Category Archives: Press Releases

Bipartisan Statement by Delaware Statewide Officials and Legislative Leaders on Charlottesville

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 14, 2017 A Joint Statement By Elected Leaders of Delaware We join together to denounce the intimidation and violence perpetrated by white supremacists and Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, and to make clear that such conduct will not be tolerated here in Delaware. We come from different backgrounds, different parties, and different parts of the state. Some of our colleagues have relatives who served and died fighting the Nazis in World War II. Some of our colleagues have ancestors who were imprisoned and killed in Nazi-run concentration camps. Some of our colleagues have ancestors who were enslaved and oppressed when white supremacy was permitted by law here in the United States. All of us, together, reject the white supremacist and Nazi views espoused last weekend in Charlottesville, and condemn the behavior and violence that accompanied Read more

Delaware Absentee Voting is Easier

New law removes notary requirement, expanding voting access for younger Delawareans attending school out of state DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney on Friday signed into law House Bill 47, bipartisan legislation that removes the notary requirement for qualified Delaware voters requesting absentee ballots. The legislation will eliminate a barrier for voters seeking to cast votes in Delaware elections – especially young Delaware voters attending school out of state. Governor Carney signs legislation removing barrier to absentee voting for Delaware voters Governor Carney signs legislation removing barrier to absentee voting for Delaware voters. Representative Lyndon Yearick and Senator Brian Bushweller sponsored the legislation, along with Senator Brian Pettyjohn and Representative Kim Williams. Governor Carney signed the legislation in Dover on Friday, surrounded by its sponsors Read more

AETNA Calls it quits in Delaware Obamacare Marketplace

AETNA EXITS ACA EXCHANGE IN DELAWARE FOR 2018   Dover, DE (May 10, 2017) – On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, Aetna, Inc. (“Aetna”), informed the Delaware Department of Insurance that it would not be participating in the Health Insurance Marketplace (“Marketplace”) in Delaware for 2018. As a main reason for their exit, Aetna cited an approximate $700 million loss for individual policies between 2014 and 2016, and an estimated loss of $200 million for 2017 throughout the United States.   In response, Commissioner Navarro issued the following statement:   “I am disappointed that Aetna will not be servicing the health needs of Delawareans in 2018. Given the uncertainty and instability surrounding the future of the Affordable Care Act, however, I understand their reasoning. I would hope that our elected officials in Washington will come up with solutions to guarantee that health Read more

ALG praises Senate confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch

April 7, 2017, Fairfax, Va.--Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising the Senate for confirming soon-to-be-sworn-in Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court: "This confirmation is a huge victory for President Donald Trump, who kept his promise by appointing a constitutionalist to the bench. Thanks to the steadfast leadership and determination Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the balance of power on the Supreme Court has been preserved with the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch, who promises to uphold the text of the Constitution and the rule of law. This proves when the Senate majority is determined to act, they can pull together to respect the will of the people. It is our hope that newly minted Justice Gorsuch lives up to the intellectual legacy of Antonin Scalia who put the rule of law ahead of personal preference." To Read more

White House touts bipartisan Praise of Gorsuch

Bipartisan Praise For The “Impossible To Oppose” Judge Neil Gorsuch “Sterling Legal And Academic Credentials” … “A Brilliant Legal Mind” … “Very Ethical” … “An Exceptional Jurist” Above The Law’s David Lat On Judge Gorsuch: “Stellar Credentials…” “In my view, the choice between Judge Gorsuch and Judge Hardiman comes down to how Establishment and elitist the president wants to be. Both judges have stellar credentials, but Judge Gorsuch’s shine just a little more brightly.” (David Lat, “Supreme Court Update: And Then There Were Four,” Above The Law, 1/24/17) Lat: “He’s Brilliant, Conservative And Impossible To Oppose.” (Mark K. Matthews And Kirk Mitchell, “What You Need To Know About Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump’s Rumored Top Pick For The Supreme Court,” Denver Post, 1/30/17) SCOTUSBlog’s Eric Citron: “[Gorsuch’s] Read more

