IPoD Breaks Registration Record Again

The Independent Party of Delaware (IPoD) has announced that it has surpassed its monthly voter registration for the second consecutive month. For the month of October, 606 voters joined its ranks, topping September's record high of 263. "Virtually all of this growth was organic and voter-initiated -- not the result of party-sponsored voting registration efforts, according to a party spokesman. "This figure was especially significant considering that voting registration for the 2016 general election closed on October 15. We have excellent chances to elect candidates on November 8.", he said. The majority of the expansion took place in New Castle County, followed by good numbers in Sussex and Kent counties. Further information is available at the IPoD website: independentpartyofdelaware.com Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 10/28/2016

Honoring Teachers for Their Role in Shaping our Children’s Future By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell We know that a major factor in student achievement is an excellent teacher, and we can’t overstate the important role our educators play in shaping our children’s future. That’s why we’re supporting them in more ways through professional learning communities in schools, new teacher leadership roles, and compensation for professional development and national certification. Delaware has many outstanding educators, and this week I was honored to announce that our 2017 Delaware Teacher of the Year is Wendy Turner, a second grade teacher at Mount Pleasant Elementary in the Brandywine School District. Wendy was one of twenty nominees from school districts and the charter school network, and together these exceptional men and women represent thousands of dedicated and passionate Read more

The FBI Letter Reopening the Clinton Probe

Here is a link to the FBI letter which says new information found in an unrelated case has led to a reopening of the email probe.

Polls showed a 3 point race before today’s join body blows to the Clinton campaign. The Wikileaks pay to play and the FBI probe are indeed two devastating October surprises when combined with the Video showing the incitement to violence at Trump rallies.

Does Character still matter?

Does character matter in elections? The majority polled recently said no. I guess that explains the fact that both parties nominated a person with shall we say character issues. That leaves the rest of us underwhelmed. I agree that so-called character issues are usually private stuff that is just mud slinging. Issues matter more. We have no business trying to find out who worships where, who sleeps with whom, what someone's tax returns or credit reports are, what their elementary school record was or whom they had dinner with. There is a level where it does matter. If I can't trust you to ever tell the truth, how can I trust where you stand on the issues? If you don't care about people, how can I trust you to serve them? If you look down on people because of their faith group (I am not talking about radical ideology such as terrorism), if you treat people poorly based upon their Read more

Highlights of Donald Trump’s Gettysburg Address:

“I’m not a politician, and have never wanted to be one. But when I saw the trouble our country was in, I knew I couldn’t stand by and watch any longer. Our country has been so good to me, I love our country, I felt I had to act,” said Mr. Trump in his address. “Change has to come from outside this broken system. The fact that the Washington establishment has tried so hard to stop our campaign is only more proof that our campaign represents the kind of change that only arrives once in a lifetime,” he continued. “I am asking the American people to rise above the noise and the clutter of our broken politics, and to embrace that great faith and optimism that has always been the central ingredient in the American character. I am asking you to dream big. “What follows is my 100-day action plan to Make America Great Again. It is a contract between Donald J. Trump and the Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 10/21/2016

Providing New Access to Information that Impacts the Lives of Delaware Families By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell To be effective, government must be transparent. That’s why within the first 6 months of my administration, we launched the Delaware Checkbook website which gave unprecedented access to state spending information. We also enacted the most comprehensive updates ever to Delaware’s Freedom of Information Act, making it easier for the public to get access to government documents. And we expanded disclosure of campaign donations because the public has a right to know which groups support a candidate for public office. Earlier this year, we took another important step when I signed Executive Order 57, which established an Open Data Council, and laid the groundwork for an open data portal. As we celebrate this week's launch of that portal, we know it will only be effective Read more

Delaware Launches New Data Portal

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Governor Jack Markell unveiled a new and improved centralized relational state data portal that is intended to streamline general access to public information. Speaking at 1313 Innovation, a Wilmington co-working space, he officially activated data.delaware.gov, yesterday evening. The Governor signed Executive Order 57 establishing the Open Data Portal earlier this year. The system is designed to make a vast array of non-identifiable data across traditional state agency lines and enable flexible interactive user-sorting and GIS capabilities including maps, charts, enhanced graphics and much more. It even includes an "Open Checkbook" feature, making it easier to utilize state financial data (including state employee's expense reports) via checkbook.delaware.gov. “The Open Data Portal reflects our commitment to creating higher levels of openness Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 10/14/2016

