OPINION Folks, the bottom line is that nothing changes in Delaware , other than the first state's financial crisis is probably beyond redemption. The Democrats are in power in Delaware and have created a dangerous $400 million dollar deficit by over spending. They do care about enhancing the killing of babies in late term abortions, but sure as hell can't manage the state's finances. If a law needs to be changed, such as the prudent SB 53 which basically protects corporations from arbitrarily and capriciously being forced into a sale by a Delaware Chancellor, the Democrat elected officials in Dover are never going to make such a change, because they will always listen to the self-serving representatives in the Delaware Bar Association who are all connected with the judiciary and their own self-serving agendas. Delaware is definitely going to lose its incorporation franchise because Read more
By State Senator Bryant L. Richardson This past Tuesday was one of the darkest days in Delaware politics, as Senate Bill 5 passed in the House of Representatives with 22 votes. With 41 state representatives, only 21 votes were needed to pass the bill by a majority. The vote was along party lines. There are 25 Democrats and 16 Republicans in the House. Three Democrats went not voting or voted no. Two Republican representatives were absent for the vote, including Deborah Hudson, one of the sponsors of the bill. The fact that Hudson’s name was on the bill is one of my biggest concerns, since she is minority whip, in other words, part of the House Republican leadership. SB 5 was fast-tracked through the Senate by state Senator Brian Townsend as the prime sponsor. In the Senate the bill received 11 yes votes, the minimum number needed to pass. Again, votes were mostly along party Read more
Democrats unable to find ways to pass a budget that people will like, are trying to find a distraction. Unfortunately, one of these is at the expense of innocent, viable babies. SB 5 would end Delaware's ban after 20 weeks, which is a national trend, and go the other way. It would allow abortion before viability instead but redefines viability so that viable children would die. Even worse, it allows abortion after viability for a woman's health without defining health. Do they know that health can be physical, mental or even familial? It gives no limit on the level of health threat. Even a minor problem would be grounds for abortion after viability. Worse still, it would allow that judgment to be made by the person paid to do it. No independent review is necessary under this bill. How can good hearted men and women in our legislature justify going against the trends of science, Read more
Reuters is reporting that 21 States led by Texas and Arkansas are suing Delaware for allegedly stealing their citizen's money. The 150 million dollar suit joins Pennsylvania and Wisconsin who already filed separate suits. Delaware hired contractors to take a more aggressive collection of Escheat funds (unclaimed funds like dormant checking and savings accounts, uncashed money orders, cashiers checks, Unclaimed insurance benefits, Mineral royalty payments, Safe depository contents, Unused gift certificates.dividends, stocks, bonds, utility deposits or refunds). They didn't hire them to find the people of course, but to push companies to turning them over to the state. The state then spends the money that is unclaimed after it publishes names on the web. It has been a boon to state revenue. Revenue has jumped to a half a billion dollars a year surpassing corporate taxes as our third Read more
The Gordon-Williams-Stewart machine crumbled amid scandal and inability to meet challenges. One of the most interesting alliance in the Democratic Party has fallen. Voters turned out New Castle Executive Tom Gordon amid scandals and Mayor Dennis Williams due to the inability to even succeed in a presenting a credible plan to deal with crime, which was the former police officer's expertise. The Mayor did not even finish in the top 3. Mike Purzycki, who with the help of former Governor and Congressman Mike Castle, reregistered 1200 Republican voters, won. Karen Weldin Stewart had numerous stumbles in her first term that she never shook. Together the trio had been able to survive primary challenges. They lost an important ally, New Castle County President, Rev. Christopher Bullock who retired after only one term to focus on his church building project. Former Kent Countian, Common Cause Read more
John Carney will be the certain Democratic nominee for Governor. New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon was already pulling back, now he has certainly pulled back. He split his inner circle and his county government is in disarray. It is nothing that he cannot fix, but it is nothing that can be fixed in time to mount a credible primary campaign against a popular statewide officeholder. The background on the controversy is here on Delawareonline.com. County Executive Tom Gordon dismissed Grimaldi, his top deputy since 2012, over the phone on Thursday afternoon, Grimaldi said in an interview Friday morning. "It was in the spur of the moment because I questioned him about his risk manager, who I think is his girlfriend," Grimaldi said. "It was just, '(expletive) you, David. You are fired.' " Said Grimaldi: "I put lipstick on that pig for three years, but it is a (expletive) Read more
