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Open Thread For August 5, 2017

Filed in Featured, National by on August 5, 2017 6 Comments

Mueller Seeks White House Records On Flynn.  Fascinating look into his business dealings.  Trump shoulda listened to Obama: Flynn was and is bad news for King Cheeto. Putin Embracing Crypto-Currencies As Money Laundering Tool?  Looks like it. BTW, these sanctions are working when it comes to money laundering. How WV Guv’s Party Switch Could Impact […]

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Mo’ Better Dems: Andria Bennett, RD 32

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on August 3, 2017 10 Comments
Mo’ Better Dems: Andria Bennett, RD 32

You knew this one was coming.  Failure to field a progressive challenger in  this district would be political malpractice. The District.  Perhaps no RD was made safer for D’s during the 2012 redistricting than the 32nd .  It went from a swing-D district to a totally safe district. The registration numbers are as follows: 6914 […]

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Open Thread For August 3, 2017

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McMaster Fires Leaker.  The guy who ‘leaked’ to Devin Nunes. He tried to fire him before, but Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon intervened. In other words, Ezra Cohen-Watnick was Trump’s kind of leaker. Trump’s Afghanistan Policy In Shambles. Wants to fire commander b/c ‘We’re not winning’.  Oh, and he’s PO’d b/c that the Chinese negotiated […]

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Open Thread For August 2, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on August 2, 2017 7 Comments

Trump ‘Justice’ Department To Push Affirmative Action For White People. Typical Rethuggery. Dubya did it. To be run out of Justice’s political shop, not the career employees.  Betch’a Sen. Flake approves. Judges To Rethugs: Redraw North Carolina Districts Now!  What’s at stake? Rethug veto-proof majorities. Tillerson Turns Down $80 Mill To Counter ISIS and Russian Propaganda.  […]

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Open Thread For August 1, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on August 1, 2017 22 Comments

Trump Came Up With Jr’s Phony Russian Meeting Meme.  More orphan than not. Dictated the memo about how Junior should lie while on Air Force One.  Sounds like Obstruction of Justice to me. Must-read of the day. Administration still leaking like a sieve. BTW, Trump’s lawyer had specifically asserted that the President was not involved in […]

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: July 2017

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, Featured by on July 31, 2017 0 Comments

I had so much good stuff this month that I excised some just to keep the numbers manageable.  Another great month: “I miss you, but don’t miss you like I miss Prince…”. I LOL’d : While we’re on the subject of famed rockers’ deaths: From Japanese Breakfast to…Japanese Math Rock? Whatever it is, I love […]

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Open Thread For July 31, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on July 31, 2017 13 Comments

Carper Is Running. In case you’ve forgotten, here are some reasons why we need a progressive challenger:  http://www.delawareliberal.net/2016/11/29/how-tom-carpers-votes-and-positions-screw-people-and-help-rethugs-to-screw-people-volume-1/ http://www.delawareliberal.net/2016/11/30/how-tom-carpers-votes-and-positions-screw-people-and-help-rethugs-to-screw-people-volume-2/ http://www.delawareliberal.net/2016/12/06/how-tom-carpers-positions-and-votes-screw-people-and-help-rethugs-screw-people-volume-3/ http://www.delawareliberal.net/2016/12/13/how-tom-carpers-positions-and-votes-screw-people-and-help-rethugs-screw-people-volume-4/ This defeatism that only Father Time can stop Carper is BS.  Eugene Young, for one, can stop Carper. Putin To Kick Out 755 American Diplomats. Well, maybe they aren’t all diplomats.  Only VP Pence acts ‘presidential’ […]

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Pssst….John Fluharty, This is Your Party’s Platform

Filed in National by on July 30, 2017 0 Comments
Pssst….John Fluharty, This is Your Party’s Platform

It seems we need a little refresher on the GOP’s actually stated position non-hetero normative sexuality. Even if you are “a nice guy”  , if you are a gay Republican, this is what your  party’s platform (pdf) says about you: Overturn the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states. Marriage […]

