Category Archives: corruption

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

The Shooting of Terrance Fletcher By Dover Police, Justified?

Conflicting Reports By Different News Agencies and The Dover Police Dept. Causes Anger in Dover's Black Community. After reading conflicting reports about the shooting of Terrance Fletcher 21, by Dover police on the 100 block of South New Street on August 28, I decided to attend an open meeting of community residents and leaders at 6pm Saturday to get closer to the real story of what happened. According of the Dover Police media release Friday afternoon: At approximately 1:24pm (Friday) Chief Bernat notified the mayor to inform him of shots being fired at 111 South Ne, the details are still coming in however, a perpetrator confronted two Dover officers with a handgun and was told to put the gun down and he did not comply. One of the officers fired several shots. Subject has now been transported to Bayhealth condition is unknown at this time. Chief Bernat, Dep Chief Mailey and Read more

Saga of “Millie” Continues

by: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The Dog Panel hearing in the Jake and Nancy Smith case, involving their pet, "Millie" is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, April 13 in the Sussex County Council Chambers, located on 2 The Circle in Georgetown, DE according to a 4/7/15 article in the Cape Gazette. "Millie", a white and brown Jack Russell Terrier mix, alleged to be a dangerous animal by a few of Smith's neighbors, is reportedly being held incommunicado at the First State Animal Shelter, located on 32 Shelter Circle, Camden, DE 19934. We are unable to confirm this due to a judicial gag order, issued in this case. The panel is charged with determining the dog's ultimate fate, up to and including possible euthanasia. Read more

** UPDATE ** Smith v. SPCA

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer A judicial gag order has been issued on all parties concerned in the case of litigation of John "Jake" and Nancy Smith (plaintiffs) against Delaware Animal Care and Control, filed in Delaware Superior Court over possible illegal impoundment of their dog, "Millie" under guise of authority. Attorney John Brady, representing the Smiths contends that the 1981 state statute that excluded Sheriffs and Sheriff's Deputies from certification as police offices by the Delaware Council on Police Training also did not include animal control officers as police officers. The litigation essentially argues that only sworn and certified police officers can legally execute arrest and search and seizure warrants under the present Delaware Code, Title 11, Chapter 19. Both Kent and Sussex Counties have contracted animal control services with the First State Animal Read more

Talk Show Host Legally Challenges SPCA

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer In a legal effort to assert citizens constitutional rights against unlawful search and seizure, well-known Delmarva radio personality and Milton area resident, Jake Smith has filed a legal challenge against Delaware Animal Care and Control. The action centers around the organization’s recent impoundment of his Jack Russell Terrier mixed dog, “Millie” after incidents with neighbor’s dogs. On 7/5/2012 in the first incident, Millie was attacked by one neighbor’s Yorkshire Terrier. A separate incident occurred involving another neighbor’s Yorkshire Terrier on 3/16/2015 in which he paid her resulting veterinary and medical bills, according to Smith, who was interviewed by Dan Gaffney on WXDE 105.9 FM, yesterday morning Subsequently, animal control officers continually visited Smith’s neighbor (involved in the first incident) on numerous Read more

GOP Chair Issues Statement Following Challenge To Kent County Election Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 13, 2014 CONTACT: John Fluharty, Executive Director GOP Chair Issues Statement Following Challenge To Kent County Election Results Newark, DE -- The Chairman of the Delaware Republican Party this morning issued the following statement regarding the Party's challenge to the recount in the Kent County Recorder of Deeds race: "Today the Delaware Republican Party, the Kent County Republican Party and Mr. La Mar Gunn, Republican candidate for Kent County Recorder of Deeds, filed in the Kent County Superior Court challenging the election recount process and certification of the election in the Recorder of Deeds race. "On November 4, 2014, the Kent County Department of Elections reported La Mar Gunn as the winner of the election for Kent County Recorder of Deeds by 2 votes. Under Delaware Read more

