The President released his Weekly Address a little early this week (yesterday) to honor the anniversary of V-E day, which was yesterday.
Governor Markell recognizes National Small Business Week, and highlights statewide efforts to support small businesses and entrepreneurs, including the Small Business Focus Program and Small Business Assistance Program.
Dylan Byers: “On Nov. 8, 2016, Clinton will start — start — with a minimum 247 of the 270 electoral votes she needs to win. If you give her Colorado and Virginia — which many political strategists would, given the Hispanic population in one and the rising influence of the northern-centered population in the other — she’ll start with 269. That means Clinton doesn’t need Ohio or Florida. She just needs one small state like Iowa, Nevada or New Hampshire to put her over the edge. And because she’s got a boatload of money and no viable primary challenger, she’ll have plenty of time and resources to lock up at least one of those states.”
“In order to shift the map, the Republican nominee would have to find a way to win Colorado and/or Virginia. That means winning over Hispanics, which will be a difficult task for a nominee who has spent a months-long primary trying to win over the conservative grass roots. It also means winning over enough members of Virginia’s white working class to counter the more populated liberal-urban centers in the north. Not impossible, of course, but hard.”
Populism. That’s the word and that’s the word in the title of a piece that appeared in The Atlantic this week authored by Governor Jack Markell, called, Americans Need Jobs, Not Populism. In fairness, he may not have provided the title to this thing. But it is less an argument against populism than it is an argument for working class and middle class people to sit down and shut up about the very real squeeze we find ourselves in. It is an argument for his own political philosophy — privileging businesses over the people who are the consumers for these businesses — a philosophy that certainly wasn’t on display (IMO) when he first campaigned for Governor. In this, the Governor wants you to know that it is globalization that is the root of today’s economic issues. Which couldn’t be more wrong.
Kudos to Rep. John Kowalko, Mike Matthews, Rep. Kim Williams, John Young, Kevin at Exceptional Delaware, Kavips, and everyone else that I am not mentioning or forgetting right now on all your work on fighting for our children’s education in Delaware. This was an important victory in a first battle, but the war is not over.
He is a curious mix, our Governor. Later on today I shall have my tome-like response to Governor Markell’s thesis on Third Way Politics in the Atlantic last week. The Governor’s third way politics is unique. He champions progressive policies on the social level (if you exclude education and marijuana from that definition) to hide the fact that he is no progressive economically or educationally. Anti-Discrimination law, Civil Unions, Marriage Equality, and now the repeal of the Death Penalty.
More Americans are comfortable voting for a gay person for President than an evangelical Christian. Think about that for just a minute. Seems like *somebody* took back the mantle of the Moral Majority, right? And if I’m Reince Priebus, I’m seriously worried. Because there’s a clear light at the end of the tunnel for the angry old white people strategy.
Pandering, not baseball, has always been Smyrna’s pastime. It is good to see Lumpy is keeping the tradition alive.
Delaware lawmakers score political points by offering free fishing tags to firefighters and discounted annual park fees to seniors.
But those giveaways cost Delaware’s parks system more than $750,000 in uncollected revenue each year, according to state figures.
Now lawmakers have introduced new legislation that would expand those freebies, offering surf fishing tags at no cost to active members of ladies auxiliary crews at Delaware volunteer fire companies.
Perhaps the most surprising Fantasy News so far is how badly top pick, Jeb Bush, is doing. A new Quinnipiac poll of likely Iowa Republican presidential caucusgoers finds Jeb Bush in SEVENTH place with a measly 5%, trailing behind both Ben Carson (7%) and chlamydia (6%).
Is it possible that Bush MAY NEVER EVEN ANNOUNCE, thereby netting a big zero for AQC and Del Dem? I doubt it. Despite being hated by Iowa caucusgoers, Jeb Bush remains popular among billionaires with money to blow. So why not collect sacks of cash on his way to whatever lobbying job lies ahead?
When Pamela Geller** and her allies organized an “art show” in Texas around the concept of anti-Mohammed cartoons, offering a $10,000 prize, they were hoping to provoke a reaction. They got it. [...] But let’s be honest. The nut cases at either end of the spectrum are each other’s best allies, prodding and provoking each other in hopes of creating a maelstrom that sucks everybody else into their war. Because then they win. The more anger, fear and other thought-throttling emotions they can stir, the more recruits they will find for their own cause. And if it also generates recruits for the other side, that’s fine too. Because that too moves us closer to the religious war that they itch to foment.