Thank you David. Here is additional information I have provided to people who have reached out to me: "Although in June I had already decided not to pursue SB 60 even as we moved forward with SB 59, I want to respond to your message with more details and explanation. SB 60 is, along with SB 59, the product of a task force that met in 2014 and issued recommendations. We passed SB 59 this year. I currently do not plan on bringing SB 60 to a Senate vote next year, and I had made that decision more than a month ago once it became clear that SB 60 codifies the current practice of most (if not all) law enforcement agencies in Delaware. That practice is as follows: if someone has been processed for any criminal-related activity and is entitled to release (e.g., turns out they picked up the wrong person; or the person made bail; or there is no bail and the person is entitled to release, Read more
Delaware Republicans forced Democrats to compromise and begin reforms to address the prevailing wage anomaly and remove some administrative costs from the transportation trust fund. Senate Republicans used their new status to block the fee hikes which required a super majority that Democrats no longer had. Democrats used to being able to pass whatever they wanted with their own numbers on budgetary matters played a game of chicken until the last minute. To their credit, they came to the table and negotiated a compromise opposed by the unions to link the prevailing wage more to the federal survey not one made up by local unions. Local governments were relieved that the cuts threatened by the JFC eliminating road maintenance did not materialize because of the deal. The state will now have a minimum amount to continue approved road projects and maintenance and begin to address the longer Read more
Senator Carper seemed to forget his moderate image and boycotted the Netanyahu address, while Senator Coons and Congressman Carney found common ground with his concern about Iran. While Carney faulted Boehner for politicizing the format, he thought Netanyahu gave a strong speech and was acting in his nation's interests. I agree with Congressman Carney that the PM was acting his nation's interest, but I also think the Speaker was. He was asserting the duty of Congress to bring to the forefront a critical issue that affects our national interest. It is not politicizing something to debate and discuss it. 90% of the politicizing was on the side of the Obama administration and Minority leader Pelosi. They are the ones who appeal to partisanship and image while refusing to discuss the issue. That is the essence of politicizing the issue. Read more
Widespread Early Jockeying is a new trend in 1st State The political dynamic is going to shift some in Delaware next year. The Governor and Lt. Governor slots will both be open. Matt Denn vacated the Lt. Governor slot to be Attorney General, leaving it open for the next two years. There will be no incumbent in that slot to whom the Governor can transition or who will have the public eye this year. Governor Markell is term limited out of office. Republicans are fresh out off of their momentum gaining 2014 with people already stating their intentions for 2016. Former state trooper Lacey Lafferty is still running for governor, but she is joined by State Senator Colin Bonini. The only Democrat announcing is former Attorney General Beau Biden, but the New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon seems to be making moves and others are preparing the ground for Congressman John Carney just in Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 13, 2014 CONTACT: John Fluharty, Executive Director GOP Chair Issues Statement Following Challenge To Kent County Election Results Newark, DE -- The Chairman of the Delaware Republican Party this morning issued the following statement regarding the Party's challenge to the recount in the Kent County Recorder of Deeds race: "Today the Delaware Republican Party, the Kent County Republican Party and Mr. La Mar Gunn, Republican candidate for Kent County Recorder of Deeds, filed in the Kent County Superior Court challenging the election recount process and certification of the election in the Recorder of Deeds race. "On November 4, 2014, the Kent County Department of Elections reported La Mar Gunn as the winner of the election for Kent County Recorder of Deeds by 2 votes. Under Delaware Read more
The latest scandal took too much of a toll on Flowers. He is moving to Massachusetts after his term is over and getting married--GOD help her if the other three women weren't lying. We wish both of them the best. This means that debate loser, but war hero Sean Barney now has a clear path to the Democratic nomination for state treasurer while Republicans have to settle on a candidate next month in the primary. The timing of this is bad luck for Republicans, but the office is now an open seat and the Democratic presumed nominee has been shown to be unprepared and less than qualified for the office by the aborted primary campaign. It is a 50/50 proposition which party wins and the best prospect for a statewide GOP pick up. Democrats also benefit by ending the cloud of scandal--justified or not is for you to decide-- on their ticket. Read more
Democrats in New Castle County seem to be at war with each other whether in the City or in the County. Instead of governing, they seem to busy with other things. Some are too busy giving special favors with taxpayer money. Others are too busy bullying people. Much has been said about the Republican infighting, justifiably so. It is interesting to note that Democrats seem to have even more issues. I guess political infighting has become the new Delaware way. How sad. They do not have answers that work for rising crime, high unemployment, and rising poverty. They have to do something with their time. One day, people will have time to get the people’s business done. Until then, I guess pass the popcorn.
