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Friday Daily Delawhere [6.19.15]

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This photo is from the wonderful photography of Nick McNevich. McNevich’s work was recently featured in the News Journal. McNevich is also part of the CreateInWilm Facebook community, which is a cooperative group of artists, photographers, and craftspeople dedicated to bringing change to the city of Wilmington through art and expression.

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In Which We Find Neither Accountability or Fiscal Sensibility in the Wilmington City Council — AGAIN

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In Which We Find Neither Accountability or Fiscal Sensibility in the Wilmington City Council — AGAIN

Tonight, the Wilmington City Council will vote on an amendment to the budget to add more management staff to the WPD. They will do that without having any hearings, with little notice to the public and without Bud Freel (the Finance Chair) in attendance. Councilman Freel is one of the few points of fiscal accountability (heck of any accountability) in the City Council and doing this without him available (guess Council President Gregory did not offer Bud first class tickets to come back to vote) and without a good public airing is good government malpractice. But then, we are talking about a group of people who aren’t much interested in good government — or, frankly, in representing their constituents. Here is what is being voted on:

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Thursday Open Thread [6.18.15]

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Thursday Open Thread [6.18.15]

Paul Waldman: “It’s tempting to feel a little sorry for the Republican Party. Here they were, trying to have a perfectly civil and sober primary campaign to determine their candidate for the presidency, when along comes Donald Trump.”

“Here’s the problem, though: Donald Trump is the essence of contemporary Republicanism. It’s a distilled essence, boiled down to a viscous and sour consistency. But if you want to know what Republicans believe and who they are, you don’t need to look much further. He’s a walking caricature, but it’s a caricature created from everything Republicans believe.”

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Give this man all the guns he wants, because anything else is tyranny

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Give this man all the guns he wants, because anything else is tyranny

Displaying the apartheid era flag of South Africa and the Colonial Rhodesia flag is simple free speech. Depriving this man of guns, or even making him wait for his guns is the same as Naziism.

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The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre calls on Congress to pass a law requiring armed church congregations

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The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre calls on Congress to pass a law requiring armed church congregations

Note: These are the actual words of LaPierre after the Newtown Connecticut shootings where 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members. I’ve lightly edited the original sickening statement, and changed references from schools to churches, and changed an “us” reference (meaning the NRA) to Second Amendment enthusiasts.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [6.18.15]

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This photo is from the wonderful photography of Nick McNevich. McNevich’s work was recently featured in the News Journal. McNevich is also part of the CreateInWilm Facebook community, which is a cooperative group of artists, photographers, and craftspeople dedicated to bringing change to the city of Wilmington through art and expression.

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Wednesday Open Thread [6.17.15]

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Wednesday Open Thread [6.17.15]

Margaret Carlson wants Joe Biden to run for President. I personally think it is the furthest thing from his mind.

It’s hard to see how they could look at Biden and not see [a viable candidate]. In some ways, Biden is the anti-Obama, and maybe his perfect complement. The vice president has an ample gift for the kind of politics Obama can’t stomach — the shooting the breeze, the backslapping and, yes, even the shoulder squeezing. …

Not one Republican presidential candidate has his experience or his heart — nor, for that matter, does the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.

We got a ton of polling results in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Florida, as well as nationally, so click through to check it out.

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Dick Cheney’s end is nigh… days, perhaps hours to live

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Dick Cheney’s end is nigh… days, perhaps hours to live

One day that headline is going to be true. If you are around me when Cheney kicks the bucket, the PARTY IS ON! I’m buying.

That’s all. I just wanted to make that offer official. Carry on.

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 17, 2015

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., June 17, 2015

My, how times have changed. So much so that HB 115(J. Johnson), which ‘permits individuals subject to the supervision of the Delaware Department of Correction to effect a name change based on a sincerely held gender-related identity’, passed the Senate and goes to the Governor. Two R’s, Cloutier and Lopez, voted for the bill, leaving only the Rethug Haters to either vote no or go not voting.

Rep. Kowalko has introduced two bills providing for higher tax brackets for those making over $125K per year.  HB 181  and HB 196.  While HB 181 is a straightforward addition of two upper income brackets, HB 196 ‘lowers the current tax rates by .05% for each bracket. The bill also creates a new tax bracket at $125,000 with a rate of 7.05%, and an additional bracket at $250,000 with a rate of 7.80%. The bill also provides a tiered reduction of the otherwise available itemized deduction based upon the individual’s taxable income’. I hope that legislators consider these proposals this year. Otherwise, next year’s fiscal picture will make this year’s look tame by comparison. And, uh, next year is an Election Year.

