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 […]

Kowalko: News Journal Editor’s statement out of line

The News Journal | Letter to the Editor | by Rep. John Kowalko In an obvious misrepresentation of the truth, you make statements in today’s article, “Mike Feeley, executive editor of The News Journal, said the news organization will not be deterred by threats of legal action,” that show that you have apparently not read the letter (from Rep. Williams and myself sent to Attorney General Denn) or you are deliberately misinterpreting the content and intent of the letter. Nowhere in that letter does it state or allude to any legal action […]

Two state lawmakers seek probe into leaked report on State Auditor candidate

Delaware Public Media | by Sarah Mueller Two state representatives endorsing Kathleen Davies for State Auditor are asking Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn to investigate the leak of a report criticizing her. An article in the News Journal earlier this month cited the report that alleges Davies abused her power and failed to follow policies after Wagner placed her in charge while undergoing medical procedures. Davies’ attorney says it’s an attempt to defame and discredit her. Democratic Reps. John Kowalko and Kim Williams say the leak of the report raises […]

Lawmakers demand leak investigation into Kathleen Davies report

In response to the misguided and irresponsible statements of News Journal Executive Editor Mike Feeley unfairly criticizing the letter sent to AG Matt Denn seeking an internal investigation of a releasing of a confidential report, I am including my comments and challenges to Mr. Feeley’s statements in the article copied below. Rep. John Kowalko Mr. Feeley, In an obvious misrepresentation of the truth, you made statements in today’s article (“Mike Feeley, executive editor of The News Journal, said the news organization will not be deterred by threats of legal action”) […]