Does Character still matter?

Does character matter in elections? The majority polled recently said no. I guess that explains the fact that both parties nominated a person with shall we say character issues. That leaves the rest of us underwhelmed. I agree that so-called character issues are usually private stuff that is just mud slinging. Issues matter more. We have no business trying to find out who worships where, who sleeps with whom, what someone’s tax returns or credit reports are, what their elementary school record was or whom they had dinner with.

There is a level where it does matter. If I can’t trust you to ever tell the truth, how can I trust where you stand on the issues? If you don’t care about people, how can I trust you to serve them? If you look down on people because of their faith group (I am not talking about radical ideology such as terrorism), if you treat people poorly based upon their race, sex, economic status, disability, age, etc, if you are careless with national security, if you gloat about deceiving people, if you leave people to die in the service of this nation, or if you are a person who has no interest in facts, then that is relevant.

What is sad is that people with character are attacked. People like Paul Ryan who is full of integrity is ruthlessly attacked. Democrats attack him because he won’t support a criminal who left Americans to die in Benghazi and would undermine our Constitution and rule of law. Republicans attack him because he won’t sacrifice the standards that he has proclaimed all his public life and campaign with someone he believes has serious character issues even though he endorsed him as the best available choice. Paul Ryan is the type of person we used to admire just a few years ago. The fact that so many don’t is a reflection on them not him. Sure, I hate that a private conference call was leaked, but he was not making a public statement to undermine the choice of the plurality. All he was suggesting is that Republican house candidates do what worked for Democrats in the past.

It is interesting that since the Clinton’s even extreme character issues have not mattered in Democratic politics unless it is something that a Republican does. The divide in the GOP is over whether we go the same way. Cruz, Rubio, Lee, Ayotte, Tomey, Sasse, Ryan, and others say no. Some endorsed their nominee because an election is a choice. Some like Lee, Ayotte and Sasse seem to be opting out. Other fine people like Gingrich, Guiliani, Pence, and others see issues as paramount. Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh struggle to different conclusions. Limbaugh focuses on the fact that the stakes are too high to through this election away. Hannity seemed to have no struggle at all supporting the nominee, his struggle is understanding the people who are hesitant. 57% of Republicans didn’t vote for the nominee but the system forced upon the majority the will of the minority. The question is where will the party go? Will it abandon its credo of the past “character matters”? Will the Democrats say that they want an inspirational choice again? Will balance come back in a future cycle? What happens to America if both parties abandon character? Maybe this election will bring a measure of balance to the system for the next few elections. If not, maybe America really is in decline.

Highlights of Donald Trump’s Gettysburg Address:

“I’m not a politician, and have never wanted to be one. But when I saw the trouble our country was in, I knew I couldn’t stand by and watch any longer. Our country has been so good to me, I love our country, I felt I had to act,” said Mr. Trump in his address.

“Change has to come from outside this broken system. The fact that the Washington establishment has tried so hard to stop our campaign is only more proof that our campaign represents the kind of change that only arrives once in a lifetime,” he continued.

“I am asking the American people to rise above the noise and the clutter of our broken politics, and to embrace that great faith and optimism that has always been the central ingredient in the American character. I am asking you to dream big.

“What follows is my 100-day action plan to Make America Great Again. It is a contract between Donald J. Trump and the American voter – and begins with restoring honesty, accountability and change to Washington,” he concluded.


“Therefore, on the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:

FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress; SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health); THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated; FOURTH, a 5 year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service; FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government; SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.

On the same day, I will begin taking the following seven actions to protect American workers:

FIRST, I will announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205 SECOND, I will announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership THIRD, I will direct my Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator FOURTH, I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately FIFTH, I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal. SIXTH, lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward SEVENTH, cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure

Additionally, on the first day, I will take the following five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law: FIRST, cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama SECOND, begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States THIRD, cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities FOURTH, begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back FIFTH, suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.

Next, I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration:

1. Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act. An economic plan designed to grow the economy 4% per year and create at least 25 million new jobs through massive tax reduction and simplification, in combination with trade reform, regulatory relief, and lifting the restrictions on American energy. The largest tax reductions are for the middle class. A middle-class family with 2 children will get a 35% tax cut. The current number of brackets will be reduced from 7 to 3, and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified. The business rate will be lowered from 35 to 15 percent, and the trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas can now be brought back at a 10 percent rate.

