Stein out of luck in PA? Election finally over

It looks like no Pennsylvania recount. Jill Stein missed the deadline for a Pennsylvania recount. Unless some court rules that a candidate with no chance of winning and who has no evidence that the vote was wrong, has standing to set aside the law. Frankly, the election is so far from being close enough in PA that a recount is one in a million to be optimistic. Wisconsin is not much different and Michigan is not one in a 100,000. No one believes that. The odds of turning all of them has to be 10 billion to 1. Hillary Clinton's campaign joining the effort borders on delusion. They admit that they investigated and found no evidence of a problem. If Stein wanted Clinton to win, she would not have run. Johnson took more votes from Trump than she did from Clinton. The Conservative/Libertarian vote would have been divided, Clinton may have gotten just enough votes to win as a minority President. Read more

Donald Trump Comments on Death of Fidel Castro

President-Elect Donald J. Trump Statement re: Death of Fidel Castro "Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights. "While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve. "Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty. I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association Read more

Trump’s Early Choices Show Commitment to Promises

President-elect Donald J. Trump has stirred concern on the far left with some of his choices for staff and cabinet officials. They show that he understands that personnel is policy (Morton Blackwell quote). Sessions will enforce laws not write them. He will ensure conservative jurists are appointed to the federal judiciary. Currently, at least 80 vacancies exist. Governor Niki Haley shows that he is willing to look outside of the foreign policy establishment. She is obviously accomplished, more than most UN Ambassadors, and has experience dealing with foreign interests. As governor, she worked to successfully bring and protect jobs into South Carolina. Many of those were with large foreign companies. The interesting move could make Haley a contender for a 2020 ticket or beyond. The popular governor will now have strong foreign policy credentials, assuming that she does not crash Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 11/25/2016

Giving Thanks Through Giving Back By: Delaware Governor,Jack Markell The first Thanksgiving, which took place nearly 400 years ago, launched a tradition of coming together to give thanks, break bread, and deepen connections between neighbors. I hope that on this Thanksgiving weekend you have the opportunity to do the same. While I have always appreciated this opportunity to gather with family and friends and focus on all we have to be thankful for, as Governor, I’ve also had the privilege to better recognize the Delawareans who quietly work every day to make our communities stronger, with little fanfare. They are public employees, including service providers, public safety workers, educators, and many more, and all the support staff who make the impact of their collective work possible. They are the men and women in uniform who are deployed abroad in service to our state and country, Read more

Delaware Grapevine’s Celia Cohen retires

After 42 years of political writing for the News Journal then her own Delaware Grapevine which was picked up in Delaware Today and the Community Newspaper network, Celia Cohen recently announced that she had enough. 42 years of political writing is enough, she posted, Cohen out. Cohen was also the author of the book on Delaware Politics in 2002,Only in Delaware: Politics and Politicians in the First State Cohen was a fixture at events the regular media used to cover but started to ignore. This allowed her to make contacts and bring both unique insight and inside information to the informed public. If there were a rumor that kept bubbling up that I wanted to know definitively, sometimes, I would just call Ms. Cohen who would know if it were true or false. She had a Rolodex and was not afraid to use it to bring insight to the behind the scenes world of the Delaware Way. Some criticized Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message: 11/18/2016

Celebrating Delaware’s Thriving Tourism Economy By: Linda Parkowski I’m Linda Parkowski, Delaware Tourism Director. Tourism is big business for Delaware. It’s a fact I share with people all over the state every day. Since 2009 tourism employment in Delaware is up 25 percent. The industry is currently responsible for 52,000 jobs in Delaware. It now produces $3 billion a year in economic impact for the state. That saves each Delaware household nearly $1,400 in taxes annually. This makes attracting visitors and their dollars to the state essential. One of the biggest efforts made in recent years to do that has been a new tourism branding for the state. When we rolled out “Visit Delaware: Endless Discoveries” in 2015, we wanted to spark possible visitors’ curiosity, lead on them on a journey of discovery. A part of that was television advertising in TV markets surrounding Read more

Trump Administration Taking Shape

There is a lot of pressure for the Trump administration to dump its promises that offend the Washington establishment on trade, immigration, life, and a new approach to national security. If personnel is policy (Morton Blackwell), then the early appointments show that he is going full steam ahead. Watch out sanctuary cities.

If he appoints Dr. Michelle Rhee to Education and Mr. Robert Woodson to HUD, that would also signal that he intends to remake the political map for the long term. Trump is the second urban President of our lifetimes, but the first, President Obama, did nothing for the cities. Trump has a chance to truly make America Great from the cities to the countryside. He seems like he desires to take it. He is being bold and that is to his credit.

