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BREAKING: Turkish Military Attempts Coup

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BREAKING: Turkish Military Attempts Coup

More details from the statement read out on the state broadcaster TRT at the behest of the military faction that seems to be behind the coup: It says that the freedom of Turkish citizens is guaranteed by what is referred to as a “peace council”, regardless of religion, race or language.
It says the Peace Council will not allow public order to be damaged.
It is worth remembering at this point that the Turkish government still claims to be in charge.
An EU source monitoring events has told Reuters that military forces have control of airports and strategic points in Istanbul.

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May the force be with all of us

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This looks so effing good.

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Did the Meeting involve Congrats or Condolences?

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TP Making America Great Again!

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TP Making America Great Again!

The logo for the Trump Pence campaign is out and being roundly mocked everywhere. We should join in the fun, I think!

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Clinton owns Pence

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Tom Carper is still the most conservative Blue State Senator

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Tom Carper is still the most conservative Blue State Senator

When it comes to making sure the Democrats have some kind of coherent brand statement, Tom Carper isn’t a team player. And why is that? I happen to think that he believes he represents West Virginia in the Senate. It’s a theory. I didn’t say it was a great theory, but just check out the party break down (as expressed by the Cook Partisan Voting Index (PVI)) for the other conservative Dem Senators quoted in the Hill article.

  • Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) R+3
  • Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) R+5
  • Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) Even
  • Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) R+2
  • Tom Carper (D-DE) D+8

Look how Carper sticks out like a sore thumb. …an infected, pus-filled, throbbing sore thumb. Now look how it makes sense if he is under some delusion that he is representing the Mountain State.

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Friday Open Thread [7.15.16]

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Friday Open Thread [7.15.16]

According to CNN, Donald Trump asked Mike Pence to be his running mate early Thursday evening and Pence accepted, but (as the Indiana governor is surely learning) even the clearest decision is always up for negotiation to Trump. Just hours later, the candidate told Fox News he has yet to make up his mind about who he’s taking to the election, saying, “I’ve got three people that are fantastic” and “I haven’t made my final, final decision.”

My God. He is going to pick General Flynn or Gingrich now and look even more the fool. If I were Pence I would tell Donald to go fuck himself.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [7.15.16]

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Thursday Open Thread [7.14.16]

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Thursday Open Thread [7.14.16]

Josh Marshall:

This isn’t getting a lot of attention. But it should. Everybody took note when Donald Trump repeatedly claimed that American Muslims across the river in New Jersey celebrated and cheered as the Twin Towers fell on 9/11 – an entirely fabricated claim. Last night on Bill O’Reilly’s show and then separately at a rally in Westfield, Indiana he did something very similar and in so doing cemented his status an impulsive propagator of race-hatred and violence.

The details of the rapid-fire fulmination are important. So let’s look at them closely.

Trump claimed that people – “some people” – called for a moment of silence for mass killer Micah Johnson, the now deceased mass shooter who killed five police officers in Dallas on Thursday night. There is no evidence this ever happened. Searches of the web and social media showed no evidence. Even Trump’s campaign co-chair said today that he can’t come up with any evidence that it happened. As in the case of the celebrations over the fall of the twin towers, even to say there’s ‘no evidence’ understates the matter. This didn’t happen. Trump made it up. [...]

A would-be strong man, an authoritarian personality, isn’t just against disorder and violence. They need disorder and violence. That is their raison d’etre, it is the problem that they are purportedly there to solve. The point bears repeating: authoritarian figures require violence and disorder. Look at the language. “11 cities potentially in a blow up stage” .. “Anger. Hatred. Hatred! Started by a maniac!” … “And some people ask for a moment of silence for him. For the killer.”

At the risk of invoking Godwin’s Law, if you translate the German, the febrile and agitated language of ‘hatred’, ‘anger’, ‘maniac’ … this is the kind of florid and incendiary language Adolf Hitler used in many of his speeches. Note too the actual progression of what Trump said: “Marches all over the United States – and tough marches. Anger. Hatred. Hatred! Started by a maniac!”

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [7.14.16]

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Not Breaking – Roger Ailes is a disgusting creep

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Not Breaking  – Roger Ailes is a disgusting creep

His disgusting politics are well known, but the many other ways he is disgusting have always been a matter of speculation. Until now.

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Wednesday Open Thread [7.13.16]

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Here is Bernie endorsing Hillary and Hillary’s speech immediately after (which was one of her better speeches this campaign). It was as if I had written the endorsement speech myself, and I give much credit to the Senator for writing and delivering it. Yes, I have, in Dana’s words, trashed the Senator throughout the campaign, much as Dana and others have trashed Hillary. But it is time to move on, to let it go (cue Frozen soundtrack), and to come together. And thanks to Hillary and Bernie’s combined efforts in reaching agreement on the platform, we have the beginnings of a Democratic juggernaut that shall obliterate all Republicans.

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [7.13.16]

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Oopsies!

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Don’t you just hate it when you’re a Democratic candidate for US Congress from Delaware, and something like this happens?:

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RBG has a great point – What’s with the kid glove treatment the press is giving Trump?

