DE Governor’s Weekly Message 7/29/2016

Celebrating the Delaware State Fair By: Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell This week, for the final time as Governor I had the opportunity to attend our Delaware State Fair which for nearly a century has celebrated our vibrant agriculture community. It’s our state’s largest industry and, anchored by our 2,400 family farms, it generates tens of thousands of jobs and contributes 8 billion dollars to our economy. Our farmers lead the nation in the value of products produced per acre and their impact continues to grow. That success is on full display at the State Fair through thousands of exhibits, demonstrations, student agricultural projects and much more. They show that Delawareans of all ages are developing products, growing crops, and raising poultry and livestock that’s strengthening our food supply and making our lives better. At this year’s Fair I visited with the next Read more

Special Interest Funding Fuels the Steve Smyk Campaign

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer A preliminary analysis of incumbent Republican 20th District State Representative Steven Smyk’s 2013 -2015 campaign finance reports reveals that his campaign largely runs on money from various special interest donors including PACs, lobbyists, lawyers, corporations and financial institutions. Here is just a partial list of major contributors to his campaign committee, “Friends of Steve Smyk” (Patrick C. Miller, Treasurer): Advanced Computer Technologies,All American Settlement Group LLC, Altria Client Services, LLC (formerly Phillip Morris), Anheuser Busch Companies, Artesian Water Co, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP, BHM Insurance Services & Government Relations, Inc.; BJ United ADF, Castle PAC, CHIRO PAC, Chimicles & Tikellis LLP, Civic Affairs Construction Council, Colonial East, L.P., Correctional Officers Assn. Of Read more

Proposed Boat Storage Yard Ignites Sussex County Public Hearing

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer A proposed boat storage yard in the Rosedale area was a a subject of major contention at a Sussex County Council public hearing in Georgetown, earlier today. Conditional Use Application No. 2049, submitted by Blue Claw LLC and advocated by property owner, John van Cleef, was previously recommended for denial by the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission before being referred to the County Council. The Commission recommended denial of the application on the grounds that marine commercial land use was inconsistent with the surrounding AR-1 agricultural-residential zoning and land-use pattern, other nearby locations can be used with less impact on neighboring properties, access problems, lack of electric power, water and sewer and inconsistency of proposed industrial barbed wire fencing with residential neighborhood character. The proposed Read more

Hillary Clinton Statement on the Resignation of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

"I want to thank my longtime friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her leadership of the Democratic National Committee over the past five years. I am grateful to Debbie for getting the Democratic Party to this year's historic convention in Philadelphia, and I know that this week's events will be a success thanks to her hard work and leadership. There's simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie--which is why I am glad that she has agreed to serve as honorary chair of my campaign's 50-state program to gain ground and elect Democrats in every part of the country, and will continue to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally, in Florida, and in other key states. I look forward to campaigning with Debbie in Florida and helping her in her re-election bid--because as President, I will need fighters like Debbie in Congress who are ready on day one to get to work Read more

Sanders Comments on Wasserman-Schultz Resignation

Sanders Statement on DNC Chair Resignation

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement on the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz as Democratic Party chairwoman:

“Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made the right decision for the future of the Democratic Party. While she deserves thanks for her years of service, the party now needs new leadership that will open the doors of the party and welcome in working people and young people. The party leadership must also always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race.”

Paul Manifort Asks for Hillary Clinton Dropout

From: Trump Spence 2016

PAUL MANAFORT STATEMENT ON DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned over her failure to secure the DNC’s email servers and the rigged system she set up with the Clinton campaign. Now Hillary Clinton should follow Wasserman Schultz’s lead and drop out over her failure to safeguard top secret, classified information both on her unauthorized home server and while traveling abroad. Wasserman Schultz’s emails only put the Democratic Party at risk, but Hillary Clinton’s emails put all of America at risk.

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 7/22/2016

Preparing All of Our Students for Success in College and Life By: Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell All Delaware students deserve the chance to make the most of their talents in an economy that requires a higher level of skill than ever before. Thanks to the hard work of many educators and administrators, we are getting closer to that goal, from vast improvement in access to high quality early childhood programs, to record high school graduation rates. And after just two years, our Pathways to Prosperity program is giving thousands of students the opportunity to earn college credit and workplace experience in high-demand industries like IT, engineering, and health care. That’s all important progress, but we must also remain focused on an obstacle preventing young people nationwide from reaching their potential. We have too many students who work hard to meet college entry requirements, Read more

