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It’s Labor Day and Someone Forgot About Winning Hearts and Minds

Filed in Delaware by on September 1, 2014 8 Comments
It’s Labor Day and Someone Forgot About Winning Hearts and Minds

Today was the Labor Day Parade in Downtown Wilmington — a long-standing tradition of organized labor, their families and supporters and (during an election year) politicians who want to be seen supporting labor marching down King St. This year, the union rat was also on parade courtesy of the Building Trades (I’m told — I was not at the parade this year) and this year, they put the face of John Kowalko on it — in protest of his not supporting the Newark Data Center. Pretty despicable behavior — especially towards someone who is routinely supportive of labor issues in Dover. Even more delusional when you factor in the fact that Rep. Kowalko was actually representing his *constituents* in the Data Center matter. Even union members can get that sometimes the people that actually vote in an area are pretty important to hear — and in the long run, it isn’t as though they’d be able to replace him with someone who is more committed to labor issues. I’ll also point out that these folks taking the cowards’ route in criticizing Kowalko today haven’t been able to find anyone who could credibly run against him — and seriously labor folks, if you think you can get someone more supportive of your agenda AND make those residents happy, then man up and get that person to run against Kowalko. Otherwise, what you did today was not worthy of what today is supposed to represent and it was just basic bullshit. A picture (thanks to my anonymous source) of today’s labor bullshit is here:

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Labor Day Daily Delawhere [9.1.14]

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Labor Day Daily Delawhere [9.1.14]

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Are You Ready For A Labor Day Weekend Foodie Post?

Filed in Delaware by on August 31, 2014 5 Comments

It’s been a while since we had a foodie thread.  As usual, please share your recipes in the comment section. Have you ever made pizza on the grill?  No?  Well, you’re missing out.  This pizza is amazing.  Do not be daunted by dough making.  The olive oil in the dough makes for easy kneading – […]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [8.31.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [8.31.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [8.30.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [8.30.14]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [8.29.14]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [8.29.14]

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It’s Over

Filed in Delaware by on August 28, 2014 14 Comments
It’s Over

Apparently, that 3:45 pm meeting between Elaine Manlove and Treasurer Flowers was quick. Amy Cherry of WDEL is up with the following story that Flowers’ withdrawal from the state treasurer’s race is effective IMMEDIATELY.

Flowers tells WDEL he spoke to state Elections Commissioner Elaine Manlove and made the the decision final, ending speculation that he might re-enter the race. The announcement comes two weeks after Flowers, through tears, said he would be moving to Massachusetts, and politics would be his past, in the wake of a harassment accusation from ex-deputy treasurer Erika Benner.

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Why Won’t Sher Valenzuela Debate?

Filed in Delaware by on August 28, 2014 18 Comments
Why Won’t Sher Valenzuela Debate?

This might not be a real debate, but the GOP candidates are gathering on stage in Dover on Thursday to be able to talk about their positions (no way am I calling them ideas) and field questions. Kevin Wade, Carl Smink and Ken Simpler have agreed to go, but Sher Valenzuela?

Meanwhile, treasurer candidate Sher Valenzuela has opted out of the event, with her campaign telling state GOP officials she would not feel comfortable.

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [8.28.14]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [8.28.14]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [8.27.14]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [8.27.14]

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Senator Bobby Marshall Sponsored Low Wage Worker Task Force Starts Wednesday

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Senator Bobby Marshall Sponsored Low Wage Worker Task Force Starts Wednesday

Senator Marshall sponsored Senate Concurrent Resolution 60, creating the Low Wage Service Worker Task Force to:

study and make findings and policy recommendations about the growth and nature of the low wage service sector as compared to other job growth and sectors in the State of Delaware; the demographics and rate of poverty of workers in low wage industries, the impact of low wage jobs on children, families and communities; the cost to Delaware taxpayers caused by the impact of low-wage jobs and the cost of state services used by low-wage workers; and the effects on the local economy.

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Monday Daily Delawhere [8.25.14]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [8.25.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [8.24.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [8.24.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [8.23.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [8.23.14]

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What’s Going On at the News Journal?

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What’s Going On at the News Journal?

I heard today from an reliable Anon Tipster that the News Journal may be making its staff re-apply for jobs like some other Gannett newspapers have earlier this month. There may be even more (!)layoffs coming as they re-organize. If you’ve been following the Gannett news, they acquired a broadcasting company last year. Gannett is creating what they call the “Newsroom of the Future” (even though Jim Romanesko notes that they did this in 2006, too). Re-applying for their jobs has been done or in progress at other Gannett newspapers.

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Delaware Political Weekly, Or An Approximation Thereof: August 16-22, 2014

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Delaware Political Weekly, Or An Approximation Thereof: August 16-22, 2014

This article got lost in the Chip Flowers Implosion, Version 4.0, but it shouldn’t have.  House D’s facing primary challenges sending out thinly-veiled campaign lit on the public’s dime. A practice that was discontinued under Speaker Gilligan (Terry Spence was the Godfather of this practice), but reinstated by Speaker Schwartzkopf just in time for the primaries. Now here’s the rest of the story. Complaints regarding this practice were filed with Elaine Manlove of the State Department of Elections. She determined that she had no legal jurisdiction over the complaints, that they did not technically violate state law, and referred them to…The House Ethics Committee. Did I mention that the House Ethics Committee is chaired by Valerie Longhurst, one of the two legislators who it’s been confirmed have sent out these mailers on the taxpayers’ dime? Now, that’s the Delaware Way.

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Friday Daily Delawhere [8.22.14]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [8.22.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [8.21.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [8.21.14]

So the U.S. Supreme Court indicated this week that it will decide marriage equality for the entire country next year. A new Marist Poll shows that a “majority of Americans favor legalizing same-sex marriage, but there is little consensus about whether the decision should be made on the federal or state level.”

“Supporters of legalizing same-sex marriage think the issue should be decided for the entire country by a federal law. Half of those who oppose it believe it should be determined by the states. And, while Americans’ position on legalizing same sex marriage is a driving factor in the debate, political party affiliation matters, too. Democrats are more likely to turn to the federal level, and Republicans look more to the states. Independents are closer to the Democrats on whether to seek federal or state action.”

And here is a host of new polls from the last week….

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [8.21.14]

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Thursday Daily Delawhere [8.21.14]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [8.20.14]

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Wednesday Daily Delawhere [8.20.14]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [8.19.14]

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Tuesday Daily Delawhere [8.19.14]

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Who Gets Casino Money?

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Who Gets Casino Money?

The other day, I listened to a story from WHYY on Delaware legislators who get money fron casino interests. The report they referenced noticed the recent casino bailout and wanted to see if there was any clear connection to votes for the casino interests with contributions from those interests. They led with their conclusion: Legislators who supported Del. casino ‘bailout’ received more industry cash. Referencing a recent report from the Follow the Money website called Ante Up: Gambling and Casino Contributions in Delaware, they reported:

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Monday Daily Delawhere [8.18.14]

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Monday Daily Delawhere [8.18.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [8.17.14]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [8.17.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [8.16.14]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [8.16.14]

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