2. End The Offshoring Act Establishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax-free.

3. American Energy & Infrastructure Act. Leverages public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives, to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years. It is revenue neutral.

4. School Choice And Education Opportunity Act. Redirects education dollars to gives parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. Ends common core, brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and make 2 and 4-year college more affordable.

5. Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act. Fully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with Health Savings Accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines, and lets states manage Medicaid funds. Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA: there are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications.

6. Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act. Allows Americans to deduct childcare and elder care from their taxes, incentivizes employers to provide on-side childcare services, and creates tax-free Dependent Care Savings Accounts for both young and elderly dependents, with matching contributions for low-income families.

7. End Illegal Immigration Act Fully-funds the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall; establishes a 2-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a 5-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations; also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first.

8. Restoring Community Safety Act. Reduces surging crime, drugs and violence by creating a Task Force On Violent Crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police; increases resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars.

9. Restoring National Security Act. Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment; provides Veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice; protects our vital infrastructure from cyber-attack; establishes new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values

10. Clean up Corruption in Washington Act. Enacts new ethics reforms to Drain the Swamp and reduce the corrupting influence of special interests on our politics.

On November 8th, Americans will be voting for this 100-day plan to restore prosperity to our economy, security to our communities, and honesty to our government.

This is my pledge to you.

And if we follow these steps, we will once more have a government of, by and for the people.”

View the Contract With The American Voter at:

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 10/21/2016

Providing New Access to Information that Impacts the Lives of Delaware Families

By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell

To be effective, government must be transparent. That’s why within the first 6 months of my administration, we launched the Delaware Checkbook website which gave unprecedented access to state spending information. We also enacted the most comprehensive updates ever to Delaware’s Freedom of Information Act, making it easier for the public to get access to government documents. And we expanded disclosure of campaign donations because the public has a right to know which groups support a candidate for public office. Earlier this year, we took another important step when I signed Executive Order 57, which established an Open Data Council, and laid the groundwork for an open data portal. As we celebrate this week’s launch of that portal, we know it will only be effective if citizens understand what’s in it and how it works. Most simply, it means better access to government data – data on health, the environment, population trends and more. All of this has value to entrepreneurs coming up with new business ideas, as well as researchers, data scientists, and people in academic institutions. Government can’t expect, and shouldn’t try to anticipate, all of the uses of open data. Instead, we are shifting our focus – instead of trying to anticipate the demand from the public and businesses, we are committing to make as much data as possible available to the public. And we actively encourage the private sector to work with the data we’re posting to help us solve challenge issues. In addition, I’m proud that we’re relaunching a revamped state checkbook, which is searchable, sortable, and interactive. By providing more information through interactive formats we’ll improve public trust in our government and engage new stakeholders to meet our challenges through better public policy. Please visit to check it out. And together, we will keep Delaware moving forward.


Delaware Launches New Data Portal

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

Governor Jack Markell unveiled a new and improved centralized relational state data portal that is intended to streamline general access to public information. Speaking at 1313 Innovation, a Wilmington co-working space, he officially activated, yesterday evening. The Governor signed Executive Order 57 establishing the Open Data Portal earlier this year.

The system is designed to make a vast array of non-identifiable data across traditional state agency lines and enable flexible interactive user-sorting and GIS capabilities including maps, charts, enhanced graphics and much more. It even includes an “Open Checkbook” feature, making it easier to utilize state financial data (including state employee’s expense reports) via

“The Open Data Portal reflects our commitment to creating higher levels of openness and transparency in state government. It provides new access to public information that impacts the lives of Delawareans and their families and we hope that this interactive resource will not only deepen civic engagement, but also empower members of the public, researchers, and others to use this information to recommend solutions to the challenges we face and create new applications that will benefit the government and our communities.”, said Governor Markell.

