DE Governor’s Weekly Message 9/23/2016

Empowering Everybody to Prepare for Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies

By: Delaware Governor, Jack A. Markell

Severe weather, natural disasters, and public health emergencies can threaten the safety of our people, homes, and communities. As Governor, I’ve observed how fortunate we are to have so many exceptional public servants hard at work keeping us safe during rain, wind, and snow events, as well as other emergencies. They’re law enforcement and other first responders, emergency management staff, transportation workers, public health workers, and other social service providers across Delaware, who are well-prepared to serve us during times of need. As we recognize National Preparedness Month, we thank them for their service. But in addition to supporting them, we all must recommit to taking responsibility for knowing what to expect and being prepared for emergency situations. It can save lives and help you weather the storm. It’s why we’re making a special effort to empower everybody to do their part to prepare for the unexpected. I recently joined the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, Delaware Citizens Corps, and the Division of Public Health to relaunch the website PrepareDE.org. This site is a “one-stop shop” to educate Delawareans. It includes preparedness tools and tips and information about emergency alerts. It also features new information about helping children in an emergency, along with individuals with disabilities, the elderly, and other vulnerable family members, friends, and neighbors. For non-English speaking residents and visitors, content can be translated into nine additional languages. There is even information about preparedness for pets. I encourage you to take a few minutes to visit PrepareDE.org to learn what to do when disaster strikes. Use that information to develop your own disaster response plan, and talk with your family about it. By preparing now, you will best position yourself and your loved ones to respond quickly and safely should an emergency occur. And that will keep Delaware moving forward.

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Day of Terror

Three terror attacks occurred in 3 states on Constitution Day. It is interesting that the political leadership in New York City is trying to declare the result of the investigation without the investigation. It is interesting that we had attacks in 3 states on Constitution Day. I have my doubts that it is a coincidence. The one guy shot in Minnesota was a “soldier of ISIS” who asked a victim(s) if they were Muslim before attacking them. Thankfully, a good guy with a gun happened to be around.

Are the very different bombing attacks related? Who knows? We have a lot of disgruntled people. It is obvious terrorism, but since we have no suspects, we do not know if it is domestic, international or inspired by international terrorism. We need to not prejudge for political reasons either way. Such a rush to judgment makes us less safe. The threat is real, which is added to our existing crime problem mainly driven by the drug trade.

Prayers go out for the many injured victims and for our nation.

Why Hillary Clinton would endanger your 2nd Amendment Rights

Hillary Clinton rejects the landmark Heller Decision, which protects the Second Amendment right to bear arms for individuals. She would be in position to replace the author of that decision. Removing this protection would allow debilitating regulations which would nullify the protections of the Second Amendment. Secretary Clinton does not care if the Amendment exists, she just does not want it enforceable and meaningful. The radical interpretations peddled by some would turn the Second Amendment on its head. The Amendment meant to protect the individual to have weapons and be able to organize themselves against forces of oppression, whether foreign or domestic, would be interpreted to protect the right of the government to organize military force. That logic is completely against the context of the bill of rights. The government already had that right in Article 1, Section 8.

This alone would be enough to oppose her, but it is just the legal framework for other objectives. She intends to place excise taxes on Ammunition and weapons to offset the costs of “gun violence”. She wants to have expanded background checks that prevent people with undefined mental illness from obtaining weapons. Anyone with common sense wants to prevent people currently suffering from mental illness which would make them a danger from obtaining weapons, but some of the bills pushed have no time limits, have broad definitions which would disenfranchise people who have a right to protection from having weapons. An extreme example, would be if someone with treated OCD or ADD were excluded, it would not make anyone safer. It would just deprive people of their rights. We would create tens of millions of second class citizens and make others unwilling to get treatment. She also wants to use domestic violence which is fine as long as it is both adjudicated and real. If someone slaps someone and does not injure them, that is offensive touching. That should not take away their right of self defense for life. We could have a situation where a woman or man slaps someone to make them back off, gets reported, it is included in a PFA filing, never prosecuted or even pursued in an arrest because there is no evidence or injury, but it is used to keep a person 10 years later from bearing arms. She could then become a crime victim because she could not protect herself (himself) from a known threat.

