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Monday Open Thread [3.31.14]

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Monday Open Thread [3.31.14]

Obamacare looks to be working and is on target, with 6.7 million previously uninsured people signed up for private insurance plans as of today’s deadline.

Americans are signing up for the Affordable Care Act. And they appear to be doing so in really big numbers. As of the latest official update, last week, more than 6 million people had selected a private insurance plan through one of Obamacare’s new state marketplaces. But that was before a weekend of huge traffic to healthcare.gov and state-run websites, record call volume to telephone help centers, and queues outside outreach offices in California and even Texas. Charles Gaba, the Michigan-based analyst who runs the website ACASignups.net, now projects that 6.72 million people will sign up for private insurance by the time open enrollment ends.

In fact, Gaba now projects that we will officially hit the 7 million mark, as the law and the Congressional Budget Office originally projected. Indeed, the law itself has now covered between 13.1 and 16.8 million previously uninsured people in total, through Medicaid Expansion, the Private Insurance Exchanges (both state exchanges and Healthcare.gov), and allowing those under 26 years of age to remain covered under their parent’s policies.

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Multimillionaire du Pont family heir was spared jail for raping his three-year-old daughter because judge decided he would ‘not fare well’ behind bars

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Multimillionaire du Pont family heir was spared jail for raping his three-year-old daughter because judge decided he would ‘not fare well’ behind bars

The headline above is from the UK’s Dail Mail

The News Journal’s own headline (Judge said du Pont heir ‘will not fare well’ in prison) also does a good job laying out the brutal facts of the case. The wealthy literally have a different set of rules. They have judges like Jurden and an entire criminal justice system devoted to keeping the screws on the middle and lower classes while ensuring that the well connected 1-per-centers don’t need to feel the slightest discomfort regardless of the egregiousness of their crimes.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [3.31.14]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [3.31.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [3.30.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [3.30.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [3.29.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [3.29.14]

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Charter School Cherry Picking Was Predicted

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Charter School Cherry Picking Was Predicted

Mike O., The Seventh Type blog, found an interesting document in his inbox.  Go over to his place and read the whole thing – the link to the entire document is at Mike O’s place.  I’ll post some of the highlights from this 1995 Delaware Senate debate on SB 200 (DE Charter School Law).  This document pretty much puts an end to the but, but… whocouldhaveknown debate.

Here’s part of the question and answer segment with Bill Manning (Red Clay’s School Board President at the time)

SENATOR MARSHALL: Understanding that the harshest critics of charter schools around the nation where they’ve been in place and operating, is the issue of the schools skimming off the top and creating an elitist academy with public money.
My concern is looking at the focus of the charter schools by attracting the best at times for a specific educational discipline offered by that charter school; and the concern of recruitment.

I looked at children throughout New Castle County in moderate low income neighborhoods, I looked at the City, the west side, the east side, hilltop, I need to understand how your board and how you will guarantee fairness and equal access to every student from every unit.

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Delaware Political Weekly: March 22-28, 2014

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Delaware Political Weekly: March 22-28, 2014

Granted, he’s a Libertarian. Scott Gesty. Unfortunately, he’s not a Steve Newton Libertarian. More like a ‘they’re taking away our freedoms’ Libertarian. He congratulates himself on predicting that ‘Obamacare is destroying the healthcare system’. Man, can’t at least one of these third party types not make you unclean when considering casting a protest vote for them? Paging the Green Party…

Looks like the Republicans are doing better in concentrating on recruiting candidates in General Assembly races…

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Are “attracted” voters really worth more than “chased” voters?

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Are “attracted” voters really worth more than “chased” voters?

The thesis at the heart of all my recent posts has been that “attracted” voters are inherently more valuable to a campaign than “chased” voters. I look at recent history and see the lackluster performance of Democrats during midterm elections, and mentally discount a chased voter to some fraction of a voter while I mentally add a premium to attracted voters.

