Category Archives: Schwartzkopf

Journalistic Incompetence: Delaware State News

The News Journal Papers are routinely raked on this blog for their liberal bias and there is considerable justification for this. Of course one has to give a tip of the hat to Jeff Montgomery for his articles on Delaware's Department of Transportation.  In this area the News Journal has done the citizens of Delaware a real service.  Delaware's second newspaper has typically not been as biased in favoring liberals in the past as has been the News Journal.  However,  There appears to be a sea change going on here.  In Sunday's Delaware State News, the front page headline story is my candidate for the most stupid, biased, unbalanced, unresearched story of 2011.  (Author's note, the Delaware State News does not have a free online edition, unlike the News Journal.  One must subscribe to the State News to have access to their online edition.  For this reason I cannot provide Read more

Doubting Robert

37th District candidate Rob Robinson was on WGMD yesterday afternoon and I took the time to tune in a check it out. Bill Colley came right out of the gate with questions about the candidate's relationship to "Working Families For Delaware's Future." a group that was canvassing the 37th with "hit" literature about Robinson's opponent, Ruth Briggs King. Robinson indicated he had a "disclaimer" on his website, asking the group to basically lay off. It wasn't the first time questions were asked about the candidate's relationship to the group, there had been a flyer circulated, and stories floating around. He said his campaign tried to contact the group but they were unsuccessful. A "listener" sent in an e-mail. It took the listener "30 seconds" to find the group's contact number with an Internet search, it was the third listing. The listing is for the canvassing job on craigslist, Read more

House Republican Leaders Set The Record Straight

Representatives Cathcart and Short swing back: Rep. Schwartzkopf took unjustified jab at House Republicans Dick Cathcart and Dan Short Recently, State House Majority Leader Pete Schwartzkopf wrote a column in which he used one arm to pat House Democrats on the back while using the other to take an undeserved swipe at House Republicans. We take issue with what he said, but more so with what he omitted. For instance, the column credited House Democrats for enacting legislation that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation. Conveniently forgotten was that similar legislation cleared the House during the 141st, 142nd and 143rd General Assembly sessions. On all three occasions, the House was controlled by Republicans and the legislation was blocked in the Democrat-controlled Senate. Another accomplishment attributed to House Democrats was the enactment of House Bill 1, Read more

So How Much?

This week Governor Markell pulled an astonishing, double-secret-pinky-swear fact out and smacked Delawareans in the face with it: “This isn’t over,” Markell said. “The bottom line is, we still need to find the funding to do all the things we need to do.” Markell said lawmakers who opposed his proposal were voting against something that could reduce proposed pay cuts. “It’s disappointing, but I hope it’s a wake-up call to the state’s 30,000-plus employees,” Markell said. “Those that vote against this bill, or went not voting, sided with the casino owners.” Yes, sports gambling fans, after the first failed House vote on the gambling legislation, the Governor decides to tell the public that his 8% across the board state employee pay cut was contingent on the gambling legislation passing. Well, late last night Governor Markell got what he wanted and Read more

Spinning

Suddenly it's being peddled by the Governor and the House Majority Leader that voting against the casino gambling bill somehow means a vote against state employees' pay: "This isn't over," Markell said. "The bottom line is, we still need to find the funding to do all the things we need to do." Markell said lawmakers who opposed his proposal were voting against something that could reduce proposed pay cuts. "It's disappointing, but I hope it's a wake-up call to the state's 30,000-plus employees," Markell said. "Those that vote against this bill, or went not voting, sided with the casino owners." When the Governor rolled out his budget proposal last March, it was not an "either/or" proposal. Governor Markell never said that if he got his casino gambling proposals, he would not cut state employees' pay. Tisk. Read more

The Waterboy

Today I found out that my state representative thinks his job is to be the Governor's waterboy: "Part of my job is to carry the water for the governor and it's just that simple." ~ Rep. Pete "The Waterboy" Schwartzkopf We just got out of an election season where John Carney, the former Lt. Governor, and Jack Markell, the State Treasurer at the time, took great pains to articulate that as separately elected officials they were NOT there to "carry the water" for Governor Ruth Ann Minner...yet somehow my separately elected 14th District Representative thinks being Governor Markell's waterboy is HIS job? Are you kidding me? The people of the 14th District deserve to be represented by someone who doesn't think their job is to be the Governor's lackey, "it's just that simple." Read more