Delaware

It’s Official. Bernard Brady To Retire

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 18, 2018 9 Comments

The finest public servant I’ve ever known is retiring after 39 years.  He has served as the Secretary Of The Senate for something like 30 of those years. He did the job even though he didn’t have the title before that. Anyone who knows Bernard knows that he is one of the kindest and most […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs. Jan. 18, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 18, 2018 25 Comments

Neither the House nor the Senate have agendas today.  At 2 p.m. , we’ll find out whether Gov. Carney has an agenda for this session and, if so, whether there’s any substance to it.  We know what he has to address–the disaster that is the state’s corrections system, the mess that is our state’s public […]

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Open Thread Jan. 17: No Tacos For You!

Filed in Delaware, National, Open Thread by on January 17, 2018 28 Comments

The folks who run the city of Dover have made a successful stand against the 21st century, killing plans to allow food trucks to park on downtown streets at lunchtime. Because nothing works to attract customers like the phrase, “You have no other choice.” From the Self-Fulfilling Prophecies file, psychiatrists had to cancel a panel […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 17, 2018 6 Comments

That was a pretty good day–bail reform passed and was sent to the Governor. And Earl Jaques’ Impenetrable Fortresses bill proved not to be bullet-proof. Off the Agenda, back on the Ready List. Perhaps because it has a Fiscal Note? So, I went to scope out the Fiscal Note.  Fiscal projections are the same for […]

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AG Denn Joins Suit To Block Rollback Of Net Neutrality

Filed in Delaware, National by on January 16, 2018 10 Comments

Here is the statement in full from the AG’s office: Attorney General Denn Joins Suit To Stop Rollback of Net Neutrality Coalition of 22 Attorneys General Files Petition for Review, Formally Commencing Lawsuit Attorney General Matt Denn on Tuesday joined a coalition of 22 Attorneys General in filing a multistate lawsuit to block the Federal […]

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., Jan. 16, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 16, 2018 15 Comments

Bail Reform is today’s big deal in Dover. Why is it a big deal? Because the ability or inability to make bail for non-violent offenses is often the difference between being able to work and care for a family or sinking into an economic black hole. While a well-heeled drug dealer pays bail and moves […]

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Delaware Political Weekly: Jan. 5-11, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 12, 2018 10 Comments

1. Well, That’s Quite The AG Race We Have Now. While I’m sure that there were insiders who might have known about this, I don’t know of anybody who was predicting a Kathleen Jennings-LaKresha Roberts Democratic primary even a week ago. And, yes, I think it will be a two-person race.  What longtime political observers […]

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Patrice Gilliam-Johnson: Did She Jump Or Was She Pushed?

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 11, 2018 17 Comments

The incumbent Secretary of Labor, who has been acting Secretary Of Labor under John Carney largely b/c one state senator has held up her nomination, has taken a new gig at Delaware State University as Dean of Graduate, Adult And Continuing Studies, according to this WDEL report. While it’s possible that Patrice Gilliam-Johnson would have […]

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Open Thread Jan. 11: Stumbling Through the Fog

Filed in Delaware, National, Open Thread by on January 11, 2018 7 Comments

Donald Trump’s mental fog was on display again this morning, when a “Fox & Friends” story about government surveillance prompted him to tweet against his own policy. This is what I mean by his decline making it impossible for him to finish his term. Propping up a derelict president only works if the president in […]

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., Jan. 11, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 11, 2018 4 Comments

You may have seen that President Pro-Tempore Dave McBride has provided a room in Legislative Hall for lobbyists.   I generally support the move, although I doubt that it will have the desired effect.  McBride’s goal is to minimize lobbyists’ presence throughout the Hall.  While it will have some impact, there’s a reason why they’re called […]

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BREAKING: Bane Nails It! LaKresha Roberts Running For AG

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 10, 2018 76 Comments

Yes, SW broke the news below.  But Bane had it before anybody.  Here’s the article that Sussex Watcher provided: http://delawarepublic.org/post/lakresha-roberts-seeks-ag-job-years-election Here is her bio: http://www.leadershipdelaware.org/index.cfm?ref=70200&ref3=173&print=%27Y%27&ref4=3 Color me impressed and intrigued.

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., Jan. 10, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 10, 2018 4 Comments

Here is yesterday’s quote unquote Activity Report.  Let’s see…Ruth Briggs King carrying the Koch Brothers’ water on prevailing wage? Check.  Pushing the cannabis report back until the end of February? Check. Pushing the School Consolidation Report back until the middle of May? Check.   In a Bizarro Universe, some would call this progress. Not much in […]

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Breaking: Resolution Calling For KHN Resignation Passes NCC Council

Filed in Delaware by on January 9, 2018 7 Comments

By a vote of 10-3, according to the WDEL story.  Three no votes were KHN, Bill Powers and Dave Tackett. Karen Hartley-Nagle said prior to the vote that she would not resign.  She delivered remarks after the vote, but all the council members other than Bob Weiner walked out and did not listen to her […]

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BREAKING: Sussex County Council Defeats Right-To-Work Ordinance

Filed in Delaware by on January 9, 2018 5 Comments

Looks like the Koch Brothers will need to up the ante: http://www.wdel.com/news/sussex-county-council-votes-against-right-to-work-ordinance/article_e687391a-f564-11e7-9c7f-4b076b3677f5.html 4-1 with only Arlett voting yes.  But the no votes were largely driven by a legal opinion, not b/c anyone in Sussex County experienced a change of heart.

