The Six House Democrats Who Voted Against The Budget will be panelists at the September 2nd meeting of the Progressive Democrats for Delaware to talk with us about FY2017.
If you have questions or suggestions about how state government will be approaching the budget next year, come out and […]
Special Election For the 18th State House District Set For Saturday, September 12th!
Here Is David Bentz On The Issues
FUNDRAISER for DAVID BENTZ DEMOCRAT State Representative, 18th District Thursday, August 27 6 to 7:30 p.m. United Distributors of Delaware 411 Churchmans Road New Castle 19720 Suggested: $50—Minimum: $25 […]
The Progressive Democrats for Delaware are thrilled to announce our first Bob Stachnik Progressive Courage Award winners – The State House Democratic Caucus Six – Paul Baumbach, Kim Williams, Sean Lynn, Andria Bennett, Sean Matthews and John Kowalko. Paul Baumbach will be saying a few words in memory of PDD founder, Bob Stachnik, at our Summer Social next Wednesday night (7PM at the FireStone Roasting House on the Riverfront).
We’ll also be honoring four 2015 Education Heroes – John Young, Kevin Ohlandt, Elizabeth Lockman and Mike Matthews as well as soliciting Progressive Committee Hero nominees. The award ceremony is planned for the PDD General Meeting on September 2nd where our Caucus Six have been invited to speak on a panel to discuss the state budget process and how we might improve it for FY 2016.
7 – 9 p.m.
FireStone Roasting House 110 South West Street, Riverfront, Wilmington DE 19801
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Progressive Democrats for Delaware General Meeting: 7 p.m. next Wednesday night, July 1st, at the Democratic Party Headquarters, 19 East Commons Blvd in New Castle. All are welcome!
Agenda – PDD General Membership Meeting – July 1, 2015
A. Call to Order – General Meeting
B. General Business
1. June […]
The Progressive Democrats for Delaware (PDD) joins with Common Cause and DELCOG in the belief that allowing even more money into the political system is contrary to the idea of limiting big money influences in politics. It is a fundamental Democratic and Progressive concept that democracy and legislators are not for sale. Please vote AGAINST HS1 to HB128.
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PDD General Meeting is to be held at 7:00 pm on June 3, 2015 at the NCC Democratic Headquarters, 19 E. Commons Blvd, Fl 2, New Castle, DE 19720.
An update of leadership within PDD this year: at the May 2015 meeting, PDD elected me, Nancy Willing, as President in order to fill the mid-term vacancy left by newly elected president, David Ingalsbe with his sudden departure to Florida. The organization also elected Connie Merlet as Secretary and Stan Merriman to the Steering Committee as well as voting to install Nancy Willing as Interim Treasurer and to add Vice President Catherine Ciferni as co-signer on the accounts until we secure a candidate for the office of Treasurer.
Tonight, the membership of the PDD elected the following officers and at large steering committee members for the coming year:
Vice President–Catherine Ciferni
Steering Committee Members At Large– Nancy Willing, Glen Schmiesing, Bill Dunn, Connie Merlet
Congratulations to all the winners!
The new Steering Committee takes over with the March meeting, and they will have to appoint a Treasurer and an at large Steering Committee member to replace Catherine Ciferni, who has been elected Vice President. As outgoing President, I will be meeting with President-elect Ingalsbe, Secretary-elect Merriman and outgoing Treasurer Glen Schmiesing to complete the transition, which will be a smooth and seamless one. As an editor of Delaware Liberal, I will continue to compile the PDD-DL Voting Tracker each week, which tracks legislation of progressive interest, because, as perverse as this sounds, I enjoy it.
However, I think it is time for me to step away from the organization for a while and allow the new leadership to take PDD in the direction they wish to go. I wish PDD and its members nothing but the best, and wish everyone the best of luck in their efforts. It was a honor to lead this group of Delaware Progressives since 2012, and to be a member of the PDD long before that, and I will always look back at my time with PDD with much fondness.
So, as former President Rebecca Young used to say, Onward!
We are starting to get some serious legislation now. Rep. Helene Keeley’s Marijuana Decriminalization Bill was introduced last week. As HB 39, the purpose of the bill is to decriminalize the possession or private use of a personal use quantity of marijuana, or more specifically, persons who possess one ounce or less of marijuana shall be assessed a civil penalty that will not become part of a criminal record and must forfeit the marijuana. These persons will also not be subject to incarceration. In other words, you will get something similar to a traffic ticket. Section 2 of the bill treats public use or consumption of an ounce of marijuana or less shall be considered an unclassified misdemeanor punishable by a $200 fine or imprisonment of not more than 5 days, which is in line with the penalty for possession or consumption of an open container of alcohol. Current laws make possessing one ounce or less of marijuana in the First State a misdemeanor punishable by up to three months in jail, a criminal fine of up to $575, or both.
Republicans have also introduced their Estate Tax Repeal. Currently, the Delaware Estate Tax only applies to estates worth more than $5.43 million. So let’s all be honest and call this bill the Making the Rich Richer Bill.