New Direction or Turmoil In New Castle County

John Carney will be the certain Democratic nominee for Governor. New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon was already pulling back, now he has certainly pulled back. He split his inner circle and his county government is in disarray. It is nothing that he cannot fix, but it is nothing that can be fixed in time to mount a credible primary campaign against a popular statewide officeholder. The background on the controversy is here on Delawareonline.com. County Executive Tom Gordon dismissed Grimaldi, his top deputy since 2012, over the phone on Thursday afternoon, Grimaldi said in an interview Friday morning. "It was in the spur of the moment because I questioned him about his risk manager, who I think is his girlfriend," Grimaldi said. "It was just, '(expletive) you, David. You are fired.' " Said Grimaldi: "I put lipstick on that pig for three years, but it is a (expletive) Read more

The Top Ten

The Ten and even the 15 Republicans running for President are all stars while the 3 stooges on the other side are pitiful, pandering politicians. There is more leadership in the undercard of the Republicans than the entire Democrat farm team. The primetime debate showed it. The thoughtfulness about the real problems facing the nation was on display. No wonder the media is afraid to give them real questions and let them run. I have hope for the Fox Business debate on November 10. I think the media has gotten the message that we want to deal with the issues not petty games. The Debate winner was the Republican field. Rubio and Cruz shined the brightest, without question, yet everyone acquitted themselves well. The Republicans have 10 people who would make a fine President on their stage. Contrast this with the other party. The Democrats lost their only plausible choice when Read more

Hillary Clinton: Smooth as Slime

Secretary Hillary Clinton was smooth during the Benghazi committee hearings. She lost on substance, but temporarily, style is what matters more to the pundits. She was so smooth that pundits fawned over her. It is no question that she strengthened her position in the Democrat's primary elections. She looks 95% certain to be the nominee. She had a great week. Biden bowed out of contention, Webb went independent, and we discovered that Chaffee takes political advice from Wolf Blitzer of CNN. The potential field is halved. She is facing a socialist and an underfunded, under organized governor who is not popular in his own state. The problem is that Clinton made eye opening statements that should have been the focus on the media coverage if they weren't so busy trying to find excuses to "move on". We know that she lied to the American people definetively. Emails showed that she knew Read more

Sons Of The American Revolution Unveil Patriots Plaque.

Delaware Society, Sons Of The American Revolution unveiled a memorial Plaque honoring the forty-eight patriots who are buried at Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery. A ceremony Sunday of the Major Peter Jaquett Chapter of the Delaware Society Sons of the American Revolutions met at Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery to honor the forty-eight patriots who fought in the Revolutionary War and are buried here. A dedication ceremony was also held for past President of the Delaware Society, Sons of the American Revolution, Mr. Kevin Charles Rolph for the dedication necessary to completing the research for this plaque. Mr. Rolph was very active in the organization, where he was past president, treasurer, and historian of the Major Peter Jaquett Chapter, as well as the historian of the Patriot Graves Committee Chair, for the state society. He personally researched over 150 patriot graves Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 10/23/2015

Ensuring Every Child has the Best Opportunity to Succeed Governor Jack A. Markell Weekly Message We have no more effective way to give our children the opportunities they deserve than by investing in their development from the day they're born. It's why I'm proud that our state has prioritized early childhood education -- from infant care through pre-school. Our efforts are rooted in growing scientific evidence that shows early experiences literally shape the brain, setting the foundation for a child’s lifelong health and success. We are making great progress for Delaware's kids. This past week, we celebrated the Christina Early Education Center for becoming the state's 100th 5-star program. That's the highest rating in our state. Better still, more than 58 percent of the state’s most vulnerable children are enrolled in highly rated Stars programs, up from just 5 percent in 2011. Read more

Independent Party Ready For 2016 General Elections.

Reorganization and expansion were the topic of discussion in a meeting of The Independent Party of Delaware’s (IPoD) State Executive Committee. Board of Directors, as two new members of the party’s board were voted in. Don Ayotte, a former candidate for Sussex County Council and later for 20th District Representative seat was unanimously elected as IPoD’s new chairman, and Wolfgang von Baumgart was elected unanimously as Secretary General. Two new members were unanimously elected to IPoD’s Board of Directors. David C. Graham, is a former candidate for Delaware Attorney General and a C.P.A., working as a tax enforcement technical supervisor for business taxes. The second new board member is Steve Washington, M. ED, an educator, in the Brandywine Middle School Special Ed program. Mr. Washington intends to file as a candidate for Mayor of Wilmington as an Independent. Read more

