Media Expelled From Delaware GOP Convention

Two reporters, one of them the President and Managing Editor of the Midlantic Dispatch were expelled from the 2016 Delaware GOP State Convention without cause.

The reporters who were openly displaying press credentials and assigned to cover the news at the 2016 Delaware GOP State Convention, were approached by a Dewey Beach Police officer who asked the them to leave on the grounds they were not credentialed. They were sitting quietly either typing , writing or taking photographs as their trade requires, until the uniformed officer asked them to leave at 1:45pm. The reporters arrived and 12:30pm and were admitted to the convention center. There was no known problem until that time.

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The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States reads:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise of freedom of speech, OR OF THE PRESS, or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

The two reporters, Donald Ayotte and Staff Writer Wolfgang von Baumgart’s civil rights were clearly violated in this instance by the Delaware GOP for unknown reasons. Apparently, the Delaware GOP perceives themselves to be a law unto themselves.

John Fluharty, the Executive Director of the Delaware State GOP, was asked on scene, by Donald Ayotte, the President and Managing Editor of the Midlantic Dispatch, if he was aware of the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Mr Fluharty replied that he was not aware of that. Mr. Ayotte replied that he should be very aware of it. Mr. Ayotte has earned a BA in English with a concentration in Journalism from the University of Delaware.

“I don’t understand this action on the part of the Delaware State GOP, “said Ayotte,” We only cover the news, and we were about to endorse a couple of their candidates. Why would they want this kind of bad press while violating the law. It is utter nonsense and stupidity on the part of the the DE State GOP.”

A check of the Delaware GOP website revealed that the need for separate event-related media credentials was not posted.

“This is not exactly the GOP’s smartest PR move.”, said von Baumgart as he left the building.

Midlantic Dispatch Reporters Expelled From DE GOP Convention

FREEDOM of the PRESS?

2016 Delaware GOP State Convention, Dewey Beach
2016 Delaware GOP State Convention, Dewey Beach

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Two Midlantic Dispatch reporters, covering the 2016 Delaware State GOP Convention in Dewey Beach were expelled from the convention center, earlier today in an issue over credentials.

Midlantic Dispatch Manging Editor, Don Ayotte will report on further details in an emerging news article.

INDEPENDENT PARTY MAYORAL CANDIDATE EXCLUDED FROM DEBATES

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

IPoD Wilmington Mayoral Candidate, Steven Washington
IPoD Wilmington Mayoral Candidate, Steven Washington

Is the Independent Party of Delaware’s Wilmington mayoral candidate, Steven Washington, being systematically excluded from debates? Let’s look at the record. To date, there have been numerous debates sponsored by various local organizations. Mr. Washington, who earned a Masters degree in Education, has yet to be invited.

This form of exclusion also raises some basic legal questions about political discrimination. According to federal regulations, tax-exempt 501-c (3) nonprofit corporations cannot endorse candidates or exclude them from political debates that they sponsor. They are required to include all duly filed candidates without favoritism. While this may have been an oversight, as the Wilmington establishment political culture is generally of the view that the winner of the 2016 Democratic mayoral primary will automatically be the next mayor (and a Republican candidate is not expected to file) , the question bears further investigation.

The Democratic Party has controlled the City of Wilmington since 1956, so it is easy to have an entrenched mindset. However, increasing numbers of Wilmington’s voters, across party lines, have expressed their dissatisfaction about exclusion from the decision-making process at public expense in the closed-loop nature of local partisan politics. Hence, there are some who strongly don’t want the voters of Wilmington to know that there is a viable independent alternative in the face of a heated 8-candidate Democratic Party primary with an embattled incumbent mayor fighting for his political life.

Steven Washington has a clear vision for reform of city government, including a thorough re-evaluation of public administration. “The fixed mindset in Wilmington is corrupt.”, he said. “I am the only mayoral candidate from Hill Top. “Why has the West Side been neglected?”, he asked.

Steve Washington offers a clear alternative to Wilmington machine politics as usual. His campaign theme is: “ Education, Appreciation and Communication ”, aimed at including all sectors of the Wilmington Community in the political decision-making process through a direct hands-on approach to the city’s manifold problems. As an educator and community leader, Steven Washington brings an effective skill set and constructive cooperative problem-solving approach in working for a safer, smarter and friendlier city moving forward towards greater community and economic development. Most importantly, he seeks to include and empower people by encouraging them to rise to their highest human potential.

There is a major paradigm shift developing in Wilmington in search of more innovative and effective leadership outside of the same old political box and its narrow conceptual limitations. Accordingly, it is understandable but not excusable that those who perceive themselves inside or near corridors of municipal political power don’t want this word to get out on the street and disrupt their hold on the city. Ultimately, however, this election is less about them and infinitely more about the People and their neighborhoods.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There is a growing reform movement in Wilmington aimed at restructuring local government in the greater public interest, in favor of the People and away from special interest control. Different community sectors are getting together and comparing notes in the beginning of a new creative process. The IPoD nominations for City Council and county offices are still open to emerging alternative candidates interested in running on a government reform ticket. Ballot access is FREE. In contrast to the huge filing fees, charged by the Democratic and Republican parties, the Independent Party of Delaware does not charge candidates for ballot access. (Call 302 344-4433 for an interview.)

Perhaps, the real question is:

Will the survivor of this year’s September 8th mayoral primary have the guts to debate the IPoD nominee and face the Washington Factor head-on in an open and honest discussion of the issues that so strongly effect the future of Wilmington and its people?

Time will tell and the voters will decide as the power is ultimately in their hands

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NOTE:

The Washington 2016 campaign welcomes active participation of all persons interested in reclaiming Wilmington for the People.

Visit www.washingtonforwilmington.com and http://independentpartyofdelaware.com, call (302) 602-5149 or e-mail steven@washingtonforwilmington.com for further information.

Sanders Denounces Bad Trade Deals

The Bernie Sanders 2016 Campaign has released the following media statement:

Bad Trade Deals Cost Indiana Jobs, Sanders Says

April 29, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders blamed trade policies which he fought and Hillary Clinton supported for the loss of manufacturing jobs in Indiana.

He spoke Friday at a United Steelworkers rally outside the Indiana Statehouse where workers were protesting United Technologies’ plans to move two of its Indiana plants to Mexico.

“We must rewrite our disastrous trade policies that enable corporate America to shut down plants in this country and move to Mexico and other low-wage countries,” Sanders said. “We need to end the race to the bottom and enact trade policies that demand that American corporations create jobs here and not abroad.”

United Technologies announced in February that it would shutter a Carrier Corp. factory in Indianapolis and move 1,400 jobs next year to Monterey, Mexico, where workers will be paid only $3 an hour. Another 700 jobs will be lost in Huntington, Indiana, where the same parent company is closing a facility.

