DE Governor’s Weekly Message 8/19/2018

Conserving Natural Resources to Build Our Economy

By: Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell Weekly Message

Attention to our natural resources isn’t just about environmental protection – we must recognize and take advantage of how they contribute to our economy and the quality of life. Delaware’s beaches, waterways, campgrounds, trails, award-winning state parks and wildlife areas form the backbone of Delaware’s conservation economy. That’s especially evident this time of the year as residents and visitors enjoy Delaware’s great outdoors by kayaking, camping, fishing, bicycling, and playing in the surf and sand.  Our state parks are at the center of our conversation economy, and together they attract more than 6 million visitors annually.  Each year nearly 350,000 people fish, hunt and observe wildlife, and 60,000 boats are registered here.  Through these and more, two out of every three Delawareans participate in some type of outdoor recreation.  That generates about $4 billion in economic impact – creating tens of thousands of jobs, over a billion dollars in wages, and hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues.  In addition, Delaware’s open spaces provide incredible value as wildlife habitat, help protect water quality and reduce flooding, while making our communities more attractive places to live, work, and raise a family. Finally, studies demonstrate that spending time outdoors enhances cognitive skills and physical health. So, just like other important infrastructure such as bridges and roads, we must continue to invest in our open spaces and conservation economy.  We’re making progress with recent legislation to generate additional funds to support waterways and wildlife habitat. By the end of the year, the Markell Administration will have added more than 50 miles of bike trails and walking paths statewide. And we’re creating one of the best Oceanside camping experiences in the country at Delaware Seashore Park, and opening new visitor centers along Delaware’s Bayshore. I hope you are finding time this summer to experience our great outdoors and to see first-hand why a commitment to our conservation economy will keep Delaware moving forward.


The Evil Schemes of Gyorgy Schwartz AKA George Soros


Gyorgy Schwartz, AKA George Soros was born on August 12, 1930 to Jewish Hungarian parents in Budapest. His father Tivadar Schwartz, a lawyer was an escaped prisoner of war.

When he was 13 years old, and Nazi Germany occupied Hungary Gyorgy even survived the “Battle of Budapest”in 1945. He moved to England in 1947 and lived with his uncle and later attended the London School of Economics, where he became a student of the philosopher Karl Popper. He became deeply influenced by Popper’s book, “The Open Society and its Enemies.” He moved to New York City in 1956 and worked as a trader for F.M. Mayer until 1959. George Soros is now chairman of “Soros Fund Management,” a hedge fund company.

In 1997, Soros was known as the man who broke the Bank of England and he was blamed by the Malaysian Prime Minister of collapsing their currency during the Asian financial crisis. Soros was also convicted of illegal financial dealings in France. His current goal is to collapse the U.S. dollar and the free enterprise system. According to Forbes, Soros’ fortune is currently worth $24.9 Billion

The Koch Brothers and Soros spend extensively on Progressive causes. They support anti-constitutional issues, Individual candidates and contribute to political party campaign funds. They lobby politicians, bankroll political action committees and have established foundations and think tanks to influence politics.

According to Federal election records, Soros had donated more than $25 million to boost Hillary Clinton with whom he has a 25 year friendship. By the end of June he had donated $7 million to a super PAC supporting Clinton called, “Priorities USA Action. He has also committed $5 million to a super PAC called Immigrant Voters, that would turn out Hispanic voters in key swing states. To date, he has only donated $3 million of that money. Another $5 million committed to a nonprofit, “The Voting Rights Trust that will fight conservative efforts to restrict voting from illegal immigrants. That group is run by Clinton’s campaign lawyer, Marc Elias.

Soros is known to be the cause of extreme violence and hatred against the Trump campaign rallies. It has become known, he financed the logistics of busing violent demonstrators, even paying for food and time spent on the job, through proxies to eliminate Trump from winning the 2016 GOP primary.

Should we fear world class billionaires like Soros and the Koch Brothers. The answer to that question should absolutely be yes. America is a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy as so-called progressive liberals, socialists and Marxists would tell the American people. The 2016 presidential election is not about Donald J. Trump vs Hillary Rodham Clinton. It is about two polarized and distinct political ideologies in a violent wrestling match.

