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More Shenanigans in Tom Gordon’s NCCo Government

Filed in Delaware by on April 21, 2016 8 Comments
More Shenanigans in Tom Gordon’s NCCo Government

As previewed in this Tweet from earlier this week, WDEL reports that NCCo PD Chief Elmer Setting doesn’t pay rent at the house he lives in on Lisa Dean Mosley’s property. I could have sworn I read that here at DL awhile ago, but I can’t find it.  Still — John Flaherty speaks for me […]

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Wilmington Mayoral Debates at Ezion Fair

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Wilmington Mayoral Debates at Ezion Fair

Last night was another big Mayoral debate, this one including the newly announced (but not filed) Maria Cabrera and finally showing up Dennis Williams. This debate was sponsored by the Complexities of Color Coalition, the Metropolitan Urban League Young Professionals, Interdenominational Ministers Action Council, Delaware Young Democrats Minority Caucus and Delaware Black and held at Ezion Fair church in Southbridge. This was really well attended and the audience was definitely there to be engaged. The NJ provides a bunch of the highlights of the evening, but I want to focus on some campaign themes emerging and a different cattle call at the end.

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One Of the Good Guys Leaving Elective Office.

Filed in Delaware by on April 19, 2016 1 Comment
One Of the Good Guys Leaving Elective Office.

Thankfully, for a good reason.  Sussex County Justice of the Peace John Brady will take a court appointed position in Sussex County and will not run for reelection.

He has been an integral figure in the expansion of equal rights for all Delaware citizens, and he’s changed things for the better.

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., April 19, 2016

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., April 19, 2016

Oh, Jeez, Frank Luntz must be consulting with the House R’s again.  Today, Greenville’s Debbie Hudson and Monsignor Greg Lavelle are pushing the, wait for it, Parent Empowerment Education Savings Account Act in the House Education Committee.  If the bill’s title leads you to suspect that this is another scheme to take $$’s away from public schools, you are correct:

This bill provides opportunities to parents of special needs students to select the most appropriate and productive educational pathway for their children by using funds otherwise allocated to their residential school district.

The co-sponsors of this legislation appeal to the General Assembly to dignify parents of special needs children, by approving an innovative experiment to empower certain parents with the authority to design their special needs children’s education plan, subject only to state approval of vendors to be managed by the state Department of Education or its designee.

And, of course, those parents who aren’t ‘empowered’ will find resources even scarcer than ever. Why do Rethugs hate public education?

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Delaware Political Weekly: April 8-14, 2016.

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 15, 2016 7 Comments
Delaware Political Weekly: April 8-14, 2016.

NCC Councilman Joseph Reda passed away yesterday at the age of 73. A ‘sheet metal worker, union man, bartender, husband and politician’, Reda earned the affection and admiration of all of his colleagues, regardless of political differences. I encourage you to read the obituary. He did a lot of good for a lot of people. People really liked him. Folks like that deserve to be remembered.

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We Have Debate Watch Parties!

Filed in Delaware, National by on April 14, 2016 7 Comments
We Have Debate Watch Parties!

Tonite is the debate between Hillary and Bernie in New York. There are a couple of local debate watch parties that I know of listed below. The operative phrase here is “that I know of”. If you are aware of others, please post the details in the comments and one of us will get the information in the main post. So here we go:

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., April 13, 2016

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 13, 2016 17 Comments
General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., April 13, 2016

I don’t think it was on yesterday’s Senate Agenda, but this was the best, and potentially most important, bill passed yesterday. SS2/SB 130 (McDowell) creates Complete Community Enterprise Districts, and here’s the statement of policy as to what they’re supposed to do:

(1) Encourage development that maximizes the economic value to the citizens and the government of the State of both existing and new transportation infrastructure.

(2) Strategically deploy transportation funds in ways that meet the mobility needs of the people of the State at the lowest total economic cost to the people and government of the State.

(3) Encourage transportation solutions that enable the formation of new households in the State that have less than one vehicle per adult worker.

Should the bill become law, local communities could enter into agreements with DELDOT to create districts using the synergies described above.

