Every year, people around the country recognize the accomplishments and impact Dr. Martin Luther King had on our society.

King’s messages had an enormous effect on race relations in Delaware and across the United States; throughout and beyond the civil rights era. 

In this episode of Whip Count, Delaware legislators such as Rep. Kendra Johnson, Rep Sherry Dorsey Walker, Rep. Rae Moore and Rep. Larry Lambert talk about Dr. King’s activism and share excerpts of his speeches that keep them motivated in their daily public service work. 

Everyday residents can play an important role in public policy. Advocacy work can be done as an individual or through a team of people with one goal in mind.

In this episode of Whip Count, Rep. Debra Heffernan and Rep. Paul Baumbach shared how often they engage constituents. The two legislators also talked about proposed bills that started as an idea from people they represent. The legislative process has certainly caught the attention of Samtra Devard who advocated for more speech therapists in the state and Javonne Rich of the American Civil Liberties Union. Find out what motivates them to push for legislative change and how you can do the same. 

 

 

 

 

When news of Covid-19 hit and restrictions were put in place to stop the spread of the virus, many people anticipated things would be back to normal by 2021. However, that's not the case.

Delaware's 151st General Assembly decided to go virtual in the New Year and legislators such as Rep. Krista Griffith, Rep. Franklin Cooke, and Rep. Melissa Minor Brown have learned to not only adapt to the new normal but stay connected with constituents. In fact, they all share how the pandemic gave them a deeper appreciation for public service. 

Take a listen. 

December 7, 2020

Removing Barriers to Voting

In 2020, a record number of Americans turned out to cast their vote. This was in part due to expanded voting options, which were put in place by lawmakers temporarily as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This week, Representative David Bentz and Representative Sherry Dorsey Walker talk about legislation they're working on which would permanently make voting in Delaware more accessible and convenient. Jennifer Hill, the former Policy Director at Common Cause Delaware, joins us to weigh in on the importance of removing barriers to voting. 

The new members of Delaware's 151st General Assembly are ready to get to work and focus on community and statewide issues. They don't want to be known for breaking barriers, making headlines or history.

In this episode, you'll hear from Sen. Sarah McBride, the nation's first ever transgender state senator, as well as Rep. Madinah Wilson-Anton, the state's first practicing Muslim to be elected into office.

We also get up close and personal with Sen. Kyle Evans Gay, Sen. Marie Pinkney, Rep. Eric Morrison, Rep. Larry Lambert, and Rep. Sherae'a Moore.

 

It's been a long journey for Delaware's own, Joseph R. Biden Jr. who formally ran as a Democratic candidate for president in 1988 and 2008. More than a decade later, Biden will be sworn into office as the 46th President of United States in January 2021. 

In fact, this episode includes a recap of local stories from some of Delaware's most influential people who believe Biden's experiences, and leadership skills exemplify what he was always destined to become. The right person to lead this country.  

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness of the second most common cancer diagnosed among women. It's also a time to shine a light on survivors.
 
In this episode, we'll hear from former First Lady of Delaware, Carla Markell, about her battle with breast cancer. Rep. Melissa Minor Brown shares a personal story about health inequity and provides tips on how women can advocate for themselves in the doctor's office. The Delaware Division of Public Health's Clinical Cancer Director Melissa Keiper also joins this episode to share information about resources available to those battling breast cancer here in Delaware.

Delaware may be a small state but it is big on Vice President Joe Biden. Many people have encountered "Joe" and shared personal stories that they hold close to their hearts. Some moments have even shaped their lives. 

On this special episode of Whip Count, we continue with stories about "Biden Moments" from Rep. Gerald Brady, Margaret Aitken, and Brian McGlinchey.   

Delaware leaders share stories of inspiration and memorable moments about Vice President Joe Biden who made a great impact on their lives. 

Rep. Krista Griffith talks about three encounters with Biden, House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf details a campaign experience with the Vice President, and Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst, Dr. Tony Allen of Delaware State University, Rep. Stephanie T. Bolden, and more join the conversation as well. 

State Election Commissioner Anthony Albence, Rep. Sherry Dorsey Walker, and Rep. David Bentz all set the record straight about vote-by-mail, legislation to modernized the voting process in Delaware and voter education. 

The November General Election is fast approaching and voters still have the option to vote-by-mail. 

 

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