Political Gossip and Tidbits Wandering About The Small Wonder That is Delaware- The 1/22/16 Edition

Now you can track the snow plows on an app! The new candidates coming out of the woodwork, Punkin’ Chunkin’ trying to make desperate return. Lots more….click on in.

Stealing from the PTA….how pathetic is this?

sf1.18.16deltidbitsKimberlyParkerFrom WBOC.com:

Laurel School District Superintendent Shawn Larrimore wrote in a news release that the school district learned of the theft on January 4. He did not name the suspect in his statements, but said the suspect was put on unpaid leave.
Laurel Police arrested 48-year-old Kimberly Parker on January 5.  Laurel Police Sgt. Adam Coleman says she took more than $2,500 from the organization. She’s charged with theft over $1,500.

What’s kind of puzzling is that Larrimore says that none of the funds Parker is accused of pilfering belong to the school district.

Yet she’s been put on “unpaid leave”?

Kind of sad stealing for your child’s parent-teacher organization but it’s sadder that the employer finds her guilty before trial. Parker will get paid retroactively, I’ve no doubt but the whole thing is pathetic.
Governor Markell names new Delaware Secretary of Labor
From WDEL.com:


Gillam-Johnson served as the Wilmington University Organization Dynamics Program chairperson for more than a decade, worked as a consultant relating to workplace skillset management, and held roles in the Drug Enforcement Administration, D.C. Courts system, and the U.S. Department of Labor.
She has a Bachelors in Psychology from Morgan State University, and a Masters and Doctorate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland.

Well she certainly seems well-qualified to me.

I’ll Believe It When I See It

From WMDT.com:

Thanks to a determined “Save the Chunk” effort, officials say the World Punkin Chunkin Association is close to staging a comeback from its two-year hiatus.

The problem of securing affordable insurance for the event appears resolved, according to newly elected association president Frank Payton.

The only challenge now is finding a location to stage the one-time annual event which revolves around a competition involving contraptions that hurl pumpkins through the air. It’s scheduled for Nov. 4-6.
Punkin Chunkin started in 1986 but was scratched in 2014 when its seven-year host, Wheatley Farms in Bridgeville, chose not to host the event after a spotter from the previous year’s competition sustained serious injuries on

There’s a new guy in town, Frank Payton, President of the World Punkin’ Chunkiin’ , who knew there was such a thing?

It’s the lawyers who are preventing Punkin’ Chunkin’ in Delaware and it’s a damn shame.

For Sussex county has the ocean to the east and Punkin’ Chunkin’ was a perfect venue to get tourists to visit west Sussex….as in share the tourist revenue.

So the Delaware legislature tried to put a limit on liabilities, NOT for injuries sustained, but on awards for “pain and suffering”. Just a limit people, to keep the amount from going out of the stratosphere.

But the Democratic majority said No because lawyers are their friends.

We’ll see how this makes out.

It’s only Sussex county and they hate Sussex county up north, don’t they?

Updates on Candidates

sf1.21.16deltidbitsbobmitchellI met Bob Mitchell and will be posting that interview sometime this weekend. Mitchell is running for Representative of Delaware’s 35th district in western Sussex county. Mitchell is a Republican and is challenging incumbent Dave Wilson.

State Representative Harvey Kenton is running for re-election.

Kenton was first elected to the State House of Representatives in 2010 serving the residents of the 36th District.

Kenton is a Republican and is the incumbent.
We have also interviewed Mark Schaeffer, who is running for the third councilmatic district against Joan Deaver!

Joan is a Democrat and there’s no good reason why the Sussex county GOP shouldn’t get behind Mark and get him elected.

I also interviewed Schaeffer and will be posting the interview sometime this weekend.
Anthony DelCollo is running, as a Republican, for the 6th state senatorial district.

Delcollo is most famous, recently, for “representing” Lacey Lafferty and Don Ayotte , more information here.

It’s the dumbest story of all time.

Cape Henlopen School district seeking more money

Not that there’s anything new under the sun.

But the request of $.37 per $100 of property value is quite steep. For a home valued at $50,000, the property tax would increase by $185 a year.

Of course, at least as of yet, seniors and disabled are exempt from school taxes but that’s still a considerable burden for those raising a family to handle.

The referendum is scheduled for March 23.

Senator Lopez Comes Out of Hiding.

On my former Blog I’d written praises for Brian Pettyjohn and Steve Smyk for how they were out and about and keeping constituents informed. I also suggested that Senator Lopez start getting out and about.

Now Lopez is appearing on WGMD and guy ain’t taking no sass from those who threaten fake bombs.

From WMDT:com:L

“Today, another coward sought to put fear into the hearts and minds of our Cape district parents with a threat made against our most vulnerable population:  our children.

Once again, Cape district teachers, administrators and staff, showed courage, care and concern for their students and on a day of brutal cold went above and beyond the job each of them intended to perform when they arrived in their classrooms to work this morning.
Let me make something perfectly clear to those who continue to try to instill fear into Moms and Dads, grandparents and our community as a whole:   your actions are despicable and when you are discovered you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. It is only a matter of time until your arrogance and mean spiritedness catch up with you and when they do, please be mindful of the fact that in choosing to use our children to spread your fear, patience and understanding as to your reasoning will be difficult to bestow. We will find you.

A deep and sincere thanks again to our local teachers and staff and law enforcement who have borne this burden these last few weeks. The love you have shown all of our children and the professionalism with which you have carried out your job is valued and appreciated.“

So there, I reprinted Lopez’ entire statement. He put bike paths all over Lewes now time to go get re-elected.

Tracking the Snow Plows?!?!?!?

I don’t know if this is a stupid idea or sheer genius. But hey, you got a street needs plowing, now you can find out just where the plows are. There’s even an app to track them on your cell phone.

there will be a small lag of approximately three minutes between the map display and what is occurring in real time. “Each of our 330 trucks will be identified on the app by its license number. Other equipment like pickups, tankers, loaders and road graders will not have this system installed. … The public will only see the trucks that are in motion whether they are actively plowing, or salting — or perhaps in transit to an assigned location so they can begin plowing and salting elsewhere.”

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NEXT : Two great interviews coming up of Mark Schaeffer and Bob Mitchell. Also Sunday Political Talk Show Post as is the norm every Sunday.

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