Today is the special election in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, which pretty much encompasses all of Pinelas County on the St. Petersburg peninsula in Tampa Bay. The Republicans have held this seat for 58 years. Congressman Bill Young died late last year, and this special election is being held to replace him. Now, special elections in election years are important as they can, not always, but can be an indicator of things to come. Remember the great example of Harris Wofford being Dick Thornburg in the special election for Pennsylvania’s Senate seat in 1991. The surprise victory by an unknown Democrat over the Republican U.S. Attorney General was a sign of trouble coming for the GOP in 1992. I have already seen headlines from our so called liberal media that state if the Dems do not win this special election, it spells doom for them in 2014.
But, isn’t that the other way around? Remember, this seat has been in Republican hands, and has been deep red Republican territory, for the last 58 years. If a Democrat running in support of Obamacare wins there, does that not spell absolute devastation for the GOP? Well, a new Public Policy Polling survey in Florida’s 13th congressional district released last night finds Democrat Alex Sink leading David Jolly (R) by three points, 48% to 45%.
This looks cool. The guy is hiking 6,800 miles from Point Reyes, CA to Cape Henelopen along the American Discovery Trail. He’ll get to the Atlantic on March 15th. The Delaware Envirothon Planning Committee invites the public to an event welcoming Josh Seehorn, vice chair of the Georgia Envirothon, as he finishes his 6,800 mile […]
Your opinion on the job performance of Speaker Schwartzkopf:
Approve – 71%
Disapprove – 25%
Meh – 4%
Those who approve do so strongly– 3/4ths of the people who approve Speaker Schwartzkopf do so strongly. Meanwhile, 2/3rds of those who disapprove do so strongly. Pete riles the passions. Speaker Schwartzkopf takes the Most Popular Politician in Delaware away from Matt Denn.
Here are the results for Congressman John Carney:
Disapprove – 46%
Approve – 38%
Carney does not invoke strong feelings. People either approve, disapprove or are meh, but not strongly so.
A cursory look at the voting numbers in Delaware suggest plenty of room for growth for the DelDem party and the liberal movement. But, if they got their act together again, Republicans are not out of the picture. It is a function of who mobilizes to capitalize on this opportunity.
Bill Clinton’s sex life is still ratings gold for wingnuts. Rand Paul proved that yet again winning this year’s CPAC (Conference of Perpetually Angry Crazebags) straw poll in commanding fashion. One day after riveting a packed convention ballroom, tea party darling Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) topped the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll, his […]
It is basically official. Biden will be the straight-talking, blue collar, non-Clinton alternative to Ms. Clinton. So what if he is polling at 12% to Clinton’s 72%? He has always wanted to be the President of the United States and you have 0% chance of making the shots you don’t take.
Would he be a good President? Well, what’s your criteria? He would be better than any of the Republican alternatives, to be sure. Would he be better than Hilary Clinton? I guess we’ll be able to hear him make the case for why he would. In the process I only hope that he doesn’t load up the GOP with a lot of ammunition to use against her if (when?) he falls short.
Support for candidates who voted for the health-care law has improved dramatically in recent months, a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday shows. The survey found respondents almost exactly split on the question of whether they would be more or less likely to vote for a congressional candidate who supports the Affordable Care Act, with 34% saying they would be more likely to vote for the candidate and 36% saying they would be less likely to do so. Some 27% said it would not make a difference.
In November, during the troubled launch of HealthCare.gov, just 21% said a candidate’s support for the law would make them more likely to vote for them, compared to 37% who said it would make them less likely to do so. A much larger percentage—40%—were indifferent. The hardcore 36-37% opposed to the law and thus opposed to anyone who says anything good about the law stayed basically the same, with all change come from those who were indifferent, who now love the law enough to say it will make it more likely that they will support a candidate who supports Obamacare. That is a 14 point net swing. That is huge for only four months. Imagine where we might be in another, or July….
One of the things I value about Delaware Liberal is our community. This isn’t the first time I’ve reached out, and I doubt it will be the last. As I type this I am awaiting a call back from my father-in-law’s senior living apartment’s service coordinator. It’s decision time, which means I’m scrambling for information.
