By Staff Writer:
Wolf von Baumgart
General Assembly Considers Options
The Delaware General Assembly met twice earlier this week to consider funding options for Sussex Technical High School District. The Sussex County Delegation (consisting of nine state representatives and five state senators) continues to study Sussex Tech’s impending financial crisis. Five budgetary proposals were originally included in a study attendant to House Concurrent Resolution 2, previously passed in January. Subsequently, other options have emerged for consideration.
Sussex Tech administrators have been steadily seeking legislative approval to more than double the STHSD’s current property taxes over the last two years above the current limit as currently permitted by statute. Delaware's three state-created countywide vocational school districts are legally empowered to raise school taxes (with the Read more
Here is your chance to comment on Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reed’s decision NOT to seek re-election to the US Senate in 2016:
Mahmoud Abbas attacks Israel's elections and accuses BiBi of not Wanting Peace
In seemingly coordinated moves Obama's continued rhetorical attacks against Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, appear to be in synch with Plaestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas' Address to the Arab League, stating that Israel's election result proves it doesn't want peace.
Abbas, while addressing the Arab League Summit meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday said that election results in Israel indicate that it has no desire to reach a final status accord, according to reports from the Jerusalem Post. Abbas also vowed to hold elections as soon as possible in order to initiate the process of rebuilding the Gaza Strip and accused Israel and Hamas of being responsible for the delay in rebuilding Read more
By Staff Reporter:
Wolf von Baumgart
Delaware State Representative Sean Lynn (D – District 31 Dover) has sponsored legislation that would require all motorcycle drivers and passengers to wear helmets at all times during operation on Delaware roads.
HB 54 is co-sponsored by Reps. Stephanie T. Bolden, (D -- District 2 East Wilmington) and Debra J. Heffernan (D – District 6 Bellefonte, Claymont, Edgemoor)
PARENTS EXPRESS CONCERNS WITH DELAWARE EDUCATION INITIATIVES AND LEADERSHIP
Delaware parents call for representation and transparency regarding educational changes impacting their children
Press conference scheduled for April 1 at 5:00pm, outside Legislative Hall in Dover, DE
Dover, DE, March 25, 2015
Delaware parents are increasingly frustrated with the management of the educational system in the state, especially given the conflicting messages being issued by legislators and education officials. There is an apparent disconnect between what parents want and what those making decisions are offering, and the children are caught in the crosshairs. Most parents are not interested in having their children used as guinea pigs, political pawns, or leverage in the fight over accountability.
“Our children are more than test scores. I got involved because of the Read more
Article By Wolf von Baumgart
MIDLANTIC DISPATCH co-founders, David Anderson and Donald Ayotte were interviewed live on WGMD’s Jim Rash Show at Atlantic Cellular regarding the Northeast Region’s newest internet news aggregate, http://www.midlanticdispatch.com , earlier this morning.
Speaking over the 92.7 FM airwaves, Host, Jim Rash praised the features on the website and said that he finds it a convenient source of news for show preparation, as so much news material is available in one place.
A news aggregate actually does not store external content and other copyrighted material on-site, but organizes headlines and links in a convenient and readily accessible form and may also feature original news and information. It is designed to extend the reach of participating news media – not to compete with them, according to Midlantic Dispatch President and Managing Editor, Don Read more
March 24th Senator Carper of Delaware was the lone vote in favor of President Obama's budget proposal. What's up with that?
I am assuming that Sen. Cruz chose not to vote on the proposal due to his recent announcement about running for President, but something tells me he would not have voted in favor of it if that were not the case.
U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 114th Congress - 1st Session
as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate
Question: On the Amendment (Cornyn Amdt. No. 357 ) Vote Number: 85Vote Date: March 24, 2015, 06:10 PMRequired For Majority: 1/2Vote Result: Amendment RejectedAmendment Number: S.Amdt. 357 to S.Con.Res. 11 (No short title on file) Statement of Purpose: To raise taxes Read more
Updated to include official statement
State PTA Board of Managers 26 to 1 Vote in favor of Opt Out and Support House Bill 50.
On March 24th the Delaware Parent Teacher Association voted to support parental rights to opt out of Smarter Balanced Assessment amid criticism of the Smarter Balanced Assessment for the fact that it punishes right answers not arrived the preferred method with no credit but gives credit for wrong answers with the work shown, is not statistically valid, has no growth model, is not designed with appropriate accommodations for handicapped or special needs students and is not timely in producing results.
The DE PTA did not recommend which choice a parent took, but strongly backed the right to choose. Many members plan to support the rally for HB 50 on April 1 around 5:00 pm at Legislative Hall.
