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Open Thread For July 16, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on July 16, 2017 4 Comments

Serious Infighting Over Ogletown Land Deal.  Some of our favorite elected officials sniping at each other. Depressing. Meet Cheryl Stanton: Trump’s Choice To Enforce Federal Wage Laws.  Yes, she’s stiffed the people who clean her house. Perfect. Trumpcare Vote Delayed.  McCain had surgery, will miss at least a week.  Will probably need a couple of […]

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Open Thread For July 15, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on July 15, 2017 22 Comments

City Council’s Slush Fund. It was easy pickin’s for serial grifter Theo Gregory. I rarely quote from articles, I’d rather have you read them, but this can’t be ignored: In this atmosphere, former Council President Theo Gregory granted nearly $600,000 over four years to Education Voices, Inc. – a nonprofit he founded the month he took office.   […]

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Carper and Coons still stone cold locks – but a little less so

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Carper and Coons still stone cold locks – but a little less so

Cassandra at BlueDelaware noticed this survey and showing that Coons and Carper are less popular today that they were yesterday. The survey company reported 58 percent of Delaware voters approve of Sen. Tom Carper and 52 percent approve of Sen. Chris Coons. Both are Democrats. Those numbers are down from September of last year, when […]

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Open Thread For July 14, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on July 14, 2017 2 Comments

Who Was the 5th Guy At That Meeting?  Yes, there was one. A counter-intelligence Russian guy. Fredon neglected to mention it. Oops he did it again. What’s that? Now it looks like there might have been six people in the meeting… Judge Rules Grandparents Not Barred Under Travel Ban.  Of course, it’s only temporary, but […]

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Senate Version of Trumpcare Leaked – Contains Ted Cruz’ “operation clusterfuck” amendment

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Senate Version of Trumpcare Leaked – Contains Ted Cruz’ “operation clusterfuck” amendment

Vox has this summary document provided by a lobbyist: The Senate Republicans’ revised health care bill will keep Obamacare’s taxes on high-income Americans in place and allow the sales of bare-bones health insurance plans that wouldn’t pass muster under the Affordable Care Act, according to a summary of the bill obtained by Vox. The bill […]

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Coons gets FBI Wray on the Record – Investigation Not a Witch Hunt

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WDEL’s Amy Cherry covered Coons questioning of FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray.

Coons, opened by stressing the unique circumstances of the appointment:

“Let us not forget why we’re having this hearing–your predecessor James Comey was not even at the half-way point of his 10-year term as FBI director when President Trump abruptly fired him without cause and without warning…so now more than ever, I believe it to be crucial that our next FBI director be prepared to be steadfastly independent,” said Coons.

It sounds like Coons did a fair job. He got Wray on record stating that the investigations into Russian interference in the election is not a “witch hunt” contrary to the views of President Dumbfuck. Read more at WDEL.

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Open Thread For July 13, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on July 13, 2017 5 Comments

Wilmington Ethics ‘Watchdog’ Disbanded. Nobody Noticed.  Correction: Those whose ethics were already in the sewer enabled the demise of the agency.  Purzycki’s reconstituting it. Charles Pierce On The Christopher Wray Hearing.  Brings some much-needed context to yesterday’s Kabuki Theatre. Plus, he’s always funny. US Border Officials Lying To Asylum Seekers And Turning Them Away. Hey, […]

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Donald Trump, Christian?

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Donald Trump, Christian?

If you are a Republican, you can like Trump. You are dumb, but I get it.

You can’t, however, go around thinking that he is a Christian. Not unless you are the dumbest dumbfuck in all of Christendom.

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Abortions up in Texas as Planned Parenthood Defunded

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Abortions up in Texas as Planned Parenthood Defunded

Who could have predicted it? Actually, everyone except Republicans. The truth is, they are not concerned with the number abortions. They are concerned with punishing women for having sex. If anyone happens to know a so-called “pro-life” Republican who supports sex education and family planning, let me know. I’d like to shake that unicorn’s hand.

NEW YORK ― Republicans are trying to find a way to defund Planned Parenthood as part of an overall effort to limit abortion in America. But doing so had the opposite effect in Texas, according to a new study based on research from Texas A&M University.

The study, conducted by economics professor Analisa Packham (now at Miami University), shows that in the first three years after Texas Republicans slashed the family planning budget in 2011 and shut down more than 80 women’s health clinics, the abortion rate among teenagers in the state rose 3 percent over what it would have been had the clinics remained open. After cutting Planned Parenthood out of the state’s subsidized women’s health program, then-Gov. Rick Perry (R) said his “goal” was to “ensure abortions are as rare as possible under existing law.” But the move actually interfered with an overall downward trend in abortions in Texas.