The first of these two polarizing political ideologies which is a Constitutional Republic, and has stood intact for well over two-hundred years. It is ensured by a Constitution, a Declaration of Independence and a Bill of Rights that guarantees equal rights for every citizen. America is blessed with a free enterprise that guarantees every citizen according to their abilities to prosper. It guarantees life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The opposing political ideology is endorsed by Obama, George Soros and the Clintons. It would remove the Constitutional Republic and enter into a globalism era. There would be no civil rights or the right to freedom of speech or redress of grievances. An ad-hoc police state would exist. All debate would end because the state would teach the children what the state wanted them to know, ending parental rights. The new pseudo-elite would have the power and money and the new proletariat class would just exist to work for and praise the glory of the state.

There are only two candidates on the Presidential ballot that can win in November. They are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Each individual voter has the awesome responsibility of choosing what form of government they wish to live by.

George Soros easily “owns by influence,” by thinly veiled bribery both Obama and Hillary Clinton. To believe that Hillary Clinton will not follow the instructions of Soros if elected is an absurd and ludicrous assumption.

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 8/12/2016

Creating Opportunities for Delaware Employers to Export and Create Jobs By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell

Delaware entrepreneurs have always been at the forefront of innovation and quality. They create products and services that people need and improve the quality of life for consumers across the country and beyond. Today, the ability to tap into the global marketplace is a key driver of business and employment growth. Exports now support more than 10 million American jobs, and to thrive, Delaware employers must have access to these expanding markets.

We recognize that Delaware’s start-ups and small businesses offer high-quality products and services that are in demand worldwide, but may not have the resources to make that happen on their own. Different languages, economic systems and political cultures all present barriers. We’re helping to meet that need through our Global Delaware initiative and the State Trade and Export Promotion, or STEP, program. With funding from the federal Small Business Administration, Global Delaware uses the STEP program to facilitate trade missions and provide matching funds to leverage our companies’ marketing-related activities. With that help, dozens of Delaware employers have connected with new markets in some of the world’s fastest-growing economies. They’ve forged relationships with new clients and potential customers that will serve as a catalyst for their growth in the years to come. And once they start exporting, entering additional markets becomes significantly easier.

So far this year, more than 30 Delaware employers have worked with Global Delaware and the STEP program to generate $10 million in export sales, and I urge other small and medium-sized companies who are looking to expand into new markets to take advance of these resources by visiting or contacting By increasing access to global markets we’re creating opportunities for businesses to grow and putting more of our people to work. And that will keep Delaware moving forward.


Obama, Hillary Clinton, Saul Alinsky and Rules For Radicals

DIARY / Donald Ayotte // Posted at 9:11 pm on January 13, 2012 by Donald Ayotte cross posted in

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Saul Alinsky’s book. “Rules For Radicals,” was first named “Rules For Revolution,” and has caused untold controversy since Alinsky published the book in 1971. I realize that one diary will not be enough to communicate the content of destruction this book holds for our Republic.

When I first bought the book, I vowed to read it cover to cover before donning my pencil to write even one word. Alinsky opens in the book’s prologue by writing, “The revolutionary force today has two targets, moral as well as material. Its young protagonists are one moment reminiscent of the idealistic early Christians, yet they also urge violence and cry, “Burn the system down!”

Alinsky’s tactics were based not on Stalin’s revolutionary violence, but instead on the neo-Marxist strategies of Antonio Gramsci, an Italian communist. Relying on gradualism, infiltration and the, “dialectic process” rather than bloody revolution. Gramsci’s transformational Marxism was so subtle that few even noticed the deliberate changes.

At this point, I would like to define, “dialectic process:” Reasoning in which question-answer approach (dialectic) is used to examine the correctness, legitimacy, or validity of an assumption, idea, opinion.

Alinsky writes on page 10, “A Marxist begins with his prime truth that all evils are caused by the exploitation of the proletariat by the capitalists. From this he logically proceeds to the revolution to end capitalism, then into a new social order, or the “dictatorship” of the proletariat and finally the last stage, the political paradise of communism.” A letter from Saul Alinsky’s son David States: “Obama learned his lesson well. I am proud to see that my father’s model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the democratic campaign in 2008. It is a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky as we his approach 100th birthday.”

Obama taught workshops on Alinsky’s theories and methods for years and in 1985, he started working as a community organizer for and Alinskyite group called, “Developing Community Projects.” While building coalitions of black churches in Chicago, Obama was criticized for not attending church and decided to become an instant Christian. He then helped fund the Alinsky Academy. Obama was a paid director of the Woods Fund, which is a non-profit organization used to provide start-up funding and operating capital for Midwest Academy, which teaches the Alinsky tactics of community organization. Obama sat on the Woods Fund Board with William Ayers, the founder of the, “Weather Underground,” a domestic terrorist organization.

