DE Governor Jack A. Markell Weekly Message 9/25/2015

Promoting Effective Learning by Ensuring School Safety By: Deaware Governor, Jack Markell Our children and educators spend more than a third of their time in schools – time that is critical to ensuring our young people have the best chance to reach their potential. Unfortunately, we have also seen that our schools face a variety of threats – from natural disasters to violence. We all want to provide a safe and secure learning environment for our children and we have a sacred responsibility to be ready to respond when anything threatens it. Advances made by our schools over the past few years mean they are better prepared than ever before to deal with a wide range of emergencies. The Omnibus School Safety Act I signed in 2012 required state-of-the-art school safety plans for every Delaware public school within 5 years. It was a laudable goal, but I felt, and the General Assembly Read more

John Boehner’s Term underappreciated

When Speaker John Boehner announced his retirement, the loudest cheers came from his fellow conservatives. One would have thought that he was an adversary, instead he was one of us. He left a nice record of accomplishment which I will recap. So why the frustration aimed at him? Frankly it is 3 fold. First and foremost is that he was a deal making, tactical pragmatist when we needed a visionary leader who could lay out alternatives to the Obama administration and make a case to the people. He was not the right man for the time. Instead of passing an alternative to Obama Care that most Republicans could live with, he wanted the perfect bill. It was unnecessary because the President would have vetoed it or the Democrats in the Senate would have filibustered it. They could have developed stronger alternatives as they went along. You don't like this one, try this one. Put all 6 Republican Read more

Memo to Republican Party: We do not need speech codes

There is a controversy fueled by Delaware Right blog against certain people in the Sussex GOP. They are old comments, but the controversy is renewed because the Delaware Federation of Republican Women has taken up the issue and gotten the Party Chairman, the Senate Caucus and now the House Caucus to issue statements condemning the statements which were not made in any official capacity. That is their right to do so. The party has a right to insure private views are not confused with official views. For the record, I not only value and support the dignity of our Republican Women but all women, and for that matter I support then dignity and freedom of the human spirit. As His Holiness Pope Francis reminds us, our job here is to look after each other, "To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope; Read more

Dr. Ben Carson Outlines His 1st Hundred Days in office

It is time to get back to the issues. Dr. Carson gave a very thoughtful outline of our critical issues. Sadly, most of the media is stuck on the irrelevant Meet the Press answer so let's address it. Anyone who has spent time in Muslim countries knows that once they get 51% control they start to fundamentally transform a society. I could support an Islamic Modernist or Mystic being President who lined up with me on the issues, but it would be a critical mistake to support many Muslims as President. Dr. Carson is right. In his full answer he nuanced that more properly, but in the clip most often shown, that was left out. Look around the world and tell me that countries are freer where the Islamists won. I defy you to give me one. There should be no legal restriction based upon any religion. No one's religion would be a disqualifier for me, but it would play into the overall philosophy Read more

Now there are 15

Once a top tier contender who was leading Iowa and in the top 3 nationally, Governor Scott Walker’s poll numbers collapsed as did his fundraising. His campaign built out when money was coming in easily and burnt through cash leaving nothing for the drought since the August 6 debate. Walker wants everyone to gang up on Trump.

Governor Rick Perry never had gotten his hard money fundraising going. They both had some super pac money, but one cannot hire campaign staff with super pacs.

It is silly that polling is so in play before actual votes. What is not silly is that frugality matters.

The First Caucus is in Delaware

Update: Fiorina Wins! Rubio, Carson, and Cruz have strong showings. Update: Still time to come out. 31st District Republican Committee Announcement FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 14, 2015 31st District Republican Committee Annual Breakfast The 31st District Republican Committee Annual Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30 am at the IHOP Restaurant, 21 S. Little Creek Road, Dover, Delaware 19901. Tickets are $15 and can be acquired via Eventbrite or David Anderson. This meeting will feature updates from about our party leaders. The Keynote speaker will be Senator Colin Bonini. Congressional candidate Han Reigle will also speak. The event will also have an Iowa Caucus style straw poll for the Presidential race. Participants will be able to give a two minute Read more

Carney is taking a second bite at the Governor apple

The untimely death of former AG Beau Biden has set off an expected musical chair experience. Congressman Carney is going again for the Governorship. Carney is touting his 3 decades of experience at the County, State, and Federal levels of government. Through my three decades working in federal, county, and state government, I've seen how government works and learned how to make it work better. I've learned that you don't get anything done by fighting, or demonizing your opponents. I've learned that Delawareans want their public officials to be honest and straightforward. Many thought that Carney would have competition from New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon for the nomination of the Democratic party, but recent moves have made his intention a mystery. Republicans have two candidates already running, Ms. Lacey Lafferty who was first to declare and Senator Colin Bonini. DSU Read more

