Rob Tornoe

Rob Tornoe is a local cartoonist and columnist, and can be seen in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Press of Atlantic City, The News Journal, and the Dover Post chain of newspapers. He's also a contributor to Media Matters and WHYY. Web site: RobTornoe.com Twitter: @RobTornoe

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‘It’s a Shore Thing’ #12: Don’t block my view with dunes!

Filed in National by on July 21, 2014 2 Comments

Shore Dunes rich people beach Hurricane SandyMy wife Kristen actually Googled “Dumb things rich people do” for help with this comic’s punchline. The results were an equal dose of amusing and unbelievable.

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In Wilmington, bullets and violence

Filed in Delaware by on July 14, 2014 13 Comments

Wilmington gun violence

Wednesday night, 27-year-old Otis Saunders was gunned down in Wilmington, the city’s 15th homicide victim this year.

While police seek answers behind this latest death, the answer to this question continues to elude everyone: how to reduce the violence?

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‘It’s a Shore Thing’ #6: Stronger than the storm

Filed in National by on July 8, 2014 1 Comment

Sandy Jersey Shore Bed and BreakfastDon’t blame me for getting “Stronger than the Storm” stuck in your head. I didn’t write it.

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‘It’s a Shore Thing’ #5: Happy Fourth of July

Filed in National by on July 4, 2014 0 Comments

Fireworks Fourth of July Beach Shore Independence DayFireworks are always better at the beach (especially when they’re not washed out by some damn hurricane).

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‘It’s a Shore Thing’ #4: Welcome to North Lower Bayheightsville

Filed in National by on July 2, 2014 0 Comments

Shore beach funnel cake french fries ice creamOn a hot summer day at the beach, is anything better than a slice of pizza, a funnel cake and an ice cream? Check out episode #4 of “It’s a Shore Thing.”

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‘It’s a Shore Thing’ #3: Time for some traffic problems

Filed in National by on June 30, 2014 0 Comments

Shore beach traffic New Jersey bed and breakfast Tornoe cartoonThe Featherstones just received an email from an anonymous Christie staffer which reads, “Time for some traffic problems.” Check out episode 3 of “It’s a Shore Thing.”

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‘It’s a Shore Thing’ #2: Packing up for the Shore

Filed in National by on June 27, 2014 1 Comment

Shore the beach, Down the Shore Bed and Breakfast Tornoe cartoonThe Featherstones pack up everything and prepare for their journey to the Shore. Check out episode 2 of “It’s a Shore Thing.”

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Check out my new webcomic ‘It’s a Shore Thing’

Filed in National by on June 25, 2014 7 Comments

It's a Shore Thing Tornoe cartoonToday, my amazingly-funny wife Kristen and I launched our new webcomic, “It’s a Shore Thing,” over at the super-cool Newsworks.org.

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Gridlock, thy name is Wilmington

Filed in Delaware by on June 20, 2014 1 Comment

I-495 bridge I-95 traffic WilmingtonEver since the closing of the I-495 bridge (surprisingly not named after some local politician), a quick daily check of traffic through Wilmington on Google Maps reveals more red than an episode of “Game of Thrones.”

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What happens when you’re in a Twitter ‘spat’ with Chip Flowers and don’t even know it?

Filed in Delaware by on May 27, 2014 33 Comments
What happens when you’re in a Twitter ‘spat’ with Chip Flowers and don’t even know it?

According to Jonathan Starkey over at the News Journal, I was in a Twitter spat with Chip Flowers over a tweet I sent on Sunday about one of his challengers, Sean Barney, getting a choice spot on msnbc while the network scrambled to cover President Obama’s surprise visit to Afghanistan. Apparently, Flowers wasn’t too keen on my innocent joke that he was “pissed” at Barney’s free airtime (or, in true Flowers fashion, one of his employees was pissed, since he blamed the now-deleted tweet on an unnamed staffer). According to Flowers, Memorial Day is “above politics.”

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We deserve answers from Beau Biden

Filed in Delaware by on May 9, 2014 9 Comments

Beau Biden Tornoe cartoon Governor sickBy now, everyone’s heard the news that Beau Biden, our intrepid attorney general and holder of the royal Biden coattails, has decided not to run for re-election and will instead focus on becoming Delaware’s next governor. But there’s a lot being left unsaid.

