Category Archives: Delaware

Photo Feature: Anti-Trump RESISTANCE Rally in Georgetown, DE 2/12/2017

Article by: Don Ayotte, Managing Editor Photos by: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer/ Photographer A “RESISTANCE” rally organized by Sussex County Democratic Party activists took place at 2:30 pm on Sunday February 12th to protest newly elected President Trump’s immigration policy and crackdown of illegal immigrants residing in the U.S. Signs critical of the President and his policies and against hate and racism in general were numerous among the crowd of approximately 300 people. Passing motorists occasionally shouted "TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMP!" in response. “NO Hate NO Fear, Immigrants are Welcome Here!” was the major chant in protest of the President’s recent executive order, temporarily suspending immigration from seven predominantly Islamic countries until more thorough background check policies can be implemented. The rally was mainly in opposition to Read more

Anti-TRUMP Resistance Breaks out in Georgetown,DE

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Approximately  300 people gathered on the Circle in Georgetown DE, earlier this afternoon in protest of President Trump’s nomination of Jeff Sessions for US Attorney General, his executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven predominantly Islamic countries and the proposed wall along the US-Mexico border.

After the rally, many people packed Sussex County Democratic Headquarters on nearby Pine Street, where a resistance strategy session is ongoing.

[ A photo feature and in-depth article will follow this transmission. ]

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

DOC Sgt. Floyd’s Funeral Lines RT 1

Hundreds of people gathered at various points along DE RT 1 from Milford to Smyrna in honor of slain Delaware Corrections Officer, Sgt. Steven Floyd, earlier this afternoon. Various local fire companies displayed large American Flags, suspended from ladder trucks stationed on overpasses as their members stood at attention State agencies and local police departments, including the Department of Corrections, State Police, DELDOT as well as the Delaware National Guard actively participated. Police delegations from surrounding states were also present as we're some Delaware citizens groups. Sgt. Floyd ( a sixteen-year veteran of the DOC) was killed during the February 2 Building C hostage incident in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. Throughout last week, flags in Delaware were lowered to half staff in his honor. He was buried with full honors in Barrett's Chapel Cemetery. 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

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

DE Governor Comments on DSC Ruling on Death Penalty

By: Wolf von Baumgart

Delaware Governor, Jack Markell has issued the following statement re: the Delaware Supreme Court ruling that the state’s death penalty law is unconstitutional.

“I applaud the Supreme Court’s finding that the state’s death penalty law is unconstitutional. As I have come to see after careful consideration, the use of capital punishment is an instrument of imperfect justice that doesn’t make us any safer. The important concerns of death penalty proponents must be balanced by the examples of flawed testimony, innocent people on death row being exonerated, and other facts that weigh strongly against the use capital punishment. While I would have supported abolishing the death penalty legislatively, it is my hope that today’s decision will mean that we never see another death sentence in our state.”

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

DE Governor Comments on SCOTUS Decision

The Office of Delaware Governor,Jack Markell has issued the following statement re: SCOTUS decision to let the Delaware Elections Disclosure Act stand: “In 2012, I was proud to work alongside Speaker Bob Gilligan, Common Cause of Delaware, and many others to enact the first major update to Delaware campaign finance laws in 20 years. The Delaware Elections Disclosure Act closed loopholes that allowed anonymous campaign-related advertising and required prompt reporting of third-party spending on campaign ads. I am gratified today that the constitutionality of that law has been reaffirmed. Thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision, Delaware elections in the future will be more open and transparent.” More information about the Delaware Elections Disclosure Act is available here: http://news.delaware.gov/2012/08/16/governor-signs-first-major-update-to-delaware-campaign-finance-laws-in-more-than-20-years/ Read more

George Parrish Wins Endorsement at DE GOP State Convention

UPDATE: Due to a transposition of the Kent region results by the state GOP. Judge Parrish fell short of the 60% required to win the endorsement despite winning 54%. The endorsement was challenged and invalidated. The convention voted to allow an open convention on that office.

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Former Sussex County Clerk of the Peace, George Parrish has won the endorsement for Insurance Commissioner at the GOP at the State Convention in Dewey Beach by 60.8% over Jeff Craig.