Hillary Rodham as a student at Wellesly in 1969, interviewed Saul Alinsky and wrote her thesis on Alinsky’s theories and methods. She concludes her thesis by writing, “Alinsky is regarded by many as the proponent of a dangerous socio/political philosophy. As such he has been feared, just as Eugene Debs or Walt Whitman or Martin Luther King has been feared, because each embraced the most radical of political faiths, “democracy.” Alinsky offered Hillary a job upon graduation from Wellesley but she decided to attend Yale Law School where she met her husband Bill Clinton.

“Rules For Radicals,” page 113, “From the moment the organizer enters a community he lives, dreams, eats, breaths, sleeps only one thing and that is to build the mass power base of what he calls the army. Until he has developed that mass power base, he confronts no issues.”

Page 59, “But to the organizer, compromise is a key and beautiful word. It is always present in the pragmatics of operation. It is making a deal, getting that vital breather, usually the victory. If you start with nothing, demand 100 percent, compromise for 30 percent, you’re 30 percent ahead.”

In closing, I would urge every conservative or constitution minded person to know your enemy. Buy and read this book. Your adversaries have memorized it and are using the principles within its covers to destroy our great republic. Make no mistake, the Progressive Liberals or Radicals’ goal is to tear down the republic and shred the Constitution. The problem is, they have nothing to replace it with; they are only bent on destruction.

A Nation can only be disgraced by the failure of its citizenry to take action in the face of tyranny Donald Raleigh Ayotte August 2010

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 8/5/2016

Honoring Delaware’s Olympians—Governor

Delaware Governor, Jack A. Markell

Over the next few weeks the world’s attention will turn to Brazil as 11,000 athletes from more than 200 countries compete in the Summer Olympic Games. Among those representing our nation are three Delaware Olympians: Caitlin Van Sickle, a Tower Hill graduate and Katelyn Falgowski, a St. Mark’s graduate – both on the Field Hockey team, and Elena Delle Donne, the WNBA star from Ursuline and UD. And we recognize Marquis Dendy, a Middletown High School graduate who was named to the Olympic Track and Field Team, but is unable to compete because of a recent athletic injury. We can take great pride in these outstanding Delawareans who have represented our state so well with their talent, hard work, and perseverance. We know it takes more than natural ability to succeed at sport’s highest level. It takes the encouragement of coaches, time and sacrifice by parents and caregivers, and often an extended network of support. Our Olympians demonstrate what’s possible when they receive that support, when they have opportunities to compete in school, and when our community values active lifestyles and healthy habits that nurture strong minds and bodies. Delawareans have followed our local Olympians since their first days playing organized sports. We’ve watched them grow and mature into fine young adults. I’m so pleased that through them our state has a place on this global stage. The Olympics represent the values that lead to opportunities for all to succeed: Hard work. Fair play. Being judged by your ability. Striving for excellence. Our amazing athletes reflect those values, and I’ll be watching the Opening Ceremonies and cheering them on as they compete. They are an inspiration to me, and a great example to our young people – whatever their dreams are. And that will keep Delaware moving forward.


DE Governor Comments on DSC Ruling on Death Penalty

By: Wolf von Baumgart

Delaware Governor, Jack Markell has issued the following statement re: the Delaware Supreme Court ruling that the state’s death penalty law is unconstitutional.

“I applaud the Supreme Court’s finding that the state’s death penalty law is unconstitutional. As I have come to see after careful consideration, the use of capital punishment is an instrument of imperfect justice that doesn’t make us any safer. The important concerns of death penalty proponents must be balanced by the examples of flawed testimony, innocent people on death row being exonerated, and other facts that weigh strongly against the use capital punishment. While I would have supported abolishing the death penalty legislatively, it is my hope that today’s decision will mean that we never see another death sentence in our state.”

Farmland Preservation can be Linked to Energy Production

An Open Letter to Delaware’s Elected and Appointed Officials

By: David O. Rickards

Subject: Farmland Preservation

There has always been more than I way of looking at a problem. If all parties would keep an open mind to “out-of-the-box” ideas, positive change can be accomplished in an inexpensive way. Sussex County has the potential at generate massive amounts of electricity at a relatively low cost. By using a farm preservation method that would relegate thousands of acres of farmland to preservation without buying the land but rather leasing the land long term, we could not only induce the farmer from selling but also create environmental buffers and generate clean electricity.