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Delaware’s Bloomdoggle

Filed in Delaware by on March 24, 2014 4 Comments

Bloom energy Delaware surchargeIt seems more and more Markell’s economic policy is to lean on the little guy, instead of counting on the so-called job creators and captains of industry to do anything other than count their well-stacked piles of money.

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Forget the Sixers, watch the Blue Hens

Filed in Delaware by on March 11, 2014 2 Comments

Delaware Blue Hens NCAA tournamentI think I’ll just watch a replay of the Blue Hens victory instead of the next Sixers game. Thrilling always trumps tanking.

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Get off my lawn, snow!

Filed in Delaware by on February 14, 2014 0 Comments

Delaware-Snow-stormIs it really my job as a cartoonist to remind folks they should be miserable about all this snow?

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Delaware Addicted to Gambling Revenues

Filed in Delaware by on February 11, 2014 21 Comments

Delaware-Gambling-revenue-casinosLast year’s revenue was about $435 million, the smallest in 13 years. Worse, it’s down nearly 20% from 2012’s total with Dover Downs barely eeking out a $13,000 profit.

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Moderate Republicans – The Delaware Way

Filed in Delaware by on November 15, 2013 8 Comments

Chris Christie Christine O'Donnell tea Party

According to beltway logic, the GOP went through its “Christine O’Donnell can win an election” phase and realized that all the talk about masturbation, rape and reverse-racism towards whites wasn’t pushing the party forward.

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Delaware still struggling to leave the recession behind

Filed in Delaware by on September 20, 2013 2 Comments

Delaware housing Moodys recession

According to a report by the Data firm CoreLogic, Delaware was the only state in the month of July where home prices declined, compared to the previous year. The ONLY state.

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How Rockwood Mansion will cost you money, thanks to Tom Gordon

Filed in Delaware by on September 12, 2013 25 Comments

Tom Gordon Rockwood Mansion NCCo

We don’t normally get generous offers to fix country property like we have with Rockwood Mansion, so for Tom Gordon and his goons to fight it because of some perceived threat to organized labor is beyond ridiculous.

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Planned Parenthood owes more to Delaware’s women

Filed in Delaware by on August 5, 2013 5 Comments

Planned Parenthood abortion Delaware

I am proudly pro-choice, and I agree with former President Bill Clinton, who said abortions should be safe, legal and rare. That’s why what’s been happening at Planned Parenthood of Delaware over the last couple of months is so unsettling.

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Gambling on Delaware’s casinos

Filed in Delaware by on July 15, 2013 0 Comments

Delaware casinos Jack Markell bailout

Markell is in a tough spot when it comes to the casinos. But does it justify a million-dollar bailout that amounts to a small band-aid on a gushing wound?

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All my marriage equality cartoons

Filed in Delaware by on July 2, 2013 0 Comments

gay marriage marriage equality delaware

Well, the sun rose today outside my tiny house in Bear, so I guess that means gay marriage wasn’t as big a deal as all the haters made it out to be. It’s been a long road to get to this moment, and a trail of my gay marriage cartoons tells the tale.

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Common-sense gun control laws? Not for Delaware

Filed in Delaware by on June 28, 2013 6 Comments

Gun control Delaware mentally ill

Only in America, where 32 individuals are killed every day by guns, can we have leaders unable to muster even the loosest new legislation to combat the growing trends of gun violence.

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Paula Deen, voting rights and the ‘New South’

Filed in National by on June 26, 2013 4 Comments

Paula Deen John Roberts Supreme Court Voting Rights Act

People have changed. That seems to be the imputes behind a divided Supreme Court’s decision to gut the Voting Rights Act. Some needs to introduce them to Paula Deen.

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Goombahs and goodbyes – R.I.P. James Gandolfini

Filed in National by on June 20, 2013 0 Comments

James Gandolfini Tony Soprano RIP

I was shocked to hear the news that James Gandolfini, best known for his role as North Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano, died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack while on holiday in Rome.

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Everyone in Delaware loves roads, until they have to pay for them

Filed in Delaware by on June 19, 2013 4 Comments

Jack Markell gas tax roads

Here’s a fun game. Find someone wearing one of those yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” t-shirts and start complaining about the quality of Delaware’s roads. I’m sure you’ll hear a mouthful about potholes, uneven payment and complaints about traffic.

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