Joe Biden on impeachment, Trump and 2020 election (Jessica Bies)

Former Vice President Joe Biden seems to be itching to get back into action. Read More…

Carper pressed on abuse at debate (Scott Goss)

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Delaware shows the 2 parties can work together (Ken Simpler)

Delaware State Treasurer Ken Simpler avers that state's finances are being managed on a bipartisan basis, without identifying a single policy issue. Read More…

Regulators reject request to review Bloom Energy tariff (Randall Chase, Washington Times)

Although a petition to review the QFCP tariff was dismissed by the Delaware Public Service Commission, it was generally acknowledged that this arrangement has turned out badly for Delmarva Power ratepayers (and will continue to do so until 2033). Read More…

Coons disappointed after Kavanaugh confirmation (Adam Duvernay & Josephine Peterson)

Sen. Coons seems to blame Republicans for partisan gridlock in DC, fails to consider mistakes made by members of his own party. Read More…

Bloom critic wants review of $2M surcharge (Karl Baker)

PSC petition filed by civic activist John Nichols is characterized as the action of an "established critic." Whether intentionally or not, the headline trivializes the story. Read More…

County chairman resigns, criticizes his party (Scott Goss)

Delaware Republican Party takes another hit. Read More…

Constitution Day essays are a mixed bag

The essays are generally divided between historical nostalgia and the expression of a progressive agenda (recognize more rights for designated segments of the population and ratify continual expansion of the government). Read More…

FDR warned about "economic royalists" (Ted Kaufman)

The parallels drawn between the current economic/political situation and that in 1936 seem rather inapt. Read More…

It's time for cleaner energy (Alan Greenglass)

An exaggerated case for reducing (if not eliminating) the use of fossil fuels. Read More…

What we're doing to keep our schools safe in Delaware (Stephanie Hansen)

DE Sen. Stephanie Hansen advocates policies to enhance school safety, to include several school hardening policies that have already been authorized by the General Assembly plus (reading between the lines) the hiring of more school counselors.
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The News Journal endorses Tom Carper

News Journal lauds Senator Carper as a foe of the Trump administration. Read More…

Social issues divide Delaware Senate GOP opponents (Scott Goss)

News Journal endorses Gene Truono for the GOP primary, compares him to John McCain, but don't expect any serious consideration of Truono's ideas if he does win the nomination. Read More…

Carper's liberal credential questioned (Christina Jedra)

Tom Carper/ Evelyn Harris Aug. 27 debate in the Democratic primary was fairly intense. Read More…

President Trump's constant attacks are divisive (Ted Kaufman)

Another hit piece on the duly elected president of the United States, this one characterizing President Trump as "a habitual bully." Read More…

Bloom Energy (Rick Jensen show)

Conservative talk show host slams arrangement for using Bloom Energy fuel cells to generate high cost electric power and covering the cost penalty with a special tariff payable by Delmarva Power ratepayers. Read More…

State-subsidized Bloom Energy reports more losses (Karl Baker)

Now that Bloom Energy is a public company, its business operations and results will be more transparent. Read More…

Republicans abandon values to back Trump (Eugene Robinson)

Here's another contribution to the disturbing political climate in this country. Read More…

Do something about Bloom debacle (Jacqueline DelCampo)

Political cartoon hit a nerve with one Delmarva ratepayer. Read More…

Bloom Energy & offshore windpower (Rick Jensen show)

Rick Jensen Show hosted insightful discussion of some dubious energy policies. Read More…

Why won't good Republicans stand up to Trump? (Ted Kaufman)

Former Sen. Kaufman claims that support of the duly elected president of the United States is contrary to the "checks and balances" built into the Constitution by James Madison et al. and represents a grave threat to our system of government. Therefore, "good Republicans" should denounce the president.
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Fuel cell company shares up 66 percent (Karl Baker)

Shares of Bloom Energy were sold at $15/share in its IPO, bringing in about $270M (18M shares). Now trading on the NYSE under the symbol BE, the stock price was up by some 66% ($24.90 per share) when the News Journal story went to press.

Although no profits were predicted in the IPO prospectus, a Bloom officer (Matt Ross) is quoted that we’re “cash flow positive” and did the IPO for “transparency reasons.” It is now anticipated that the company will have 900 employees in DE at some point, but Ross said “I’m not going to put a timeframe on it.” Despite its commitment to transparency, Bloom continues to oppose an attempt by a co-founder of a now-defunct brokerage firm for private financing to release documents of a $16.7M settlement (in 2014) over his claims that Bloom misled him about its finances.

As of noon today, BE was selling at about $21.65 per share. We will continue to follow the stock with interest to see how it fares in the longer run. See SAFE’s prior comments: A skeptical view of proposed Bloom Energy IPO, 6/18/18.