If a 50 foot buffer were placed on one side of 30% of the drainage ditches located in Sussex, there are 2,000 miles of ditches in Sussex, we could generate, using solar, 532,396.8 MWs of electricity annually. — [this is enough to run over 21,295 households]. The Indian River Inlet, which has a tidal flow of 6.5 knots, can also generate electricity at a 6 cent per Kw cost and the current grid can handle 50 MWs. This constant dependable flow of water would generate an additional 305,000 MWs of electricity annually. [an additional energy amount capable of running another 12,200 households].

The power plants are being mandated to buy RECs to offset pollution levels set by regulators. Why not allow the power plants to lease, with the help of funds now being used for farm preservation, buffers from the farmers? This would allow the power companies to generate their own RECs, sell the power back at a reduced cost to the farmer, increase the farmer’s incentive to retain their farmland, generate a buffer for small game and nutrient reduction, and improve our environmental footprint.

As a footnote, why can PJM regulate NGR’s power generating station to just 25% capacity and require Delaware to pay for a transmission line?

David O. Rickards Birdsong Gardens INC. (a non-profit 510C(3) dedicated to nutrient reduction) 34612 Rickards Road Frankford, DE. 19945 (302)539-9034 Ph. (302)537-9680 Ph. (302)381-0185 Cell (302)537-2372 Fax


EDITOR’s NOTE: The Midlantic Dispatch encourages innovative, sustainable, commonsense and cost-effective ideas. Call (302) 354-6452 or e-mail .

Trump/Spence 2016 Town Hall in VA Beach

By: Wolf von Baumgart,Staff Writer

Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Governor Mike Pence will appear at a Town Hall on:

Thursday, August 4th: Virginia Beach, VA The Founders Inn Spa 5641 Indian River Road Virginia Beach, VA 23464 Doors Open: 11:00 AM Event Begins: 3:00 PM

Tickets by clicking here.

Please limit personal items and arrive early to expedite entrance into the venue – please note, NO homemade signs, banners, professional cameras with a detachable lens, tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, back packs or large bags will be permitted into the venue.

Federal security measures are in effect.

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 7/29/2016

Celebrating the Delaware State Fair

By: Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell

This week, for the final time as Governor I had the opportunity to attend our Delaware State Fair which for nearly a century has celebrated our vibrant agriculture community. It’s our state’s largest industry and, anchored by our 2,400 family farms, it generates tens of thousands of jobs and contributes 8 billion dollars to our economy. Our farmers lead the nation in the value of products produced per acre and their impact continues to grow. That success is on full display at the State Fair through thousands of exhibits, demonstrations, student agricultural projects and much more. They show that Delawareans of all ages are developing products, growing crops, and raising poultry and livestock that’s strengthening our food supply and making our lives better. At this year’s Fair I visited with the next generation of farming families who, with the help of our Young Farmers Program, are able to purchase the homesteads that they’ll farm for years to come. Each one is enrolled in our farmland preservation program which this week celebrates its 20th anniversary. Thanks to the strong support of our agriculture community, we’ve leveraged this program to permanently preserve 120,000 acres for future generations of farming families. I think the 300,000 visitors who come each year to take in the many sights and sounds, indulge in culinary favorites, and enjoy wholesome family entertainment will agree that the Delaware State Fair is among the best in the country. I am honored to pay tribute to the many dedicated staff and volunteers, 4-H and FFA students, and farming families who make the State Fair possible and who help us better appreciate the important role that agriculture plays here in Delaware. Their contributions drive our success today and will leave a lasting legacy for generations to come. And that will keep Delaware moving forward.


Special Interest Funding Fuels the Steve Smyk Campaign

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

A preliminary analysis of incumbent Republican 20th District State Representative Steven Smyk’s 2013 -2015 campaign finance reports reveals that his campaign largely runs on money from various special interest donors including PACs, lobbyists, lawyers, corporations and financial institutions.

