About The Republican Hour
The Republican Hour is a multimedia effort to promote Republican ideas, policies, and candidates in Delaware, but with a focus on New Castle County and the City of Wilmington. In concert with the Republican Wilmington Region, we have been operating a leased access TV show, twice per month, since late 2008 and are expanding that program into the internet and social media.
Charlie Copeland, former State Senate Minority Leader, local business owner, and community activist, has hosted the Republican Hour on Comcast’s Channel 28, leased access, on the first and third Sunday’s of every month from 9:00am to 10:00am. He has hosted local pastors, leaders of local non-profits, education leaders, and elected officials on his show. Despite being called the Republican Hour, Charlie and his guests have often been highly critical of both Democrats and Republicans when they stray from the ideals of individual liberty espoused by Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and other strong defenders of individual freedom.
The reason for our efforts? The State of Delaware is failing after 20 years of Democrat rule. Jobs are scarce. Industries and companies are leaving the State. If it weren’t for Delaware’s standing as the Corporate Capital of the Country, Delaware would make New Jersey look well-managed. New Castle County is doing even worse. The County has experienced over 50% increases in property taxes over the last few years, and yet the County is still running multi-million dollar operating deficits. Democrats and their policies have run the County for the last 20 years, and the County has failed. The City of Wilmington is in even worse shape than either the County or the State. Un- & under-employment is “officially” in the 20% range, but is likely much higher. Commercial property vacancy rates are running north of 40%, and the City’s operating deficit is also in the millions of dollars. Other than a 4 year tenure of Republican mayoral leadership in 1968, the Democrats have run the City for over six decades. If it weren’t for surpluses built up during the economic boom of the 1980′s and 1990′s founded on the leadership of Governor Pete du Pont, both the City & County would be bankrupt.
Our goal is to lead the debate for change — promoting competitive markets, property rights, educational reform/choice, and liberty. In short, to fix the problems brought about by failed liberal policies. Over the last two years, we have highlighted the problems in and around Wilmington, New Castle County & the State. This website is an expansion of that effort.