More Issues Emerge From Proposed Allen Harim Poultry Plant

After attending a meeting of the "Protect Our Indian River" group, I've got to wonder why Allen Harim would want to purchase this particular site for their next Delaware enterprise. , I have to address the off-site well testing of the residential areas adjacent to the Vlasic Pickle Brownfield site. Cobalt was detected in eight of the thirteen wells tested. Of those wells that tested positive for Cobalt, five were found to exceed the threshold of 4.7 micrograms per liter, which qualifies as a Superfund site. These test findings would lead one to believe that the contamination plume has already moved into the Possum Point residential area. Allen Harim applied to the Sussex County Board of Adjustments for a variance that would exempt them from "hazardous usage" and were granted that exemption. The only legal problem with this ruling by the Board of Adjustments is: Allen Harim did not Read more

The Office of Inspector General

Co-author Wolfgang von Baumgart With allegations of corruption in the air on Delaware's political scene, this subject must be discussed in an unbiased forum. The Independent Party of Delaware has been a strong voice and constant supporter of the creation of this office. An Inspector General could investigate corruption independently at both the state and county levels. Currently, the State of Delaware and the counties investigate their own alleged wrongdoings within their own agencies. This practice is similar to appointing a fox to watch the henhouse and lends an air of corruption to everything it touches. Delaware, by various surveys, has been ranked as the 4th, 11th, 13th and 22nd most corrupt state in the Union. Any ranking in the top twenty is politically and ethically unacceptable if we are to maintain a reasonable semblance of public integrity in a viable constitutional Read more

The Preferred Privilege Of Corruption

What reason could a person have to become a career politician. That's a question that I've often asked myself, while observing the utter nastiness of political elections and serving in elected office where the half of the population that didn't vote for you, certainly doesn't like you. I was recently told by a close friend in politics, "most politicians won't consider running for office unless, when they are elected they can recoup the money at least one-thousand percent. If the pay they receive in office is not equal to that figure,(and its not) that only leaves one way of getting it and none of those is good for the citizens that voted for them. So, if a person theoretically spends a $100 million to become president, what would he or she have to recoup to believe they are even. Would a $1 billion do it. Well, it might if greed were not involved, $1 billion might be enough for anyone, Read more

The New Improved ‘Police State’ Of Delaware

With the 2012 passage of HB 325, then House Majority Leader 'Pistol' Pete Schwartzkopf, along with Delaware's super-majority Democratic Party, laid the groundwork for the nation,s first Socialistic police state. Schwartzkopf introduced HB 325 weeks after Republican 39th District Representative Danny Short struck a similar bill he had introduced, after taking heat from Tea-Party Conservatives, Libertarians and Independents from the entire state. HB 325 was a bill that simply went through Delaware's Statutory law and removed the word 'sheriff' from any reference that included that the sheriff had powers of "conservator of the peace." A simple enough task for 'Pistol Pete' Schwartzkopf but an unconstitutional move on his part as he well knew at the time that he drafted the bill. Aritcle XV section 1 of the Delaware Constitution: The Chancellor, Judges and Attorney General shall Read more

Dump the Corrupt Two-Party System

What are the right reasons for activism, one might ask themselves. In this rapidly changing and diverse nation of myriad political philosophies, activism takes many forms. Although many political theories and opinions are prevalent in America, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights have stood the test of time, for the republic to grow and prosper. America has weathered several wars, and a civil rights revolution, and has remained united and free. Americans haven't agreed with one another on many issues but the Republic still stands and will remain standing, if each new generation of Americans does their part to respect the constitutional rights of others. It is not necessary to agree with your neighbor, but one should be friendly and charitable and it is necessary to respect your neighbor's Constitutional rights. America has become a nation of bureaucracy and regulations, many Read more

Institutional Corruption and Racism Are Alive in Delaware

Co-written By: Don Ayotte and Doug Beatty Cross-posted in Myself and others from The Independent Party of Delaware attended an arbitration hearing on Tuesday May 28th at the Carvel Building in Wilmington. The meeting was held to arbitrate a grievance of dismissal in the case of Dr. Jahi Issa, an African American History Professor at Delaware State University. I expected a modicum of professionalism and courtesy but what we were all confronted with was one of the worst examples of institutional racism and corruption that I've ever personally witnessed. In the room for this ten and a half hour hearing were a large and diverse group of activists and supporters from as far as Atlanta Georgia and Philadelphia. Many local Delaware Black and White activists arrived to show support for what has become known as the "worst case of institutional corruption and racism," that Read more