Since the North American Free Trade Agreement was passed by Congress in 1994, Indiana has lost 113,000 manufacturing jobs.

“Look around Indiana and you will find once vibrant and strong manufacturing towns like Gary, South Bend, Muncie, Bloomington, Indianapolis and Evansville shattered by abandoned factories, shut down steel mills, sky-high poverty rates and foreclosed homes,” Sanders said.

The United Steelworkers Local 1999, which represents workers at the Indianapolis plant, has endorsed Sanders for president.

To read the senator’s prepared remarks, click here.

DE Governor’s Weekly Address 4/29/2016

Expanding Opportunities to Promote Homeownership

By: Delaware Governor, Jack A. Markell

Owning a home is part of the American Dream. Homeownership strengthens neighborhood stability and for many Delawareans their home is their biggest investment and a primary source of financial security. Promoting homeownership is a good way to improve peoples’ lives, and the Delaware State Housing Authority has led our effort to expand those opportunities through programs like our first-time homebuyer tax credit and the Home Again initiative for repeat homebuyers. Our Downtown Development Districts are providing incentives to developers to build near employment centers and close to public transportation, and we’ve increased homeownership opportunities for Delawareans across income levels. Through access to credit and down payment and settlement assistance, DSHA has helped more than 5,500 Delaware families purchase a home since 2009. And that has helped sustain housing demand and power our economic growth. Even with these resources, homeownership is still out of reach for those who need assistance to achieve financial stability and secure credit. That’s driven our focus on financial literacy and programs like “Stand By Me” which provides financial coaching to prospective homebuyers. This week the program expanded with new services for those who would be turned away from lenders without necessary help. That will give more people a chance at homeownership, people like Maria Martinez who is participating in the program and hopes to purchase her first home soon. These initiatives demonstrate the good we can do by working across agencies, with not-for-profits and the business community to solve problems for real people, and thanks to these partnerships Delaware’s homeownership rate today is the third highest in the country. That’s an advantage as we compete in the global marketplace for new businesses and new jobs. And that will keep Delaware moving forward.

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IPoD DRAFTS Polling Place Demarcation Bill

IPoD Legislative (the legislative arm of the Independent Party of Delaware) in response to faint demarcation of the 50-foot exclusion zone at various Delaware poling places, has drafted remedial legislation in the public interest as follows:

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Sponsor:

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

149TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

House Bill No ____

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 15 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE 50-FOOT EXCLUSION ZONE AT . POLLING PLACES IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

1 Title 15, Chapter 49, Subchapter II, § 4933 of the Delaware Code is hereby amended

2 as follows:

3 By adding item (8) (a) to read :

4 “The 50-foot exclusion zone of all polling places shall be clearly and unambiguously

5 delineated and demarcated according to a uniform permanent standard system as

6 determined by the Department of Elections for all elections held in this state.”

SYNOPSIS:

This legislation establishes a requirement of a uniform state standard system of delineation and demarcation of the 50-foot exclusion zone for all polling places for all elections held in Delaware and charges the Delaware Department of Elections with its implementation.

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The bill, intended for the next Delaware General Assembly session, is the first in a developing series of independent public interest election reform initiatives. The Independent Party of Delaware strongly encourages drafting of citizens-initiated legislation, as special interest groups have been successfully drafting and lobbying passage of state and federal legislation contrary to the greater public interest ever since the mid 19th Century.

Members of the Delaware General Assembly desiring to sponsor this legislation are encouraged to do so early in the 2017 opening session.

E-copies of the proposed bill are available upon request at ipodosc@yahoo.com .

Sanders Asks Dems: Whose Side are We On?

The BERNIE 2016 campaign has issued the following media statement re: the future orientation of the Democratic Party:

Sanders to Democratic Party: Whose Side are We On?

April 28, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Saying that “our job is to revitalize American democracy,” U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday challenged the Democratic Party establishment to decide if it will fight for working families or do the bidding of Wall Street, big oil, the pharmaceutical industry and other special interests.

“Are we on the side of working people or big-money interests? Do we stand with the elderly, the sick and the poor or do we stand with Wall Street speculators and the insurance companies?” the Democratic Party presidential candidate asked 8,300 supporters at an outdoor rally at Island Park.

He said a key reason why 63 percent of voters did not go to the polls in the last election and nearly 80 percent of young and low-income people stayed home is that “the Democratic Party, up until now, has not been clear on which side they are on on the major issues facing this country.”

On issue after issue, Sanders challenged the Democratic Party to pick sides. “You can’t be for Wall Street and the working people of this country. You cannot be for the drug companies and senior citizens and veterans,” he said. “You cannot be on the side of workers and support those corporations that have thrown millions on the street.”

The failure of Democratic leadership to send a clear message on where the party stands is why Republicans have grabbed control Congress and Statehouses. “The problem in my view is not that the Republicans are winning elections. It’s that Democrats are losing elections,” he said.

Sanders also faulted Democrats for not pushing election reforms that would increase voter turnout and help Democrats win elections. For example, he said, Democrats should get behind legislation he introduced in the Senate to register everyone to vote when they turn 18 years old. “The Democratic Party has got to be very clear. We need automatic voter registration.” In 2015, Oregon became the first state in the nation to require state agencies to automatically register voters when they get a new driver’s license or identification card.

He also called on Democrats in states where access to the voting booth is restricted in primary contests to open the process and let millions of independents participate, “Republican governors want to make it harder to vote. Our job is to bring more people into the system. We need open primaries.”

Sanders also spelled out differences with Hillary Clinton. On trade policy, he opposed and she backed most of the job-killing trade deals. On climate change, he challenged Clinton to support a carbon tax to discourage burning the fossil fuels that are warming the planet. He pressed her to support a nationwide ban on fracking that imperils safety of drinking water and encourages fossil fuel. He asked Clinton to join him in supporting a Medicare-for-all health care system and to crack down on pharmaceutical companies that charge Americans the highest prices for prescription medicine anywhere in the world.

“Secretary Clinton may not believe the American people have the ability to take on the insurance companies and take on the drug companies. I disagree.”

Sanders also cited his big leads over Republican White House hopefuls Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Sanders beats Trump by twice as big a margin as Clinton. He also holds leads over Cruz and Kasich. She holds a narrow edge over the Texas senator and loses in many polls to the Ohio governor.

“I hope delegates to the Democratic National Convention take heed of this,” Sanders said at the rally.

Sanders, who launched his campaign one year ago as an underdog, has so far won 17 primaries and caucuses and amassed 1,350 delegates to this summer’s Democratic National Convention. He has set fundraising records with 7.3 million donations. And he is drawing the biggest crowds for any presidential candidate.