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Open Thread For July 30, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on July 30, 2017 16 Comments
Open Thread For July 30, 2017

Student Scores Prove It: Our Education Policy Is Not Working.  That includes de-facto resegregation. NCC Police Union Flexes Muscle.  Anything that makes the police knucklebreakers unhappy, I’m for it. Yes, Our Voting Machines Are Totally Vulnerable.  Took hackers mere minutes to dismantle security protections at DEFCON in Vegas. Anyone gonna do anything about it? Huey […]

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Boo Hoo….Delaware “farmers” face more than 120 regulations

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Boo Hoo….Delaware “farmers” face more than 120 regulations

A new study of farm regulations by the Delaware Soybean Board has revealed that farmers are required to comply with more than 120 separate regulations to operate an agricultural business in the First State. Make no mistake. These farms are industrial operations. They need to be well regulated. When you hear legislators moan a groan […]

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Open Thread For July 29, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on July 29, 2017 6 Comments
Open Thread For July 29, 2017

Reince Lanced. Enter the General.  Hard to restore order when the only guy who outranks you is insane.  But Kelly is competent, which Reince was not. He’s also as obsessively anti-immigrant as King Cheeto. Hanifa Shabazz and Theo Gregory: Kindred Crooks?  Someone needs to investigate  this unholy relationship and the entire Wilmington City Council slush […]

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Highmark CEO David Holmberg, the Six Million Dollar Man

Filed in National by on July 28, 2017 26 Comments
Highmark CEO David Holmberg, the Six Million Dollar Man

Highmark Health President and CEO David Holmberg received $3.8 million in total compensation in 2015. He took down $2.15 in total compensation in 2014. Check my math, but that’s a 76% growth rate. So, if that rate is stable he is making $11 million this year. What if, during these troubled times, his compensation leveled off a bit? He is still bringing in at least $6 million a year.

Now Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro is holding a series of public comment sessions on whether or not Highmark’s requested health insurance rate increase are justified.

Let’s hope the CEO compensation comes up in those meetings. How much more money does David Holmberg need? How much more do Delawareans have to pay so to keep David Holmberg in the lifestyle to which he has become accustomed?

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Delaware’s Gay GOP’er Dumps Trump Job

Filed in National by on July 28, 2017 12 Comments
Delaware’s Gay GOP’er Dumps Trump Job

Gay Republicans. I don’t get you. You know they hate you, right?

Anyway… There is this. John Fluharty was offered considered for a job in the Department of Homeland Security. He declined the offer. removed himself from consideration. 

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The Heroes of Trumpcare’s Defeat

Filed in National by on July 28, 2017 6 Comments
The Heroes of Trumpcare’s Defeat

McCain surely deserves credit for his surprise vote. There was an audible gasp when he voted “no” and flashed the bird at McConnell. Murkowski deserves more credit. She stuck to her guns in spite of Trump’s bullying. Collins deserves even more credit. She was a “no” the whole time and that allowed Murkowshi and McCain to come along. But as Josh Marshall, the most insightful and intelligent commenter on all of this points out, the activists and non-activists who showed up at townhalls and made endless noise are the real heroes.

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Open Thread For July 28, 2017

Filed in Delaware, National by on July 28, 2017 10 Comments
Open Thread For July 28, 2017

Skinny Repeal Goes Down! McCain (finally) does the right thing. Didn’t see that coming.  And, yes, Trump went nuts on teh Twitter. Russia Ratchets Up Diplomatic Pressure On Sanctions.  This bromance is sure going well. Will Trump veto the sanctions bill? Steve Bannon’s Off-The-Books Press Office. I guess ‘volunteers’ aren’t just for Tony DeLuca any […]

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Trump – Let Obamacare (and the economy) implode

Filed in Featured, National by on July 28, 2017 0 Comments
Trump – Let Obamacare (and the economy) implode

Remember…this is all about keeping his Russian crimes in the background. Completely fucking shit up isn’t an accident. It is a strategy, After the Senate’s latest effort to repeal Obamacare failed early Friday morning, President Donald Trump proposed simply letting the Affordable Care Act “implode” before working up replacement legislation. The Senate GOP’s effort to […]

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Transgender Activist McBride Calls Out Trump’s 5 Vietnam Deferments

Filed in National by on July 26, 2017 1 Comment
Transgender Activist McBride Calls Out Trump’s 5 Vietnam Deferments

Watch the video.