Our Bill of Rights and the Curious Case of Dr. Jahi Issa

Guest Post by: Doug Beatty On March 1, 2012 Dr. Jahi Issa of Dover was arrested at Delaware State University for failing to be a white female on horseback. That's a provocative statement that demands support. In 2010 Delaware State University threatened to cut the equestrian team. The all white all female equestrian team protested by riding horses in front of the administration building and attending a public board meeting. There was no permit issued or sought for this protest. Campus public safety personnel didn't approach or apprehend anyone. March 1, 2012. Dr. Issa and his class meet during class time at the Martin Luther King Student Center to walk to the public board of directors meeting to voice their concerns. A guest speaker was on hand for any of Dr. Issa's students who didn't want to participate in the organizational activity. Previously, Dr. Issa and his Read more

Sussex County’s Sheriff And Citizen Summit

On the cool breezy spring day of Saturday at DelTech's Georgetown Campus, Sussex County's Sheriff Jeff Christopher held his First "Sheriff and Citizen Summit." The meeting was attended by 335 citizens interested in what the Constitutional Sheriff has to offer the community he serves. I witnessed NO buses or large vehicles busing people in, but instead the parking lot was filled with private citizens driving themselves to this conference. With a packed agenda, the meeting started at 9 a.m. with prayer. Pastor David Whitney spoke of the job of a Constitutional Sheriff saying, "It is the job of the constitutional sheriff to safeguard the citizens of his county from unjust and unconstitutional laws." He goes on to say, "An unconstitutional act is not a law. It confers no rights. It imposes no duties. It affords no protection. It creates no office. An unconstitutional act constitutes Read more

Open Government–Ha

Would you like to know if your state legislator actually worked at his/her other state job? HB 176 by House Minority Leader Greg Lavelle would make public documents the timecards of state legislators. Yesterday, Democrats in the House Administrative committee defeated the measure on a party line vote. It was feared too many Democrats would be embarrassed. It is against state law to be paid twice for the same time by the state government therefore the bill is relevant. In the past, members of both parties have been accused of such behavior. This bill has bipartisan support including Senator Katz --Lavelle's likely election opponent. That did not impress the leadership of the house which runs the House Administration Committee. It was DOA. The Governor spoke of open government and transparency in his State of the State address last week. If he wants to make a bold move, he could Read more

Delaware GOP Chairman Calls For Investigation Into Fisker!

For Immediate Release: WILMINGTON -- Today Republican State Committee Chairman John Sigler called upon Delaware's congressional delegation led by Senator Tom Carper to conduct an investigation into the use of taxpayer monies to finance President Obama's deal with Fisker as outlined in the news story shown below. "I respectfully call upon Senator Carper as the most senior member of Delaware's congressional delegation to obtain for the people of the State of Delaware the answers to the following questions: (1) How much taxpayer money, if any, has thus far been spent on enabling Fisker to build "green cars" in Finland and Delaware? (2)How many Delawareans, if any, have been employed as the result of the federal loans to Fisker, the reported millions of Delaware state taxpayer subsidies, and New Castle County property tax relief? (3) Why has Fisker delayed beginning operations here Read more

Sweet Heart Doesn’t begin to describe it

The Bloom Energy Deal is beyond a sweet heart deal.  It is promising two kids and 21 years of guaranteed child support whether or not we get together.  The WNJ has an article which shows that we promise them unspecified millions without them even contracting to build the plant.  I guess a handshake works. But Gov. Jack Markell's plan is filled with risks, the consultants said, most involving the linkage of incentives for Bloom to build the factory to higher electric bills Delmarva customers would be paying for 21 years. In fact, the way the Delmarva deal is written now, ratepayers could be left on the hook to continue paying a surcharge for two decades even if the factory in Newark is never built, closes prematurely or never ramps up to full production and employment, the report prepared for the Public Service Commission says. The project allocates risk in a way that is Read more

Beau is Right

I have been concerned that a “global settlement” on the mortgage fraud issue would undermine the few hard fought gains won in recent legislation.  It would leave tens of thousands without justice and do nothing to get the big banks to abide by trade offs of modifications for trillions of federal money (bailout, federal reserve, and Fannie and Freddie bailout).  It is an outrage, but Governor Markell says let bygones be bygones.   I know who is looking out for the people and who put them on the back burner. I am not objecting to the idea of a settlement, but I am objecting to one that is 90% about covering up crimes that haven’t even been investigated.

