From the office of Senator Thomas R. Carper
In the days and weeks following the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, we heard an outcry from students in Parkland and across the country. Their message to all of us enough. Too many communities have lost friends and loved ones to the epidemic of gun violence. And too often, these shooting take place in a classroom, movie theater, shopping mall, or on the walk home from school all places we expect our children to be safe from gun violence.
Just a few weeks after the Parkland shooting, our students and young people organized some 250 marches around the country to protest gun violence, and to call on their elected leaders to take action to protect them. The entirely student-led March for Our Lives was a sight to behold. I was proud to join the students marching in Wilmington, with my homemade sign that quoted the Read more
Speaker Ryan Meets With Conservative Leaders to Discuss Agenda
April 16, 2018
Speaker Ryan Press Office
This afternoon, Speaker Ryan sat down with a number of conservative leaders to discuss the congressional agenda for the months ahead. In particular, he thanked them for their efforts in passing the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which is already improving the lives of middle-income families. He also talked about the opportunity to make progress on workforce development policies to help more Americans rise out of poverty.
Attendees at today’s meeting included:
· David Christensen, Family Research Council
· Ryan Ellis, Conservative Reform Network
· Kay Coles James, Heritage Foundation
· Karen Kerrigan, SBE Council
· Michael Needham, Heritage Action
· Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform
· Tim Phillips, Read more
Statement on Military Action Against the Syrian Regime
WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement after President Trump announced military action against the Syrian regime:
“Tonight, the United States has taken decisive action in coordination with our allies. We are united in our resolve that Assad’s barbaric use of chemical weapons cannot go unanswered. His regime’s unconscionable brutality against innocent civilians cannot be tolerated.
“There should be no doubt that Russia and Iran have blood on their hands, and their partnership with Assad reveals the true nature of their regimes. The United States and our allies must continue to seek ways to hold Assad’s enablers accountable.
“Let us all pay tribute to the men and women of our armed forces.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2018
Independent Party of Delaware
Office of the State Chairman
IPOD ENDORSES DAVID ANDERSON FOR 31ST DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE
The Independent Party of Delaware (IPoD) has unanimously endorsed David Levi Anderson for the position of 31st Representative, to Delaware’s House of Representatives.
Mr. Anderson has a long record of dedicated public service to the people of Dover and his endorsement is in recognition of his general dedication to the greater public interest, individual freedom, economic growth, greater opportunity and constructive independent approach to problem solving. He is a decorated war veteran and current city councilman.
“I am honored to be unanimously endorsed by Delaware’s third largest party in addition to my Republican party and will strive to represent all citizens fairly, not only those of my party,” stated Read more
50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. The night before he made a speech that he had been to the Mountaintop. He believed that we were on the way to new America where racism was not enforced by law and people could be free to achieve. He presciently said that he may not see it, but we would. He was right.'
April 4th and 5th were times of turmoil. His inner circle was in shock. The nation wondered who would replace him? No one person did. That was the advantage going forward not a problem. Dr. King inspired millions. Those people fulfilled his legacy. They were people Black and White, Jewish and Gentile, Hispanic and English primary. Dr. King's legacy was not a man, it was a nation that decided equality and justice would not be words for some, but liberty and justice truly were for all.
The world that I grew up in post King was very different from that of my parents. Read more
I can hardly wait until we see the Inspector General Report on the FBI and Justice. McCabe was fired based upon the recommendation of the Inspector General after a review of the Office of Professional Responsibility. It is a shame that he loses some of his pension, but it was a bigger shame that he violated professional standards before he was eligible. He can still draw a pension, but not until at least age 57 or 62 for full benefits.
This delay in benefits is too much of a hardship for Democrats who wish to reward him for his office conspiracy against a sitting President. Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) offered McCabe a job on election security for the express purpose of giving him enough federal time for a pension according to the Washington Post. I am waiting for Andrea Mitchell or the Washington Post to find experts to help cash strapped Lt. General Michael Flynn.