Will Republicans find a way to lose the 10th Senate seat

There is a movement by some to skip over conservative and proven candidate John Marino.  Rumor has it that some want to push a pro-common core, pro-tax increase  and anti-parental opt out candidate.  Considering that turnout is what wins special elections, that is hard to understand.

In a longer, regular election, Michelle Walls would be a saleable candidate because of her other many strengths.   It would be a harder sell to Republicans and Independents in a special election against a popular and well known Democrat.   We see no reason to revisit yesterday’s endorsement.

‘America’s Arch Enemy George Soros, Who Is He?

Although I posted this article earlier in the year, under a different headline. I am reposting it again out of popular demand. This man is a declared enemy of America as a Constitutional Republic and the people have the right to know who this man is and what his intentions are toward our nation. Should he be indicted by the new Attorney General or not? Gyorgy Schwartz, AKA George Soros was born on August 12, 1930 to Jewish Hungarian parents in Budapest. His father Tivadar Schwartz, a lawyer was an escaped prisoner of war. When he was 13 years old, and Nazi Germany occupied Hungary Gyorgy even survived the "Battle of Budapest"in 1945. He moved to England in 1947 and lived with his uncle and later attended the London School of Economics, where he became a student of the philosopher Karl Popper. He became deeply influenced by Popper's book, "The Open Society and its Enemies." Read more

John Marino for Senate

He is a true conservative, has name recognition, did the hard work against an incumbent and should be the candidate for the 10th district special election. Everyone has a right to make their case to the party. No candidate is perfect. The fact is that Marino came within 300 votes of defeating a popular sitting senator. He knows the district and it likes him. He has the signs and volunteer infrastructure. In Delaware, many people run a few times before they win. Karen Peterson and Bill Roth, Mike Ramone, Nancy Wagner, Donna Stone and David Anderson all come to mind. The idea is for a candidate to take on a tough race, build and win. That is the way to win these tough races. You don't have a candidate take on the tough race then dump them and start fresh. It defeats everything that you just accomplished if you discovered a strong candidate. Democrats were so scared of Marino, Read more

What is the Soros Agenda besides paid agitation?

Craigslist has ads offering up to $18 an hour to protest Donald Trump. I considered posting a link but it would probably disappear then be reposted as seems to be the standard operating procedure. They are so easy to find that anyone wanting to see them can. Why pay to protest and disrupt? At least some of these have been traced to George Soros front organizations. What is the purpose of trying to undermine and divide America in this way with astroturf protest? Is it because they are trying to spark more real protests and keep the left angry and afraid? Trump is the first Republican from a major city. He is proposing an Urban agenda that would put the party on offense and offer a chance to break the next blue wall, the lock on many cities. No wonder they want to hinder and distract. They would rather lives remain broken than Trump take away their power base. Of course, they Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 11/11/2016: Ending Veteran Homelessness in Delaware

Ending Veteran Homelessness in Delaware By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell In 2015, we committed to ending and preventing homelessness among veterans in Delaware. I said something then that remains true today: Even one homeless veteran is one too many. That’s why this week I was thrilled to announce that – after more than a year’s work with our local, state and federal partners – we have effectively ended veteran homelessness in our state. We now have the systems in place to ensure that homelessness is prevented whenever possible; that it is rare, brief and does not reoccur. Many groups deserve our thanks for their work to ensure that all veterans in Delaware have a safe, quality place to call home. The Delaware State Housing Authority led the statewide initiative with support from the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs, but it would not have Read more

Joy and Fear: President Elect Donald Trump

Joy and fear seem to be the two emotional poles that a President Donald Trump seems to evoke. May I say that the fear is overblown. The Democratic party has spent the last few months painting Trump to be a monster, KKK, sexual assaulter, and general bigot who is going to blow up the world. Some people actually believed it. He has to reassure them. He doesn't have to win them over right now, just show that he won't kill people, restore segregation, shutdown every mosque in America or round up people who look Hispanic. The 60 minutes interview Sunday was a good continuation of the tone he set with his victory speech and meeting with President Obama. Back when I was young, I was concerned about Reagan then in a month, he showed me that all of the media hype was wrong. Within two months, I was on board the Reagan train and never got off. He represented my values. I see a crack in Read more

