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Delaware Political Weekly: March 18-24, 2016

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

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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.

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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

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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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Delaware Political Weekly: March 4-10, 2016

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Delaware Political Weekly: March 4-10, 2016

Mayor Dennis Williams Just Won’t, Or Can’t, Grow Up.

You’re probably aware that there is a Wilmington mayoral debate on March 15. You may be aware that there are six filed candidates for Mayor.  You may also be aware that none of those filed candidates are named Dennis Williams.  OK, when the forum was scheduled, quite some time ago, one of the requirements for participating in the forum was that you must be filed as a candidate.  Didn’t seem unreasonable, still doesn’t seem unreasonable.  But, from a highly-placed source (wink wink) this caused Wilmington’s Embarrassment of a Mayor to go into high dudgeon…how dare they require that someone must be filed as a candidate to participate in a candidates’ debate?  Junior high school stuff. But, the organizers relented. So, if Mayor Williams, for one of the very few times since he’s been mayor, deigns to grace the crowd with his presence, he’ll be welcome.  Of course, if he had just filed, like a reasonable person, none of this faux-drama would have been necessary. But he just can’t help himself.

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., March 9, 2016

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Weds., March 9, 2016

In the Senate Executive Committee is yet another giveaway to business, this one the so-called (is Frank Luntz coming up with names for these bills?) “Delaware Commitment to Innovation Act”. The bill basically is yet another $10 mill or so annual giveaway to corporations in addition to all the other giveaways that have taken place in less than three months. Hey, I’ve got some time, let’s see how many of these giveaways I can list:

1. Right out of the box,  THIS bill, aka the ‘Delaware Competes Act of 2016′ was specifically designed to keep Chemours, you know, the company that DuPont spun off specifically to avoid liability for its environmental wreckage, here.  Passed and signed. Loss of revenue to state’s coffers? About $50 mill over three years, according to this fiscal note. Requirements that Chemours clean up its mess? Zero.

2. Then we’ve had the Council on Development Finance scurry to throw yet more $$’s at the new behemoth, which may well reward the CEO’s who carved out this merger dual CEO’s with an $80 mill payoff. A relatively paltry $9.6 mill of taxpayer money.

3. In the same article, we read that:

New Castle County officials are in the process of approving their own five-year, $7.5 million commitment to DuPont. The plans, which still must pass the County Council, would create a strategic economic development fund for the first time in county history and commit tax reserves to that fund.

Once again, that’s taxpayer money.

4. But that’s not enough for the would-be chemical conglom-o:

County Executive Thomas P. Gordon last month said DuPont officials also have asked him to use his authority to lower its property tax bills.

5. We’re even acting as their real estate agent. (I know I’m missing some more. Isn’t Wilmington  being extorted as well?)

6. Which brings us back to this $10 mill annual giveaway.

Practically everybody is on the bill as sponsors, so it will sail right through.  Delaware and its local governments have been reduced to paying extortion in order to salvage jobs here. We used to bribe companies (the banks) to come here by throwing people who need credit under the 18.6% bus.  We’re now reduced to paying any and all kinds of extortion to get giant corporations to stay here, at least until someone bribes them with even more.   Guess it beats providing living wages for people who live and work here.  Except, the extortion never stops, and the wages never go up. Pretty much defines ‘The Delaware Way’.

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues. March 8, 2016

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues. March 8, 2016

We already know what won’t be addressed by the returning General Assembly this week: Abolition of Delaware’s death penalty. However, it’s for the best of reasons.  It’s quite possible that the United States Supreme Court has already sounded the, um, death knell for Delaware’s capital punishment statute.  The ironies involved in this are dee-lish.  The Delaware legislative hardliners some twenty years ago decided that juries were sometimes too namby-pamby when it came to doling out the death penalty, so they decided to give the judges (who must come before the State Senate for  nominations and renominations) the exclusive life and death authority.

