Electoral College’s future shaky after Trump win

Delaware Public Media | by James Dawson For many, President-elect Donald Drumpf’s Electoral College victory conjures up visions of hanging chads and hurt feelings from the 2000 presidential election. In that race, Al Gore won the popular vote by about half a million people, but George W. Bush narrowly squeaked into the White House by one electoral vote This year – 2.6 million more people voted for Hillary Clinton than Drumpf, yet he will lead the country for the next four years. The Electoral College system has confounded people for […]

Town hall meeting for gun legislation held in Newark

The News Journal | by Alonzo Small The Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence hosted a town hall meeting Tuesday in Newark to review the state’s gun violence legislation that has passed in the last couple of years. Sen. Bryan Townsend, Rep. Paul Baumbach, Rep. John Kowalko and Rep. Ed Osienski appeared before an “encouraging” group of locals at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark to discuss the 2017 legislative season and the “common sense” gun violence legislation that has passed since the tragedy of Sandy Hook, which was the catalyst […]

Kowalko and Osienski retain state house seats

The News Journal | by Grace McKenna Three Newark-area state representatives — Republican Michael Ramone and Democrats Ed Osienski and John Kowalko — retained their seats with ease on Tuesday. In District 21, Ramone won a fifth term with 82 percent of the vote, compared to Green Party candidate David McCorquodale’s 18 percent. “The biggest thing I try to do is to be accessible,” Ramone said Tuesday night. “People come to my bi-weekly coffee hours, to my house or my business for questions. They come when they need me.” He attributed […]

The truth behind Bloom’s sweet deal

The News Journal | by Jeff Mordock & Molly Murray Over the last four years, Delawareans have paid nearly $130 million in energy surcharges – a benefit used to attract fuel cell company Bloom Energy to the state five years ago in exchange for a promise of 900 new jobs. Counting the surcharge alone, to date, the cost for each one of those pledged 900 jobs for Delmarva Power ratepayers amounts to nearly $145,000 per post. But in reality, Bloom didn’t create 900 jobs. The real number is 277 positions, […]

Letter: Robscott should back Kowalko

The News Journal | Letter to the Editor | by Elizabeth Lee Roberts The upcoming election is an important one for Delaware and our Robscott Manor community. I ask that you support the re-election of Delaware State Representative John Kowalko. I’ve known John for a dozen years now and have the utmost respect and appreciation for his hard work and dedication to our neighborhood. He has always been there for us and we need him to be able to continue to represent us. In my 47 years in this home, I have […]

Letter: Kowalko listens, takes action

The News Journal | Letter to the Editor | by Karen, Jack & Ben Bashkow We ask for your support of John Kowalko for state representative. John has served many years to help make Delaware a better place. I initially met John when he was running for his first term. John was canvassing our neighborhood on Hunter Forge Road. He began to talk to me about issues he found had the interest of many of his constituents. I immediately introduced him to our pressing issue of funds for adults and children […]

Kowalko: Delaware’s image – What lies beneath the shadows

The News Journal | Delaware Voice | by Rep. John Kowalko Delaware is a pro-business state. It is relatively simple to form a company. We have no corporate income tax, and we even have special courts to handle corporate disputes. These courts have provided for an unmatched experience and understanding of the issues involved in commercial enterprises. These factors provide our state with a competitive advantage that has made us the choice for legal residence of nearly two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies. However, recently our state’s reputation has suffered because of […]

Christina School Dist. frustrated with Dept. of Ed.’s proposed budgetary changes

Delaware Public Media | by Megan Pauly Christina School District officials feel they’ve been left out in the cold by the Dept. of Education regarding its potential changes to district funding allocations – changes Christina says could cost it $3 million. State education officials say there won’t be any changes in the state’s student funding formula this year, but Christina School District officials are still concerned. The state’s Education Secretary can’t change the formula that decides how much goes to charter schools, but can determine which line items are “inappropriate for […]

John Kowalko’s Vision For Delaware

First State Update | by Staff Writer First State Update recently asked Delaware State Representative John Kowalko to share his vison for Delaware’s future. Here’s what he told us: “My vision for Delaware’s future hinges on a sea change in attitude by elected officials and government agencies regarding open and transparent government. The current system, often cloaked in secrecy and diminished access, has caused a disconcerting drop in public confidence and trust in government. Transforming the realities of the status-quo, which currently provides that those in power are allowed to […]

Delaware LLC involved in international bribery scheme

The News Journal | by Karl Baker A Chilean airline will pay two U.S. federal agencies $22 million in penalties for bribing union bosses in Argentina with the help of a Delaware company, authorities announced in a plea bargain last week. In 2006, LAN Airlines paid $1.15 million to “labor union officials in exchange for the union agreeing to accept lower wages,” a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice said. In order to conceal the “sham payment,” officials from LAN first transferred the money to their subsidiary, a Delaware-registered limited liability company, called Atlantic Aviation Investments LLC, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission statement. Atlantic Aviation Investments (not affiliated with New Castle-based Atlantic Aviation) then transferred the funds […]