Did The Obama Administration Use A little known Archaic Law To Force Gibson’s Support

Did the Obama Administration dig up a little known law called, "The Lacey Act," to let Gibson know, who's is charge? The Lacey Act of 1900, named after Iowa Congressman, John Lacey, prohibits interstate trade in wildlife, fish, plants and wood products. Gibson Guitars uses Rosewood on the frets of their Gibson's Hummingbird acoustic guitar and the DOJ objects. Why would Obama and the DOJ want Gibson to ship those jobs out of the country, to Madagascar? If you own a Gibson acoustical guitar, will heavily armed DOJ agents invade your home and confiscate your guitar, if you don't support Obama and his high-handed policies. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, if you own an acoustical guitar using the forbidden rosewood, you could be raided by heavily armed agents of the DOJ. Scary thought!!! What could be the next little known law to be used by the current administration Read more

Freedom Of Speech

  Freedom of speech is one of our Founding principles. It was  included in the First Amendment to the Constitution. Clearly freedom of speech was upper most in the minds of the Founding  Fathers.   This freedom allows us to discuss the issues of the day, without the fear of reprisal from our government. Throughout history, we have seen the people of other nations who have either, never had this freedom, or who have had it taken away. It is usually a tyrant who wishes to hold onto their power, who infringes upon this God given right. Other times it is a would be tyrant.  Clearly, anytime someone attempts to restrict the freedom of speech, it is due to their fear of the truth. In the case of the tyrant, they may be afraid that if the people are able to communicate openly, then the people will see the falseness of the tyrant's power. If the people of a nation have the freedom to communicate, Read more

Stimulus money flies out the Unweatherized Window. Obama's stimulus money has created a corrupt, incompetent, wasteful program that is supposed to help the poor weatherize their home.  Instead clients have had expensive hardware installed with taxpayers money, leaving basic repairs undone.  The prior Program Manager Ken Davis (Now retired from his $62,000 per year job)  also managed to find a contractor that employed his son for many of the jobs.  From the News Journal: "The cash grab that went on was just amazing," said Allen Luzak, a weatherization expert with the Delaware Energy Office. Auditors -- trained under Delaware's revamped Weatherization Assistance Program -- have begun revisiting more than 1,000 of those homes to check the quality of work, look for billing issues and decide what remediation needs to Read more

Delaware Democrats Fail In the Civil Rights Department

If the choice is between justice for people who have been discriminated against and plumb positions for the politically connected, it is an easy choice for Delaware Democrats. Get rid of civil rights enforcement and give the job to a top Democrat. If anyone has doubts that the Democrats’ care for minorities is an election year project, read this saga. Nearly 500 people have been cheated of timely justice so Senator DeLuca could get a plumb job in the Executive branch.  I guess Governor Markell is too busy trying to redefine the family to worry about civil rights.

Karen Weldin Stewart: For the Powerful over the People

What is the deal?  Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart (KWS) made much public fan fare about her audit of Blue Cross' denial of pre-test heart claims. It looked like our insurance commissioner was looking out for the people. A year later, we still do not know what the result of the audit is. I wrote we do not know.  KWS has known for most of three months.   She is too busy working out the details with the carrier to talk to the little people.    Forgive me for wondering if the show of concern is yet another in a long line of fraud that KWS has perpetrated  on the voters. She seems to have actually used the audit and report to undermine legislation that would protect the clients.  Now the prolonged delay seems a cynical ploy to protect the profits of big insurance companies over the people she was elected to serve.  She has gone to the extraordinary measure of requiring Read more

Biden’s crew imprisons Reporter

Joe Biden’s team decided to violate the rights of a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel. The Vice Kidnapper in Chief didn’t want reporter Scott Powers to mingle with the rich hoity toity liberal big buck donors at an Orlando Florida fundraiser for Democrat Senator Nelson. Biden’s staffers locked the reporter in a closet. Remember when it comes to the First Amendment and transparency, Biden is a typical liberal hypocrite. His crew locked up a reporter and the local paper wanted to try and cover it up.  The reporter did take pictures of the room where he was imprisoned. Any bets that no one will be fired for this?