“I think Secretary Clinton and I agree that we must not have a Republican in the White House but I think the evidence is overwhelming that you are looking at the strongest Democratic candidate,” Sanders said. “And the reason for that is that our campaign is able to reach beyond the Democratic base and win the support of millions of independents.

“This is the campaign that is generating excitement and enthusiasm and a large voter turnout.”

Oregon is among 14 states, territories and the District of Columbia which have yet to vote in the contest between Sanders and Hillary Clinton. He thanked U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon for being the only member of the United States Senate “to have the guts” to back Sanders.

To watch a clip of Sanders’ speech, click here.

Polling Place Lines Need Better Definition

OPINION:

The Need to More Clearly Delineate Polling Places

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

Title 15, Chapter 49, Subchapter II, § 4933 of the Delaware Code mandates a fifty-foot (50 ft.) exclusion zone at polling places. The purpose of this law is to facilitate free access to voters at polling places and ensure an orderly election process. However, the law itself does not state explicitly that the exclusion zone be clearly demarcated.

At the Cape Henlopen High School polling place in Lewes, the line of demarcation was a barely visible faded gray chalk line in the driveway that was about six inches in length – hardly a clear boundary line. Another polling place was apparently marked with a yellow electrical extension cord laid across the pavement.

50-foot exclusion zone at polling place is not clearly defined in this instance.
50-foot exclusion zone at polling place is not clearly defined in this instance.

The importance of a reasonable exclusion zone is obvious. Its current method of its demarcation is not. To avoid incidents of infringement, it would be useful for the Delaware Department of Elections to develop and implement a unified standard of delineation and demarcation for all polling places in the First State. Specifically, in order to more clearly indicate the 50-foot zone, section 4933 should be amended accordingly.

TRUMP Delivers Major Foreign Policy Speech

AMERICA FIRST

Here is a transcript of Republican presidential front runner, Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ Foreign Policy Speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC earlier today.

Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you, and thank you to the Center for National Interest for honoring me with this invitation. It truly is a great honor. I’d like to talk today about how to develop a new foreign policy direction for our country, one that replaces randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy, and chaos with peace.

It’s time to shake the rust off America’s foreign policy. It’s time to invite new voices and new visions into the fold, something we have to do. The direction I will outline today will also return us to a timeless principle. My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people and American security above all else. It has to be first. Has to be.

That will be the foundation of every single decision that I will make. America… (APPLAUSE) America first will be the major and overriding theme of my administration. But to chart our path forward, we must first briefly take a look back. We have a lot to be proud of.

In the 1940s we saved the world. The greatest generation beat back the Nazis and Japanese imperialists. Then we saved the world again. This time, from totalitarianism and communism. The Cold War lasted for decades but, guess what, we won and we won big. Democrats and Republicans working together got Mr. Gorbachev to heed the words of President Reagan, our great president, when he said, tear down this wall. (APPLAUSE)

History will not forget what he did. A very special man and president. Unfortunately, after the Cold War our foreign policy veered badly off course. We failed to develop a new vision for a new time. In fact, as time went on, our foreign policy began to make less and less sense. Logic was replaced with foolishness and arrogance, which led to one foreign policy disaster after another.

They just kept coming and coming. We went from mistakes in Iraq to Egypt to Libya, to President Obama’s line in the sand in Syria. Each of these actions have helped to throw the region into chaos and gave ISIS the space it needs to grow and prosper. Very bad. It all began with a dangerous idea that we could make western democracies out of countries that had no experience or interests in becoming a western democracy.

We tore up what institutions they had and then were surprised at what we unleashed. Civil war, religious fanaticism, thousands of Americans and just killed be lives, lives, lives wasted. Horribly wasted. Many trillions of dollars were lost as a result. The vacuum was created that ISIS would fill. Iran, too, would rush in and fill that void much to their really unjust enrichment.

They have benefited so much, so sadly, for us. Our foreign policy is a complete and total disaster. No vision. No purpose. No direction. No strategy. Today I want to identify five main weaknesses in our foreign policy.

First, our resources are totally over extended. President Obama has weakened our military by weakening our economy. He’s crippled us with wasteful spending, massive debt, low growth, a huge trade deficit and open borders. Our manufacturing trade deficit with the world is now approaching $1 trillion a year. We’re rebuilding other countries while weakening our own. Ending the theft of American jobs will give us resources we need to rebuild our military, which has to happen and regain our financial independence and strength. I am the only person running for the presidency who understands this and this is a serious problem. I’m the only one — believe me, I know them all, I’m the only one who knows how to fix it. (APPLAUSE)

Secondly, our allies are not paying their fair share, and I’ve been talking about this recently a lot. Our allies must contribute toward their financial, political, and human costs, have to do it, of our tremendous security burden. But many of them are simply not doing so.

They look at the United States as weak and forgiving and feel no obligation to honor their agreements with us. In NATO, for instance, only 4 of 28 other member countries besides America, are spending the minimum required 2 percent of GDP on defense. We have spent trillions of dollars over time on planes, missiles, ships, equipment, building up our military to provide a strong defense for Europe and Asia. The countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defense, and if not, the U.S. must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves. We have no choice. (APPLAUSE)

The whole world will be safer if our allies do their part to support our common defense and security. A Trump administration will lead a free world that is properly armed and funded, and funded beautifully. Thirdly, our friends are beginning to think they can’t depend on us. We’ve had a president who dislikes our friends and bows to our enemies, something that we’ve never seen before in the history of our country. He negotiated a disastrous deal with Iran, and then we watched them ignore its terms even before the ink was dry. Iran cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon, cannot be allowed. Remember that, cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. (APPLAUSE)And under a Trump administration, will never, ever be allowed to have that nuclear weapon. (APPLAUSE)

All of this without even mentioning the humiliation of the United States with Iran’s treatment of our ten captured sailors — so vividly I remember that day. In negotiation, you must be willing to walk. The Iran deal, like so many of our worst agreements, is the result of not being willing to leave the table. When the other side knows you’re not going to walk, it becomes absolutely impossible to win — you just can’t win. At the same time, your friends need to know that you will stick by the agreements that you have with them. You’ve made that agreement, you have to stand by it and the world will be a better place. President Obama gutted our missile defense program and then abandoned our missile defense plans with Poland and the Czech Republic. He supported the ouster of a friendly regime in Egypt that had a longstanding peace treaty with Israel, and then helped bring the Muslim Brotherhood to power in its place.

Israel, our great friend and the one true democracy in the Middle East has been snubbed and criticized by an administration that lacks moral clarity. Just a few days ago, Vice President Biden again criticized Israel, a force for justice and peace, for acting as an impatient peace area in the region. President Obama has not been a friend to Israel. He has treated Iran with tender love and care and made it a great power. Iran has, indeed, become a great, great power in just a very short period of time, because of what we’ve done. All of the expense and all at the expense of Israel, our allies in the region and very importantly, the United States itself.

