Dover Takes Aim at Bullying

The issue of school and cyber bullying is finally getting the attention it deserves.  I am pleased to co-sponsor an informational forum featuring first hand information from Delaware's Attorney General Beau Biden.  Arm yourself with information to protect your children.  As adults, we would never tolerate a workplace were we are harassed, punched, and mistreated daily, why should our children expect less?  Learn what you can do and the effect of some new laws. Thursday, December 15th 6PM City of Dover Police Department Building Community Room 400 South Queen Street Dover, De 19904 Special Guest Speaker: Beau Biden, Delaware Attorney General Sponsored by: Brian E. Lewis, Capital School Board Member Bill Hare, Dover City Council, 2nd District David Anderson, Dover City Council, 4th District Alan Angel, Kent County Levy Court Rep. Brad Bennett, State Representative, Read more

Could Obama’s Policies Encourage Iran To Start A Mideast War?

Three years of Obama policy of non-support of our close ally Israel could result in an all-out war with a nuclear Iran. With the recent revolutions in the Mideast, and the certainty of a nuclear-armed Iran, the world as a whole has become a much more dangerous place to live in. "Under the Obama administration, it seems exceedingly unlikely that there will be any kind of support for the Israelis should they decide, actually, to go for it with Iran. My guess is the Israelis are going to be very leery of sharing with us information about what we're doing out of a concern that the Obama administration would, at a minimum, feel constrained to discourage them from doing so and, may actually take more direct steps to prevent them from being able to execute such a strike, said Frank Gaffney, the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy. Obama, was called a brother by Libyan Read more

Can We Mend The Fences ?

   Here in Delaware the GOP is fractured. Anyone who says otherwise is either lying, or the biggest fool on the face of the planet.    Now there  are many  different views on what has caused this fracturing. No matter the cause, the question is, can the Delaware GOP mend the fences in time to win elections in 2012?     To answer that question however, it is important to know the cause of the fracturing.      There has been for quite sometime two distinct factions within the GOP in Delaware. The one might be described as the right side of the party. This faction will be more inclined to be concerned with the so-called social issues. These are issues that effect our society as a whole. These can and do include crime, education, immigration and yes abortion and homosexual marriage.   This does not mean that this faction of the GOP is not concerned with fiscal issues. Read more

Governor Gary Johnson

Gov. Gary Johnson is considering running for the Libertarian nomination for President in 2012.  I actually think he has the potential to be the strongest Libertarian candidate in the history of the party.  Ron Paul has that distinction currently, but he was no were near as well known nationally in 1988 as today and the country was not as discontented with both parties.  A successful two term governor has not been on a national third party ticket since 1968.  That one pulled 14% of the vote and carried 5 states and was within 1% in NJ, OH, NC, and TN of tossing the race into the House of Representatives.  He was of course a well known commodity unlike Johnson and had a rabid base, but my point is that in uncertain times any thing is possible. I do not know who Governor Johnson would draw more from.  He is a pro-liberty Republican so if he did poorly, he would draw more from the Republicans.  Read more

More Police or Not

City of Dover Council Agenda Amended to Consider Adding Police Officers This week Councilman Sean Lynn and Councilman David Anderson requested that the Dover Police Department’s request for hiring police officers to replace 3 who recently retired be added to the council agenda for Monday November 28, 20011. Council President Thomas Leary agreed to do so. The matter seems to be controversial of late due to concerns regarding the City of Dover’s budget next year even though the positions are currently budgeted. This concern led to the matter being dropped from the oversight committee’s agenda twice. Now due to the rare maneuver, it will go directly to Council. The case for more officers Three police officers have retired, which has created vacancies in the Dover Police Department. The Department had been down 4 officers prior to the retirements. Dover City Council authorized bringing Read more

The Way To Get Things Done

  Last night on his now weekly spot with Bill Colley on WGMD, Sussex County GOP Chairman Glen Urquhart spoke about many things, including the need to create an environment in Delaware that is conducive to bringing businesses to Delaware.    He spoke of the over regulation by state government that has led to the decline of many historically Delaware enterprises.   Near the end of his spot he sent a forceful message when he stated that if we want to grow the state economy, that Delaware and Gov. Markell need to stop, "kicking employers in the groin".   We could also say that if we wish to arrest the decline of the state's economy, we will need to empower the people with the proper training,to give them the advantage of being able to defend themselves in the highly competitive world. We will also need to give the authority to decide for themselves, to the business owners and the Read more