Even more scary is the terror watch list proposal. Everyone thinks the terror watch list will be those people. The attitude is “Those people are not like me, therefore why do I care if they get due process of law?” Who are those people? They are evil people, terrorists, probably foreigners, most people imagine. They are scary people who want to hurt us, we theorize. The truth is that there is not one watch list. The idea that Americans should be deprived of fundamental rights without even enough evidence to arrest them, let alone indict or convict them of a crime is insane. Anyone proposing such a thing has no respect for civil liberties. Should anyone on the list be flagged when they try to purchase and have to wait 3 days while the FBI is alerted? Yes. That would give them a chance to either make that arrest if they have evidence or watch them closer. We could place bugs or tracking devices in the weapons. If you turn them down, they will know that they are being watched if they are a bad person and obtain weapons underground where we cannot track them. If they are someone who just had a name like someone else, they can get their weapons. The no fly list is notorious for false positives. I question whether it should exist. Applying it to fundamental rights would allow ethnic profiling of fundamental rights. It would be a great first step to rounding people up. Hillary Clinton thinks half of Trump supporters, give or take, are deplorable, irredeemable, and not American. Why not find some radical White Arian Resistance guy and claim that he is a Trump supporter then declare a rise of domestic terrorism. Then place millions of people on a domestic terrorism watch list. You could deprive millions of their rights by executive decree. If she will not do it, someone may if the power exists. History shows that someone will abuse unchecked power if it is allowed to exist.

Hillary Clinton wants to ban some of the most popular modern weapons by redefining assault weapons. We are not talking about obscure, military style weapons as in 1994, but weapons owned by millions. If she can ban one class, why not another? What is the logical limit? She has said that the Australian buyback program is positive and worth considering on the national level. See her for yourself below.

Hillary Clinton may tell you that she is fine with the Second Amendment, but everything she says afterwards shows that is a lie. She refuses to be tied down to details. Why? Could it be because she knows it would be a death knell to her campaign?

Clinton Admits Guns Protect Good People

Trump was right, if Clinton is so against guns, start with her bodyguards. He was not suggesting anyone attack her or even seriously suggesting that they do give up their weapons. The reaction from the Clinton campaign that such words are inciting violence proves that deep down they believe that guns in the hands of good people are positive. So they trust SOME people with guns, just not you.

Is this beyond the bounds? Judge for yourself.

Happy Constitution Day

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

“In a very real sense, it was then — in 1787 — that the revolution truly began. For it was with the writing of our Constitution, setting down the architecture of democratic government, that the noble sentiments and brave rhetoric of 1776 took on substance, that the hopes and dreams of the revolutionists could become a living, enduring reality, stated President Ronald Reagan.

Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all, By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall; In so righteous a cause let us hope to succeed, For heaven approves of each generous deed. John Dickerson

Dick Durbin threatens to showdown in order to force internet giveaway

For Immediate Release Contact: Robert Romano Sept. 16, 2016

Dick Durbin threatens government shutdown over ‘obscure and irrelevant’ Internet giveaway

Sept. 16, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) for threatening a government shutdown if Congress does not allow the Internet giveaway to go forward, where he said, “Can… Republicans dream up an any more obscure and irrelevant issue to stop the business of the American government? … I couldn’t believe it when they told me this could stop the CR”:

“If the Internet giveaway is such an ‘obscure and irrelevant’ issue then why do Durbin and Senate Democrats care about it? Are they saying they will or will not vote for the continuing resolution over stopping the Internet giveaway? They have already voted for funding bills last year and the year before when the Internet giveaway was defunded. Now suddenly we are supposed to believe that Dick Durbin and others of his ilk want to shut down the government over it and yet is ‘obscure and irrelevant.’ Maybe Team Durbin just cares more about their corporate overlords Google, Amazon and Facebook who are pushing for the end of U.S. oversight of the Internet’s domain name system.

“The simple fact that the government has not engaged in any due diligence to make certain that the transfer of Internet governance to its vendor would not unalterably disrupt the basic processes of the Internet due to antitrust litigation should make it clear to members on both sides of the aisle that extending the current contract at least another two years is the only prudent course. I am confident that Senator Durbin and his colleagues on the Democratic side of the aisle don’t want to be forever known as the jokers who broke the Internet due to their petulance and political gamesmanship.”

To view online: http://getliberty.org/dick-durbin-threatens-government-shutdown-over-obscure-and-irrelevant-internet-giveaway/ ###

Clinton Rushed Back to Campaign Trail

Why do they have her flying out to a speech added after the pneumonia diagnosis. Didn’t the doctor say a week of rest? I would set up a studio in her home and do satellite links and radio talk show interviews. In this day of technology, there’s no reason to risk your candidate. Have a surrogate go to NC then have her give a five minute link up speech from home. Michelle Obama is literally twice as popular and a better speaker. She is willing to go.