He is accused Read more
For Immediate Release:
Lynn's Stunning Far Left Turn blasted by opponent, Anderson
"Representative Sean Lynn has dropped any pretense of moderation. His endorsement of Kerri Harris, who is the darling of the progressive fringe in the Democratic Party, shows that mainstream Democrats like Senator Carper no longer have a place in his mind. Senator Carper certainly has his faults, but being too far left is not one of them", Dover City Councilman David Anderson stated. "This is further evidence that Lynn does not even represent my Democratic friends, let alone Independents and Republicans", said Anderson.
Anderson has endorsed and is endorsed by Gene Truono. Truono is a former Paypal executive and current philanthropist who is bridging the fissures in the Delaware Republican Party by his devotion to the Constitution and common sense policies.
"Anderson has worked with Senator Read more
Senate Candidate Chuck Boyce announced that he was leaving the contest to replace incumbent Senator Tom Carper. In a Facebook post, he announced that he was leaving the race for health reasons. Republicans now have one announced candidate, businessman Gene Turono who is a former paypal executive.
Attorney General Candidate Thomas Neuberger, a famed civil rights and civil liberties attorney decided he could do more on the outside. He withdrew from the race, leaving the Republican Party with no declared candidates. Several candidates are eyeing the position.
David L. Anderson files for 31st District Representative Seat
DOVER – David L. Anderson, Dover 4th District Councilman, will announce his bid for the 31st Representative District on Saturday, March 10, at noon at is the Solid Rock Community Outreach Center 109 N. West Street, Dover. Anderson formally filed for the seat February 15.
The location is particularly significant to Mr. Anderson because he supported the center before it opened by helping it receive $25,000 in grant funding with the cooperation of Senator Brian Bushweller and participating in efforts that contributed to an eighty-seven percent reduction in crime last year.
The honorary event chairman is former Rep. Don Blakey. The host committee includes State Representatives Lyndon Yearick, Charlie Postles, and Rich Collins; Kent County Commissioners Jim Hosfelt and Glenn Howell; Sheriff Jason Mollohan; and Kent County Read more
If you missed the review of the public response go here for the video. Notable moments are 2:20 when it actually starts, 1:27:00 when the public comments start, and around 1 hr 43 minutes when this author speaks.
Regulation 225 started with House Joint Resolution 6 which called for the Governor to direct the Department of Education to draft these regulations. It passed the DE House of Representatives, but stalled in the DE Senate. A House Joint Resolution signed by the governor can have the force of law. A joint resolution passed by one house is just an opinion. Governor Carney was so enthusiastic that he bypassed the law and the will of the people. No regulation can be imposed without a basis in law. This regulation is far reaching and intrusive into the affairs of the family and local school districts. It goes far beyond the legitimate concerns of very small transgender/transsexual Read more
David Avella to Keynote GOP Lincoln Day Dinner
DOVER -- Republican National Committee GOPAC Chairman David Avella will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, beginning with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at 5:30 p.m., and dinner at 7 p.m.
Chairman Avella is a seasoned communications specialist who has spent his career working to advance free enterprise, job creation and opportunity. Mr. Avella is a frequent guest on national television and radio, including Fox News, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, PBS, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. As GOPAC Chairman he has returned the organization to being the Republican Party’s premier center for educating and electing a new generation of Republican leaders.
Recipients of the Honorary Kent Countian; Unsung Hero; Outstanding Elected Official; and Frank DiMondi awards will be named. Read more
Tonight we saw President Donald J. Trump. The best of America was on display including 2.4 million jobs, heroes who saved people in natural disasters, soldiers, coast guard pilot, a police officer who adopted a drug baby and Americans who lost a child to MS-13. Black unemployment is falling and to the lowest level in the history of record keeping and so is Hispanic unemployment. It is morning in America.
Unfortunately, the resistance seems to think the best they can do is remind us that they have a Kennedy that has not left someone in a car with a prop. It was a horrible speech, but well delivered. It was just disconnected catch phrases with no connection and no vision. It is midnight in America. He cannot name one effort to roll back any civil rights protection in hundreds of executive actions, but it did not stop him from making up a fantasy world of fear and darkness.
