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Archive for July 24th, 2009

We’re about 10 days away from the special election to fill the 19th senate seat, so I just took a peek on facebook.  Here’s the current totals from the candidates’ fan pages:

Polly Adams Mervine (D) - 137 supporters

Joe Booth (R) – 615 supporters

Matthew Opaliski (I) – ???

Wendy Jones (L) – ???

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So the NCCo ethics commision report is out on County Council President Paul Clark’s email “accident” last June (when he sent an email to the developer community with his wife’s signature from her law firm) and other members of council questioned his objectivity on land-use matters.

The report details how he didn’t know how to convert a word document to a pdf (Clark’s assistant did have the ability to do the conversion), so he sent it to his wife so she could do it at her law firm and then he copy & pasted her return email (and also included her signature).

He’s always admitted that he’s not too smart with the computers and that’s how this whole thing happened.   The report notes it was a close vote by the commission - 3 members were in favor of finding a violation (2 against).    Four votes are needed, so the case is dismissed and Clark is found ethical.

The report also disclosed that he ordered two county employees to delete 5,000 emails from his county office computer last summer as the investigation into the complaint was underway.    He claims he was not trying to hide anything and gave this reason:

Clark said he was concerned about the lack of security on his council office computer and wanted to clear it so that anyone accessing his e-mails remotely would be identified by the county’s central server.

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What exactly does that mean?   Is his office computer capable of receiving anonymous remote connections?  Is our county network that unsecure?

Either Clark is really dumb or he is a genious playing the dumb card.  What do you think?

You can read today’s News Journal article to learn more.   Also note that Clark filed a lawsuit on Monday to try to keep this commission report from going public – it was tossed out.

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The following was sent to me from ReadTheBill.org. Seems to make a lot of sense — whether you consider yourself liberal, conservative, reactionary, centrist, etc. A similar effort related to Delaware’s Budget bills has been attempted for several years by Rep. Greg Lavelle and others. We should do this in Delaware and in Washington.

Too often, controversial bills are voted on hours after coming to the House or Senate floor. There is no time for members of Congress to read the bill, and no chance for interested citizens to weigh in on the legislation.

ReadTheBill.org’s mission is to strengthen our democracy by making sure elected officials and citizens have the chance to read and understand legislation.

A more transparent government begins with providing the people with the opportunity to tell their elected officials what they think of a piece of legislation, before it comes up for a vote. ReadTheBill.org is an effort to gather individuals and groups, luminaries and everyday folks, conservatives, liberals and independents behind the simple concept that all non-emergency legislation should be available online for 72 hours before debate begins.

*note: In the 110th Congress, Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) introduced H. Res. 504 which would have required legislation being voted on in the House to be available online for 72 hours prior to debate.

To sign the petition go to the following link: http://readthebill.org/

  • Deanna Gelak
- Past President, American League of Lobbyists, Author, Lobbying and Advocacy
  • Newt Gingrich
- Former Speaker of the House
  • Mitch Kapor
- Founder, Lotus Development Corp.
  • Larry Lessig
- Professor, Stanford Law School
  • Carl Malamud
- President and CEO, Public.Resource.org
  • Craig Newmark
- Founder, Craigslist
  • Norman Ornstein
- Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Joe Trippi
- Trippi & Associates, National Campaign Manager, Dean for America

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The President referred to a cop’s actions as ‘stupidly’. Yet he knew few if any of the facts according the Potomac Pravda aka The Washington Post.

Why would a Harvard educated lawyer make such a uninformed, disparaging remark about someone who is willing to get killed so someone else may live?

Hmmmmmm………(Jeopardy theme song plays)

Ah ha! I bet that the teleprompter had no reference to the matter so he had to speak off the top of his head.

It’ll be some time before he again holds a press conference. Those &*^&*^%&*&*) reporters are falling out of love with him.

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The new Sopranos

All right I admit I am a Soprano’s fan. Watching Tony and company was great fun except for that bratty kid of his who needs a good *** kicking.

Sigh ………………the Soprano’s; they knew how to commit crime and live large.

Unlike the 5 Democratic officeholders and a 3 Rabbi’s (that’s right Rabbi’s) who were busted yesterday by the FBI for selling human kidney’s and money laundering.

The real Soprano’s never got caught. These guys did.

I almost feel sorry for John Corzine. He’s already down 9 points and with 3 Democratic Mayors now in handcuffs, the get out the vote effort in the 3 cities will be a tad diminshed.

I lay odds that the GOP wins in New Jersey. If anyone is willing to bet on it please let me know.

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