Note the author is a regional VP for the Delaware PTA.
update--official Read more
It was worth waking up for the midnight tweet announcement because Senator Ted Cruz made it official with this tweet “I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!”
This is an interesting way to make such an important announcement. The video released was vintage Cruz and speaks to the mood of middle America. Others will now likely join the field officially in the next couple of weeks. America has the world’s most interminable campaign season.
The world lost one of the most innovative and successful statesmen of the 20th century. Lee Kuan Yew died this weekend. Singapore was transformed into the 10th largest economy in Asia and one of the world's wealthiest nations from a colonial backwater in a generation. It is a testament to good government. pro-business policies, and traditional values. 50 years ago the average per person GDP was $550; today it is $55,000. The nation has the best health care outcomes, the best education and public safety. It is number 1 in quality of life and the best place to do business. It is a modern jewel.
Current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said "Singapore is basically a conservative society...The family is the basic building block of this society. And by family in Singapore we mean one man, one woman, marrying, having children and bringing up children within that framework of a stable family Read more
Guest Post By: Wolf von Baumgart
Here is an interesting link re: the US Citizenship Test from the Washington Times:
Take the US Citizenship Test.
There is also part 2 further down the page.
Canada’s Communications Regulator Ends Cable Bundling
The system of bundling channels in packages by cable networks has come to an end in Canada. Cable Companies have been ordered by Canada’s communication regulator to allow customers to choose the channels they want, instead of forcing them to accept packages that bundle many channels together. A sort of an a la carte system of pick and choose by the cable customer, will soon come into reality
Canada’s cable customers have been complaining about the amount of channels they are required to take, many of which they don’t watch or are not interested in. Canada’s two largest cable providers BCE and Rogers have started streaming services to compete with existing internet providers.
Will America be next? Many people think so. Both the U.S. and Canada’s cable providers are struggling in a major shift to internet TV. Read more
Review by: Wolf von Baumgart
Contrary to popular belief, Barrack Obama @$400,000/year is NOT the highest paid head of state, according to a recent article in Business Insider.
In fact, the POTUS is number two, behind Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong , who annually earns a cool $1,700,000 for heading the world’s 190th largest nation of 270 square miles. ( Nice work if you can get it. )
Rounding out the Top 5 are: (3) Prime Minister Stephan Harper of Canada @ $260,000, (4) Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany @ $234,000 and (5) President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma of South Africa @ $223,500/year, respectively.
Russian President, Vladimir Putin rates number 10 @ $ 136,000/year.
The complete article , illustration and Putin’s comment on his salary is available at http://www.businessinsider.com/salaries-of-13-major-world-leaders-2015-3.
The article lists official Read more
Commentary by DonAyotte
Although the Obama Administration attempted to deal a humiliating blow to Netanyahu's victory in the recent Israeli elections by not calling and congratulating the leader, BiBi seems not to be bothered by the American president who has snubbed not only BiBi, but all of Israel. The animosity between the two leaders seems to increase almost daily.
Even though Netanyahu has toned down his previous remarks, opposing the formation of a Palestinian state, Obama has become extremely hardened toward the Israeli leader and BiBi is obviously returning the favor. Obama has finally emerged from the closet with his hostility and by his actions, has favored Iran, causing all of Israel to wonder about their greatest ally across the Atlantic.
Despite the Israeli leaders recent re-election, the Obama, BiBi chasm widens and Netanyahu continues to favor Iran, Israels most Read more
Commentary by Wolf von Baumgart
According to a 3/18/15 article in the Washington Times by Dave Boyer, President Barack Obama now advocates the idea of nationwide mandatory voting along the lines of the Australian model. Speaking before a town hall event in Cleveland on Wednesday, he said that compulsory voting would be a better short-term strategy to counteract the influence of large campaign contributions. Citing the very poor turnout of Democrats in the last general election, he further stated that “It would be transformative. If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country.”
Penalties for not voting in Australia include fines and possible jail time.
The original article can be read here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/18/obama-calls-mandatory-voting-us/
Although he did not officially commit to pursuing a mandatory Read more
Eric Bodenweiser ended a long nightmare for both him and the victim and headed off a new trial, with a no contest plea to two counts of a Class A misdemeanor. The Office of the Attorney General issued the following statement.
Eric Bodenweiser, 56, of Georgetown, pled no contest to two counts of third degree unlawful sexual contact in Sussex County Superior Court this morning. The plea, secured by Deputy Attorneys General David Hume and John Donahue, resolves a case that previously resulted in a hung jury in June, 2014.
As a result of the plea, Mr. Bodenweiser is classified as a sex offender. Sentencing is currently scheduled to take place May 22, 2015.
