianism in Iraq, neither of which was within the power of United States to prevent.

Hell, if we had stayed in Iraq, the only thing that would have changed is that more American soldiers would be dead today, not less Iraqi and Syrian civilians.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [8.12.16]

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The Heat is getting to WDEL.

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And I am enjoying it. Here is there headline:

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The story is full of sarcasm too:

On Wednesday, the high temperature was 90 degrees, and with Thursday’s anticipated high of a positively chilly 91 before Friday, Saturday, and Sunday give way to 94, 95, and 95 degrees, respectively, the region is in the middle a heat wave.

By Monday, Delawareans should be ready to break out the jackets again, however, when the temperatures are expected to tumble all the way to 90. [...]

Accuweather officials said, because it is where humanity collectively seeks solace from the crippling heat, the biggest change felt will actually be the lack of nighttime relief from the (brutal, oppressive, almost angry) sun’s effects.

Bravo, WDEL. Well done.

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What are they currently thinking?

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What are they currently thinking?

John Kasich: “I would be totally winning right now.”
Ted Cruz: “My Lands, I would be totally winning right now.”
Marco Rubio: “OMG!, I would be totally winning right now.”
Jeb Bush:“I would most certainly be well on my way of probably winning right now.”
Donald Trump: “I am totally winning right now.”

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Sorry. It is another Trump post.

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Sorry. It is another Trump post.

Trump continues to search for ways test Charlie Copeland’s loyalty, and shed supporters. Today’s efforts include continuing to call President Obama the founder of Isis and allowing that he really doesn’t give a fuck if he wins or loses.

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Why Lt. Gov Matters

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Why Lt. Gov Matters

I realize the the post itself is useless, and the job is a meaningless waste of tax money. But I’m going to play Nate Silver for a second and use statistics to tell you why winning the Lt. Governor’s race matters.

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I Get Email

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I Get Email

Specifically, email from a Delaware State Representative campaigning to an email list for his wife, running for Wilmington City Treasurer. This is supposed to be a Big No No, right? And I would expect that if he is emailing this Wilmington-based list, there are probably others he is emailing as well. As I understand it, public officials are not supposed to campaign or conduct campaigns via their state-provided emails. And yet, here we find Representative Charles Potter campaigning via his taxpayer-provided email for the election of his wife. Velda Potter was running for Wilmington City Treasurer and was fired from the Williams Administration for apparent misuse of city resources for her son’s Foxtail concert. Certainly, there were no formal charges over this, but even Dennis Williams was embarrassed enough over it to let her go.

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Thursday Open Thread [8.11.16]

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Thursday Open Thread [8.11.16]

WISCONSIN–PRESIDENT–Marquette–Clinton 52, Trump 37

Well, so much for that theory among some that Trump’s alleged populist appeal and anti-trade talk would win him the midwest. The talk among the punditry, both liberal and conservative, is that Trump would not only be competitive in Ohio and Pennsylvania, but he would be the unique Republican to put Michigan and Wisconsin in play. We’ve seen the double digit leads for Hillary in Pennsylvania and Michigan dispel that notion, and now a 15 point lead in Wisconsin. Ohio is still too close for comfort given recent polls, but the Midwest Republican Resurgence is not happening.

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