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LP Sussex Endorses Webb

The Sussex County Chapter of the Delaware Libertarian Party has endorsed write-in candidate, Andrew C. Webb for U.S. Representative, The party is currently running Nadine Frost for U.S. Senate, but does not have a U.S. Representative candidate on its 2018 ticket.

Libertarian Party endorsements are selectively awarded to candidates who best advocate and exemplify its core principles of smaller government, less taxes and more individual liberty.

The Webb campaign is gratified at the SCLP’s endorsement.

Scott Walker’s Facebook Woes Continue

Scott Walker's Facebook woes continue as the disavowed Republican U.S. Representative candidate, faces elimination of subsequent pages for violation of community standards for continuation of his inflammatory comments on newly opened accounts. ,p>The process began with a three-day suspension for posting a rather pointless video recording of an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting which he attended, thereby violating member's reasonable expectation of privacy and confidentiality, as aired on WXDE Delaware 105.9 FM radio. The story of the termination of his official campaign Facebook page "Scott Walker for Delaware" was first made public yesterday evening on the Midlantic Dispatch.The "cat and mouse" game continues with the candidate opening new accounts as soon as one is eliminated. There is growing voter backlash to Walker's incendiary comments, resulting in complaints to Facebook and Read more

Walker Calls for Slave Rising

In a publicity move reminiscent of John Brown at Harper's Ferry in 1859, Delaware GOP congressional candidate, Scott Walker has called for African Americans to "rise" in the "Slave State of Delaware", posting on Facebook on Sep 25 at 8:47 pm as follows: "African American Delawareans unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains! How long will you live on the plantation? Delaware is a SLAVE STATE! Must it be that way in perpetuity??? RISE!" He faces The First State's first African American and first woman U.S. Representative, incumbent Democrat Lisa Blunt Rochester and Independent/Republican/Populist write-in candidate, Andrew C. Webb in the November 6 general election. Mr. Webb said he decided to run for U.S. Representative after the results of the September 6, 2018 Republican Primary. The Delaware GOP has recently renounced Scott Walker's candidacy and will not Read more

Delaware Bans Offshore Drilling

Governor John Carney, last Thursday, signed into law two measures, effectively banning offshore drilling for petroleum and natural gas in Delaware’s Coastal Zone and coastal waters. Senate Bill 200 prohibits drilling for oil or natural gas in Delaware’s coastal zone and territorial waters and precludes DNREC from issuing any permits in connection with the development of offshore drilling infrastructure, whether proposed for Delaware territorial waters or waters outside of the State. Its companion measure, Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 207, opposes O&G drilling off Delaware’s coast and directs appropriate state agencies and officials to enforce Delaware’s rights in matters of offshore drilling under state and federal environmental laws. The measures had wide bipartisan support, largely for reasons of potential environmental and economic impact that a major offshore Read more

Farina Files as U.S. Senate Write-in Candidate

Peter Todd Farina of Wilmington has officially filed as a write-in candidate for U.S. Senator.

Previously, Matthew Walter Stout and Barry Eveland officially declared as Write-ins for U.S. Senate, challenging multi-term incumbent Democrat, Tom Carper and Republican Rob Arlett.

This continues a new trend of citizens, dissatisfied with the major parties choices of candidates, taking the initiative and entering the election as write-in candidates, most notably the Andrew Webb for Congress 2018 campaign, filed on September 13.

Citizens meeting constitutional requirements for various offices may officially declare themselves as write-in candidates by filing with the Delaware Department of Elections.

The deadline is October 1.