The Delaware Open Data Portal contains more than 30 datasets and over 35 maps, initially including: News, restaurant inspection reports, vital statistics (births and deaths), Medicaid enrollment information, environmental quality reports, transportation and infrastructure information, evacuation routes, student preparation and performance and library usage statistics, contract data, proposals and bids; as well as Geo-coded maps of parks, natural areas, and traffic counts. Datasets with locations can be mapped in the portal, such as licensed child care providers and schools, etc.

The system will be steadily expanded according priorities set by the Open Data Council, composed of members from ten state agencies charged with implementing a unified state data management strategy and Freedom of Information Act policy through improved public access of publicly available state information. Implementation of a unified FOIA policy is consonant with Executive Order 31, signed in 2011.

Members of the public are invited to recommend additional datasets and information for inclusion in the Open Data Portal by visiting Persons signing up to make suggestions are included in the SOCRATA community, dedicated to improving government transparancy and information flow.

In response, The Independent Party of Delaware, acting in the public interest, has incorporated a link to the new data portal on its website, making it the first political party to do so.

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 10/14/2016

Expanding Successful Downtown Development Program

By: Delaware Governor, Jack A. Markell

Vibrant downtowns are crucial drivers of economic growth and they are central to our efforts to strengthen the quality of life. More than ever, Delawareans want to live and work in our urban cores that are close to transportation networks and entertainment and recreation opportunities, and that’s why we are investing in our downtowns through the Downtown Development District program. Since last year, when we launched the program in Wilmington, Dover and Seaford, $14 million in grants through the Delaware State Housing Authority has leveraged more than $290 million in private investment. That’s helping Wilmington small businesses like Sterling Grille perform needed renovations, and funding residential construction in downtown Dover. Just this week, in Seaford, I observed progress at the Residences at River Place, where construction is underway for apartments on the Nanticoke River. That development will anchor future growth downtown.

Now we want to build on that success. This past summer we designated five new Downtown Development Districts across the state – in Smyrna, Milford, Harrington, Laurel and Georgetown. Local officials in each of these towns developed detailed plans for developing their downtowns, and this designation will help boost new private investment. That includes Milford’s new Downtown Development District, which focuses on the City’s historic central business district along the Mispillion River. In Georgetown, it will encourage new investments around The Circle. And Smyrna’s district will help sustain its impressive growth, with new development centered on the town’s downtown historic district. Residential, commercial and industrial projects in our downtown districts may qualify for local and state development incentives, and I encourage you to visit for more information. Through this innovative program we will continue to drive investment in our downtown areas, create jobs, and build sustainable urban communities. And that will keep Delaware moving forward. ​


DE Governor’s Weekly Message 10/7/2016

Sustaining Delaware’s Strong Economy Through Employment Growth

By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell

Delaware’s economy today is strong, with the lowest unemployment rate in a decade and job growth that leads the region. But that doesn’t happen by accident. Businesses today can choose to locate just about anywhere, and the Markell Administration works tirelessly to attract and retain employers — from the largest corporations that hire thousands of Delawareans, to our small businesses who collectively employ more people than any other sector, to entrepreneurs and start-ups with the next great idea. The Delaware Economic Development Office is hard at work building relationships with job creators and sharing with them that we offer a welcoming business climate, highly-skilled workforce, and high quality of life. Our efforts are paying off. Businesses such as Techmer Engineered Solutions, a specialty plastics manufacturer recently relocated to Delaware. Techmer outfitted a new state-of-the-art facility near Wilmington that will soon employ 60 workers, and plans to add dozens more in the coming years. We offer programs like the State Small Business Credit Initiative which offers lower interest rates to small, start-up businesses and nonprofit employers. Over the past 5 years that’s helped nearly three dozen businesses open and expand their operations, including Alpha Technologies, an IT services firm which is creating hundreds of full-time technology jobs in Delaware. And we must continue to support workforce development, from grants to help train workers for specific employers to being involved in the Governor’s Pathways to Prosperity initiative, which is giving 6,000 high schoolers the chance to earn college credit and gain workplace experience in high-demand fields. Through these and other initiatives we will continue to seek innovative ways to attract new businesses on the cutting edge of technology, grow and educate our workforce, and sustain our strong economic growth. And that will keep Delaware moving forward.


