The week ahead: Main Street Mile, Mayor’s Harvest Festival, candidate forum

Newark Post | Features Candidate forum: Wednesday, 6:45 p.m., at McVey Elementary School, 908 Janice Drive. The Robscott Manor Civic Association will host a forum with several candidates for local, state and federal office. Confirmed attendees include Stephanie Hansen, Christine Metzing, John Kowalko, Bryan Rash, Kathleen Jennings, Bernard Pepukayi, Robert Arlett, Nadine Frost, Demitri Theodoropoulos and James Spadola. Giant yard sale: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Aetna Fire Hall, 400 Ogletown Road. Annual event raises money for Tri-State Bird Rescue. Main Street Mile: Saturday, 9 a.m., on Main […]

Delaware bans outdoor use of lead-based paints

Chemical Watch | Global Risk & Regulation News Delaware has become the first US state to ban outdoor lead-based paint. Governor John Carney (D) signed HB 456 into law on 29 August. The Act, introduced to “protect public health”, bans the use of lead paints on structures such as bridges, water towers, playground equipment, highways, parking lots, and utility towers and poles. The prohibition on any new use of lead-based paints, pigments and coatings will be effective from 1 January 2020. Any use of such items that began before that […]

Bloom critic petitions state to review fuel cell surcharge, today topping $200 million

The News Journal | by Karl Baker As Delaware’s fuel cell surcharge for Bloom Energy ticked past $200 million this month, a longtime critic formally challenged the validity of the deal the company reached with lawmakers eight years ago. John Nichols, of Middletown, is petitioning utility regulators to review Delaware’s decision to impose a fuel cell tariff on Delmarva Power electricity bills – money the utility uses to purchase electricity from Bloom Energy. He claims it has placed a “burden” on homes and businesses. The surcharge, which acts as a […]

State Legislators From All 50 States Urge End of Investor-State Dispute Settlement System in NAFTA

Public Citizen | Press Release More Than 300 Republican and Democratic State Legislators From All 50 States Urge End of Investor-State Dispute Settlement System in NAFTA In Letter to U.S. Trade Representative, Lawmakers Say ISDS Undermines State Sovereignty and Lawmaking WASHINGTON, D.C. – With all eyes on the fate of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations, more than 300 state legislators from across the political spectrum and from all 50 states released a letter today urging that the controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system be eliminated from the deal. […]

Candidates set their sights on November

Dover Post | Candidate Listings Here is a look at the candidates on the ballot for the general election. With the 2018 primary in the books the field is set for the November 6 general election in Delaware. For some candidates, however, the lack of challengers means they are virtually assured a new term. Barring successful write-in campaigns, Democrats will retain their seats in two Senate districts and nine House districts because no one filed to challenge them. On the Republican side, five House districts will see the incumbent return […]

Progressive efforts stall in Delaware primary, but movement is here to stay

The News Journal | by Scott Gross Democratic voters in Delaware on Thursday resoundingly rejected the progressive wave that has been gaining footholds elsewhere in the country – at least in statewide races. Centrist incumbent U.S. Sen. Tom Carper trounced his progressive opponent Kerri Evelyn Harris by winning 65 percent of the vote. Establishment favorite Kathy Jennings earned more votes than her three challengers combined, leaving Chris Johnson – arguably the most progressive voice in the four-way race – with less than 15 percent of the vote. Yet party insiders […]

Letter: State representative stands for the people

The News Journal | Letter to the Editor | by Carol Robbins I am writing today to say that as a die-hard Republican in an all-blue state, there is only one candidate that will get my vote for state House of Representatives. That person is John Kowalko. I have known John for several years and I can truthfully say that he is a man of his word. That is a rare thing these days, especially for a politician. John has represented the people in our district in Newark for the […]

Letter: Drug law will save lives

The News Journal | Letter to the Editor | by Bonnie & Chuck Yeatman We want to thank Rep. John Kowalko for the tireless effort and time he put into sponsoring House Bill 331. This bill requires physicians to obtain informed, written parental consent prior to prescribing specific mind-altering drugs (including “benzos”) to teens. The parent will be given a form that explains, in layman’s terms, possible life-threatening risks to minors using the drug for the first time. This groundbreaking legislation has the potential to save teen lives; we were […]

State auditor candidate pushes back against allegations

Delaware State News | by Matt Bittle DOVER — The former No. 2 employee of the Delaware Office of the Auditor of Accounts, who is now running for auditor, misused her position to hide details from her boss, transfer money without budget officials finding out and award contracts to friends, according to a report prepared by an outside firm. Findings from accounting consultant Grant Thornton indicate Kathleen Davies assumed many of the duties normally held by the state auditor and created a hostile work environment before being suspended in mid-2016 […]

Candidate for Auditor Kathleen Davies disputes findings in leaked personnel report

WDEL | by Mark Fowser A candidate for statewide office has more on her mind than just rounding up votes. Kathleen Davies is dealing with the ramifications of a supposedly confidential personnel report that was released to the media and published just weeks before the election. The release has prompted calls for a state investigation, while Davies tries to keep focused on her campaign to replace retiring State Auditor Tom Wagner – with whom she worked for several years. Appearing on The Rick Jensen Show on WDEL Wednesday, Davies said […]