DE GOP Renounces Scott Walker

The Midlantic Dispatch has obtained a Delaware Republican Party (DEGOP) State Executive Committee official statement that strongly renounces and disavows its 2018 Republican congressional candidate, Scott Walker: Dear Fellow Delaware Republicans, The Republican Party of Delaware stands squarely as the party of Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Regan for the principles of: • Equality and respect for all. • Personal freedom and liberty • Smaller government. Through a series of unfortunate events, we have on the ballot a candidate for Congress whose actions and views do not in any way represent the principles of our party. Under our Party rules, a candidate can only be formally endorsed in a primary, if he or she has received 60% of the vote of the delegates to our spring convention. No candidate for Congress was put forth at that convention. Shortly Read more

DE Governor Announces Wilmington Port Expansion

Governor John Carney, the Diamond State Port Corporation and GT USA Wilmington, LLC have finalized a major agreement to significantly expand the Port of Wilmington, last Tuesday. Previously this year, Governor Carney announced an agreement with Gulftainer to lease the Port of Wilmington from the State of Delaware and construct a new container shipping facility on the Delaware River. “This historic agreement will result in significant new investment in the Port of Wilmington, which has long been one of Delaware’s most important industrial job centers,” said Governor Carney. [see video] According to the agreement, UAE-based Gulftainer’s subsidiary GT USA Wilmington, LLC will make annual royalty payments to the State of Delaware, totaling $13 million over the next decade. The company plans to invest up to $600 million in the Port over the next decade, including approximately Read more

Webb to Appear at Lincoln Community Center

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

Populist write-in U.S. Representative candidate, Andrew C. Webb will appear at a candidates forum on Thursday, September 20 at 6:30 pm in the Lincoln Community Center on 1883 Washington Street in Lincoln DE to answer your questions and listen to citizens concerns. Mr. Webb is running for Delaware’s at-large congressional seat.

He faces incumbent Democrat, Lisa Blunt-Rochester and Republican challenger, Scott Walker.

Big Brother Coming to Millsboro

The Millsboro Police Department has applied for an estimated $42,000 grant to install surveillance cameras in the downtown business district.

The system is expected to be fully operational in time for Christmas.

Citizens can express their concerned with their elected officials and candidates or comment below.

Sussex BOA Removes Condition on Allen Harim Plant

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer In response to Allen Harim’s appeal of a earlier condition of approval of Allen Harim, LLC’s application for approval a poultry deboning operation at the former Vlasic Pickle plant near Millsboro, the Sussex County Board of Adjustment voted to remove its previous condition that all properly permitted on-site wastewater facilities be in place before the plant was allowed to operate. Instead, it now permits plant operation subject to legally permitted trucking of wastewater to off-site treatment, much to the consternation of local residents,last Monday night. The BOA also reiterated its standing general position that it does not have the power or inclination to make environmental or public health decisions in its deliberations. In an August 20 appeal to the BOA, an attorney for the multimillion-dollar South Korean owned corporation claimed that Read more

Andrew Webb Launches 2018 Campaign

Populist write-in candidate for U.S. Representative Andrew Webb, kicked off his 2018 campaign for Delaware's single congressional seat earlier this evening at the Stargate Restaurant in Seaford. Here is a transcript of his opening speech: Before I get started, I want to thank everyone who took time out of their evening for coming and allowing me to hear your concerns and ideas for our state and nation. Remember, it is your voice that I want to take to Washington. I would like to take a moment and thank my parents for coming out and supporting me in this endeavor. I would also like to thank our growing team of supporters who are helping me make it all possible. To tell you a little but about myself, My name is Andrew Webb and I am 26-year old graduate of Del Tech in Georgetown from the HVAC program. Currently, I have returned to study addictions and learn the steps of becoming Read more

Webb Campaign Launches Website

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Barely three days after announcing his populist write-in campaign, Delaware congressional candidate, Andrew Webb has added a ‘b’ to the term “website”. Electweb.com debuted the internet early Sunday morning. Developed in-house with volunteer staff, for a fraction of the cost of most political websites, electweb.com is streamlined and to the point, stating his position on major issues. It openly invites citizens to share their concerns and encourages active voter involvement and support. There is also a page dedicated to voter registration with instructions on how to cast a write-in ballot. Casting a write-in ballot in Delaware is more complicated than pushing a button in a column. Due to the very narrow roll of paper embedded in the state’s obsolescent voting machines it takes some extra effort. However, with a bit of concentration, Read more