McDowell has been at this issue for virtually his entire career.  Troglodytes like Kermit Justice and a succession of like-minded Transportation Secretaries have kept Delaware far behind the national curve when it comes to innovative mass transportation alternatives.  Justice fought commuter rail tooth and nail.  Until, of course, his conviction for taking kickbacksJason330’s new BFF, Colin Bonini, was a co-sponsor, leaving only three downstate Troggs to vote no. Hocker, Lawson and Simpson.

It looks like this bill has the strong support of the current DELDOT secretary, so maybe better things are ahead.  I know that this would be a boon for the ongoing Claymont renaissance, so I’m for it.

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., April 13, 2016

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 12, 2016 13 Comments
Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show:  Tues., April 13, 2016

The Governor and leaders of the General Assembly, along with the State Chamber of Commerce, are repeating the same strategy they employed so effectively to emasculate a decent minimum wage increase two years ago.

The exact same strategy, in fact. Step One: Get some DINO like Brian Bushweller to express reservations about the bill, thus requiring supporters to weaken it in order for it to pass the Senate.

Step Two: Have Speaker Pete put it in the House Business Lapdog Committee, instead of the Labor Committee. Step Three: Get a couple of putative D legislators to parrot Chamber talking points and express ‘concerns’ they have with the bill. Step Four: Either kill the bill in committee or, failing that, make the bill even weaker than the bill that passed the Senate.

While states like New York and California have passed bills establishing a $15 minimum wage, and while several municipalities have done the same, what passes for D leadership here seeks to water down a bill that would provide a phase-in of an eventual $10.25 minimum wage.  This, of course, after tossing something like $50 mill to corporate serial polluters to stay here.

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Delaware Political Weekly: April 1-7, 2016

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 8, 2016 40 Comments
Delaware Political Weekly: April 1-7, 2016

That was a pretty weak non-denial denial, wasn’t it? The person who could shed light on it refuses, claiming that it is a confidential personnel matter. If nothing happened, if he never took those lists, then wouldn’t a simple ‘He did his job, he didn’t take the lists’ be justified? I also love the part about how the complainant was invited to come in, but didn’t. You live in Section 8 housing, you’re gonna head on up to Cop-land? Whole thing smells like a cover-up to me with ex-cops acting as the enforcers. Since Gordon is no stranger to ethical violations or even illegalities, and since everyone knows it, I don’t know whether it will impact him. But he clearly did a 180 on that tape when he found out who the alleged miscreant was. Will the primordial ooze flowing through county government flush him down into one of NCC’s sewers this time? It depends on whether his D opponent, Matthew Meyer, runs an effective and aggressive campaign. It’s also possible that if Barry Nahe, who has filed as an R for County Executive, turns out to be a non-ideological candidate running on the issues of transparency and competence, he could defeat the ethical black hole that is Gordon. Nahe has been Chief of Building Operations and Maintenance in NCC since 2008.

As to Bethany Hall Long, I think it could damage her campaign for Lieutenant Governor. Even if it turns out that Dana Long did nothing wrong, she could unfairly wind up as collateral damage. She barely got a mulligan on the first one (the sign-stealing), but people may start seeing this as a pattern, even if there’s no pattern. It also places John Carney in a bit of a predicament. He’s made no secret internally that he would prefer to run on a ticket with BHL. If he no longer prefers to, her candidacy takes a huge hit. Does Carney want to risk having Gordon sewage all over him? I don’t think so. BTW, let me go back to the sign-stealing thing for a moment. Long didn’t just steal signs, he was a serial sign-stealer. Dana Long got caught b/c his opponents’ signs had gotten stolen so much that they got frustrated and essentially set him up on camera. I fully understand that. My signs were selectively stolen when I ran against Wayne Smith, and I fantasized about catching the thieves in the act. So, Dana Long doesn’t get a pass from me. As of now, we don’t know if Long did anything wrong and/or if BHL knew about anything he might have done wrong. Don’t know if people are in the mood to give her the benefit of the doubt this time.

