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The Day After

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The Day After

I purposefully did not make any projections or predictions myself before the election this year, because in three of the races we had 6 or more candidate fields, and in the other races I cared about we had entrenched corrupt incumbents who have won against all odds before. So at least I don’t look like somewhat of a fool today for making a wrong prediction. LOL.

Still, I am disappointed that Townsend did not win the Congressional race. I am disappointed that Young did not win the Mayoral race in Wilmington. At least, with both races, there are some consolation prizes available. Bryan Townsend is still a State Senator, a leader of progressive policies in Dover, and has a bright future. Hopefully Tom Carper retires in 2018. And I have no problems with voting enthusiastically for Lisa Blunt Rochester. She has my full support. In Wilmington, at least Dennis P. Williams, that arrogant yet ignorant Mayor-King, is gone. And Eugene Young will be back. Indeed, perhaps, in his admitted need for outreach to the communities, the potential Mayor-elect Mike Purzycki can bring Young into his administration.

So enough of the disappointments. Time to celebrate. Tom Gordon is gone, praise Jesus. And we are replacing him with a honorable man devoted to public service. I cannot wait to see how Matt Meyer does in office. Karen Weldin Stewart is gone! Hopefully we get a true consumer advocate in the office in the form of Trinidad Navarro.

And we get a chance to wipe the slate clean at both the county and city level. And we get to do it on Democratic terms. For decades, it has been the same old faces. And I worried that those same old faces would eventually hang around long enough and screw up enough to hand the county and state to the Republicans. We don’t have to worry about that for now. The One Party State has been saved because the Democratic Party, internally, took care of its business. Pay attention, John Daniello. That is why primaries are important. Sometimes they are needed to clean out the stink.

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The 9th sat out last night’s primary

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The 9th sat out last night’s primary

My takeaway from the Johns/Griffiths result is that the 9th was largely ignored by the marquee races and the lack of effort by the well moneyed campaigns (eg. no house meetings, no neighborhood association meetings, no door knocking, etc.) left the 9th to stay in and watch The Big Brother Finale (or whatever it is you people watch on Tuesday).

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Bonini crushes Lafferty

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Bonini crushes Lafferty

I’m surprised. The one thing that wingnuts typically do well is turnout for primary elections. Not this time. While John Carney is still the next Governor, this result is interesting. What does it say about the DEGOP that they picked the “establishment” guys (who is so establishment that he basically endorsed the Democrat) over an […]

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Open Thread for Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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Open Thread for Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Incomes in the U.S. surged in 2015, delivering the first increase for family households in eight years, the Wall Street Journal reports.

“The median annual household income—the level at which half are above and half are below—rose 5.2% from a year earlier, or $2,800, after adjusting for inflation, to $56,500… The boost leaves household incomes around 1.6% below the 2007 level, before the last recession began.”

Thanks Obama.

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Daily Delawhere for Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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Archmere Academy, Claymont DE

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Election Night Results Thread

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Election.Night

Polls close at 8 pm. Here is the link for the official Commissioner of Elections Results page. Below, I will try to keep the main offices results updated as results come in, but I will be at the Townsend Party at the Mill, and I am Pandora and Cassandra will be at the Eugene Young party. Post any results or observations below in the comments.

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Open Thread for Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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Open Thread for Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Byron York: “Could there be a clunkier phrase than ‘basket of deplorables’? Hillary Clinton’s assertion that half — or maybe something less than half — of Donald Trump’s supporters are ‘racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it’ struck a lot of observers as not just an odd turn of phrase but politically unwise. You attack your opponent, the idea was, but you don’t attack the voters.”

“But now, a few days later, the brilliance of Clinton’s remark is becoming clearer. Yes, she got a few liberal commentators to take her side and defend the substance of it. But the far bigger benefit is that in the wake of her comment, some media figures decided to devise a ‘deplorables’ quiz for Trump supporters. Is Person X deplorable? How about Person Y? The effect was to pressure Trump supporters not only to agree with Clinton’s larger point but with her precise terminology.”

I never thought it was a “gaffe.” Yes, in the beltway media’s mind, it is. Hillary knew that and knew that racists cannot stand being called racists. So she knew Trump would devote this week to attacking her for saying it. And so now we are talking about how evil, bigoted, sexist and racist Trump’s supporters are. All week. It is brilliant.