Dick Durbin threatens to showdown in order to force internet giveaway

For Immediate Release Contact: Robert Romano Sept. 16, 2016 Dick Durbin threatens government shutdown over 'obscure and irrelevant' Internet giveaway Sept. 16, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) for threatening a government shutdown if Congress does not allow the Internet giveaway to go forward, where he said, "Can... Republicans dream up an any more obscure and irrelevant issue to stop the business of the American government? ... I couldn't believe it when they told me this could stop the CR": "If the Internet giveaway is such an 'obscure and irrelevant' issue then why do Durbin and Senate Democrats care about it? Are they saying they will or will not vote for the continuing resolution over stopping the Internet Read more

Bonini Touts Convention Endorsement

***NEWS RELEASE*** BONINI WINS ENDORSEMENT AT DE GOP CONVENTION DEWEY BEACH, DE – In the race for Governor, Senator Colin Bonini won a landslide victory with 73% of the vote for the endorsement of the Delaware Republican Convention. Bonini, the clear frontrunner in the race, beat Lacey Lafferty at the annual meeting of Republicans across the state. When making his case to the delegates, Bonini said, “I am a proven conservative leader that can win.” Bonini also criticized Democrats for failing Delawareans. “Delaware deserves better,” he said. “Delaware is off course, but we can right this ship by working together. I am confident about our future. But to ensure a Delaware of unlimited possibility, we must make the right choices. Our future prosperity depends on a vibrant economy, safe neighborhoods, strong schools and first class transportation and infrastructure Read more

Latest START ICBM Numbers

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer A recent report in the FAS Roundup states that the Russian Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) level has actually dipped below that of the US. Russia currently has 1,582 warheads on 515 strategic launchers deployed and the United States has 1,597 warheads on 785 launchers, according to US State Department data. Both sides are very gradually reducing their ICBM force levels to meet limits set by the Strategic Arms Limitation (START) treaty by February 2018. The entire report, New START Treaty Count: Russia Dips Below U.S. Again, written by Hans M. Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, is available at: . Read more

Sam Chick’s Campaign Kickoff

Please join us and show your support at my official campaign kick-off this Sunday. Your presence will help show that Delawareans are ready for real change in our government. The event is free and open to friends, family, and community members supporting my campaign for 31st District State Representative. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served, with drinks available for purchase. Pick Chick Campaign Kick-off Sunday, April 13th from 2 to 4 p.m. Frazier’s Restaurant, 9 E. Loockerman St, Dover, DE 19901 We want to start the campaign off with a bang, so please come out and bring your friends & family-- the more the merrier! Help get Sam elected! To volunteer for the campaign, visit my website at call 302-265-3605 or email Please send your most generous donation to: Friends for Chick, 40 Maple Lane, Dover, DE 19901 Or donate Read more

Carper Joins in D. C. Statehood Bill

Today, incoming Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) with Senators Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) introduced legislation that would allow Washington D.C. full statehood, including full voter representation in Congress for its residents. The New Columbia Admissions Act, S. 132, would pave the way for the potential creation of a 51st state, called New Columbia, with full voting rights in Congress. Under the bill, a federal district called Washington, D.C. – encompassing the White House, the Capitol, the Supreme Court and the National Mall – would still remain under the control of Congress, as the Constitution mandates. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) introduced companion legislation in the House, H.R. 292, earlier this month. “Washington, D.C. is not just a collection of government Read more

Carper Takes Aim at High Capacity Clips

WASHINGTON – Today, on the first day for bills to be introduced in the 113th Congress, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) announced his intention to cosponsor legislation authored by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) aimed at reducing gun violence. The bill, the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, would ban high-capacity ammunition magazines holding more than ten rounds and is a component of the gun safety proposal put forth by President Obama and Vice President Biden. "I'm a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, but I also believe we must take common sense steps to reduce gun violence," Sen. Carper said. "Last week, President Obama and Vice President Biden outlined a comprehensive list of straightforward proposals, including a reinstatement of the ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines that existed from 1994 through 2004. These military-style magazines have been used in mass Read more

Will Pennsylvania Become a Right to Work State?

