ACTION ALERT: Call now - Delaware Senate to Ban Civil Unions?

A tip from a reader at Delaware Liberal:

SB 27 by Venables has a hearing tomorrow at 1:00 PM in his committee(Small Business). This is a DE version of DOMA. It appears that the swing vote is George Bunting. Please contact his office at (302) 744-4286 and tell him to vote against this bill.

It's more than just the Delaware version of DOMA. Look at the text:

"A marriage between a man and a woman is the only legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state."

That would outlaw Civil Unions. Call the Delaware State Senate today!

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House 2010: Dems May Have Strong Challenger for Castle in DE

Josh Kraushaar, reporting on the developments that may lead to Beau Biden becoming the next Senator from Delaware, makes what seems from this vantage an even more important catch: The Democrats may finally have a viable challenger for Republican Congressman Mike Castle.

[Beau Biden's] biggest rival for the Democratic nomination, former Delaware lieutenant governor John Carney, appears to instead be looking at the state's House race against Republican congressman Mike Castle.

"It's been difficult to get people to step up to the plate and run against Congressman Castle. I've got to tell you, that's something I'm looking at right now," Carney told a Delaware radio station earlier this week.

Carney was passed over for the Delaware Senate appointment in favor of longtime Biden adviser Ted Kaufman, who is only holding the seat before the special election occurs in two years.

After winning his first term in the House back in 1992 by a 55 percent to 43 percent margin, Castle has never won by fewer than 18 points, with no Democrat even crossing the 40 percent threshold. But with John Carney potentially in this race -- probably the strongest opponent Castle has ever faced, including his successful runs for Governor in the 1980s -- Castle's path to reelection is far from assured. Throw on top the fact that the Obama-Biden ticket received 62 percent of the vote in the state last November, and all of the sudden this could be a real contest.

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Who Gets To Vote? States Battle Over Voter ID and Election Day Registration

Cross-posted at Project Vote's blog, Voting Matters

Weekly Voting Rights News Update

By Erin Ferns

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold Indiana's voter ID law, the state-by-state battle to pass similar legislation has escalated with politicians seeking partisan gain furiously pushing laws that hinder access to the ballot. However, lawmakers seeking to dismantle barriers to electoral participation are just as committed to election integrity and protecting the voting rights of potentially millions of voters by calling out voter ID laws as "sheer political posturing." Meanwhile, positive measures to increase participation through Election Day Registration (EDR) are gaining ground in several states even as Iowa prepares to test-drive its new EDR law in the June 3 primary.

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Delaware House (HD-07) Special Election Saturday

The Republican Party holds a 23-18 lead in the Delaware House.  We have a chance tomorrow in HD-07 to make that 22-19.  Wouldn't it be nice to turn another state from Purple to Blue.  The Special Election arose because Republican Majority Leader Wayne Smith walked out of the House though the revolving door to become President and CEO of the Delaware Healthcare Association, the industry group for hospital and HMOs.  It's nice to know that Mr. Smith is going to get compensated for his work in the House.

The Democratic candidate is Bryon Short.  He's an entrepreneur and former aide to Sen. Carper. (Campaign Website) (Issues)

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It is not just the netroots that "get" Dean

Tonight the New Castle County Democratic Executive Committee unanimously passed this resolution in support of DNC Chairman Howard Dean.

Resolution of Support for
Chairman Howard Dean, M.D.

Whereas the New Castle County Executive Committee recognizes the leadership of DNC Chairman Howard Dean in our success in the 2006 elections and,

Whereas the New Castle County Executive Committee wishes to express our support of and thanks to DNC Chairman Howard Dean, now be it

Resolved that: The New Castle County Executive Committee wholeheartedly endorses and supports Chairman Howard Dean and his 50-state-strategy.  Further, the Committee  members are looking forward to the continuance of Chairman Dean's leadership and victory in 2008 under that leadership.  

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