We’ve picked fights with our oldest friends, and now they’re starting to look elsewhere for help. Remember that. Not good.

Fourth, our rivals no longer respect us. In fact, they’re just as confused as our allies, but in an even bigger problem is they don’t take us seriously anymore. The truth is they don’t respect us. When President Obama landed in Cuba on Air Force One, to leader was there, nobody, to greet him. Perhaps an incident without precedent in the long and prestigious history of Air Force One. Then amazingly, the same thing happened in Saudi Arabia. It’s called no respect. Absolutely no respect.

Do you remember when the president made a long and expensive trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, to get the Olympics for our country, and after this unprecedented effort, it was announced that the United States came in fourth — fourth place? The president of the United States making this trip — unprecedented — comes in fourth place. He should have known the result before making such an embarrassing commitment. We were laughed at all over the world, as we have been many, many times.

The list of humiliations go on and on and on. President Obama watches helplessly as North Korea increases its aggression and expands further and further with its nuclear reach. Our president has allowed China to continue its economic assault on American jobs and wealth, refusing to enforce trade deals and apply leverage on China necessary to rein in North Korea. We have the leverage. We have the power over China, economic power, and people don’t understand it. And with that economic power, we can rein in and we can get them to do what they have to do with North Korea, which is totally out of control. He has even allowed China to steal government secrets with cyber attacks and engaged in industrial espionage against the United States and its companies. We’ve let our rivals and challengers think they can get away with anything, and they do. They do at will. It always happens. If President Obama’s goal had been to weaken America, he could not have done a better job.

Finally, America no longer has a clear understanding of our foreign policy goals. Since the end of the Cold War and the breakup of the Soviet Union, we’ve lacked a coherent foreign policy. One day, we’re bombing Libya and getting rid of a dictator to foster democracy for civilians. The next day, we’re watching the same civilians suffer while that country falls and absolutely falls apart. Lives lost, massive moneys lost. The world is a different place.

We’re a humanitarian nation, but the legacy of the Obama-Clinton interventions will be weakness, confusion and disarray, a mess. We’ve made the Middle East more unstable and chaotic than ever before. We left Christians subject to intense persecution and even genocide. (APPLAUSE)

We have done nothing to help the Christians, nothing, and we should always be ashamed for that, for that lack of action. Our actions in Iraq, Libya and Syria have helped unleash ISIS, and we’re in a war against radical Islam, but President Obama won’t even name the enemy, and unless you name the enemy, you will never ever solve the problem. (APPLAUSE)

Hillary Clinton also refuses to say the words radical Islam, even as she pushes for a massive increase in refugees coming into our country. After Secretary Clinton’s failed intervention in Libya, Islamic terrorists in Benghazi took down our consulate and killed our ambassador and three brave Americans. Then, instead of taking charge that night, Hillary Clinton decided to go home and sleep. Incredible. Clinton blames it all on a video, an excuse that was a total lie, proven to be absolutely a total lie. Our ambassador was murdered and our secretary of state misled the nation. And, by the way, she was not awake to take that call at 3 o’clock in the morning. And now ISIS is making millions and millions of dollars a week selling Libya oil. And you know what? We don’t blockade, we don’t bomb, we don’t do anything about it. It’s almost as if our country doesn’t even know what’s happening, which could be a fact and could be true.

This will all change when I become president. To our friends and allies, I say America is going to be strong again. America is going to be reliable again. It’s going to be a great and reliable ally again. It’s going to be a friend again. We’re going to finally have a coherent foreign policy based upon American interests and the shared interests of our allies. (APPLAUSE)

We’re getting out of the nation-building business and instead focusing on creating stability in the world. Our moments of greatest strength came when politics ended at the water’s edge. We need a new rational American foreign policy, informed by the best minds and supported by both parties, and it will be by both parties — Democrats, Republicans, independents, everybody, as well as by our close allies. This is how we won the Cold War and it’s how we will win our new future struggles, which may be many, which may be complex, but we will win if I become president. (APPLAUSE)

First, we need a long-term plan to halt the spread and reach of radical Islam. Containing the spread of radical Islam must be a major foreign policy goal of the United States and indeed the world. Events may require the use of military force, but it’s also a philosophical struggle, like our long struggle in the Cold War.

In this, we’re going to be working very closely with our allies in the Muslim world, all of which are at risk from radical Islamic violence, attacks and everything else. It is a dangerous world, more dangerous now than it has ever been. We should work — thank you. (APPLAUSE)

We should work together with any nation in the region that is threatened by the rise of radical Islam. But this has to be a two-way street. They must also be good to us. Remember that. They have to be good to us, no longer one way. It’s now two-way. And remember, us and all we’re doing, they have to appreciate what we’ve done to them. We’re going to help, but they have to appreciate what we’ve done for them. The struggle against radical Islam also takes place in our homeland. There are scores of recent migrants inside our borders charged with terrorism. For every case known to the public, there are dozens and dozens more. We must stop importing extremism through senseless immigration policies. We have no idea where these people are coming from. There’s no documentation. There’s no paperwork. There’s nothing. We have to be smart. We have to be vigilant.

A pause for reassessment will help us to prevent the next San Bernardino or frankly, much worse. All you have to do is look at the World Trade Center and September 11th, one of the great catastrophes, in my opinion, the single greatest military catastrophe in the history of our country; worse than Pearl Harbor because you take a look at what’s happened, and citizens were attacked, as opposed to the military being attacked — one of the true great catastrophes.And then there’s ISIS. I have a simple message for them. Their days are numbered. I won’t tell them where and I won’t tell them how. We must… (APPLAUSE)… we must as a nation be more unpredictable. We are totally predictable. We tell everything. We’re sending troops. We tell them. We’re sending something else. We have a news conference. We have to be unpredictable. And we have to be unpredictable starting now. But they’re going to be gone. ISIS will be gone if I’m elected president. And they’ll be gone quickly. They will be gone very, very quickly. (APPLAUSE)

Secondly, we have to rebuild our military and our economy. The Russians and Chinese have rapidly expanded their military capability, but look at what’s happened to us. Our nuclear weapons arsenal, our ultimate deterrent, has been allowed to atrophy and is desperately in need of modernization and renewal. And it has to happen immediately. Our active duty armed forces have shrunk from 2 million in 1991 to about 1.3 million today. The Navy has shrunk from over 500 ships to 272 ships during this same period of time. The Air Force is about one-third smaller than 1991. Pilots flying B-52s in combat missions today. These planes are older than virtually everybody in this room. And what are we doing about this? President Obama has proposed a 2017 defense budget that in real dollars, cuts nearly 25 percent from what we were spending in 2011. Our military is depleted and we’re asking our generals and military leaders to worry about global warming.

