I am pleased to pre-release the fact that the Academy of Dover has doubled its passing percentage of DSTP test takers. In addition a financial audit is positive. All the previous negative findings were addressed. Some critics wanted to close the Academy of Dover during its charter renewal in spite of the fact the school was fundamentally sound. It needed improvement not closure. A state auditors report took some small items and blew them out of proportion. Some money had been accidentally put in the wrong line, it was not missing. The management firm had significant turnover of financial people. Three different employees took care of the school's books over the course of the year. Third grade test scores were not good. Morale was low among staff. Enrollment was falling. The state Board of Education, in its wisdom, decided to require changes Read more
Breaking news: Lawsuit filed today in Florida against the DNC - The suit alleges that the committee failed to "treat equally all similarly situated states and Democratic voters" when it decided not to seat Florida delegates because the state moved up its primary date against party rules. The suit also claims the committee's actions violated "due process" because the sanctions against Florida "flow from a constitutionally inadequate process that implements DNC rules in an arbitrary manner." Full Story It was obvious to me this would happen (see previous posts from January 24th and March 6th below). Prediction - Lawsuit stops Democratic National Convention God I love Florida and Michigan Don't let anyone tell you otherwise, Democrats have problems. You don't have to believe me, check it out for yourself - Florida Democrats protest video Read more
Breakdown using a sport's analogy: Why is Obama limping into the finals. Fact: Hillary Clinton is kicking Barack Obama's ass these final months of the campaign. Reason #1: He's playing his heart out and coming up short Reason #2: He's opting to lose the remaining games "that don't count" because his first place standing won't be impacted and he's resting for the finals. Which is it? If it's # 1 - The Democrats have huge problems come November because it will have clearly shown that they put up the weaker of the two candidates (super delegates didn't do their job) - Kentucky exit polls: "Two-thirds of Clinton's supporters there said they would vote Republican or not vote at all rather than for Obama, according to the polls." If it's # 2 - Take a minute and recall last year's New York Giants. Many credit their Super Bowl Victory because they didn't sit any starters and played their Read more
The food and energy commodity markets are quickly losing any connection to pure supply-and-demand pressures. In some cases, that disconnect has already long passed us by. There are many thoughts and proposals to correct this. I don't think many will work until one basic element is affected: Make the market less inviting to the typical speculator. Due to varying medical issues, I had to work from home several times over the last few months. In that time, I have flipped various news and business channels to listen to while working. A common item I have gleened is that the commodities markets are laden with speculators who have zero interest to take possession of the commodity on which they hold the contract. This is a method to driving the ask price up and eventually, the bid, when the contracts are no longer available from the originator. Specualtors are, for the most part, flippers. Read more
Coast to Coast Insanity is here. 4 people count more than millions of voters and thousands of years of human wisdom. Word is out that the California Supreme Court has found that it is discriminatory to give civil unions to same sex couples and recognize marriage of only mixed sex couples. That is like saying it is discriminatory to require an insurance agent to know about insurance and a lawyer to know about law. Why can't the lawyer just pass the insurance exam? Isn't there some law involved in it? That's silly, you say. They are serving different functions and they don't do the same thing. Neither do same sex couples and mixed sex couples. Forgive me for having to go back to basics. Nature says a man and a woman fit together in a unique way. They complete each other. Sexually their organs are made to compliment each other. Emotionally, they are made to balance Read more
How I wish Newt Gingrich ran for President. Let me have my fantasy for another minute. The Democrats have just walked into a trap. They want President Bush to stop putting 70,000 barrels of oil a day into the strategic reserve to save a nickle to a quarter a gallon on gas, yet they have blocked production of a million barrels a day from the Arctic saying it would have no impact. That would be like Saudi Arabia increasing its oil by 50%. It would be like adding another Iraq and Nigeria to the oil supply. The U. S. has enough reserves off shore and in Alaska to add about 4 of the top ten oil producing countries. If all of those went off line, what would the price be? Only an idiot would believe that 70K would affect the price and 2 million barrels wouldn't. Democrat policies have damaged Americans to no end. They blocked Bush. They stabbed us in back. About 3/4 of Americans want Read more
Stop. Go out with a win (a 67% to 26% trouncing of Obama in West Virginia). Announce she is no longer ACTIVELY campaigning. Announce her support for Obama and offer herself to the campaign in whatever capacity they see fit. She is within reach of the nomination and three outcomes are possible: 1. Something destructive happens and Obama is deemed unelectable in which case super delegates decide she is best suited to be the standard bearer in November. 2. Florida and Michigan fight on their own to be seated as they should be and she wins outright. Interestingly enough, this is the only scenario a candidate can win without super delegate interference. She's the only one in position to do so, that right there should be enough for Democrats to recognize they made a mistake in awarding the nomination to the weaker candidate. 3. Lose the nomination and when Obama loses the general be prepared Read more
I’m in, and I expect to win.” –Bill Enough said. The paperwork is filed according to the May 13th Delaware Grapevine. I have yet to see it updated on the state site, but I am sure that will happen.