Which is precisely why Delaware’s statute appears to have run afoul of the recent Supreme Court ruling, which ‘deemed unconstitutional part of a Florida statute that grants exclusively to judges the right to determine a sentence of death in capital cases’.  Delaware has the same language in its statute, which is why the Delaware Supreme Court has placed a moratorium on any capital case moving forward until it can review the statute and determine whether Delaware’s statute can pass constitutional muster.

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Delaware Political Weekly: Feb. 26-March 3, 2016

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Delaware Political Weekly: Feb. 26-March 3, 2016

After missing much of the last session due to health reasons, State Rep. Harold Peterman (R-33rd RD) somewhat surprisingly sought, and won, reelection. He first survived a primary challenge from Charles Postles by a 64.5 to 35.5 margin, and then defeated D John Kevin Robbins, 58-42. However, two Republicans have already filed for this seat, which they likely wouldn’t do if Peterman didn’t give them the go-ahead. Postles is once again seeking the seat, and one Morgan Ann Hudson has also filed. Hudson’s website seems…incomplete and kinda weird. All I can say is that I could find nothing about her doing a Google search. Anybody out there with any info?

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Delaware Political Weekly: Feb. 19-25, 2016

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Delaware Political Weekly: Feb. 19-25, 2016

City Treasurer Henry Supinski has announced his retirement after 26 years in the post.  I don’t remember a single scandal during that time that was attributed to any problems in the Treasurer’s Office.  And, when you read the linked bio, pretty much all I can conclude is that this is/was a dedicated and effective public servant.  Politics abhors a vacuum, so a politician has rushed in to fill this one.  City Councilman Darius Brown has announced that he will not seek reelection to City Council, and instead will pursue the City Treasurer position. From the News-Journal article:

Brown, 34, said he will establish Open Checkbook, a program to show accountability for city expenditures; Money Matters, a program to provide financial literacy for constituents; and Economic Index to disseminate economic and financial data about Wilmington publicly each quarter to highlight the city’s progress compared to economic activity in the region, state and nation.

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Moose Cholak’s Love Child

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“Never judge a person until you’ve walked in their moccasins”-Quote from some American Indian guy who ought to go the hell back to where he came from. Sometimes we, and yes, by ‘we’ I include me, are too quick to judge. Take, for example, the lonely love child of former pro rassler and man mountain […]

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State Chamber Fixes Its Guns On Coastal Zone Act

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State Chamber Fixes Its Guns On Coastal Zone Act

Having apparently despoiled all there is to despoil within the law or, to be more accurate, within the see-no-evil boundaries ignored by DNREC on a daily basis, the big business boys are now targeting Delaware’s Coastal Zone Act. Here is the article from the Delaware Business Magazine, titled ‘Modernizing the Coastal Zone Act,’ that a wonderful tipster shared with me. You see, the CZA has created a ‘logjam':

Whether it was meant to eventually force manufacturing and industry to “wither on the vine” or to balance the types of allowable companies with keeping our natural resources pristine, it has created a logjam in the process. Regardless of the intent of the legislation, it is clear (to the Chamber) that Delaware’s Coastal Zone Act must be modernized in order for Delaware to grow.

You already see the false meme, don’t you?  The implication that perhaps, just perhaps, such radical environmentalists as DuPont Company alumni former Gov. Russell Peterson and  former State Senator Andy Knox must have wanted to force manufacturing jobs to wither on the vine.  Don’t worry, there’s more.

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Delaware Political Weekly: Feb. 12-18, 2016

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Delaware Political Weekly: Feb. 12-18, 2016

Some people have a pathological need to run.  I don’t know why. (Well, actually, yes I do.  Every now and then, the stars align and one of these losers gets elected. Including Williams. And, uh, Karen Weldin Stewart, anyone?) Dennis E. Williams is one of those people.  No, he’s not running for Congress, his nascent candidacy apparently having died aborning.  Instead he’s gonna give the voters of the 10th Rep. District a chance to admit they were wrong when they threw Williams’ sorry ass out of the General Assembly in 2014.  Problem is, Sean Matthews proved the voters right.  Even with Pete & Val parking political operatives in the 10th to save one of their lackeys, Matthews defeated Williams by a 55-45 margin.  It will be much larger this time, but, hey, Dennis, thanks for the filing fee.  Although I now must dig into my pockets to send some $$’s Matthews’ way.  He is already one of the most valuable legislators we have in Dover, especially on education.