Disrespecting America is not a path to justice

September 23, 2016 5 players and staff take a knee during Anthem
September 23, 2016 5 players and staff take a knee during Anthem

Colin Kaepernick started a minor movement of dissent that has even shown up at a local high school, Kent Polytech. It is time to address this virus of anti-Americanism. I do not rise against the people who are exercising their rights as Americans to redress the government for their grievances. After all, it is well known that Black Americans are 30% more likely to be pulled over, 3 times more likely to be searched and 2 times more likely to be shot, according to President Obama. Recent incidents in Minnesota, Oklahoma and Louisiana illustrate the problem of an inexplicable escalation to deadly force by a minority of law enforcement. It is a legitimate concern.

A Constitutional government is one restrained and respecting its people, not one that rules by fear of deadly force because you do not move quickly enough or obey its dictates fast enough. Deadly force should only be engaged in if there is a bonafide threat to life or safety of someone whether a victim or law enforcement officer. As Conservatives, this is a fundamental principle for us. My problem with the protestors is that by protesting our National Anthem, they are saying that police brutality is something that is fundamentally American. That is absurd on its face. The American Constitution and values are the standard that condemns government oppression and gives us the tools to reign in excess. Protesting it is counterproductive.

While overreach happens way too often, it is not who we are. Many of the protestors are at least guilty of overreach themselves. Every use of force by police is condemned before looking at fact. Frankly, most of the time, use of force is reasonable, justified and even necessary to save lives. The police are not always right, but the police are not always wrong. When we assume otherwise, we handicap law enforcement and empower the lawless that prey upon us. It is not police shooting us tens of thousands of times a year. 86,000 shootings of 3rd parties occurred in a recent year 97% had nothing to do with law enforcement. This is not even the tip of the iceberg. The cultural acceptance of violence is something that taking a knee during the anthem will not address. I would contend that it is counterproductive.

As a veteran, I understand that the way we solve our problems by standing together not pulling away from our common values. I do not think it is cool or trendy let alone noble to say that some Americans should opt out of standing with each other to honor the ideas of liberty, justice, GOD, and unity. The way we address inequality is not to create more of it, but like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we call out injustice and demand that America live up to its principles. Fundamentally America is a good nation and Americans are a good people. Travel the world and you will find that we are unique in our striving of liberty for all, individual sovereignty and equality under the law. The very fact that these good people can protest under the first amendment was something that originated here.

Tennessee v. Gardner is enshrined in our case law. “Where a suspect poses no immediate threat to the officer and no threat to others, the harm resulting from failing to apprehend him does not justify the use of deadly force to do so,” Justice Byron R. White wrote for the court. If you believe there is a problem, the solution is in the Constitution not in opposing it.

I believe this movement is symptomatic of a larger problem. Americanism is no longer taught. We do not teach the Constitution when we do teach it, we teach case law. We are embarrassed about the Declaration of Independence which has been the basis of human rights declarations and laws around the world because some of the elite are embarrassed that it declares our rights come from GOD not the government. We teach a victimology. We do not teach what made us great, instead, we focus on every perceived failure or injustice then wonder why our kids are not excited about America. America did not become great because it was filled with injustice. It is a great nation because it is a beacon of justice that allows us to be better human beings by eliminating it step by step.

The only way Black lives matter is if all lives matter. We show that by standing together and demanding the best of Americanism for all of us not by sitting apart.

James Brittingham Cadidate for 39th Rep District.

Libertarian runs against Danny Short For 39th Rep. District Seat

Jimmy Brittingham, Libertarian candidate for the 39th Rep. District
Jimmy Brittingham, Libertarian candidate for the 39th Rep. District

Libertarian candidate for the 39th Representative District, James Brittingham would like to see change in the way things are done if elected to the Delaware State House.

Running against entrenched Republican Danny Short doesn’t bother Brittingham much. Being a Libertarian and Chairman of the Sussex County Libertarian Party keeps him busy, and he has plenty of energy to spare.

“As a Libertarian, I am fiscally conservative and socially tolerant. People should be free to do as they wish, as long as they don’t cause harm to one another,” he said. “Libertarians believe in making government smaller so that people can have more freedom.”

Brittingham has not accepted corporate sponsorship or “special interest” money on his campaign. “I have no corporate sponsors pulling my strings. I’m just an average hard working American, just like you,” he said.