This campaign defies my understanding. They should have cut half of the events Immediately Friday past. They let her literally run herself into the ground against medical advice and now she’s back early. They are risking the first debate and maybe by default the campaign. Then again, I should be happy with their foolishness as a longtime critic. Could it be that deep down that I care more about her as a person than her own senior staff? Candidates think that they are indestructible. Staff has to find ways to manage their ego and eagerness. If they can’t do it now, how would they do it in the White House?

Clinton sounded weak but looked healthy. She tried to relate her health problems to Americans who cannot afford sick days. It was a sad performance.

To distract from Clinton’s episode of illness, Team Clinton has resurrected the so called “birther” issue. This is a fake issue on both sides. There are two ways to be a natural born citizen, to be born here or have ONE parent who was born a citizen. It is undisputed that President Obama’s mother was born in Kansas and was a citizen. Even if she insanely flew to Kenya and gave birth in primitive, third world conditions just to fly back in time to register his birth in Hawaii, it does not matter. One the other hand, it is hardly an attack on all black people. Most are not immigrants. It is hardly racist. Hopefully, Donald Trump has finally put it away so we can focus on real issues.

Trump is now tied or in the lead in recent polls. In the electoral college, it is too close to call. If the election were held today, it is possible that Clinton would win with the most narrow of victory. The momentum is on Trump’s side currently. Clinton is trying hard to regain it, maybe even risking her health to do it.

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 9/16/16

Opening Pathways to Success by Expanding Opportunities for All to Earn a High School Diploma

By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell

In our rapidly changing economy, there has never been a better time to enter the workforce with the right skills, but there’s never been a more challenging time to be without the key skills or the right education. Ensuring Delawareans have access to good jobs starts with giving them the best chance to earn a high school diploma. It provides entry into today’s job market and opens pathways to additional education and training, and it’s why we should be proud that, with the hard work of teachers focused on identifying and helping students who fall behind, Delaware has set new graduation records and recently recorded the fastest growing graduation rate in the country. But we can’t just focus on teenagers. Today, more than 75,000 Delaware adults don’t have a high school diploma or GED. Jobs available to these folks are usually lower skilled and lower paying – making it hard to support families and prepare for a comfortable retirement. So this past week I visited with nearly 30 adults who received their high school diploma through our James H. Groves High School, which serves adult learners who embrace the opportunity to earn their diploma. In the last year, the Groves school has served more than twelve hundred Delawareans and graduated more than 200 students who are paving their own way to rewarding careers. I am so proud of these inspiring men and women who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to seizing the opportunity to chart their own pathways to success in life. We have a responsibility to highlight their accomplishments and commit to initiatives like these for other Delawareans. By providing quality education opportunities for all our people from our youngest learners, through high school, and beyond we’re expanding our workforce and helping them seize the opportunities of the future, and that will keep Delaware moving forward.

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Delaware Primaries Reshape Landscape

The Gordon-Williams-Stewart machine crumbled amid scandal and inability to meet challenges. One of the most interesting alliance in the Democratic Party has fallen. Voters turned out New Castle Executive Tom Gordon amid scandals and Mayor Dennis Williams due to the inability to even succeed in a presenting a credible plan to deal with crime, which was the former police officer’s expertise. The Mayor did not even finish in the top 3. Mike Purzycki, who with the help of former Governor and Congressman Mike Castle, reregistered 1200 Republican voters, won. Karen Weldin Stewart had numerous stumbles in her first term that she never shook. Together the trio had been able to survive primary challenges. They lost an important ally, New Castle County President, Rev. Christopher Bullock who retired after only one term to focus on his church building project. Former Kent Countian, Common Cause board member and 2008 Democratic nominee for Congress Karen Hartley-Nagle won the nomination to fill the seat.

The wave of change stopped at the General Assembly. Every incumbent, who was challenged, won. Downstate did not contain any upsets expect a minor one on the Republican side with Charlie Postles defeating Bob Scott, the hand picked successor of the late Jack Peterman. Senator Colin Bonini won the nomination for governor on the GOP side over Lacey Lafferty and Lisa Rochester Blunt won the Democratic Congressional nomination. Senator Bethany Hall Long won the nomination for Lt. Governor in a 6 way race where the 3 women finished in the top 3 spots. Jeff Cragg eked out a narrow victory over former Clerk of the Peace George Parrish in the one dramatic race of the night for the right to replace Karen Weldin Stewart against Sheriff Trinidad Navarro.