“This certainly isn’t the way to have fewer abortions,” said Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper, an OB-GYN in Maryland and an advocate with Physicians for Reproductive Health. “The abortion rates nationally have decreased and are at a historic low. So for Texans to see an increase in adolescent abortions is really telling ― it seemed to have followed the national trend until these clinics were defunded.”

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Open Thread For July 12, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on July 12, 2017 10 Comments

White House & Trump Concocted Phony ‘Orphan’ Cover Story For Fredon Jr..  BTW, they lied. D’s Flip Two Legislative Seats in Oklahoma.  BTW, Okie Rethugs appear to be particularly perverted. The R state rep resigned ‘after two former legislative assistants accused him of sexual harassment’. The R state senator resigned b/c he ‘faces three felony […]

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Senate Trumpcare May Preserve ACA Taxes

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Senate Trumpcare May Preserve ACA Taxes

Because the whole point of Trumpcare is to give a huge tax break to millionaires and billionaires, this seems highly unlikely.

Nevertheless, it is a start. If McConnell’s Senate somehow comes up with a program that 1) retains the ACA tax structure, 2) continues to ensure preexisting conditions are covered in a real way, and 3) doesn’t cut or privatize medicare or medicaid – they might just get some Dems on board.

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Trump sent this G20 tweet

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Trump sent this G20 tweet

‘Make America great again’ – The Song.

Just listen to it as pictures of Trump greeting Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau, Narendra Modi and other world leaders fly past in a flurry of cross dissolves and zooms

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Proof? I’m Still an Impeachment Skeptic

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Proof?  I’m Still an Impeachment Skeptic

I’m a “Trump will be impeached” skeptic. for the following reasons:

1) The entire federal Government including the Supreme Court is in the hands of ideological Republican zealots,

2) At least half of the country is firmly in the “so what?” camp,

3) The Democrats, as ever, are fractured, weak-willed and pusillanimous, and

4) The 4th estate is a joke.

That said, these new revelations about Donny Jr. turn the knob in the direction of something (not impeachment, but something) happening.

Per Josh Marshall:

Donald Trump Jr. began this engagement with Rob Goldstone on the basis of this message. “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

At a minimum Don Jr. and likely (though this is as yet unproven) all high level members of the Trump team knew about this more than a year ago. Ergo, all the total and aggressive denials about Russia’s role supporting Trump, law-breaking for Trump, etc. etc were all the most total and abject lies.

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Mo’ Better Democrats: RD 4

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on July 11, 2017 6 Comments

The Incumbent: Gerald Brady. District Registration: 9024 D; 4548 R; 4347 I. The District:  RD 4 runs from western Wilmington, including Trolley Square and the Flats west through Westover Hills, out past Chestnut Run and almost to Hockessin, with Barley Mill Road and Lancaster Pike as the northernmost boundaries and Faulkland Road as the southernmost […]

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Open Thread For July 11, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on July 11, 2017 14 Comments

Donnie Jr. Lied Again.  A big lie. He’s not as skilled a liar as his pop. Yet. They’re all going down. Firing of Mueller in 3-2-1? Kushner Pushed For Huge Loan From Qatar. Could this be why Trump is putting the screws to Qatar? Blatant conflicts-of-interests everywhere. 666 y’all. Rare Good News For Consumers. Federal […]

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Open Thread For July 10, 2017

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Trump ‘Brain Trust’  Met With Russian Lawyer To Get Dirt On Hillary Clinton. Trump, Jr., Manafort and Kushner. And Donnie Jr. lied about the purpose of the meeting.  Sounds like collusion to me. RussiaRussiaRussia.  They’re all going down. A Law Professor Explains It All For You. Read the entire thing. Yes, it’s wonky, but the […]

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Help Laura Sturgeon Take On Greg Lavelle

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Help Laura Sturgeon Take On Greg Lavelle

Sturgeon has launched a polished, professional campaign that I’m sure is already giving Lavelle a panic attack. That is worthy of support all on its own, but as a DEMOCRAT, I also like reading…

All strong economies have a large, vibrant middle class. Unions help the middle class, progressive taxation helps the middle class, affordable health care helps the middle class, women’s access to reproductive choices helps the middle class, and excellent public education helps the middle class. I do not support the failed trickle-down economic policies of the past, and will fight to make sure the working people of Delaware are not over-burdened by shouldering the bulk of the cost of state programs.