We will spend what we need to rebuild our military. It is the cheapest, single investment we can make. We will develop, build and purchase the best equipment known to mankind. Our military dominance must be unquestioned, and I mean unquestioned, by anybody and everybody. But we will look for savings and spend our money wisely. In this time of mounting debt, right now we have so much debt that nobody even knows how to address the problem. But I do. No one dollar can be wasted. Not one single dollar can we waste. We’re also going to have to change our trade, immigration and economic policies to make our economy strong again. And to put Americans first again.

This will ensure that our own workers, right here in America, get the jobs and higher pay that will grow our tax revenues, increase our economic might as a nation, make us strong financially again. So, so important. We need to think smart about areas where our technological superiority, and nobody comes close, gives us an edge. This includes 3D printing, artificial intelligence and cyber warfare. A great country also takes care of its warriors. Our commitment to them is absolute, and I mean absolute. A trump administration will give our servicemen and women the best equipment and support in the world when they serve and where they serve. And the best care in the world when they return as veterans and they come back home to civilian life.

Our veterans… (APPLAUSE) Our veterans have not been treated fairly or justly. These are our great people and we must treat them fairly. We must even treat them really, really well and that will happen under the Trump administration. (APPLAUSE)

Finally, we must develop a foreign policy based on American interests. Businesses do not succeed when they lose sight of their core interests and neither do countries. Look at what happened in the 1990s. Our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania — and this was a horrible time for us — were attacked. and 17 brave sailors were killed on the USS Cole. And what did we do? It seemed we put more effort into adding China into the World Trade organization, which has been a total disaster for the United States. Frankly, we spent more time on that than we did in stopping Al Qaida. We even had an opportunity to take out Osama bin Laden and we didn’t do it And then we got hit at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Again, the worst attack on our country in its history. Our foreign policy goals must be based on America’s core national security interests. And the following will be my priorities.

In the Middle East our goals must be, and I mean must be, to defeat terrorists and promote regional stability, not radical change. We need to be clear sighted about the groups that will never be anything other than enemies. And believe me, we have groups that no matter what you do, they will be the enemy. TRUMP: We have to be smart enough to recognize who those groups are, who those people are, and not help them. And we must only be generous to those that prove they are indeed our friends. (APPLAUSE)

We desire to live peacefully and in friendship with Russia and China. We have serious differences with these two nations, and must regard them with open eyes, but we are not bound to be adversaries. We should seek common ground based on shared interests. Russia, for instance, has also seen the horror of Islamic terrorism. I believe an easing of tensions, and improved relations with Russia from a position of strength only is possible, absolutely possible. Common sense says this cycle, this horrible cycle of hostility must end and ideally will end soon. Good for both countries.

Some say the Russians won’t be reasonable. I intend to find out. If we can’t make a deal under my administration, a deal that’s great — not good, great — for America, but also good for Russia, then we will quickly walk from the table. It’s as simple as that. We’re going to find out. Fixing our relations with China is another important step — and really toward creating an even more prosperous period of time. China respects strength and by letting them take advantage of us economically, which they are doing like never before, we have lost all of their respect.

We have a massive trade deficit with China, a deficit that we have to find a way quickly, and I mean quickly, to balance. A strong and smart America is an America that will find a better friend in China, better than we have right now. Look at what China is doing in the South China Sea. They’re not supposed to be doing it.No respect for this country or this president. We can both benefit or we can both go our separate ways. If need be, that’s what’s going to have to happen.

After I’m elected president, I will also call for a summit with our NATO allies and a separate summit with our Asian allies. In these summits, we will not only discuss a rebalancing of financial commitments, but take a fresh look at how we can adopt new strategies for tackling our common challenges. For instance, we will discuss how we can upgrade NATO’s outdated mission and structure, grown out of the Cold War to confront our shared challenges, including migration and Islamic terrorism. (APPLAUSE) I will not hesitate to deploy military force when there is no alternative. But if America fights, it must only fight to win. (APPLAUSE) I will never sent our finest into battle unless necessary, and I mean absolutely necessary, and will only do so if we have a plan for victory with a capital V.(APPLAUSE)

Our goal is peace and prosperity, not war and destruction. The best way to achieve those goals is through a disciplined, deliberate and consistent foreign policy. With President Obama and Secretary Clinton we’ve had the exact opposite — a reckless, rudderless and aimless foreign policy, one that has blazed the path of destruction in its wake. After losing thousands of lives and spending trillions of dollars, we are in far worst shape in the Middle East than ever, ever before. I challenge anyone to explain the strategic foreign policy vision of Obama/Clinton. It has been a complete and total disaster. I will also be prepared to deploy America’s economic resources. Financial leverage and sanctions can be very, very persuasive, but we need to use them selectively and with total determination.

Our power will be used if others do not play by the rules. In other words, if they do not treat us fairly. Our friends and enemies must know that if I draw a line in the sand, I will enforce that line in the sand. Believe me. (APPLAUSE) However, unlike other candidates for the presidency, war and aggression will not be my first instinct. You cannot have a foreign policy without diplomacy. A superpower understands that caution and restraint are really truly signs of strength. Although not in government service, I was totally against the war in Iraq, very proudly, saying for many years that it would destabilize the Middle East. Sadly, I was correct, and the biggest beneficiary has been has been Iran, who is systematically taking over Iraq and gaining access to their very rich oil reserves, something it has wanted to do for decades.

And now, to top it off, we have ISIS. My goal is to establish a foreign policy that will endure for several generations. That’s why I also look and have to look for talented experts with approaches and practical ideas, rather than surrounding myself with those who have perfect resumes but very little to brag about except responsibility for a long history of failed policies and continued losses at war. We have to look to new people. (APPLAUSE)

We have to look to new people because many of the old people frankly don’t know what they’re doing, even though they may look awfully good writing in the New York Times or being watched on television. Finally, I will work with our allies to reinvigorate Western values and institutions. Instead of trying to spread universal values that not everybody shares or wants, we should understand that strengthening and promoting Western civilization and its accomplishments will do more to inspire positive reforms around the world than military interventions. (APPLAUSE)

These are my goals as president. I will seek a foreign policy that all Americans, whatever their party, can support, so important, and which our friends and allies will respect and totally welcome. The world must know that we do not go abroad in search of enemies, that we are always happy when old enemies become friends and when old friends become allies, that’s what we want. We want them to be our allies. We want the world to be — we want to bring peace to the world. Too much destruction out there, too many destructive weapons. The power of weaponry is the single biggest problem that we have today in the world. To achieve these goals, Americans must have confidence in their country and its leadership. Again, many Americans must wonder why we our politicians seem more interested in defending the borders of foreign countries than in defending their own. Americans… (APPLAUSE) Americans must know that we’re putting the American people first again on trade. (APPLAUSE)