Election 2016 Delaware

Democrats did what they expected statewide. They went 4 for 4. The numbers were not as high as the highwater marks of 2008 but they still got the job done. 53% voted for Clinton. That proved to be the statewide floor not the ceiling. As expected, John Carney was the top vote getter. There are cracks in the state blue wall. The biggest upset of the night was President Pro Tem Patricia Blevins to rising conservative star Anthony Delcollo in the 7th Senate district. The District is 49% Democratic to only 23% Republican, but the Delcollo team pulled off a narrow upset. The campaign was run as close to a perfect campaign as can be imagined. Delcollo had a statewide presence. He ran a tireless campaign that now puts the GOP within one seat of its first majority in the state senate since 1972. Bethany Hall-Long's election to Lt. Governor will force it to be a 10 to 10 tie in 67 days. Read more

DON AYOTTE Comments on Election EVE

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer On the day before the 2016 Delaware General Election, Independent Party of Delaware (IPoD) 20th District State Representative candidate Don Ayotte shares his thoughts: "America is at a most critical crossroads. The choices that we make will radically affect our future. We have a choice between living in a constitutional republic or a social dictatorship. That is why we must choose a path of individual freedom and liberty that will lead to greater prosperity. The alternative is very bleak indeed." "Fortunately, there is a new spirit of Independence dawning throughout the land. The special interest driven two-party system and its political polarization no longer serves the People. WE need a constructive independent alternative. That's why I am running to serve the people of the 20th District in the Delaware House of Representatives" Don Ayotte Read more

WASHINGTON Mayoral Campaign Gains Momentum

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Independent Party of Delaware Wilmington mayoral candidate, Steven Washington reports that his campaign is gathering momentum with voters.” Positive messages are pouring in from all corners of the city across ethnic and party lines”, he said. He faces Democrat waterfront developer, Mike Purzycki and Republican real estate agent, Robert Martin in a three-way election on November 8. Purzycki won the 2016 Democratic Primary over seven other candidates with the help of over 1500 Republicans who re-registered as Democrats in an organized GOP drive. Martin announced his candidacy after three months of GOP secrecy on September 1, the last day to file as a candidate. Washington steadily organized his campaign from February of 2015 and was nominated by the Independent Party of Delaware in March, 2016 He strongly advocates greater transparency, Read more

Photo Feature: TRUMP Team Delaware Rally in Georgetown

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The TRUMP Team Delaware caravan rode through Delaware and held a rally at high noon on the Circle in Georgetown DE, earlier today. About fifty people participated as the rally also received many supporting honks and waves from passing motorists. Delaware TRUMP 2016 State Campaign Chairman, Rob Arlette led the rally an introduced various speakers including GOP gubernatorial candidate St.Sen Colin Boninni, GOP Sussex County Chairman Billy Carrol, Independent Party of Delaware Chairman and 20th district State Representative candidate Don Ayotte, Sussex County Clerk of Peace candidate, Norman A.Jones, Jr. et.al. Don Ayotte was cordially and spontaneously invited to speak at the rally by virtue of the IPoD's official endorsement of Donald Trump for President. "This election will determine the future of America for the next forty years. Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message: 11/4/2016

Improving Quality of Life with New Trails and Pathways​ By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell This week we marked the beginning of construction on the final link of the New Castle Industrial Track Trail, a critical segment of the 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway. When complete, it will join with the Wilmington riverfront to provide a walking and bicycling connection between downtown Wilmington and Old New Castle. It will create commuting options for Delawareans who live and work downtown and expand recreational opportunities for area residents and visitors. This groundbreaking marks another step in the great progress we have seen in making our state more walkable and bikeable. We’ve added 50 miles of new pathways and trails, and raised our ranking among the most bike-friendly states from 31st to third. When we first announced the Delaware Trails and Pathways initiative I could Read more

20th RD Candidates Differ on Legislative Approaches

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The three candidates for 20th District State Representative faced each other in an open forum, sponsored by the Paynters Mill HOA last night. The event was held in the Milton Public Library Meeting Room and was moderated by WGMD 92.7 FM talk radio host, Bob Steele. Incumbent Republican candidate St. Rep. Steven Smyk, a retired Delaware State Trooper, emphasized his local origins, law enforcement experience, proven track record of political patronage and ability to network with his friends to get things done "Taking care of my constituents is my number one concern. I grew up near Oak Orchard and went to high school with my friends who are now in DELDOT and other government agencies, so I can call them to get things done", he said. Democratic candidate, Barbara Vaughn, a former Lewes City Councilwoman and current Lewes Planning Commission member, Read more