My father-in-law took a fall about a month ago. He seemed okay, and we were fortunate he was given a visiting nurse. I LOVE Medicare! Then yesterday, my phone rang. It was the EMTs calling. My FIL had fallen and was completely disoriented. He was refusing treatment and the EMT called me before they had to call the police – because my FIL HAD to go to the hospital. Of course, he did. I spoke to my FIL on the phone – Luckily, he recognized me – but he still refused to go to the hospital. I told him I was on my way over, then called my husband. By the time we got there the EMTs had finally gotten him on the stretcher. He’s now at the hospital and we’re awaiting test results. Those that have come back have indicated he has shingles, a UTI, occasional cardiac atrial fibrillation and has suffered a series of mini strokes. The hospital expects to keep him for three days.
So, here’s where I’m at, and where I turn to DL for advice.
Here are the results for Republican Senator Christine O’Donnell, oh wait, I’m sorry, Chris Coons:
Strongly Disapprove – 47%
Disapprove – 24%
So a grand total of 71% disapprove of the neocon coward. 27% approve. 2% had no opinion or were ‘meh.’ Chris, if I wanted a neocon reactionary I would have voted for the witch. If I wanted a spineless shadow craver I would have cloned Tom Carper. My God, it just occurred to me. We have elected the short version of Joe Lieberman.
Our 62 District Strategy Chart is updated as I have removed Rep. Darryl Scott and added Sean Lynn’s name there as candidate in the Democratic column. City Councilwoman Dorsey Walker has filed to primary Senator Bob Marshall in the 3rd Senate District. Does Senator Marshall retire, or face a much tougher primary this time around then he experienced last time. Representatives Bryon Short, Kim Williams, Larry Mitchell, and Earl Jaques have all filed for reelection. And Democrat Jeff Porter of Tavistock has filed to challenge Representative Debbie Hudson. Good. I was afraid I might have to run against her just to get a Democrat into the race.
There is also a bit of a joke in the chart. A joke I now hope to turn into a reality…
Also, will Delaware’s most popular politician really not be on the ballot in 2016?
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll “underscores the degree to which the contest for the GOP nomination in 2016 is as wide open as any in the modern era.” Meanwhile, CNN is out with a somewhat confusing abortion poll.
In one week, he has expressed an opinion about the Ukrainian crisis that should have come straight out of the mouth of Dick Cheney. And now he votes against a well qualified nominee because he is scared of something, though it is not precisely clear what. This is despite the fact that he faces no opposition for reelection. And even if he did, and his opponent championed this vote to approve this nominee as a reason to defeat Senator Coons, all he had to do is say that Adegbile is well qualified for the position and that his representation of Mumia was on constitutional issues after he was already convicted. And even still, is he not principled enough to stand up for the AMERICAN and CONSTITUTIONAL notion that every citizen, no matter what they are charged with, no matter their alleged crime, deserves a day in court and deserves representation by legal counsel? Is he that chickenshit to deny this basic right?
Apparently so. We Delawareans desperately need to replace him in the Senate, for he does not possess the skill, principle or fortitude for the job.
Do you approve or disapprove of the job performance of U.S. Senator Tom Carper?
Disapprove — 67%
Approve — 26%
Meh — 7%
Our Delaware Democrats in Congress need to wake up and realize it is no longer 1995. Or 2005. Democrats without any spine, courage or principle are not in fashion. And it doesn’t win you elections. Senator Tom Carper prevented the Senate from taking up the minimum wage bill this month, adding to the long list of deeds where he has thwarted the Democratic majority or undermined a Democratic President. He should be condemned. The Carper contagion is not contained to one man, either. The supposed scholar Chris Coons has been infected. His two sins this week are legion and will be the subject of another post today.
So any notion that Flowers would be scared off running for reelecton was foolish, as he officially declares today that he is running for reelection, despite two expenses scandals and an idiotic confrontation with the Governor. Some Democratic Party operatives say that Flowers is an underdog in the primary. Those Democratic Party operatives are idiots. No, it is going to be VERY difficult to defeat Chip Flowers.
It usually starts as spring dawns in an election year. The retirements. Always there is a surprise. Last time, the surprise was Terry Schooley. This year, this might be it:
I have decided not to run for reelection this year.
The obligations of my family and career outside the General Assembly have changed, and it is apparent to me that I will not be able to provide my constituents with the level of service they require and deserve beyond the end of my term this year. If you do this right, it is the fullest part-time job you will ever have.