The National Scene-Sunday Political Talk Shows 8/31/14-My guy Dutch tells how to get 'er done. You'll never believe what Andrea Mitchell said. FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., Mark Mellman, President and CEO of The Mellman Group and Bill McInturff, Partner and Co-Founder of Public Opinion Strategies. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., and Adam Smith, D-Wash. THIS WEEK (ABC): Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla.; former Gov. Bill Richardson, R-N.M. STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.; Reps. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.; former Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas. t was, indeed, a slow news day this past Sunday-the last day of August 8/31/14. Though the upcoming week would be filled with news items about upcoming primary elections and soon, the Read more
Whew! Well I'm here, I am the Fly on the Wall and I tucked myself into Valerie Jarrett's sleeve as is my custom. It is the weekly PR summary of results and goodness everyone is grumpy because it's Labor Day Weekend. Allow me to introduce myself once again. I am a fly. I am equipped with a transmitting recorder that as something is said in a room I am in, that something is broadcast out to my owner, who is the writer of this Blog post. I'm kind of a Skype-on-a-Fly sort of thing. I've been around DC for a while now and I've sort of figured out who is the big WHO on all things. Most of the people deciding what is presented to the public from the Obama administration are not even all that widely known, including my transporter, Valerie Jarrett. Yes she is in charge of all things public relations for the administration, along with Michelle Obama of course. Most Americans might have Read more
Since her entry into the Treasurer's race in July, Sher Valenzuela has made some tactical gaffes in her campaign that have left observers scratching their heads. Last night's no show at the debate sponsored by the Delaware State Committee can now be added to that list. There has been considerable speculation regarding Sher's non appearance, which Sher had announced some time ago. I am not going to add to the speculation. I will however, repeat what State Chairman Charlie Copeland announced last night. Mr. Copeland stated that Mrs. Valenzuela had told him about a month ago that she would not participate. How Sher's cause could have been made worse by her appearance is hard to fathom. Regarding the event itself, Chairman Copeland handled the MC duties fairly and flawlessly. All the candidates ran over their allotted time at some point. But, with only 3 candidates speaking Read more
I was really looking forward to the debate for state treasurer, but my buddy, Sher Valenzuela skipped us in Kent because this debate was sponsored not by Kent County, but the DEGOP state committee. Since all of the questions would come from a friendly Kent Crowd, I don't get it. In Kent County, we take this sort of thing very personally. I didn't even vote for her in the straw poll, I abstained. 22 years of friendship counts for something, but I was miffed. I am not even sure if I can find it in my budget to send that donation that I pledged anymore, when I get a call from Ken saying he is sorry she can't make it, but not her campaign, it really says a lot to me. Even my friend Rose Izzo showed up, I was wondering if she was still running. If the event is big enough for Rose to show up, Sher should have. The results showed a backlash. I get the feeling that Rose is ready to Read more
With the upcoming primaries and general elections The Wise I decided to take a few moments and dive in with the juicy gossip bouncing all about from The Cheer Center to WGMD,WXDE. Sussex county, you gotta love it. The Infamous Straw Poll ==================== It would seem that Sussex county's 38th RD held a straw poll recently and I just don't care, this event has been the subject of laughter from Frankfort to Milton. No, The Wise I did not attend this event though I was invited. I thought, what could happen worth all the effort? Well they ran out of straws and hey, the jokes write themselves. I myself put up a mocking post. on the matter. Now I must insert a reprimand from RD38 Chair Rob Arlett, who is also running against Vance Phillips for councilman from the Sussex county 5th councilmatic district. Howdy Patricia. Someone sent me your blog post. Perhaps would have been Read more
The State Republican Party is hosting a State Treasurer and US Senate Primary Election debate on Thursday August 28th at Grotto’s Pizza in Dover. Grotto’s Pizza is located at 1159 North DuPont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901. The format for the evening is as follows: 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Social 7:00 PM: Opening Remarks by Chairman Copeland 7:10 PM: Treasurer’s Debate 7:45 PM: Break 8:00 PM: US Senate Debate 8:45 PM: Event Concludes
The Treasurer Debate-Valenzuela versus Simpler on 8/27/14- Who won? It's complicated. Read on. Couple of things first off. The Simpler people bought cookies. This is something that should be noted. It was the debate sponsored by the Sussex County Republican Women's Club (SCRWC) and a few other groups, including something called the Sussex Republicans. It was held on Tuesday evening and it was perfect, just perfect. Before getting to the meat, let me put out a shout for the President of the SCRWC, Alana Keely. Here is a bright and vibrant woman who did a wonderful job overseeing the debate, kudos to you child and the SCRWC! Someday I will be writing aq column interviewing Keely as she too runs for an elected office, mark my words. Audience members were invited to submit debate questionss and good ones were asked. Right from the start Valenzuela called herself the only "conservative" Read more
