DE Governor’s Weekly Message 9/30/2016

Advancing Employment Opportunities for Individuals of All Abilities By:Delaware Governor, Jack Markell Last week, Governor Markell and I joined young people with disabilities, their parents and advocates as we celebrated the success of Pathways to Employment. Pathways supports young people age 14 to 25 as they make their transition from school to the world of work. Inspired by Governor Markell’s commitment to advancing employment opportunities for people of all abilities, the Department of Health and Social Services started Pathways about a year ago as the first program of its kind in the country. With financial support from our Medicaid program, we’re helping reduce the barriers to employment through such services as assistive technology, career exploration and personal care. We’re grateful for the strong support we’ve received from the Delaware Department of Labor’s Division Read more

OPEN THREAD: Clinton-Trump Debate [1]

About forty-five people gathered at the Cottage Cafe in Bethany Beach from 8-11 pm last night to watch the first 2016 presidential debate at a Sussex GOP sponsored event . There was much discussion beforehand (even out-talking the talking heads). However, everyone paid serious attention during the course of the debate, occasionally responding to the high points, especially the one-liners. Coincidentally, this was the 56th anniversary of the first Kennedy-Nixon Debate in 1960. Intelligent comments, your spin and/or good comedy lines are welcome. Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 9/23/2016

Empowering Everybody to Prepare for Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies By: Delaware Governor, Jack A. Markell Severe weather, natural disasters, and public health emergencies can threaten the safety of our people, homes, and communities. As Governor, I’ve observed how fortunate we are to have so many exceptional public servants hard at work keeping us safe during rain, wind, and snow events, as well as other emergencies. They’re law enforcement and other first responders, emergency management staff, transportation workers, public health workers, and other social service providers across Delaware, who are well-prepared to serve us during times of need. As we recognize National Preparedness Month, we thank them for their service. But in addition to supporting them, we all must recommit to taking responsibility for knowing what to expect and being prepared for emergency situations. Read more

2016 Economic Freedom Index

The United States is stuck in slow growth and has declined in freedom the last 7 years and now has its lowest score in the history of the index. It has dropped to 11th worldwide behind the United Kingdom, Canada, Chili and several Pacific nations. Hong Kong and Singapore are the leaders in worldwide economic freedom. Still out of 186, the United States is in the top 10%.

Day of Terror

Three terror attacks occurred in 3 states on Constitution Day. It is interesting that the political leadership in New York City is trying to declare the result of the investigation without the investigation. It is interesting that we had attacks in 3 states on Constitution Day. I have my doubts that it is a coincidence. The one guy shot in Minnesota was a "soldier of ISIS" who asked a victim(s) if they were Muslim before attacking them. Thankfully, a good guy with a gun happened to be around. Are the very different bombing attacks related? Who knows? We have a lot of disgruntled people. It is obvious terrorism, but since we have no suspects, we do not know if it is domestic, international or inspired by international terrorism. We need to not prejudge for political reasons either way. Such a rush to judgment makes us less safe. The threat is real, which is added to our existing crime problem Read more

Why Hillary Clinton would endanger your 2nd Amendment Rights

Hillary Clinton rejects the landmark Heller Decision, which protects the Second Amendment right to bear arms for individuals. She would be in position to replace the author of that decision. Removing this protection would allow debilitating regulations which would nullify the protections of the Second Amendment. Secretary Clinton does not care if the Amendment exists, she just does not want it enforceable and meaningful. The radical interpretations peddled by some would turn the Second Amendment on its head. The Amendment meant to protect the individual to have weapons and be able to organize themselves against forces of oppression, whether foreign or domestic, would be interpreted to protect the right of the government to organize military force. That logic is completely against the context of the bill of rights. The government already had that right in Article 1, Section 8. This Read more

Clinton Admits Guns Protect Good People

Trump was right, if Clinton is so against guns, start with her bodyguards. He was not suggesting anyone attack her or even seriously suggesting that they do give up their weapons. The reaction from the Clinton campaign that such words are inciting violence proves that deep down they believe that guns in the hands of good people are positive. So they trust SOME people with guns, just not you.