Sign Thieves Strike Ayotte Residence

Independent Party of Delaware 20th District State Representative, Don Ayotte's TRUMP for President sign was stolen on the morning of Monday, June 18 sometime between 9:00 and 9:30 AM EDT while he was out grocery shopping. The adjacent DON AYOTTE for 20th DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE sign was left intact. "I hope that whoever did this is actually using the sign", said Mr. Ayotte. Election cycles bring out the worst in some people who seem to think that their political partisanship gives them a license to steal opposing signs. While they may think that it is a political prank, theft of campaign signs is generally covered under the specific petty theft and trespassing laws of 50 states and can result in stiff fines and jail sentences upon conviction. Last month, a HILLARY for PRISON sign, located on RT 9 West, east of Georgetown near RT 30, disappeared within three weeks of its placement. The Read more

Smyk’s Spin Control Responds to Ayotte’s Criticism

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer In response to IPoD 20th District State Representative candidate, Don Ayotte's criticism of incumbent St. Rep. Steven Smyk's support for more restrictive gun control legislation in the form of House Bill 325 , aired live on last Friday's Dan Gaffney Morning Show (WXDE 105.9 FM), Delaware House of Representatives Minority Caucus Communications Officer, Joe Fulgham has issused the following response, apparently on behalf of Representative Smyk: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dan: During your show today from Jimmy's Grille, Don Ayotte was briefly interviewed. During his time on-air, Mr. Ayotte made several factual errors regarding public policy. Specifically, he mischaracterized the actions of State Rep. Steve Smyk regarding House Bill 325 - a measure that lengthens Read more

Ayotte 2016 Campaign is Underway

Independent Party of Delaware candidate, Don Ayotte started off his 2016 campaign for 20th District State Representative with a frank interview with Dan Gaffney on WXDE Delaware 105.9 FM in the New Jimmy's Grill in Rehoboth Beach, earlier this morning. "Tell me, Dan ... what positive thing has [Representative] Steven Smyk done for the people in the 20th District in the last four years except draw $54,000 a year in salary?", asked the candidate. Citing Smyk's failed attempt at making having a secret compartment in a felony and other "police state" legislation, Ayotte said that he would read and research all bills before voting on them, and generally work to defend constitutional civil liberties and the greater public interest towards a brighter future for the people in the 20th District. The Ayotte for Representative 2016 campaign cordially welcomes citizens involvement and feedback. Read more

Don Ayotte Files for State Reprensentative

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer 20th District is a 3-way Contest Donald Raleigh Ayotte has officially filed as an Independent party of Delaware candidate for the office of 20th District State Representative, currently held by former DSP Trooper, Steven Smyk. Mr. Ayotte's decision to run was made in response to numerous citizens requests and inquiries. He also faces Democrat, Barbara Vaughn a former Lewes City Councilwowan and member of the Lewes Historical Commission. “I believe we need real leadership and representation in the 20th District. If elected, I will closely monitor the concerns of not only the 20th District but those of all of Delaware. I will write and introduce legislation that will enhance our lives and invigorate our economy,” said Ayotte. “Representing the People and public interest is a full time job,” said Ayotte, “I will fully read all bills Read more

TRUMP Blasts Sanders

From TRUMP 2016: BERNIE IS NOW OFFICIALLY PART OF A RIGGED SYSTEM "Today, Bernie Sanders will be endorsing one of the most pro-war, pro-wall street, and pro-off shoring candidates in the history of the Democratic Party. The candidate who ran against special interests is endorsing the candidate who embodies special interests. The candidate who ran against TPP is endorsing the candidate who helped draft the TPP. The candidate who ran in opposition to globalization is running against the candidate who has led the push for globalization. The candidate who warned that open borders destroy the working class is endorsing the candidate with the most open borders policy in our history. The candidate who wants to reform H1-B visas is endorsing the candidate who supported lifting the caps on H1-B visas. The candidate who wants less war is endorsing the candidate who launched wars in Iraq and Read more

K. Emmanuel Magruder Files as an IPoD Candidate

K. Emmanuel Magruder, in a surprise move, has withdrawn from the Democratic Party primary and has filed as an Independent Party of Delaware candidate for City Councilman at-Large in Wilmington, DE. “We are very appreciative that a high-quality candidate as Mr..Magruder has chosen to run as an IPoD candidate and heartily welcome him on board “, said IPoD Secretary General, Wolf. von Baumgart. “The Independent Party of Delaware offers the people of Wilmington a clear alternative to politics as usual. The road to constructive change is open and we invite people to actively participate in the process”, he added. IPoD State Chairman, Don Ayotte said “As a highly qualified candidate for Wilmington City councilman at-Large Mr. Magruder is an important member of our Unified City Government Reform Ticket with IPoD mayoral candidate, Steven Washington,. With popular support, they Read more

