Category Archives: News

March for Science in Lewes, DE 4/22/2017

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Science, Government and Society: From cosmology, ecology, biology and chemistry through elementary particle physics, science influences our lives in a myriad of ways. However, in an increasingly special interest driven and politically polarized atmosphere in what claims to be the most advanced technological nation in the world, science and its influence on public policy has more frequently come under fire from many sources. Rally in Lewes: Earlier today, approximately 180 people rallied in Canalfront Park in Lewes , Delaware in support of the national March for Science before boarding buses for the main march in Washington, DC. Mayor Tom Becker, on behalf of the City of Lewes, welcomed the participants. “Here in Lewes, we strive to improve our efforts to maintain respect for the environment. We are indeed very fortunate to have Read more

March for Science Scheduled for Earth Day in DC and DE

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The first national March for Science will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Washington, DC and 609 satellite cities throughout the United States. The non-partisan march is designed to call attention to various issues relating to science and its critical role in modern global society , including but not limited to: research funding, climate change, environmental quality, sustainability, science policy, integrity of data and science in the public interest. The fundamental role of science in relation to politics and government is a key question in an increasingly politically polarized atmosphere, as their respective methodologies and moudus operandi appear to be antithetical i.e.: science as an independent and experimentally-verifiable investigation of physical and natural phenomena vs. partisan political ideology in a bureaucratic/legal regulatory Read more

COAD Cites “Lack of Action” in Delaware’s Prison Crisis

[ Photo: DE General Assembly ] By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Speaking at a press conference in the cafeteria of Legislative Hall last Thursday, Correctional Officers Association of Delaware President, Geoff Klopp stated that Delaware’s correctional officers are in a crisis situation. He cited a “lack of action” on the part of state officials in dealing with major problems in Delaware’s prison system. In the wake of the February 1 hostage incident at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Facility in Smyrna, during which Lt. Steven Floyd was killed, the staffing situation has been aggravated by dozens of early retirements and resignations of prison staff members. President Klopp also stated that unless action was forthcoming, another catastrophic incident would likely occur in the state prison system before the end of the summer. He made this prediction during a live Read more

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 , 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 the 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

Delaware NAACP Comments on Smyrna Prison Incident

By: C. Linwood Jackson, President NAACP Delaware State Conference MOVING FROM REVOLT TO RESOLUTION Finding a Path Forward Through Collaboration First and foremost, our condolences and prayers go out to Sgt. Steven Floyd's family. Loss of life under any circumstances is unconscionable. I believe we all prayed for an outcome where there would be no loss of life and again we mourn along with everyone affected by this. We have spoken briefly with the warden at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center and expressed our interest in working with him in particular and the DOC in general, in partnership with our NAACP prison branch to resolve any persistent issues highlighted by the demands made by the prisoners involved with this unfortunate turn of events. We hope that as the investigation moves on to identify Read more

Doomsday Clock Set to 2.5 Minutes to Midnight

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) has announced its decision to move its Doomsday Clock forward to two and one half minutes to Midnight, last Friday at 10 AM (EST). Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington DC, BAS Executive Director and Publisher, Dr. Rachel Bronson announced that " This year’s Clock deliberations felt more urgent than usual. On the big topics that concern the board, world leaders made too little progress in the face of continuing turbulence. In addition to the existential threats posed by nuclear weapons and climate change, new global realities emerged, as trusted sources of information came under attack, fake news was on the rise, and words were used in cavalier and often reckless ways. " The eighteen-page companion report, "It is two and a half minutes to midnight" (edited Read more

President Trump’s Inaugural Address

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: Thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done. Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Today's ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another -- but we are 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

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

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

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 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.”

Special Interest Funding Fuels the Steve Smyk Campaign

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer A preliminary analysis of incumbent Republican 20th District State Representative Steven Smyk’s 2013 -2015 campaign finance reports reveals that his campaign largely runs on money from various special interest donors including PACs, lobbyists, lawyers, corporations and financial institutions. Here is just a partial list of major contributors to his campaign committee, “Friends of Steve Smyk” (Patrick C. Miller, Treasurer): Advanced Computer Technologies,All American Settlement Group LLC, Altria Client Services, LLC (formerly Phillip Morris), Anheuser Busch Companies, Artesian Water Co, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP, BHM Insurance Services & Government Relations, Inc.; BJ United ADF, Castle PAC, CHIRO PAC, Chimicles & Tikellis LLP, Civic Affairs Construction Council, Colonial East, L.P., Correctional Officers Assn. Of Read more