A discussion of socialism

How can anyone not know that free stuff isn't really free? The question is do you have control over how much you pay and what you get or does some bureaucrat determine those factors? Central planning doesn't work. Who is trying to move into North Korea? Government dictating prices, payments and services offered by doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes is not good. It wouldn't be any better at the college level. Why would we want to turn our collegiate system into the wonderfully ineffective and inferior system of a public high school? The first semester and often the first term at most public colleges for a large percentage of students is bridging them from high school. Most people no longer graduate in 4 years partially due to this fact. Free is expensive in that either the quality will go down as it becomes almost universal or the cost will go up to accommodate those who are Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 10/16/2015

Protecting Our Economy by Promoting Online Safety By: Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell The Internet has transformed every aspect of our society, creating tremendous new opportunities for our people, fueling economic growth, and providing a wonderful resource for our students. But the growing importance of online activity also means we must increase our focus on safety and security. It’s why we’ve recognized October as Cyber Security Awareness Month for our state. It’s an effort to bring together government and industry to ensure we all use safe practices online. In Delaware, we face millions of cyber threats each day—hackers trying to pry into our system to gain access to personal information about our residents, businesses’ intellectual property, and other sensitive data. And our most critical infrastructure, from the power grid to our hospitals’ record-keeping systems Read more

Mail-in School District Election Balloting Proposed in Delaware

Mail in balloting may soon come to a school district referendum near you if Delaware State Senator, Karen Peterson and the sponsored of SB 165 succeed in getting the bill enacted. Senate Bill 165, titled “An Act to Amend the Delaware Code Relating to Public School Elections” sets the date of public school board elections as the second Tuesday of May and enable duly registered voters to mail in their ballots in advance. Traditional polling places will be eliminated and all school board elections shall be conducted by the Delaware Department of Elections through its county offices under Title 15 of the Delaware Code. All expenses of said elections (except return postage) shall be borne by the State of Delaware, by and through the Department of Elections. The provisions of the proposed legislation are applicable to all local elections and referenda currently conducted by public school Read more

One Adult on Stage

The Democratic debate last night featured one adult, Senator Jim Webb and 4 scary people who would make the White House scarier for our future than any haunted house. The chaos and power vacuum in the Democratic party was on display for the world. They brought an outdated, proud socialist out of the museum with Senator Sanders. This pacifist said, in between his railing against millionaires and billionaires who are the demise of America, that if America was attacked we need to get a coalition together to protect ourselves. I understand coalitions to deal with other people's problems, but if we are attacked, we need to act immediately not consult with everyone else. Secretary Clinton tried much of the night to out socialist the socialist until the question came, Are you a capitalist? She correctly stated that the people on the stage shared the same objectives as Sanders but had different Read more

DE Governor Announces Chancery and Family Court Nominations

The Delaware Governor's Office has released the following press statement re: Court of Chancery nominations, printed in its entirety as follows: Governor Markell Announces Judicial Nominations for Court of Chancery, Family Court Wilmington, DE – Governor Markell today announced the nomination of three accomplished attorneys for open judicial positions, as well as the nomination for re-appointment of three outstanding members of the judiciary. Governor Markell is nominating Tamika Montgomery-Reeves, an accomplished corporate litigator with a passion for service, to become Vice Chancellor of the Court of Chancery. If confirmed by the Senate, Montgomery-Reeves would succeed Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons, Jr., whose term is set to expire on October 22nd. Currently a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Montgomery-Reeves focuses on corporate governance, navigation of Read more

Hydrokinetics for the First State

COMMENTARY By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer In response to the Governor’s 10/2/15 weekly message on “Combating Climate Change While Growing our Economy”, there is another practical, economical and environmentally compatible energy source currently available, i.e.: HYDROKINTETICS. In-line hydrokinetics differs from traditional hydroelectric generation as it does not require dams or natural waterfalls – only water flow at 4.2 Knots or greater and has in contrast, an extremely low environmental impact throughout its life cycle. Furthermore, it can produce electricity with zero GHG emission cheaper than a conventional coal-fired power plant. [Photo: UEK Corporation] The idea was first publically introduced in Delaware during a public meeting regarding a proposed Indian River Inlet power generation project in Ocean View in 1993. The Indian River Inlet is the second fastest Read more

Strong Thoughts on the Office of Lt. Governor

Strong Thoughts on the Office of Lt. Governor Guest Opinion By: Dave Graham The office of Lt. Governor of Delaware may be compared to the office of Vice-President of the United States. The Lt. Governor shall assume the duties of the Chief Executive, the Governor, in the event of his or her resignation, demise or incapacity, plus preside over the Senate and the Board of Parole and Pardons and only cast a vote in the State Senate in the event of a tie. Accordingly, it is not a proactive position of power, per se. More accurately, it is a position of influence. So, the question arises as to what qualities and attributes...beyond intelligence, honesty, and integrity ... are desirable in the next Lt. Governor for Delaware: First, a working knowledge of the state and U.S. Constitutions Second, dedication to the greater public interest Third, the Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 10/9/2015