Two views on "out-of-state" air pollution (various)

For once, someone has pushed back agains the out-of-state emissions complaint. It's about time! Read More…

Reactions to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh (various)

News Journal coverage of developing battle over SCT nomination battle was pretty balanced. Read More…

Carney signs "budget smoothing" order (Scott Goss)

Executive order on this subject won't bind legislators, but governor says the intent was to lead by example. Read More…

Feds OK Emirati company lease of port (Xerxes Wilson)

Despite reportedly final federal approvals of this deal, concerns continue to be expressed that it could prove to be a modern-day Trojan horse.
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Carney signs $4.3B budget, awards bonuses (Brandon Holveck)

Agreeing on a state budget was much smoother this year than last. Read More…

Show the real cost of "green energy" mandates (David Stevenson)

The renewable energy cost disclosure on Delmarva Power bills was a good idea, and CRI has been proven right about the high cost of the tariff for Bloom Energy fuel cell power. Read More…

We currently have a golden opportunity to fix Delaware's finances (Paul Morrill)

Business leaders seem supportive of the "budget smoothing" proposal, but why haven't the "revenue reform elements" been put on the table? Read More…

"Budget smoothing" just rebranded term for budget cuts (John Kowalko)

Liberal legislator urges a serious debate of the "budget smoothing" proposal, which advocates appear to be maneuvering to avoid. Read More…

State workers get paid parental leave (Scott Goss)

Compensation and benefits for state employees are the biggest cost element in the state budget, and it's far from clear that this latest enhancement was fiscally responsible. Read More…

Assault weapons vote a moment of truth (editorial)

The fate of the proposed "assault weapons" ban in Delaware may be decided this week. Read More…

Time for a public option for healthcare in Delaware (Sen. Margaret Rose Henry)

A retiring DE senator proposes a study group that could carry on her efforts. Read More…

Here are 4 healthcare bills to know about (Meredith Newman)

Of the four healthcare bills reported, three are political slam dunks. The proposal to link doctor reimbursement rates to Medicare rates may be warranted in Delaware, but at best it's a stopgap solution for one aspect of a much bigger problem. Read More…

Fix Delaware's budget while times are good (DE Business Roundtable & DE State Chamber of Commerce)

DE business leaders back the budget smoothing proposal without getting into the particulars. Read More…

Bloom reveals $157M loss in '17 (Karl Baker)

The Bloom Energy IPO is not clearly supported by the company's track record to date, but technology IPOs are in vogue and they may well be successful. Read More…

Bump stock bill signed into law (Karl Baker)

Republicans face across the board defeat on gun controls in this session; crucial vote on the assault weapons bill ban is expected next week. Read More…

Amendment proposes "smooth" state budgets (Karl Baker)

The proposed DE constitutional amendment is a mess, and there's another shoe to drop (tax proposals to broaden the tax base). It would be a big mistake to let the proposals be rushed through in the last few days of this legislative session. Read More…

Opioid tax would help battle addiction crisis (editorial)

Conservatives should welcome an opioids tax because the money would be invested in a good cause. Read More…

A truce in Delaware's charter school conflict (Matthew Albright)

Unionization of teachers at the Wilmington Charter School won't necessarily be the "start of a beautiful friendship," but it could help to reduce the animus between the two sides. Read More…

Attacks over assault weapons ban unfounded (David McBride)

Sen. McBride denies trying to delay action on an assault weapons ban. Read More…

Equal rights amendment gets closer (Karl Baker)

ERA amendment to Delaware constitution would ensure future litigation, but it looks like a done deal. Read More…

From gun controls to marijuana laws (Scott Goss)


General Assembly will be very busy in June, and some of the ideas being proposed are undesirable. Be vigilant! Read More…

Don't turn schools into fortresses (Aaron Kupchik)

Critique of school safety proposal features unsupported assertions and fails to present the logic and evidence on which the proposal was based Also, it doesn't appear that the proponent of the bill (Sen. Dave Lawson) was afforded an opportunity to make his case. Read More…

Stop stalling on assualt weapons ban (Matthew Albright)

News Journal slams Democratic political tactics in the General Assembly, says assault weapons ban bill deserves a timely vote whether it's going to pass or not. Read More…

No hidden agenda in Equal Rights Amendment (Karen Peterson)

Former DE legislator bristles at suggestion that ERA amendment is "a solution looking for a problem." Read More…

Equal Rights Amendment has hidden agenda (Rich Collins)


Although the ERA proposal makes little sense, opposing it will be politically tricky; that's why supporters are pushing it so hard. Read More…

To stop budget woes, Delaware needs plan (editorial)

This budget proposal may be "bipartisan," but that doesn't prove it's a good idea. Let's see the details, please! Read More…

The real case for school redistricting (Matthew Albright)

There's more than money at stake in redrawing school district lines; the present status of public schools in Wilmington is a disgrace. Read More…

