Very interesting. Each week, Governor Markell’s website releases his public schedule. Since the Governator is speaking at the Center For American Progress today I thought I would check his public schedule today…
Monday, November 9th at 7:15 p.m.
Governor Markell will attend the 14th Annual Cornerstone Awards- Joined by restaurant industry partners and Delaware restaurateurs, the Governor will attend the 14th Annual Cornerstone Awards event, which is held in recognition of the work that the restaurant industry maintains throughout the year. This event will also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Delaware Restaurant Association. World Café Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market Street, Wilmington
Tuesday, November 10th at 12:45 p.m.
Governor Markell will participate in the Broad Valley ribbon cutting ceremony. Georgetown Circle, Georgetown
Tuesday, November 10th at 4:30 p.m.
Governor Markell will present a proclamation in recognition of the 2015 Radiation Protection Week. Governor’s Office, Tatnall Building, 150 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard South, Dover
Wednesday, November 11th at 10:30 a.m.
Governor Markell will speak at the Annual Veterans Day Service.Memorial Plaza, Delaware Memorial Bridge, New Castle
So if Governor Markell is not including this in his public schedule for this, and he is using taxpayer funds for transportation, how is this even allowable? We know he has done this before when his bodyguard had a bit of an argument with a citizen in Washington D.C. And if he is giving the keynote speech in D.C. around 10am, is that enough time to get back to Georgetown at 12:45pm? I sincerely hope he isn’t travelling by helicopter for a non-public event at an education “non-profit”. When he spoke at New America last summer, I emailed his Education Policy Advisor Lindsay O’Mara to find out who pays for transportation for things like this. I never received any response.
As announced everywhere yesterday, Delaware came in 48th out of 50 states for public transparency from our state government. Add this one to the list full of reasons why we did. One of the marks Delaware got an F for was public access to the Governor’s schedule. It is far past time we stopped allowing Governor Markell to abuse his executive power for corporate interests and flipping the bill to the state.
I emailed Lindsay O’Mara again on this issue and included several other folks in the email:
From: Kevin Ohlandt <email@example.com>
To: O’Mara Lindsay (Governor) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Markell Jack <email@example.com>; Kowalko John (LegHall) <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Jonathan Starkey <email@example.com>; “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>; Flaherty John <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Visalli Ann <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 9:44 AM
Subject: Asking again
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Where can I find this list that Delaware came in 48th?
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Kevin, this speaking event was on the governor’s calendar, at least the one distributed electronically to the media (and yes, citizen bloggers like us can request to be included on that distribution list.)
Now that is very good to know!