If elected, Brittingham would introduce legislation to set term limits for state legislators. He would seek to reduce repressive regulation and become more business and job friendly. He would also seek to end Common Core and High Stakes testing in our public schools, giving control back to the parents, teachers, and local school boards.

Eliminating gross receipts tax and governmental spending on everything that is non-essential are high on Brittingham’s list of priorities. If elected, he would also seek to end “Midnight Madness” in the General Assembly and redefine the role of Delaware’s Sheriffs.

“I have no voting record on bills and I have no corporate sponsors pulling my strings. If you’re tired of the government telling you what you can and cannot do, while bullying you around, I urge you to cast your vote for me on November 8th. Together we can restore liberty and prosperity to the First State,” he said.

Bad Boy Delaware is being Sued by 23 States in 3 law suits: Taxpayers could be on the hook for 400 Million Dollars

Reuters is reporting that 21 States led by Texas and Arkansas are suing Delaware for allegedly stealing their citizen’s money. The 150 million dollar suit joins Pennsylvania and Wisconsin who already filed separate suits.

Delaware hired contractors to take a more aggressive collection of Escheat funds (unclaimed funds like dormant checking and savings accounts, uncashed money orders, cashiers checks, Unclaimed insurance benefits, Mineral royalty payments, Safe depository contents, Unused gift certificates.dividends, stocks, bonds, utility deposits or refunds). They didn’t hire them to find the people of course, but to push companies to turning them over to the state. The state then spends the money that is unclaimed after it publishes names on the web. It has been a boon to state revenue. Revenue has jumped to a half a billion dollars a year surpassing corporate taxes as our third largest income source. Delaware’s operating budget is approximately 3.9 billion dollars.

The states are not the only ones complaining. Private companies are suing as well. U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Sleet called Delaware’s shake down of corporations “shocking to the conscience”. The state lost a law suit this summer. Delaware Business Times reported the following in the preceding link.

The decision is a positive for businesses, but will have a major impact on the state budget in the coming years,” said Delaware State Chamber of Commerce President A. Richard Heffron. “The Chamber has raised these issues to the State over the years in an attempt to help address what companies under an abandoned property audit went through to calculate what they may owe. It has been an unfair practice to look back 30 plus years when no company keeps records going back that long.”

Temple-Inland argued among other things that Delaware’s practice of estimating unclaimed property liability for years in which actual records are not available amounted to an unlawful taking of property and violated constitutional provisions regarding due process. State officials began an unclaimed property audit of Temple-Inland in 2008, telling the company that the audit period would begin in 1981. But because the company was unable to produce records before 2003, officials used an estimation method to extrapolate that the state was owed $2.1 million. The figure was subsequently reduced to the amount that nevertheless remained in dispute.

The Temple-Inland lawsuit is one of several challenging Delaware’s abandoned property system, which has become a source of tension between the business world and a state that is the legal or corporate home to more than 1 million business entities, including more than 60 percent of Fortune 500 companies. It also has led other states to challenge Delaware in court over abandoned property. Abandoned property can include unclaimed stocks and bonds, insurance policies, uncashed checks, unclaimed wages, dividends, even unredeemed rebates and gift certificates. Under federal law, a state can take such property if it remains unclaimed for a certain number of years and the true owner can’t be found.

Under U.S. Supreme Court rulings, states follow a two-tier scheme for reporting and claiming abandoned property. Under the primary priority rule, unclaimed property is reported to the state of the owner’s last known address appearing on a company’s records. But if the owner’s address is unknown or incomplete, the unclaimed property is reported to the company’s state of incorporation.

Several questions are raised. If Delaware has to give back some of the money, does the firm give back its 25% commission? Why did we turn a blind eye to obvious injustice as a private company twisted the law to get commissions? Who will be accountable in state government? If Delaware loses up to 20% of its revenue, what will that do to state services and taxes? What is the back up plan?

Finally, when are Delaware voters going to hold the ruling party accountable for its malpractice?

Dowding Small Business Champion

Press Release For Immediate Release October 4, 2016 Friends of Jean Dowding

Jean Dowding Endorsed to Champion Small Business by NFIB.

Jean Dowding, GOP candidate for 31st District Representative, has been officially endorsed by The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Delaware SAFE-Trust (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Committee in her campaign bid to unseat Incumbent Sean Lynn.

