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In writing a comment reply I almost tacked this on because it readily became apparent to me why despite Delaware’s education apparatus being in fairly good shape, we are beset with a battering of how f’d-up our local schools are… As any parent knows, their school is not f’d-up and ESPECIALLY when you put an assortment of parents across the state in a room and ask questions, you readily discern there is a dichotomy between how they feel about their  child’s school, versus the generalities of the state’s running this or that educational program…

The gist being that generally all education is f’d-up; but somehow their schools are awesome…

It is time to shoot the messenger….

Dave Sokola initiated the charter school process back when the first Clinton ran the White House… Particularly now that charters have a black eye, he has used the Educational committee to sneak lobbyist-written legislation through passage and a fellow Newark buddy’s signature to give Charters exceptional rights and access which no one else has…

What ever his reason, that is on him.. (It is not “the children”; his policies have made their lives hell).. But as Delaware citizens we have a choice this November to put our school bickerings on a back burner and move forward with improving the quality of education directly at the student level,….. OR we can continue to have the same confrontations that always say the same things on both sides, that are a back and forth of nothing that has not already been said…

Talk is cheap… As with your children, as with the upkeep of your house, as with the constant health of your car and your own body, if you want to get something done, you have to take the initial action yourself.

There is a wonderful human being named Meredith Chapman now challenging Dave Sokola for his 8th District Senatorial seat… a territory that covers the northeast corner of our state from Newark to Hockessin .

If she is able to knock off Dave, then our constant blather of racist inspired public school battering (they simply don’t want to go to school with blacks…Period),  evaporates… In its place we have a clear day with bright sun to actually turn attention to what helps children…

We know.

Exactly.

What helps children…

If we seriously want to improve education, we need to have an 11:1 student teacher ratio in grades k – 5 and in grade 9 in all schools where over 50% of the student body is at or below poverty level….

This applies what works best to those areas that need work… Nothing else is as effective… Nothing.  The best way to motivate people to learn, is to have someone they admire who knows them and mentors them to learn.  In wealthy districts that role can well be filled by parents.  Therefore wealthy districts don’t need as much attention.. But when you have a child entering the school system behind by a 5000 word vocabulary, you have to do something first to catch them up, and then you have to continue a process that continually advances them forward so at some future point in their lives, they enter the workplace on parity with those who were given a now very lucky head start in life…

There are four other things that must be done but in truth all those four are done solely to allocate necessary resources to the only tried and true method of teaching…. One on one involvement…. 11:1 is manageable.

This will NEVER  happen as long as Dave Sokola is in the Senate…  You’ve had 25 years of watching him go THE WRONG WAY!

And like a pinned flea, so far he has squirmed his way out from being caught, and slipped to bite public education at their hair follicles again and again… Across 25 years our fingers just couldn’t seem to grasp the blood engorged body to pull it out of the coiffured entanglements of our educational apparatus… So we accepted it instead… and after every bite, we scratch our skin raw..

We got bitten again, again, and again, and again, and again… (Did I hit the right number or legislative pieces? )..

This time we have tweezers in the form of Meredith Chapman.  Time to get that little bugger OUTTA THERE!….

 

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According to the FEC John Carney’s donation totals line up like this….

1 JPMorgan Chase & Co $10,000 $0 $10,000
1 American Institute of CPAs $10,000 $0 $10,000
3 Metlife Inc $8,500 $0 $8,500
4 AstraZeneca PLC $7,500 $0 $7,500
4 Investment Co Institute $7,500 $0 $7,500
6 Tiber Creek Group $6,250 $6,250 $0
7 New Democrat Coalition $5,500 $500 $5,000
8 Depository Trust & Clearing Corp $5,000 $0 $5,000
8 United Auto Workers $5,000 $0 $5,000
8 Vanguard Group $5,000 $0 $5,000
8 UBS AG $5,000 $0 $5,000
8 Ernst & Young $5,000 $0 $5,000
8 Mortgage Bankers Assn $5,000 $0 $5,000
8 Citigroup Inc $5,000 $0 $5,000
8 Capital One Financial $5,000 $0 $5,000
8 State Farm Insurance $5,000 $0 $5,000
8 CME Group $5,000 $0 $5,000
8 TIAA-CREF $5,000 $0 $5,000
8 American Seniors Housing Assn $5,000 $0 $5,000
20 National Assn of Health Underwriters $4,000 $0 $4,000
20 New York Life Insurance $4,000 $0 $4,000

*registrants, or active lobbying firm

This table lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2015-2016 election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations’ PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families.Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.

By category, the status is clearer….

