Category Archives: Delaware Blogs

Delaware Grapevine’s Celia Cohen retires

After 42 years of political writing for the News Journal then her own Delaware Grapevine which was picked up in Delaware Today and the Community Newspaper network, Celia Cohen recently announced that she had enough. 42 years of political writing is enough, she posted, Cohen out. Cohen was also the author of the book on Delaware Politics in 2002,Only in Delaware: Politics and Politicians in the First State Cohen was a fixture at events the regular media used to cover but started to ignore. This allowed her to make contacts and bring both unique insight and inside information to the informed public. If there were a rumor that kept bubbling up that I wanted to know definitively, sometimes, I would just call Ms. Cohen who would know if it were true or false. She had a Rolodex and was not afraid to use it to bring insight to the behind the scenes world of the Delaware Way. Some criticized Read more

The Moonbats hit one out

You should look at the video of LiberalGeek interviewing Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart after the hearing yesterday. Her controller resigned, but I missed that in the paper. Sometimes the tough questions are from nontraditional sources. He asked tougher questions than the legislators. Great job, LG. This may be the real news out of the event. It is time for us all to pick this subject up and investigate.

Newton and Delaware Libertarian Hit a Home Run

Steve Newton of Delaware Libertarian wrote a must read expose on the reason tort reform is missing in the Democratic health bills. Here's what progressive strategist George Lakoff has always maintained about tort reform and trial lawyers: Another multifaceted conservative strategic initiative is "tort reform," which has been made to sound like it is just about capping large damage awards and lawyers' fees. It is really a destruction of the civil justice system's capacity to deter corporations from acts that harm the public, since it is the lawyers' fees that permit the system to function. Moreover, if successful, it will also dry up one of the major sources of campaign finance for progressive candidates, which comes from trial lawyers. And, if you need me to finish connecting the dots, Lakoff has been involved--both personally and philosophically--in the Obama campaign from Read more

Polly Wanna Participate Now?

The Sussex Countian is reporting that Polly Adams has decided to participate in the Sussex League of Women Voter's forum on July 30th at the County Council Chambers on the circle in Georgetown: Democratic State Senate candidate Polly Adams Mervine confirmed on Monday that she will take part in a Thursday candidate’s forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters.... “Thursday will be a very tough day. Dad was the rock of our family and the fair was a big part of his life,” Mervine said. “But so was serving the people of the 19th District and I think he’d want me at this forum explaining how I plan to carry on that commitment to service.” I guess her Dad wouldn't have wanted her at the Crossroads Community Church forum in her hometown of Bridgeville in between Bridgeville and Georgetown. Meanwhile another blog is reporting that Sweet Polly Purebred had a Read more

Polly Wanna Stand-in?

I've heard from multiple sources that Polly Adams Mervine, a faux painter (that's someone who paints stuff with sponges or stencils) who's vying for her deceased father's state senate seat on a platform of blatant nepotism, wanted to have Senator Bob Venables stand in for her at a debate in her hometown of Bridgeville. Yeah, you read that right, Senator Bob Venables. What better way to prove you're ready to step in as a state senator during precarious times then having another state senator answer questions for you in a debate. But alas, my sources tell me that the venue, Crossroads Community Church, rejected the stand-in idea so Mervine will be bailing on the debate part of tomorrow night's debate. Don't get me wrong, apparently Mervine is going to be there, she's just not going to answer any questions. Instead, she's showing up to give an opening statement, giving her best Read more

Smitty’s Out!

First, thank you to Dave Burris for bringing me along with him way back in the First State Politics days.  I am not 100%, but I believe I may have been his first "signee" back at the launch.  Also, thanks for listening to ideas and dealing with my rebellious-to-the-party behavior at times, both on and off of the blogs.  Oh, and humble thanks to hearing me out as to why I thought "Delaware Politics" was a much better name to draw traffic from search engine look ups!  How many hits did we drop because of that change?  😉   Thanks Dave for bringing me along.  A blog by the lonesome, to me, is just that: lonesome.  Some are great at it, but for me, it demands too much of me to keep it afloat.  I certainly had fun, but I also had moments where I wanted to instantly hang it up.  Truth is, I did more hanging out in the background in the overall picture.  Call me the Bass Player of the Read more

