Talk:Chris Coons

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"Republican Senate seat"[edit]

The article states that "Coons was the only Democrat to pick up a Republican Senate seat in 2010." Since Coons won the seat that was previously held by Joe Biden (a Democrat) and held in the interim by Ted Kaufman (another Democrat), I don't understand how that sentence can possibly be true. It should be deleted. I will go ahead and do so, unless anyone objects.140.251.125.56 (talk) 23:24, 19 July 2011 (UTC)Matt

Wikipedia Whacks the Right[edit]

The conservative media would like us to know that they think that this article, in comparison with that of Christine O'Donnell, is something of a whitewash. A great surprise to us all, no doubt. --Tagishsimon (talk) 22:08, 27 September 2010 (UTC)

No doubt we can expect an influx of new editors motivated by pieces like this. MastCell Talk 22:12, 27 September 2010 (UTC)
Well, I cannot say I'm surprised someone would pick up on this article. I have attempted to add content about him raising taxes, only to have editors repeat ad nauseam "oh but it is biased!" Truthsort (talk) 00:30, 28 September 2010 (UTC)
Except that's not quite what happened, is it? You suggested including a series of low-quality, one-sided partisan opinion pieces, and other editors (including myself) felt that doing so would lower the sourcing bar. I suggested we find better, more reputable, more encyclopedic sources addressing Coons' tax policy, and all of sudden you could hear a pin drop around here. That's a pretty simple test of whether you're here to write an encyclopedic biography or push a partisan agenda, and the results so far are disappointing. MastCell Talk 02:55, 28 September 2010 (UTC)
Yeah, actually it is. Once again reiterating that their partisan even though that does not automatically make it unreliable. Now your making baseless claims of them being "low-quality". As far as them being "opinion pieces", why that is not actually true. These two articles are not coming from the opinion editorial section of the newspapers. Coons nor have democrats disputed this. Neverless, I found this source about his executive county career.[1] Truthsort (talk) 04:25, 28 September 2010 (UTC)
If you are seriously proposing to use a blog as a source here, please take a look at Wikipedia's policy on biographical articles. Do you think this meets the sourcing guidelines there? MastCell Talk 06:06, 28 September 2010 (UTC)
The blogs.delawareonline.com source is actually not a blog. It is part of the Wilmington News Journal and is there to fact check candidates. I quoted it above myself and, without doing original research in the county records, it is about as good as you'll find now. Again, the unbiased focus is balancing the budget, not taxes. We could say: In his six years in office Coons balanced the New Castle County budget with a surplus in fiscal year 2010 by cutting spending and raising taxes. [2] He maintained an AAA bond rating for New Castle County throughout his term.[3].Skalpel (talk) 14:16, 28 September 2010 (UTC)
Read WP:BLPSPS. Some news organizations host online columns that they call blogs, and these may be acceptable as sources so long as the writers are professionals and the blog is subject to the newspaper's full editorial control. The blog is fine in this case. However, that press release you have is hard to analyze and does not even mention Chris Coons. Truthsort (talk) 23:46, 29 September 2010 (UTC)

25% of article devoted to 25 year old college paper[edit]

That seems absurd to me. It's worth mentioning, but not at such undue length.  – OhioStandard (talk) 05:43, 8 October 2010 (UTC)

It irks me too. At first it read as an attack ad, and through various compromises and edits, the result is a mess. Shouldn't take more than 3 sentences to cover it with a link to full text.Skalpel (talk) 14:54, 8 October 2010 (UTC)
Agreed that this is clearly undue weight and WP:RECENTISM (and not all that recent anymore, even). Briefer mention would be appropriate. MastCell Talk 19:39, 8 October 2010 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: page moved. harej 04:59, 25 October 2010 (UTC)



Christopher A. CoonsChris Coons — The Delaware Senate candidate is overwhelmingly known as "Chris Coons", not "Christopher A. Coons". See his campaign website Chris Coons for U.S. Senate and various media reports from the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the BBC. The Celestial City (talk) 15:36, 18 October 2010 (UTC)

  • Support per nom and per WP:COMMONNAME. If he himself doesn't use his full name, there's no reason why we should. PC78 (talk) 20:32, 18 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Support -- seems like he's a Bill Clinton type, best known by the less formal version of his name. Also, I note that there's no other Chris Coons who has a bio, hence no confusion. JamesMLane t c 20:40, 18 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Support for all the reasons listed above.  – OhioStandard (talk) 08:57, 20 October 2010 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

Taking office?[edit]

A change was made to reflect that Coons was taking office in November 2010, but then reverted back to January 2011. Since this was a special election, doesn't Coons take office immediately after the results have been certified? GoingBatty (talk) 04:45, 3 November 2010 (UTC)

Aha - found a quote: "Coons will be sworn into office in two weeks..." - will add citation in article. GoingBatty (talk) 04:55, 3 November 2010 (UTC)

Order of precedence help[edit]

After Mark Kirk was sworn, I have attempted to edit the "least senior senator" section from this article to his; I have updated 92-98 to reflect changes, but someone with more wiki fu will need to update Kirk's article and may need this template before making him 99th. Thanks. 75.204.127.229 (talk) 17:04, 30 November 2010 (UTC)

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