President Obama Comments on Dallas

THE WHITE HOUSE Statement on Dallas President Obama: "We are horrified over these events" Last night, law enforcement officers in Dallas, Texas who were keeping people safe during a peaceful protest were targeted and attacked. This morning, President Obama offered a statement on these tragic attacks and made it clear that we as a nation stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas. "I speak for every single American when I say that we are horrified over these events, and that we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas ... Let's be clear: There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement. The FBI is already in touch with the Dallas police, and anyone involved in these senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done. With your understanding, I want to Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 7/8/2016

Ensuring Our Agriculture Industry Thrives By: Delaware Governor Jack Markell From poultry and livestock, to fruits and vegetables, to soybeans and other crops, Delaware’s agricultural community is as vibrant as ever. It’s our largest industry, injecting more than $8 billion into our economy annually, and our farmers lead the nation in the value of their products per acre. Our farmers’ markets surpassed $3 million in sales last year, every Delaware public school district buys directly from local farmers, and our family farmers are finding new markets by selling to local supermarkets who recognize the value in selling their products. The nutritional benefits of locally grown products are incredible; eating local reduces the environmental impact from shipping produce across the country and promotes a safer food supply; and starting Monday, we’ll celebrate Buy Local week, which Read more

Hillary Clinton Rally Postponed

Hillary Clinton Campaign Statement

July 8 Scranton, Pennsylvania Event Postponed

Due to the tragic events in Dallas, the July 8 Hillary for America campaign event with Vice President Biden will be postponed.

Details on rescheduling the event will be provided as soon as possible.

Trump Comments on Ambush of Dallas Police Officers

The Trump Campaign has canceled the trip to Miami, Florida today, due to the tragic events in Dallas last night DONALD J. TRUMP STATEMENT Last night’s horrific execution-style shootings of 12 Dallas law enforcement officers – five of whom were killed and seven wounded - is an attack on our country. It is a coordinated, premeditated assault on the men and women who keep us safe. We must restore law and order. We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street. The senseless, tragic deaths of two motorists in Louisiana and Minnesota reminds us how much more needs to be done. This morning I offer my thoughts and prayers for all of the victims’ families, and we pray for our brave police officers and first responders who risk their lives to protect us every single day. Our nation has become too divided. Too many Americans Read more

Open Thread On Police “Bad Shoots” vs Extreme Violence Against All Police.

Organized violence against police grows to new level in Dallas. Your views and concerns for America

My view: 99 percent of local and state police officers are great at their jobs and an asset to the communities they serve. The problem that exists is the tight closed fraternity or brotherhood that protects the officers that are bad actors. These bad actors who violate the law should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and punished like any citizen that violates our laws.

Colin Bonini for Governor Campaign Kickoff Saturday

Senator Colin Bonini (R-16) officially joined the race for Governor this week. He faces a primary with Businesswoman and former State Trooper Lacey Lafferty who filed March 10th. The winner will face off against Congressman John Carney in November. His campaign kick off will be July 9th at 2 p.m. at Frazier's Restaurant 9 E. Loockerman Street in Dover. Several local candidates will be debuting at the kickoff. No charge, light hors d'oeuvres. Bonini touts his conservative record as evidence that he can bring needed change to the state. He issued the following statement. I am running for governor because I love Delaware, and I believe the people of this state deserve better. One-party Democratic rule has dominated our state for too long, and the result has been a crippled economy, higher taxes, increased violent crime, fewer high paying jobs, and unsustainable debt. The status Read more

Trump Responds to Hillary Clinton’s Atlantic City Attack Speech

DONALD J. TRUMP STATEMENT ON ATLANTIC CITY RECORD I have built a tremendously successful business, which has created tens of thousands of jobs. Out of the hundreds of businesses I have owned over the decades, and hundreds of deals and transactions, I have used the chapter laws of our country in four instances, much as many of our country’s elite business people do (but nobody cares about). It is an effective and commonly used practice in business to use bankruptcy proceedings to restructure a business and ultimately save jobs. Nobody understands the economy like I do and no one, especially not Crooked Hillary Clinton, will do more for the economy than I will. I want to bring jobs back to America, while Hillary Clinton wants to get elected to enrich herself with power at the expense of the people. I created thousands of jobs and made a lot of money in Atlantic City, which was what, Read more