The Budget “SHOWDOWN” – Cathcart and Markell Both Working it Correctly

For the record, I am happy we have Dick Cathcart and Jack Markell, I really am.  These two are absolutely hardballers and having them in opposition right now over the budget is a great thing.  There should be fighting over this.  Never would I want to see happy bandwagoners supporting something as drastic as this budget will be, without asking hard questions.  No apologies to those who disagree with me, but you can not approve first and ask questions later. Others are leading you to believe that this is political grandstanding.  OK, but on whose part?  You can't single out either side, because, by acceptance of definition, they are all doing it! Markell and Cathcart, keep puffing your chests, because that is exactly what you should be doing!  All the pundits who ARE trying to curry favor to "their side" should hopefully come to understand that this is exactly how you get someone Read more

Blog Or Propaganda?

Lt. Governor Matt Denn has caused a stir in Delaware's Blogosphere by starting a blog that he touts as, "the first official blog written by a member of Delaware’s state government." And as far as I can tell, it is. It's also, as I pointed out on Down With Absolutes, a blog that doesn't give the reader the option to comment. Well, of course my blatant heresy lead to a bunch of comments like this: Do you really think he is going to open the comment section for all the trash? And this: Oh, the exact reason why FSP and Maria want to comment, is the reason why there are no comments allowed. It’ll degrade to pure partisan off topic sniping at a moment’s notice. And this lovely post from the Delaware Way: Meanwhile, a pair of local GOPer henchbloggers, Dave Burris and Maria Evans (who, like Mr. Copeland, are members of long-time fat-cat Delaware families) end up chasing Read more

UPDATE 2 (due to Jud’s email): He’s (or She’s or It’s) Baaaaaaaaaaaack!

UPDATE 2: See comment #9, Jud clarified here and his email network. Thanks Jud! UPDATE: The Smitter (as Randy Nelson tagged me) is possibly being set up over this. Some of you are recipients of Jud Bennett's Coastal Network e-mail-blast distribution. Yesterday, I received one that said the cowardly and pathetic attacks by the sock-puppet postcard writer was my penmanship. If any of you recall how this all went down in 2007, you will easily remember where I was in this battle. Things to note about Jud's email: -1) The subject header has “FW” in it, indicating someone sent it to Jud, rather than Jud doing a copy/paste himself. -2) Parts of my post are missing, including the entire closing paragraph (which was replaced by “RSMITTY” making it appear as a signature), making it slightly altered. -3) Regardless, if anyone reads just the first paragraph of this post, you should Read more

Another GOP Moderate – What Do You Think Happened?

h/t to Salt Lake Tribune via John Cole via Pandora* * - Once again, I present my service of bringing Delaware Liberal to those too scared to visit A snippet from the Salt Lake Tribune article, linked above: Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.'s appearance at a Michigan county Republican Party event was scrapped this week after the county chairwoman said that hosting the moderate Utah governor would mean abandoning the party's conservative principles. Kent County Republican Party Chairwoman Joanne Voorhees abruptly canceled the party fundraiser scheduled for Saturday. "The voters want and expect us to stand on principle and return to our roots. Unfortunately, by holding an event with Governor Huntsman, we would be doing the exact opposite," Voorhees wrote in an e-mail quoted in The Grand Rapids Press . A Republican Governor with AN 84% APPROVAL RATING...did you get that, I said AN 84% APPROVAL Read more

From The Mouth (Keyboard) of Your Friendly Pilotician

If you live under a rock, you may not have known that Mike Protack organized the Wilmington Tea Party.  WOO HOO!  Good for you...except that you've managed to tell many people on your own that you organized it.  Usually, that's spread word-of-mouth from other people, but hey, it was still a monumental task and planning events, particularly large events, can be an arduous task, indeed.  That last part is genuine.  The rest, if you know my attitude towards the pilotician, is not.  I am as much as a non-Protack supporter as you can imagine (which you should know before reading the rest of this post), after having once been in 2006, including my contribution to his then-campaign.  Again, in fairness, before continuing further, if you don't know by now, the Pilotician and myself have zero love-loss for each other.  The only person lower on the Pilotician's totem pole may be Dave B, but Read more