Is this beyond the bounds? Judge for yourself.

Happy Constitution Day

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. "In a very real sense, it was then -- in 1787 -- that the revolution truly began. For it was with the writing of our Constitution, setting down the architecture of democratic government, that the noble sentiments and brave rhetoric of 1776 took on substance, that the hopes and dreams of the revolutionists could become a living, enduring reality, stated President Ronald Reagan. Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all, By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall; In so righteous a cause let us hope to succeed, For heaven approves of each generous deed. John Read more

Dick Durbin threatens to showdown in order to force internet giveaway

For Immediate Release Contact: Robert Romano Sept. 16, 2016 Dick Durbin threatens government shutdown over 'obscure and irrelevant' Internet giveaway Sept. 16, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) for threatening a government shutdown if Congress does not allow the Internet giveaway to go forward, where he said, "Can... Republicans dream up an any more obscure and irrelevant issue to stop the business of the American government? ... I couldn't believe it when they told me this could stop the CR": "If the Internet giveaway is such an 'obscure and irrelevant' issue then why do Durbin and Senate Democrats care about it? Are they saying they will or will not vote for the continuing resolution over stopping the Internet Read more

Clinton Rushed Back to Campaign Trail

Why do they have her flying out to a speech added after the pneumonia diagnosis. Didn't the doctor say a week of rest? I would set up a studio in her home and do satellite links and radio talk show interviews. In this day of technology, there's no reason to risk your candidate. Have a surrogate go to NC then have her give a five minute link up speech from home. Michelle Obama is literally twice as popular and a better speaker. She is willing to go. This campaign defies my understanding. They should have cut half of the events Immediately Friday past. They let her literally run herself into the ground against medical advice and now she's back early. They are risking the first debate and maybe by default the campaign. Then again, I should be happy with their foolishness as a longtime critic. Could it be that deep down that I care more about her as a person than her own senior staff? Candidates Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 9/16/16

Opening Pathways to Success by Expanding Opportunities for All to Earn a High School Diploma By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell In our rapidly changing economy, there has never been a better time to enter the workforce with the right skills, but there’s never been a more challenging time to be without the key skills or the right education. Ensuring Delawareans have access to good jobs starts with giving them the best chance to earn a high school diploma. It provides entry into today’s job market and opens pathways to additional education and training, and it’s why we should be proud that, with the hard work of teachers focused on identifying and helping students who fall behind, Delaware has set new graduation records and recently recorded the fastest growing graduation rate in the country. But we can’t just focus on teenagers. Today, more than 75,000 Delaware adults don’t Read more

Delaware Primaries Reshape Landscape

The Gordon-Williams-Stewart machine crumbled amid scandal and inability to meet challenges. One of the most interesting alliance in the Democratic Party has fallen. Voters turned out New Castle Executive Tom Gordon amid scandals and Mayor Dennis Williams due to the inability to even succeed in a presenting a credible plan to deal with crime, which was the former police officer's expertise. The Mayor did not even finish in the top 3. Mike Purzycki, who with the help of former Governor and Congressman Mike Castle, reregistered 1200 Republican voters, won. Karen Weldin Stewart had numerous stumbles in her first term that she never shook. Together the trio had been able to survive primary challenges. They lost an important ally, New Castle County President, Rev. Christopher Bullock who retired after only one term to focus on his church building project. Former Kent Countian, Common Cause Read more

Jean Dowding for State Representative Campaign Kickoff

GOP 31st District State Representative candidate, Jean Dowding, held her campaign kickoff at Vincenzo's in Dover last night. The room was filled to capacity and the food was outstanding. She outlined her platform of economic development, education reform, public integrity, government reform and support for Delaware's veterans to her supporters. Her campaign is steadily gaining momentum across party lines. Contact: FreindsofJeanDowding@gmail.com . Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 9/9/2016

