Delaware Politics

House Speaker Peter Schwartzkopf Talks Casino Bill and Bills With ‘No Shot’ of Passing

State Representative Peter Schwartzkopf joined Jim Rash at Atlantic Cellular this morning to talk about this past legislative session and hot topics from the session.

Photo: Delaware House Democratic Caucus/Facebook

Photo: Delaware House Democratic Caucus/Facebook

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Jim Rash

Written by Jim Rash

Jim is on Monday through Friday from 9 to noon. Join him on the road Wednesdays from 9 to noon at Atlantic Cellular in Lewes. - - - - - - - - - I've got to tell you, knowing what to include here reminds me of the line in Bob Seger's Against the Wind, "what to leave in, what to leave out." So, I'll cover some personal and some professional information. I'm from Harrington. It was a great place to grow up...Boy Scouts, MYF (Methodist Youth Fellowship), Little League, high school sports. My grandfather owned the pool hall so I spent a lot of time learning bad habits (being careful not to exercise them under his watchful eye). I graduated high school in 1967, worked at the DuPont nylon plant in Seaford for a year, then joined the Navy. After Boot Camp in Great Lakes, Illinois, I went to Pensacola, Florida, where I trained as a Communications Technician (CT) and was subsequently stationed in Morocco and on Guam. After my discharge I moved to Dover, went to Delaware State College, then moved to California where I lived for 17 years. I worked in radio in Bakersfield and Fresno. In Bakersfield I worked in Top-40 and AOR (Album Oriented Rock) radio. After deciding I’d rather be rich than famous, I went into radio advertising sales, sales management, and station management. Contemporary Christian Music was my next format (in Fresno) where I also hosted a Sunday evening talk show. I moved back to Delaware in 1991 and married my high school sweetheart. We have two kids and five grandchildren. In 2008 I was elected State Chair of the Libertarian Party of Delaware. It was during the 2010 election cycle that I met Bill Colley when he interviewed me as the LPD candidate for the U.S. Senate. I've since left the Libertarian Party but will always be libertarian. Now I'm doing what I love...being on-the-air! I've been given a unique opportunity to express my libertarian views as they relate to current events which is why I sometimes seem Conservative and sometimes appear to be Liberal. Actually, my political leanings are Classical Liberalism which, according to Wikipedia, "is a political ideology, a branch of liberalism which advocates civil liberties and political freedom with limited government under the rule of law and emphasizes economic freedom." Well, that's about it. I'm not inclined to talk about myself (I guess you'll be the judge of that!) so I've left out my hobbies, the list of Merit Badges, and that whole thing about "long walks on the beach." You're welcome!