Senator Carper seemed to forget his moderate image and boycotted the Netanyahu address, while Senator Coons and Congressman Carney found common ground with his concern about Iran. While Carney faulted Boehner for politicizing the format, he thought Netanyahu gave a strong speech and was acting in his nation's interests. I agree with Congressman Carney that the PM was acting his nation's interest, but I also think the Speaker was. He was asserting the duty of Congress to bring to the forefront a critical issue that affects our national interest. It is not politicizing something to debate and discuss it. 90% of the politicizing was on the side of the Obama administration and Minority leader Pelosi. They are the ones who appeal to partisanship and image while refusing to discuss the issue. That is the essence of politicizing the issue. Read more
Failure to pass ban on late term abortions favored 2 to 1 highlights the need to educate some. Some Republicans are so intent on not failing they are afraid to succeed. That is what caused them the majority in 2006. Back then, they had the war fatigue factor and the Foley scandal. The only thing to change the topic would have been action. Financial reform and tax reform would have saved the economy from later collapsing. It would have been good for the country, but coincidentally, it would have been good politics. Call it collateral benefit. Some moderate Republicans who are skittish over the idea that 5 months is too little time to actually report a rape for a rape exception, caused Thursday's vote to be delayed. I reject the notion. If you can report a rape to an abortionist, you can report it to police. If you want to add a doctor, minister, or therapist to the list, go ahead. Read more
Senator Coons gives an intelligent and much more capable defense of the administration than they do. He gives a very good speech here, but as I shall explain, it is dead wrong in the parts where he tries a partisan defense. Now that you have seen his speech, let's dissect it. He says it is not the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill or the the administration's executive order to defer deportations based upon the failed Dream Act. He gives reasons such as why then are not we being flooded with minors from Panama or Mexico? Why is the problem coming from 3 nations? He gives valid reasons why the 3 nations have special problems, but he ignores why they would travel all the way here in an expensive and dangerous journey. There has been a specific campaign to say that the Dream Act and Child Trafficking Acts will protect their children. In Mexico, they know it is not true because Read more
Last Fall, we heard a news blip from a public opinion survey of Delaware voters showing that Christine O'Donnell was lagging behind Chris Coons in any possible rematch if she decided to run again in 2014 against Coons. Well, it never occurred to me at the time to go look up the original survey and see if there might be any other information of interest. I should have known better than to pass up such in-depth information, after many political jobs where I would have done that automatically and instinctively. So it just dawned on me to go back and look up the original opinion survey report from the University of Delaware Center for Political Communications. I wonder what else the survey might reveal – particularly since somebody else paid for it already. I found the “September 2013 National Agenda Poll” reported at: http://www.udel.edu/cpc/research/fall2013/National_Agenda_2013_Topline_Full.pdf What Read more
November 15, 2011 3:33 PM EST Calls on President Obama to Get Involved in the Discussion WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, a leading voice of Latino conservatives, commended U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) for introducing today the American Growth, Recovery, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Act. The AGREE Act stems from areas of common agreement between the President's jobs plan, recommendations from the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, and plans put forward by both parties in Congress and includes a provision which eliminates per country caps on employment based immigrant visas and increases the per country cap for family-based immigrant visas from seven to fifteen percent. This same provision is included in H.R. 3012, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, which Read more
From Senator Coons: Today I'm rolling out my six-point plan to address America's jobs crisis -- and I hope you'll endorse it. I spent much of August talking with Delaware's business owners and working families about solving the crisis, and reading through ideas shared by supporters like you. These discussions have been enormously productive, and I’ve taken the best ideas and incorporated them into my Blueprint for American Jobs. In short, my plan calls for: Investing in critical infrastructure projects; Reforming our tax code and stabilizing our nation’s debt; Offering greater support for America’s small businesses; Developing and protecting the next generation of American technology and ingenuity; Strengthening America’s global trade position; and Investing in an educated workforce. After reading the many ideas submitted online, I know we already have strong support Read more
S. 978 in the U. S. Senate needs immediate opposition. The bill by Klobuchar, Cornyn, and our own Coons would create another federal felony. It would criminalize embedding videos deemed copyright infringement by redefining public performance to include 10 views in 180 days. The music industry would rue the day that such legislation passes because one of the best marketing to keep sales of older songs and introduce new ones is the free advertisement of word of web. What is next? Shall we attack Karaoke bars? Already copyright infringements are removed from places like Youtube. Will people be afraid to do what is now fair use creative videos? Will fun little lip syncing videos of your 5 year old be a felony worth 5 years in prison if somehow it became viral? Stop this foolishness in its tracks and contact your senator today. If you are in Delaware contact Senator Carper (302)573-6291, Read more