Dowding is a twenty-five year, partially disabled, Army veteran who retired as a Sergeant Major. Currently, Jean heads the Dowding Group at RE/MAX 1st Choice, a Central Delaware real estate firm. She is the Central Delaware Honorary Mayor for the Chamber of Commerce and a known leader in the small business community. Dowding is an advocate for job creation and growing local businesses.

Dowding is grateful for the support. She told supporters, “I am pleased to share the NFIB’s (Nation Federation of Independent Business) endorsement of my campaign for election to Delaware’s General Assembly in November. I will continue to support entrepreneurs in creating quality jobs by working with local community business owners to create a favorable economic environment that allows free enterprise and small businesses to grow.”

Jean Dowding is running to be a full-time representative with a strong voice in the state legislature, while working for the greater public interest. As an Army Sergeant Major and Senior Military Academy Instructor, she taught strategic military leadership development skills. She served in Administrative Management positions in signal and logistics operations and training that required critical thinking, mentoring, and close supervision of her junior NCOs and officers while collaborating with policy makers. Experienced at thinking “outside the box”, Dowding knows how to multi-task and take the lead.

She will work to improve Delaware’s economy by supporting job-creating small businesses, while upgrading state development strategy towards a favorable economic environment. Dowding is committed to working for a more transparent, accountable and cost-effective state government.

NFIB is Delaware’s and the nation’s leading small business association, with representatives in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system.

NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at #### Website :


DE Governor’s Weekly Message 9/30/2016

Advancing Employment Opportunities for Individuals of All Abilities

By:Delaware Governor, Jack Markell

Last week, Governor Markell and I joined young people with disabilities, their parents and advocates as we celebrated the success of Pathways to Employment. Pathways supports young people age 14 to 25 as they make their transition from school to the world of work. Inspired by Governor Markell’s commitment to advancing employment opportunities for people of all abilities, the Department of Health and Social Services started Pathways about a year ago as the first program of its kind in the country. With financial support from our Medicaid program, we’re helping reduce the barriers to employment through such services as assistive technology, career exploration and personal care. We’re grateful for the strong support we’ve received from the Delaware Department of Labor’s Division for Vocational Rehabilitation and the Department of Education and, of course, from employers across our state who have recognized that their organizations are stronger when they embrace the skills and talents of all of our people. Last week, we celebrated enrolling 248 young people in Pathways, including 21-year-old Jakai Walker. Jakai was hired in August by the Casino at Delaware Park to work in its Food and Beverage Department. Jakai’s mother said the kitchen is the one area he has loved since grade school. We know there are many more young people like Jakai who could benefit from the services of Pathways to Employment to fulfill their passions and reach their full potential. To learn about eligibility, call 1-800-223-9074 or visit the DHSS website. As Governor Markell said last week, hiring people with disabilities isn’t about charity. It’s about maximizing everyone’s gifts and talents. That’s why you have our commitment to keep advancing employment opportunities for all individuals with disabilities as we keep Delaware moving forward.


OPEN THREAD: Clinton-Trump Debate [1]

About forty-five people gathered at the Cottage Cafe in Bethany Beach from 8-11 pm last night to watch the first 2016 presidential debate at a Sussex GOP sponsored event .

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There was much discussion beforehand (even out-talking the talking heads). However, everyone paid serious attention during the course of the debate, occasionally responding to the high points, especially the one-liners.

Delaware TRUMP 2016 Campaign State Chairman, Rob Arlette (standing) before debate
Delaware TRUMP 2016 Campaign State Chairman, Rob Arlette (standing) before debate

Coincidentally, this was the 56th anniversary of the first Kennedy-Nixon Debate in 1960.

Intelligent comments, your spin and/or good comedy lines are welcome.

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 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 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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2016 Economic Freedom Index

The United States is stuck in slow growth and has declined in freedom the last 7 years and now has its lowest score in the history of the index. It has dropped to 11th worldwide behind the United Kingdom, Canada, Chili and several Pacific nations. Hong Kong and Singapore are the leaders in worldwide economic freedom. Still out of 186, the United States is in the top 10%.

Where public policy meets common sense