So true. On trade, on immigration, on foreign policy. The jobs, incomes and security of the American worker will always be my first priority.(APPLAUSE) No country has ever prospered that failed to put its own interests first. Both our friends and our enemies put their countries above ours and we, while being fair to them, must start doing the same. We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism. The nation-state remains the true foundation for happiness and harmony. I am skeptical of international unions that tie us up and bring America down and will never enter…(APPLAUSE)And under my administration, we will never enter America into any agreement that reduces our ability to control our own affairs. (APPLAUSE)

NAFTA, as an example, has been a total disaster for the United States and has emptied our states — literally emptied our states of our manufacturing and our jobs. And I’ve just gotten to see it. I’ve toured Pennsylvania. I’ve toured New York. I’ve toured so many of the states. They have been cleaned out. Their manufacturing is gone. Never again, only the reverse — and I have to say this strongly — never again; only the reverse will happen. We will keep our jobs and bring in new ones. There will be consequences for the companies that leave the United States only to exploit it later. They fire the people. They take advantage of the United States. There will be consequences for those companies. Never again. Under a Trump administration, no American citizen will ever again feel that their needs come second to the citizens of a foreign country.(APPLAUSE)

I will view as president the world through the clear lens of American interests. I will be America’s greatest defender and most loyal champion. We will not apologize for becoming successful again, but will instead embrace the unique heritage that makes us who we are. The world is most peaceful and most prosperous when America is strongest. America will continue and continue forever to play the role of peacemaker. We will always help save lives and indeed humanity itself, but to play the role, we must make America strong again. (APPLAUSE)

And always — always, always, we must make, and we have to look at it from every angle, and we have no choice, we must make America respected again. We must make America truly wealthy again. And we must — we have to and we will make America great again. And if we do that — and if we do that, perhaps this century can be the most peaceful and prosperous the world has ever, ever known. Thank you very much, everybody. I appreciate it. Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Thank you very much. (APPLAUSE) Thank you.

IPoD Featured on WXDE

Independent Party of Delaware State Chairman, Don Ayotte and Secretary General, Wolf von Baumgart were guests on the Jared Morris Program on WXDE Delaware 105.9 FM. They talked about Delaware’s Independent alternative to the Democrat/Republican two-party system.

In contrast to the Democratic and Republican parties, which charge exorbitant candidate filing fees, the Independent Party of Delaware offers free ballot access. Prospective candidates should contact the State Chairman at (302) 344-4433 for an interview.

The IPoD is currently Delaware’s third-largest political party and is steadily growing as increasing numbers of people seek a post-political alternative to Delaware’s closed-loop political system.

IPoD State Chairman, Don Ayotte (front) answers a question from a caller on WXDE 105.9 FM radio in an interview hosted by Jake Smith.
IPoD State Chairman, Don Ayotte (front) answers a question from a caller on WXDE 105.9 FM radio in an interview hosted by Jake Smith.

Further information about the IPoD is available by visiting independentpartyofdelaware.com , e-mailing ipodosc@yahoo.com, or calling (302) 344-4433.

The IPoD will be enabled to hold independent primaries when its number of registered members reaches five percent (5%) of total Delaware voter registration.

PA 2016 Primary Returns

With 98.78% of precincts reporting, Pennsylvania 2016 primary returns are listed as follows:

Democratic: CLINTON, HILLARY 55.59% 913,493 Votes SANDERS, BERNARD 43.54% 715,527 Votes DE LA FUENTE, ROQUE ROCKY 0.86% 14,200 Votes

Republican: CRUZ, RAFAEL EDWARD 21.62% 338,440 Votes RUBIO, MARCO A 0.75% 11,704 Votes BUSH, JOHN ELLIS 0.59% 9,286 Votes CARSON, BENJAMIN SOLOMON 0.93% 14,580 Votes KASICH, JOHN R 19.35% 302,895 Votes TRUMP, DONALD J 56.76% 888,456 Votes

Source: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of State

MD 2016 Primary Election Results

With most precincts reporting, Maryland 2016 Primary returns are listed as follows:

President of the United States

Republican Vote:

Name Party Early Voting Election Day Absentee / Provisional Total Percentage Jeb Bush Republican 366 2,059 0 2,425 0.6% Ben Carson Republican 692 4,914 0 5,606 1.3% Chris Christie Republican 163 988 0 1,151 0.3% Ted Cruz Republican 13,328 68,356 0 81,684 18.8% Carly Fiorina Republican 141 797 0 938 0.2% Mike Huckabee Republican 97 686 0 783 0.2% John R. Kasich Republican 16,420 82,885 0 99,305 22.9% Rand Paul Republican 163 1,279 0 1,442 0.3% Marco Rubio Republican 479 2,447 0 2,926 0.7% Rick Santorum Republican 54 386 0 440 0.1% Donald J. Trump Republican 34,344 202,322 0 236,666 54.6%

Democratic Vote

Name Party Early Voting Election Day Absentee / Provisional Total Percentage Hillary Clinton Democratic 133,258 397,924 0 531,182 63.1% Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente Democratic 586 2,791 0 3,377 0.4% Bernie Sanders Democratic 51,127 228,746 0 279,873 33.2% Uncommitted Democratic 5,432 22,600 0 28,032 3.3%

SOURCE: Maryland State Board of Elections

Bernie Sanders Statement on Democratic Primary Results

The Bernie Sanders Press Office has issued the following Statement on the 4/26/2016 Primary Elections:

“I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her victories tonight, and I look forward to issue-oriented campaigns in the 14 contests to come.

“I am proud that we were able to win a resounding victory tonight in Rhode Island, the one state with an open primary where independents had a say in the outcome. Democrats should recognize that the ticket with the best chance of winning this November must attract support from independents as well as Democrats. I am proud of my campaign’s record in that regard.

“The people in every state in this country should have the right to determine who they want as president and what the agenda of the Democratic Party should be. That’s why we are in this race until the last vote is cast. That is why this campaign is going to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with as many delegates as possible to fight for a progressive party platform that calls for a $15 an hour minimum wage, an end to our disastrous trade policies, a Medicare-for-all health care system, breaking up Wall Street financial institutions, ending fracking in our country, making public colleges and universities tuition free and passing a carbon tax so we can effectively address the planetary crisis of climate change.”