Unleashing the Untapped Potential of Our Downtowns By: Delawre Governor Jack A. Markell Healthy and vibrant downtowns are critical components of Delaware’s economic well-being and quality of life. With urban areas across the country growing rapidly, we must ensure our cities are attractive places to live, work, and visit – to raise a family and to start and expand a business. It’s why we started the Downtown Development District program, designed to spur private investments that renovate old properties, build new ones, and revitalize neighborhoods. Funding approved by the General Assembly has allowed us to provide $5.6 million in grants for projects in our first downtown districts in Wilmington, Dover, and Seaford. Those grants have leveraged an additional $114 million in private investment to refurbish buildings that house small businesses, create green space and build new housing. Read more

Delaware Rep. Smyk Blasts SB 60

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Movement Afoot to Make Delaware a Santuary State Speaking before the monthly meeting of the Sussex County chapter of the 9-12 Patriots, on Thursday night in the Millsboro Fire Hall, Delaware State Representative, Steve Smyk, (R-20th District) severely criticized SB 60, a bill intended to encourage immigrants to report crimes or other emergencies and facilitate their applications for a Delaware driving privilege card, regardless, legally of their documentation or immigration status. [ Delaware State Representative Steve Smyk Speaking on SB 60 ] Photo: Wolf von Baumgart He said that he believes that the effect of the bill would be to limit state and local police authority to detain individuals suspected of violating US immigration laws and compromise public safety. Read more

Limited State of Emergency Lifted in Sussex County

From the Governor's Office: Delaware Governor,Jack Markell, announced that the Limited State of Emergency for Sussex County has been lifted, effective at 1 p.m. today as follows: Strong winds over the weekend held water in the inland bays, causing extremely high tides throughout the state and requiring several roads to be closed, and a Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect for Kent and Sussex Counties until 7 p.m. “Thousands of State and local government officials continue to work across Delaware to ensure the safety of residents effected by this weather,” said Governor Markell. “I want to thank first responders for their swift actions to support those in need during this event. Though the precipitation has ended, the impact from the rain and wind will continue until water levels recede. We encourage motorists to avoid driving through flooded roads and contact local agencies Read more

DERC is an Insider Whitewash

GUEST OPINION By: Dave Graham The creation of the Delaware Expenditure Review Committee by Governor Markell's Executive Order 52 is a prime example of insider whitewash. There is no question that a serious bottom-up review of state budget outflow is needed to address Delaware's sinking fortunes in the face of shrinking revenues. Decreased revenues can be partially blamed on the failure of the Republican legislative leadership to support the proposed ten cent increase in fuel tax, which would have been used by DelDot for major job creation and economically-stimulated highway transportation projects. These same Republican legislative leaders, in collusion with the Democratic legislative leaders, then secretly granted annual salary raises in excess of $10,000 each for favored legislative staffers, while state employees were told that there is no money for cost of living increases, Read more

The real issue with Kim Davis

"Conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right. It is a right." Pope Francis when asked about Kim Davis I agree in general and specifically. America has been a nation that recognizes the right of the individual to walk to the beat of a different drummer while respecting the right of the majority to have standards. Right now we seem to have a court that over rules the majority in almost every vote, its own precedent and case law, and Federal law which restricted its jurisdiction to suddenly change the rules. At the very least, those caught in that current should be treated with the deference to their conscience. It is not hard to find ways to allow some individuals to exercise their new rights while allowing people who believe that they are being made to participate in a fraud to go their own way. Not doing so creates unnecessary conflict. Those who object Read more

NK Talks Peace While Building Nukes and Missiles

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer North Korea's Foreign Minister, Ri Su Yong, speaking before the UN General Assembly, has advocated a peace treaty with the United States according to UPI. "With the current armistice, peace on the Korean peninsula can no longer be maintained," Ri said on Thursday, according to South Korean media source , Yonhap. http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2015/10/02/North-Korea-calls-for-peace-treaty-with-the-United-States/2021443793126/ Meanwhile, back in the DPRK, a freight train is currently confirmed moving towards North Korea's Sohae Satellite Launching Station in Tongchang-ri, North Pyongan province. It is suspected of carrying materials for a possible missile launch on or about October 10, according to South Korean, Japanese and US intelligence sources. http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2015/10/01/North-Korea-freight-train-en-route-to-launch-pad/9091443749385/?st_rec=2021443793126 Read more