Tea Party Group backs Right to Work Bill; Says Workers Shouldn't Be Forced to Join Unions Harrisburg, PA (January 23, 2013) -- The Independence Hall Tea Party Association, the largest independent Tea Party group in the tri-state region, announced that it is supporting "Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative," which was the subject of yesterday's press conference held in the Capitol Building. Association members were on hand to support the bill. "It's about time Pennsylvania becomes a Right to Work state," said Association President Teri Adams. "With a Republican legislature and a Republican Governor, it's only logical that Right to Work legislation take center stage." "Right now, the economy and jobs are the biggest concerns of Pennsylvanians. "If Pennsylvania becomes the 25th Right to Work state, the business climate should improve significantly," Read more

Delaware GOP Chairman: “Proof Cronyism Still Rampant”

News Release Delaware GOP Chairman: “Proof Cronyism Still Rampant” Wilmington, Delaware – June 25, 2012 – John Sigler, chairman of the Republican State Committee of Delaware, commented today on the reported lack of record keeping and possible legal infractions surrounding non-payment of minimum wage to inmates from the Delaware penal system when they are used as day laborers. “This is yet another example of state government’s single party rule, cronyism and almost unimaginable mismanagement. The overall lack of accountability and apparent disregard for prisoner and public welfare is appalling. "Work release programs are an integral part of our system of corrections. They provide opportunities for both employers and the prisoners involved. The so-called “day labor program” has the potential for helping farmers and small businesses, as well Read more


Delaware Veterans Home Receives 5-Star Rating For Care Quality improves from 2-star rating in less than two years The Delaware Veterans Home, the first and only long term care facility in Delaware dedicated solely to veterans, was recently awarded the highest rating of five stars by the federal government for the overall care it provides to its residents. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created its Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily. In 2008, the Delaware Veterans Home received a below average assessment of two stars from CMS for two surveys which revealed several major deficiencies and incidents of substandard care. These incidents signaled a need for all aspects of the Veterans Home’s operation to be scrutinized. After making major management, staff, and policy changes, the Read more

“Take Back Our State,” Bull Roast

“Take Back Our State” Bull Roast (Second Annual Event) Sept. 24th Eagle Crest Field, Milton Delaware 29710 Eagle Crest Rd. (on Rt. 1) 1pm-6pm Featuring: Guest Speakers, Lunch, Raffle, Auction and Entertainment John Sigler Glen Urquhart Rich Collins This event is being hosted by: The 35th District Conservative Committee A Political Action Committee (PAC) All monies will be used to support candidates that help take back Delaware All tickets are $25.00 and are to be sold in advance. Children 12 and under are admitted free with paying adult. Special sponsorship tables available, please contact Jeanette Taylor at 302-934-1555 or Lynn Brannon at 302-245-5848. Tickets can be bought at: Sussex County GOP headquarters, 131 E. Market St. (302-856-6323) John Gooss: Georgetown Animal Hospital, 302-856-2623 Jim Taylor: 302-645-6266 Jeanette Taylor: 302-934-1555 Read more

Why Ban The Faith That Gave Us Freedom

Chairman Urquhart of the Sussex County GOP Committee released a statement today titled, "Why Ban The Faith That Gave Us Freedom?" The "radical transformers" seem bent on stamping out cherished and vital traditions. Having tried to expunge "Easter," they're now attacking prayer before Sussex County Council meetings. All that's left is attempting to force the majority to completely disavow the existence of a supreme Creator. The problem is that the secular humanism, they seem to prefer is a religious belief system. Its faith is that our problems cam be solved by radically transforming and perfecting people and societies. In short, it's a religion. So where's the much heralded separation of the state from their "church" which "worships" human theories, experts and programs? And what happened to tolerance? Why is a small minority intolerantly demanding that it rule over the majority? Read more