Press Release Senator Chris Coons Cosponsors “Respect for Marriage Act” to give federal protections to same-sex couples Wednesday, March 16, 2011 WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) today reiterated his call for a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, cosponsoring a bill introduced today by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and 17 other Democratic Senators. The Respect for Marriage Act would repeal the provision in the Defense of Marriage Act that forces the federal government to recognize only marriages between a man and a woman and instruct that the federal government shall no longer discriminate against same-sex couples. “There are thousands of same-sex couples legally married in several states but whose marriages have been deemed invalid or unworthy by the federal government,” Senator Coons said. “The Respect for Marriage Act not only reverses this Read more
The balanced budget has been a good thing for the State of Delaware and many people think it would be a good thing for the country. One of them is Senator Mike Lee of Utah. He recently proposed Senate Amendment 115 to Senate Bill 23 The Patent Reform Act of 2011. The purpose of the amendment was to express the Senate's support for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. The legislative amendment failed to achieve the required supermajority of 60 to pass. However, considering the vote was 58 in favor and 40 opposed I am pretty excited by the progress. The amendment read as follows, "It is the sense of the Senate that Congress should pass and the States should agree to an amendment to the Constitution requiring a Federal balanced budget." In my opinion the entire amendment process is worth looking at, as this was just one of several heavy impact amendments proposed. Read more
Delaware's Two Senators helped block an Earmark ban yesterday. Harry Reid pet Chris Coons spouted the party line, but Senator Tom Carper surprised observers because he had voiced support for the ban. Maybe the Language needed to be worked out. Here is the Coburn amendment, you decide. SA 4697. Mr. COBURN (for himself, Mrs. McCaskill, and Mr. Udall of Colorado) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 510, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of the food supply; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows: At the appropriate place, insert the following: SEC. __X. FISCAL YEARS 2011 THROUGH 2013 EARMARK MORATORIUM. (a) Bills and Joint Resolutions.-- (1) POINT OF ORDER.--It shall not be in order to-- (A) consider a bill or joint resolution reported by any committee or a bill or joint resolution Read more
In an interview with ABC NEWS George Stephanopoulos, Chris Coons has said that he would vote to extend the Bush Tax Cuts for several Years. This is in opposition to The Chris Coons previous position. I guess Coons is not as confident in his double digit lead as some tell us. It’s nice that Coons has come to the same conclusion as candidate Christine O’Donnell. Having Coons come to the right conclusion eventually is good although he is late to the party. One wonder how long Coons will keep this position. As long as November 3rd???? http://blogs.abcnews.com/george/2010/10/coons-shifts-on-tax-cuts-for-wealthy-extend-them-all-.html
In the near future there is the possibility that a revelation about something in the past of the Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate from the state of Delaware, Chris Coons, will be forthcoming. As of right now it has not been made public. Since I have been unable to substantiate the validity of the story at this time, let me make it clear that this is strictly conjecture. But if it is found to be true, it could likely be a game changing event in the campaign. I base this on the fact of how the stories concerning the past of Christine O'Donnell have been treated in the press in recent days. I can only assume that those who have shown such concern about the character of Ms. O'Donnell based on the stories released about her youthful indiscretions, will surely feel as concerned about those of Mr. Coons. I have in the past said that we should look past these youthful Read more
Lately here in Delaware there has been a lot of discussion about phrases like marxist, socialist, fascist, liberal, conservative and so on. This is due in large part to the statement by the Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate Chris Coons in which he describes himself as a "bearded Marxist". These were his own words used to describe himself after returning from Africa. This statement has prompted many to question just what kind of Senator he would be if elected to the United States Senate. Would he be a Senator that would respect and honor our founding principles of individual Liberty and up hold our capitalist system? Or would he be a Senator that would work hand in hand with Pres. Obama to forever change our nation into something resembling the old Soviet Union? The use of the words marxist and socialist seems to offend some people. Some of these people who are offended actually Read more
David Broder said in today’s column at the Washington Post that some states would kill to have two candidates for Senate like Castle and Coons. After the Disclose Act, I agree, and if any state wishes to adopt them they can call me at 302-555-1111. I would be glad to facilitate their adoption.
Democrats pushed through the latest gambit to extend unemployment benefits. I have no objections to the extension, but I do object to a 34 billion dollar bill costing around 83.4 billion and 50 billion in new taxes. Democrats use the unemployed like a human shield to push through spending and pork that would not make it on its own. When are the Democrats going to promote policies which allow growth in the economy and businesses to add jobs? If you oppose their bill, you hate the unemployed and want them to suffer. If you favor their bill, you are imposing new taxes which will keep them suffering. Where are Coons and Carney explaining a new way? They just favor the same broken policies and same old political games.