Seriously, stop the high school hallway belligerence and just fix Wilmington’s cameras.
Today, Mayor Dennis Williams and Councilman Mike Brown decided to have an argument via WDEL about the amount of money spent on the city’s cameras currently monitored (in theory) by Downtown Visions. The Mayor says that Councilman’s Brown’s figure on the amount of money spent on the cameras is wrong and Brown provides some detail showing that the number he gave was rounded, but not far off from right. Both of them highlight a few of the City’s key problems in dealing with its safety issues:
Ed Kilgore on why Hillary is pursuing a progressive campaign: It’s because she can’t reassemble the Clinton Coalition, so she is going to use the Obama Coalition instead:
So the thinking person’s empirically oriented conservative political analyst, Sean Trende of RealClearPolitics, has an interesting piece suggesting that the apparent decision of Hillary Clinton to run a progressive-leaning campaign is a sign not of any real confidence it’s the winning formula, but of the absence of any alternative.
Sean’s playing off a TNR column by Brian Beutler suggesting that HRC has reason to believe she can keep the “Obama coalition” together and that it will continue to be enough for victory in a presidential election. Trende points to some reasons he thinks that calculation may be wrong, but argues HRC’s probably making the best of a bad hand because the “Clinton coalition,” which included many blue-collar white voters, is gone forever.
I don’t want to put any words in Brian’s mouth, but I’d say Sean’s missing another possibility. Sure, the days are gone for good where any Democrat, even Bill Clinton’s wife, is going to try to appeal to white-working class voters on cultural grounds, as the 42d president famously did in 1992 and 1996. But appealing to some of them on a “populist” economic message, as HRC is showing every sign of doing, couldn’t do worse and might do better than the conventional Democratic pitch.
“The budget is broken,” said Delaware Sen. Harris McDowell, a Wilmington Democrat who co-chairs the General Assembly’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. “The options to fix it are to recognize that we have gotten to the end of the line of tricks.”
That’s the truth. Some of the tricks upon which we relied to balance the state budget, ‘abandoned property’, gambling revenue, even our incorporation fees, have peaked, and will soon be in decline, if they’re not in free-fall already.
Of course, if you read the linked article by Jonathan Starkey, you have to wonder if the proposed solutions can or will in any way address the broken budget. I think there’s no chance in hell that they will. First off, whose bright idea was it to create a bipartisan committee with at least as many R’s as D’s, with some of those D’s being Markell appointees? Uh, they’re the same as R’s. Oh, it was Markell’s idea, executed in an Executive Order he issued back in January. I guess he wants to assure that his legacy of kowtowing to his wealthy Greenville buds is locked in for decades.
Here are some of the ”solutions’ this bipartisan committee is considering, according to Starkey’s article…..
Michael Dale “Mike” Huckabee (born August 24, 1955) is an American politician who did a plausible imitation of a sane person while serving as the 44th Governor of Arkansas (1996–2007). He was a candidate in the 2008 United States Republican presidential primaries, winning the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses by throwing his reputation as a sane person under the bus and driving the bus over that reputation 30 to 40 times.
Rick Perry, it seems, is going to announce tomorrow.
Here are the revised standings:
Newton and Jason330 now have 3 of 4 picks running.
Pandora: Walker, Paul* (30), Rubio (24), and Santorum | 54
Jason330: Huckabee (1), Christie, Cruz* (45),Carson (2) | 48
AQCL: Jindal, Bush, Fiorina (2), Ehrlich | 2
Newton: Paul* (30), Rubio (24),Carson (2), Santorum | 56
Prop Joe: Cruz* (45), Jindahl, Walker, Perry | 45
Del Dem: Bush, Christie, Huckabee (1), Graham | 1
Here are the Candidates with points: Cruz – 45 points (March 23rd), Paul – 30 points (April 7th), Rubio – 24 points (April 13), Carson – 2 points (May 4th), Fiorina – 2 point2 (May 4th), Huckbee – 1 point (May 5th)
(*) Indicates candidates who think we need to be worried that President Obama may be plotting to take over Texas with US military special operations forces.