Top 20 Industries contributing to Campaign Cmte and Leadership PAC

Industry
Total
Indivs
PACs
Securities & Investment $54,250 $4,250 $50,000
Insurance $48,500 $500 $48,000
Commercial Banks $31,250 $1,250 $30,000
Accountants $24,500 $0 $24,500
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products $18,500 $0 $18,500
Finance/Credit Companies $18,000 $0 $18,000
Real Estate $12,700 $3,700 $9,000
Lawyers/Law Firms $12,500 $6,500 $6,000
Lobbyists $7,750 $7,750 $0
Democratic/Liberal $5,500 $500 $5,000
Candidate Committees $5,400 $0 $5,400
Industrial Unions $5,000 $0 $5,000
Hospitals/Nursing Homes $5,000 $0 $5,000
Retired $4,500 $4,500 $0
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing $3,500 $0 $3,500
Credit Unions $3,000 $0 $3,000
Health Professionals $2,750 $750 $2,000
Oil & Gas $2,500 $0 $2,500
Electric Utilities $2,500 $0 $2,500
Business Services $2,250 $2,250 $0
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Percent of Contributions Coded
legend Coded $249,134 (97.0%)
legend Not Coded $8,325 (3.2%)

As Congresspeople go, this really is not bad.  One should expect considerable financial interest in Delawares Congressional delegation as one should expect agriculture interest in Iowa’s.

 

Despite the current denials going around the Hillary supporters in the Democratic party, who insist that one must first show a quid pro quo vote per campaign contribution  in order to show acquiescence to ones donors, I can say with certainty, that over the past ten years, I have correctly predicted a legislators final vote based on who his campaign contributor were.

And with that, I leave you John Carney…… exposed……

Understanding what happened can clearly be seen in Delaware’s vote totals across three election cycles… 2010, 2012, 2014….

We will use John Carney.

2010  John Carney received 173,543 votes over the Republican (Urquhart) : 125,442

2012  John Carney received 249,933 votes over the Republican (Kovach) : 129757

2014  John Carney received 137,245 votes over the Republican (Izzo) : 85142

But from these little glimpse, it appears that there are between 125,000 and 130,000 of Delawareans who consistently come out and vote Republican, no matter what year the election…

Democrats however have fluctuations between 112,688 and 76,390 depending on whether the election is on or off season.

Rose Isso is a hard case to compare anything too, especially when Priscilla Rakestraw admits even she voted for John  Carney… But one can see that in an off election, the Republican’s best 129,757 (Kovach) is only 7488 away from the Democrat’s worst take over these past three elections.

If Republicans can find a candidate as qualified as their state treasurer this year capable of stealing votes away from Democrats as did Simpler, and have several third party candidates siphon off the Progressive protest vote, they could possibly win Congress in 2018… But not 2016… Too many Democrats vote that year….

As post mortem analysis starts to heat up, let us cut to the chase.  The Dem’s received a surprise wave of national majority in 2012 and 2008, because their sleep-walker base was excited to vote. They woke up because they had something on the line…  It would be safe to say that across this nation since before 2000, we naturally tend to go Republican in off years (whereas Delaware becomes evenly balanced) unless  Democratic voters get excited, wake up, and feel they have something on-the-line to vote for; then it becomes overwhelmingly Democratic.

By now it should start to sink in that Democrats had success in 2006, 2008, 2012 because of Obama.  2010 and 2014 will simply prove it, that when you don’t use Obama, you lose big in huge population centers which predominantly now determine each state’s winner. (Example: Virginia is 65-35 Red everywhere except Richmond, Norfolk, and Fairfax County (DC) which since 2008 have been enough to turn VA blue)…

That is the lesson.  Republicans have consistently been excited ever since “dat, der Kenyian took office”…  Democrats need to find the same level of enthusiasm … because they already have the registered votes.  They just can’t get them to vote.

The problem is not GOTV for dems.. They had the best-run machine ever.  It’s the internal excitement, that element of patriotism missing inside every non-Republican voter…

The treasurers debated today. Here is one account.… Here another and better account

Debates at the small end of the political spectrum are fun to watch. Like two fat ladies wrestling in mud, their blows are thrown with such earnest, but hit wildly off their mark… Still it’s enough spectacle making it hard for one to turn away….

Overall, it was a draw… One’s arguments will resonate if you are already in agreement with those arguments. One’s arguments will slide like Gordan Ramsey’s food off of Teflon, if you aren’t…. What you believed when you came in, is what you believed when you came out….

One thing was clear, however. if you support the upper class or 1%… Barney like Carper and Markell and Carney, is your man. If you would rather give an edge to the 99%, stick with Flowers…..