UPDATED with Statement by O'Donnell at the end: The argument for Congressman Castle is that he is inevitable. Rasmussen has just changed Delaware from being safe to leaning GOP. Congressman Castle still looks safe, but he dropped below 50% for the first time against Tax hiker Chirs Coons who is still mired in the 30's versus either Castle or O'Donnell who both go into 40's. Mr. Castle is at 47% and Ms. O'Donnell is at 41%. The fact that Christine has a chance in the general may make the primary more competitive though he is still the front runner. Conservative voters may be more comfortable going with their heart. Time will tell. O'Donnell for Senate issued a response to the poll as always candidate releases are the view solely of the candidate and not necessarily Delaware Politics. The Following statement was released by Christine O'Donnell in response the Rasmussen Read more
New Castle County Government Thwarts Taxpayers Once Again Joe Oddo, Vice Chairman NCC Republicans "Absurd!" That's what today's News Journal appropriately labels New Castle County's requirement that duly elected members of council must submit Freedom of Information Act requests for public information. Can they be serious? New Castle County Government has long struggled with ethical credibility. This latest news is just another in a series of examples where the administration and council leadership opted to refute the will of the people they serve. From multi-million dollar tax increases to embarrassing conflicts of interest to votes against making council proceedings more open to long-standing vacancies on the ethics commission, county officials have repeatedly demonstrated a stunning degree of arrogance and troubling lack of accountability. Clearly, voters deserve so much Read more
Read this disgusting politicization of Memorial Day by Senate Candidate Chris Coons. We are in the middle of two wars but he can not even resist the impulse to allowing a study before starting social experimentation on the military in the name of repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Late Thursday night the House voted on an amendment to repeal the law that prevents gays from serving openly in our nation’s military, but, in lockstep with other Washington Republicans, Congressman Castle voted against it. “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” is discrimination, plain and simple. It’s offensive, impractical, and has no place in this country. Mike Castle disagrees. This Memorial Day weekend, let’s send him a message that Delaware simply will not tolerate discrimination.
Over the last couple of months there have been posts on this site that use campaign finance figures from the Organization Opensecrets.org They are posted here http://www.delawarepolitics.net/who-supports-chris-coons/ here http://www.delawarepolitics.net/follow-the-money/ here http://www.delawarepolitics.net/rep-mike-castles-conflict-of-interest-pt-ii/ and here http://www.delawarepolitics.net/rep-mike-castles-conflict-of-interest/ In certain instances, allegations of conflict of interest and corruption are made. Opensecrets.org. is a great resource for the politically savvy. I use it regularly and find that it is a great starting place for doing research. But it is just that, a starting place. One should not use summaries of opensecrets.org to smear certain organizations or candidates where in fact there is no basis in fact that anything illegal or even immoral has been done. I say Read more
Republican Senate Candidate Mike Castle leads Democrat Chris Coons 55% to 32% in the latest Rasmussen Delaware Polling Report. According to Rasmussen "The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Delaware shows Castle picking up 55% support to Democrat Chris Coons’ 32%. Seven percent (7%) of the state’s voters prefer some other candidate, while another seven percent (7%) are undecided." Castle's support has remained consistent since January and there has been little movement in the polls. The report shows that Delaware has a Democratic tilt that Castle appears to have weathered. Castle is the choice of voters unaffiliated with any major party by a four to one margin. While only 47% nationwide approve of the job Obama has done as president, 54% of Delawareans approve of Obama's job performance. This trend also follows in issues associated with Read more
FYI Mr. Chris Coons shares his schedule for the three county announcement as follows. It's been almost two months since I entered the race for the United States Senate to make sure Delaware continues its tradition of strong Democratic representation in Washington. In those two months, the support Delawareans have shown me has been humbling, to say the least. Just a few weeks ago when I told you about our end-of-quarter fundraising deadline, you not only helped us meet our goal, but beat it by more than half. I could not be more appreciative for that support nor more excited for this campaign, and I'm glad you'll be with me every step of the way. The first step on that journey will happen Monday, April 19 as we officially kick off our campaign with rallies in all three counties: 10:00 a.m. on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach 12:30 p.m. at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover 3:00 Read more
This is an interesting article on where they stand in the aftermath of the Health deform Law. I am always struck by the lack of leadership by Congressman Castle even when he comes down on the right side of the issue. He is right that repeal is hopeless this year. I do not care if he signs on or not. The key is where do we go from here. That is what I am not hearing. He may be saving it for later so do not jump to conclusions. His statement, published on our site Monday, was a very cogent analysis of the problems of the bill. It showed sound reasoning. Now we need that applied to the future. All we need to know about Chris Coons is that he won't talk to the paper, won't post a statement on his website, sent this out which was posted on Delaware Liberal. I still am awaiting a copy to be posted or emailed to me. I will post its text below the fold. All you really need to know is Read more
New Castle County Executive Chris Coons (D) has sent an email to supporters saying that he is running for Delaware’s open senate seat. Our friends at Resolute Determination have this priceless reaction.