SARAH MCBRIDE: Well, what’s clear is that for the roughly either 6,000 to 15,000 transgender people who are actively serving in our military right now, this policy change would have sweeping impacts on their lives,

their careers, their families. This is really a mean-spirited, unpatriotic, and dangerous attack on people who are bravely serving their country right now. And while it’s still early in terms of what the policy will actually shape up to be, what it threatens to be is an attack on as many as 15,000 active duty transgender service members, people who are bravely serving this country, something that I will remind President Trump he failed to do after five deferments to Vietnam.

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Mo’ Better Democrats: Melanie George Smith, RD 5

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on July 24, 2017 10 Comments
Mo’ Better Democrats:  Melanie George Smith, RD 5

OK, I’m cheating here a little. Melanie Smith and her husband have purchased a house outside of her RD.  It is an open secret that she plans to leave the General Assembly at the end of her term. She sought a judgeship, but was rebuffed by the Nominating Committee.  However, even had she chosen to […]

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How John Carney Can Jump-Start His Term, Reinvigorate Democrats, and Win a Special Election–All With One Move.

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on December 26, 2016 54 Comments
How John Carney Can Jump-Start His Term, Reinvigorate Democrats, and Win a Special Election–All With One Move.

So, we’re facing a Special Election for State Senate. The candidates, D Stephanie Hansen and R John Marino, have been chosen by their respective parties.  The election has been necessitated due to incumbent Bethany Hall Long’s winning of the Lieutenant Governor spot.  She takes office later in January.  The date for the Special Election has not been set, and it’s not clear whether  outgoing Gov. Markell or incoming Gov. Carney will set the date.

Barring an unexpected flip, the winner of this seat will determine which Party controls the Senate.  The Republicans are motivated as they can end umpteen years of Democratic control of the State Senate. They will have no problem motivating their voters.

The Democrats?  If you are a Democratic voter and aren’t necessarily plugged into the party structure, what will impel you to come out to vote?  I know that some of the usual suspects on the blog are minimizing this concern, I think it’s real and I think it’s a major problem for the special.  Why should D’s come out to support the D candidate other than out of some sense of duty?

Unless…now hang with me for a minute. 

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Announcing the 2016 MVPs (Most Valuable to the Progressive Cause in Delaware)!

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on December 21, 2016 14 Comments
Announcing the 2016 MVPs (Most Valuable to the Progressive Cause in Delaware)!

2016 marks the conclusion of the public life of State Senator Karen Peterson.  Karen Peterson has been the single most effective progressive official in Delaware throughout her career.  She has been invaluable in pushing progressive causes–everything from open government to gun safety to equal rights for all.  Not just pushing for progress, but achieving it. Over and over again.  She is smart, tough and politically savvy.  Oh, and relentless.  Come to think of it, forget about words like ‘progressive’ or ”liberal’.  To me, she defines what it once meant and still should mean to be a Democrat.  Standing up for what is right and just and standing up for people who don’t have the power to purchase politicians with campaign contributions.  As I look for ways to have an impact moving forward, I’ll try to take the lessons that Karen taught us and put them into action.  She is, after all, the Most Valuable Progressive I have known during my time in politics in Delaware. A role model for all of us. Starting now.

OK, kids, time for the annual countdown of this year’s MVP’s…..