Complete results are available at this link.

Jean Dowding for State Representative Campaign Kickoff

GOP 31st District State Representative candidate, Jean Dowding, held her campaign kickoff at Vincenzo’s in Dover last night. The room was filled to capacity and the food was outstanding.

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She outlined her platform of economic development, education reform, public integrity, government reform and support for Delaware’s veterans to her supporters.

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Her campaign is steadily gaining momentum across party lines.

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Contact: FreindsofJeanDowding@gmail.com .

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 9/9/2016

Saving Lives by Reducing Distracted Driving

By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell

Modern technology is amazing and there’s almost no limit to what people can do with their phones these days, but when phone use is combined with driving, the results can be deadly. Far too many drivers use handheld electronic devices behind the wheel, and that creates distractions that not only threaten their own lives, but also those in other vehicles and the pedestrians and bicyclists who share our roadways. Each year Delaware police issue more than 6,000 citations to distracted drivers caught using handheld phones. And more than 150 vehicle accidents every year involve distractions from phone use – accidents that could have been prevented with better awareness of the roadway and better judgement by drivers. I recently joined my friends at AAA, law enforcement officials, students, and even special guest Batman to sign a bill into law that reinforces the message that getting behind the wheel is serious business and that distractions from electronic devices can result in injury or death. It doubles the fines for using handheld devices behind the wheel, and it received strong support from legislators who recognize that traffic safety is not a partisan issue and they worked together to tackle the alarming increase in distracted driving. While we hope the threat of a one-or-two-hundred dollar ticket will make drivers think twice before picking up their phones, we know it also takes ongoing public education about the risks to convince people to change their driving habits. So, whether you’re driving a Batmobile or a Buick, take a cue from the Caped Crusader, who secures his phone in the glove compartment before each trip. And remember to keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road at all times. We can make everyone safer when we do our part, and that will keep Delaware moving forward.

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Special Interests Drive Delaware House Speaker’s Campaign

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf (D-14th RD)
House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf (D-14th RD)

Analysis of House Speaker, Peter Schwartzkopf’s 2015 Year-end and 2016 30-day Primary campaign finance reports reveals a plethora of special interest contributions and political influence patterns as follows:

Banking/Investment/Real Estate:

Delaware Association of Realtors DEL PAC, Delaware Bankers Association DELBANK, Ronald E. Lankford Investment Account, Ocean Atlantic Sothoby’s International Realty.

Beverage/Liquor:

American Beverage Association, Anheuser Busch Companies, Dr. Pepper/Snapple PAC, MD-DE-DC Beverage Association, Pepsi Bottling Ventures-PBV of Salisbury, Pepsico, Southern Wine & Spirits of Delaware, Standard Distributing Company, United Distributors of Delaware LLC.

Casinos/Racing:

Delaware Standardbred Owners Association, Delaware Park Management Company, LLC, Harrington Raceway Inc.

Communications/Utilities:

Artesian Water, ATT&T services, Inc. , Comcast Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Troy Ventures LLC, Verizon Communications Inc. Good Government Club-DE.

Chemical:

DuPont, DuPont Good Government Fund.

Construction:

Boilermakers Local 13 PAC Fund, Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers PAC, Civic Affairs Construction Council, EDIS Administrative Services, Hammers and Nails Club, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local No. 74 PAC, Sheet Metal Workers LU#19, RAI Services, Inc.

Health Care/Pharmaceutical:

Astrazenica, Delaware Chiropractic Society PAC, Dental Associates of Delaware, DENPAC, Doctors for Emergency Service P.A., Eli Lilly and Company PAC, Health Care Executives Action League (HEAL), Johnson&Johnson, Optometry EYE PAC, Pfizer, PHRMA, Sanofi US Services Inc., Sunovion, Sussex Emergency Associates LLC, United Health Group Inc.

Insurance:

BHM insurance Services, Delaware Association of Insurance Agents and Brokers Inc., Met Life Inc. Political Fund PAC.

Law Enforcement:

FOP State PAC Fund, Troopers PAC (TROOPAC), Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 10 Probation and Parole PAC Fund.