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 9, 2018 26 Comments

I’ll save the ‘unfinished business’ threads for others.  Here.  Here.  And…oh, never mind, the News Journal didn’t bother. Neither the House nor the Senate has an agenda today. Which gives me plenty of time to talk about three issues important to me and, I hope, to you. 1. Carney To Do The Right Thing.  According […]

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Kathleen Jennings Running For Attorney General

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 8, 2018 19 Comments

She will be a formidable candidate. Here is the story.  Former AG Charles Oberly said today that he would not run and instead would endorse Jennings. Jennings’ candidacy also renders that of Tim Mullaney basically irrelevant. Not that it was relevant to begin with.  So, will Sean Lynn run? Will the guy who John Carney […]

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Delaware Political Weekly: Dec. 29, 2017 to Jan. 4, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 5, 2018 11 Comments

1. Rep. Steve Smyk Has A Challenger.  With a real good resume…and a real bad website.  His name is Jack Bucchioni, and here’s his website.  If you can make it past the photo and that quality of life statement, you’ll find a high-quality challenger. Except…the photo on the ‘Meet Jack’ page is even worse.  How […]

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Open Thread Jan. 3: Rallying for the Right to Fleece the Rubes

Filed in Delaware, National, Open Thread by on January 3, 2018 10 Comments
Open Thread Jan. 3: Rallying for the Right to Fleece the Rubes

Conservatives must have money to burn. That’s the only explanation for why some of Sussex County’s more cretinous politicians are still thumping the tub for a county-specific “Right to Work” anti-union law. They held a rally yesterday to support the bill, which already has been declared invalid by the attorney general’s office and therefore seems […]

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And Then There Were Three…

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 3, 2018 4 Comments

…D’s running for the seat of retiring State Sen. Margaret Rose Henry. Former City Councilman Darius Brown today announced his candidacy, according to WDEL. Here is his campaign web page.  He was previously a legislative aide to Sen. Henry, according to his website. Brown ran for Wilmington City Treasurer in 2016 despite no finance bona […]

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Now, HERE’s Something The General Assembly Can Wrap Up In January

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on January 3, 2018 1 Comment

They can end the use of bail as an economic weapon against the poor.  HB 204 (The great Rep. J. J. Johnson) has passed the House, has been released from Senate committee, and can be put on an agenda when the General Assembly reconvenes next Tuesday. The bill, which has been strongly endorsed by Delaware […]

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WDEL: KHN Lied On Her Ethics Statement

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on December 22, 2017 40 Comments

Read Joe Irazarry’s story here. She defines the term ‘grifter’.  I’m beginning to think she doesn’t even get to complete her term b/c of legal issues. Didn’t mention a loan on her required ethics form.  Said there  ‘was confusion on whether the money was a gift or a loan’. Turns out that was a demonstrable […]

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Open Thread For Dec. 20, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on December 20, 2017 14 Comments

Alby is incommunicado this morning, no doubt hanging with some amis of his, enjoying a croissant avec beurre blanc, and trying on berets. I’ll attempt to squeeze my pieds into his, um,  soul shoes. The Great Robbery Of 2017 is almost complete.  The blatant transfer of more wealth to those who needed it least. The […]

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General Assembly Prefile Profile

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on December 19, 2017 1 Comment

As the General Assembly heads into the second year of the current term, we are presented with this teaching opportunity. Primarily for the newbies, but you grizzled vets might learn a little something as well.  We begin with the term ‘prefile’. The term refers to a group of bills filed prior to the legislature convening […]

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Delaware Political Weekly: Dec. 8-14, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on December 15, 2017 17 Comments

1. Miro To Retire, Grease The Skids For His Daughter?  That’s the word on the street. The longtime pol who currently represents the 22nd RD is planning to retire and have his daughter run for the seat.  I’ve also heard that the D’s have a strong prospective candidate.  This is precisely the kind of seat […]

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WDEL Gets The KHN Harassment Report

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on December 13, 2017 12 Comments

Great hed on Amy Cherry’s must-read piece: “Do You Need To Call Your Mommy?” I know it’s not politic to say so, but NCC Council President Karen Hartley-Nagle appears to be mentally and emotionally unfit to hold office.  Her personal skills don’t seem to have advanced beyond the petulance of adolescence. She’s costing the taxpayers […]

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