Two reporters, one of them the President and Managing Editor of the Midlantic Dispatch were expelled from the 2016 Delaware GOP State Convention without cause.
The reporters who were openly displaying press credentials and assigned to cover the news at the 2016 Delaware GOP State Convention, were approached by a Dewey Beach Police officer who asked the them to leave on the grounds they were not credentialed. They were sitting quietly either typing , writing or taking photographs as their trade requires, until the uniformed officer asked them to leave at 1:45pm. The reporters arrived and 12:30pm and were admitted to the convention center. There was no known problem until that time.
The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States reads:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise of freedom of speech, Read more
UPDATE: Due to a transposition of the Kent region results by the state GOP. Judge Parrish fell short of the 60% required to win the endorsement despite winning 54%. The endorsement was challenged and invalidated. The convention voted to allow an open convention on that office.
Former Sussex County Clerk of the Peace, George Parrish has won the endorsement for Insurance Commissioner at the GOP at the State Convention in Dewey Beach by 60.8% over Jeff Craig.
By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer
Is the Independent Party of Delaware’s Wilmington mayoral candidate, Steven Washington, being systematically excluded from debates? Let’s look at the record. To date, there have been numerous debates sponsored by various local organizations. Mr. Washington, who earned a Masters degree in Education, has yet to be invited.
This form of exclusion also raises some basic legal questions about political discrimination. According to federal regulations, tax-exempt 501-c (3) nonprofit corporations cannot endorse candidates or exclude them from political debates that they sponsor. They are required to include all duly filed candidates without favoritism. While this may have been an oversight, as the Wilmington establishment political culture is generally of the view that the winner of the 2016 Democratic mayoral primary will automatically be Read more
The Bernie Sanders 2016 Campaign has released the following media statement:
Bad Trade Deals Cost Indiana Jobs, Sanders Says
April 29, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders blamed trade policies which he fought and Hillary Clinton supported for the loss of manufacturing jobs in Indiana.
He spoke Friday at a United Steelworkers rally outside the Indiana Statehouse where workers were protesting United Technologies' plans to move two of its Indiana plants to Mexico.
“We must rewrite our disastrous trade policies that enable corporate America to shut down plants in this country and move to Mexico and other low-wage countries,” Sanders said. “We need to end the race to the bottom and enact trade policies that demand that American corporations create jobs here and not abroad.”
United Technologies announced in February that it would shutter a Carrier Corp. factory Read more
Expanding Opportunities to Promote Homeownership
By: Delaware Governor, Jack A. Markell
Owning a home is part of the American Dream. Homeownership strengthens neighborhood stability and for many Delawareans their home is their biggest investment and a primary source of financial security. Promoting homeownership is a good way to improve peoples’ lives, and the Delaware State Housing Authority has led our effort to expand those opportunities through programs like our first-time homebuyer tax credit and the Home Again initiative for repeat homebuyers. Our Downtown Development Districts are providing incentives to developers to build near employment centers and close to public transportation, and we’ve increased homeownership opportunities for Delawareans across income levels. Through access to credit and down payment and settlement assistance, DSHA has helped more than 5,500 Delaware Read more
IPoD Legislative (the legislative arm of the Independent Party of Delaware) in response to faint demarcation of the 50-foot exclusion zone at various Delaware poling places, has drafted remedial legislation in the public interest as follows:
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
149TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY:
House Bill No ____
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 15 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE 50-FOOT EXCLUSION ZONE AT . POLLING PLACES IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
1 Title 15, Chapter 49, Subchapter Read more
The BERNIE 2016 campaign has issued the following media statement re: the future orientation of the Democratic Party:
Sanders to Democratic Party: Whose Side are We On?
April 28, 2016
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Saying that “our job is to revitalize American democracy,” U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday challenged the Democratic Party establishment to decide if it will fight for working families or do the bidding of Wall Street, big oil, the pharmaceutical industry and other special interests.
“Are we on the side of working people or big-money interests? Do we stand with the elderly, the sick and the poor or do we stand with Wall Street speculators and the insurance companies?” the Democratic Party presidential candidate asked 8,300 supporters at an outdoor rally at Island Park.
He said a key reason why 63 percent of voters did not go to the polls in the last election Read more
The Need to More Clearly Delineate Polling Places
By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer
Title 15, Chapter 49, Subchapter II, § 4933 of the Delaware Code mandates a fifty-foot (50 ft.) exclusion zone at polling places. The purpose of this law is to facilitate free access to voters at polling places and ensure an orderly election process. However, the law itself does not state explicitly that the exclusion zone be clearly demarcated.
At the Cape Henlopen High School polling place in Lewes, the line of demarcation was a barely visible faded gray chalk line in the driveway that was about six inches in length – hardly a clear boundary line. Another polling place was apparently marked with a yellow electrical extension cord laid across the pavement.