St.Rep. Steve Smyk (R) - Dist. 20
St.Rep. Steve Smyk (R) – Dist. 20

Here is just a partial list of major contributors to his campaign committee, “Friends of Steve Smyk” (Patrick C. Miller, Treasurer):

Advanced Computer Technologies,All American Settlement Group LLC, Altria Client Services, LLC (formerly Phillip Morris), Anheuser Busch Companies, Artesian Water Co, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP, BHM Insurance Services & Government Relations, Inc.; BJ United ADF, Castle PAC, CHIRO PAC, Chimicles & Tikellis LLP, Civic Affairs Construction Council, Colonial East, L.P., Correctional Officers Assn. Of Delaware PAC, Cozen O’Connor First State PAC,

Delaware Association of Realtors DEL-PAC, Delaware Auto & Truck Dealers Association – ACTION, Delaware Bankers Association, DELBANK, Delaware Capitol Police, FOP Lodge #11, Delaware Chiropractic Society – PAC, Delaware Foundation For Legislative Action, DEL PAC, DELBANKPAC, Delaware Park Management Co., LLC, Delaware Police Chiefs Council Enhancing Police Services, DSFDA PAC, Delaware Standardbred Owners Association, Inc.; Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Dennis McGlynn – Dover Downs, DENPAC, First State First PAC, First State Manufactured Housing, F.O.P. State PAC Fund,

Harrington Raceway,Inc.; Hammers & Nails Club, Health Executives Action League, Lachall Lee LLP, LawPac of Delaware, Laird Stabler & Associates LLC, Melvin L. Joseph Construction Co., Inc., Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation, M. S. Lally & Associates, National Communications, Inc.; Non-Partisan Citizens For Business Expansion, NRA Political Victory Fund,

Optometry Eye PAC, Parkowski, Guerke & Swayze, PA; Pilots Assn for Bay & River DE, Responsible Delaware PAC, Prickett, Jones & Elliott, Robert W Tunnell III, RS Jameson Consulting LLC, Saul Ewing, The Dental Group, The PAC. Retail Council, Tidewater Utilities, Inc.; Troopers PAC (TROOPAC), United Distributors of Delaware, Verizon Delaware, Verizon Communications Inc. Good Government Club-DE, WSFS Financial Corporation PAC, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP Political Action Committee, Inc.

Detailed campaign finance reports for all Delaware candidates are available online at

Proposed Boat Storage Yard Ignites Sussex County Public Hearing

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

A proposed boat storage yard in the Rosedale area was a a subject of major contention at a Sussex County Council public hearing in Georgetown, earlier today. Conditional Use Application No. 2049, submitted by Blue Claw LLC and advocated by property owner, John van Cleef, was previously recommended for denial by the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission before being referred to the County Council.

John van Cleef proposes boat storage yard before the Sussex County Council
John van Cleef proposes boat storage yard before the Sussex County Council

The Commission recommended denial of the application on the grounds that marine commercial land use was inconsistent with the surrounding AR-1 agricultural-residential zoning and land-use pattern, other nearby locations can be used with less impact on neighboring properties, access problems, lack of electric power, water and sewer and inconsistency of proposed industrial barbed wire fencing with residential neighborhood character.

The proposed facility was initially conceived to store a maximum of 50 boats an/or trailers on a 1.5-acre back lot located at 30842 Downs Landing RD and would have mainly served a group of boat owners in the adjacent Gull Point waterfront condominium complex, located on the north bank of the Indian River. (The Gull point Homeowners Association’s restrictions prohibit boat storage at individual residences beyond 48 hours). An additional concern of area residents is aesthetic issues that may be raised by possible future vertical expansion of the facility.

John Vallihura, attorney for Gull Point residents opposed to proposed boar storage yard
John Vallihura, attorney for Gull Point residents opposed to proposed boar storage yard

The majority of Gull Point and nearby residents present at the meeting opposed the project, citing safety, security, aesthetic, and property value concerns. Mr. van Cleef attempted to counter various objections by dismissing them as “vicious rumors” and “false information” and he cited a “lack of communication ” between the Gull Point HOA and neighboring residents.He also cited various improvements to the property in an effort to support his application. Some residents expressed concerns about recent retaliatory complaints coincidentally filed over minor issues.

Former Delaware State Senator, John Vallihura, representing Gull Point residents opposed to the conditional use application, questioned the legality of the original application as the property owner did not amend it in his name and instead carried forth in the name of Blue Claw LLC, a defunct Delaware corporation of the previous land owner.

In light of the radical nature of proposed departure from the current Sussex County Comprehensive Land-Use Plan, an ab initio procedural objection to the conditional use application itself was advanced by a neighboring resident who stated that the matter should have been more properly handled as a change of zoning application according to more stringent criteria. The Council was also asked to reject the application as it is now moot in light of the dissolution of the Blue Claw LLC entity.

Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission Director, Lawrence Lank stated that previous external boat storage activities were not permitted under the existing agricultural-residential land-use designation.