Markell Release on Deal with Chinese

Governor Announces Agreement With Chinese Investment Agency Delaware and Ministry of Commerce to Cooperate to Attract Chinese Investors Delaware Governor Jack Markell today announced an agreement with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce’s Investment Promotion Agency to work together to bring Chinese investors to Delaware. In follow up to his November visit to China, Governor Markell met with Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Chao this morning. Vice Minister Wang is leading a delegation of Chinese businesses to accompany President Hu Jintao during his visit to the United States. "Delaware is uniquely suited to be a gateway to the United States for Chinese investors looking to put people to work in our country,” Governor Markell said. “Investing in a foreign market is challenging. Our responsive government, predictable legal environment, skilled workforce and convenient location Read more

National Association of Manufacturers Explodes Myth Around Tax Hike

WASHINGTON, DC, 12/02/10 -  The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Executive Vice President Jay Timmons issued the following statement today on the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010 (HR 4853): “Manufacturers oppose the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010 because it would result in a tax increase for many manufacturers. The tax relief enacted in 2001 and 2003 played a key role in stimulating our economy as it repealed the estate tax and lowered both the individual tax rates and tax rates on investment. Unfortunately, the House bill being voted on today does not include this critical relief.  As a result, in January 2011 many manufacturers will see a top tax rate of nearly 40 percent, a 164 percent increase in the dividend tax and the return of a 55 percent estate tax on family-held companies. Over 70 percent of American manufacturers file as S-corporations or some Read more

Urquhart praises Pledge to America

For Immediate Release Urquhart Praises GOP Pledge as Returning to Common Sense They finally realized debt destroys jobs, excessive regulation kills jobs, tax hikes in this economy kills jobs, raising energy costs kills jobs, and a tax bill masquerading as health care reform kills jobs. “This is what I have been saying all year”, said Urquhart. The House Republican Leadership issued a pledge which returns the party back to a common sense platform which led to prosperity in the 80’s and 90’s when Republicans cut taxes, balanced the budget, and participated in the creation of tens of millions of new jobs. The plan would restrain discretionary spending (non-entitlement and non defense) by returning to 2008 levels at a 100 billion dollar savings and cap future growth.  The plan would cut taxes, reform regulations, replace government dominated health care with a free market Read more


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 5, 2010CONTACT: Levi Russell at (509) 979-6615 or via email at: RUT ROH: Mike Castle Caught in Out-Of-State Fundraising Controversy * CASTLE BIT BY HYPOCRISY AS RECORDS SHOW 67% OF CONTRIBUTIONS COME FROM OUTSIDE DELAWARE * BAILOUT-BACKED INDUSTRIES AMONG CASTLE'S BIGGEST DONORS (WILMINGTON) -- FEC Records reveal that in the 2009-2010 calendar year, 67% of Congressman Mike Castle's campaign contributions have come from outside Delaware. The revelation comes following attacks by Castle's campaign against Conservative Republican challenger, Christine O'Donnell, who they have accused of not receiving enough support from Delaware. "It turns out Mike Castle is not only a hypocrite, but he is bought and paid for by the corrupted special interests who pushed for the government bailouts of private industry sectors," said Read more

Group Touts Miller Victory in Alaska as harbinger of Delaware Primary

Release by Common Sense Communities, which is solely responsible for its content. Late last night Common Sense Constitutional Conservatives claimed another victory over elite career politicians with Joe Miller's victory in the Alaskan U.S. Senate race over liberal republican Senator Lisa Murkowski.! Tea Party Express celebrated this victory here in Delaware as they pulled into the first state to begin their work on the Christine O'Donnell U.S. Senate race. That's right...The Tea Party Express is in town and they have big plans for the PEOPLES' seat formerly held by Joe Biden. Common Sense Republican primary voters will vote for Christine O'Donnell on Tuesday September 14th. In the next 14 days Delaware citizens, with the help of TEA Party Express, will be building on this victory to deliver victory for common sense here in Delaware. Common Sense candidates up and down the Delaware Read more