Trump and Clinton Win Delaware

With 313 of 313 precincts reporting, Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton have won the 2016 Delaware Presidential Primary as follows:

DEMOCRATIC PARTY / Voter Turnout = 29.89 %

Candidate / Votes / Percent

HILLARY CLINTON / 54018 / 59.7 %

BERNIE SANDERS / 35700 / 39.1 %

ROQUE DE LA FUENTE / 990 / 1.0 %

REPUBLICAN PARTY / Voter Turnout = 37.69%

Candidate / Votes / Percent

DONALD J TRUMP / 41396 / 60.8 %

JOHN R KASICH / 13747 / 20.3 %

TED CRUZ / 10621 / 15.8 %

BEN CARSON / 865 / 1.2 %

MARCO RUBIO / 590 / 0.8 %

Source: Delaware Department of Elections- Raw Data [Reformatted]

TRUMP Declares Himself as Presumptive GOP Presidential Nominee

*** BREAKING *** “Speaking at his Northeast Primary Election gathering at the Trump Tower in New York City, Donald Trump has declared himself as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, citing his major primary victories in CT,DE,MD,PA and RI.

He also said that Senator Bernie Sanders “would do great as an Independent candidate”.

Hilary Clinton’s Address in Philadelphia

The Hilary Clinton 2016 Press Office has release a transcript of her Philadelphia Address as follows:

In Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton Pledges to Bring the Country Together

“At a Get Out The Vote event on Monday night in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton pledged to bring the country together to solve problems, make the economy work for everyone, and provide every person the chance to live up to his or her God-given potential.

The transcript of Clinton’s remarks, as delivered, is below:

​Wow, I am thrilled to be here in Philadelphia with all of you. And I am delighted to be in this beautiful setting on this spring evening, because it makes us all feel like there will be a new beginning, doesn’t it? And we are going to build on the progress we have been making, but we’re going to go further, and I want to be the best president that you could possibly have here in Pennsylvania and in Philadelphia. I want to thank the people who represent you, who have been supporting me, in addition to the mayor. Your governor, Governor Wolf is here. Thank you so much, Governor. The Governor has been fighting the good fight against the Republican legislature, and is standing up for more aid for Philadelphia’s schools, is standing up to provide greater economic opportunities, and I’m looking forward to working with you, Governor.

I also want to thank your Senator, Bob Casey, who is with my daughter tonight, who is also campaigning in Philadelphia. I want to thank Congressman Bob Brady, who has been a stalwart, tenacious fighter for the people he represents here. Thank you, Bob. Thank you for everything. I want to thank Congressman Brendan Boyle, a new young voice in the Congress. I’m so proud to have his endorsement. Councilwoman Dani Blackwell I know is here somewhere. I saw her earlier. Thank you. And former Mayor and Governor, Ed Rendell, thank you Ed.

I’m pretty excited about tomorrow, and I’m glad to see you all are excited about tomorrow. I need every one of you to go out and work as hard as you can, and convince everybody you can talk to to come out and vote. I want to thank the entire campaign, all of the organizers and volunteers, and I want to thank my friends from organized labor who have been working so hard on behalf of this campaign. Now, why are all these people working? Well, because they know that this election is so consequential, because there could not be a bigger difference between where I stand and what I believe, and where the Republicans are. And remember, the goal here is to make sure we have a Democrat in the White House next January.

And I want you to imagine with me the kind of country that we can strive for and achieve. Because I think it’s absolutely necessary for us to set some big goals again, to pull our country together again, to make decisions that will make us stronger and more prosperous. So let’s start by imagining an economy that produces enough jobs for everybody to get ahead, because they have a chance for a good middle-class life. I am convinced we can do that. More jobs in infrastructure, manufacturing, clean renewable energy, more support for small businesses, especially minority and women owned small businesses. Raising the minimum wage so that it’s not a poverty wage for our working people. Defending the right to organize and bargain collectively, because the American labor movement helped to create the American middle class. And standing up for equal pay for women. And this is not just a women’s issue. This is a family issue. If you have a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter who works, you want her paid fairly and equally as well.

Everything I’ve just said, the Republicans disagree with. Every bit of it. They don’t think that we should be creating more jobs. They don’t want to raise the minimum wage. They don’t believe in equal pay. That’s why it’s so important that we send a really strong message here in Pennsylvania that we are not going to be intimidated or deterred by their demagoguery, by their old ideas. We’re going forward with a new vision of what we can do together. And it includes education. Let’s have early childhood education – and thank you, Mayor. And let’s work with our teachers. Let’s be a good partner with our teachers. And let’s make college affordable for everyone. And let’s have more apprenticeships and technical education, to be able to fill the 1.2 million jobs for skilled tradesmen.

Let’s make community college free. And let’s pay down and forgive as much of the student debt as we possibly can. And let’s make sure the federal government isn’t making money off of lending money to kids to go to college in the first place. I have plans to do all of that. I’ve told you what I will do, because I want you to know. I’m not going to make promises I can’t keep. I am not going to engage in demagoguery, because we have too much work to do. And it’s good work. It’s important work. I believe our best years can still be ahead of us in this country, and I intend to do everything to make that so. And we’re going to finish the work on the Affordable Care Act. We’re going to lower the costs, the co-pays, deductibles. We’re going to provide more choices. And we are going to lower the cost of prescription drugs that are skyrocketing.

The Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act. I take that really as a challenge, because before there was something called Obamacare, there was something called Hillarycare. And we worked really hard to provide universal healthcare coverage. And when we weren’t successful, I turned around and helped to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which insures 8 million kids in America. But that’s why I was so thrilled when President Obama passed and signed the Affordable Care Act, and I’m not going to let anybody repeal it, and we’re not going to start over. We’re going to make it work.

And there’s two other things we’re going to focus on. We’re going to make sure that mental health and addiction get the support that they both require. It is wrong that so many people with mental health problems are still stigmatized, isn’t it? It’s wrong that they can’t afford to get the treatment they need. And it’s wrong that we don’t have enough treatment and recovery programs for people suffering from addiction, particularly opioid addiction and heroin addiction. So we’re going to tackle those two problems as well. We’re going to save lives and give people a better chance. Now, when I talk about the kind of country that I want, and what we can do together, some people say, well, we can’t do that. We can’t do manufacturing anymore. Well, I just disagree. We can make it in America. And I’ll tell you, it wasn’t so long ago, when my husband was President, we had 23 million new jobs and incomes went up for everybody, not just people at the top – middle class, working, poor families. And we can do that again. Now, what interrupted it was a Republican President came along and went back to trickle-down economics. Didn’t work then. Won’t work now. That’s exactly the right response.

But I’ll tell you, President Obama inherited that mess from the Republicans, and I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves for digging us out of the ditch that the Republicans put us into. So you got to listen closely because the Republicans want to dig that ditch all over again. We are finally standing, and we’re going to be running, if we work together, if we have an explain about the real choices that are before the American people.