The unemployment rate in Delaware has remained frozen at a level higher than when our ruling Democratic party took sole control of the state government. Even more disturbing, Delaware is losing ground against the nation (now predominately led by Republican Governors). Delaware no longer enjoys a rate lower than the nation. Of course the official rates are an understatement; the real national unemployment rate is 8.8% (U-5) and the underemployment rate or U-6 which is the broadest measure of unemployment is 14%. Delaware does not fare well by that measure either at 14.1%. In fact Delaware and Connecticut are the only two states that did not see an improvement in any of the 6 measures of unemployment year over year from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. The average weekly wage downstate is only 75% of the national average. It is not that we do not have bright and energetic leadership Read more
State law allows you to file for more than one ballot position. It is rarely done except by third parties, but VP Biden did it when he ran for Senate and VP. Some lawmakers want to change it, but not for federal offices, only state offices. Why? Is there some voter outcry? No, to protect Democrat incumbents from the Republican bench. In that way, it would eliminate safe seat house member and every 4 years senators from running statewide without giving up their seats. Senators would have to run in off elections for them. The impetus for this bill seems to be Senator Bonini who almost won State Treasurer but was specifically put in the 2014 cycle and given a 2 year seat this time so he would be up the year the Treasurer is up for reelection. Gamesmanship indeed, but that is nothing but smart politics. Changing the rules like HB 159 does, is not legitimate. You would think that Read more
Back on May 13th, the Democrats elected their leadership. They reelected their chairman John Daniello. What is interesting is how the Democrats now have a gay activist as a vice chair, Lisa Goodman, the other vice chair is Jim Hussey, a retired union activist from the private sector and Karen Valentine a paid employee of a state employees union is the national committeewoman. Retired Speaker Bob Gilligan reemerged into the political scene as national committeeman bringing a perspective of 40 years in the legislature. The Democrats are not ashamed to be the party of special interests and government. I say "good for them". Every group represented is a legitimate part of our public. Republicans should not be ashamed to be a party for taxpayers, families, business, constitutional civil rights and liberties, those who want to be safe on their streets and in their homes, and those Read more
Senator Chris Coons called it "an historic day". I see it as one as well, more leaning toward infamy as the General Assembly decided to play GOD. The vote was 12 to 9 with Republicans against it except for Cathy Cloutier and Democrats generally for it except for Senators Venables and Ennis. What's next? Blevins Y Hocker N Peterson Y Bonini N Lavelle N Pettyjohn N Bushweller Y Lawson N Poore Y Cloutier Y Lopez N Simpson N Ennis N Marshall Y Sokola Y Hall-Long Y McBride Y Townsend Y Henry Y McDowell Y Venables N Read more
Parties go through cycles of ascendency and then recede to ascend again. In Delaware, it is clear that the Democrats went through a period of dominance just like the Republicans did. The state has these cycles. Now the Republicans are in a position to regain their footing. Democrats are a super-majority in both houses, they hold 8 of 9 statewide offices. They rule two of the three county governments. They have 47% of the registered voters and rising. Predicting a coming Republican majority is interesting to say the least, but truthfully, the Democrats peaked in 2008 and we see evidence of the majority being spent. In 2012 Republicans survived reapportionment and actually gained a net seat in the senate and held the seats in the house and senate that were designed to remove GOP incumbents. The Governor and Lt. Governor will be open in 2016. The office of insurance Read more