Expanding Successful Downtown Development Program By: Delaware Governor, Jack A. Markell Vibrant downtowns are crucial drivers of economic growth and they are central to our efforts to strengthen the quality of life. More than ever, Delawareans want to live and work in our urban cores that are close to transportation networks and entertainment and recreation opportunities, and that’s why we are investing in our downtowns through the Downtown Development District program. Since last year, when we launched the program in Wilmington, Dover and Seaford, $14 million in grants through the Delaware State Housing Authority has leveraged more than $290 million in private investment. That’s helping Wilmington small businesses like Sterling Grille perform needed renovations, and funding residential construction in downtown Dover. Just this week, in Seaford, I observed progress at the Residences Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 10/7/2016

Sustaining Delaware’s Strong Economy Through Employment Growth By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell Delaware’s economy today is strong, with the lowest unemployment rate in a decade and job growth that leads the region. But that doesn’t happen by accident. Businesses today can choose to locate just about anywhere, and the Markell Administration works tirelessly to attract and retain employers — from the largest corporations that hire thousands of Delawareans, to our small businesses who collectively employ more people than any other sector, to entrepreneurs and start-ups with the next great idea. The Delaware Economic Development Office is hard at work building relationships with job creators and sharing with them that we offer a welcoming business climate, highly-skilled workforce, and high quality of life. Our efforts are paying off. Businesses such as Techmer Engineered Read more

Disrespecting America is not a path to justice

Colin Kaepernick started a minor movement of dissent that has even shown up at a local high school, Kent Polytech. It is time to address this virus of anti-Americanism. I do not rise against the people who are exercising their rights as Americans to redress the government for their grievances. After all, it is well known that Black Americans are 30% more likely to be pulled over, 3 times more likely to be searched and 2 times more likely to be shot, according to President Obama. Recent incidents in Minnesota, Oklahoma and Louisiana illustrate the problem of an inexplicable escalation to deadly force by a minority of law enforcement. It is a legitimate concern. A Constitutional government is one restrained and respecting its people, not one that rules by fear of deadly force because you do not move quickly enough or obey its dictates fast enough. Deadly force should only be engaged Read more

James Brittingham Cadidate for 39th Rep District.

Libertarian runs against Danny Short For 39th Rep. District Seat Libertarian candidate for the 39th Representative District, James Brittingham would like to see change in the way things are done if elected to the Delaware State House. Running against entrenched Republican Danny Short doesn't bother Brittingham much. Being a Libertarian and Chairman of the Sussex County Libertarian Party keeps him busy, and he has plenty of energy to spare. “As a Libertarian, I am fiscally conservative and socially tolerant. People should be free to do as they wish, as long as they don't cause harm to one another,” he said. “Libertarians believe in making government smaller so that people can have more freedom.” Brittingham has not accepted corporate sponsorship or “special interest” money on his campaign. “I have no corporate sponsors pulling my strings. I'm just an average Read more

Bad Boy Delaware is being Sued by 23 States in 3 law suits: Taxpayers could be on the hook for 400 Million Dollars

Reuters is reporting that 21 States led by Texas and Arkansas are suing Delaware for allegedly stealing their citizen's money. The 150 million dollar suit joins Pennsylvania and Wisconsin who already filed separate suits. Delaware hired contractors to take a more aggressive collection of Escheat funds (unclaimed funds like dormant checking and savings accounts, uncashed money orders, cashiers checks, Unclaimed insurance benefits, Mineral royalty payments, Safe depository contents, Unused gift certificates.dividends, stocks, bonds, utility deposits or refunds). They didn't hire them to find the people of course, but to push companies to turning them over to the state. The state then spends the money that is unclaimed after it publishes names on the web. It has been a boon to state revenue. Revenue has jumped to a half a billion dollars a year surpassing corporate taxes as our third Read more

Dowding Small Business Champion

Press Release For Immediate Release October 4, 2016 Friends of Jean Dowding Jean Dowding Endorsed to Champion Small Business by NFIB. Jean Dowding, GOP candidate for 31st District Representative, has been officially endorsed by The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Delaware SAFE-Trust (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Committee in her campaign bid to unseat Incumbent Sean Lynn. Dowding is a twenty-five year, partially disabled, Army veteran who retired as a Sergeant Major. Currently, Jean heads the Dowding Group at RE/MAX 1st Choice, a Central Delaware real estate firm. She is the Central Delaware Honorary Mayor for the Chamber of Commerce and a known leader in the small business community. Dowding is an advocate for job creation and growing local businesses. Dowding is grateful for the support. She told supporters, “I am pleased to share the NFIB's (Nation Read more