Lawyers:

Dinker Biddle and Reath LLP, Orrick Harrington and Sutciffe LLP, Parkowski Guerke and Swayze P.A., Rhodes and Morrow LLC, Young Conoway Stargett and Taylor LLP Political Action Committee Inc., LAWPAC of Delaware.

PACs:

ABC Merit Shop PAC, Cozen O’Connor First State PAC, Delaware P.E.O.P.L.E Committee, Highmark PAC, The PAC.

Political:

Friends for John Carney, Delaware Stonewall PAC, Marijuana Policy Project.

Others:

Delaware Association of Asian American Business Association PAC, CDI Consulting Services, Dennis Greenhouse Consulting LLC, Diageo North America Inc., DSEA Advocacy Fund for Children & Public Education, Highway One Limited Partnership, LSA Associates, Non Partisan Citizens for Business Expansion, NRA Political Victory Fund, The Pilots Association for the Bay and River Delaware PAC, VBA Inc., Wakefern Food Corporation, WAWA, Winner Group Management.

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The Friends for Pete Shwartzkopf candidate committee also made numerous contributions to various Democratic candidates and committees.

For the period of 01/ 01 – 08 /14 2016, the beginning balance was $88,079.40 with total receipts of $63,290.01. The minimum contribution reported was $100.00. The ending cash balance was $129,533.84. The total aggregate of contributions less than $100.00 was $0.00.

Delaware Governor Lifts Partial State of Emergency

From the Office of the Governor:

Governor Markell Announces Lifting of Limited State of Emergency in Sussex County

Wilmington, DE – Governor Jack Markell announced this evening that he has lifted the Limited State of Emergency for Sussex County that had been imposed Saturday as Tropical Storm Hermine approached the Mid-Atlantic region. See the Governor’s full order lifting the State of Emergency below.

Hermine brought rain, moderate winds, and localized flooding during high tide to Delaware’s coastal region. However, the storm track has continued to keep the system off the coast and it is not expected to bring additional rain or damaging wind to the First State. Members of the public should be mindful that higher than normal water levels at high tide will continue to be experienced along the coast and lower Delaware Bay communities through at least Tuesday morning and with it the possibility of localized flooding in those areas. Individuals in those areas should continue to have a plan in place if water levels begin to rise. State and local emergency services, transportation, law enforcement and other agencies will continue to closely observe Hermine’s effect on the state and monitor forecasts for the storm as long as it remains off the Mid-Atlantic coast.

“I’m thankful that Tropical Storm Hermine has remained off the coast and its impact on our state has been minimal,” Governor Markell said. “I want to thank the first responders, emergency management staff, Delaware National Guard, DelDOT crews and others for working to ensure the safety of residents and visitors during this storm event. We remain prepared to take any necessary action to protect public safety and property as Hermine remains in our region over the next few days. I wish all Delawareans and visitors to our state a safe and enjoyable Labor Day holiday.”

Executive Department

Dover

TERMINATION OF A LIMITED STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR SUSSEX COUNTY

WHEREAS, Sussex County was expected to experience significant rains, high winds, and tidal flooding caused by Tropical Storm Hermine; and



WHEREAS, I instituted a limited state of emergency in Sussex County, effective at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2016, to address the effects of Tropical Storm Hermine; and WHEREAS, I am proud of the first responders and other individuals from fire companies, police departments, the National Guard, DelDOT, Sussex County governments, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency and other governments and agencies who assisted throughout this weather event to secure the lives and livelihood of Delaware citizens;

NOW THEREFORE, I, JACK A. MARKELL, hereby declare:

1. My declaration of a limited state of emergency dated September 3, 2016 is terminated effective immediately.

2. Pursuant to 20 Del. C. § 3116(a)(11), the Delaware National Guard shall continue to provide necessary assistance to state and local authorities, at the discretion of the Adjutant General or his designee, to protect life and property from any effects from an actual or threatened emergency or disaster.

APPROVED this 4th day of September, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

Limited State of Emergency Issued for Sussex County, DE

From the Delaware Governor’s Office:

Governor Markell Issues Limited State of Emergency for Sussex County at 5:00 p.m. Saturday as Tropical Storm Hermine Approaches Delaware

Urges those in low-lying and coastal areas to closely monitor weather conditions and communications from emergency management officials

Wilmington, DE— As Tropical Storm Hermine approaches Delaware, Governor Markell has issued a limited State of Emergency for Sussex County beginning at 5:00 p.m. today that allows public safety, emergency response, and transportation agencies to position resources in affected areas.

