Merry Christmas and God Bless You All

The reason For the season is the celebration of the birth of the Christ.

This is Christmas, the day we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. We will not be politically correct and print “Happy Holiday,” even though it is a holiday.

Delaware Politics wishes EVERYONE a Merry Christmas and may you prosper and be in health, even as your souls prosper.

Who’s afraid of a lame duck Obama?

Even popular Presidents have challenges pushing their domestic agenda at this point in their Presidency. President Obama may have had his second best year despite a majority disapproving of his job performance all year, disastrous midterm elections, and numerous foreign policy setbacks. It seems inconceivable that Republicans did not keep their policy riders in the spending bill and force a veto. The take them out one at a time and make the President defend why refugees shouldn't be safe, why an unconstitutional immigration executive order should be funded when it is enjoined, why Planned Barrenhood should get money for less care and full service medical clinics shouldn't, and why power costs should be 50% higher to pay for his extreme climate agenda. Show him to be an extremist and make Democrats play or fight with him yet again. That has not worked well for them so far. Yet, Read more

Plantation Politics Or Institutional Racism In Delaware, OR Both?

Is Delaware a racist state, practicing "Plantation Politics," or are all of the following incidents just coincidence? The last few years I've been writing for Delaware Politics I've noticed a worsening trend that disturbs me greatly. I've written articles about the obvious lynchings of African Americans at or around Silver Lake Park, in Dover, that the Dover Police claim were suicides. I wrote two articles that can be found here in the archives of Delaware Politics, called "In Delaware, They Lynch Negros" Part I and Part II. I've written about the recent election of Kent County Recorder of Deeds, When Kent County NAACP Chairman, Dr. Lamar Gunn ran against a white female incumbent and apparently won that race. As I recall the race was so close that a recount was invoked according to existing laws. In fact, election officials counted the votes four times until the count finally favored Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 12/18/ 2015 :”Preparing Our Youngest Learners by Investing in Our Workforce”

Preparing Our Youngest Learners by Investing in Our Workforce By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell Ensuring Delaware children start school ready to learn is vital to their lifelong prosperity. It’s why we’ve invested heavily in strengthening our early learning programs, as well as supports for new mothers. But those investments will only pay off if we train a high quality workforce to meet these needs. So, this past week, I recognized more than 200 early childhood professionals who this year participated in the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood program to improve upon their own education. They’ve earned advanced degrees and credentials at our colleges and universities, while gaining more knowledge and skills to use in the classroom. The T.E.A.C.H. program shows the incredible dedication of so many members of our early learning workforce – Delawareans like Krysta Thomas, a teacher Read more

Webster Situation delays Dover Union Contract

Dover City Council Recap The Police Union contract was up for a vote, but more on that later. The council is going to try out a new committee format. There is some benefit to the main committees being committee of the whole. Every council person will be aware of every major issue and have input at the committee level. The down side is the point of committees as we have them set up is to bring civilians in to bring a different perspective and have the time a small group has to work through issues in depth. I admit that I attend almost every committee meeting anyway so it does not affect me personally in time, but it does double our meeting schedules because committees will now be on a different night for 3 or 4 hours. We will meet like Levy Court with less than 1/4 of the pay. The good news is that it is a trial period from the end of January to the end of April. We can work out details Read more

Time to Change Political Party Registration???

COMMENTARY: Time to Change Political Party Registration??? By: Wolfgang von Baumgart, Staff Writer A recent survey by the Center for Public Integrity ranked the First State as 48th in state integrity and gave it an overall ‘F’ grade. Given the rather sorry state of our economy, numerous cases of poor financial management, increased loss of individual freedom and opportunity, new voices in Delaware politics are needed now, more than ever. However, given the dirty - if not utterly filthy - nature of politics (as evidenced by the arrogant, distorted, libelous, toxic and vitriolic environment some political blog sites) many good, caring, kindhearted, creative and intelligent people are discouraged from seeking elected office, lest their reputations be dragged through the mud in partisan character assassination campaigns. As a result, critical public questions and issues requiring Read more

Senator Tom Carper Comments on Defeating ISIS at Home

U.S. Senator Tom Carper(D- DE), through his electronic Newsletter "Carpers Connection" (12/13/2015) comments on Defeating ISIS at Home: Dear Friends, This week, the Philadelphia Inquirer published my op-ed that shares my views on what I believe to be the greater threat to our homeland – homegrown terrorism driven or inspired by ISIS. Tragically, as the San Bernardino, California attacks underscored, the threat of a homegrown attack and self-radicalization is all too real. In my op-ed, I explain what we need to do to counter this threat and defeat ISIS here at home. You can read my op-ed below or click the link: “Defeat ISIS here at home .” The recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., have made it all too clear that terrorists’ threats to Americans and our allies are real. Whether these recent attacks were coordinated or inspired by ISIS or another terrorist Read more

