Political inaction blamed in tax lawsuit (Xerxes Wilson & Jeanne Kuang)

Part II of News Journal review of the property tax reassessment issue. Read More…

Long past time to fix Delaware property taxes (NJ editorial)


News Journal reiterates its positron that property tax reassessment should be accomplished on a priority basis, with steps taken to ensure property tax values will be updated on a regular basis from now on. Read More…

Property tax system on trial (Xerxes Wilson)

Sounds like property tax reassessment is coming for Delaware; there will be many winners and losers as current inequities are eliminated. Read More…

Now is the time to start impeachment inquiry into Trump (Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester)

Delaware's member of the House of Representatives has declared support for an impeachment inquiry; her rationale is to ensure that all relevant facts are brought out and accountability is demanded but the analysis seems one-sided. Read More…

Neither party cares about our national debt (USA Today editorial)

The Bipartisan Budget Act will compound the government’s fiscal woes, and ironically the debt limit – which is supposed to help constrain spending – provided a motive for hasty action. Read More…

We're making progress on issues Del. cares about (John Carney)

With all due respect, Gov. Carney's column paints an unduly rosy picture of Delaware's prospects. Read More…

Desegregation isn't just Joe Biden's problem, it's Delaware's also (Matt Albright)

Sen. Biden's position on busing in the 1970s wasn't necessarily wrong, and by the same token a court order declaring educational support for certain schools is inadequate might have unintended consequences. Read More…

How can Trump keep making the same unfulfilled promises (Ted Kaufman)

Former Sen. Kaufman is closely allied with the Biden campaign, and one might think he should support his own candidate's credentials instead of launching hyperbolic attacks on the president. Read More…

Banning plastic bags in Delalware is not enough (Julie Miro Wenger)

One more example of the "nanny state" in action. Read More…

Rising seas may cost Delaware $9B over 20 years (Maddy Lauria)

One day after the Clean Power Plan was replaced by a far more modest EPA regulation, a new study about the alleged perils of sea level rise was released. An equally defensible headline would have been: "Rising seas may not cost Delaware $9B over 20 years." Read More…

Senate OKs bill to boost schools in Wilmington (Natalia Alamdari)

A new group may take over review of Wilmington school problems; funding looks like the sticking point. Read More…

State's climate activism will cost its drivers (Rich Collins)

As though the RGGI/RPS regime hasn't been bad enough, it is now proposed to launch a similar program for motor fuel - on top of various federal requirements - that would effectively impose a punitive tax on drivers of fossil fuel vehicles. Read More…

Biden calls for unity (Meredith Newman & Karl Baker)

Biden's first big campaign rally was a relatively low key event, or so this report would suggest. Read More…

Gun bill failures raises doubts about Dems' leadership (Matt Albright)

The gun control bills weren't really needed, so Democrats arguably did the right thing by not pushing them to a vote. On the other hand, the political timidity of Democratic leaders bodes ill for progress on more important issues. Read More…

What caused gun control bills' failure? (Sarah Gamard)

After teeing up three gun control bills, Democratic leaders in the DE Senate inexplicably backed off. Read More…

House votes to trash plastic bags (Sarah Gamard)

Delaware legislators are seemingly unable to refrain from "virtue signaling," which is what this proposed law would amount to. Read More…

Our school funding system is failing Delaware children (Mike Matthews)

Re the "first things first" emphasis on property tax reassessment, is this seen as a way to sugar-coat a big tax increase? Read More…

Bill would take Delaware school tax hikes out of voters' hands (Natalia Alamdari)

News Journal draws connection between school referendum bill and proposals to mandate property tax reassessment. Read More…

Let's fix our broken school tax system (Earl Jacques)

Delaware legislator rationalizes 2018 rejection of school district consolidation, claims that many good ideas came out of the task force review that he chaired. Read More…

Voters are focused on healthcare; that's good for Democrats (Ted Kaufman)

A Biden insider outlines Joe Biden's probable position on healthcare in 2020, namely GovCare plus a "public option."
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Biden would restore the world's trust in the US (Jack Markell)

Former Delaware Governor Jack Markell channels European sentiment in favor of Joe Biden. Read More…

Not your average Joe (Ryan Cormier)

At the age of 76, Joe Biden has a long track record - with many successes but also his share of failures and flip flops. He never caught on as a presidential candidate in other years, but "moderate" Democrats appear to be hoping for a different outcome this time.