“Tropical Storm Hermine is a powerful storm that will bring significant rainfall and localized flooding, especially in coastal and Delaware Bay communities in Sussex County,” said Governor Markell. “I encourage Delawareans and visitors to our state to take precautions and stay tuned to weather forecasts and transportation updates throughout the weekend.”

The National Weather Service has declared a Tropical Storm Warning for the entire State of Delaware. Significant rainfall is forecast to fall in Sussex County from today through Monday, with wind gusts as high as 50 miles per hour along the coast Sunday and Monday, and localized flooding along the coast and lower Delaware Bay during high tides on Sunday and Monday. Those in low-lying and flood-prone areas in coastal Sussex County and Delaware Bay communities in Sussex and Kent Counties should pay special attention to changing conditions and have a plan in place should water levels begin to rise.

Through today’s State of Emergency the Governor has authorized the Delaware National Guard, in coordination with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, to pre-position its forces in anticipation of the storm’s biggest effects in Delaware Sunday and Monday. The State of Emergency declaration allows the Governor to deploy the Delaware National Guard, DelDOT, first responders, and other agencies to open and close roadways and take other actions to protect public safety and property during the storm event. The State of Emergency does not impose driving restrictions at this point, however, members of the public should closely follow media outlets and social media sites for restrictions that may be imposed should conditions change.

State and local emergency management officials, DelDOT, the Delaware National Guard, and other state agencies and service providers have been closely monitoring the storm system as it has developed. The Governor is monitoring the forecast regularly and will remain in contact with emergency management and transportation officials over the course of the storm to determine any further actions that may be necessary.

The Governor urges the public to check local media outlets and these social media sites for storm-related updates:

https://twitter.com/GovernorMarkell https://twitter.com/DelawareDOT https://twitter.com/DelawareEMA

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Full text of today’ Executive Order:

Executive Department Dover

DECLARATION OF A LIMITED STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR SUSSEX COUNTY EFFECTIVE AT 5:00 P.M. ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2016

WHEREAS, a significant storm system is affecting the State of Delaware and is projected to continue to impact the State as Tropical Storm Hermine continues to move through the region; and

WHEREAS, the National Weather Service has issued Tropical Storm Warnings covering all three counties in Delaware, although the effects of Tropical Storm Hermine are currently expected to be felt most strongly in Sussex County; and

WHEREAS, rain, wind, and high tides from the weather system have the potential to result in flooding conditions in Sussex County, Delaware; and

WHEREAS, weather conditions throughout Sussex County for the remainder of the weekend and continuing into next week may exacerbate any such flooding; and

WHEREAS, the effects of this storm system threaten public safety and have the potential to cause major damage to the infrastructure of Sussex County, and otherwise present a potential danger to life, safety and property; and

WHEREAS, based upon evidence presented to me by the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, I have found that the potential for the occurrence of an emergency is high in Sussex County; and

WHEREAS, flood-prone areas of Sussex County and throughout Delaware are at risk of significant flooding, and residents of those areas should seriously consider taking precautionary measures, including evacuating voluntarily or planning for potential evacuation and use of travel routes around flooded streets and roads; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary to pre-stage and potentially deploy resources and assets of the Delaware National Guard in anticipation of responding to any such threats to public safety;

NOW THEREFORE, I, JACK A. MARKELL, pursuant to Title 20, Chapter 31 of the Delaware Code, do hereby declare a Limited State of Emergency for Sussex County, Delaware. This Limited State of Emergency is effective on September 3, 2016, at 5:00 p.m., and shall continue until terminated as provided under State law. The nature of the emergency includes high winds, rain and flooding and the potential effects caused by the storm beginning September 3, 2016 and continuing thereafter. Along with such other actions authorized by Title 20, Chapter 31 of the Delaware Code, I specifically direct and authorize:

1. All departments and agencies of the State of Delaware shall assist in response and recovery activities, as directed by and in coordination with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), in consultation with the Secretary of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security (DSHS), necessary in those areas affected by the storm.

2. The Delaware National Guard shall take precautionary or responsive actions directed by the Director of DEMA, in consultation with the Secretary of DSHS, upon request by local authorities in affected areas of Sussex County.