Delaware's Heroes For What

We hail our fallen heroes.  Hopefully many of you stirred some dull roots with spring rain today:…  memories, both a blessing and a curse.

But for whom did they die?

Did they die for….

Top 5 Contributors, 2009 – 2014,       Campaign Cmte and Leadership PAC      Contributor      Total Indivs PACs
AstraZeneca PLC                                                                     $71,550                                               $36,550               $35,000
JPMorgan Chase & Co                                                          $58,200                                              $33,200               $25,000
Ashland Inc                                                                                $55,420                                              $25,700               $29,720
Blue Cross/Blue Shield                                                      $46,000                                                  $6,000               $40,000
Bank of America                                                                     $40,440                                                 $3,940               $36,500

Those were Tom Carper’s top 5 contibutors……

Or did they die for….

Top 5 Contributors, 2009 – 2014,        Campaign Cmte and Leadership PAC     Contributor           Total Indivs PACs
Young, Conaway et al                                                        $121,300                                            $121,300                     $0
Skadden, Arps et al                                                              $92,600                                             $87,600                       $5,000
Grant & Eisenhofer                                                              $70,049                                              $70,049                       $0
Comcast Corp                                                                         $69,200                                            $44,200                       $25,000
Morris, Nichols et al                                                            $57,550                                              $57,550                        $0

Those were Chris Coons’ top 5 contributors……

Or did they die for…....

Top 5 Contributors, 2013 – 2014,       Campaign Cmte and Leadership PAC     Contributor           Total Indivs PACs
Investment Co Institute                                                $12,500                                                 $8,140                            $2,500
Skadden, Arps et al                                                            $10,640                                                 $8,140                            $2,500
National Multi Housing Council                                $10,500                                                 $0                                     $10,500
Bank of America                                                                  $10,250                                                 $750                                 $9,500
AstraZeneca PLC                                                                 $10,198                                                 $250                                 $9,948

 

These are John Carney’s top contributors……

Our state relative to nationally, is actually on the good end of campaign contribution spectrum.  Nothing here, is really out of line. You should see some in other states…

But let us isolate by industry…..

For John Carney…. 

Top 5 Industries, 2013 – 2014,       Campaign Cmte and Leadership PAC       Industry Total           Indivs PACs
Insurance                                                       $96,520                                                                   $2,820                     $93,700
Securities & Investment                          $93,000                                                                  $1,500                     $91,500
Lawyers/Law Firms                                  $59,110                                                                   $45,610                     $13,500
Commercial Banks                                    $49,000                                                                  $1,250                       $47,750
Finance/Credit Companies                    $43,250                                                                  $5,250                      $38,000

For Chris Coons…….

Top 5 Industries, 2009 – 2014,      Campaign Cmt                                                Industry Total             Indivs PACs
Lawyers/Law Firms                                  $1,495,387                                                    $1,341,519                    $153,868
Leadership PACs                                        $512,900                                                           $0                              $512,900
Lobbyists                                                       $345,302                                                       $325,472                        $19,830
Securities & Investment                        $296,800                                                       $235,300                      $61,500
TV/Movies/Music                                     $228,157                                                          $163,800                       $64,357

For Tom Carper……..

Top 5 Industries, 2009 – 2014,       Campaign Cmte                                            Industry Total               Indivs PACs
Insurance                                                     $371,710                                                          $94,470                         $277,240
Securities & Investment                        $320,340                                                      $125,840                       $194,500
Lawyers/Law Firms                                  $294,382                                                       $170,761                        $123,621
Lobbyists                                                        $214,262                                                     $207,042                            $7,220
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products      $207,710                                                      $50,300                         $157,410

And now, in what I believe is the first time ever…. here is the combination giving you an idea of who influences our 3 man delegation…  Compiled by adding together all three’s industry totals listed above and then ranking them top down…..

 

Lawyers/Law Firms   ……………..    $1,848,879

Securities & Investment …………….   $710,140

Insurance…..,,,,,,,,,……………. , ……   $668,257

Leadership PACs ………………………. $675,400

Lobbyists  ………………………………,…$568,779

Pharmaceuticals/Health Products $486,108

Commercial Banks  …………………….$435,240

TV/Movies/Music……………………….$292,067

Finance/Credit Companies………….$208,865

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And that is who owns our delegation….  Just seeing the visual makes it clear why some of the anti-people votes cast by this delegation, … are ever cast at all….   No, contrary to how we exclaim… They are not insane.  They are practical….