Proposed Boat Storage Yard Ignites Sussex County Public Hearing

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer A proposed boat storage yard in the Rosedale area was a a subject of major contention at a Sussex County Council public hearing in Georgetown, earlier today. Conditional Use Application No. 2049, submitted by Blue Claw LLC and advocated by property owner, John van Cleef, was previously recommended for denial by the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission before being referred to the County Council. The Commission recommended denial of the application on the grounds that marine commercial land use was inconsistent with the surrounding AR-1 agricultural-residential zoning and land-use pattern, other nearby locations can be used with less impact on neighboring properties, access problems, lack of electric power, water and sewer and inconsistency of proposed industrial barbed wire fencing with residential neighborhood character. The proposed Read more

Sign Thieves Strike Ayotte Residence

Independent Party of Delaware 20th District State Representative, Don Ayotte's TRUMP for President sign was stolen on the morning of Monday, June 18 sometime between 9:00 and 9:30 AM EDT while he was out grocery shopping. The adjacent DON AYOTTE for 20th DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE sign was left intact. "I hope that whoever did this is actually using the sign", said Mr. Ayotte. Election cycles bring out the worst in some people who seem to think that their political partisanship gives them a license to steal opposing signs. While they may think that it is a political prank, theft of campaign signs is generally covered under the specific petty theft and trespassing laws of 50 states and can result in stiff fines and jail sentences upon conviction. Last month, a HILLARY for PRISON sign, located on RT 9 West, east of Georgetown near RT 30, disappeared within three weeks of its placement. The Read more

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

Ayotte 2016 Campaign is Underway

Independent Party of Delaware candidate, Don Ayotte started off his 2016 campaign for 20th District State Representative with a frank interview with Dan Gaffney on WXDE Delaware 105.9 FM in the New Jimmy's Grill in Rehoboth Beach, earlier this morning. "Tell me, Dan ... what positive thing has [Representative] Steven Smyk done for the people in the 20th District in the last four years except draw $54,000 a year in salary?", asked the candidate. Citing Smyk's failed attempt at making having a secret compartment in a felony and other "police state" legislation, Ayotte said that he would read and research all bills before voting on them, and generally work to defend constitutional civil liberties and the greater public interest towards a brighter future for the people in the 20th District. The Ayotte for Representative 2016 campaign cordially welcomes citizens involvement and feedback. Read more

Don Ayotte Files for State Reprensentative

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer 20th District is a 3-way Contest Donald Raleigh Ayotte has officially filed as an Independent party of Delaware candidate for the office of 20th District State Representative, currently held by former DSP Trooper, Steven Smyk. Mr. Ayotte's decision to run was made in response to numerous citizens requests and inquiries. He also faces Democrat, Barbara Vaughn a former Lewes City Councilwowan and member of the Lewes Historical Commission. “I believe we need real leadership and representation in the 20th District. If elected, I will closely monitor the concerns of not only the 20th District but those of all of Delaware. I will write and introduce legislation that will enhance our lives and invigorate our economy,” said Ayotte. “Representing the People and public interest is a full time job,” said Ayotte, “I will fully read all bills Read more

K. Emmanuel Magruder Files as an IPoD Candidate

K. Emmanuel Magruder, in a surprise move, has withdrawn from the Democratic Party primary and has filed as an Independent Party of Delaware candidate for City Councilman at-Large in Wilmington, DE. “We are very appreciative that a high-quality candidate as Mr..Magruder has chosen to run as an IPoD candidate and heartily welcome him on board “, said IPoD Secretary General, Wolf. von Baumgart. “The Independent Party of Delaware offers the people of Wilmington a clear alternative to politics as usual. The road to constructive change is open and we invite people to actively participate in the process”, he added. IPoD State Chairman, Don Ayotte said “As a highly qualified candidate for Wilmington City councilman at-Large Mr. Magruder is an important member of our Unified City Government Reform Ticket with IPoD mayoral candidate, Steven Washington,. With popular support, they Read more

President Obama Comments on Dallas

THE WHITE HOUSE Statement on Dallas President Obama: "We are horrified over these events" Last night, law enforcement officers in Dallas, Texas who were keeping people safe during a peaceful protest were targeted and attacked. This morning, President Obama offered a statement on these tragic attacks and made it clear that we as a nation stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas. "I speak for every single American when I say that we are horrified over these events, and that we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas ... Let's be clear: There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement. The FBI is already in touch with the Dallas police, and anyone involved in these senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done. With your understanding, I want to Read more