Delaware has struggles in education, but Democratic leaders seem to believe social issues are the big issues. In late June, when most of us were focused on the budget, the General Assembly's House of Representatives passed a little noted, non binding resolution HJR 6, which called upon the administration to develop regulations on this issue. (see roll call)
WHEREAS, State employment policies and guidelines mandate that State employees not be discriminated against based on their gender identity or expression, including the right to be called by their preferred names and pronouns, treated with dignity and respect, and allowed to use the bathroom facilities that correspond to their gender identity, but no such policies or guidelines exist with respect to public schools; and
Now the Carney administration is moving to push through new regulations that are beyond the scope of even this Read more
The U. S. Senate managed to pass something this month. It was big. The Senate passed a budget with language allowing tax cuts for the American people and business tax reform to allow sustained economic growth. This is a big step forward for America. The U. S. House of Representatives and the President finally have a partner.
Many of you know that I have been working to help Puerto Rican relief efforts locally. Some of you have seen the conflicting reports from the ground including from Mayor Cruz of San Juan which is in the best shape of getting supplies, while the Governor and other Mayors have been praising the efforts. Here is what I have found out from all sources including citizens, local government, military, FEMA, and news.
The Puerto Rican/Virgin Island Relief effort has been the most complex relief effort in American history. It has been pretty successful so far. Compared to Katrina, Maria hit as a CAT 5 Katrina it the Gulf Coast as a CAT 4, NO as a CAT 3. Katrina resulted in 1800 Americans dead. So far we have 16 people dead out of 3.5 million. Both had ports and airports damaged hampering efforts. Power was down and communications out. In Katrina, we trucked supplies in, National Guard and military Read more
Please review and sign this petition for Graham-Cassidy.
The Unaffordable Care Healthcare Deform has been devastating to family, friends and many across the nation. Job growth for full-time work has been harmed by the employer mandate. Premiums have increased while coverage has declined. Co-payments have become unaffordable, many times deductibles and copays are in the 5 figures. Premium increases are directly related to Obamacare including excise taxes on health insurance, taxes on medical devices, commercial underwriting restrictions, and new benefit mandates. Working class people are being priced out of the market. State governments are suffering because people in the working class are being dumped from private plans into Medicaid. https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottgottlieb/2014/04/07/health-plan-premiums-are-skyrocketing-according-to-new-survey-of-148-insurance-brokers-analysts-blame-obamacare/#46471695e190
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President Trump laid down a marker. If you threaten the well being of America and its allies, you are on a suicide mission. This is important because he laid down the law in a way that says our allies matter equally. Iran was put on notice that it needs to abide by the agreement and stop crossing the line.
The most brilliant line was this truth.
“The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure.”
The Brick Hotel Restaurant and Tavern ~ 18 The Circle, Georgetown DE 19947 - 302-856-1836
Thursday, October 12 ~ 11:30am - 1:30pm
Tickets ~ $18 includes lunch, desert non-alcoholic beverages, and gratuity.
Join Donald Raleigh Ayotte, author of "Horizon of Fear," for lunch at The Brick Hotel Restaurant and Tavern. Donald is a passionate novelist who enjoys adventure and traveling, which shines through in his storytelling. Join us for this unique opportunity to hear from this acclaimed author firsthand about his views and inspirations for Horizon of Fear. Horizon of Fear is a fiction adventure novel that describes global Islamic terrorism. The novel starts in Delaware, and the story quickly moves to Europe and the Middle-east. Lunch tickets include choice of entrée, non-alcoholic beverages, dessert and gratuity.