If you haven't kept up with barelypolitical.com lately, you have to see this video. It is a comedy DefJam with Senator Obama. I heard some of the quotes on the news but I am not sure all of it is real. I don't care; it is just plain "hillarious". For the record, those views are not mine, I think Senator Clinton is cute, especially for a 60+ year old. So don't lay the Great Pumpkin thing at my doorstep, PC police. Imagine the fun of an Obama/Clinton ticket after watching that video. If that is not fun enough, here is one from Senator Clinton-- watch this one too. These guys would be the most interesting ticket since Kennedy/Johnson. I am not feeling the love. American politics is taking a weird turn this year with Youtube. It is actually kind of fun. The spirit of Will Rogers has morphed into the 21st Century. Read more
NOW I can post this (David A corrected my use of gas v. distillates last time) . If you haven't seen it, we truly have $4/gal gas now. The lone service station in Delaware City and the Exxon (go figure) at Mt. Pleasant/Summit (Boyd's Corner Rd and Summit Bridge Rd) both now boast $4 + /gal for the premium grade. It will not surprise me if there are more around the state. Has anyone else felt troubled about how investment firms (such as Goldman and Sachs) can just fling hunches out there and have it result in massive rises in these commodity prices? Earlier this week, we had reports of unexpected rises in inventory of crude and gasoline. What happened that same day? Goldman Sachs releases statements about how we are short in supply. Investors go bonkers on their news and pay no mind to the actual reports. Rapid commodity price increases that day...after a report about the Read more
Friday is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. It was designated by President Ronald Reagan and supported in Delaware by a resolution sponsored by Rep. Nancy Wagner and supported unanimously, to say thanks to the spouses of those who serve this country in the Military. We on occasion recognize the sacrifice of the American Serviceperson, maybe not as much as we should, but we almost forget about the sacrifice made on the home-front. There are no parades for those who kept the families together, functioned as both mom and dad with few if any breaks while emotionally taxed, and took on the burden of being powerless while their loved one's life was at risk. Being an American Serviceperson is a special calling, but so is being a patient, supportive spouse of one. May God bless the American Service Families. I ask that if you know someone who is holding down the homefront during this time Read more
The real reason it's over for Hillary is because she needs Democrats to stick it out with her. Let me repeat that, she needs "Democrats to stick it out". These are often the same folks who can't comprehend the fact that you can actually make a bad situation better, with hard work, optimism and a little luck. We all know Democrats are guided by the latest headline of the day. They don't believe in long term efforts and the inevitable ups and downs of life. When faced with hard times, their battle cry is "The sky is falling, the sky is falling." In the end yesterday played out as expected. She won Indiana and Obama won NC. However, the media played another round of lowering the expectation bar for Obama, reflecting more of the same analysis we were fed back in January and February, that it was over, "he won by a wide enough margin or he lost by a close enough one." She of course was Read more
The Department of Energy has a survey online which could shape state energy policy. The survey has some important points, but it seems skewed to the global warming alarmists. It could be used to guide us to some good policies, but also some senseless ones as well. Please give your opinion however you see it. It is your public service for today.
The Delaware GOP launched a new plan to attract voters and provide a basis from which to govern if it wins. I am continuing an analysis of the Delaware Plan to see if it lives up to its billing. An important part of the plan is education reform. Idea #4- Improve our public schools by empowering parents through expanding school choice and charter schools. Idea #5- Require that at least 70% of education expenditures are spent directly in the classroom where it will benefit the students. Entirely too much money is being wasted on administration and bureaucracy. Idea #6- Help children with discipline problems by removing them from the classroom and providing them an opportunity for alternative education where they cannot disrupt the education of other students. Idea #7- Implement merit incentive pay for Delaware’s teachers. Our highest performing teachers should receive the highest compensation. I Read more
I for one, was disappointed at the departure of Terry Strine form the Delaware GOP. It is no doubt that he made mistakes, but unlike many, he recognized them and worked to fix them. He would have made a great National Committee man. That would have been an appropriate reward for the legacy he left us in this past year. Part of that legacy was sitting the party activists down and saying let's change the dynamic. I wish he had done that his first year as chairman not his 5th, but he did it. Potentially, this could be the most significant achievement of any Delaware chairman in my lifetime (so far). Part of that legacy was involving the people not just the few in determining how to reform the party. Part of it was connecting the party activists to people who knew policy and know how to win elections with free workshops and the Heritage tour. Part of it was developing a consensus platform.That Read more
Judge Bill Lee came back from vaction to find that the draft Lee for Governor movement was a rousing success. Judge Bill Lee is going to test the waters over the next two weeks. See his interview for yourself. He saying to the party, you have two weeks to put your money where your mouth is. Judge Lee also made radio interviews upon his return from Disney World–the place where miracles happen.