The victim in the case said, “I’m glad that this has finally come to an end and I can finally move forward and get on with my life
It is interesting that the office never mentioned that the felonies were dropped. The current Read more
Happy Saint Patrick's Day.
I am wearing green today to celebrate since I am as Irish as Hillary Clinton.
I laugh about how on St. Patrick's day everyone is Irish, during Oktoberfest, everyone is German, on the 4th Saturday in June, everyone in Dover is African American, and on 5 May,everyone is Mexican because Doverites love a chance to join the party. The reality is that I think it is good. We can all celebrate one another's heritage because we are one family, the American family. If we value what one another brings to the table, diversity is a strength. If we were all exactly alike, why would we need one another?
There are voices today which would divide us like we were before Selma. Please block them out. Remember, we are one people, we are an exceptional people because despite our issues, we have an understanding that the value of a person is his/her inherent value. All persons Read more
March 16, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry
United States Department of State
2201 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20520
Dear Secretary Kerry:
I find your opposition to congressional oversight offensive and hypocritical and your posture towards Israel deeply disturbing.
Appearing on CBS News' “Face the Nation,” you described the letter forty-seven U.S. Senators signed and sent to Iranian officials regarding ongoing nuclear negotiations as “unconstitutional.” Congress has the constitutional responsibility to serve as a check-and-balance on the executive branch. As has been done with immigration, health care and many other issues, the Obama Administration is once again deliberately bypassing Congress and exceeding its constitutional authority.
Frankly, your criticisms are hypocritical. You launched yourself into the public spotlight by directly and publicly criticizing Read more
Guest Post By: Wolf von Bauimgart
Delaware 41st District State Representative, Rich Collins (R- Millsboro) says that is just a matter of time before the State of Delaware will tax e-cigarettes in light of declining tobacco tax revenue according an article in Delaware House of Representatives e-Newsletter of the Republican Caucus
E-cigarettes, as non-tobacco battery-operated devices that vaporize various flavored liquids and various chemicals, into an inhalable smokeless form that may or may not contain nicotine, currently do not fit the definition of tobacco products under the current state tax code.
The decline in state tobacco tax revenues comes as a result of intensified state and federal smoking cessation programs, the popularity of e-cigarettes smokeless alternative and high state cigarette taxes themselves. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nationwide Read more
Managing the Herd- Can Elephants, Lions, Tigers, Rhinos and an Ass Coexist?
By Larry Mayo
“If we move in mass, be it ever so circuitously, we shall attain our object; but if we break into squads, everyone pursuing the path he thinks most direct, we become an easy conquest to those who can now barely hold us in check.” Thomas Jefferson penned these words in 1811 and they ring true today in reflection of the state of the Republican Party here in Delaware.
The GOP is without a doubt a group of highly opinionated individuals, ALL attempting to come together to reach a common end, good governance of our county, state and nation through the Republican party. The problem , as I see it is that we have three FACTIONS, as George Washington would have called them, with seemingly three differing roads to this common end.
First let me define them as I see them; First is the “establishment Read more
David L. Anderson and Donald R. Ayotte Launch New Enterprise, 'The Midlantic Dispatch'
David L. Anderson and Donald R. Ayotte are pleased to announce the creation of their newest enterprise, “The Midlantic Dispatch.” www.midlanticdispatch.com
This new media platform will be a “news aggregate” that will include news from the Mid-Atlantic Region that will include Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. It is our goal to provide informative comprehensive regional news coverage of the Mid-Atlantic Region on one site for the convenience of our readers.
Anderson and Ayotte currently administer Delawarepolitics.net, a political analysis blog, which reaches thousands of Delawareans each week. Ayotte formerly freelanced for Gannett Communications and worked as a hard news reporter for Today’s News-Herald, a daily newspaper based in Lake Havasu City Arizona. Anderson is Read more
Violence Breaks Out at Peaceful Protest As Two Police Officers Are Shot----Police Chief Thomas Jackson Resigns
A thirty-two year-old officer from Webster Groves was shot in the face and 41 year-old officer from St. Louis County was shot in the shoulder, after an apparently peaceful protest gathered in front of the Ferguson Police Dept, turned violent. Both men were conscious and were taken to a hospital, being listed in serious condition.
Ferguson Police Chief, Jackson resigned following five other officials that either resigned or were fired in the wake of Attorney General Holder's scalding speech condemning Ferguson's discriminatory police practices. Jackson commanded Ferguson's police force for five years before the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown an alleged racial shooting, that drew global attention.
"I saw the officer go down and the other police officers drew their Read more