Category Archives: Sussex County Council

** UPDATE ** Smith v. SPCA

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer A judicial gag order has been issued on all parties concerned in the case of litigation of John "Jake" and Nancy Smith (plaintiffs) against Delaware Animal Care and Control, filed in Delaware Superior Court over possible illegal impoundment of their dog, "Millie" under guise of authority. Attorney John Brady, representing the Smiths contends that the 1981 state statute that excluded Sheriffs and Sheriff's Deputies from certification as police offices by the Delaware Council on Police Training also did not include animal control officers as police officers. The litigation essentially argues that only sworn and certified police officers can legally execute arrest and search and seizure warrants under the present Delaware Code, Title 11, Chapter 19. Both Kent and Sussex Counties have contracted animal control services with the First State Animal Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The__7/21/13__Edition

Duke Brooks-Sussex GOP Communications Director-Portrait of a Moderate Most of us have, most likely, heard the voice of Duke Brooks as he was a radio host on WGMD a few years ago. My husband loved to listen to Brooks and for many a now nostalgic evening I'd hear the voice of Duke as he waxed on about all things political over the local radio air waves. Brooks is now the Sussex county GOP's Communications Director and also serves as a Republican ED in Representative District #14. Duke is deeply involved in local politics and he set me straight on a lot of local matters. Sometimes I wasn't very happy with his responses. Which is not to say that Brooks isn't very adapt at his craft. He knows the spoken word very well, he has the requisite moderate Republican talking points down pat. John Siegler's resignation was in no way related to Nelly Jordan's election, he assured me. Charlie Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The 6/23/13 Edition

George Parish Throws Down Gauntlet, You May Call Him Councilman. ============================= George Parish served as Sussex County Clerk of the Peace until recently. He's a fixture on the Sussex County political scene, known as the loud and jolly fellow who would happily shout  happy greetings when introduced. George never married a same-sex couple though he did fulfill the obligations of his office by performing same-sex unions. Bob cannot marry Brian until July 1st of this year. George Parish no longer holds the office responsible for same sex marriages and it's all a relief to him. Parish is running for Sussex councilmatic district #4-the area now served by Councilman George Cole. District 4 covers the inland bay area, including Ocean View and parts of Long Neck and Rehoboth. "I would never run against an elected Republican," George told me the morning of our interview. Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The 6/9/13 Edition

Sussex County Register of Wills Cindy Green Opens Her Office to This Humble Blogger.  What's in Her Future?  The 30/31 Day After Death Waiting Period Explained….Almost. Sussex County's Register of Wills as elected is Cindy Green, a new and happening grandmother who has impressively improved life for Sussex Countians since her election in January 2011 in terms of all things will and probate. I would point yon reader to my article on this forum on Sussex County's Office of the Registrar of Wills and my experience with that same office. I made it an object of my interview with Cindy, who, in the interest of fair and balanced, is both a personal, Facebook and political friend, of this interviewer. Which in no way means that I give Cindy any slack. I had issues with how her office handled some matters in my own personal experience, and Cindy gave me answers. But first….I asked Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The 5/26/13 Edition

The REAL Enemies Amongst Us, Common Core, a Tourist Rant. Common Core-A Vague Menace and I Don't Like the Sound of It =================== So folks, I have read a bunch on this so-called "common core" and I am aware that school boards across the county are revving up to fight the thing. Yet with all of my reading, I simply cannot understand what it's about and, it would seem, nor can anybody else. I do know that there are many nice-sounding buzz words, such as: "Common Core State Standards" or "Smarter Balanced Assessments". Here is the rule of thumb-if it's got innocuous sounding name it's probably part of some big bureaucracy, probably federal, and it's definitely NOT good for anybody. Local school boards here in Sussex county are working diligently to stop the Delaware budget from using funds to participate in this brand of nastiness. Smarter Balanced Assessments? Who Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits-Read It and Weep-The 5/12/13 Edition

I, along with most NON-low-information voters across the fruited plains, am playing close attention to the Benghazi drama. I want to see one reporter, maybe one elected guy, ask Hillary Clinton, a woman who is the biggest liar on this planet, she could win prizes, whether she would have left Chelsea stay at that Libyan embassy with the security situation Ambassador Stevens had, or, would she have appreciated a "stand-down" order had it been Chelsea suffering a horrific and degrading death? But stuff still happens in Delaware and let's not forget the Vice-President of this despicable administration is part of the lies that go on every day. Credit where credit is due….Same Sex Marriage- ================================ It's good to see a couple Republican guys speaking out for marriage being defined as a man and a woman. It's a shame that you got to send Kudos to these elected Read more

Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips Sued

According to complaint K13C-05-005, filed in Kent County Superior Court on May 6, Sussex County Councilman, Vance Phillips has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by the attorney Nicholas H. Rodrigues, of Schmittinger & Rodriguez, P.A. of Dover on behalf of the Plaintiff. Naming Sussex County Councilman, Vance Phillips of Laurel as the defendant in the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges in a 17 page lawsuit that Phillips first encouraged a young woman, the plaintiff to become involved in politics around the age of 16 and after she became 18, the defendant, Vance Phillips, forced the Plaintiff into sexual activity several times in different locations, while intimidating her to keep the activity secret. the suit seeks relief for intentional infliction of emotional distress. The complaint includes graphic details of use of sex-toys, bondage and threats. Mr. Phillips has not commented Read more