Comment Rescue: It’s Time To Give Up This Outrage

I am rescuing my own comment from Elbert's "Elbert With an 'E'" blog post. Linked above, pasted below: OK, it's time to give up this outrage.  The name given to this event was developed by bloggers (possibly DD, I believe), not Governor Markell or any of his staff.  It was indeed a MISNOMER by calling it a "Delaware" Bloggers Roundtable.  Maybe A-Selected-Few-Who-Happen-to-Live-Locally-to-Panera-on-Main-Street-in-Newark-Delaware-Bloggers-Roundtable would have been much better, or maybe a Whole-Bunch-of-Loony-Liberals-and-a-possibly-Libertarian-and-a-Progressive-Republican-almost-Independent-But-Still-in-Vicinity-of-Panera-on-Main-Street-in-Newark-Delaware-Bloggers-Roundtable would have sufficed, too. Point is, this appears that it will be just the first of more.  Problem is scheduling, so future dates may take a little time.  Obviously, I am not the scheduler, so I can't say for Read more

Yeah, I Was There-The Bloggers “Rectangle” Table

...and I was late. Pictures from the event (after the jump, but please look them over): Above, this action shot was taken when Liberalgeek asked the question about Why Vince Meconi? ...check this out...arrived via secret carrier pigeon to my car when I was departing... Here, (above) we have the spurned Sussex County Righty Bloggers Alliance.  They aren't happy. ..more action... This one above was an early shot of the event before all arrived (way before my 20 minute late arrival).  As you can see, the attendance was very diverse. Seriously, though, one thing I must say is that Governor Markell's predecessor would not have so much have been caught dead at something like this.  Friendly group or otherwise, she would not have done this. I absolutely would like to see this repeated for other bloggers in the state, Kent and Sussex Counties, specifically. Given Read more

Governor Markell Holds Roundtable With “Delaware Bloggers” Leaves Out A Few

chimp3 Governor Jack Markell held a “roundtable” in Newark this morning with “Delaware Bloggers.” Strangely missing from the “roundtable” were bloggers from Sussex County, the majority all of Kent County, and any blogger anywhere in Delaware that even slightly smacked of conservatism.

Is Valero Being A Bad Player Or Misunderstood?

kavips, a Delaware (I assume...he/she is so darned secretive) blogger, who has some very well thought out posts (see his/her economic recovery post for an example), put one up the other day that is absolutely worth some deeper thought and investigation. It is about the Delaware City Valero Refinery and their apparent shut-down in response to serious equipment issues and resulting disharge of crap (how can you better explain it) into the air we all breathe. Here is a link to the post and a snippet that deserves some deeper looks: The repair is minor and can be accomplished by shutting down only one unit. So say those who work there. In fact, that is what they wanted. They do not want to be not working right now… Local management forwarded their proposal up to headquarters, from where this verdict was returned: shut down the entire plant indefinitely. We are told that the repair Read more

Psycho Wingnuts From Any Party NOT Welcomed!

By "psycho," read on for clarification.  There are wingnuts who are like that odd relative you don't mind keeping around, but then there are "psycho" wingnuts who have a real potential for real damage.  Read on. I read with interest the response on DE Lib to the recent influx of alleged conservative-media loyalists to their site.  While sudden spikes in comments, etc. are common once key words or phrases hit the inner-tubes and picked up by partisan outlets are common, it's what happened within that influx that disturbs me deeply. In the post, Delaware Dem makes note of how a contributor was outed, until the comment was moderated off (deleted).  Since I know many of them personally (afterall, I have been oft accused of kanoodling with the enemy), I phoned one of them for the scoop.  The attempt at outing a contributor was very, very real.  To the point that this commenter had Read more

delawaredem’s HATE Again Shines

Remember my post on delawaredem's HATRED of all Republicans?  After relentless badgering, he relented his hate-inspired stance.  Um, he qualified it in that some of his best friends are Republicans. Where have I heard that one before? Well, his unchecked anger is at it once again.  Remember that he is in a profession that requires an enormous amount of care to parse words both of what is said by one party and of what is said from his own mouth. Go ahead and read his rant in its entirety (it's only fair to tell you he attempts a point, but unhinges it with his rant highlighted below), but here are Sir Wordsmith's words from his phrase that pays: You (Republicans) should all be round up and shot. Seriously. I am now convinced delawaredem can't help himself. Aside from his token Republican friends, his pattern is disturbing. Read more