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CASH BOMB NEEDED TODAY

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CASH BOMB NEEDED TODAY

Blogger Kevin Ohlandt of Exceptional Delaware posted a GoFundMe campaign for $1875 to cover the Delaware Department of Education’s demand for fulfilling Kevin’s FOIA request. The request is for contracts and emails related to Delaware’s relationship with AIR and DRC, who are respectively the testing and scoring vendor for Delaware’e Smarter Balanced Assessment test.

www.gofundme.com

Kevin has asked repeatedly for this information, and has followed up with DOJ do reduce DOE’s demands from an even more ridicuous $8000-something. Kevin is blessed with the time, the energy, and the integrity go make the most of the information.

We need to fill the GoFundMe campaign TODAY to send DOE and the Senate a message, on this day when HB 50 (Opt Out) is on the Senate agenda, and Governor Markell has his veto pen ready. So put in a few bucks, or even a few hundred to make the message loud and clear today.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [6.17.15]

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This photo is from the wonderful photography of Nick McNevich. McNevich’s work was recently featured in the News Journal. McNevich is also part of the CreateInWilm Facebook community, which is a cooperative group of artists, photographers, and craftspeople dedicated to bringing change to the city of Wilmington through art and expression.

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Jeb’s “4% Growth” campaign centerpiece is a masterpiece of idiocy

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Jeb’s “4% Growth” campaign centerpiece is a masterpiece of idiocy

Hmm… A Jeb Bush campaign centerpiece that reminds people of Dubya’s failures and Bill Clinton’s successes? Brilliant!!

The centerpiece of Jeb Bush’s campaign is a promise to restore 4 percent growth. This goal has already been claimed by the guy Bush is trying to make people forget — his brother, Dubya, whose post-presidential center has also made “4% growth” its primary theme. Borrowing your theme from a failed ex-president brother you’re trying not to be associated with seems like a questionable strategy.

But wait… it gets better. So much better.

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Open Carry ‘advocate’ guns down woman who complained of sexual harassment.

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Open Carry ‘advocate’ guns down woman who complained of sexual harassment.

This is a straight pickup from Dkos.  I’m reposting it here to atone for my last gun nut post that implied that open carry activists are merely nuts.  They are, for the most part, dangerous nuts who should not be allowed in the same room with guns, let alone own them. Did I say advocate? […]

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Tuesday Open Thread [6.16.15]

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Tuesday Open Thread [6.16.15]

Paul Krugman thinks Democrats are being Democrats again:

On Friday, House Democrats shocked almost everyone by rejecting key provisions needed to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement the White House wants but much of the party doesn’t. On Saturday Hillary Clinton formally began her campaign for president, and surprised most observers with an unapologetically liberal and populist speech.

These are, of course, related events. The Democratic Party is becoming more assertive about its traditional values, a point driven home by Mrs. Clinton’s decision to speak on Roosevelt Island. [...]

On one side, the success of Obamacare and related policies — millions covered for substantially less than expected, surprisingly effective cost control for Medicare — have helped to inoculate the party against blanket assertions that government programs never work. And on the other side, the Davos Democrats who used to be a powerful force arguing against progressive policies have lost much of their credibility.

I’m referring to the kind of people — many, though not all, from Wall Street — who go to lots of international meetings where they assure each other that prosperity is all about competing in the global economy, and that this means supporting trade agreements and cutting social spending. Such people have influence in part because of their campaign contributions, but also because of the belief that they really know how the world works.

As it turns out, however, they don’t.

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Delaware General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up & Pre-Game Show: Tues., June 16, 2015

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Delaware General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up & Pre-Game Show: Tues., June 16, 2015

Miracle of miracles. The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council DEFAC), which provides the official estimate of state revenues, has upped its revenue projection by $33 mill, which makes balancing the FY ’16 budget easier. Funny how often that happens. Some claim that it’s BS, or DEFACating. But, it’s OFFICIAL BS.  This comes as some of Delaware’s most progressive legislators propose higher income brackets for Delaware’s wealthiest. Now, here’s the problem.  The budget deficit for the following fiscal year is projected to be steep. Next year also just happens to be an election year. If the General Assembly is going to pass a more equitable income tax bill and create more revenue, it will have to be this year, not next year.  Will the General Assembly finally restore some equity to the tax code, or will it wait and find itself in an almost impossible fiscal position next year?  As usual, what I think will happen and what I hope will happen are the diametric opposites of each other. An increase in taxes on the wealthy provides a sustainable stream of revenue.  Using one-times and combining them with rosy DEFAC projections simply kicks the can down the road.  In this case, the road does not go on forever. Act now. Because it ain’t happenin’ in an Election Year.