Lunch options include: Turkey BLT, Chicken Salad Sandwich Read more
Last week Senator Brian Bushweller of Dover D-17 announced his retirement from the General Assembly by not seeking reelection. Three Republicans were already considering the seat and now three Democrats, Levy Court Commissioner Alan Angel, Councilman Roy Sudler Jr., and State Representative Trey Paradee D-29 are looking hard at the seat. Some have taken their names out of play. Representative Sean Lynn D-31 of Dover and Dover Mayor Robin Christensen both posted on their Facebook pages their lack of interest. Representative Lynn is reported to be deciding between reelection and the Attorney General slot which is also under consideration by Senator Bryan Townsend D-11. Republicans under consideration include Businesswoman, Air Force veteran, wife and mother Donyale Hall of the NAACP Central Delaware Branch and Young Republican of the year, Army War Veteran, husband and father Jason Stewart. Read more
By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer
About 250 people gathered at a Sussex GOP-sponsored rally in support of President Donald Trump, held at North Bedford Park Georgetown, earlier today. WGMD 92.7 FM radio talk show host, Bob Steele, served as master of ceremonies. Sussex County Councilman and Delaware State Trump 2016 Campaign Chairman, Rob Arlett, officially began the rally, with Reverend Jim Dundas, leading the opening prayer.
A few silent sign carrying protesters also attended the rally.
Councilman Arlett made reference to one of the signs by saying that both President Trump and the people at
the rally also denounce racism and antisemitism. “No statewide GOP candidate has ever received more votes
in Delaware than Donald Trump”, he stated. He said that the Democratic Party's hold on Delaware politics
is slipping and that the First State Read more
UPDATED WITH an exclusive interview with GOP State Chairman Michael Harrington Sr.
Attorney General Matthew Denn announced his decision not to run for reelection to the office of Attorney General. He discussed his reasons, which can be read here. They are basically that he is burnt out from 5 statewide campaigns in 12 years and wants to spend more time with his family. He also seems to believe the administrative duties of the AG office keep him from focusing on the big issues. He is planning to find a private sector position which will allow him to contribute.
State Republican Chairman Michael Harrington Sr. responded to the announcement by congratulating AG General Denn on the decision to value his family. He is assembling a recruitment committee of 6 attorneys from the 3 counties. He hopes that the recommendation of the attorneys will give the party a highly respected Read more
Department of Justice Reissues Guidances to Law Enforcement and Schools on Hate Crimes
Friday, August 25th, 2017
Categories: Department of Justice DOJ Press Releases
New Anti-Bullying Video Directed To Students Also Released for New School Year
Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn reiterated Friday the Delaware Department of Justice’s position that “Threats and intimidation against our neighbors based on who they are will not be accepted here in Delaware,” and reissued enforcement guidelines from last November to schools and law enforcement on responses to hate speech. Attorney General Denn also released a new video aimed at returning school students about bullying and mutual respect.
Attorney General Denn’s legal guidance to Delaware law enforcement agencies focuses on criminal statutes that may relate to charges involving “threats and epithets directed at minority groups.” Read more
The effort to provide a sound economic strategy for Dover has passed. Since Dover abandoned its Economic Development Department, unemployment has stagnated at over 7% while the national rate has fallen and more than a dozen downtown storefronts have become empty. This initiative is a collaborative effort with the business community. It combines the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce’s Vision 2020 with efforts to simplify and make permitting more customer friendly. Councilman David Anderson of the 4th district was the primary sponsor. The Initiative was adopted unanimously on August 14, 2017, without discussion as part of the consent agenda.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 14, 2017
A Joint Statement By Elected Leaders of Delaware
We join together to denounce the intimidation and violence perpetrated by white supremacists and Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, and to make clear that such conduct will not be tolerated here in Delaware.
We come from different backgrounds, different parties, and different parts of the state. Some of our colleagues have relatives who served and died fighting the Nazis in World War II. Some of our colleagues have ancestors who were imprisoned and killed in Nazi-run concentration camps. Some of our colleagues have ancestors who were enslaved and oppressed when white supremacy was permitted by law here in the United States.
All of us, together, reject the white supremacist and Nazi views espoused last weekend in Charlottesville, and condemn the behavior and violence that accompanied Read more
Am I the only one who is disturbed by the left wing assault on speech and culture by any means necessary? It maybe one of the greatest challenges to the future of America.
