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2016 Vote Tracker: Still Waiting on that Minimum Wage Increase

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2016 Vote Tracker: Still Waiting on that Minimum Wage Increase

The General Assembly spent a couple of hours, literally, at the start of the year giving corporate Delaware a massive tax break in passing House Bill 235, the Luntzly named Delaware Competes Act. But the state’s minimum wage workers still await their raise.

The Vote Tracker is back after a break. We are tracking bills that have some progressive or anti-progressive import. So, in other words, bills that we want to see passed or do not want to see passed. We don’t track all bills filed in the General Assembly.

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Did GOP Moderates Just Become Relevant?

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Did GOP Moderates Just Become Relevant?

Stephen Greenberg, a Democratic pollster and author of American Ascendant, writes, “Moderate Republicans will have the last word in this dramatic presidential election year.” Greenberg believes that moderates make up 31% of Republican party.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [5.15.16]

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Donald Trump: The Misogynist Pig

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Donald Trump: The Misogynist Pig

We all know that Trump is a pig, and The New York Times recently endeavored to chronicle his misogyny. At best a shower will be needed after reading this; at worst, bleaching your eyes.

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Saturday Open Thread [5.14.16]

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Saturday Open Thread [5.14.16]

It was him. Donald Trump is a pathetic weak little man.

Josh Marshall:

Muslim-smashin’, Mexican-bashin’ tough guy Donald Trump seems to have been caught red-handed denying that he impersonated a non-existent spokesman to tell reporters how awesome he is. (Meet Trump Organization spokesman John Miller, who you can’t meet because he doesn’t exist.) Trump denied this notwithstanding the fact that he admitted to doing this in a legal deposition years ago. The story was bubbling all day. But when The Washington Post (attack organ run by Trump Arch-Nemesis Jeff Bezos) confronted him with the deception on the phone, he first went silent on the reporters and then hung up.

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The Weekly Addresses

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In this week’s address, Grammy Award-winning artist Macklemore joined President Obama to discuss a disease that affects far too many Americans: addiction.

In his weekly message, Governor Markell highlights the work of Stand By Me, a financial empowerment program celebrating its fifth anniversary.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [5.14.16]

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The Failure of Crony-Capitalism

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The Failure of Crony-Capitalism

Will Bunch is always worth a close read, and his piece in the 12 May Philly Inquirer (h/t to anonymous in the Thursday Open Thread) is no exception. I’ve had this open in a tab since last night and have been thinking alot about his question: Money monster: What if the problem’s not the candidates but capitalism?

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I actually agree with Christine O’Donnell, and think Mike Castle is wrong

Filed in Delaware by on May 13, 2016 7 Comments

Here’s something I never thought I’d write in a million years – Christine O’Donnell is right.

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A Self-Respecting Feminist?

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A Self-Respecting Feminist?

Yesterday’s comment section was, indeed, nuts, but when I went back and reread it several things jumped out at me. First, the incorrect use and expectation of feminism. Let’s start with the definition of feminism: 1 :  the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes 2 :  organized activity on behalf […]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [5.13.16]

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Markell is the Fourth Most Popular Governor in the Country.

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Markell is the Fourth Most Popular Governor in the Country.

Delaware’s Jack Markell is the country’s most popular Democratic governor, at least according to a new Morning Consult Poll.

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A Quick Lesson in Clintonese

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Turns out the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server is actually an investigation and not a security inquiry as Clinton calls it.

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Thursday Open Thread [5.12.16]

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Thursday Open Thread [5.12.16]

“Joe Biden took months to decide he wouldn’t run for president — but he was sold on Elizabeth Warren as his running mate from the start,” people familiar with the situation told Politico.

“And he still thinks the Massachusetts firebrand would be Hillary Clinton’s best choice to replace him as the nation’s No. 2 in January 2017.”

