Delaware

Pete Schwartzkopf Rips Dover Downs a New One

Filed in Delaware by on April 30, 2018 5 Comments

As El Somnambulo predicted last week, the casino giveway relief bill that sailed through the state Senate on a 17-3 vote faces a tougher road in the House, where its chief opponent is the most powerful man in the legislature, House speaker Pete Schwartzkopf. Schwartzkopf has long been a critic of Delaware’s racinos, and for […]

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Lynching Memorial Opens to Near-Universal Praise

Filed in Delaware, National by on April 30, 2018 29 Comments

Last Thursday the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, better known as the lynching memorial, opened to wide coverage and effusive praise from all quarters — well, almost all quarters. The memorial stands in Montgomery, Alabama, near the former site of the city’s slave auction. Montgomery also is home to the Equal Justice Initiative, founded […]

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Delaware Political Weekly: April 20-26, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 27, 2018 7 Comments

1. Melissa Minor-Brown To Challenge Mike Mulrooney in RD 17. Well, they certainly differ on gun control issues. Mulrooney is proud of his association with the NRA,  generally supports the NRA position on gun measures. Brown does not.  Melissa Minor-Brown is listed as an RN with the VA.  So, I hope that the new candidate […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., April 26, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 26, 2018 0 Comments

Interesting day in the Senate. The ‘Angel Investor’ bill, which was completely rewritten via this amendment, passed the Senate, but only by a 14-7 vote.  The bill had passed unanimously in the House. With the Senate amendment now attached, the bill will return to the House for another vote.  The no votes?: Bonini, Hocker, Lawson, […]

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Meet Chris Johnson Tonight!

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 25, 2018 0 Comments

Final warning!  My candidate for AG will be in Arden tonight for a Meet and Greet at the Buzz Ware Village Center.  Wine and cheese will be served, free of charge. Good wine, good cheese from my private collection. The event starts at 7:30 and I invite all of you to join Chris and me […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., April 25, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 25, 2018 2 Comments

At least one gun-related bill is heading to the Governor’s office following a unanimous vote for it in the Senate.  This bill, which creates emergency protocols to remove deadly weapons from those deemed a threat to themselves and others. While I understand that there may be some concerns from the ACLU that could require litigation, […]

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April 24 Open Thread: Panel Finds No Savings in Merging School Districts

Filed in Delaware, National, Open Thread by on April 24, 2018 4 Comments

A General Assembly task force put together to study merging some of Delaware’s 19 school districts in search of savings couldn’t find any — the best they could do was save $1.1 million on a six-district combination that would have spanned from Middletown to Dover. They did, however, recommend that it’s way past time to […]

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., April 24, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 24, 2018 4 Comments

The House and Senate leadership teams may well be the most ineffectual that I can remember.  In fact, I’m struggling to think who comes in second.  This is not me settling scores. This is a recognition of just how poorly they have mismanaged what should have been slam-dunk legislation to prevent mass carnage via deadly […]

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Delaware Political Weekly: April 13-19, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 20, 2018 9 Comments

1. Brandt Can’t. Won’t. Run.  The ‘name on the ballot’ who the R’s convinced to run for the House seat currently held by Lisa Blunt Rochester is a name on the ballot no more.  The, pardon the expression, aborted candidacy falls squarely on the shoulders of Mike Harrington, the out-of-his-depth Chair of the Delaware Republican […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., April 19, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 19, 2018 2 Comments

Senate President Pro-Tempore Dave McBride had an idea. It was, and remains, a good idea. He would post the Senate agendas for the entire week well in advance of Tuesday’s sessions.  He has done so. Problem is, bills have been dropping from those agendas regularly.  Yesterday, it was Ernie Lopez’s ‘DNREC, Get Off Of My […]

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Biden Watch 2020: Decision Expected By Year’s End

Filed in Delaware, National by on April 18, 2018 3 Comments

A reporter for The Hill bumped into Joe Biden at the airport this morning and asked when he’ll make his decision whether to run for president in 2020. Biden replied, “Not until the end of the year.” That indicates to me that he wants to see what happens in the midterms before he commits either […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., April 18, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 18, 2018 3 Comments

Let’s start with some rare, if modest, good news.  Ernie Lopez’s Sussex County ‘Damn Revenooers’ bill has been excised from today’s Senate Agenda. OK, back to reality. Here’s yesterday’s Session Activity Report.  Nothing surprising. Committee time, kids!  Let’s investigate. Starting with the House. Just because.  Highlights from today’s committee lineup: *HB 369 (Osienski)  ‘expands the […]

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Kathy McGuiness Goes After That LLC Money

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 18, 2018 23 Comments
Kathy McGuiness Goes After That LLC Money

No, not as a State Auditor committed to being your fiscal watchdog. As a candidate. As in contributions. From her profoundly depressing kickoff announcement: Individual Contributions are limited to $1,200 per person and LLC, per election. Does this mean that each one of, say, Bryon Short’s, or Michael Cohen’s, Delaware-based LLC’s could contribute up to […]

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