In France, a highly political search and destroy mission is underway to smear and criminalize conservative leaders connected with former President Nicholas Sarkozy. They used false charges to undermine him and now they want to stop his comeback. Polls showed he would win an election and oust the Socialists. Now the case has taken a new turn. IMF Chief and former Finance minister Christine Lagarde is being charged with negligence for allowing an arbitration award to a Conservative supporter. Lagarde was only following the law, even if the panel were as the left claims, a sham, it is not her appointment. After 5 years of investigation, they cannot find anything even linking her to the incident except a name stamped letter which was done by staff. It doesn't even show anything criminal, but even if it did, it is a letter that she never saw. It was name stamped not signed because she was Read more
A powerful endorsement and two powerful ads are the start of Sussex Councilman Vance Phillips comeback campaign. He gets back to basics and reminds people of his15 year successful track record of conservative government and taxpayer advocacy. We will keep track of this race and any other that heats up. Ads submitted by Friends of Vance Phillips. Bill Colley’s endorsement Conservative candidates, is your campaign on the move? Contact me. I like to give you opportunities for your message to reach thousands of informed opinion makers in your own words.
We interview AG candidate Ted Kittila, a Republican who plans to stop the Attorney General position in Delaware from being a waiting room for the Governorship. Guy's got it all. It's a pretty summer morning, quite early for such as interviews, when I speak to candidate Ted Kittila about his run to beat Delaware's Lieutenant-Governor, Matt Denn, to take over Beau Biden's current seat. Beau will, of course, with all the help Newcastle can provide, ascend to the Governorship. I am tempted to begin with "What's not to like?" but let me expand. Ted has been married for 15 years and has two children, a son age 9 and a daughter age 6. Kittila grew up and graduated high school in Seaford, Delaware, making him a Sussex county native. He went to the University of Delaware where he graduated with honors. He studied in Europe for a while then got a JD at the University of Minnesota Read more
From an email correcting an error: The correct results of our straw poll are: 1. US Senate race: Smink=4 votes from 38th voters and 10 from "Other voters" for a total of 14 votes. Wade=59 from 38th voters and 32 from others for a total of 91 votes. 2. DE Treasurer: Simpler=55 from 38th voters and 38 from others for a total of 93 votes. Valenzuela (Joy Hill was the speaker)=9 from 38th voters and 8 from others for a total of 17 votes. 3. 5th Councilmatic District (CD): Phillips=9 from 5th CD voters. Arlett=34 from 5th CD voters. 4. Reorder of Wills: Green=55 from 38th voters and 27 from others for a total of 82 votes. Butler=10 from 38th voters and 16 from others for a total of 26 votes. 5. Sheriff: Christopher=44 from 38th voters and 29 from others for a total of 73 votes. Lee=20 from 38th voters and 18 from others for a total of 38 votes. Again, I apoligize Read more
Dover's bloody Sunday with 2 two dead and 1 in serious condition for the normally quiet Capital City's 2nd and 3rd murders is cause for concern. 3 murders have occurred in 31 days after only 1 murder in more than a year and a half. Two occurred in broad daylight and at least one may be linked to a Pennsylvania assailant. The other was a shooting as people were leaving a party. Two were injured, the two had no connection except being at the same location last night. Of course Wilmington had an issue this weekend as well. Speaking specifically to the fact that 3 black youth have been killed in my district in the past month, I think we have a real problem. Sure at least some of the problem is out of state criminals visiting people here, but why haven't they been reported? A group has approached those of us on city council about alleged lynchings in the area. At least one person was Read more
I have been intrigued that State Treasurer Chip Flowers has yet to be withdrawn from the primary ballot. According to the state Elections Commissioner, she still has not received the withdraw notification. I heard from sources that it was being submitted last Thursday, but as of COB Friday it still had not been received according to the Elections office. It appears that Chip Flowers is in no hurry to make life easy or simple for his primary opponent and presumed Democratic nominee Sean Barney. I don’t have much doubt that it will happen. We will check again Monday and each day afterward. The lack of urgency is intriguing. Is he just suspending his campaign or is he just letting them sweat a week or two? Since Republicans have a statewide primary, there is no downside to saving the state money if he misses the deadline.