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [6.16.15]

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This photo is from the wonderful photography of Nick McNevich. McNevich’s work was recently featured in the News Journal. McNevich is also part of the CreateInWilm Facebook community, which is a cooperative group of artists, photographers, and craftspeople dedicated to bringing change to the city of Wilmington through art and expression.

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DL GOP Fantasy Pool Update – TRUMP ….(and jeb)

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DL GOP Fantasy Pool Update – TRUMP ….(and jeb)

For Republicans who have said, “It isn’t a clown car, these are serious candidates.” When Donald Trump emerges from the door, it is a clown car. Case closed. The good news…? Nobody picked him, so for our purposes, he doesn’t exists.

Oh yeah… also Jeb! announced yesterday. He actually has a shot at the nomination as the GOP typically goes through a lot of hyperventilating and spastic gyrations then picks with the guy the big money tells them to pick. (See: Romney, McCain, & Dole)

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Brownback 2016!

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Brownback 2016!

This, from The National Review in 2014, is fairly amusing given how things played out:

Sam Brownback might not be a household name yet, but Grover Norquist says that’s going to change in 2015. The Kansas governor, who ran a short presidential bid in 2008 and served in the Senate for a decade and a half, has a big fan in the Americans for Tax Reform head. Norquist tells National Review Online that Brownback is strategically positioned for a 2016 presidential bid, and that he’ll be a competitive candidate.

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Monday Open Thread [6.15.15]

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Monday Open Thread [6.15.15]

Philip Klein: “When Republicans lost two elections to Obama, it was easy to explain away as a special phenomenon. In 2008, Obama was a rock star running against a boring old senator who represented an incumbent party that had presided over an unpopular war and financial crash. In 2012, he ran for re-election against a weak candidate who had trouble winning over his own party. But in 2016, Republicans have the ability to nominate a formidable candidate to put up against a Democrat with lots of baggage. If they blow it, then it may be time to throw in the towel.”

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Monday Daily Delawhere [6.15.15]

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This photo is from the wonderful photography of Nick McNevich. McNevich’s work was recently featured in the News Journal. McNevich is also part of the CreateInWilm Facebook community, which is a cooperative group of artists, photographers, and craftspeople dedicated to bringing change to the city of Wilmington through art and expression.

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [6.14.15]

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Photo from Sky Jack.

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Saturday Open Thread [6.13.15]

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Saturday Open Thread [6.13.15]

National Journal:

House progressives may have just had their tea-party moment. They went toe-to-toe Friday with their own president, the business community, and moderates of all stripes—and they won big.

In overwhelming numbers, Democrats torpedoed a bill that would have moved President Obama closer to the landmark trade deal he’s been seeking. And they did so hours after he visited Capitol Hill to make a personal appeal to their caucus. “It’s more than 2-to-1,” said a giddy Rep. Alan Grayson, watching the vote. “That’s incredible. Nobody expected that.”

The trade drama was only the latest skirmish in a broader intraparty war, with organized labor and economic populists such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren on one side, and a dwindling corps of business- and Wall Street-friendly Democrats on the other. Increasingly, the political momentum and passion within the party is moving toward the first group.

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The Weekly Addresses

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The President reiterated that his top priority is to grow the American economy and ensure that every hardworking American has a fair shot at success.

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Governor Markell highlights statewide efforts to connect ex-offenders with the services and support needed to obtain gainful employment.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [6.13.15]

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Photo from Sky Jack.

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“Open Carry Activisits” now just being asses for the hell of it

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“Open Carry Activisits” now just being asses for the hell of it

They don’t get that they’ve won. Guns are America. America is guns. “Bang, bang!… Ye haw, motherfuckers!!” That you can’t take your gun to a zoo, amusement park, or state house is a little thing. Let it go.

A judge on Friday granted the St. Louis Zoo a restraining order against a gun rights activist planning a march at the zoo on Saturday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Jeffry Smith, who organized an open carry march in downtown St. Louis last year, said he planned on carrying firearms into the zoo on Saturday in order to protest the zoo’s policy banning weapons.

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