Civic groups want independent counsel to look at Delaware’s LLC law

The News Journal | by Christina Jedra The Delaware Coalition for Open Government and other civic groups asked Attorney General Matt Denn on Monday to investigate the state’s system for limited liability companies — some of which have been connected to money laundering, narcotics and sex trafficking, and other offenses. The group, which includes the Civic League for New Castle County, the League of Women Voters of Delaware, the Delaware Press Association and Network Delaware, wants Denn to appoint an independent counsel to identify weaknesses in the Delaware Limited Liability […]

Complaint filed to uncover Gov. Carney’s hidden Rodney Square bus hub emails

The News Journal | by Christina Jedra When Wilmington bus rider advocates wanted answers about why the Rodney Square bus hub was dismantled, they requested Gov. John Carney’s emails in hopes of seeing the circumstances of his decision. Instead, they got black bars of redacted text. Whether those emails will stay hidden is now up to Attorney General Matt Denn’s office. The Coalition to Keep Bus Service on Rodney Square filed a complaint this week asking the Department of Justice to step in and order the emails be uncovered. “Governor Carney’s action […]

Mysterious business connects Erickson and Butina

Capital Journal | by Bart Pfankuch For reasons known only to him, embattled political operative Paul Erickson started a new business in South Dakota in June. By spending just $150 and filling out some online paperwork, Erickson formed Medora Consulting LLC, a company with no stated purpose or partners. The LLC, or limited liability company, was not Erickson’s first foray into starting companies through the LLC process, and certainly not the most explosive. Erickson, 56, started Medora LLC just one month before his romantic and political relationship with indicted Russian […]

Russian woman and South Dakotan connected by mysterious business

South Dakota News Watch | by Bart Pfankuch For reasons known only to him, embattled political operative Paul Erickson started a new business in South Dakota in June. By spending just $150 and filling out some online paperwork, Erickson formed Medora Consulting LLC, a company with no stated purpose or partners. The LLC, or limited liability company, was not Erickson’s first foray into starting companies through the LLC process, and certainly not the most explosive. Erickson, 56, started Medora LLC just one month before his romantic and political relationship with […]

Ballot set for local, statewide races this fall

Newark Post | by Josh Shannon This fall is shaping up to be a busy election season, with a number of local races as well as statewide races for senate, representative in congress, attorney general, state treasurer and auditor. Delaware’s primary election is set for Sept. 6, and the general election will be held Nov. 6. Though the filing deadline passed last week, political parties have until Sept. 4 to nominate candidates for races in which no member of that party has filed. Here’s a look at where local and […]

Bill would promote ‘sustainability’ among businesses — but does it mean anything?

Delaware State News | by Matt Bittle DOVER — Home to upward of 1 million business entities, including more than 60 percent of Fortune 500 companies, Delaware is an internationally recognized leader in corporate law and incorporation. Some lawmakers believe the time is ripe for the First State to become a pioneer in “sustainability,” potentially attracting more businesses and even making the world a better place to live. A broad concept, sustainability can be defined in many ways, but at its core, one influential legislator says, it’s about making a […]

Kowalko: Drawn-out end to legislative session draws compromise, disappointment

WDEL | by Kevin Hayes The end of the legislative session in Dover was more of a chore than previously predicted. A recess well into Sunday morning when the session should have cut off by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday left both sides of the aisle in arms. “I would say that the minimum wage hike was long overdue,” said State Rep. John Kowalko (D-Newark). “I don’t think it should have even been held as a bargaining chip. Kowalko cited the Republican reaction to the hiked minimum wage as a call […]

Delaware legislative session ends after all-night fight over minimum wage increase

WHYY | by Cris Barrish Delaware lawmakers spent the night in Dover in an unanticipated battle over raising the minimum wage. The all-night fight produced an eventual raise to $9.25 that will be phased in over the next two years. At 4 a.m. Sunday, the House voted mostly along party lines to approve the wage increase, which was backed by Democrats. The move irritated Republicans, who forced a delay in approving a $816 million bond bill. After hours of closed-door meetings, a compromise was reached, and a new provision was […]

On the final day: Budgeting executive order signed

Delaware State News | by Matt Bittle DOVER — The governor on Saturday signed an executive order focused on limiting budget growth, although the directive does not bind legislators. Based off recommendations issued last month by an advisory panel on budgeting, the order instructs the council that sets the state’s revenue forecast to develop a benchmark aimed at slowing the growth of the budget by setting aside revenue that, if expended, would cause the spending plan to pass a certain point. The decree comes after a constitutional amendment that would […]

Gov. Carney signs ‘budget smoothing’ executive order; critics weigh in

WDEL | by Mark Fowser Governor John Carney Saturday signed an Executive Order to carry out a series of recommendations known as “budget smoothing.” The action came after the General Assembly tabled legislation that would have created the process through a Constitutional Amendment. The recommendations include establishing a benchmark budgeting mechanism and creating a budget stabilization fund. “They came up with a recommendation—very well thought out—that we believe would address the needs of our budget and the needs of state agencies and non-profit agencies in our state by smoothing out, […]