UPDATE: Per Dave "Radio Mouth" Burris' decree that the open-threads are now on the DTR site (as they should be), please go there now to provide your feedback to your favorite talking heads. As a result of the DTR open threads, I will be closing down this comment-thread. The point is to centralize the feedback location. Multiple threads could cause a comment to be "lost" in the mix. BTW, my royalty check for the idea is on the way!!! I heard it's coming with my performance contract! WOOO!!! Thank goodness, too, because I've been waiting on that contract for several weeks now. ------------------------------------------------------- I went ahead and stepped all over their toes at the DTR station (and I love doing that - STOMP!).  I saw a need for live-feedback and it needs a dedicated place.  Go to the DTR-FEEDBACK tab and provide feedback to the staff.  I (we???) only hope they accept Read more

It’s Not Political?

What does delawaredem think of anybody that is a Republican? ...I will always hate any and all Republicans... While I am parsing his overall post, that line comes from a person whose career depends on his ability to parse others' words and carefully choose his own.  Therefore, I hold him to a standard that his intent is more literal than many others who blog locally.  The above segmented-quote is a small line from a larger, purported-non-political post from him on the seventh anniversary of 9/11. He certainly started off with it being non-political and of spirited opinion, but then took it to partisan heights. Read more

Homage to Delaware Fiberal

I have to admit, I like to read Delaware Liberal.  I absolutely enjoy interacting with those whackos (with all due affection, mind you).  I've noticed that I am far more engaged (and colorful *ahem*) with the back-and-forth over there, than I am with creating a post elsewhere. This is not to indicate that I, too, am a "Fiberal," heck no!  It simply means that I do appreciate the effort and quality of work they do.  I am a big fan of comedy and when I peruse and interact on their site, hilarity ensues.  They are almost like the Comedy Central of the political blogosphere of Delaware. [sounds of local lad whispering in my ear] psst...pswspspspwpspwpsp [me] Really? [local lad] yes... [me] Oh, wow.  Huh.  That's...hmm.  I didn't know that. Well, I apologize.  Apparently, they are serious about their work.  This is shocking to me, but I still find myself quite amused by their content. [me] Read more

The Blog Factor–WHYY style

I thank WHYY for recognizing the influence of the blogosphere. Feel free to watch the clip.  It is posted by our friend Tyler Nixon.  Thank you Dave Burris. for letting me sit in for you.  Mike and Shirley were a pleasure even to a remote guest. Since the other blogs are talking about it (kindly--thankfully), I can't let ours fall behind. I am fascinated that just 4 years ago, this was not a daily source of information for the vast majority of people.  Now it is the number 1 source of  political information for those under 30.  I have seen marked increases in readership in the past year.  The Internet is now a source as utilized as daily papers for political information.    The world is changing.  If gas prices go much higher, we may not be find delivering papers affordable.  Read more

Garrett Reinstated

It is true that Dana Garrett was banned from commenting here since late winter.  We can banter back and forth about he-said, she-said...make that he-said, he-said all we want.  It won't matter, because it won't resolve, that much is guaranteed. While I find myself in rare agreement once every harvest moon or so with Dana, his comments certainly added some...uh...interesting twists and ensuing conversation. There is no mea culpa, nor do I think he'd expect one. One caveat before this is official, the ad hominem attacks that induced the ban in late winter will only bring it back.  They aren't welcomed here, his site, or many others we are familiar with.  Some chose to keep them posted with similar, ad hominem responses.  Some delete the comments.  Some delete with a terse warning response.  Some plug their ears and recite, "Nah nah nah nah naaaaah, I can't hear yooouuu."  Others, Read more