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Club Meeting Monday 11/27/23 And Special Election 12/21/23

We will have our 38th District Republican Club meeting Monday November 27th at the Roxana Fire Station, meet and greet at 6:00 p.m. and meeting start at 6:30 p.m.

Our hot topic will be discussing the 37th District Special Election to occur December 21, 2023. The 37th District's Representative, Ruth Briggs King (R), was forced to resign from her position when she moved out of the 37th District, as per the Delaware Constitution. The Chair of Sussex County Republican Committee has the authority to select the republican candidate for this Special Election, as does the Sussex Democrat Chair to choose the democrat candidate. This means there is no primary election for this seat. Once Rep. Ruth Briggs King announced her resignation, as per the Delaware Constitution, there was a limited timeframe to have the Special Election, and in this case, is less than four weeks away!

The Candidates

Valerie Jones Giltner - Republican Candidate

Valerie Jones Giltner (R)

"While Giltner hasn’t been active in local or state politics, she said she has plenty of experience in her job as a healthcare consultant and community volunteer of helping to negotiate win-win deals, which she thinks will be crucial in Delaware’s Democrat-loaded legislature." Milford Live News Article, read more here.

Giltner worked as a critical care nurse and PTA President of Delmarva Christian School.

Jane Hovington - Democrat Candidate

Jane Hovington (D)

"Hovington may be familiar to area voters. She ran in the 2012 election for Delaware State Senate District 19, but lost to longtime Sen. Brian Pettyjohn." Milford Live News Article.

Hovington is also the Chair of the Sussex Democratic Party and former Chair of the Sussex branch of the NAACP.

Why is this election so important?

There are 41 representative seats in the Delaware House of Representatives.

14 Seats are Republican

26 Seats are Democrat

1 Vacancy

To pass most laws, only a simple majority (50%) is required to pass a proposed bill. Clearly the democrats have this simple majority in both the Senate and the House. This advantage has allowed Delaware democrats to pass several laws that were unconstitutional, such as mail-in-ballots and 2A infringements, that had to be challenged in court to overturn. However, some categories of bills require "supermajority" votes. A 2/3 supermajority vote is required for constitutional amendments and a 3/4 supermajority is required for the capital budget (bond bill).

Currently the Senate already has a 2/3 supermajority and is one seat away from a 75% supermajority. The House is now 2 seats away from a 2/3 supermajority.

There is NO seat in the House or Senate that is not vitally important to save any semblance of a balanced government where the minority voice can be heard and protected. This 37th District is the most important election before us, not only for the Republican Party but for the State of Delaware. The current democrat party has been in control of the House, Senate and Govenor's office since 2008, and Delaware has been on the steep decline since, with a shrinking economy, falling educational performance and rising crime. It's time to vote for change, before our vote will no longer mean anything in Delaware. The 38th District Republicans will aid in this Special Election and stand up for what is Right. Email to sign up to help .

I plan to help out for this Special Election

  • Heck yeah, sign me up, I will email

  • Absolutley! Let me know when, where, what, how!

Repost: It's the Economy, Delaware

We all know that the Delaware's economy is abysmal. But do you know WHY??? At the core of the issue, is philosophy, the underlying basic philosophy of the people who are in control of the Party in Power in Delaware. This philosophy is not logical, not thoughtful nor respectful and is emotional and short-sighted. For Democrats, it's all about Climate Change, spend more with less, while ignoring rising crime and declining education performance. This philosophy style is akin to handing over the family finances, investments and credit cards, to your teenager. If you did that at your home, what do you think would happen? Of course, it depends on the teen, but I'm not talking about the mature thoughtful teen that is the outlier. I'm talking about the impulsive feel good, sofa surfing, online streaming/shopping, rebel without a cause teen. What would Delaware look like if it were run by kids?

Rebel Without a Cause: Delaware's economy under democrat control

Well, for one, would this teen stay within his means, his budget? We'll call him Delvin. Delmar would be better name, but I don't want to insult actual Delmar, Delaware. So, if given access to a huge bank account without parental oversight, what would Delvin do?

What might a teen do with 1 billion dollars?

One, he'd probably spend, spend, spend. He has a credit card with what seems like unlimited funds, over FIVE BILLION dollars worth of funds! And to top it off, he got another ONE BILLION dollars from his uncle, Uncle Sam. Teens being what they are, he'd share his newfound wealth, with his friends! Give $100 to a teen and he'd likely get a pizza for his buddies while they purchase and enjoy a new online game. Everybody gets a slice! And that is exactly what Delaware has done. Delaware received almost one billion dollars from the federal government in COVID relief and instead of investing that money in infrastructure, or support for our health care system, or increasing aid to mentally ill, or providing a tax refund, Delaware has divvied up this pizza pie and spent a huge chunk on such items as mail-in-ballots and is now further doling out this one-time bonus by creating more STATE jobs, State jobs that will perpetuate, long after the bonus funds have been used up. State jobs are not organically created jobs, jobs that will provide for a small business entrepreneur, their family and employees, and in turn generate a benefit and even revenue back to the State in the form of goods, services and taxes. State jobs will suck up even more taxes from taxpayers in Delaware. And State jobs are the jobs that keep taking. Not only do taxpayers have to pay State employees' salaries, health benefits and 6 weeks' vacation time, and 12 weeks family leave time, but taxpayers get to pay lifetime pensions and healthcare benefits too. Talk about being on the hook for expenses! That would be like our friend Devlin taking out a huge mortgage on a mansion after winning a one-time lottery win, banking on the hope that he'll win the lottery again to continue to pay for it all. And how often does that happen? That's right, never.