Lawsuit: Delaware schools leave kids in poverty behind (Jessica Bies)

DE advocates of increased school funding for high-needs students go to court demanding "more," never mind how it would be paid for Read More…

Universal healthcare is the bold solution we need (Ray Siegfried)

Granted that healthcare price transparency (such as DE's healthcare benchmarking initiative might provide) wouldn't do much to slow the rise of healthcare costs, the writer's further argument that the time has come for universal healthcare is weakly supported and unconvincing. Read More…

Soaring healthcare costs are holding Delaware back (DE Finance Secretary Rick Geisenberger)

Carney administration attempts to defend the healthcare benchmarking project, denying that it could serve as a basis to set price controls or create spending caps on private healthcare spending. Read More…

Report: Consolidating state school districts won't work (Jessica Bies)

There was never any serious intention to consolidate school districts; the purpose of this review was to create a record that the idea had been considered and found wanting. Read More…

State panel pitches budget limits (Scott Goss)

Delaware politicians envision a fiscal deal. Tax increases now would be coupled with procedural changes to smooth (but not prevent) the future growth of government spending. Read More…

Ideas abound for extra Del. revenue (Scott Goss)

Last year there was a big budget shortfall; this year the pendulum has swung the other way. Read More…

Carper shouldn't be senator for life

Senator Carper is being pressured to "move left." Read More…

Delaware ERA bill defeated in Senate (Scott Goss)

DE Senate Republicans block ERA amendment, apparently responding to grass roots opposition, but the outcome was a squeaker. Read More…

Does Delaware still want politicians who compromise?(Matthew Albright)

Some Democrats would like to elect candidates who would reflect their views in a more militant style, but that probably isn't a good idea for Delawareans.
The News Journal is evidently preparing to endorse Sen. Tom Carper for reelection in November.
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Delaware won't consolidate school districts (Matthew Albright)

Political fights are worthwhile to seek approval for the government to spend more money, but saving money isn't worth a big fight. Read More…

General Assembly endorses privatization of Port of Wilmington (Xerxes Wilson)

Port of Wilmington deal with UAE firm seen as a big win, not clear whether state officials have done any serious homework on the subject. Read More…

Time to put up or shut up on gun control (editorial)

Editorial calls for a vote on "assault weapons" ban without discussion of the pros and cons, e.g., simply falls back on the politics. Read More…

I'm fighting Trump on environment (Sen. Tom Carper)

Senator Tom Carper's criticisms of the Trump administration's environmental policies are grossly overstated. Read More…

Carney urges gun control action (Scott Goss)

DE Governor John Carney strongly backs all gun control bills pending in the General Assembly without any discussion of the details or recognition that there may be some valid reasons for opposition. Read More…

Events to mark Columbine anniversary draw criticism (Jessica Bies)

Appoquinimink School District schedules a talk by Senator Chris Coons on gun violence during school hours, characterizes event as a "learning opportunity." Read More…

Pro-gun crowd takes over debate at school (Scott Goss)

News Journal sponsored a debate on gun controls, which didn't play out quite as had been hoped. What ever happened to the students who were "speaking out" on this issue? Read More…

Gun control puts the "Delaware way" to the test (Matthew Albright)

News Journal ducks on more restrictive gun controls. Read More…

Hospitals, health secretary at odds over cost-cutting (Meredith Newman)

Carney administration's proposals for benchmarking healthcare costs are seen by DE hospitals as a cost cap system. Read More…

Two groups converge on Dover, Equal rights and pro0-gun folks (Scott Goss)

Legislators pushing gun control legislation did not discuss the proposed assault weapons ban while pro-gun demonstrators were present, and News Journal coverage gave greater prominence to another rally re an entirely different issue (Equal rights amendment to the DE constitution). Read More…

Why wont a blue state raise the minimum wage? (Matthew Albright)

To have their way on the minimum wage, Delaware Democrats (especially the younger people who flocked to Bernie Sanders) should show up at the polls. Read More…

Raise the minimum wage, but do it with caution (Matthew Albright)

Setting the DE minimum wage too high could "seriously hurt employment," and no one wants to learn the hard way that the government has overreached. Read More…

On gun control, compromise is good (editorial)

It was fine for the Senate to consider Republican concerns about the bump stock ban bill and adopt a couple of amendments to address them. Read More…

Bump stock ban sent back to House (Scott Goss)

Amendments of bump stock ban bill by the Senate was slammed by lead sponsor on grounds the General Assembly had "let down" the students who had demonstrated and testified the day before. Read More…

Legislature advances gun control measures (Scott Goss)

Four gun control bills appeared to be on a fast track to approval after a House gun control bill hearing on March 14. Read More…

Real problems require real solutions (John Nichols)

One witness at the gun control bills hearing raised basic questions about the legislation, but the NRA et al. were lying low. Read More…