Former Governor and Senator George Allen Says Glen Urquhart has the right values and principles

Former Governor and Senator George Allen Says Glen Urquhart has the right values and principles Houston, DE, July 16, 2010:  The Great Conservative Cookout drew at least 1200 people to the Yoder Farm near Houston Delaware. It featured many conservative candidates and two special guests Tabitha Hale of Freedom Works and the Keynote was Former Virginia Governor and Senator George Allen.  Governor Allen was warmly introduced by his long time friend, Conservative Republican Congressional candidate Glen Urquhart.  He returned the favor by stating that Glen Urquhart was someone who shared the Governor’s Reagan Conservative values.  He stated that they were long time friends and that we could trust Glen Urquhart because he has the right values, principles and ideas to be a great representative in Congress.   The Governor spoke in depth about the danger of the Climate Tax Legislation Read more

Urquhart to Announce Energy Plan and Make No Climate Tax Pledge to the the People

URQUHART SIGNS NO CLIMATE TAX PLEDGE AND PREPARES TO ANNOUNCE MAJOR ENERGY POLICY INITIATIVE On July 16, 2010, Republican Congressional Candidate and former Reagan Appointee Glen Urquhart will sign a pledge to the people of the state of Delaware to oppose any climate tax. At the Great Conservative Cookout at the Yoder Farm near Greenwood Delaware (89 Huntington Quarter Rd, Houston, DE) he will make clear that he is opposed to cap and trade, a carbon tax, or any similar oppressive tax scheme which will fall heaviest on families and job creating businesses. Mr. Urquhart believes high energy costs are one of 5 major factors dragging down our economic performance, along with dangerous levels of debt and accompanying credit crunch caused by high federal deficits, uncertainty caused by the huge tax hikes set for 2011 and beyond, a flood of regulations, and health care costs. “Artificially Read more

Americans for Prosperity Applauds U.S. House Candidate Glen Urquhart for Signing No Climate Tax Pledge

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 13, 2010 Contact: James Valvo (703) 224-3200 Americans for Prosperity Applauds U.S. House Candidate Glen Urquhart -Signs No Climate Tax Pledge- Washington, DC—The free market grassroots group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) today applauded Delaware U.S. House candidate Glen Urquhart (At Large) for signing the group’s “No Climate Tax Pledge.” Urquhart joins more than 625 bipartisan lawmakers and candidates on the federal, state and local levels pledging to “oppose legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.” “The one thing elected officials should be able to agree on is that global warming shouldn’t be used as an excuse to hike taxes on citizens and businesses,” said AFP Vice President for Policy Phil Kerpen. “We encourage all of Delaware’s elected officials and candidates Read more

Kovach, Lavelle, Hudson, Ramone and Briggs King Lead the Way on Helping Small Businesses and Consolidating Government

News Release  STATE LEGISLATORS PROPOSE EASING THE BURDEN FACED BY BUSINESSES FROM DELAWARE'S HIDDEN SALES TAX, FUNDED BY A SHRINKING OF STATE GOVERNMENT          State legislators today unveiled a plan to help companies doing business in Delaware by reducing the state's Gross Receipts Tax (GRT).  The move would be funded by savings from shrinking the state's workforce by approximately 500 jobs, or less than 1.7% of the total state workforce, through attrition, beginning July 2010.   State Representative Thomas H. Kovach (R-Southeast Brandywine) is introducing legislation to decrease the GRT - what was supposed to be a temporary tax imposed in 1975 on the gross receipt sales of Delaware's businesses - by 6.7% across the board.  The savings to companies doing business in Delaware would be $13 million, with this business relief plan funded by savings from the state not filling Read more