Super Committee Failure not a failure of Washington–just Democrats

When I think about the fact the national debt crisis is the most avoidable crisis since Y2K, our avoidance of it makes me sick.  Our national debt has officially exceeded 100% of GDP and reached 15 trillion dollars.  Americans have been fed a line that Republicans refuse  to work with Democrats.  Tea Party Republicans are intransigents and would rather protect the 1% than save America.  The media drumbeat has been incessant.  Yet we see that not only has the President been disengaged, he blows up every deal that gains traction.  Republicans passed serious proposals and Democrats couldn't even agree on one among themselves.  Finally they abandoned thinking big and proposed basically raising taxes to close the minimum threshold.  Republicans believe that would slow the economy and make the deficit worse never the less they tried to meet them part way and the Democrats wouldn't even Read more

Expand the Patriot Act– No Way

There was a real divide in the Presidential debate over the Patriot Act.  Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, and Herman Cain understand that we need reform.   Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, and Rick Perry do not agree.  Some say expand it. Read this and tell me there is no problem.  How about this account of the abuse of a national security letter to an ISP? Expand it--No way. Repeal the parts with the sunset position, yes way. A decade later, much of the government’s surveillance policy remains shrouded in secrecy, making it impossible for Americans to engage in a meaningful debate on the effectiveness or wisdom of various practices. The government has used NSLs to collect private information on hundreds of thousands of people. I am the only person from the telecommunications industry who received one to ever challenge in court the legality of the warrantless NSL searches and Read more

NEW DELAWARE ALLIANCE ADVOCATES FOR INCREASED MOBILE BROADBAND ACCESS

Richard Heffron and Brian McGlinchey named Co-Chairs of Delaware Chapter of Internet Innovation Alliance Wilmington, Delaware – November 7, 2011- Citing broad band’s ability to spur economic growth and improve quality of life, a diverse group of organizations and leaders have formed a new Delaware chapter of the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) to promote broadband access and adoption throughout the state. IIA is a national coalition of business and non-profit organizations committed to helping our country achieve universal broadband. “Broadband drives opportunity in everything, from our economy to education, entrepreneurship, and healthcare,” said Richard Heffron Co-Chair of the IIA’s Delaware Chapter and Senior Vice President for Government Affairs for the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. “High-speed Internet helps businesses connect to new markets and students access Read more

Gingrich is Cool

I read all sorts of hits on Conservative legend Newt Gingrich.  I admit that he is not as conservative as I would like, but on balance, he is cool.  He has accomplished what others dream of.  Clinton claims credit for a balanced budget, but he vetoed it three times until Gingrich finally got a version Clinton couldn't refuse without a political meltdown.   Clinton claimed credit for welfare reform, but he vetoed it 3 times before looking at the polls and signing almost the same bill and claiming credit.  You can go down the list.  Who was behind conservative victory after victory and even more bills that made it out of one house?   Gingrich got the House to commit to tax reform.  Capital gains tax cuts which helped us get the investment we needed to avoid a real crisis of Y2K.  The nation spent hundreds of billions upgrading its technical infrastructure, the crisis predicted was Read more

The #1 Issue

 " The number one issue". This is a phrase that always gains prominence during an election cycle. Its over use by everyone from media types, to politicians, to even average citizens begins to make one wonder whether anyone truly believes that, that which is labeled the number one issue, is actually that important. Or is everyone just repeating that which has been put forth first.    Of course there are always issues that are the number one issue with a majority of citizens. The issue will depend on current economic times. The issue will also depend on the current attitude about the state of society.   Location will also affect what is important to individual citizens. Community influences play a large role in deciding how those within the community will feel about any number of issues.   There can be no doubt that in this election cycle, it has been determined that the number Read more

Rumors Notwithstanding

There is a rumor that I am running for Mayor. Not true, I am not. Nor am I running for state representative. I didn't mind letting that one float around because it is useful to me, but it is time to put it to rest. I am not running for anything in 2012. The task ahead of me is too large to abandon. I thank you all for your support. There are rumors that I was recruited by Rick Perry's operation to have a significant role in Delaware. That is true back in the summer. He sort of started falling apart and I never signed on and am quite grateful I never did. I am a Mike Huckabee guy. There are rumors that I signed to get Mitt Romney on the ballot. That is true. I also signed for Herman Cain, Ron Paul, and Michele Bachmann. Anyone else wants a signature can come to me as well. I am helping to get Herman Cain and Ron Paul on the ballot. I would support any other candidate who requested ballot Read more