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RBG has a great point – What’s with the kid glove treatment the press is giving Trump?

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has ramped up her criticism of Donald Trump in recent days, going so far as to say late Monday that the businessman is a “faker” who must release his tax returns. “He is a faker,” Ginsburg said in an interview with CNN. “He has no consistency about him. He […]

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Whoa… We had a Democratic Primary for Governor for like 12 hours.

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Wilmington Mayor’s Race — Undecided Leads the Pack

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on July 12, 2016 11 Comments
Wilmington Mayor’s Race — Undecided Leads the Pack

The News Journal released the results of their poll last night, which shows the race being much closer than the common wisdom (including mine) would have suggested. Here’s the numbers:

Kevin Kelly 18%
Mike Purzycki 14%
Dennis Williams 13%
Theo Gregory 11%
Eugene Young 9%
Norm Griffiths 8%
Robert Marshall 2%
Maria Cabrera 2%
Undecided 21%

The margin of error on this poll is 5.8 and reached landlines only. This surveyed likely Democratic voters. This polly also asked about registration and primary practices — where we find that this group of likely Democratic voters think that it should be easier to switch parties to vote and that primaries should be open.

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PDD Debate Series: Meyer v. Gordon

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PDD Debate Series: Meyer v. Gordon

I may return to my old haunt just to see this:

Progressive Democrats for Delaware
Democratic Primary Candidate Forum
New Castle County
7 p.m. Wednesday, August 3rd
19 E. Commons Blvd, 2nd Fl.
New Castle DE 19720

For NCC Executive:
Tom Gordon and Matt Meyer.

NCC Council President:
Penrose Hollins, Dave Roberts and Karen Hartley-Nagle.

Come out and bring your questions for county government!

Mark your calendars!

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Tuesday Open Thread [7.12.16]

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I remember saying this some weeks ago and being laughed at by the Sanderistas here. Now that Bernie agrees with me that the Democratic Party has the most progressive platform ever, who is laughing now? Hell, even Jeff Weaver is on board.

Here is more on just how liberal and progressive the Democratic platform is, and that we do have Bernie to thank for it. His campaign, in the end, did exactly what I wanted it to do: keep Hillary on the left by giving her the incentive to stay there. Without Sanders or any serious challenge from progressive quarters, I am not sure Hillary would have moved dramatically to the center or right because American politics doesn’t work like that anymore. There are no moderates to win over in that middle ground. Everyone is polarized and turning out your own base is the way to win. But the Sanders challenge helped Hillary shed the last vestiges of 90’s caution and to be vocal about her progressive positions.

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Governor Carney, Borrow and Built the Economy Don’t Cut and Crater it

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Governor Carney, Borrow and Built the Economy Don’t Cut and Crater it

Carney inexplicably STILL wants to cut the state budget, not grow it. In spite of all of the evidence to the contrary, he still views debt as an anathema, and growth killing austerity as a virtue. He basically still believes in the utter failed Republican economics of trickle down. It makes no sense, and in the era of very cheap borrowing, it is the exact opposite of what we should actually be doing.

And what’s worse, the markets have taken notice.[See Swiss Negative Yield Bonds] Smart money is beginning to adjust to the new normal and accept the fact that deficit hawks and austerity evangelists like Carney are determined to strangle economic growth with their wrongheadedness – which would be simply goofy at this point, were it not so pernicious. Here is Paul Krugman on the topic:

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [7.12.16]

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John Carney’s Economic Vision for Delaware – Giving money and regulatory breaks to wealthy companies and taking money away from…state workers?

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John Carney’s Economic Vision for Delaware – Giving money and regulatory breaks to wealthy companies and taking money away from…state workers?

I don’t think I’m reading between the lines to say that Carney’s plan is more of the same giveaways (both monetary and regulatory) to large corporations: John understands that the role of government in promoting a strong economy is to create an environment where businesses can thrive and invest in Delaware. That means moving faster […]

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Monday Open Thread [7.11.2016]

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Monday Open Thread [7.11.2016]

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are set to campaign together in New Hampshire tomorrow, where he is widely expected to endorse her.

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Matt Meyer Polls the NCCo Executive Race

Filed in Delaware by on July 11, 2016 8 Comments
Matt Meyer Polls the NCCo Executive Race

He had a poll done by Public Policy Polling and the result (as reported in the NJ) is at Gordon 33%, Meyer at 30%, Undecided at 38? This is a statistical tie.

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Delaware Political Weekly: Filing Deadline Countdown Edition

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on July 11, 2016 61 Comments
Delaware Political Weekly: Filing Deadline Countdown Edition

The filing deadline is this Tuesday, July 12 at 12 noon. After Tuesday, parties may file candidates, but individuals cannot file on their own separate from the party.  The deadline for withdrawing one’s candidacy and getting one’s filing fee returned is this Friday, July 15 at 4:30 pm.  Friday is also the deadline for candidates to switch from one race to another.  I’ll likely be out campaigning for the candidate of my choice (Bryan Townsend) at the Tuesday deadline, so please keep us posted on any last minute developments.

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