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Reminder: Our Delaware Liberal Endorsements for Today

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Endorsees

CONGRESS: Bryan Townsend
COUNTY EXECUTIVE: Matthew Meyer
WILMINGTON MAYOR: Eugene Young
INSURANCE COMMISSIONER: Trinidad Navarro
STATE SENATOR, 9TH DISTRICT: Caitlin Olsen
STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 10TH DISTRICT: Sean Matthews
STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 14TH DISTRICT: Don Peterson

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What Are You Seeing/Hearing This Election Day?

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What Are You Seeing/Hearing This Election Day?

I’ll start. Was putting up a Townsend sign at my polling place and saw that Karen Hartley-Nagle had signs reading ‘This sign replaces one stolen sign’.  Professionally-made signs, too.  She’s running on allegedly stolen signs. Over 200, she says. We know of one.  It’s a setup, but a cynically effective one, IMHO.

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Daily Delawhere for Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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Bellevue State Park Sunset - Panasonic LX100

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Better Late than Never: SEIU Local Endorses Bryan Townsend for Congress.

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Better Late than Never: SEIU Local Endorses Bryan Townsend for Congress.

32BJ SEIU, the local chapter of the Service Employees International Union, and the local chapter that represents Delaware commercial office cleaners, today endorsed Bryan Townsend for Congress. Daisy Cruz, the 32BJ SEIU Mid-Atlantic District Director, made the following statement:

“Bryan Townsend will stand up for Delaware’s working moms and dads who are leading a movement to build a better future for their families. He has been a strong supporter of the issues that make a difference for our community like good schools, raising the minimum wage, clean air and water, paid leave and equal pay.

“He’s not just giving lip service to these ideas; he has a proven track record of fighting for real change in Dover. Washington desperately needs more leaders like Bryan to level the playing field for working families and fight for prosperity for everyone”

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The Deplorables: We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Basket

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The brilliant Jay Smooth on the Trump deplorables:

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Another Lt Gov thread

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Another Lt Gov thread

We’ve gotten a couple nudges on the tip line to discuss the Dem’s Lt. Gov primary race. For what it’s worth, I’ll probably vote against Pete’s play for getting a lackey installed on the Dem bench by running a Republican named Kathy McGuinness, by voting for Bethany Hall Long. This isn’t a DL endorsement. It […]

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Open Thread – Monday, September 12, 2016

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Open Thread – Monday, September 12, 2016

David Atkins at The Washington Monthly says Hillary’s Health Isn’t a “Real Issue in the Campaign”:

The Washington Post is, like many media outlets, a mixed bag. On one hand, they have some seriously great investigative journalists bringing important stories to light. Greg Sargent and Paul Waldman at The Plum Line are national treasures. The editorial page, on the other hand, is a different matter. But worst of all is Chris Cilizza of The Fix, who is the poster child for vapid, process-oriented, horse-race obsessed, campaign pseudo-journalism.

Case in point: today’s reaction to Clinton’s minor medical incident today in New York. It was a very hot day, Clinton was in neck-high shirt over the top of a bulletproof vest, and she had a spell of dizziness. As it turns out, she had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday—an inconvenience for a presidential candidate to be sure, but not really a major story in and of itself.

Conservative media had been noticing that Clinton appeared under the weather recently, most notably due to mild coughing. Whether it’s a simple scratchy throat, or allergies, or a mild cold, or even pneumonia still isn’t very important, and it’s not an issue on which voters should be judging candidates. Health only becomes an issue if there’s a serious chronic condition that might endanger the president’s life or impact their ability to do their job. So far there has been no evidence that Clinton has such a condition. That hasn’t stopped conservative media organizations from speculating that Clinton might be too ill to be president, however. But then, these are the same people who speculate the Barack Obama was born in Kenya, and the mainstream press shouldn’t be feeding the conspiracy trolls.

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Daigle: Barbara Gittings Stonewall Democrats’ Endorsement of Townsend

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Daigle: Barbara Gittings Stonewall Democrats’ Endorsement of Townsend

Daigle: “We have great respect for Blunt-Rochester’s and Barney’s accomplishments and candidacies. We even endorsed Barney for Treasurer in 2014 in recognition of his dedication to our cause, his intellect, and his principles. However, Townsend comes out ahead. For years, Townsend has consistently stood strongly and proudly with our community, campaigning unabashedly for our equality behind the scenes and on the streets. From his emotional pro-equality testimony on the Senate floor, to counseling struggling youth, Townsend is always there.

