The Delaware blogging community saw a very odd thing happen this week. Delaware Liberal saw four of their ten contributors suddenly leave the popular liberal blog. El Somnambulo left on Wednesday. Soon after, Delaware Dem, Cassandra, and Pandora left and began a new blog called Blue Delaware. The tension came to a high point when Delaware Dem put up a post about changes readers would like to see on the blog. Feelings rose to the surface causing the split. Delaware Liberal is still around and is pumping out tons of posts. As well, a regular commenter on Del Lib named Donviti began his own blog called Worn Off Novelty. Stan Merriman is also writing more stuff on his own blog, Pitchforks & Populists. Kavips is still closed but I am hoping he/she comes out of the woodwork very soon! On the education front, I am still writing stuff (not as much as I had been), along with Kilroy and Atnre Alleyne’s The Urgency of Now. Elizabeth Scheinberg has been writing some interesting stuff with her new blog, Echo Awareness.
Much of the feelings of resentment go back to the primary and the split among Delaware Democrats between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The three who left Del Lib to start their own blog were huge Hillary supporters. El Som was a big Bernie supporter. Conflict ensued leading to the events of this week. Looks like it is time for me to update my Delaware blog roll!
On Tuesday, the Delaware Senate passed Senate Bill 285, the FY2017 budget bill, with a vote of 15 yes and 6 no. The Delaware Constitution requires 3/4 of both the Delaware House of Representatives and the Delaware Senate to vote yes in order for the budget to pass. The Delaware Senate did not get the necessary 3/4 vote. It was a little bit over 71%, not 75%. But they passed it anyways and sent it to the House who did pass it with the required 3/4 vote. Now it heads to Governor Markell’s desk. As El Somnambulo pointed out on Delaware Liberal this morning, only the General Assembly can declare this unconstitutional and could send it to the Delaware Supreme Court. This is the dark side of shady Delaware Politics as El Som pointed out:
The question, of course, was moot when the budgets passed almost unanimously. But that’s not the case this year. I don’t care whether the R’s are doing this just to be pains in the ass. The idea that the General Assembly would willfully pass, and the Governor would sign, a budget that might not meet constitutional standards is, well when you think of it, not surprising. Just depressing and sorta outrageous. And business as usual.
The absolute corruption and fraud in Dover continues. It isn’t just education folks, it is everything. This General Assembly has no respect for the Delaware Constitution or those who came before them. They set up laws to allow illegal activity in our state. Yes, that is an oxymoron, but it is what they do. And we still keep voting the same people in, year after year. At least Senator Karen Peterson has the good sense to get the hell out of there before they do something even more stupid. The same day the Senate illegally passed the budget, WBOC reported a federal judge ruled Delaware’s abandoned property collecting practices violate due process law. Amounting to revenue for the state to the tune of almost $500 million dollars on an annual basis. That is about 1/8th of the state budget folks. How can we, as the citizens of Delaware, allow this to continue? When will the people rise up and take control? Are we just as guilty as the politicians that look the other way on illegal activities by electing the lawmakers who violate our Constitution?