The importance of a reasonable exclusion zone is obvious. Its current method of its demarcation is not. To avoid incidents Read more
Here is a transcript of Republican presidential front runner, Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ Foreign Policy Speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC earlier today.
Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you, and thank you to the Center for National Interest for honoring me with this invitation. It truly is a great honor. I’d like to talk today about how to develop a new foreign policy direction for our country, one that replaces randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy, and chaos with peace.
It’s time to shake the rust off America’s foreign policy. It’s time to invite new voices and new visions into the fold, something we have to do. The direction I will outline today will also return us to a timeless principle. My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people and American security above all else. It has to be first. Read more
Independent Party of Delaware State Chairman, Don Ayotte and Secretary General, Wolf von Baumgart were guests on the Jared Morris Program on WXDE Delaware 105.9 FM. They talked about Delaware's Independent alternative to the Democrat/Republican two-party system.
In contrast to the Democratic and Republican parties, which charge exorbitant candidate filing fees, the Independent Party of Delaware offers free ballot access. Prospective candidates should contact the State Chairman at (302) 344-4433 for an interview.
The IPoD is currently Delaware's third-largest political party and is steadily growing as increasing numbers of people seek a post-political alternative to Delaware's closed-loop political system.
Further information about the IPoD is available by visiting independentpartyofdelaware.com ,
e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling (302) 344-4433.
The IPoD will be Read more
With 98.78% of precincts reporting, Pennsylvania 2016 primary returns are listed as follows:
DE LA FUENTE, ROQUE ROCKY
CRUZ, RAFAEL EDWARD
RUBIO, MARCO A
BUSH, JOHN ELLIS
CARSON, BENJAMIN SOLOMON
KASICH, JOHN R
TRUMP, DONALD J
Source: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of State
With most precincts reporting, Maryland 2016 Primary returns are listed as follows:
President of the United States
Name Party Early Voting Election Day Absentee / Provisional Total Percentage
Republican 366 2,059 0 2,425 0.6%
Republican 692 4,914 0 5,606 1.3%
Republican 163 988 0 1,151 0.3%
Republican 13,328 68,356 0 81,684 18.8%
Republican 141 797 0 938 0.2%
Republican 97 686 0 783 0.2%
John R. Kasich
Republican 16,420 82,885 0 99,305 22.9%
Republican 163 1,279 0 1,442 0.3%
Republican 479 2,447 0 2,926 0.7%
Republican 54 386 0 440 0.1%
Donald J. Trump
Republican 34,344 202,322 0 236,666 54.6%
Name Party Early Voting Election Day Absentee / Provisional Total Percentage
Democratic 133,258 397,924 0 531,182 63.1%
Roque Read more
The Bernie Sanders Press Office has issued the following Statement on the 4/26/2016 Primary Elections:
“I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her victories tonight, and I look forward to issue-oriented campaigns in the 14 contests to come.
“I am proud that we were able to win a resounding victory tonight in Rhode Island, the one state with an open primary where independents had a say in the outcome. Democrats should recognize that the ticket with the best chance of winning this November must attract support from independents as well as Democrats. I am proud of my campaign’s record in that regard.
“The people in every state in this country should have the right to determine who they want as president and what the agenda of the Democratic Party should be. That’s why we are in this race until the last vote is cast. That is why this campaign is going to the Democratic National Read more
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“Speaking at his Northeast Primary Election gathering at the Trump Tower in New York City, Donald Trump has declared himself as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, citing his major primary victories in CT,DE,MD,PA and RI.
He also said that Senator Bernie Sanders “would do great as an Independent candidate”.
The Hilary Clinton 2016 Press Office has release a transcript of her Philadelphia Address as follows:
In Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton Pledges to Bring the Country Together
"At a Get Out The Vote event on Monday night in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton pledged to bring the country together to solve problems, make the economy work for everyone, and provide every person the chance to live up to his or her God-given potential.
The transcript of Clinton’s remarks, as delivered, is below:
Wow, I am thrilled to be here in Philadelphia with all of you. And I am delighted to be in this beautiful setting on this spring evening, because it makes us all feel like there will be a new beginning, doesn’t it? And we are going to build on the progress we have been making, but we’re going to go further, and I want to be the best president that you could possibly have here in Pennsylvania Read more
Earlier today, the Midlantic Dispatch conducted an informal survey of 150 voters in 2016 the Delaware presidential primary at two polling places in eastern Sussex County over a period of three hours.
When asked who their choice was for their party’s presidential nomination, the response was as follows:
Hilary Clinton 68.0% , Bernie Sanders 32.0%
Donald Trump 74.7% , John Kasich 20.0% , Ted Cruz 5.3%
Voter turnout at the polls surveyed was moderate and steady. It is expected to pick up later in the afternoon if fair weather persists into the evening. Delaware is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 pm EDT according to the US Weather Service.
One voter when asked who he supported replied, “Jesus Christ” and another said that he preferred Vice President, Joe Biden. The results were processed to reflect the percentages Read more