This was El Somanbulo’s take on Lavelle back in March:

I think Lavelle could well be vulnerable based both on anti-Trump sentiment and b/c he’s such a shill for the least desirable aspects of Rethuggery. District’s about 50-50, and there are a lot of moderate R’s. A D appeal to R women could prove effective.

It only takes a $1.00 to show you are onboard.

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Reince Priebus’ Flop Sweat

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Reince Priebus’ Flop Sweat

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has accused Democratic operatives of arranging a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-linked lawyer last summer, two weeks after Donald Trump won the Republican nomination for president. The meeting, which included Jared Kushner and Trump’s then-campaign manager Paul Manafort and took place at Trump Tower in […]

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Open Thread For July 9, 2017: Plain Ol’ Bulo Edition

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Chinese Chicken Coming To US Thanks To Trump. Yes, it could make you sick. One More Meeting They Didn’t Tell Us About.  RussiaRussiaRussia. Could Brits Never Brexit? Getting more possible every day. Janet Yellen:Unsung Labor Hero? Fed policies designed to get people back in labor force. Looks like it’s working. Why You Shouldn’t Let The […]

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G20: Does Donald Trump’s awkward performance indicate America’s decline as world power?

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So, what did we learn this week?

We learned Mr Trump has pressed fast forward on the decline of the US as a global leader. He managed to diminish his nation and to confuse and alienate his allies.

He will cede that power to China and Russia — two authoritarian states that will forge a very different set of rules for the 21st century.

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Open Thread for July 9th – Fox and Friends

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Open Thread for July 9th – Fox and Friends

Has anybody else watched Fox and Friends, the AM “news” show on the Fox News Channel? I just watched that idiocy for about two minutes, and a painful two minutes it was.

The doltish hosts are very aware that they are talking to the Republican President who is almost surly watching. Moreover, they are very aware that they need to flatter their doltish baby-man viewer on topics such as:

  • How great the President is.
  • How smart the President is to conclude a cyber-security agreement with Putin
  • How great the cyber-security agreement is.
  • How angry Democrats will be at being bested by the genius President, yet again.
  • How great America is thanks to the greatness of the great Republican President.
  • I’m not exaggerating. That all happened in the two minutes I had it on. North Korean state media has nothing on Fox News.

    In totally not surprising news, The Republican President doesn’t know the difference between China and Taiwan.

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    Open Thread For July 8, 2017

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    The Cheeto Stands Alone. US isolated at G-20 summit. Richard Engel: Putin Got Everything He Could Possibly Want From Trump Meeting.   Anyone surprised? Yes, Trump Got Played. Another version. AG Routinely Slow-Walks FOIA Requests. Been going on for decades. One reason why it’s hard to have confidence in Delaware government. Gotta go. In Chi-town […]

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    Clintonite Dems, Stop killing America

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    Clintonite Dems, Stop killing America

    I don’t dislike Clinton zealots and “centrist” Dems personally. Some of them are very nice people. Tom Carper one on one? Class guy. First rate. Mat Marshall? The best.

    What I don’t like are people wedded to a political philosophy that has such a long track record of abject failure. By luck and design we live in a two party system, and the radical modern Republican Party in America needs a legitimate counterweight. The Party of John Carney and Hillary Clinton is not that acting as that counterweight.

    If mushy, “third way”, middle of the road, compromise first and bi-partiisanship above all actually WORKED, I’d love it. Other than for the election of Bill Cinton, WHEN HAS IT EVER WORKED? Your endless appetite for appeasement is leaving Republicans to run roughshod over American norms and values that have served us well for over 240 years. Just stop it. Stop killing America.

    Dustyn Thompson and Eric Morrison wrote a guest post at Blue Delaware which deals with this topic more diplomatically than I could have.

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    WHYY’s FIRST State of Play: Delaware’s budget

    Filed in National by on July 7, 2017 16 Comments
    WHYY’s FIRST State of Play: Delaware’s budget

    El Somnambulo lands on Gov. Carney and Acting Gov Swchartzkopf from the top rope.

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    Open Thread For July 7, 2017

    Filed in Delaware, National by on July 7, 2017 2 Comments

    Could It Be…Sater?  Trump’s Russia money man is cooperating with the Feds. Sad. Astra Zeneca Selling Campus.  All the better to head for the exits, my dear. The Cuomo For President Boomlet Has Begun. Just what we need. A neo-Clintonesque presidency. Denn Joins Robocall Opponents. For all the good it will do. Whatever happened to […]

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