So, let’s say each voter that the DNC manages to frighten into thinking about voting is worth .95 eventual votes and every teabag that is inspired by the teabag nonsense is worth 1.05 future votes. On election day a vote is a vote, but over the course of a campaign the marginal difference between the chased and the attracted must add up. Right? …

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Friday Daily Delawhere [3.28.14]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [3.28.14]

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Former NM Governor Bill Richardson was in Leg Hall today…

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… to speak in support of Senate Bill 19, the bill to repeal the death penalty, which passed the Senate last year 11-10, but which remains in committee in the House. Below are his remarks from a press conference today:

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My Open Letter to ActBlue

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Following up on this observation that the DNC’s GOTV plan is bullshit and doomed to fail, I sent this to info@Actblue.com

Dear Act Blue,

I don’t know if this can get to anyone who makes content decisions for fundraising emails, but your “Nate Silver’s prediction” email left me flat.

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Thursday Open Thread [3.27.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [3.27.14]

Look at the graphic on the left there. Those are results from the latest Kaiser Family Foundation poll on Obamacare. 59% who want to either keep the law as is or keep it and improve it. Only 29% want it repealed. With such a number, and their entire midterm campaign based on repeal of Obamacare, the GOP has to hope that only those 29% turn out to vote. Which, given the typical midterm demographics, is not that bad of a bet.

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., March 27, 2014

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., March 27, 2014

Let’s talk about the $51 million dog that didn’t bark. Namely HB 265(Schwartzkopf). Was on Tuesday’s House Agenda.  Would ‘increase(s) the annual tax assessed on partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability companies on file with the Secretary of State from $250 to $300 and increases the corporation franchise tax by $100 for those corporations that file on the authorized shares method”. $51 mill, just like that. So, why didn’t it happen? I think that Gary Myers, one of our commenters, identified the reason. He asked why wasn’t this a supermajority bill since it raises revenueEnter House Amendment 1. Adds a supermajority (3/5) enactment clause.  Makes 25 the magic number of votes needed, not 21. It’s possible that Pete has the votes. However, the bill isn’t on today’s agenda. So, I’m guessing he doesn’t have the votes right now. I’m honestly not sure how he could possibly have tried to push this bill through as one requiring only a simple majority. Things are just not flowing smoothly in the House right now.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [3.27.14]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [3.27.14]

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Obama’s desire to cut Social Security looms large in midterms

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Obama’s desire to cut Social Security looms large in midterms

Old people vote in midterms at a higher rate than young people. But until recently old people were solid Democrats. So, how did the GOP get a lock on the old people vote? Well, he is black and old people are notorious racists. (Yes, I’m looking at you Grampa Heinrich.) And the Democratic Party has recently been seen as the party of the gays, and old folks are nervous about that. But there is a much bigger reason the old folks a going R.

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With wage theft ubiquitous in the fast food business, NCC moves to support fast food workers

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With wage theft ubiquitous in the fast food business, NCC moves to support fast food workers

If you work in a restaurant, you are, have been, or probably will be the victim of wage theft. That Chickie’s & Pete’s, has been forced to pay $8.52 million in back wages and damages to employees for illegally docking a portion of their tips, not paying minimum wage, or overtime, is sadly an exception. […]

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Wednesday Open Thread [3.26.14] – The DL Common Core Edition

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Wednesday Open Thread [3.26.14] – The DL Common Core Edition

I have mostly been ignoring the debate over Common Core education standards, pretty much because the opponents and proponents are all speaking in a language that is foreign to me. I don’t have kids so I have not been confronted by these issues. So I have left education blogging to DL’s expert, Pandora, and to Delaware’s best education bloggers, Kavips and Kilroy, as well as Mike Matthews anbd John Young and others focusing on specific school districts like Christina and Red Clay. It is fair to say that I myself have ignored the debate because it did not concern me. That thinking is wrong but it is what has happened.