Ken Simpler, candidate for State Treasurer won an overwhelming 84% at the 38th district straw poll where over 110 Republicans paid to attend. Other winners included Jeff Christopher who won big 78 to 31 for Robert Lee for sheriff and Robert Arlet 34 to 9 for Vance Phillips for 5th district Sussex Councilman. Simpler also had a huge 10 to 1 lead in fundraising the 30 day finance report and had a great guest opinion in the Sunday News Journal. He headlined the Delaware Republican Victory Gala to rave reviews by most who spoke with me including some his primary opponent's supporters though his jokes were less successful, but contrary to some detractors though they jabbed at his opponents he avoided being mean or personal. He seems to have bounced back from less than glowing reviews of the first debate. Another is coming up this week. Currently, he has the momentum 3 weeks before the primary. Read more
The shamelessness of Missouri Governor Nixon. ISIS Discussions and endlessly they drone on about the "Gentle Giant". Ben Carson/Jesse Jackson debate. A question for Steve Smyk. FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Gov. Jay Nixon, D-Mo.; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.; Rev. Al Sharpton; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and his medical mission to Guatemala to perform eye surgery; Peter Westmacott, Britain's ambassador to the United States. FACE THE NATION (CBS): William Lacy Clay Jr., D-Mo; Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. THIS WEEK (ABC): Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; Clay. STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Nixon; Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Jack Reed, D-R.I.; Detroit's police chief, James Craig; Dallas' deputy police chief, Malik Aziz; Montgomery County, Maryland's police chief, Thomas Manger. Lots of foreign policy experts on this Read more
Yon reader should please excuse this departure from my normal form. But first thing this morning I am told that the 38th RD had a covered dish straw poll last night at the Roxana firehall. UPDATE-The straw poll off by 20 points on Rob Arlett! The questionable results! AND THEY RAN OUT OF STRAWS! No I am not making this up! And who is the 38th RD? Also running for 5th Sussex county councilmatic district? Also head of fundraising of the Sussex county GOP? Sorry Rob....this looks really bad. Especially with you beating Phillips by around thirty votes. They ran out of straws! How much do straws cost? Couldn't they have sent out for more straws? RESULTS: . US Senate race:Smink=4 votes from 38th voters and 10 from "Other voters" for a total of 14 votes. Wade=59 from 38th voters and 32 from others for a total Read more
This is a new feature I'm trying out. It's my buddy the Fly on the Wall and I trained him and taught him and he tells just how it all came down. Today, the story behind the Michael Brown case. "So come on in," I heard Valerie Jarrett's assistant say to a young guy who I knew not. I am the proverbial Fly on the Wall and I surreptitiously fly around various meetings to record conversations my scribe would never know about if not for me. "Wow, I didn't know this place existed," I heard the young man say to Valjar's assistant. "My names Marsha and I will be your mentor as you are trained in the art of public relations." The young man extended his hand to Marsha. "I'm Josh and I'm so happy you chose me to work here. Are we in the White House?" Well Josh asked this question because hey, I'm a fly and usually understand where I'm at but gosh I hid in Valjar's blouse sleeve as I had Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 21, 2014 WDEL’s Rick Jensen Rips Simpler Debate Performance: Weak, Awkward and Creepy WDEL political talk show host Rick Jensen has leveled devastating criticism toward Ken Simpler and his performance in the recent WDEL Treasurer debate. Jensen described the performance at times as “weak,” “awkward” and “creepy.” Speaking live last week on his daily radio show, Jensen said Simpler’s opponent, Sher Valenzuela, was “strong, tough and every time Simpler took a swing at her, she blocked it and hit him real hard in the face.” Jensen concluded that he “didn’t think [Simpler] is very good at this debate stuff.” Throughout the debate, Simpler continued his efforts to mislead the public about the role of the state Treasurer. Simpler claimed that the Treasurer handles the “collection, investment and disbursement” Read more