Delaware Governor Comments on DuPont / Dow Merger

The Press Offce of Delaware Governor, Jack Markell has released the following statement regarding the announcement of a merger between DuPont and Dow:   “Delaware has been home to DuPont's global headquarters for more than 200 years and to an important Dow Electronics Materials business for decades. These are world class companies whose merger has the potential to spawn three well-positioned competitors in the agriculture, material sciences and specialty products sectors. “I have spoken to DuPont CEO Ed Breen about plans for DowDuPont. We have talked about the great business environment in Delaware and the many talented scientists, engineers and business leaders who call Delaware home and who can be at the center of growth for the three new businesses. We will continue to advocate that Delaware's many advantages can be of major benefit to the new companies.   “None of this, Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message: 12/11/2015

Preparing Students for Success in the New Economy By: Delaware Governor, Jack A. Markell Delaware’s future success, depends on how well we prepare our students today. We must create new opportunities to support them in an economy that requires more education and training than ever to thrive. That’s why I recently announced an additional $600,000 in Pathways to Prosperity grants to high schools to fund more than 50 programs that allow students to earn college credit and gain workplace experience in growing, well-paying fields, so they have a head start on earning a degree or getting a job after graduation. We’re adding programs in finance, health, and computer networking, while expanding others in IT, engineering, and culinary arts. Next year, more than 5,000 students will participate at 29 high schools across the state. And that’s only in the second year of the initiative. Read more

The Real Fascism is the American Democrat Leadership

Fascism is Governor Malloy of Connecticut using an executive decree to deprive people of their second amendment rights. Even the ACLU is ready to challenge it. Governors can't rule by decree neither can Presidents. I won't hold my breath waiting for the New York Times to use the term as quickly as it does for Donald Trump. Democrats want to use everything from Climate Change to crime to deprive you of rights. People on a terror watch list are on a watch list not a conviction list. If the government wants to use background checks to know if they are buying weapons, that is smart. To use it to ban people when there is not even enough information to arrest them is inconceivable. We know that the watch list has people because they have similar names to people they don't even know. 70 plus people in Homeland Security who passed background checks are on the list. The government can put you Read more

Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah! We are a name that holiday type of blog as opposed to Happy generic special day. I just wanted to assure readers that you will be reading more from me. I had to take a two week break for several reasons, events in the city, New Year's Eve planning with the Youth Advisory Committee, temporary sickness in the family, dealing with my mother's estate, and joining the Air Reserves. Life is good. Rumors that I am unhappy and quitting the blog are not true. I am just grateful that I have the luxury of good competent people picking up the slack. There is so much to write about that I look forward to catching up with my friends in cyber space. If you wish to have a moment in person, come out to Grotto's in Dover at 7 pm, December 10th to the Kent Republican Christmas Party. We are great people. You will like us. You may even decide it is time to get active. The meeting Read more

The Need for Recall in Delaware

The Preamble of the Delaware Constitution explicitly states that all government power ultimately stems from the People. This simply means that government is a public trust and our elected officials are our servants and not our masters. The question arises as to what remedies are available to the People if an elected official seriously violates his/her oath of office by failing to uphold the US and state constitutions, commits other gross malfeasance or scandalous conduct in violation of the public trust. In Delaware options are limited to impeachment by the General Assembly and voting them out in the election at the normal expiration of their term of office. In exceptionally bad cases of public corruption or incompetence, these are limited options. Accordingly, another option is needed to restore a proper balance of power between the electorate and elected public officials. This mechanism Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 12/4/2015

Eliminating Barriers While Transforming the Criminal Justice System – Governor Jack A. Markell Weekly Message By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell Our country’s approach to criminal justice over the past few decades has driven unsustainable and unjust rates of incarceration. Less than 25 years ago, fewer than 700,000 people populated the entire state and federal prison system. Now that system releases 700,000 people in one year. The number of African-American men with a criminal record approaches 80 percent in some major cities. In a state of less than one million people, it’s costing us $270 million a year, while destroying families. And it’s not making us any safer. One vital area in which we must change course is how we treat people awaiting trial. Twenty-three percent of our incarcerated population consists of these pre-trial detainees, many charged with non-violent offenses. Read more