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In Which We Find Tom Gordon Telling You Not to Believe Your Lyin’ Eyes

Filed in Delaware by on April 7, 2016 50 Comments
In Which We Find Tom Gordon Telling You Not to Believe Your Lyin’ Eyes

Anyone surprised that Gordon is denying any allegations or corruption or mismanagement? Or that he is blaming Grimaldi? Saying that one of the parties who is actually heard on the tape is “misinformed”.

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Tales of Corruption from Tom Gordon’s NCC — Coverups, Double Dealing and GA Senators

Filed in Delaware by on April 5, 2016 65 Comments
Tales of Corruption from Tom Gordon’s NCC — Coverups, Double Dealing and GA Senators

First, go look at WDEL’s story on this. The story as currently released alleges that an employee of the county (and husband of Bethany Hall-Long) took confidential records of low-income housing residents in order to run his own personal phone bank for his wife.

A confidential source implicated Hall-Long’s husband, Dana Long, in allegedly using his position as a Section 8 housing property inspector–a contract position within New Castle County government–to lobby for his wife’s state Senate re-election bid.

A confidential source told WDEL that Long took the county’s protected contact list of low-income housing residents and cold-called them–on his own time–urging residents in his district to vote for his wife when she faced Republican John Marino in her 2014 re-election bid.

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Outing People Is NOT Okay

Filed in Delaware by on April 5, 2016 41 Comments
Outing People Is NOT Okay

Kevin Ohlandt, of Exceptional Delaware, has crossed a line. He has outed an anonymous commenter – and one that doesn’t post on his blog. Publius posts on Kilroy’s. I disagree with Publius almost 100% of the time. His comments read like a high school burn book, but that is no excuse for what Kevin has done. There might not be many rules in blogging, but this one is carved in stone.

I hesitate to link to the post because giving this sort of behavior more hits is wrong.  I have emailed Kevin asking him to pull the post. I’ll update with his decision.

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Wilmington FD Votes No Confidence in Chief Goode

Filed in Delaware by on March 31, 2016 2 Comments
Wilmington FD Votes No Confidence in Chief Goode

Amazing, but once you think about it, not surprising. According the the NJ: The union that represents Wilmington’s firefighters on Thursday submitted a letter to the city’s elected officials notifying them they had “no confidence” in its leader, Fire Chief Anthony S. Goode. “It is with great regret that we report to you that the […]

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Lawlessness in the City of Wilmington Starts at the Top

Filed in Delaware by on March 30, 2016 49 Comments
Lawlessness in the City of Wilmington Starts at the Top

The News Journal published a remarkable story yesterday, detailing the escapades of a Wilmington Fire Marshal who was supposedly performing a residency investigation. Some quick background, new hires with the City of Wilmington are expected to establish residency in the city within six months of hire and then are expected to live in the city for 5 years. There’s a Residency Review Board that is supposed to review challenges of non-compliance. But here we find that somehow a WFD Fire Marshal is clumsily investigating WFD employees:

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Complexities of Color Coalition Mayoral Debate April 18

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Complexities of Color Coalition Mayoral Debate April 18

The Complexities of Color Coalition, in partnership with the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League Young Professionals, Interdenominational Ministers Action Council, Delaware Young Democrats Minority Caucus, and Delaware Black are hosting a debate among Wilmington Mayoral candidates April 18, 2016, 7pm at Ezion Fair Baptist Church in Wilmington. You need a ticket (it’s free) for this one and you can sign up for that at this website. Your ticket comes via email.

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Mayor Williams’ FB Meltdown

Filed in Delaware by on March 25, 2016 21 Comments
Mayor Williams’ FB Meltdown

A meltdown, right? Because WTF else could be going on here? For someone who needs plenty of votes this September, alienating some of them on racial lines seems just plain delusional. And this is not all. If you are on his page regularly, there are posts saying Good Night Wilmington (think Good Night JohnBoy) and for those who are asking serious questions or who criticize him in any way — you are unfriended and blocked. Like he was still in junior high school or something.

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Delaware Political Weekly: March 18-24, 2016

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on March 25, 2016 6 Comments
Delaware Political Weekly: March 18-24, 2016

Realtor Jim Startzman startz anew. Doesn’t even look like his webpage has been updated. Here’s why he says he’s running:

You’re probably wondering why I’ve decided to run for State Representative and what it is that makes me more qualified than the incumbent. During the last 6+ years I have become more and more aware of the negative effect of our state government towards the citizens of Delaware.