It will get worse with McCutcheon passed…

Already the amount of dark money as shown by tallies done by the Center for Responsive Politics show that nondisclosing groups have already reported spending more than three times as much as they had at this point in the 2012 elections — a presidential cycle when higher spending would be expected.”

Did you get that?  The unprecedented spending done in 2012, a contested presidential year, as of now been tripled over the same point of time back in 2012…….. . And it is both sides. In the past dark money was 80% Conservative, 20% Liberal.  Today (2014), it is 60% Conservative; 40% Liberal…   Spending by liberal nondisclosing groups is more than four times higher than it was at this point in 2012, while their conservative counterparts have tripled their previous spending level……

Which means, no tv watching this summer… and social media will become a real turn-off….  Both mean that most of America will tune out this election…  Thank you, Supreme Court…..   What were you smoking?

And if most of America tunes out this election,   it again begs the moral and serious question…. for whom did they die?  Certainly not us.

Delaware's Heroes

 

 

 

 

Just took a second to overlook my blogroll… On Delaware Way, all her posts are about fighting corporate.  On Delaware Liberal, fighting corporate.  On Delaware Politics… fighting corporate. On Kilroy.. . fighting corporate.  On Delaware Right… fighting corporate.  On Transparent Christina… fighting corporate….  Delaware Libertarian… fighting corporate…

Why is everyone fighting corporate?  Isn’t that what our government is supposed to do? 

Why doesn’t it?

Citizen’s United… 

Funny how some things are so simple when you just look and don’t really think about it?

Not Nancy’s blog; its awesome. But I am talking about the royalty that runs this state regardless of who gets elected,  If a candidate of the people gets in, they are quickly shoved out of viability inside the workings of government and the royalty continues to run things as it wishes.

Our locally elected officials for the most part, actually do try to represent us. And they actually do  well representing us on all issues that don’t affect those who think they run things… But go against those, and you get shoved into areas you can do no damage….

Money, influence, status are all the regular clients  The “Delaware Way” used to be held up as a good thing… I once believed it was a good thing, as probably did Nancy since it was how she named her blog.   The idea was that Democrats and Republicans all got along and got things done for the good of the state, and  compared to the breakdown we see daily in Washington DC, that alone does seem to be a benefit….

However, that now seems to have changed.   By taking a snapshot of today, their image show “The Delaware Way” is now a group that wants to put in a GIGANTIC power plant 200 yards from Newark’s back yards and doesn’t give a damn how many Newark children die in the process.  “The Delaware Way” is now a group that wants to get rid of the Coastal Zone Act, so new polluting industries which can’t get a foothold in any other civilized portion of the planet, can come here and pollute like they could in a third world nation… “The Delaware Way” is now a group that couldn’t care less about segregation, about teaching our children to read or right, about helping in-poverty children learn reading and math,  as long as they can get rich off of all their charter schools.  “The Delaware Way” wants unions busted; zoning laws gone,  conservative dogma taught, and no minimum wage increase until infinity.  Today’s “Delaware Way” wants to keep our prisons full, as long as the are privatized and someone gets paid for each incarceration. Today’s “Delaware Way” wants to keep the death penalty, and levy new death penalties on regular citizens by doing nothing to curb the buying or selling of contraband illegal guns. They want to actually make selling stolen guns completely legal… They want to benefit Highmark over Christina Care. They want to charge tolls on all our highways.  They don’t want taxes on the rich increased, but lowered.  They think today’s middle class earns far too much; they want them poorer…

Their names are familiar.  On the national scale they are Tom Carper, John Carney, and Chris Coons. On the state scale they are Gov. Markell, Dave Sokola, Brian Short, Dan Short, Pete Schwartzkoph, Valerie Longhurst… Add names below if you wish….

Instead of change, these people grind down the changes of other well meaning people into dust.  A simple rule requiring all schools to put their public board meetings on line, was, since it certainly if publicly voted would have passed, shoved into a drawer to never be seen again…  Charter school legislation that will bankrupt every single public school in the state, was drawn up in secret though deemed illegal by the Attorney General’s office of the state, was railroaded through both chambers and signed by the orchestrators above, before anyone knew it was happening…  Public schools are stripped of funding, and it was never brought up to the public for debate.

What brought all this up was Connie Merlet’s letter.. published in Nancy’s blog… appropriately titled:  The Delaware Way.  And it is one tiny piece I wish to draw out…  a little statement.  a few words strung together that says, so, so much….

