The single-payer health bill was written originally by Dr. Floyd McDowell.
The new charter school bill was most likely written for him by Rebecca Taber and/or other members of the governor's under-the-radar charter work group.
Now Earl has apparently branched out and offered his services to Democratic State Chair John Daniello, who is known for his intense hatred of third parties. (And of second parties, for that matter.):
Legislation from Glasgow Rep. Earl Jaques would make it illegal for a candidate to run for more than one local or statewide office at the same time.
Though not a widespread practice, some third-party candidates have filed for more than one office on the ballot in recent years. Elections Commissioner Elaine Manlove, who endorses the bill, said she knew of no Delaware election where a candidate won more than a single office and had to leave one vacant, necessitating an appointment or special election.That's right: only third parties do it, and nobody has ever won doing it.
So obviously that loophole has got to be fixed lest some Libertarian or Green take advantage of the fact that nobody's looking and win one of their elections.
This is the natural follow-up to outlawing fusion nominations a couple of years back.
Should Earl get this passed for Mr. Daniello, then the next step you can expect to see in 2015 is an attempt to raise the bar on ballot access for minor parties.
After all, who actually needs democracy?
We'll just rename Mr. Daniello's party PRI.