Ho-kay. Anyway, Williams defeated him in 2014 by a 3128-1788 margin. She is one of Delaware’s best legislators and best progressives. She’s part of the solution.  My theory as to why Startzman’s running? Real estate business must be slow.

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If I Could Have A Moment Of Your Time…

Filed in Delaware, Open Thread by on March 24, 2016 69 Comments
If I Could Have A Moment Of Your Time…

I canvassed with Eugene this past fall and was impressed with his grasp of the issues and his solutions. I’m impressed by the broad coalition of volunteers and staff he has been surrounded himself with — people who are energizing their networks and creating one of the most professionally run campaigns I’ve ever seen in the city. It is gratifying to see (and work with!) younger people energized by stepping up to do the work of making sure that Wilmington is a great place for them to live in and work in.

The diversity and outreach in this campaign is awe-inspiring. Eugene is campaigning across the entire city, in every community. That’s refreshing and smart. Far too often candidates for mayor focus solely on certain communities. Even worse, a few pit communities against each other by employing fear and the familiar “tough on crime” stance, dividing the city into “us and them”.

It’s also no secret that campaigns need contributions. It’s also also no secret that our city needs a new direction and vision. I believe the person capable of setting us on a new path is Eugene Young. So I’m calling on (really, asking) the DL statewide community (because you guys are awesome!) to contribute to Eugene’s campaign. In order to keep track of our awesomeness please add .16 to your contribution. (You know… 25.16)

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Black Lives Matter Political Town Hall March 23

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Black Lives Matter Political Town Hall March 23

The Wilmington Black Lives Matter group is hosting a Town Hall on Wednesday, March 23 from 6 – 8 PM. The Town Hall is at 2303 Lancaster Avenue Wilmington, Delaware. Invited politicians include: John Carney, Matt Denn, Penrose Hollins, Stephanie Bolden, Theo Gregory, Kevin Kelley, Eugene Young, Justen Wright, Sherry Dorsey, Bob Williams, Greg Fuller, Maria Cabrera, Steve Washington, Matthew Meyers and others.

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Tues., March 22, 2016

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on March 22, 2016 16 Comments
General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Tues., March 22, 2016

Another week down, another 8-figure payout of taxpayer money transferred to the corporate giants. We’re told that we have to do it, otherwise someone else will.  You see, the people who keep getting their pittance of health care cut, the state workers who have to beg for a pittance of a raise, they don’t count. We don’t have to do anything for them, they’re lucky they get what we give them.  No, we need the big-paying jobs, or, to be accurate, the tiny fraction of those jobs that will remain, more than we need a more equitable and humane system.  Oh, and to go ever-so-slightly off-topic, our sleazy County Executive is gonna throw yet millions more of taxpayers’ money at these extortionists. $7.5 mill for startersOur money going to pay the big corporations and their biggest earners.  That is what’s known as a transfer of wealth.   BTW, all those Rethugs who publicly rended their garments in outrage over Gov. Markell’s efforts to at least bring new industries to Delaware?  They all voted for both (so far) of these corporate bailouts.  They don’t object to transfer of wealth, they just object to it not going to the usual suspects.  What this Governor and this General Assembly just did is pretty much similar to throwing money at the casinos…except that these jobs pay more.  More money for ever-diminishing returns. Our money.

Yes, SB 200 (Blevins) passed the House and was immediately signed into law by the Governor Thursday.  Nobody even had to be late for their St. Patty’s Celebrations.  Betcha there was some passin’ ‘o the green to go along with the wearin’ o’ the green that night.  Only people who got screwed? Delaware taxpayers.  And maybe an inebriated legislator and an appreciative lobbyist or two.

Before I move on, I have a question for my County Council member.  These companies are staying, at least for now, whether or not the County hands them $7.5 mill of our money.  Could you at least please vote no against this unnecessary and unwarranted giveaway? Thanks for reading.  You, the reader, may want to call your Council member to express similar sentiments.

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Delaware Political Weekly: March 11-17, 2016.