And you need to pay attention to what these Republicans say because they also want to undermine all of our rights. Make no mistake about it. And I want you to know where I stand. I will defend a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. I will defend Planned Parenthood against these partisan attacks. I will defend marriage equality and work to end discrimination against the LGBT community. I will fight to protect voting rights. And I will work to end Citizens United. I will defend Social Security, Medicare, and the Veterans Administration against efforts to privatize them by the Republicans. I will fight for criminal justice reform and end mass incarceration by giving people second chances and more opportunities.

This is a really big deal. The mayor and I visited a program right here in Philadelphia where we saw what a second chance program looks like, where men coming out of prison and young men being diverted from the criminal justice system were given the tools, the skills, the opportunities, to make a different set of choices. I want that to be a high priority for the federal government, and it will be under my administration. I will also continue to work for comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship. And I will do everything I can to stand up against and fight the gun lobby to get common-sense gun safety reform.

This is a really terrible epidemic that we are suffering through. I know just this last weekend and the weekend before, you had killings here in Philadelphia, didn’t you? That happens in so many places – big cities, small towns, out in the country. On average, 90 people a day die from gun violence. That is 33,000 people a year. Now, if 33,000 people in our country were dying from anything else, we would be organizing to prevent it, to save lives. That is what we must do – comprehensive background checks, close the gun show loophole, close the online loophole, close the Charleston loophole, and the special protection that the Congress voted to give gun makers and sellers.

And we also, in addition to fighting to pass laws, we have to end the intimidation practiced by the gun lobby. This has to be a voting issue, where people are just as concerned about measuring where an elected official stands vis-a-vis guns as any other issue. And we have to do more to go right at the gun culture, help people, particularly young people, guns do not solve your problems. Guns do not end the anguish or the suffering. It only perpetuates that.

And I have now met with so many mothers, so many family members, who have lost loved ones. We did an event here in Philadelphia last week where you had mothers who had lost children. It doesn’t matter where they live. It doesn’t matter who they are. They are members of a club none of us want ever to join. So stand with me in this effort to once again take on the gun lobby to save lives in America. There is nothing more important that we can do to get the violence off our streets and out of our homes. We also have to make sure we protect America. Tomorrow, when you go to vote, you’re voting for a president and a commander-in-chief. I will do everything to keep this country safe, to protect Americans, to work with our friends and allies around the world. I have to tell you, though, when I hear the kind of reckless rhetoric coming from Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, it’s deeply troubling, because it’s not only offensive, it is dangerous. And we have to rebuke it and repudiate it.

When Donald Trump talks about not caring whether more countries develop nuclear weapons, that is so contrary to what we have tried to do for the last 70 years, prevent more countries from getting nuclear weapons. That should be our goal. We can’t have someone running for president who basically says, “I don’t care if countries develop nuclear weapons,” making our world all that much more dangerous. No. And when he says no Muslims can come into America, he is sending a message to the entire world that will make it more difficult for us to defeat ISIS because we’re going to have to have a coalition with Muslim-majority nations. And that is exactly what I will do because I have put coalitions like that together.

We all have to be on the front lines of defense in America, and we will be. And we have to lead the world with values in furtherance of our interests and our security. I care deeply about this because I was a Senator from New York on 9/11. I spent eight years worrying and working to make sure that did not happen again. And I will do everything, as your president, to keep our nation safe.

I will also work to unify our nation. We have to come back together. We can’t allow the divisiveness and the dissension that we hear too much of in our political system. And I will go anywhere and meet with anyone at any time to find common ground. I did it as First Lady. I did it as Senator. I did it as Secretary of State. Because that is how we will solve our problems. It is not enough to diagnose our problems. We need to know how to solve them.

And then we’ve got to bring everybody together to do just that. I am absolutely convinced our best years are ahead of us if we do what we must do to get the economy working for everyone, to provide every person, particularly our children, the chance to live up to their God-given potential, defend our rights, stand up for our freedom, and human rights and dignity here at home and around the world. There is nothing that will hold us back. We will have the future that we deserve if we work together, and that starts for you tomorrow, Philadelphia, right here.

Please, come out and vote! I would be honored to have your vote. And if you vote for me tomorrow, I will stand up and fight for you and for our future through this campaign into the White House. Let’s go seize the future together! Thank you and God bless you!​”​

Trump and Clinton Lead in Maryland

Preliminary Results from Maryland:

Donald J. Trump Republican 34,344 5,809 0 40,153 52.7%

John R. Kasich Republican 16,420 2,178 0 18,598 24.4%

Ted Cruz Republican 13,328 1,605 0 14,933 19.6%

Democratic Party:

Hillary Clinton Democratic 133,258 5,460 0 138,718 69.0%

Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente Democratic 586 82 0 668 0.3%

Bernie Sanders Democratic 51,127 4,674 0 55,801 27.7%

Uncommitted Democratic 5,432 566 0 5,998 3.0%

Trump and Clinton Leading in Delaware

Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton are receiving early leads in the 2016 Delaware presidential primary as follows:

PRESIDENT ; 2 of 313 Districts Reported

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

HILLARY CLINTON 59.3 %

ROQUE DE LA FUENTE 0.9 %

BERNIE SANDERS 39.6 %

REPUBLICAN PARTY

JEB BUSH 1.5 %

BEN CARSON 2.7 %

TED CRUZ 7.8 %

JOHN R KASICH 15.5 %

MARCO RUBIO 0.7 %

DONALD J TRUMP 71.5 %

Source Delaware Department of Elections raw data

Delaware 2016 Presidential Primary Turnout is Steady

Earlier today, the Midlantic Dispatch conducted an informal survey of 150 voters in 2016 the Delaware presidential primary at two polling places in eastern Sussex County over a period of three hours.

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When asked who their choice was for their party’s presidential nomination, the response was as follows:

Democratic:

Hilary Clinton 68.0% , Bernie Sanders 32.0%

Republican:

Donald Trump 74.7% , John Kasich 20.0% , Ted Cruz 5.3%

Voter turnout at the polls surveyed was moderate and steady. It is expected to pick up later in the afternoon if fair weather persists into the evening. Delaware is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 pm EDT according to the US Weather Service.

Voter exit polling place at Cape Henlopen High school in Lewes
Voters exit polling place at Cape Henlopen High school in Lewes

One voter when asked who he supported replied, “Jesus Christ” and another said that he preferred Vice President, Joe Biden. The results were processed to reflect the percentages of voters who actually chose candidates who were on the ballot, as some voters answered “undecided” and one replied “None of the Above”.

Midlantic Dispatch managing editor, Don Ayotte (forward) and Sussex County Democratic Party Chairman, Mitch Crane (rear)
Midlantic Dispatch managing editor, Don Ayotte (forward) and Sussex County Democratic Party Chairman, Mitch Crane (rear)

The Delaware polls close at 8 pm.

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