Fiorina’s Star Rising– Biden donors rally

In the race for President the ebbing of the fortunes for some equate to the rising tide of the fortunes of others. This far out polls shouldn't matter, but they do. Why? People don't understand that they do not matter and are surprised with upsets. They do matter because people are kept off the debate stages based upon polls before the campaign has fully engaged or a vote has been cast. They matter because big money donors are following polls that mean so little because they want to buy into a future administration and not be left out in the cold. They matter because the press has so cut back on staff levels that they often do not cover candidates who they think are not going to get traction which they determine by polls. Polls this far out are a factor of name recognition and momentum. They are valid for what they are. They are a snapshot in time. They are nothing more and nothing Read more

Dover’s Captain Spicer Graduates FBI Academy

I am very pleased to see Captain Dave Spicer graduate from the FBI academy. He is someone who understands the meaning of protect and serve. In my interactions with him over the years, he has been stellar whether it was solving an identity theft of my wife, an assault on my stepson, or the theft of my debit card. Captain Spicer's career was almost cut short March 24, 2001. He was shot by a criminal 4 times. Thankfully his vest worked, but he was also shot once in arm and once in the shoulder. It took a year before he could return to full duty. Instead of backing away from the profession he loved, he rededicated himself to it. Now Cpl Spicer is now CPT Spicer. In spite of his experience, he never lost his compassion. He is a true star and now everyone has proof. Captain Dave Spicer, of the Dover Police Department, joined two hundred and twenty-five Law enforcement officers Read more

Trump Being Attacked for What?

What in the world is the issue with attacking Donald Trump for a question asked by someone else? He answered it properly. He laughed at the premise and answered the real question about the training camps. It is not his job to defend President Obama. You dismiss it and make him go to the real question or move on to the next person. You never engage the silly prefaces and get into arguments over nonsense. It is silly season. He could have said let's talk about the future or I made him produce his birth certificate so I know he is a citizen, what is your question? The fact the question was the musing and grandstanding of a radical is not a reflection on the candidate. As you know, I do not support Donald Trump. I have problems with some of what he actually says, but this attack is so outrageous that all fair minded people should defend him. He wasn't even asked about the President, Read more

DE Governor Jack A. Markell Weekly Message 9/18/2015

Promoting Job Growth by Supporting Business Development – Governor Jack A. Markell Weekly Message 9/18/2015 Since the financial collapse seven years ago, middle class jobs have changed drastically. Industries that fueled middle class jobs, no longer had the ability to support our middle class in a sustainable way. We have fought back from these losses by recognizing that in our transformed economy, good jobs look different and require a higher level of skills than they did in the past. With the right approach to encourage job growth in key industries, we are giving Delawareans a better chance than ever before to make the most of their abilities. It’s why we continue to outpace the region in job creation while seeing total personal income increase by more than 6%. And recent developments show our state making further progress. Innovative companies are creating new industries to Read more

North Korea Could Have Plutonium for up to 10 Nuclear Bombs

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer An 9/17/2015 article, outlining current and historical developments at the DPRK’s Yongbuong reactor site, in the Hankoreh by staff reporter, Kim Ji-hoon stated that North Korea could possess enough Plutonium to build from 7-10 nuclear weapons. According to a 2014 South Korean Defense Ministry white paper, “North Korea is estimated to possess around 40 kilograms of weapons-grade Plutonium, and it is thought to be running a program to produce highly enriched uranium (HEU)”. Lee Chun-geun, senior analyst at the Science and Technology Policy Institute, said that “ This would be enough to make between seven and ten nuclear weapons”. Further information is available at: http://www.nti.org/country-profiles/north-korea/ [ including a nuclear map] https://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/northkoreaprofile and http://csis.org/publication/south-korea-2014-defense-white-paper-highlights-dprk-nuclear-threats Read more

Have a great Constitution Day

The Miracle in Philadelphia became law on this day in 1787. The Constitution made America the hope of the world and is the best hope for restoring us to greatness. On this Constitution Day, let us rededicate ourselves to the principles of limited government and unlimited human potential. Let us understand that GOD’s gift of liberty is not an accident of nature or grant of government, but a fundamental distinction that allows humanity to be a magnitude of degrees ahead of the rest of nature. Liberty must be protected, life valued, and property respected. Happy Constitution Day!

Delaware Officially Assumes Animal Control Duties

The State of Delaware Division of Health and Social Services, Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) announced on Wednesday that its newly-created enforcement unit, known as Delaware Animal Services (DAS), will gradually assume animal control duties statewide. The reversal of state policy comes after after decades of subcontracting animal control services and de facto delegation of authority to private agencies. Effective immediately, Delaware Animal Services will manage all reports of animal cruelty and cases of human exposure to the rabies virus. The program offers a new hotline, 302-255-4646 and email at: DelawareAnimalServices@state.de.us, to report such incidents. The transition comes after the former private contractor, First State Animal Shelter and SPCA based in Camden Delaware announced earlier that it will terminate its contracts with the State of Delaware as in September 15. Read more