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Delaware (Let’s Face It, Not Really…) Political Weekly: Feb. 5-11, 2016

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1. Joe Daigle Enters Three-Way D Primary for 7th RD Seat. I must say I’m impressed.  If the name seems familiar, it is because Daigle and his husband Dan Cole were the first gay couple not already in a civil union to be married in Delaware following the passage of marriage equality. Both were also […]

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Have We Witnessed the De Facto Repeal of the Death Penalty in Delaware? Yes. Maybe.

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Have We Witnessed the De Facto Repeal of the Death Penalty in Delaware? Yes. Maybe.

Hear me out. This is exciting.

As you may be aware, a hold has been placed on all death penalty cases in Delaware by the Delaware Supreme Court.

The reason? The U. S. Supreme Court deemed unconstitutional part of a Florida statute that grants exclusively to judges the right to determine a sentence of death in capital cases.

Guess what? Delaware has the exact same provision in its statute.  The irony is that it didn’t used to be that way.  No, AG Jane Brady, Sen. Tom Sharp, Sen. Jim Vaughn and others demagogued the sheep in Dover into taking the power away from juries and giving it to judges.  Why? ‘Coddling criminals’, blah blah blah. How great would it be if they ended up sowing the seeds for death penalty repeal?

I’m not a lawyer, but I don’t see how Delaware’s statute can be constitutional if Florida’s is not.

Here’s where it gets interesting.  Only the Delaware General Assembly can change the statute.  Come inside to see why that’s important….

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Delaware Political (More Or Less) Weekly: January (More Or Less) 22-28, 2016

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Delaware Political (More Or Less) Weekly: January (More Or Less) 22-28, 2016

Kathleen McGuiness is for real.  Except for that whole residency thingy.  BTW, turns out she moved out to Park Slope b/c a couple of her kids are competitive snowboarders.  Yes, she raised a lot of money. What really surprised me is that almost all of the money comes from Delaware.  Pretty much every D in Sussex County with money has ponied up. Guess there are more D’s with money in Sussex County than I thought. Bethany Hall-Long has raised a lot of $$’s as well.  Ciro Poppiti has enough money to be competitive. Sherry Dorsey Walker, Greg Fuller, and Brad Eaby don’t.

Trinidad Navarro better get his ass in gear.  Those who deal with the insurance commissioner’s office have apparently resigned themselves to, or more likely, fallen in love with the idea of, Incompetent Karen Weldin Stewart serving as Insurance Commissioner.  He’s only raised $11K?  Vs. $83K?

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Delaware Political Weekly: Jan. 8-14, 2016

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Delaware Political Weekly: Jan. 8-14, 2016

Denise D. Bowers has filed to run against State Senator Cathy Cloutier for the 5th SD seat in Brandywine Hundred.  Based on registration, this projects as a competitive race. Current figures:  13,703 D; 11,169 R; and 8790 I.

Her candidacy does not come without questions.  She is a 21-year veteran of the Wilmington Police Department, although it’s not entirely clear that she was on duty for all that time.  She filed at least two legal actions concerning her job during her time on the force.  The first deals with compensation for a scar on her knee, aka a ‘ serious and permanent disfigurement’The second was a prolonged litigation concerning her ‘involuntary retirement’ from the force. In fact, even though she allegedly was a police officer until 2008, it is not clear whether she was on the job after 2005, when she suffered the knee injury mentioned in the second suit. A swift Google search also reveals several actions brought against Bowers and her husband for unpaid taxes on rental properties in Wilmington.  OTOH, Bowers is president of the Northwood Civic Association and is currently the State Director of the Treatment Access Center, the liaison between the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health and the courts system.  I’m sure that some of you must have met her.  I need feedback, pipples!

