On Wednesday, two days before what is supposed to be the last day of session, Democrats gave Republicans an ultimatum: a. either raise income taxes, alcohol and tobacco taxes, and create a new tax on vaping or b. balance the budget by cutting Grant-in-Aid which supports fire companies, veterans service organizations, senior centers, and other non-profit organizations.
Basically Democrats took taxpayers and community organizations hostage, said they're only going to shoot one, but Republicans get to pick who. Wisely, Republicans rejected these strong arm tactics outright.
On Thursday Republicans made a counter proposal that gave Democrats their tax increases in exchange for implementing future spending reforms, a budget stabilization fund (a great idea from State Treasurer Ken Simpler that helps the budgeting process by smoothing out the ups & downs in tax revenue), and reforming prevailing Read more
There is a movement by some to skip over conservative and proven candidate John Marino. Rumor has it that some want to push a pro-common core, pro-tax increase and anti-parental opt out candidate. Considering that turnout is what wins special elections, that is hard to understand.
In a longer, regular election, Michelle Walls would be a saleable candidate because of her other many strengths. It would be a harder sell to Republicans and Independents in a special election against a popular and well known Democrat. We see no reason to revisit yesterday’s endorsement.
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
Dissolution was the solution given by a special investigator into talk show gate. That could be done, but the notion that there should be a cooling off period of a year is unrealistic not just politically but legally. Retired Admiral Mimi Drew led the inquiry and issued an unvarnished, straightforward report.
During a special election for Regional Chair, the divisions boiled into the public. The flames seemed to be fanned by the Delaware Right blog on one side and callers on the Duke Brooks show on WGMD on the other.
Some of the conclusions are right on target such as the problems leading to division were a long time in the making and will not be solved quickly. She also concluded that Republicans do not need a new code of ethics, but urged people to take responsibility for their words. The chairman seems to be taking action to hold a meetings to bring the organization together. We Read more
There is a controversy fueled by Delaware Right blog against certain people in the Sussex GOP. They are old comments, but the controversy is renewed because the Delaware Federation of Republican Women has taken up the issue and gotten the Party Chairman, the Senate Caucus and now the House Caucus to issue statements condemning the statements which were not made in any official capacity. That is their right to do so. The party has a right to insure private views are not confused with official views.
For the record, I not only value and support the dignity of our Republican Women but all women, and for that matter I support then dignity and freedom of the human spirit. As His Holiness Pope Francis reminds us, our job here is to look after each other, "To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope; Read more
"There have been times in my life when the financial burdens of raising two children with autism, along with three other children, has nearly cost us our home. With the help of our family and the community around us, we worked hard and overcame those challenges. I've had to stand-up to bureaucrats to fight for the resources that my kids, and others like them, have needed to deal with what life has thrown them. Over the nearly 25 years I've lived here I've learned that most of my neighbors have had to confront their own unique challenges. I'm running for office to speak out for those that have too often not had a voice. I'm running because I want to help."
- Eileen O’Shaughnessy-Coleman Republican Candidate 18th district Representative
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
Managing the Herd- Can Elephants, Lions, Tigers, Rhinos and an Ass Coexist?
By Larry Mayo
“If we move in mass, be it ever so circuitously, we shall attain our object; but if we break into squads, everyone pursuing the path he thinks most direct, we become an easy conquest to those who can now barely hold us in check.” Thomas Jefferson penned these words in 1811 and they ring true today in reflection of the state of the Republican Party here in Delaware.
The GOP is without a doubt a group of highly opinionated individuals, ALL attempting to come together to reach a common end, good governance of our county, state and nation through the Republican party. The problem , as I see it is that we have three FACTIONS, as George Washington would have called them, with seemingly three differing roads to this common end.
First let me define them as I see them; First is the “establishment Read more
Delaware Conservatives may have a comeback example next door. Delaware is a more conservative state than Maryland. It is not a liberal state or a conservative state. It is rated by Gallup as the most moderate state. Democrats in Delaware knew not to give Republicans a gas tax and rain tax like O'Malley did. They told their governor thanks but no thanks. They have begun to feel the heat. If they regain their supermajority, who knows? Some Republicans have started to believe that neighboring Maryland could hold the key.
Hogan ran a campaign focused on the discontent of Marylanders and the squeeze on the middle class. He targeted potential swing areas and won. He embraces and lives diversity. His wife is a Korean American and his Lieutenant Governor is African American. His executive order on the Judicial nominating commission included diversity on the courts being one of the objectives. 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
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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 following Resolution passed overwhelmingly at the 2014 state GOP Convention.
WHEREAS...America is a society which values rugged individualism, family, excellence, and diversity;
WHEREAS...The Common Core Approach to education is a one-size-fits-all standard, regardless of personal and professional goals or individual talents, thereby conflicting with the aforementioned American values;
WHEREAS...Common Core is based upon a high stakes test which is contrary to the best research which supports local regular quizzing and classroom testing;
WHEREAS...America has long valued local control, and the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution leaves Education in the hands of the States and the People;
WHEREAS...Common Core is a national standard masquerading as local standards and has bypassed the process of legislative approval, public development, and has had limited local control;
WHEREAS...Common Read more
It is no question that the Sussex Regional GOP Advisory Committee decided to throw one of its most effective elected officials under the bus. Why? Some members believe that we should have standards beyond competence, intelligence, effectiveness, and leadership. They believe character matters and they have come to doubt the character of one of their star players. They have been roundly condemned, including on our cousin blog, Delaware Right and questioned here. Understandably, this is so. The person in question is a long time friend so it is hard for me to make a judgment, but if I do not, my silence will be assumed to be an endorsement of position laid out on this page. For the record, I personally can not support the 5th district councilman in his reelection bid unless he makes a credible case to me otherwise.