Attempted “Trump Roast” Backfires—Trump At Top Of The Pack

CNN leads On Wednesday's debate with an attempt to pit all candidates against Trump Backfires And Brings Candidates Closer Together It appeared to many that the CNN debate was being engineered to divide the GOP, instead of discussing important issues that concern America and her future. I agree with this view of many pundits who also viewed the unbelievably long debate. As it turns out, during some heated exchanges, there was no animosity with the top eleven candidates, and important national and geopolitical subjects were discussed at the lengthy debate of over three hours. At times there seemed almost a camaraderie among the presidential hopefuls. A new respect for one-another was born out of the necessity for one of them to serve as president, thus ending an eight-year dictatorial "executive order" rule. A genuine camaraderie apparently was born between Trump and popular candidate Read more

Coup Apparent in Burkina Faso

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Members of the RFP (Presidential Guard) on Thursday, have seized and are now holding the acting President, Prime Minister and two cabinet ministers of the West African nation of Burkina Faso. The action was takenin an apparent coup against the transitional government , formed after the former Burkinabe President, Blaise Compaore, was ousted after street demonstrations in the capital of Ouagadougou, last month. The ruling military council has declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew, closed the nation’s air and land borders and ordered radio stations Burkina Faso to cease broadcasting until further notice. The captured transition government officials are reportedly being held at the Presidential Palace by a group of Compore loyalists, according to an AFP report. Shots were fired in suppression of street demonstrations that erupted in Ouagadougou Read more

Russia’s Syrian Operation is Both Political and Military

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer According to western experts, Russia’s military move in Syria is both geostrategic and political. A key facet of Russian defense policy is retention of its naval supply and maintenance base at the Syrian port of Tartus, vital to its eastern Mediterranean naval operations and broader ventures. Deployment of top-line T-14 Armada tanks, heavy artillery, modular housing units for 1000 men and a portable air traffic control unit at the Latakia Airport also suggests that Russia may seek to acquire a more permanent airbase in Syria. Latakia , as a predominantly Alawite area of Syria is considered President Bashar al-Assad’s political base of support and the portion of Syria to be most easily held as an enclave in a worst-case scenario. Russia, acting in accordance with its foreign policy objectives, considers the Alawite sect of Islam a useful Read more

DE Congressman Carney’s Statement in Support of Iran Nuclear Deal

By: Delaware Congressman, John Carney Congressman Carney Statement in Support of Iran Nuclear Deal In 2010, before I was elected as your congressman, I visited the state of Israel with several other Delawareans. The trip was a transformational experience. As a lifelong Catholic, visiting the Holy Land had a deep spiritual impact on me. And it also seared in my mind the vulnerability of the state of Israel. We met with several representatives of the Israeli government, one of whom was the country’s expert on Iran. The picture he painted of Iran’s nuclear program, and its potential impact on the region, convinced me of one thing I have never forgotten: a nuclear-armed Iran is an existential threat to the state of Israel. Coming home on the plane, I resolved that preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon would be one of my highest priorities if elected. That’s why I believe Read more

DCIA Expresses Concern Over Possible Iranian-North Korean Nuclear Cooperation

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer CIA Director, Robert Brennan, has warned of possible Iranian outsourcing of Plutonium production and other forms of nuclear cooperation with North Korea. Read the entire story here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/sep/15/brennan-us-watching-nukes-cooperation-iran-n-korea/. Given North Korea’s determination to produce Plutonium from its Yongbyong reactor site, despite an international agreement to the contrary and Iran’s ambitious nuclear program , coupled with its geopolitics and economic need to have UN sanctions lifted in order to free billions of dollars, currently frozen when the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is implemented and its nuclear expertise (relative to the DPRK); this is a very possible scenario. Various sources have speculated that that increased cooperation between Iran and the DPRK may be an attempt by Iran Read more

Senate Could Have Votes To Lift Ban On Oil Exports

Senator John Hoeven R-N.D., while speaking at a National Journal forum Tuesday morning stated, he thinks his entire caucus and at least seven Democrats would approve a standalone bill repealing the 1970's era ban on exporting crude oil. He also said, it's unlikely such a measure would come in a standalone bill, but if it happened, the repeal would make it through the upper chamber, according to the Washington Examiner. "At the end of the day, what we're talking about is making sure our industry gets a level playing field, gets a fair shot. Isn't that what America is all about Read more

The Battle for the Heart of Conservatism

What is conservatism? In the last four years there is a battle for defining the movement that has reached a fever pitch. The late Russell Kirk said, The great line of demarcation in modern politics, Eric Voegelin used to point out, is not a division between liberals on one side and totalitarians on the other. No, on one side of that line are all those men and women who fancy that the temporal order is the only order, and that material needs are their only needs, and that they may do as they like with the human patrimony. On the other side of that line are all those people who recognize an enduring moral order in the universe, a constant human nature, and high duties toward the order spiritual and the order temporal. The attitude we call conservatism is sustained by a body of sentiments, rather than by a system of ideological dogmata. It is almost true that a conservative may be defined Read more