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., Jan. 14, 2016

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General Assembly Post-Game Wrap-Up/Pre-Game Show: Thurs., Jan. 14, 2016

ALERT!! MARKELL, CHAMBER AND LONGHURST GIVE MIDDLE FINGER TO DELAWAREANS:

HB 235, the so-called Delaware Competes Bill, is the first bill the House will consider this year.  What’s amazing, well, not amazing, but typical of the primordial ooze behind this, is that the bill will be considered under Motion to Suspend Rules.  Here’s why. Even though the bill cleared the House Revenue & Taxation Committee, the bill was reassigned to the House Appropriations Committee (the committee is comprised of the House members of the Joint Finance Committee). That’s because the bill has a significant cost. Such bills are typically not considered until/unless JFC does the fiscal legerdemain.  In this case, even though the bill will have a significant annual cost, the House will try to bypass the budgetary process.  Since the bill wouldn’t even take effect until January of 2017, rushing this through serves no purpose other than to satisfy the Chamber and its millionaire minions.  This is a transfer of wealth from ordinary citizens to the politically-connected corporate overlords, pure and simple. We’ll pay somehow, just wait. Last days of June when they hope that no one is watching.  Hey,  whaddayawant from Markell, Longhurst and their (wait for it) ilk? Call your state reps!

What’s not on the House Agenda under Motion to Suspend Rules is HB 50–the Opt-Out Bill.  As opposed to HB 235, doing this under MTSR is legit.  The bill has been through the committee process, was passed (twice) by the House, and it’s a veto override, not consideration of new legislation.  Now, maybe the House will entertain a motion from the floor, maybe Speaker Pete won’t, but it sure as hell should be considered.  Has the cynicism of Pistol Pete and Vindictive Val become so great that they can ignore the will of the members of the chamber?  We’ll see.

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

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

We have two bills that somebody wants fast-tracked in January:

HB 240 (Longhurst)  ‘establishes the Statewide Afterschool Initiative Learning Program. The Program will provide grants to public schools, that qualify as Title I schools, to develop afterschool engagement of students that will provide extended learning, homework assistance, enrichment, and nutrition.’  Sounds good.  There is, however, no funding mechanism mentioned in the bill.  Nor does the bill, for reasons I cannot understand, require a fiscal note.  So, how are they gonna pay for the program?  Will it be paid for from the Mortgage Settlement Funds? If not, what are you defunding in order to fund this? We may or may not find out sooner rather than later.  Bill’s scheduled to be considered during today’s House Education Committee.  BTW, here’s my uninformed guess as to what’s happening here:  Sponsors can claim that this is merely ‘enabling’ legislation and that the funding mechanism will be determined by JFC.  Which, of course, is totally disingenuous.  You don’t need enabling legislation if the JFC funds such a program and establishes the criteria in the epilog language.  But that would bypass touchy-feely brochure fluff. Someone, please prove me wrong.

HB 235 (Longhurst), the ‘Delaware Competes Act‘, allegedly ‘reforms Delaware’s business tax code to incentivize job creation and investment in Delaware, to make Delaware’s tax structure more competitive with other states, and to support small businesses by making tax compliance less burdensome. The principal change in the Act is to remove disincentives for companies to create Delaware jobs and invest in Delaware property that currently exists in how income is apportioned to Delaware for purposes of the corporate income tax’.  In other words, tweaking the formula to remove inequities that create disincentives to job creation.  Fine.  Here’s what they didn’t tell you.  This is not some revenue-neutral tweaking.  Nope. There is a fiscal note attached to this bill, and here are the projected costs to the state’s coffers:

Fiscal Year 2017             $ 8,200,000

Fiscal Year 2018             $17,600,000

Fiscal Year 2019             $22,900,000

So, let’s be honest here.  It’s yet another sop to business with not even a projection as to how many jobs will be created due to the removal of alleged disincentives.  And this is annual revenue loss. 