HB 35, the background check for gun purchases is on the way to the state Senate, but you do not see any protests from us. Why not? The 10 amendments addressed most of our problems. I call upon the Senate to exempt current military personnel. Background checks help us enforce existing laws. If they are not used as a backdoor registration, I do not have a problem. Having background checks available for private sales protects the innocent party from liability and it will give an avenue to prosecute people who are transferring weapons to criminals. If the proponents expect this to be a great solution, remember most gun sales are already background checked and gun runners are not all of a sudden going to start background checking before they sale the overseas smuggled weapon they pulled out of the trunk of their car. This will not stop the drug dealers and gangs from getting Read more
Delaware Liberal reports on this great victory for the citizens and common sense. Of course they are in shock that instead of blindly grabbing power, that some in the Majority would actually listen to the legitimate complaints and concerns of citizens. I still am sadden that military people do not have the same status as concealed carry and law enforcement even though they may go through a more thorough background check for clearances. This is a huge stride in the right direction. Yesterday afternoon, I get this press release from them: DOVER – After months of meetings and hours of public testimony, House Democratic leaders announced several amendments Tuesday that they will add to legislation requiring background checks for virtually all gun sales. The amendments to House Bill 35 are a direct result of lead sponsor House Majority Leader Rep. Valerie Longhurst meeting with officials Read more
With the exception of Representative John Atkins, State House Democrats voted for HB 50 and passed a 6.6% tax rate for taxable incomes over $60,000 annually. The rate is a slight drop from the current temporary rate of 6.75% due to sunset this July. Instead of going back to the 5.9% rate as scheduled or even extending the higher rate another couple of years, they made it permanent and turned down amendments to sunset the bill.
Almost no one talked about it during the election, but it became on the top 3 topics immediately afterward. The budget revenue forecast was weak. The temporary tax hikes expire next fiscal year unless the DE General Assembly extends them. Will Democrats be willing to let any of it go? There is nothing so permanent as a temporary tax hike when Democrats are in charge.
It seems the unions are upset that there are no raises for rank and file employees, but the administration is advocating raises for a half a dozen cabinet posts. Story here. Frankly most of the raises are 2% a year if viewed over 4 years or less so the amount is not outrageous, and federal mandates and other changes have increased the job responsibilities of a couple of the posts. The unions though are upset over givebacks forced on them and only 1% raise over the last 4 years and that was fought by the administration. There is no fairness being applied they argue. What is your view?
Ready, aim, fire or is it ready, fire, aim?. Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf makes waves by firing someone who dared criticize him before he was speaker. It is a case of I want those loyal to me not the institution or party. Senator Karen Peterson called it," "This is a classic case of ready-fire-aim." "It was not a very hard decision," Schwartzkopf said. "Do I bring somebody back who vocally and vehemently disagreed with leadership or somebody who will just do the job? It is his right, but the criticism was not public. It was an opinion given to friends. If someone publicly opposed the leadership or worked to undermine it, I would agree. You need unity in your midst. Someone merely expressing a private opinion that gets back is a little heavy handed. Welcome to one party rule. It looks like we will have a lot of fodder this coming year. Read more
When people tell liberals and Democrats that they are essentially Socialists and/or communists, the liberals and Democrats get all huffy and complain that they in fact just want to smooth over some of the inequalities of capitalism. The fact is that, the Liberal Democrat ideology is radical in the extreme. There is no government intrusion that they will not back. Radio host Peter Schiff proves this at the Democrat National Convention. Posing as a liberal, and saying all the stupid things liberal Democrats actually believe, Schiff questions delegates and alternates at the Democrat National Convention. Schiff's question to the Democrat delegates is this: "Would you support a ban on corporate profits?" Yes, Schiff, with a straight face, seriously asks these leaders of the Democrat Party if they wanted to end profits for corporations. About half of the respondents Read more