The Sussex County Council voted 4-0 in favor of deferring the matter until the County Attorney can render an opinion on the legality of the application and on the grounds that Councilman George Cole, (R) of the 4th District (in which the site of the proposed storage boat yard is located) was absent.

In defense of his application, Mr. van Cleef claimed that he was told by an unnamed Planning and Zoning official that the conditional use application (originally prepared by James Fuqua, ESQ on behalf of the previous land owner) did not require a change of applicant’s name.

Meanwhile, area residents await the County Council’s final decision.

Hillary Clinton Statement on the Resignation of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

“I want to thank my longtime friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her leadership of the Democratic National Committee over the past five years. I am grateful to Debbie for getting the Democratic Party to this year’s historic convention in Philadelphia, and I know that this week’s events will be a success thanks to her hard work and leadership. There’s simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie–which is why I am glad that she has agreed to serve as honorary chair of my campaign’s 50-state program to gain ground and elect Democrats in every part of the country, and will continue to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally, in Florida, and in other key states. I look forward to campaigning with Debbie in Florida and helping her in her re-election bid–because as President, I will need fighters like Debbie in Congress who are ready on day one to get to work for the American people.”

Sanders Comments on Wasserman-Schultz Resignation

Sanders Statement on DNC Chair Resignation

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement on the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz as Democratic Party chairwoman:

“Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made the right decision for the future of the Democratic Party. While she deserves thanks for her years of service, the party now needs new leadership that will open the doors of the party and welcome in working people and young people. The party leadership must also always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race.”

Paul Manifort Asks for Hillary Clinton Dropout

From: Trump Spence 2016


Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned over her failure to secure the DNC’s email servers and the rigged system she set up with the Clinton campaign. Now Hillary Clinton should follow Wasserman Schultz’s lead and drop out over her failure to safeguard top secret, classified information both on her unauthorized home server and while traveling abroad. Wasserman Schultz’s emails only put the Democratic Party at risk, but Hillary Clinton’s emails put all of America at risk.

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 7/22/2016

Preparing All of Our Students for Success in College and Life

By: Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell

All Delaware students deserve the chance to make the most of their talents in an economy that requires a higher level of skill than ever before. Thanks to the hard work of many educators and administrators, we are getting closer to that goal, from vast improvement in access to high quality early childhood programs, to record high school graduation rates. And after just two years, our Pathways to Prosperity program is giving thousands of students the opportunity to earn college credit and workplace experience in high-demand industries like IT, engineering, and health care. That’s all important progress, but we must also remain focused on an obstacle preventing young people nationwide from reaching their potential. We have too many students who work hard to meet college entry requirements, and yet when their coursework begins, they find themselves behind. That creates the need to take remedial courses that cost money and create more debt, but don’t result in college credit. It’s no surprise that these students are far less likely to graduate or earn a professional credential. It’s why I’m excited and grateful that Delaware has won a $250,000 grant from the nonprofit USA Funds to address this challenge. We’ll establish a course for juniors who aren’t on track to graduate with the writing and reading skills needed in college and the workplace. They’ll complete a year-long class or receive individualized instruction to catch up by their senior year and, if they choose to pursue a 2 or 4-year degree, they will be ready for college-level classes on day one. This effort builds on a similar program we started in math two years ago. By ensuring all of our students get the support to graduate with the writing and comprehension abilities vital in our knowledge-based economy, we’ll keep Delaware moving forward.


Sign Thieves Strike Ayotte Residence

Independent Party of Delaware 20th District State Representative, Don Ayotte’s TRUMP for President sign was stolen on the morning of Monday, June 18 sometime between 9:00 and 9:30 AM EDT while he was out grocery shopping. The adjacent DON AYOTTE for 20th DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE sign was left intact. “I hope that whoever did this is actually using the sign”, said Mr. Ayotte.


Election cycles bring out the worst in some people who seem to think that their political partisanship gives them a license to steal opposing signs. While they may think that it is a political prank, theft of campaign signs is generally covered under the specific petty theft and trespassing laws of 50 states and can result in stiff fines and jail sentences upon conviction.

Last month, a HILLARY for PRISON sign, located on RT 9 West, east of Georgetown near RT 30, disappeared within three weeks of its placement.

The Midlantic Dispatch is currently investigating theft of campaign signs, regardless of party affiliation and needs your help. If you witness a campaign sign theft or have any information please contact (302) 354-6452 with details after calling state or local police. All replies will be kept confidential.