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., Jan. 12, 2016.

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Delaware General Assembly Pre-Game Show: Tues., Jan. 12, 2016.

My outlook for January: Real interesting real fast. Just like today’s Al Show will be.

The second session of the 148th General Assembly kicks off today.  Since it’s not a new General Assembly, everything that was in place on July 1 remains in place today.  It’s gonna be a wild and wooly month.  You can look forward to:

1. Votes on overriding the veto of HB 50-the ‘opt-out’ bill. The bill passed both houses with veto-proof majorities.  The House vote was overwhelming, 36-3, so it should get through the House in comfortable fashion. The final Senate vote was 15-6, so that is the chamber where Markell might be able to flip a couple of senators.  I will be especially interested to see whether her run for Lieutenant Governor might play into Sen. Bethany Hall-Long switching sides.  I’d like to point out that HB 50 has already had a key impact.  The decision by the Department of Education to cancel the ‘Smarter Balanced’ test for juniors in favor of the SAT would almost certainly not have been made without the catalyst of HB 50.  In fact, you may recall that Sen. Bryan Townsend introduced and passed an amendment extending the opt-out provision to high school juniors.  That amendment is no longer necessary, for the best of reasons.

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A Wilmington Game-Changer? Former Philly Police Chief Ramsey Hired.

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A Wilmington Game-Changer? Former Philly Police Chief Ramsey Hired.

No, not as police chief. But as a public safety consultant. The only question is, is this a consultant that Dennis Williams will listen to?  He hired him, so I guess the answer is yes, but it’s Dennis Williams we’re talking about here.  Anyway, here’s what he’s supposed to do:

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Delaware Political Weekly: Jan. 1-7, 2016

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Delaware Political Weekly: Jan. 1-7, 2016

Hey, it’s an ELECTION YEAR! Try to contain your enthusiasm. At least we’ve got some new news to share. But first, let’s see where we stand regarding already-filed candidates.

Karen Hartley-Nagle Primaries Chris Bullock for NCC President. While Bullock hasn’t filed, we know he’s running. How do we know? Because we (or, to be accurate, I) have received content-free e-mails from Bullock in his capacity as NCC Prez throughout 2015. Touchy-feely crap. I think his campaign is paying for them, but I’m not sure.  Perennial candidate Hartley-Nagle could pose a challenge, especially if she is part of an unofficial anti-Gordon ticket.

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2015: The Good. The Bad. The Ridiculous.

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2015: The Good. The Bad. The Ridiculous.

Because this list is generally a critical review of the year’s events, I’ve decided not to place Beau Biden’s death or Joe’s flirtation with running for President on the lists.  Who is to say how one should react under such circumstances? And how does one rank a death? Answer to both questions: I don’t know. So, I won’t do it.

We start as always, with the list with the fewest nominees: The Good.  Because, let’s face it, on balance, this was not a good year for Delaware.  Much closer to an annus horribilis, or whatever Queen Elizabeth calls it.

Wherever possible, I’ve linked to an article that provides context.

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Colin Bonini: Tax Cheat

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Colin Bonini: Tax Cheat

Let’s see. He takes taxpayers’ money for Sunset Committee meetings he doesn’t attend.  He has never voted for a state budget. He lied about having a Master’s Degree he never came close to completing.

It turns out he didn’t pay his taxes either.  Had three separate  federal tax liens filed against him. Over $28K owed (Other documents available upon request).  At what point does this reach a critical mass of fraudulence?

You know, with a record like that, there’s only one elective body where he’d feel right at home: Wilmington City Council.

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes of 2015: #’s 20-11

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes of 2015: #’s 20-11

Coming up on the Final Countdown of Bulo’s fave tunes of 2015. Here is #20 to #11.

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