Last week Senator Brian Bushweller of Dover D-17 announced his retirement from the General Assembly by not seeking reelection. Three Republicans were already considering the seat and now three Democrats, Levy Court Commissioner Alan Angel, Councilman Roy Sudler Jr., and State Representative Trey Paradee D-29 are looking hard at the seat. Some have taken their names out of play. Representative Sean Lynn D-31 of Dover and Dover Mayor Robin Christensen both posted on their Facebook pages their lack of interest. Representative Lynn is reported to be deciding between reelection and the Attorney General slot which is also under consideration by Senator Bryan Townsend D-11. Republicans under consideration include Businesswoman, Air Force veteran, wife and mother Donyale Hall of the NAACP Central Delaware Branch and Young Republican of the year, Army War Veteran, husband and father Jason Stewart. Read more
By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer
About 250 people gathered at a Sussex GOP-sponsored rally in support of President Donald Trump, held at North Bedford Park Georgetown, earlier today. WGMD 92.7 FM radio talk show host, Bob Steele, served as master of ceremonies. Sussex County Councilman and Delaware State Trump 2016 Campaign Chairman, Rob Arlett, officially began the rally, with Reverend Jim Dundas, leading the opening prayer.
A few silent sign carrying protesters also attended the rally.
Councilman Arlett made reference to one of the signs by saying that both President Trump and the people at
the rally also denounce racism and antisemitism. “No statewide GOP candidate has ever received more votes
in Delaware than Donald Trump”, he stated. He said that the Democratic Party's hold on Delaware politics
is slipping and that the First State Read more
UPDATED WITH an exclusive interview with GOP State Chairman Michael Harrington Sr.
Attorney General Matthew Denn announced his decision not to run for reelection to the office of Attorney General. He discussed his reasons, which can be read here. They are basically that he is burnt out from 5 statewide campaigns in 12 years and wants to spend more time with his family. He also seems to believe the administrative duties of the AG office keep him from focusing on the big issues. He is planning to find a private sector position which will allow him to contribute.
State Republican Chairman Michael Harrington Sr. responded to the announcement by congratulating AG General Denn on the decision to value his family. He is assembling a recruitment committee of 6 attorneys from the 3 counties. He hopes that the recommendation of the attorneys will give the party a highly respected Read more
Department of Justice Reissues Guidances to Law Enforcement and Schools on Hate Crimes
Friday, August 25th, 2017
Categories: Department of Justice DOJ Press Releases
New Anti-Bullying Video Directed To Students Also Released for New School Year
Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn reiterated Friday the Delaware Department of Justice’s position that “Threats and intimidation against our neighbors based on who they are will not be accepted here in Delaware,” and reissued enforcement guidelines from last November to schools and law enforcement on responses to hate speech. Attorney General Denn also released a new video aimed at returning school students about bullying and mutual respect.
Attorney General Denn’s legal guidance to Delaware law enforcement agencies focuses on criminal statutes that may relate to charges involving “threats and epithets directed at minority groups.” Read more
The effort to provide a sound economic strategy for Dover has passed. Since Dover abandoned its Economic Development Department, unemployment has stagnated at over 7% while the national rate has fallen and more than a dozen downtown storefronts have become empty. This initiative is a collaborative effort with the business community. It combines the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce’s Vision 2020 with efforts to simplify and make permitting more customer friendly. Councilman David Anderson of the 4th district was the primary sponsor. The Initiative was adopted unanimously on August 14, 2017, without discussion as part of the consent agenda.
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
Am I the only one who is disturbed by the left wing assault on speech and culture by any means necessary? It maybe one of the greatest challenges to the future of America.
The Marxists believed that their cause was so superior that anything they did in its name became justified. As President Reagan put it, they would tell any lie or commit any crime.
They have no hesitation in attacking our Christian heritage by cleansing descriptions on monuments quietly. They are changing school curriculum.
Now the extremists among them riot in Berkley to prevent speakers they don't like, they try to assassinate Republican Congressmen, and celebrities, party officials, and now an elected official even hope or fantasize about killing the President or blowing up the White House. They threaten livelihoods and attempt boycotts on media outlets who don't toe their line. Antifa believes that they have Read more
Last weekend in Charlottesville, we saw a display of hatred and bigotry from a shameful group of small individuals that took aim at our neighbors, friends, families and our country itself.
The United States of America is built upon the principle that every man and woman should have equal opportunity for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In Charlottesville, bigots took to the streets to violently proclaim that this sacred right belongs only to certain people. They are wrong. They are cowards, and those who maintain neutrality in the face of such clear evil are cowards, too. We all have a moral obligation to stand up to this hatred.
This has been a trying week for our nation. But it gives me great hope to see that countless Delawareans and Americans, from every walk of life and from every corner of our country have stood up, spoken out and condemned in unequivocal terms the Read more
I was not able to catch the memorial service of Heather Heyer until after the fact. It was a beautiful event. She was by all accounts, a great American. She gave her life for the virtues and values that make America great, as the pledge says, one nation under GOD, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. To quote her father, “She loved people; she wanted equality,” he said. “On the day of her passing, she wanted to put down hate.”
That stands in contrast to the terrorist leader, Justin Moore, the leader of the Grand Dragon for the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina. "He was sorta glad people got hit and that girl died because they were communists opposed to free speech", he declared to Fox News.
I think choosing sides is an easy exercise here. May GOD give us all the courage to stand up for justice.