*** UPDATE ***

TRUMP Make America Great signs are available at Republican Headquarters on E. market Street (RT 9) in Georgetown @ 1 for $5 or 3 for $10 as a legal alternative to the “five-fingered discount”.

Smyk’s Spin Control Responds to Ayotte’s Criticism

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

In response to IPoD 20th District State Representative candidate, Don Ayotte’s criticism of incumbent St. Rep. Steven Smyk’s support for more restrictive gun control legislation in the form of House Bill 325 , aired live on last Friday’s Dan Gaffney Morning Show (WXDE 105.9 FM), Delaware House of Representatives Minority Caucus Communications Officer, Joe Fulgham has issused the following response, apparently on behalf of Representative Smyk:

Delaware 105.9 FM's Dan Gaffney interviews IPoD 20th Dist. State Rep. candidate, Don Ayotte
Delaware 105.9 FM’s Dan Gaffney interviews IPoD 20th Dist. State Rep. candidate, Don Ayotte


During your show today from Jimmy’s Grille, Don Ayotte was briefly interviewed.

During his time on-air, Mr. Ayotte made several factual errors regarding public policy. Specifically, he mischaracterized the actions of State Rep. Steve Smyk regarding House Bill 325 – a measure that lengthens the potential period a gun-buyer may have to wait for a background check before he or she can legally purchase a firearm.

Rep. Smyk was asked by the National Rifle Association to sponsor an amendment to the bill exempting LEOSA licensees (active and certain retired law enforcement officers) from the waiting period. These officers already undergo background checks and screenings that exceed the statutory requirement for firearms purchases.

The NRA understood that once that amendment was successfully attached, protocol would require Rep. Smyk to vote in favor of the amended bill. The edited legislation was approved by the House with 22 votes – one more than was needed for passage.

Both the National Rifle Association and the Delaware Sportsmen Association supported Rep. Smyk’s actions on this measure.

The bill was later approved in the Senate, but not before it was amended to reduce the potential waiting period from 30 to 25 days. That required the altered legislation to again be considered by the House, which voted on it June 22nd.

In the second vote, Rep. Smyk was no longer bound by procedure to support the measure. He voted “no,” but it was again approved by the House, this time on a vote of 21 to 18. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank You,

Joe Fulgham, Communications Officer Delaware House of Representatives Minority Caucus


In response to Mr. Fulgham’s statement and its political context, Mr. Ayotte has issued the following statement:

“ That Mr. Smyk could not or would not directly defend his legislative record and instead resort to using a state employee in his stead, seems highly inappropriate and indicative of his generally poor legislative record and lack of ability to represent the people of the 20th District. The end result is that Smyk got the bill passed by adding an amendment favoring special police interests at public expense by further infringing on our Second Amendment rights, while receiving campaign contributions from lobbyists and special interests.

Mr. Fulgham’s apparent political political participation in this matter under cover of a state e-mail address is out of order and raises institutional bias and public integrity questions, as a statement of this nature should have more appropriately originated from the Smyk campaign.

Delaware has been rated as 48th in public integrity in a recent survey of fifty states. People want a state legislator who will truly represent them — not police them. In contrast to my opponent, I fully intend to safeguard constitutional liberties and the greater public interest in the face of special interest controlled politics as usual as your next 20th District State Representative.”

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Ayotte 2016 Campaign is Underway

Independent Party of Delaware candidate, Don Ayotte started off his 2016 campaign for 20th District State Representative with a frank interview with Dan Gaffney on WXDE Delaware 105.9 FM in the New Jimmy’s Grill in Rehoboth Beach, earlier this morning. “Tell me, Dan … what positive thing has [Representative] Steven Smyk done for the people in the 20th District in the last four years except draw $54,000 a year in salary?”, asked the candidate. Citing Smyk’s failed attempt at making having a secret compartment in a felony and other “police state” legislation, Ayotte said that he would read and research all bills before voting on them, and generally work to defend constitutional civil liberties and the greater public interest towards a brighter future for the people in the 20th District. IMG_20160715_073758200 The Ayotte for Representative 2016 campaign cordially welcomes citizens involvement and feedback. To volunteer or express your concerns on issues, call (302) 344-4433 or e-mail .

Don Ayotte Files for State Reprensentative

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

20th District is a 3-way Contest

Donald Raleigh Ayotte has officially filed as an Independent party of Delaware candidate for the office of 20th District State Representative, currently held by former DSP Trooper, Steven Smyk.