3. DEMA shall activate the State Emergency Operations Plan and cooperate with federal authorities, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency in making application, if necessary for relief and assistance for those towns and communities adversely affected by the continuing storm, pursuant to the Delaware Emergency Operations Plan and any potentially applicable federal disaster or emergency relief laws, including but not limited to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

4. I authorize the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and the Delaware State Police, in consultation with DEMA and the Secretary of DSHS, to order such bridge and road closures as necessary to protect the health and safety of the public.

5. Unless otherwise directed, all normal operations of State government shall continue without interruption.

6. I reserve the right to take or direct state or local authorities to take, without issuance of further written order, any other necessary actions authorized by Title 20, Chapter 31 of the Delaware Code to respond to this emergency.

APPROVED this 3rd day of September, 2016, at 1:00 p.m.

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 9/1/2016

Making Investments that Support Student Achievement and Career Success

By; Delaware Governor, Jack Markell

This week, students across our state are returning to the classroom and thanks to the hard work of teachers and administrators, our schools are setting them on a path toward rewarding careers and success in life through higher standards and innovative instruction that meet the skills needed in today’s high-tech economy. That starts with our youngest learners.

More support for training, equipment, and resources in high quality pre-school programs are preparing our youngest learners to excel in school. We’re in the fifth year of our world language immersion program where nearly 3,000 kids – including 10% of our Kindergarten students – are taking half of their classes in Chinese or Spanish to become proficient by fourth grade. That program is giving kids a head-start for career success in today’s interconnected world. High school students are taking more college-level classes and getting workplace experience through programs like Pathways to Prosperity, which this fall has grown to 6,000 students who will be a step ahead of their peers when competing for jobs in expanding industries like healthcare, manufacturing, computer science and engineering. For seniors, our schools are working harder than ever to give them the resources to chart their next steps, whether it’s a 2- or 4-year college education or going straight to the workforce.

These efforts have helped us hit record high graduation rates and achieve new milestones in the number of students who are applying for and enrolling in college. And we’re building on our support for teachers by providing leadership opportunities at their schools while ensuring they can also remain in the classroom. By investing in educational programs and instruction that meet the needs of today’s world, we’ll ensure that our students have bright futures, and we’ll keep Delaware moving forward.

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Economic Inclusion is the Key to Prosperity

The City of Dover decided to take a wrecking ball to its economic development department in spite of 5 years of work that has brought hundreds of millions in new private investment, filled empty box stores, changed the Garrison Track into the Garrison Technology Park. We finally began to address workforce development, gained needed investment to implement a downtown strategy through Restoring Central Dover and the Downtown Development District and began business training reaching all segments of the community through the Ice House project.

We now have a committee charting strategy. While it was a mistake that got us here, it is an opportunity to get us to a consensus that could prove very beneficial to our city. The Mayor is the chair of the Economic Development Committee (thanks to my motion) and has already made some positive moves including the addition of our best expert with a proven record of success to the committee, Assistant City Manager Kirby Hudson. While I have some hope for the future, the future will only be bright if we look for a strategy that is effective for everyone. This is why I have been standing for a strategy of economic inclusion, which ensures that every voice is heard regardless of background, sex or ethnicity.

I believe inclusion is vital to economic growth. A community has to make use of every resource available. This includes the people of good will who want a better life. We need to be favorable to business startups. We need Workforce Development programs. We need a range of housing including affordable housing. We need to encourage large businesses to be able to function well and look at Dover as an opportunity. We need small businesses prospering and being an agent of economic vitality. We need all people regardless of whether the family’s well-connected or not having equal access to government and having their ideas placed in the mix. We need to reclaim offenders so they don’t become reoffenders. We need to unite our city into one team with a mission of prosperity for all who are willing to work or retired after doing their share.

We need to ensure that we hear from 100% of our city. We need an economy which builds upon the strengths of each person. We need to marshal our talents, people, resources and partnerships to build a prosperous community that is business friendly and people oriented. This is what I call economic inclusion.

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.

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The Evil Schemes of Gyorgy Schwartz AKA George Soros

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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 de.gov/funding or contacting global@delaware.gov. 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.

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Obama, Hillary Clinton, Saul Alinsky and Rules For Radicals

DIARY Redstate.com / Donald Ayotte // Posted at 9:11 pm on January 13, 2012 by Donald Ayotte cross posted in www.delawarepolitics.net

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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.

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