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How Tom Carper’s Positions and Votes Screw People and Help Rethugs Screw People. Volume 4

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on December 13, 2016 14 Comments
How Tom Carper’s Positions and Votes Screw People and Help Rethugs Screw People. Volume 4

Let’s first look at the terms of this unholiest of marriages.  In exchange for being perhaps Big Pharma’s most dependable stooge (Sen. Menendez of New Jersey is also in the running), Tom Carper has received compensation from the industry commensurate with his stoogery.  Big Pharma has contributed $225,010 to Tom Carper from 2011 to the present (end of year contributions not yet reported).  Of that amount, $194,410 came from PACs as opposed to $30,600 from individual donors. 86.4% of all dollars from the industry in PAC dollars.  Open Secrets has it all right here.  If you look at Carper’s 20 Top Contributors, the following all have significant involvement in Pharma:  Astra Zeneca, Ashland, Pfizer,  and DuPont. In addition, the following big donors have holdings in, and/or are lobbyists for, the pharmaceutical industry (relevant links provided):  Blackstone Group, Akin, Gump, et al, Skadden Arps, et al, and King and Spalding.

So, what exactly did/does Big Pharma get from Tom Carper?  A lot.  Carper’s obstructionism on behalf of the industry paid off handsomely during Obamacare negotiations. And, yes, people who rely on government insurance programs bore the cost.

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Is Senator Chris Coons Completely Useless?

Filed in National by on December 6, 2016 8 Comments
Is Senator Chris Coons Completely Useless?

When it comes to standing up to Trump, Coons really is winning the “most spineless” derby. In a recent Slate Podcast Coons spends 15 minutes rephrasing all of Dahlia Lithwick’s questions about the beating that the Constitution is already taking, without ever answering any questions.

The closest he comes it an answer is to opine, from on high, about that fact that the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution sets up a “fascinating conflict” between originalists and people who think that the Constitution is a living document. Could there be a more entitled approach to Trump’s multiple and egregious conflicts of interest? “fascinating conflict” JESUS!

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How Tom Carper’s Votes and Positions Screw People and Help Rethugs to Screw People. Volume 2

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on November 30, 2016 9 Comments
How Tom Carper’s Votes and Positions Screw People and Help Rethugs to Screw People.  Volume 2

I was gonna release these at a more leisurely pace, but this one sticks in my craw. Well, they all do, but I couldn’t let this one slide any longer.  When it comes to grandstanding, Tom Carper is right there with the best. With support for the military (and braggadocio about his own service) near the top of the list.  When the rubber meets the road, though, that’s a different story.   This one is about how Tom Carper screws the grunts in the military…

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How Tom Carper’s Votes and Positions Screw People and Help Rethugs to Screw People. Volume 1

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on November 29, 2016 14 Comments
How Tom Carper’s Votes and Positions Screw People and Help Rethugs to Screw People. Volume 1

I think a lot of people view Tom Carper as an essentially well-meaning, if occasionally eccentric, public servant.  That includes a lot of Democrats and plenty of liberals who I know.  They are wrong.

His votes and stated positions, all a matter of public record, and easily discovered via a simple Google search, reveal that he largely ignores the needs of those who routinely vote for him.  He does, however, pay fealty to those who finance his campaigns, and he also gives away votes on behalf of his search for bipartisanship.  That search, like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football held by Lucy, never comes to fruition.

Carper’s desire to ‘reach across the aisle’ becomes even more dangerous in the era of Trump and Republican-controlled government.  He could well end up as the key D who enables the gutting of Medicare and Social Security.

So, while it will take several pieces to flesh out his many sins of commission and omission,  let’s get started.

Tom Carper and the Keystone Pipeline…..

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Tom Carper and The Third Way

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on November 22, 2016 22 Comments
Tom Carper and The Third Way

Delawareans can no longer afford the risk of having Tom Carper in the United States Senate.  He is, in his own way, as dangerous as Donald Trump because he does not represent the people of this state, but rather represents those who control the lives of ordinary people through undue influence.

We have long referred to Carper’s corporatist leanings, but we perhaps haven’t spelled them out so that people truly understood the extent of them, and the extent of the damage he has caused and can cause.

Today we begin.

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