Importantly, he has demonstrated true partnership, working hard to respect and thoroughly understand the needs and challenges of our community. This is how he approaches all problems, and all communities, earning him respect up and down the State. Townsend has also proven himself on issues of economic inequality, opportunity, education, industry, and healthcare. These are especially important matters to us as well. For example, the LGBT community endures a higher rate of poverty than the general population due to stigmas, job /wage discrimination, and healthcare access.

Given this difficult choice between excellent candidates, we must also consider who would be the most effective coalition builder and change maker for us and the State. The choice here is clear: Townsend is the bold advocate that we want and need to represent Delaware in Congress. “

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Daily Delawhere – Monday, September 12, 2016

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Shipley Street from afar #wilmingtondelaware #wilmingtonde #delagram #forwilm #inwilmington

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Daily Delawhere – Sunday, September 11, 2016

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The Delaware Voters’ Guide

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From the News-Journal: http://data.delawareonline.com/webapps/Voters_Guide/ A couple of things I found interesting.  Contrast Don Peterson’s responses with the non-responses of Pete Schwartzkopf. Arrogance personified. While Carney’s responses weren’t too bad on some issues, his citing of the ‘bipartisan’ report on economic reform is disingenuous.  He knows damn well that what that means is that D’s are […]

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Daily Delawhere – Saturday, September 10, 2016

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Coastal …………………………………#blackandwhite #delagram #southside #igersdelaware #surf

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The News Journal Endorses Eugene Young for Mayor!

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The News Journal Endorses Eugene Young for Mayor!

I wasn’t sure if the NJ would even endorse this year given that the field never winnowed. But between the debates they sponsored and the poll they did on this race, the NJ did a good job n trying to engage the community outside of their pages. But the News Journal officially endorsed Eugene Young for Mayor of Wilmington. Go read their entire endorsement.

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Rehoboth Police Chief Keith Banks is full of it

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Rehoboth Police Chief Keith Banks is full of it

The town of Rehoboth is at war with cyclists. When it should be supporting cyclists, it is instead trying to drive them away. While there may not be a smoking gun memo, it is clear that the town has set its sights on discouraging cycling for some reason. “Frank Cole of Atlantic Cycle on Wilmington […]

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Tom Noyes’ Young for Mayor Letter Rejected by the News Journal

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Tom Noyes’ Young for Mayor Letter Rejected by the News Journal

From the FB page of Tom Noyes: The News Journal isn’t going to run this letter I submitted in support of Eugene Young, so I’ll just post it here. To the editor: Having served in Wilmington city government, I’ve worked directly with every one of the challengers in the mayoral primary, and genuinely respect them […]

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UD College Democrats’ Democratic Debate for Congress – Blunt Rochester no show

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The UD College Democrats’ did an excellent job with this Democratic Debate for Congress. It is definitely worth taking a look/listen before the polls open next week. Also, please notice Lisa Blunt Rochester’s absence. Multiple sources substantiate the fact that in mid-February, Blunt Rochester confirmed that she would appear, then backed out less than a […]

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Open Thread – Friday, September 9, 2016

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Open Thread – Friday, September 9, 2016

“As U.S. officials cast doubt on Donald Trump’s claim he read the ‘body language’ of intelligence officials at a recent briefing, NBC News has learned exclusive details of what unfolded in the room — one of Trump’s advisers repeatedly interrupted the briefers until Chris Christie intervened.”

“U.S. official pointed out that intelligence officers don’t give policy advice, so it would be inaccurate to say that Obama failed to follow the advice of the intelligence community. A second U.S. official said analysts are trained not to allow their body language to betray their thinking. Meanwhile, four people with knowledge of the matter told NBC News that one of the advisers Trump brought to the briefing, retired general Mike Flynn, repeatedly interrupted the briefing with pointed questions.”

“Two sources said Christie, the New Jersey governor and Trump adviser, verbally restrained Flynn — one saying Christie said, ‘Shut up,’ the other reporting he said, ‘Calm down.’ Two other sources said Christie touched Flynn’s arm in an effort get him to calm down and let the officials continue.”

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Daily Delawhere – Friday, September 9, 2016

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