Let me know if I miss an announcement, and good luck.
Bryan Townsend is the busiest legislator in Dover. The man’s name is so omnipresent, as a lead or additional sponsor, on legislation of significance that I have to imagine either that he is running for higher office, or that he is just the best damn legislator period. The cynic and politician in me wants the former. The good government romantic in me wants the latter. Kim Williams is a close runner up too.
So here is the updated Vote Tracker as of today, May 4, 2015. My focus on these vote trackers is to follow legislation of progressive significance, whether they be pro-progressive or anti-progressive. For example, we are following the Right to Work bill and the Estate Tax Repeal bill, not because we want them to pass, rather we want them to fail, and we are going to take note of any Democrat who votes for them so that we can work to replace them in the next election.
I have reorganized the Vote Tracker this month. It’s just one document now, and legislation with actual votes recorded is list at the top, followed by legislation that has been released by their relevant committees and are due for votes in one chamber of the General Assembly or the other. For the specific details of legislation that is being considered in committee, and also the whens, wheres, whys and wherefores, I encourage you to follow El Somnambulo’s Pre-Game Post-Game series.
Well, we finally know that Hillary Clinton is running for President. Now we need to find out if Beau Biden is running for Governor. It is the central question in Delaware politics, and really, no one knows the exact answer to it, just like no one really knows what medical condition the former Attorney General suffered back in August 2013. But we finally got some Beau Biden news on Friday that may shed some light on some answers.
Republicans love to call themselves Christians and denounce anyone who doesn’t vote for or follow them as un-American non-Christians, but the truth is it is all projection:
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) was criticized by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) for “hiding behind Jesus to expand Medicaid” according to a report in The Atlantic.
The two Republican governors confronted Kasich at a donor forum hosted by the Koch brothers in Palm Springs.
A source at the event told The Atlantic, “It got heated.”
If Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley were Christians they would actually follow Jesus Christ and care for the poor, sick, elderly and the needy. Instead, they are fellating their rich benefactors and criticizing those who are following Christ’s example. I hope they both go straight to Hell.
And by that I mean, a separation of Delaware’s Democrats in the General Assembly from Governor Jack Markell (D). On Friday, the Governor went on Rick Jensen’s show on WDEL and stated that he would veto House Bill 50 (the opt-out bill) if it passed the House and Senate. HB 50 would allow parents to opt their child or children out of state standardized testing. The bill cleared the House Education Committee last week and it awaits a vote by the full House, which may come this week.
“I never say what I’m going to do to a bill in advance, but I can say I absolutely do not support that bill,” Markell said. Markell said it’s his job to do what’s best for Delaware kids, and he said opting out of the Smarter Balanced assessment isn’t the way.
“Civil rights communities across the country, the NAACP, the urban leagues have been very, very focused on not allowing opt out because they’re concerned that if the kids are allowed to opt out they’ll fall through the cracks,” he said. Markell also stood behind Delaware’s adoption of the Common Core standards.
They are falling through the cracks now because they are not learning. They spend all their time trying to prepare for an impossible test. But I digress.
These standardized tests are very unpopular with parents across the country and here in Delaware. They are very unpopular with teachers, and educators. They are only popular with those who want to “reform” education so as to either 1) privatize it, or 2) enrich themselves or their benefactors, or 3) both. So General Assembly Democrats have a decision to make.
This petition at the site change.org is addressed to the Governor, AG Matt Denn, Mayor Dennis Williams and Chief Bobby Cummings to ask them to implement the Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission report and 9 other actions to help to address and reduce the violence in Wilmington. Please take a few minutes to read this over and sign it, if you can. Also forward this on to your friends and share via your FB pages or Twitter to help spread the word. Thanks!
Sorry that this is being posted late, but I was away for my birthday weekend and away from the computer. Apologies…
In this week’s address, the President reiterated his commitment to expanding access to education.
In his weekly message, Governor Markell explains how state grant funding, awarded earlier this week, will leverage over $100 million in private investments in Delaware’s Downtown Development Districts.
Rep. Bryon Short discusses legislation he is sponsoring that would prohibit employers from requiring employees or applicants to give the employer access to their personal social media accounts. House Bill 109, crafted by the Attorney General’s office, respects both the employee and employer and will be an important step forward in social media privacy.