Webb Files for U.S. Representative

In the aftermath of the 2018 Republican State Primary, a fresh new face is running for Delaware’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Andrew C. Webb (26), an HVAC serviceman, concerned citizen and Del Tech student, majoring in drug and alcohol counseling, has filed as a write-in candidate, yesterday. “After considering and seeing our options to represent Delaware in Congress, I have decided to officially run for US House of Representatives as a write-in candidate and clear alternative to Delaware politics as usual. My message is simple: Consistency and Transparency. I will be officially filing on Thursday. Stay tuned!!”, he announced on social media. Although he is a registered Republican, he is running a highly motivated independent write-in campaign to run for U.S. Representative as a popular alternative candidate. “Our campaign is intended to represent Read more

Improving Delmarva’s Water Quality

David Rickards, President and CEO of Birdsong Gardens offers an economically profitable and sustainable solution to the problem of Delmarva's deteriorated water quality. Duckweed ( Lemna minor) has been commonly treated as a rapidly growing nuisance aquatic plant to be disposed of . Generally, duckweed is controlled with copper algicide compounds, having negative impact on fish and other aquatic and estaurine life with a net deterioration of the natural biota. However, controlled harvesting and processing of lemna minor can yield useful and profitable commercial products with significant reduction in both nutrient and toxic water pollution in natural waterways and man made holding facilities. A specific example is given for Allen Harim's proposed deboning plant near Millsboro, DE: 1) Allen Harim has 1,200 acres planned for spray field irrigation (@43,560 square feet/acre). 2) Read more

Sussex BoA Tables Allen Harim Decision

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The Sussex County Board of Adjustment, last Monday night, unanimously tabled a decision on Allen Harim LLC's request to change the condition of approval regarding wastewater treatment at its storage facility near Millsboro. Fifteen persons present registered their opposition, while no one besides the applicant registered support. Located between Iron Branch Road and Pinnacle Way near Millsboro, the former Vlasic pickle plant is the subject of major local controversy due to its adverse environmental impact on water quality including nutrient loading of the Indian River watershed and toxic contamination of nearby residential well water. In 2013, Allen Harim proposed building a major poultry processing plant on its 107-acre brownfield site, that would have drawn an estimated 2.5 million gallons of groundwater per day, but abandoned its original Read more

Unemployment rate crashes to lowest rate in half a century

Unemployment Rate Matches Lowest Point in Half a Century CNN Money June 1, 2018 https://spkrryan.us/2H9t81x The unemployment rate has matched its lowest point in half a century. The Labor Department reported Friday that unemployment fell to 3.8% in May. The economy added 223,000 jobs, better than economists expected. Since 1969, the only other time unemployment has been this low was in April 2000. Unemployment has fallen steadily since the Great Recession. It peaked at 10% in 2009. Wages grew 2.7% in May compared with a year earlier. That was in line with expectations, and should keep inflation fears calm on Wall Street. "The US economy has this incredible head of steam," said Josh Wright, chief economist at software firm iCIMS. He said workers were starting to feel the effects of last year's tax cut. The job gains were broad. In April, the economy added 159,000 Read more

“Horizon of Fear” Hits Bookstores

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer “Horizon of Fear”, a gripping action/adventure novel written by Donald Raleigh Ayotte, is now available on Kindle and in paperback. The plot centers on a Jihadi terrorist plot to re-establish an Islamic Caliphate by detonating tactical nuclear weapons in Europe and the efforts of an international journalist, Nate Adams to uncover and thwart their nefarious scheme. Nate teams up with “Jenny”, a highly trained Arab-American CIA agent and a romance gradually develops between them in a deadly atmosphere of danger, intrigue and deception. An elite American spec-ops unit aids them, as they pursue fanatical Al-Qaeda operatives throughout Europe and Saudi Arabia in a final showdown to defend Western Civilization. Copies are available at the CreateSpace e-store: https://www.createspace.com/7330757 and will be available from Amazon.com Read more

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.

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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