Mr. Ayotte’s decision to run was made in response to numerous citizens requests and inquiries.

He also faces Democrat, Barbara Vaughn a former Lewes City Councilwowan and member of the Lewes Historical Commission.

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“I believe we need real leadership and representation in the 20th District. If elected, I will closely monitor the concerns of not only the 20th District but those of all of Delaware. I will write and introduce legislation that will enhance our lives and invigorate our economy,” said Ayotte. “Representing the People and public interest is a full time job,” said Ayotte, “I will fully read all bills introduced in the House and consider whether they benefit the People of the 20th District and Delaware in general.”

“Real representation is based upon listening to and understanding the concerns of constituents. I cordially invite citizens input and involvement in our campaign for freedom and Liberty in the face of special interest /insider control of our government. Together, we can chart a brighter future”’ he added.

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Mr. Ayotte graduated from the University of Delaware in 2006, earning a BA in English, with a concentration in Journalism. He has been a small businessman in the Georgetown area is currently President and Managing Editor of, The Midlantic Dispatch and He has a strong and longstanding interest in the Constitution of the United States and the Delaware Constitution as both documents are crucial to his campaign. He is also the State Chairman of the IPoD and an avid outdoor enthusiast.

“My campaign is based on the US and Delaware constitutions, common sense and advancement of individual freedom and liberty in the greater public interest in contrast to special interests and hidden agenda”, he said.

“I look forward to debating my opponents and hearing from concerned citizens during and after the 2016 campaign. I wholeheartedly encourage broad public participation in our campaign. We have much work to do”, he concluded.

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To join the Don Ayotte 2016 Campaign, call (302) 344-4433.

TRUMP Blasts Sanders

From TRUMP 2016:


“Today, Bernie Sanders will be endorsing one of the most pro-war, pro-wall street, and pro-off shoring candidates in the history of the Democratic Party. The candidate who ran against special interests is endorsing the candidate who embodies special interests. The candidate who ran against TPP is endorsing the candidate who helped draft the TPP. The candidate who ran in opposition to globalization is running against the candidate who has led the push for globalization. The candidate who warned that open borders destroy the working class is endorsing the candidate with the most open borders policy in our history. The candidate who wants to reform H1-B visas is endorsing the candidate who supported lifting the caps on H1-B visas. The candidate who wants less war is endorsing the candidate who launched wars in Iraq and Libya and would lead us to a new war in Syria. The candidate who wants to get money out of politics is voting for the candidate who has made a career out of making money from politics.

Bernie’s endorsement becomes Exhibit A in our rigged system – the Democrat Party is disenfranchising its voters to benefit the select and privileged few.” – Stephen Miller, Senior Policy Advisor.

K. Emmanuel Magruder Files as an IPoD Candidate

K. Emmanuel Magruder, in a surprise move, has withdrawn from the Democratic Party primary and has filed as an Independent Party of Delaware candidate for City Councilman at-Large in Wilmington, DE.

K.Emmanuel Magruder, IPoD candidate for Wilmington City Councilman at-Large
K.Emmanuel Magruder, IPoD candidate for Wilmington City Councilman at-Large

“We are very appreciative that a high-quality candidate as Mr..Magruder has chosen to run as an IPoD candidate and heartily welcome him on board “, said IPoD Secretary General, Wolf. von Baumgart. “The Independent Party of Delaware offers the people of Wilmington a clear alternative to politics as usual. The road to constructive change is open and we invite people to actively participate in the process”, he added.

IPoD State Chairman, Don Ayotte said “As a highly qualified candidate for Wilmington City councilman at-Large Mr. Magruder is an important member of our Unified City Government Reform Ticket with IPoD mayoral candidate, Steven Washington,. With popular support, they will institute a major paradigm shift in the way Wilmington city government operates”.IPoD State Chairman, Don Ayotte said “As a highly qualified candidate for Wilmington City councilman at-Large Mr. Magruder is an important member of our Unified City Government Reform Ticket with IPoD mayoral candidate, Steven Washington,. With popular support, they will institute a major paradigm shift in the way Wilmington city government operates”.

Any other prospective candidates contemplating running on the IPoD ballot column should contact State Chairman, Don Ayotte by the August 1 nomination deadline. Call (302) 344-4433 for an interview.

Further information is available via .


K. Emmanuel Magruder

Tel: 267-320-4563


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