The Blue Blood Elected Republicans are fighting Common Core? Who knew? Upcoming political events, and a great update on the Bodenweiser debacle. New laws and much more. RNC, Common Core, Schools in Delaware =================================== At this point I am more concerned about my granddaughter having classes in a tent in Georgetown elementary school this fall due to the almost 100 border children said to be attending that school this year. But Common Core-that national joke that will federalize schools forevermore, is very much on my mind. So I am surprised that the national RNC is working on it and that a local Delaware politico is also involved on this national level. Resolved, The Republican National Committee commends the work of the mothers, fathers, and other citizens who fought or are ﬁghting to persuade their state executive and legislative branches to faithfully Read more
Sussex county accepts withdrawal of Pires proposal for a country western festival in Sussex. The inside skinny on why and how. Also, "For the Love of Sussex"-a maudlin dedication to my new home county. Sussex County Council Accepts Conditional Use Withdrawal ================ So I went back and read all the council minutes and even my own post on the matter. Let's summarize. Mark Baker owns a big farm, over a thousand acres, right around the corner from me, in a fashion, so I am not doing a NIMBY (not in my back yard) on this issue. Baker wants to team up with Alex Pires, a local entrepreneur who…..gasp….wants to start businesses and make money. The plan was for this newly formed LLC to mark off 500 acres of the Baker farm and set it up for music festivals. Pires presented his proposal to the council and had submitted various resources to the Bureau of Funny Walks...NO Read more
Everybody is a critic every President finds, but sometimes even the critics are surprised by how bad it can get. The second term Obama meltdown is making Katrina look like a hiccup. Mitt Romney says that even he is shocked by how disastrous the second Obama term has become. Do you agree or disagree? What is your report card for President Obama?
It wasn't any of the attendees of the 9-12 Patriot's debate last week who convinced me that Sheriff Christopher's the man. It was a Lewes liberal who set me on the right track. Check in for update on the mighty (NOT) Sheriff candidate debate. So I consider the circumstances all this past weekend and review my conclusions. It was a beautiful evening and the locale was perfect at Independence Hall in Millsboro. The tables were laid out nice with little sheriff badges on the table, some sparkles, a flag. They told me to sit at a white table because I didn't reserve in advance but I sat at a red table with one of my clandestine sources named Matthew Opaliski. Goodness there was a fabulous spread with lunchmeat, fruit and all sorts of desserts. Coffee and soft drinks were available. The deviled eggs weren't near the caliber of mine but you can't have everything. Everyone knew in advance Read more
They lost their minds in Austin. They indicted Governor Perry for exercising his legal and constitutional authority in an open and transparent fashion. They claimed he abused his power. Now that is not a criminal issue, that is a political issue taken care of by legislative overrides, court injunctions, elections, or in extreme cases impeachment. When you start to criminalize the political system, you become either third world or Italy. The people who did this need to be indicted for a misuse of the criminal justice system and false charges, better yet Perry should call a special session and the prosecutor should be put on impeachment charges. Perry had no personal benefit and was acting in what he believed was the public interest of not having a drunk who allegedly resisted arrest as head of a prosecutorial unit. I personally think arrest is not a conviction and people should have their Read more