One lawmaker said it stinks to high heaven. I haven’t asked the King of the Universe if he smells it, but Governor Markell has. He has ordered a review of the land lease to a Minner friend at below sweet heart rates. Even the Attorney General’s office is getting into the mix. Sadly this is not the first investigation into the Minner Regime by Democrats. All of the previous ones ended with nothing but that was bad. I suspect no real action will be taken except a renegotiation of the 66 year lease. Does anyone wish to bet against that?
…I worked for Judge Bill Lee’s gubernatorial campaign last summer, I was fortunate enough to get a chance to check out this company. I spoke about the company frequently when I was at DelawareTalkRadio.com because they invented a vending machine that makes hot, fresh, french fries, and they wanted to open up a manufacturing facility in Western Sussex. It was clear they had the support of the local politicians like Rep. Biff Lee, who gave us the “heads-up” about them, but they couldn’t get to square one with the Delaware Economic Development Office. Thankfully, it looks like that’s changed.
Governor Jack Markell has announced that a Californian named Collin O'Mara is his pick to head up the train wreck known as DNREC. O'Mara is described by the Markell Administration as a "climate prosperity leader" and a "climate prosperity expert." Well, I had no idea what the heck either of those things were, so I Googled both of those job titles and only came back with references to Markell picking this O'Mara guy as the new Secretary of DNREC. So not only will we have a "climate prosperity expert" heading up DNREC, but apparently we will have the world's only "climate prosperity expert" as the head of DNREC. Over at greendel.org they had this to say about the Markell pick: Calls to Mr, O’Mara and to Gov. Markell’s office have not been immediately returned. Nobody in the newsroom of the San Jose Mercury that we talked to had heard of him. He appears to have no formal science Read more
My Nomination for best use of Delawarean's taxpayer money in 2008 is in. I don't attack taxpayer funded business trips, here. They are usually useful and legitimate expenses, but once in a while some people try to game the system. According to the Dec. 17 2008 Delaware State News, Governor Minner went to the Virgin Islands for a review of a Governor's conference held in Philadelphia just 25 to 30 miles to our north. The problem is that she didn't even attend the event in Philly. The oversight was so devistating to good order and her ability to run the state that she did not trust the internet to update her. She had to go to the Virgin Islands for the make up session. What a relief! What would we do without such a self sacrificing public servant. Let's get this straight. She is a month out and decides that a summary of an event not important enough to attend is worth more to Read more
Something that you should consider when you hear promises in the state campaign is the falling state revenue. Now the 2010 projection is just a guess, but the closer you get, the more accurate the forecast. We still have to be careful. The Delaware State News reported this on today's newszap forum in a Drew Volturo article. State revenue prognosticators slashed state revenue estimates Monday by nearly $140 million and cautioned that more decreases could be on the way before the economic climate improves. Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council dropped its fiscal 2008 figure by $9.4 million, fiscal 2009 estimate by $38.9 million and fiscal 2010 by $91.2 million. The decreases come on the heels of what lawmakers called one of the most difficult budget cycles in memory, in which legislators slashed millions from allocated funds and the proposed budget while passing a series of Read more
Candidate for Governor Bill Lee's statement on allegations of Minner/Carney Administration cronyism from today's News Journal: "Today's allegations of merit gifting in the News Journal raise many questions about not only the process of issuing a merit job to a political appointee during a hiring freeze, but also about the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's priorities. Questions about issuing merit jobs have led to disciplinary action in other states, and even to the indictment of former Governor Fletcher in Kentucky. Four things must be considered when determining the correctness of this action: 1. Was this position created through the normal state budgetary and personnel approval channels? 2. Why was an exception made to the current hiring freeze -- who granted this exception? 3. Was the position properly advertised? Read more
The Liberty Matters News Service reported in its July 17, 2008 Newsletter the following about Delaware. Fortunately Delaware is a small state -meriting a short write up, and apparently we got a write up short enough for me to quote without sending money. Go to http://www.Libertymatters.org for regular updates on important issues of freedom. Like Texas Governor Rick Perry, Delaware’s Governor Ruth Ann Minner doesn’t believe in the right of the people to keep their homes and businesses out of the clutches of special interest groups. With one day remaining in the legislative session, Governor Minner vetoed S.B. 245, with the Senate unable to muster enough votes to override the veto. The bill would have replaced an earlier eminent domain bill that had as many loopholes to appease developers as does the Texas so-called reform legislation. It would have restricted the use of Read more