House Junk-Yard Dog Steve Smyk On Schwartzkopf’s Leash

The Second Amendment states: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. < Del. Const., Art.1, sec.20: "A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and State and for hunting and recreational use." The full texts of the bill is available at: http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis148.nsf/vwLegislation/HB+325/$file/legis.html?open A synopsis of HB325 reads: This bill closes a loophole to our gun background check laws. The current loophole allows for guns to be given to a potential purchaser if the background check is delayed for 3 days or more. In some cases a gun is given to a person who should not be in possession of a firearm. This leads to law enforcement having to retrieve a gun from a person prohibited if the background check provides that Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Address 1/15/2016

Investing in Our Students by Building on Dual Enrollment Progress By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell We know that good-paying jobs increasingly require education or training beyond high school, and evidence shows that students who take a college course in high school are more likely to complete their post-secondary education. That’s why we have worked with our school districts and colleges to make dual-enrollment courses a priority, to ensure that students have the opportunity to take college-level courses and earn college credit. This past week, at POLYTECH High School, I announced that by the end of this academic year, we expect to have 2,700 students enrolled in 170 different dual enrollment courses. POLYTECH has doubled participation, to just about 150 just this past year and their partnerships with Delaware Tech and Wilmington University is enabling students to get a head Read more

Time to Change Political Party Registration???

COMMENTARY: Time to Change Political Party Registration??? By: Wolfgang von Baumgart, Staff Writer A recent survey by the Center for Public Integrity ranked the First State as 48th in state integrity and gave it an overall ‘F’ grade. Given the rather sorry state of our economy, numerous cases of poor financial management, increased loss of individual freedom and opportunity, new voices in Delaware politics are needed now, more than ever. However, given the dirty - if not utterly filthy - nature of politics (as evidenced by the arrogant, distorted, libelous, toxic and vitriolic environment some political blog sites) many good, caring, kindhearted, creative and intelligent people are discouraged from seeking elected office, lest their reputations be dragged through the mud in partisan character assassination campaigns. As a result, critical public questions and issues requiring Read more

Delaware Governor Comments on DuPont / Dow Merger

The Press Offce of Delaware Governor, Jack Markell has released the following statement regarding the announcement of a merger between DuPont and Dow:   “Delaware has been home to DuPont's global headquarters for more than 200 years and to an important Dow Electronics Materials business for decades. These are world class companies whose merger has the potential to spawn three well-positioned competitors in the agriculture, material sciences and specialty products sectors. “I have spoken to DuPont CEO Ed Breen about plans for DowDuPont. We have talked about the great business environment in Delaware and the many talented scientists, engineers and business leaders who call Delaware home and who can be at the center of growth for the three new businesses. We will continue to advocate that Delaware's many advantages can be of major benefit to the new companies.   “None of this, Read more

Proposed Water TAX Resurfaces

Apparently, Delaware Governor Jack Markell’s proposal to impose a water TAX , or “fee” on Delaware property owners has resurfaced. It was first revealed in his 2014 State of the State Address. It was subsequently incorporated in the Governor’s Clean Water for Delaware's Future Initiative. On Thursday, November 19, 2015, a draft of the Clean Water for Delaware Act was distributed and discussed at a Clean Water and Flood Abatement Task Force meeting. The official purpose of the proposed legislation is to provide the State of Delaware with a new revenue stream to raise Delaware’s natural and drinking water quality levels. According to the latest USEPA’s 303-(d) list, 90% of Delaware’s natural waterways are impaired as they fail to meet their designated uses for swimming, fishing and drinking. Under the proposed "Clean Water for Delaware Fee", Delaware residential property Read more

Delaware Governor’s Statement re: Syrian Refugees

In response to a Midlantic Dispatch inquiry, Press Secretary to Delaware Governor, Jack Markell has issued the following statement: The Governor supports the President's decision to provide asylum for refugees in the United States. It is unfortunate that anyone would use the tragic events in Paris to send a message that we do not understand the plight of these refugees, ignoring the fact that the people we are talking about are fleeing the perpetrators of terror. The safety of our citizens is always a top concern. And while any security system can always be improved, the federal refugee review system has the highest level of security checks of any traveler to American shores, including biometric and biographic checks and in-person overseas interviews by federal officials trained to ensure the applicant is a bona fide refugee and not a security risk. That system involves multiple agencies, Read more

Supporting Veterans in Our Community – Governor Jack A. Markell Weekly Message

Supporting Veterans in Our Community – Governor Jack A. Markell Weekly Message Our Veterans Day celebrations and commemorations this past week provide an important opportunity to recognize the extraordinary contributions of the men and women who have accepted the responsibility of serving our state and country. We’re reminded that we are only the land of the free because we are the home of the brave. Abraham Lincoln once said, “Honor to the soldier and the sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause,” and to honor them, we must do more than recognize them this week. We’ve made progress. We’re supporting Veteran entrepreneurship through an effort to ensure access to state contracts for veteran-owned businesses. We’re also doing more than ever to provide job training and connect former service members to job opportunities. Since 2009, our Department of Labor Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 10/23/2015