FACT Delaware's budget is $5.6 billion dollars.

FACT Delaware Democrats passed the 2024 budget that is $500 million dollars higher yet brings in $200 million LESS in revenue. Can YOU do this? Neither can our State government! Democrat spending is UNSUSTAINABLE!

FACT Delaware Democrats passed a 2024 budget to increase spending by 13% higher, well over twice the rate of inflation. That's $14,736 per household. Can you afford to pay $14,736 more?? Can your neighbor?

FACT Delaware Democrats claim fiscal responsibility while increasing spending at over twice the rate of inflation.

So, what happens when Devlin has to pay the monthly bill that comes rolling in, and the funds are not in the bank account to cover it? Does he go out and get a job, does he come up with a new innovative way to generate funds, like creating a concept such as encouraging incorporation in Delaware to generate funds in perpetuity? If he were an adult he would, but Devlin is not an adult. So, what can he do? Ask his parents for more money to increase his "allowance"! And where will this money come from? YOUR pockets, the taxpayers of Delaware. If Governor Carney's Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Cerron Cade, has stated that Delaware's current spending and income deficit is unsustainable (Delaware Chamber of Commerce Retreat, Nov 2023), what do you think is coming next? Now for those, who say, "Well Delaware taxes are already so low, and we shouldn't mind digging deeper and paying more taxes"; I say, go ahead, put your money literally where your mouth is and write a check today to the Division of Revenue of Delaware, and make it a big one. But for the rest of Delawareans, who are being hit hard by inflation, who are living paycheck to paycheck, they can't afford to pay 13% more! If you can, congratulations. But for 61% of Delawareans, they can't!

FACT one third of Delaware’s population is on Medicaid. This is not sustainable. Yet Delaware Democrat lawmakers voted to expand services with less revenue.

FACT the rising cost of everything is costing the average Delawarean $7,100 in inflation and falling wages. Remember the promise of inflation reduction? Democrats forgot that. Now it’s time to forget them in 2024.

Now, I am not an economic expert, but maybe I am, because I've learned to understand what I can and can't afford to pay at the end of the month. And Devlin has not. And unlike Devlin, I can't ask society to give me more money when I overspend. But Devlin can, and he will. Devlin WILL increase taxes. Now what SHOULD Devlin do? Wait for it, wait for it..... CUT SPENDING!!! Not the long reaching sustainable solution to all of Delaware's missteps and pending economic collapse, but it is STEP ONE. STOP spending what you can't afford, Devlin. Cut the Paid Family Leave Act which will cost X? dollars, cut the EV mandates with tax-payer funded rebates, and cut the grant gifts too. Tighten that belt until we get this overspending under control.

Another tidbit I learned from my high school economy class, is to NOT raise taxes when there is a recession. Wait, what, what recession?

FACT Delaware is in a real recession!

Delaware's real economy shrank by 14.2%! (CRI) since 2009, Delaware has had five recessions compared to one in the rest of the country. (CRI).

So, in Delaware we've got a shrinking economy that has been going on since 2009. Note, the current party in power took over in 2008, coincidence? I think not. In comparison to the rest of the country, Delaware is faring worse, much worse. And we are projected to get even worse and sink further into unsustainability. One third of our population lives on government assistance, and that is projected to increase further. To what, one half, two thirds of the population? What happens when everyone is either a government dependent, government employee or taxed into poverty by the government? What is that called? Totalitarianism. And then what happens? "Those in poverty will devolve into criminals and wreak further havoc on the economy and wellbeing of the State. People will turn to black markets and illegal services." - BP, 16 years old (not your typical teen). Sounds like fun.

OK, Devlin, I think we've seen enough. Enough since 2008 that you've had the reigns of the Delaware's economy. Grade F minus, squared. It's time for change, Delaware, before we can't. Vote out the party in party. Tell your friends.

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I will share this information and get my friends to vote in 2024

  • Heck yeah! Argentina did it, we can too! My vote is my voice

  • I give up, don't care, bring on 1984.


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Upcoming 2023 Meetings:

November 27th - Club Meeting, Roxana Fire Hall

December 27th, Club Meeting, Mio Fratello's

January 25th, Joint 38th and 41st Dinner Meeting, Cripple Creek Country Club

We welcome your support as we support conservative values and responsible government.

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