Saving Lives by Reducing Distracted Driving By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell Modern technology is amazing and there’s almost no limit to what people can do with their phones these days, but when phone use is combined with driving, the results can be deadly. Far too many drivers use handheld electronic devices behind the wheel, and that creates distractions that not only threaten their own lives, but also those in other vehicles and the pedestrians and bicyclists who share our roadways. Each year Delaware police issue more than 6,000 citations to distracted drivers caught using handheld phones. And more than 150 vehicle accidents every year involve distractions from phone use – accidents that could have been prevented with better awareness of the roadway and better judgement by drivers. I recently joined my friends at AAA, law enforcement officials, students, and even special Read more

Special Interests Drive Delaware House Speaker’s Campaign

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Analysis of House Speaker, Peter Schwartzkopf's 2015 Year-end and 2016 30-day Primary campaign finance reports reveals a plethora of special interest contributions and political influence patterns as follows: Banking/Investment/Real Estate: Delaware Association of Realtors DEL PAC, Delaware Bankers Association DELBANK, Ronald E. Lankford Investment Account, Ocean Atlantic Sothoby's International Realty. Beverage/Liquor: American Beverage Association, Anheuser Busch Companies, Dr. Pepper/Snapple PAC, MD-DE-DC Beverage Association, Pepsi Bottling Ventures-PBV of Salisbury, Pepsico, Southern Wine & Spirits of Delaware, Standard Distributing Company, United Distributors of Delaware LLC. Casinos/Racing: Delaware Standardbred Owners Association, Delaware Park Management Company, LLC, Harrington Raceway Inc. Communications/Utilities: Artesian Read more

Delaware Governor Lifts Partial State of Emergency

From the Office of the Governor: Governor Markell Announces Lifting of Limited State of Emergency in Sussex County Wilmington, DE – Governor Jack Markell announced this evening that he has lifted the Limited State of Emergency for Sussex County that had been imposed Saturday as Tropical Storm Hermine approached the Mid-Atlantic region. See the Governor's full order lifting the State of Emergency below. Hermine brought rain, moderate winds, and localized flooding during high tide to Delaware's coastal region. However, the storm track has continued to keep the system off the coast and it is not expected to bring additional rain or damaging wind to the First State. Members of the public should be mindful that higher than normal water levels at high tide will continue to be experienced along the coast and lower Delaware Bay communities through at least Tuesday morning and with Read more

Limited State of Emergency Issued for Sussex County, DE

From the Delaware Governor's Office: Governor Markell Issues Limited State of Emergency for Sussex County at 5:00 p.m. Saturday as Tropical Storm Hermine Approaches Delaware Urges those in low-lying and coastal areas to closely monitor weather conditions and communications from emergency management officials Wilmington, DE— As Tropical Storm Hermine approaches Delaware, Governor Markell has issued a limited State of Emergency for Sussex County beginning at 5:00 p.m. today that allows public safety, emergency response, and transportation agencies to position resources in affected areas. “Tropical Storm Hermine is a powerful storm that will bring significant rainfall and localized flooding, especially in coastal and Delaware Bay communities in Sussex County,” said Governor Markell. “I encourage Delawareans and visitors to our state to take precautions and stay tuned Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 9/1/2016

Making Investments that Support Student Achievement and Career Success By; Delaware Governor, Jack Markell This week, students across our state are returning to the classroom and thanks to the hard work of teachers and administrators, our schools are setting them on a path toward rewarding careers and success in life through higher standards and innovative instruction that meet the skills needed in today’s high-tech economy. That starts with our youngest learners. More support for training, equipment, and resources in high quality pre-school programs are preparing our youngest learners to excel in school. We’re in the fifth year of our world language immersion program where nearly 3,000 kids – including 10% of our Kindergarten students – are taking half of their classes in Chinese or Spanish to become proficient by fourth grade. That program is giving kids a head-start for Read more