Ensuring Every Child has the Best Opportunity to Succeed Governor Jack A. Markell Weekly Message We have no more effective way to give our children the opportunities they deserve than by investing in their development from the day they're born. It's why I'm proud that our state has prioritized early childhood education -- from infant care through pre-school. Our efforts are rooted in growing scientific evidence that shows early experiences literally shape the brain, setting the foundation for a child’s lifelong health and success. We are making great progress for Delaware's kids. This past week, we celebrated the Christina Early Education Center for becoming the state's 100th 5-star program. That's the highest rating in our state. Better still, more than 58 percent of the state’s most vulnerable children are enrolled in highly rated Stars programs, up from just 5 percent in 2011. Read more

Hydrokinetics for the First State

COMMENTARY By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer In response to the Governor’s 10/2/15 weekly message on “Combating Climate Change While Growing our Economy”, there is another practical, economical and environmentally compatible energy source currently available, i.e.: HYDROKINTETICS. In-line hydrokinetics differs from traditional hydroelectric generation as it does not require dams or natural waterfalls – only water flow at 4.2 Knots or greater and has in contrast, an extremely low environmental impact throughout its life cycle. Furthermore, it can produce electricity with zero GHG emission cheaper than a conventional coal-fired power plant. [Photo: UEK Corporation] The idea was first publically introduced in Delaware during a public meeting regarding a proposed Indian River Inlet power generation project in Ocean View in 1993. The Indian River Inlet is the second fastest Read more

Strong Thoughts on the Office of Lt. Governor

Strong Thoughts on the Office of Lt. Governor Guest Opinion By: Dave Graham The office of Lt. Governor of Delaware may be compared to the office of Vice-President of the United States. The Lt. Governor shall assume the duties of the Chief Executive, the Governor, in the event of his or her resignation, demise or incapacity, plus preside over the Senate and the Board of Parole and Pardons and only cast a vote in the State Senate in the event of a tie. Accordingly, it is not a proactive position of power, per se. More accurately, it is a position of influence. So, the question arises as to what qualities and attributes...beyond intelligence, honesty, and integrity ... are desirable in the next Lt. Governor for Delaware: First, a working knowledge of the state and U.S. Constitutions Second, dedication to the greater public interest Third, the Read more

Delaware Officially Assumes Animal Control Duties

The State of Delaware Division of Health and Social Services, Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) announced on Wednesday that its newly-created enforcement unit, known as Delaware Animal Services (DAS), will gradually assume animal control duties statewide. The reversal of state policy comes after after decades of subcontracting animal control services and de facto delegation of authority to private agencies. Effective immediately, Delaware Animal Services will manage all reports of animal cruelty and cases of human exposure to the rabies virus. The program offers a new hotline, 302-255-4646 and email at: DelawareAnimalServices@state.de.us, to report such incidents. The transition comes after the former private contractor, First State Animal Shelter and SPCA based in Camden Delaware announced earlier that it will terminate its contracts with the State of Delaware as in September 15. Read more

Independent Report Assesses Delaware’s Spending and Revenue Situation

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer An independent report has assessed the State of Delaware’s spending and revenue patterns and its possible impact in the context of the general economy. The non-partisan 27-page report, Delaware’s Structural Budget Problem: Causes, Potential Solutions, and Policy Tradeoffs, prepared by Michael C. Genest and Brad D. Williams of Capital Matrix Consulting, was commissioned by the Delaware Business Roundtable in an effort to offer constructive suggestions for the state’s budgetary and revenue raising processes. Well-illustrated with graphs, charts and tables. the study also illustrates some key state spending parameters and its analysis raises serious questions on how the State of Delaware raises and spends money in light of the current economy. Highlights include: • Delaware’s revenue portfolio is generally poorly structured. Read more

Governor Vetoes HB 130: Sexual Contact Legislation

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Delaware Governor Jack Markell, on strongly-worded legal and constitutional grounds, has vetoed HB 130, bill that would have made sexual contact between consenting adults a felony level offense, earlier today. The bill specifically applied to health care professional/patient relationships during the course of treatment, but it failed to differentiate between consensual and non-consensual sex. It would have made it a Class F felony, punishable by a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment with an automatic loss of professional license upon conviction. The Governor , in support of his veto, has issued the following statement: _____________________________________________________________________________________________ August 17, 2015 TO THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 148th GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Pursuant to Article Read more