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Wild history of "blue laws" has several modern-day lessons (Matthew Albright)

A historical analogy is suggested for moving ahead with property tax reassessment, but what if the real intent is to raise taxes versus simply making relative valuations fairer? Read More…

It's about to get easier to vote in Delaware (Sarah Gamard)

"Early voting" is coming in Delaware, with no effective opposition and no DE constitutional amendment. Too bad! Read More…

Allergies feel worse? Blame climate change (Maddy Lauria)

More one-sided coverage of claims of harm from manmade global warming. Read More…

Democrats propose new, tougher gun laws (Sarah Gamard)

Further anti-gun legislation is brewing in Delaware, despite spirited opposition. Read More…

Delaware's voting system works: Why change it? (DE Sen. Gerald Hocker)

The proposed changes are based on perceptions of political advantage, not because there is anything wrong with the existing voting system in Delaware. Read More…

The real crisis in Central America (Sen. Tom Carper)

Building a big border wall won't solve the problem of illegal immigration, perhaps US foreign aid programs will work better. Read More…

National popular vote gets final approval in Delaware (Randall Chase)

National popular vote gets final approval in Delaware, Randall Chase, 3/14/19 - The House voted 24-17 on Thursday to join 11 other Democratic-leaning states in a popular-vote compact. If the Democratic governors in Delaware, Colorado and New Mexico each sign their respective bills, the compact would have 189 of the 270 electoral college votes needed to elect the president. Senate had previously approved the bill on March 7, and Governor John Carney subsequently signed it.

Republicans should support a national popular vote (Michael Steele & Saul Anusiz)

Two former Republican party officials are supporting the National Popular Vote compact. Their logic doesn't seem persuasive, and the off-the-cuff statements by President Trump were never intended to be applied ito this issue. Read More…

We need to make changes to the Supreme Court (Ted Kaufman)

One of the greatest successes of the Trump administration has been appointing conservative judges. Sen. Ted Kaufman seems to be casting around for ideas to disrupt this effort.

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LNG port coming to Delaware River site (Karl Baker)

Inquiring minds want to know why Delmarva Power proposes to build an LNG facility to sell natural gas to Bloom Energy at the Red Lion fuel cell farm versus, say, bringing in natural gas via the pipelines that serve New Caslte County. Read More…

Americans can't do healthcare like Europe (Meagan McArdle)

Government healthcare programs that work elsewhere aren't necessarily suitable for the US. Read More…

Officials propose election reforms (Scott Goss)

One-sided arguments are being offered for election process "reforms," which Democratic leaders hope to get enacted in coming "weeks." Read More…

Carney seeks more ed funding (Scott Goss)

Here's a classic example of how government grows. New needs are defined and funded - no thought is given to offsetting economies in other areas. Read More…

We support border security, but not wall (Sen. Tom Carper et al.)

Delaware members team up on a column blaming the current government shutdown on the president for refusing to take "no" for an answer on his border barrier proposal. Read More…

Bloom Energy defends deal as Delaware considers new permit application (Karl Baker)

Bloom Energy is seeking a permit to replace fuel cells at electric power generation facilities operated pursuant to authorization by the Public Service Commission. It’s unclear how Delawareans will be affected by the proposed project, and Bloom didn’t shed much light on the subject at the public hearing conducted by DNREC on 1/10/19.

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Let's make it easier for Delawareans to vote (Gov. John Carney)

In making the case for same day registration, early voting, etc., Governor Carney exaggerates the importance of voter turnout (per se) and ignores the negatives. Read More…
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