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
Dover City Council Committee of the Whole recommends adoption of Making Dover Prosper Initiative 10-0
The resolution authored by Councilman Anderson in collaboration with Co-sponsors Councilmen Hare and Cole, Director of Planning and Community Development Dave Hugg and many in the community was inspired by the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce's "Vision 2020". It started 2 years ago with an effort by Anderson to bring Dover closer to "one stop shopping" in order to start, move or expand a business in the city.
The resolution will cause the creation of a "road map" to guide the city's customers for ease following the process for permits, zoning, or opening a business. It authorizes Mr. Hugg's goal of making it easy for people to track the progress of their permits via an automated system. It also creates working groups to bring citizens including business people together with Read more
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
From Tweets to Speeches, North Korea to a highly scrutinized meeting with Putin, from healthcare to deregulation and a job surge the world of Donald Trump is busy and diverse. You can hardly keep up. In spite of all of the distractions, history will remember the speech and Ambassador Haley at the UN Security Council. Those are what matters.
America is the world's leading nation in many ways. When you spend more than 70 years at the top, with the last 25 years being unchallenged for leadership, a nation can become soft.
My millennium generation friends and family are often maligned. Having served with some of the finest in Afghanistan, I am not wringing my hands. They are reasonable, competent, strong, compassionate, bright people. I hate them being derided as snowflakes or whatever else. Serve with them, know them. Many are searching for knowledge.
This is where we have failed them. We didn't teach them how to distinguish between the flood of the information age. We have a Google search society not a Google Scholar research and know society. It is YouTube video, not nonfiction books. We judge the credibility of information by how popular it is not by how rigorous the scholarship is. The real answer is not Read more
There was one Democrat who stood up for reform, the middle class and against eliminating itemized deductions, real estate transfer tax, etc., Andria Viola Bennett of Dover's 32nd district. She has been scorned by the left, the political establishment, and was brought to tears by her own caucus, but she never waviered. She not only was the deciding vote against the income tax, but cast more anti-tax votes for good measuer.
Democrats were shielded from a sure to fail tax vote in the DE Senate, yet they don't appreciate it. She just listened to the people she serves, in some circles we call that leadership, in the majority caucus it is cause for scorn. That reaction just illustrates how shortsighted the Democratic leadership is. It could have been to their benefit to protect the Senate that holds by one vote, but they blew any possible gain. It is their way or no way.
Rep. Bennett Read more
Sadly, the latest state budget was a failure of current leadership by the Democratic led assembly. It avoided fundamental reforms such as providing better health care choices or prevailing wage modernization. No one looked at was to allow county wide consolidation of certain back office administrative functions of the school districts, which would provide savings without harming local control.
I consider it a failure of leadership because they would not even allow votes on reform measures especially from the Republican minority, but instead threatened what works best in this state, partnerships with nonprofits. They cut firefighters, paramedics, senior centers, homeless shelters and after school programs. Perversely, these cuts will create more of a demand for government action. Holding hostage public safety, youth and seniors for tax hikes is worse than irresponsible, it is cynical Read more
Real Estate, Alcohol and Tobacco will be seeing tax hikes. Some of us want to see a break for first-time homeowners, I am finding bipartisan support for that. Sadly, it will have to wait. An amendment by Senator Marshall to exempt first-time homebuyers failed. The realtors have found the money. The state is owed millions in uncollected capital gains taxes from people who sold and moved out of state. We need some reforms to do withholding at the settlement table for those not claiming the rollover. We should also take a look at all of the unaudited forms that have been filed and never paid over the past 6 years. It is money owed to us, but we would rather drive our kids out of state when they want to buy homes.
It seems irresponsible to impose a new tax when you are not even collecting what you could easily get from the old taxes.
On Wednesday, two days before what is supposed to be the last day of session, Democrats gave Republicans an ultimatum: a. either raise income taxes, alcohol and tobacco taxes, and create a new tax on vaping or b. balance the budget by cutting Grant-in-Aid which supports fire companies, veterans service organizations, senior centers, and other non-profit organizations.
Basically Democrats took taxpayers and community organizations hostage, said they're only going to shoot one, but Republicans get to pick who. Wisely, Republicans rejected these strong arm tactics outright.
On Thursday Republicans made a counter proposal that gave Democrats their tax increases in exchange for implementing future spending reforms, a budget stabilization fund (a great idea from State Treasurer Ken Simpler that helps the budgeting process by smoothing out the ups & downs in tax revenue), and reforming prevailing Read more
Folks, the bottom line is that nothing changes in Delaware , other than the first state's financial crisis is probably beyond redemption. The Democrats are in power in Delaware and have created a dangerous $400 million dollar deficit by over spending.
They do care about enhancing the killing of babies in late term abortions, but sure as hell can't manage the state's finances. If a law needs to be changed, such as the prudent SB 53 which basically protects corporations from arbitrarily and capriciously being forced into a sale by a Delaware Chancellor, the Democrat elected officials in Dover are never going to make such a change, because they will always listen to the self-serving representatives in the Delaware Bar Association who are all connected with the judiciary and their own self-serving agendas.
Delaware is definitely going to lose its incorporation franchise because Read more
Leadership or Luggage?
Everything rises or falls with Leadership no matter if it is the private sector or the non profit sector. Let me be clear, if you are the leader you are responsible for everything that happens or fails to happen in your enterprise-unless you are a political leader in Delaware. The failure of these pseudo leaders is the overwhelming problem for this small state. Nothing else matters more than leadership.
The alternative to Leadership is Decline and decline is not a condition but it is a choice and it is reversible. Decline is not pre ordained nor is success, it is the result many factors and not a series of random events out of the control of those who call themselves leaders. In reality, our leaders are individuals with small minds and big egos.
Unfortunately, Delaware does not have a leader of any caliber at the highest level, the state does have officials Read more