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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., Jan. 22, 2019

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 22, 2019 16 Comments

Man, that Carney State Of The State was downright sad.  Read it for yourself if you don’t believe me.  Half-measures on everything except tilting the playing field to the advantage of businesses, regardless of what protections need to be sacrificed along the way.  And the half-measures reflect Carney trying to get away with as little […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., Jan. 17, 2019

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 17, 2019 17 Comments

The Delaware ERA is now part of the Constitution, with the only opponents being the endangered species, aka The Angry White Guys From Lower Slower.  That’s pretty much all that happened yesterday. See for yourself.  The decks have all virtually been swept clean for Gov. Carney’s State Of The State Address. With one exception.  The […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., Jan. 16, 2019

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 16, 2019 6 Comments

Can we start with John Carney’s Group Hug? Trying to stay one step ahead of the posse, er, courts, John Carney announced a commitment to provide $60 mill in funding over three years to ‘educate English language learners and low-income students’.  Great.  No, I mean it, it’s great.  Of course, we’re talking about $20 million […]

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., Jan. 15, 2019

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 15, 2019 6 Comments

Didn’t take long for one of the most dubious deals in recent legislative history to resurface.  Featuring, at the least, the ethically-bankrupt trio of Val Longhurst, Nicole Poore, and Dick Cathcart. And the Fabled Underground Shangri-La At Ft. DuPont.  Time for the newbies to catch up. From 2014: A particularly-sketchy ‘redevelopment’ project headlines today’s House […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., Jan. 10, 2019

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 10, 2019 1 Comment

Everything is in place to pass the Delaware Equal Rights Amendment by next Wednesday.  HB 1 was released from the House Administration Committee yesterday. It will be considered in the House today.  The Senate has already posted a notice that the bill will be considered in the Senate Executive Committee next Wednesday. Assuming, of course, […]

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John Carney To Prisoners: “Drop Dead!”

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 10, 2019 4 Comments

Literally. That’s what happened when Vermont did what Delaware is now doing: Sending prisoners to the Camp Hill facility in Pennsylvania. Esteban Parra, in an excellent piece in today’s News Journal, lays it out in stark terms: Vermont signed a three-year contract in 2017 transferring more than 200 of its inmates to Pennsylvania in an […]

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Big Announcement From Sen. McBride?

Filed in Delaware by on January 9, 2019 5 Comments
Big Announcement From Sen. McBride?

Yes, according to the News Journal’s Scott Goss: Scott Goss   ✔ @ScottGossDel  Being told  Senate President David McBride is going to make “a big announcement” around 4:30 p.m. today. No one seems to know what it’s about — yet. I just hope that his health problems haven’t returned. 

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., Jan. 9, 2019

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 9, 2019 23 Comments

Yesterday was All Ceremony. Congratulations to all. Let’s get down to business. According to press reports, the General Assembly has two must-pass bills for January: The second leg of Delaware’s equal-rights amendment, and legislation permitting the new arena for Delaware’s minor league pro basketball team to sell alcohol.  Never too early to give Buccini/Pollin a […]

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BREAKING: Laura Sturgeon To Chair Senate Education Committee

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 8, 2019 22 Comments

Of course, Exceptional Delaware had it first: Sokola Out As Chair Of Senate Education Committee, Sturgeon Will Be Chair Dave will still be on the committee, but, as chair, Sturgeon will have a lot of influence on the state’s education agenda.  Tizzy Lockman is also on the committee, which includes Sokola, DelCollo and Lopez. Checking now […]

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., January 8, 2019

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 8, 2019 17 Comments

Please excuse me while I jump into the Wayback Machine to pay a visit to January 2017 in order to do a cut-n paste. Be back in a jif… …I’m back. Man, Nemski was really on fire early in 2017. But, I digress. OK, the General Assembly convenes for its first session tomorrow.  So, first […]

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House Committee Assignments: The Good, The Bad, The Ridiculous

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 7, 2019 16 Comments

Guess Speaker Pete decided that Sunday afternoon was a good time to release the House Committee assignments. As if we wouldn’t notice. The short story: This is decidedly the handiwork of Pete Schwartzkopf, with his police pals and his hangers-on getting plum assignments.  You can check out the assignments here.  Just click on each committee […]

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Mike Ramone’s Term Limits Bill Is A Bleeping Joke

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 5, 2019 2 Comments

Folks, you just gotta read this bill. Introduced yesterday, along with another Ramone bill that is a bleeping joke, HB 33 purports to be a constitutional amendment creating term limits, but it’s utterly pathetic and ineffectual.  Oh, and unnecessary (more on that in a few sentences). Here’s the substance of the the bill in its […]

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Enjoy A Great Concert, Have A Complimentary Libation, Courtesy Of El Somnambulo

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, Featured by on January 4, 2019 7 Comments

I’ve got a great concert coming up at the Arden Gild Hall on Saturday, January 12 at 8 pm.  If you come to the show, I will pay for your first beverage, alcoholic or otherwise (BTW, I select the wines, and they’re good. I should know, I drink enough of them.) Leyla McCalla is a […]

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