I’m convinced it is going to happen. Warren solves the Bernie problem completely, and she has been auditioning for the role of attack dog during her Twitter War with Trump. And she is awesome. Clinton-Warren!!!

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The Inauthenticity of So-Called Progressives Repeating Right Wing Talking Points

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The Inauthenticity of So-Called Progressives Repeating Right Wing Talking Points

So let’s take a look at where this “Clinton is inauthentic” talking point comes from. Because with the exception of one thing, we’re going to be listening to so-called progressives lazily repeating bullshit talking points from wingnuts for a few months. For this cycle, it seems to have started as early as 2 years ago:

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [5.12.16]

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The Inauthenticity of Hillary Clinton

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The Inauthenticity of Hillary Clinton

Thank you, Jon Stewart. Thank you.

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Carney’s Town Hall – A Review

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Carney’s Town Hall – A Review

Last night 3,000 other Delawareans and I listened to John Carney say some form of the word “bipartisan” eight times in his brief opening remarks. I shit you not. Then he took questions. Not mine though. I was going to ask him is he was even aware of the fact that he used the word […]

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Wednesday Open Thread [5.11.16]

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Wednesday Open Thread [5.11.16]

Donald Trump selected a white supremacist to be a delegate for him in California. Trump now says it was a database error, as in his database of white supremacist supporters got accidentally merged with a list of potential delegates. (I’m not sure that is a good excuse, Donald).

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What if Joe had Run?

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What if Joe had Run?

Vice President Joe Biden told ABC News on Tuesday that while he would have made for the “best president,” he was not able to devote himself to a campaign after the death of his son, Beau Biden.

“I had planned on running. It’s an awful thing to say. I think I would have been the best president. But it was the right thing, not just for my family, for me,” Biden told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview that aired on Wednesday. “No one should ever seek the presidency unless they’re able to devote their whole heart and soul and passion into just doing that. And Beau was my soul. I just wasn’t ready to be able to do that.”

So he was going to run until Beau died last summer. Wow. That makes me wonder how the primary would have turned out in hindsight.

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Sussex School Districts Shine in Board Elections

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Sussex School Districts Shine in Board Elections

A reader pointed out that I did not include any results from the Sussex districts last night. Full disclosure; I gave up refreshing the Dept of Elections page waiting for results to be tabulated and went to bed. Think it’s too much to ask that our 3 county state report election results identically across each county? […]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [5.11.16]

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Delaware Contested School Board Seats – Unofficial Results

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Delaware Contested School Board Seats – Unofficial Results

Abysmal turnout featured for Delaware School Board elections. Winners: Christina SD- Paige, Capital SD- Jackson, Caesar Rodney SD- Marasco, Lake Forest SD- Dempsey.

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Hillary is already on the Left.

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Hillary is already on the Left.

Yesterday presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton repeated her stance that we would reform Obamacare with a Public Option or Medicare Buy In. From Bloomberg:

At a campaign stop Monday in Northern Virginia, Hillary Clinton reiterated her support for a government-run health plan in the insurance market, possibly by letting let Americans buy into Medicare, to stem the rise of health-care costs.

“I’m also in favor of what’s called the public option, so that people can buy into Medicare at a certain age,” the Democratic presidential front-runner said during a roundtable with local residents at the Mug’N Muffin coffee shop. “Which will take a lot of pressure off the costs.”

While Clinton long has supported including a public option in the insurance market, her campaign said she was floating the idea of letting Americans not yet of retirement age buy into the Medicare system as one way of accomplishing that. She’s also open to creating a separate government-run option on the Obamacare exchanges.

The idea of a government-run insurance option long has been favored by the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, but it was stripped from the final version of Obamacare legislation in the face of firm opposition by Republicans and the insurance industry.

Clinton has endorsed a public option on her website, though it seldom comes up on the campaign trail.

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The Coming Realignment

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The Coming Realignment

Martin Longman has a thoughts on the coming landslide and what it will mean for the two political parties. I have similar, but different thoughts.

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