The Marxists believed that their cause was so superior that anything they did in its name became justified. As President Reagan put it, they would tell any lie or commit any crime.
They have no hesitation in attacking our Christian heritage by cleansing descriptions on monuments quietly. They are changing school curriculum.
Now the extremists among them riot in Berkley to prevent speakers they don't like, they try to assassinate Republican Congressmen, and celebrities, party officials, and now an elected official even hope or fantasize about killing the President or blowing up the White House. They threaten livelihoods and attempt boycotts on media outlets who don't toe their line. Antifa believes that they have Read more
Last weekend in Charlottesville, we saw a display of hatred and bigotry from a shameful group of small individuals that took aim at our neighbors, friends, families and our country itself.
The United States of America is built upon the principle that every man and woman should have equal opportunity for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In Charlottesville, bigots took to the streets to violently proclaim that this sacred right belongs only to certain people. They are wrong. They are cowards, and those who maintain neutrality in the face of such clear evil are cowards, too. We all have a moral obligation to stand up to this hatred.
This has been a trying week for our nation. But it gives me great hope to see that countless Delawareans and Americans, from every walk of life and from every corner of our country have stood up, spoken out and condemned in unequivocal terms the Read more
I was not able to catch the memorial service of Heather Heyer until after the fact. It was a beautiful event. She was by all accounts, a great American. She gave her life for the virtues and values that make America great, as the pledge says, one nation under GOD, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. To quote her father, “She loved people; she wanted equality,” he said. “On the day of her passing, she wanted to put down hate.”
That stands in contrast to the terrorist leader, Justin Moore, the leader of the Grand Dragon for the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina. "He was sorta glad people got hit and that girl died because they were communists opposed to free speech", he declared to Fox News.
I think choosing sides is an easy exercise here. May GOD give us all the courage to stand up for justice.
By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer
“Horizon of Fear”, a gripping action/adventure novel written by Donald Raleigh Ayotte, is now available on Kindle and in paperback. The plot centers on a Jihadi terrorist plot to re-establish an Islamic Caliphate by detonating tactical nuclear weapons in Europe and the efforts of an international journalist, Nate Adams to uncover and thwart their nefarious scheme.
Nate teams up with “Jenny”, a highly trained Arab-American CIA agent and a romance gradually develops between them in a deadly atmosphere of danger, intrigue and deception. An elite American spec-ops unit aids them, as they pursue fanatical Al-Qaeda operatives throughout Europe and Saudi Arabia in a final showdown to defend Western Civilization.
Copies are available at the CreateSpace e-store: https://www.createspace.com/7330757 and will be available from Amazon.com Read more
Dover City Council Committee of the Whole recommends adoption of Making Dover Prosper Initiative 10-0
The resolution authored by Councilman Anderson in collaboration with Co-sponsors Councilmen Hare and Cole, Director of Planning and Community Development Dave Hugg and many in the community was inspired by the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce's "Vision 2020". It started 2 years ago with an effort by Anderson to bring Dover closer to "one stop shopping" in order to start, move or expand a business in the city.
The resolution will cause the creation of a "road map" to guide the city's customers for ease following the process for permits, zoning, or opening a business. It authorizes Mr. Hugg's goal of making it easy for people to track the progress of their permits via an automated system. It also creates working groups to bring citizens including business people together with Read more
New law removes notary requirement, expanding voting access for younger Delawareans attending school out of state
DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney on Friday signed into law House Bill 47, bipartisan legislation that removes the notary requirement for qualified Delaware voters requesting absentee ballots. The legislation will eliminate a barrier for voters seeking to cast votes in Delaware elections – especially young Delaware voters attending school out of state.
Governor Carney signs legislation removing barrier to absentee voting for Delaware voters
Governor Carney signs legislation removing barrier to absentee voting for Delaware voters.
Representative Lyndon Yearick and Senator Brian Bushweller sponsored the legislation, along with Senator Brian Pettyjohn and Representative Kim Williams. Governor Carney signed the legislation in Dover on Friday, surrounded by its sponsors Read more