“I believe changes were well-intended when the Stars program was envisioned, but it has morphed into a system that has enabled already high-quality day cares to enjoy most of the financial benefits… In conversations with our representatives at both levels, I have realized that they really have no understanding of how that money is actually being used. “

There appears to be a government within our government… One thing is promised and passed and then turned over to be executed.  At that point those in the Delaware Way take over, enabling  those of privilege get more money, and those in need to become shafted…  The legislators, those to whom you throw your vote, for the most part mean well;  it is when it gets into the actual bureaucracy that the Delaware Way comes into play. They are the “deciders” as one cowboy once called them.

So no matter what gets passed…. it certainly doesn’t come out the way it was intended… We have a government within our government that does not bode well for the Delaware people.  Look at New Castle County under Paul Clark where without brakes of any sort, the Delaware Way had its way…. The elite do what the elite want, despite the fact they only have one vote like everyone else.

John Carney has gotten completely loopy lately.  So has Chris Coons.  Carper has been pro-elite for a long time now.  But their statements in public from these three decrying it is better that they try to get along with our equivalent of Hannibal Lecter, don’t bode well for all of us who are to be his future victims. It appears that their statements still supportive of the Delaware Way, are only meant to have on single purpose….keeping the lambs quiet before their slaughter. ….

 

That letter was this one.  Signed by 100 House Democrats and 4 Republicans to say they support the peaceful effort being under taken by John Kerry in Iran, and that unlike the others (mostly bitter old Republican and apparently John Carney) who want Iran nuked  to show their support for Israel, and afterwards pursue any diplomatic solution, those undersigned instead, prefer the pursuit of a peaceful solution over that of a warmongering one.

Carney did not sign it.  On Monday we will try to determine if he was AWOL on some hiatus, far, far away from performing his governmental duties, or, if he is trying to snuggle up to the Republicans by pretending to be one, at least being too cozy and timid to ruffle their feathers…

Both are odd.  Both question his capacity to represent Delaware in the United States Congress.

If someone says do you agree with me, please sign this letter, usually the failure to sign it, means you do not agree with them, is that correct?  So the assumption whether correct or erroneous, has no other choice than to be that John Carney doesn’t want the peace plan in Iran to work… He supports the Likud.  The radical Israeli’s who want war all the time.

Here are excerpts from the letter, followed by what John is really saying to us by not signing it….

“As Members of Congress—and as Americans—we are united in our unequivocal commitment to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon”….

Unbelievably, John Carney is not.

The proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East would threaten the security of the United States and our allies in the region, particularly Israel.

Unbelievably, John Carney thinks it does the opposite.

At present, however, we believe that Congress must give diplomacy a chance. A bill or resolution that risks fracturing our international coalition or, worse yet, undermining our credibility in future negotiations and jeopardizing hard-won progress toward a verifiable final agreement, must be avoided.

Unbelievably, by not signing, John Carney thinks we should bomb Iran before we negotiate.. As if one held up another at gunpoint, asked for his money, shot him then took it anyway.

We remain wary of the Iranian regime.

Apparently John Carney isn’t.  He must expect them to be nuked out of existence any day now.

We believe that robust diplomacy remains our best possible strategic option, and we commend you and your designees for the developments in Geneva. Should negotiations fail or falter, nothing precludes a change in strategy. But we must not imperil the possibility of a diplomatic success before we even have a chance to pursue it.

John Carney, like those in the despicable other party, think diplomacy is overrated and that only force can be the method  used.  That vision killed Americans in Iraq.  It is killing Americans in  Afghanistan.  It is a dumb vision, and every knowledgeable person has denounce that war-mongering posture with Iran.  That posture has only one motive behind it:  to force Israel to independently bomb Iran and then let America protect Israel from retaliation.

John Carney’s  not signing moves him over to the Republican plan which prefers to  antagonize Iran instead of negotiate with it.  Such an idea for lack of better words,  is just stupid.  Stupid as would be Japan’s  thinking it should torpedo the battleship Missouri as it steams into Tokyo for the signing of the end of hostilities… It is just plain stupid and John Carney apparently fell for it.  If he falls for this, what else will he fall for?

Delaware needs someone who is not stupid, representing us in Washington….

John Carney voted to cut SNAP (Food Stamps) by $8.7 Billion.  Per year that amounts to a cut of $870,000,000 each year…. 

During a time when his corporate sponsors want him to subsidize their low wage workers, he goes and cuts their benefits…  Now those lowballing corporations will have to pay their workers more..  After all, they can’t let them die.  No one else would do their work.  

So workers, management, and investors in Wal*Mart, McDonalds, or other low paying companies that actually help you get SNAP and Medicaid so you can live on what little they pay you… Give Carney a ring…  Tell him he’s costing your job by playing with your benefits and cutting them….

Vote Totals here.….