And because of that, DL has gotten a reputation of being pro-Common Core or pro-Markell in this education debate, because we were less outspoken on the issue than Kavips or Kilroy or Nancy Willing. I don’t that is a fair characterization. A more fair one is that we have been ignorant.

So, I have a few questions….

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Carney scores “centrist” money for his debt stance

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Carney scores “centrist” money for his debt stance

He has no opponent, but flaming “bipartisanship” in the pursuit failed of wingnut economic policies has its own rewards.

Bipartisan Group Backs TV Ads for 7 House Centrists

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [3.26.14]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [3.26.14]

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It’s The Trade, Stupid !

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It’s The Trade, Stupid !

One of my favorite investigative reporters, David Cay Johnston observes that our foreign trade deals in the last couple of decades figure in a big way in the systemic weakness of our domestic economy. Particularly hard hit by really bad trade deals are the non-college educated in the workforce.

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Tuesday Open Thread [3.25.14]

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Tuesday Open Thread [3.25.14]

“At times we are able to humiliate our worst enemy. Inevitably, his weak moments come and we are able to thrust in his side the spear of defeat. But this we must not do. Every word and deed must contribute to an understanding with the enemy and release those vast reservoirs of goodwill which have been blocked by impenetrable walls of hate,” – Martin Luther King, Jr., Dexter Avenue Baptist Church; Montgomery, Alabama, Christmas Sermon, 1957.

This is the single hardest thing to do in life, whether in politics or no. I admit that I often succumb to schadenfreude, known as the joy in the suffering of one’s enemies, especially political enemies. And yet, it is the Christian thing to do. That is why being a true Christian is supposed to be difficult. And that is why it is both wonderful and ironic to see a lesson in Christian forgiveness being given to the Westboro Baptist Church, as shown in the above picture.

Another example is the Catholic bigot Bill Donahue’s failed attempts to set up one of his signature “Outrage” moments where his Catholic beliefs were being discriminated against.

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Dems 2014 “Get Out the Vote Project” is bullshit and doomed to fail

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Dems 2014 “Get Out the Vote Project” is bullshit and doomed to fail

Without knowing anything about the project beyond this….

WASHINGTON — The Democrats’ plan to hold on to their narrow Senate majority goes by the name “Bannock Street project.” It runs through 10 states, includes a $60 million investment and requires more than 4,000 paid staff members. And the effort will need all of that — and perhaps more — to achieve its goal, which is nothing short of changing the character of the electorate in a midterm cycle.

…I can tell you that this Democratic effort is bullshit and doomed to fail. Why? Read on.

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If You Believe Corporations Have Religious Beliefs…

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If You Believe Corporations Have Religious Beliefs…

… then would you be okay with your employer paying you with a debit card that didn’t work at liquor stores, casinos, etc.?

I’m asking because the Supreme Court begins hearing the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga cases today.

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Yeah, that’s not racist at all.

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Yeah, that’s not racist at all.

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is criticizing President Obama on Afghanistan, you know, that country and the war that Rumsfeld himself neglected so that he could satisfy the neocon wet dream of invading Iraq, saying a “trained ape” could have done a better job in diplomatic relations with the country.

I have a couple of three things to say about that.

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Republicans link Ukraine aid to favorable IRS treatment for Koch Bros

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Republicans link Ukraine aid to favorable IRS treatment for Koch Bros

John Carney needs to call Jim Renacci on his super-duper bipartisan hotline and look into this, because Republicans are soooooo reasonable once you get to know them and give them every crazy-ass thing they want.

Republicans in Congress want to add language to a U.S. aid plan for Ukraine that would block a proposed IRS rule curbing political activity by tax-exempt groups, Sen. Bob Corker said Tuesday.

Corker, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, said the proposed Internal Revenue Service measure was one of the unresolved issues facing lawmakers working to complete a Ukraine aid package in time for the panel to consider it on Wednesday.

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