Walkouts divide some schools in state, unite others

Four News Journal reporters fanned out across the state to observe some of the school walk-outs to draw attention to mass shootings, most recently the Parkland School shooting in Florida which resulted in 17 deaths. Read More…

Guns, school safety topics at town hall (Jerry Smith)

Five state legislators appeared at a town hall event at Caesar Rodney High School after the walkout to respond to student comments and questions. Read More…

School walkouts make us proud (editorial)

Editorial lauds student walkouts in reaction to the latest of a series of mass shootings in schools and elsewhere; the tone is in keeping with glowing news coverage of this activity around the state.. Read More…

Make your voice heard on guns (Matthew Albright)

Guns or no guns, that is the question, according to this column. Read More…

Support renewable energy goals (JIll Gaumer, Wilmington)

Environmentalists are queuing up to support acceleration/expansion of REPSA, citing a proposed bill that hasn't even been publicized yet, with an apparent agenda of "resisting" the current GOP majority in DC. Read More…

Keep up the pressure on drug companies (editorial)

Lawsuits against drug companies for pushing opioids seem to be in vogue, but there's plenty of blame to go around. What about the actions of doctors, pharmacies, lax government regulators, and patients? Read More…

We're working to control healthcare costs (Wayne Smith)

This column by the head of the Delaware Healthcare Association claims that programs to improve healthcare in DE and hold down costs have been underway for some time and are making good progress, although the DHA will be happy to work with the state government on its "benchmarking" initiative. Read More…

Get serious on healthcare costs (Kara Odom Walker)

DHHS Secretary Kara Odom Walker believes cost benchmarking could lead to a new and vastly improved healthcare system in Delaware, but it's not clear who would drive the envisioned change and it's not likely to happen spontaneously. Read More…

Carney asks EPA to ease up on refinery (Scott Goss)

The administration's claims to have cut back regulations don't seem have been borne out when it comes to abolishing or at least scaling back the ethanol blending requirements for motor fuel. There are no bona fide environmental benefits involved, only unwarranted subsidies for ethanol production. Read More…

New Jersey's governor [signs] offshore wind [power] production order (Michael Catalini, AP)

Offshore wind power may be expensive and intermittent, but continues to demonstrate potent political appeal Looks like NJ will be the next coastal state to jump on the bandwagon. Read More…

Oldest nuke plant in the US closing a year ahead of schedule (Wayne Parry, AP)

Story on closure of the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in NJ after nearly 50 years leaves out a major point. Read More…

Don't legalize marijuana (Dan Keister)

Drawbacks of legalizing marijuana for "recreational purposes" should be weighed carefully by Delaware legislators versus proceeding based on public support for the idea. Read More…

Show restraint with state spending (editorial)

Realistically, General Assembly is not going to rein in spending when revenue forecast shows there will be enough money to spend. Read More…

Tax hikes won't fix budget woes (Kevin Dombrowski)

DE fiscal picture is painted as fairly bleak, but solutions are only hinted at. Read More…

Bankruptcy measures could slam Delaware (Sen. Chris Coons)

DE elected leaders are ready, willing and able to defend the First State's lucrative system for hosting out of state corporations. Shame on Sen. Elizabeth Warren and John Cornyn for proposing to upset the apple cart. Read More…

No tax hikes in Carney budget (editorial)

Governor John Carney's proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 includes no tax increases, but it is also light on targeted spending cuts and would pave the way for future deficits. Read More…

Fracking ban proposal leaves environmentalists wanting more

Could the proposed restrictions make fracking in Pennsylvania impractical? It's already banned in New York and doesn't have any practical application in Delaware. Read More…

Deportations cause some real pain (editorial)

News Journal editorial accurately notes linkage between DACA issue and the hold up in approving the government's authorization bills for fiscal year 2018, but mischaracterizes the administration position on immigration reform. Read More…

'17 ranks second warmest in state since 1895 (Maddie Laurie)

Another article attributes gradually rising global temperatures to the burning of fossil fuels and ignores the facts that (1) other factors may have a more decisive effect on global temperature, and (2) the warming trend may very well reverse at some point. This is basically propaganda, not informative reporting.

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Congress' inaction does real damage (editorial)

Little purpose is served by pontificating that the government is broken to the point that it can't even agree on an annual budget. The starting point for improvement would be to assign blame for specific failures, to include not only shutdowns (which happen now and then) but also lateness (which has been happening nearly every year).
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Carney outlines priorities for state (Scott Goss)

State of the state address shows more interest in funding new or expanded programs than in controlling government spending more effectively. Read More…

Feds should stop pollution reaching us (editorial)

News Journal lauds DE announcement of an intent to join in a suit against the EPA for not being more aggressive in forcing upwind states to curb their air emissions. Read More…
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