Senator Biden has been a fixture in the U. S. Senate for years now. Once upon a time, I had no doubt that Senator Biden had made it his mission to care about the people. I admit that I thought he was wrong 75 or 80 percent of the time and wondered about another 10 percent, but I had no doubt about his passion. The man seemed to understand what public service was about. Let me give you evidence. Biden drafted the National Megan's law, the Equal Access Act which protected the right of religious groups to use public facilities and Bible clubs in schools, he authored the Violence Against Women Act, which has given safe haven and a new lease on life to untold hundreds of thousands, he drafted the Crime Bill (I didn't like it, but he tried to tackle something that mattered.), he fought for a flexible spending freeze to balance the federal budget, and he was the first Democrat to Read more
In yet another country, conservatives have gained ground. British local elections have sent a shockwave through the Labor establishment. After a turn left from Blair, the party has disconnected with the British people. Labor lost the Regional election in the Scottish parliament and now 300 municipal seats. Let those who think that a conservative setback means conservatism is lost, think again. A setback is ok. If you don't have them, you get arrogant and out of touch. The difference between a setback and a defeat is the heart to fight back. In the U. S., John McCain is increasing his poll lead vs. Senator Obama. All three candidates have negative associations pulling them down. McCain has Bush (43% say it weakens their likelihood of support), Clinton has her honesty, and 1/3 of voters say Rev. Wright makes them less likely to support Senator Obama. Senator McCain leads both Read more
WILMINGTON - A day prior to delivering the keynote address at the Republican State Convention, Hockessin resident John Clatworthy declared he is running for the Fourth State Senate District seat, soon to be vacated by State Senator Charlie Copeland. "It's time to make Delaware first again," said Clatworthy. "I will represent the 4th District by bringing my business experience, leadership abilities and vision to Legislative Hall. I plan to work vigorously to strengthen our economy, by promoting pro-business policies that will bring more jobs to our state and to reform our tax structure, making taxes lower, fewer and fairer." Clatworthy, the son of Ray and Judy Clatworthy, was raised in Dover. A strong supporter of public education, Clatworthy attended Caesar Rodney High School and the University of Delaware, receiving a business degree in Marketing and Finance. He Read more
Wednesday night, Kent County Levy Court Commissioner Eric Buckson bowed out of the Lieutenant Governor's race during an eloquent statement at the Kent County Republican Caucus. Buckson, who had always intended a convention strategy, said he knew the votes weren't there after Friday's shakeup of the race which saw the entrance of Senate Minority Leader Charlie Copeland. "I will not ask this county delegation to follow me into a losing battle", he said. "I could whine about process, but it is what it is", said Buckson, "I believe I can win statewide, but so can Charlie". He urged the party to unite behind Senator Copeland and vowed to be back in the future. He pledged to support whomever the convention nominated for governor but urged the Kent County delegation not to overlook supporting "the two guys who have worked their butts off" in a recognition of Mr. Graham and Mr. Protack Read more
Whatever happened to this concept? It looks like the senate is not the only place which has a desk drawer. Governor Minner would you please dust off the Lead Report? The BCG team reviewed potential efficiency opportunities within the state’s $1.65 billion education budget, and identified opportunities with an annual value of $86-158 million once fully and successfully implemented. This potential includes $55-110 million in operating savings and $31-48 million in capital savings. The operating savings is split between savings that would be realized at the state level and savings that would be captured by individual districts and schools. (For each opportunity listed below, the corresponding estimated potential annual savings is provided in parentheses.) BCG leveraged past experience, interviews, and prior data and reports to develop an initial set of hypotheses on potential efficiency Read more
Dover – The Delaware Senate has unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senator John C. Still (R-Dover) to protect military personnel deployed overseas from facing higher auto insurance premiums upon their return as a result of their military service. Senator Still introduced Senate Bill 23 after learning first-hand about the experience of a Delaware citizen who was deployed in Iraq for more than a year and had cancelled his car insurance policy while he was away. When the soldier returned home, he found that he faced much higher car insurance premiums simply because his military service created a gap in his insurance coverage history and placed him in a higher rate classification as if he were a first-time applicant. Senator Still said “it is wrong for our military personnel to lose the benefit of their insurance history, years of safe driving and other discounts they may Read more
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A new ad is just waiting in the wings if Senator Obama is the nominee of the Democrats. In 1988, cultural issues came into their own. They defeated Governor Mike Dukakis. They were powerful factors in the elections since 1968, but they were the election of 1988. Now a new effort merges national security concerns with cultural concerns. Senator Obama is shown to be weak on the war on gangs, according to the ad, and is therefore questioned on whether he will be weak on the war on terrorists. If the weak issues of Pastor Jeremiah Wright and Ayers give him trouble, how will he deal with his own record? Remember, don’t shoot the messenger when you comment.