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on March 18, 2016 12 Comments
Delaware Political Weekly: March 11-17, 2016.

The more I think about it, the more I’m impressed with the kickoff to Matt Meyer’s campaign for County Executive.  It’s as if the campaign emerged fully-formed out of nowhere. I’m sure a lot of people worked on preparing this, but I hadn’t heard even a hint about his candidacy until yesterday.  Perhaps, as an attorney, he didn’t want to give Gordon the chance to threaten his employer until he was already in. The ad is brilliant, effectively lays out his message. My favorite bit: “Your search found 1 result”.  And his bio is compelling.  Especially the stuff about Ecosandals:

Matt chose to move to Nairobi, Kenya, where he taught himself Swahili and started Ecosandals, a footwear business he created that has sold environmentally-friendly footwear to customers on 17 countries in 5 continents for over two decades.

Numerous groups and organizations have recognized Ecosandals’ work in creating innovative job opportunities in neighborhoods facing extreme poverty. Those groups include CNN, the United Nations, the World Bank, BBC, Al Jazeera and Current TV, which on national TV called Matt an all-around super human. Ecosandals continues to create employment opportunities in neighborhoods of Nairobi, Kenya where residents are desperate for meaningful work.

Think about it: Tom Gordon or Matt Meyer…gotta ask my wife if we can send Matt a few bucks. Besides, Friends grad and a math teacher? Hey, that’s  my daughter’s  bio!

BTW, Tom Gordon filed yesterday, so the game is on.

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., March 17, 2016

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., March 17, 2016

The proposed constitutional amendment mandating that $10 mill must go to Agriculture Lands Preservation annually did not come close to a 2/3 majority in the House.  20 Y, 17 N, 4 A. The only upstate D’s to vote for the bill were Gerald Brady (?) and…Bryon Short (!).  Oh, did I mention that there are 8,000 Delaware Farm Bureau members? A cheap (it wasn’t going to pass with or without his vote), politically expedient, and intellectually dishonest vote by the least progressive D candidate for Congress in Delaware.

Guess there was no controversy surrounding SB 202 (Sokola) after all. Mitch Crane was right, the bill merely reflects the self-insured nature of the state and its school buses in this matter. Bill passed unanimously in Senate.

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Tues. March 15, 2016

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on March 15, 2016 13 Comments
General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Tues. March 15, 2016

This entire session has been one giveaway after another to the corporate behemoths.  Thursday’s session continued the trend with the Senate voting unanimously to fatten the corporate coffers (at the expense of the state’s coffers) by $10.6 mill by FY 2019.  Look, I understand that we don’t want to lose any more jobs, but the state has essentially become a one-trick pony in recent years.  And, for all that we’ve doled out in corporate welfare, we’ve only retained a small fraction of the jobs that once were the backbone of our economy.  And now the county is jumping on the bandwagon.  And all the public officials are praising each other for moving so swiftly to ‘save’ the paltry number of DuPont jobs that were ‘saved’.  What is lacking is the ‘vision thing’, to quote Bush the Elder. Plus, a thoughtful discussion as to whether the millions we’re tossing to the companies extorting us would be better spent elsewhere.  Thankfully, we’ve got John Carney bringing his inspiring vision to–uh, never mind.

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What Brought the No Votes to Christina? Part I

Filed in Delaware, Education by on March 14, 2016 13 Comments
What Brought the No Votes to Christina? Part I

A commenter on my previous post about supporting public education and “Super Referendum Wednesday” asked specifically about the Christina School District’s two failures last year and if there were any themes from no voters as to why they voted the way they did. Rather than answer it inline, I felt those themes deserved their own posts for visibility sake, That way the types of misinformation we have campaigned against for the last several years is put on display.

Yes, there are common themes among the no-voters that emerged from both elections, and they persist even today. Check out the CSDpavingtheway or Official District’s Facebook pages for proof. Better yet, read the comments on any article the News Journal posts about Christina on delawareonline.com, just be sure to have your eye bleach ready.

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The eerie similarities between Donald Trump and Christine O’Donnell

Filed in Delaware by on March 11, 2016 3 Comments

Didn’t Republicans learn their lesson?

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