Group Praises Rubio and Coons

November 15, 2011 3:33 PM EST Calls on President Obama to Get Involved in the Discussion WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, a leading voice of Latino conservatives, commended U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) for introducing today the American Growth, Recovery, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Act. The AGREE Act stems from areas of common agreement between the President's jobs plan, recommendations from the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, and plans put forward by both parties in Congress and includes a provision which eliminates per country caps on employment based immigrant visas and increases the per country cap for family-based immigrant visas from seven to fifteen percent.  This same provision is included in H.R. 3012, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, which Read more

Sussex GOP Takes a Stand

Tired of being humiliated by one of its former rising stars, the Sussex County Republican Executive Committee removed 37th District Republican Chairman at its regular meeting by a vote of 63 to 7 with only Mr. Bodenweiser's district opposing the action. No one will go on record due to the closed session so details are to remain in house. There may have been a rules violation in the vote because the rules were suspended. One detail is that there are only two occasions that you cannot suspend the rules. You cannot suspend the constitution and you cannot suspend the rights given under the rules to a number under 1/3 or else the tyranny of the majority can remove anyone from the organization without due process. Rumor has it that the vote may be challenged legally. Expect the vote to have be repeated with proper notice. The Sussex Committee was right to condemn the remarks of Mr. Eric Bodenweiser Read more

The Man Who Would Not Be Governor… Yet

The following is an email response from Eric Buckson (R - 4th District Kent County Levy Court Commissioner) to the whispers about his potential campaign for Governor of Delaware: Fellow Republicans, Last week, I was asked the question, would you consider running for Governor? My answer, yes I would, but why are you asking me? Don't take this the wrong way. I am confident that someday I will seek a state wide office and I will win. I look forward to the day when individuals scrutinize my record as a commissioner and realize that I am a lot more republican than I am given credit for. I say someday because that someday is not today. In the meantime, I am content to do my small part in Kent County and enjoy the life that the good Lord has blessed me with. So the Republican party still needs to find itself a candidate for Governor this cycle.  Eric Buckson did go on to suggest Read more

Obama Speaks At The National Women’s Law Center Awards banquet.

While at a pro-abortion dinner at The National Women's Law Center Awards Banquet, Obama spoke before 2000 people in defense of taxpayer funded abortions. He bashed Republican lawmakers for their efforts to deny federal funding to the Planned Parent Organization. Planned Parenthood is responsible for more aborted fetus' than any other organization in the United States. "Instead of figuring out how to put more Americans back to work, they've been trying to figure out how to take away preventive care that is covered under the Affordable Care Act," said Obama, in an attempt to defend his position. Instead of making life easier for women in this country, they want to let insurance companies go back to charging higher prices just because you're a woman. Instead of working to boost our economy, they're out there spending time trying to defund Planned ParentHood and prevent millions of women Read more

A Crack in The Green Regime

I was pleased to be a part of the National League of Cities (NLC) delegation for Dover. It was better than advertised. I was able to get some valuable information which went along with some projects that I had been working on. It may have accelerated my progress by months by giving me real time access to experts who shared my perspective of next practices not “best” practices. Frankly, it was exactly what I was seeking.  Sure not all of them were useful, but the format allowed me to seek out specifically what I was seeking and the right experts. You will see the product of this over the next couple of weeks. The Green regime took a stunning defeat when I led the charge to vote down a resolution taking sides with the radical environmentalists on the Keystone Pipeline. What was unexpectedly fun was the interaction. I was elected an officer of the Christian Public Official Caucus. Read more

Candidate Announcement

  Evan Queitsch Announces his Challenge to Senator Anthony DeLuca  Delaware has a real opportunity to be a leader in America's resurgence.  Our state faces real challenges and we sometimes don't see the opportunities that we have in front of us.  We know that our state is facing an epidemic of job losses.  From May through August, a 4 month span, Delaware had 22 mass layoff events of 50 people or more.  Our state unemployment rate is stuck at just over 8%, meaning that more than 35,000 Delawareans are still looking for work despite all the best progressive efforts to buy us more employment.  Union, public sector and private sector alike are all seeing job losses and the real losers are the employees who are seeing their jobs being stolen by policies that don't promote growth.  Likewise, our education system is broken.  In the Christina School District, we spend Read more