I do agree that a resolution asking the chairman, especially without 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
If I were former Senate Minority Leader Charlie Copeland’s political advisor, I would say run away from the Republican State Committee nomination. If I were around as a party delegate, I would fall all over myself to support his nomination. I have known Senator Copeland for years and I know that he is the best person in the state to guide the Delaware Republican party from the basement to leadership.
I believe Mr. Copeland will be wise enough to utilize the very talented committee around him and respected enough to attract new talent. He understands that we must strengthen our connection with our base and make alliances and coalitions. It is not an either /or proposition.
Charlie Copeland is my kind of conservative. He is strongly attuned to the need to have a fiscally strong state. He understands the government belongs to all of the people regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, Read more
Delaware State GOP Chairman John Sigler resigned today, citing “business reasons” as the reason for his resignation. Sigler served as GOP Chairman since the Republican Convention in 2011. Sigler served in the US Navy as an officer of the submarine force and is now a successful lawyer whose business has increased greatly since taking over his GOP duties.
State GOP Secretary Carol Bodine will hold a special convention within sixty days of Sigler’s resignation and Republican Delegates will decide on a new GOP chairman to serve until the next convention.
GOP State Vice Chairwoman, Nelly Jordan, will serve as chairwoman until a new chairperson is selected by the delegates. Names that have been mentioned are Charlie Copeland, Kevin Wade, Sher Valenzuela, Ben Mobley and Jeff Cragg, who drew low numbers in his bid for the GOP gubernatorial seat in 2012 against Jack Markell.
Memo to John Sigler
My friend, you are smart, capable, and competent. You did not run for reelection to preside over the demise of the party you love, but to revive it. Please talk like it. It is okay to say the Democrats are behaving with the arrogance of a one party state, but we are here to change that. If you say we are a one party state, it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Try raising money when the donors come back with why throw my money away, your party chairman says it is a one party state. We have lost 30 volunteers in the last 6 weeks to the Independent Party of Delaware because they are willing to grow and fight. The what, IPOD--how do we lose people to a little party that couldn't fill a back room in a small restaurant last year for a convention? The Libertarians are growing to the point where they put up almost as many candidates as we do, IPOD has over 3500 registered 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
Today is the 2013 Delaware Republican Party Convention at the Double Tree Hotel in Wilmington. It is an off year and the biggest battle for party officers appears to be for the Vice Chair Position. It could be a real snoozer of a convention. However, I have heard some whispers that there could be a few surprises in the works. Either way I'll update this post later this afternoon with a quick summary of what happens.
UPDATE: As has been mentioned in the comments Nelly Jordan is the new Vice Chair of the Delaware Republican Committee. Chairman John Sigler and Treasurer Bill Smith retained their positions by acclamation, and they are joined by Carol Bodine as Secretary, also voted in by acclamation.
The only minor dustup was partly due to the sound system, which ranged from on, to off, to muffled, to screeching throughout most of the convention. Thankfully it was finally fixed for Read more
Being a Republican is not the easy path for me. I am in a state that is 47% Democratic and the GOP is outnumbered almost 2 to 1. I am in a district that is 6 to 1 Democratic. My party affiliation is a regular source of interest. I go to African American events and I am introduced as Councilman David Anderson, he's a Republican. I went to a funeral of a friend who was an elected official and when they introduced the dignitaries, the MC introduced me as the Republican David Anderson.
Everyone has accepted the idea that I am a Republican. I am engaged in the many communities of my area including the African American or Black community. I work with the Delmarva Black Chamber of Commerce. I am on the executive board of the NAACP and the economic development committee chair. Until I left to prepare for deployment, I was on the Academy of Dover School board and served on the Read more
A new Delaware Political Action Committee formed in October of 2012, and fronted by a blogsite called, "Delaware Right" is a deception created by Republican left-of-center moderates, posing as conservatives to eliminate the "Tea-Party Conservative Republicans from having a voice in party politics. Since Karl Rove, Reince Priebus and John Sigler have declared war on the conservative wing of the Republican Party, along with the death of Conservative Sussex County Chairman Jerry Wood in December 2012, this movement has been gaining speed in Delaware.
The PAC had its beginnings in October of 2012, founded by moderate republicans posing as true conservatives. Funded by wealthy developer-entrepreneur Daniel Anderson of Rehoboth Beach, with a single donation of $100,000, the PAC's blogsite Delaware Right's writer is Frank Knotts, a devout left-of-center republican, who suddenly says he's "seen 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
HOUSE AND SENATE REPUBLICAN MEMBERS PROPOSE A PUBLIC POLICY PLAN TO CREATE GREATER TRANSPARENCY WITHIN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Delivering on a promise made last fall, House and Senate Republicans today announced they will be introducing a package of bills that will help reform the Delaware General Assembly to provide greater transparency and efficiency for the public at large.
The five reform measures that will be introduced are the following:
· REMOVING A REPORTING REQUIREMENT LOOPHOLE ON GIFTS TO LEGISLATORS – This House bill will require members of the General Assembly to report all gifts with a value in excess of $50. Currently, legislators are required to report gifts that are over $100, while lobbyists are required to report gifts above $50. This loophole has resulted in confusion for the general public and the bill is aimed at ensuring Read more