Posted: April 13, 2012
By Celia Cohen
There are people who know they are leaving the legislature, people who hope they are not leaving the legislature, and people who hope they are coming to the legislature.
This is the time of year when Legislative Hall in Dover has the look of a bus terminal.
Springtime is the season when political campaigns start to round into shape, as sitting legislators decide whether to go for another term and candidacies form in the wake of their decisions.
Because of redistricting and retirements, the Delaware General Assembly can expect to count in double digits the number of new members that the 2012 election will bring. That is a lot for a legislature with 62 lawmakers.
The actual total is anybody's guess, complicated by what Donald Rumsfeld, the former defense secretary and philosopher king, would call the known knowns, the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns.
The known knowns are the legislators who have declared their intentions to retire or run for a different office, the known unknowns are the open seats created by redistricting, and the unknown unknowns are any legislators whom the voters will be sending home on Election Day.
At this point, though, the known knowns and the known unknowns can be charted, so here they are.