The Read more
New unemployment Numbers for local Areas Released--Dover continues 4 month trend to prosperity: Councilman Anderson Celebrates City's Success
The Delaware State News saw signs of change just a couple months after the passage of Anderson's Making Dover Prosper Initiative. 2 months later, the results are even more impressive. Unemployment in Dover has dropped from 6.0 to 4.3%. The state went from 4.7 to 4.6% in the same time frame. Dover was far above the national rate, now it is at the national rate. Something good is happening and it is not by happenstance. Commonsense conservative polices work. "This is why it is so important to focus on what matters, said 4th District Dover Councilman David Anderson. "When we free job creators to create jobs, jobs get created, they get the credit", stated Anderson. "The best polices can fail if not implemented well. Planning, Inspections, Read more
Rail Splitter Society Meeting, Wed. January 24, 2018
A. Donyale Hall—State Senate District 17 Candidate
Donyale Hall states her case in crucial Kent County campaign
B. William Dilks Sr.—State Rep. District 24 Candidate
William Dilks is jazzed and ready to campaign
Anthony Delcollo—Report from Dover
Budget, Reg 225, Delaware Constitution,
mental illness and guns, more
Location, Time, and Date
University and Whist Club
805 N Broom Street, Wilmington, DE
Wednesday, January 24, Doors open 6pm, speakers 6:30pm
Donyale Hall, one of two excellent Republican primary candidates competing in State Senate District 17, presents her candidacy.
William Dilks: healthcare operations expert; Jazz musician; concerned citizen and father; and now, District 24 State Rep. Candidate.
Will America join the Civilized world and pass a ban on late term abortion after 20 weeks? It is ethically mandated that one provide anesthesia when operating to protect the preborn child from pain, yet it is perfectly acceptable to torture him or her for a couple of days then kill it.
Delaware"s General Assembly voted last year to go backwards. It is worse than troubling. A society which sanctions violence against the most innocent should not be surprised when it reaps an attitude of violence on its streets. The protection of life begins with a culture of life.
We need to value people, not for what they give us, but we need to value them because they are people. There is an inherent dignity to humanity given by our creator. That is why our Constitution says equal protection of the law exists and no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. Whether Read more
Friday there was a women led march that had 6 figures in attendance. The Fox News estimate was 650,000, all media estimates acknowledge 6 figures for the March for Life. Saturday another smaller march occurred, but with satellite marches including a huge march with an estimated 300,000 in Chicago for the Women's March. The satellite marches were ignored for the March for Life.
The coverage difference says all you need to know about media bias. ABC, Fox News, CSPAN covered both reasonably not just a mention about one speaker. That gives me a hint who is real. Both were newsworthy events.
Americans exercising their first amendment freedoms of speech, assembly, and right to petition their government is beautiful to me. It would be even better if the press would live up to their job of facilitating the sharing and debate of ideas instead of being a gatekeeper of the ideas worthy if sharing. Read more
Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, said the following about the government shutdown:
It’s a sad day when a country’s leaders can’t even agree to keep the government open.
The shutdown is counterproductive; it’s a national embarrassment; and it’s a symbol of just how broken the budget process and political system are.
Both parties need to come together and reach a prompt agreement to re-open the government. The priority should be to immediately open the government and agree on a fiscally responsible budget deal to set discretionary caps and appropriate funds while reducing the long-term national debt.
Resolution over the current impasse should not come at the expense of the economy and next generation by greasing the wheels with more tax cuts and spending increases that add tens of billions of dollars a year to the deficit.
Senate Democrats would rather not fund national security or the child health insurance program for states than give Trump a victory on the wall even to get citizenship for DACA recipients.
They choose DACA recepients over citizens by most counts, but DACA has not expired, it has nothing to do with the budget, but they blocked the appropriations bill for 3 months so they could have additional leverage. They could have had a deal, according to Pelosi, a year ago. They are close to one now, but they decided to make a show of shutting down the government in order to keep Republicans from getting credit for solving a problem that they would not when they controlled everything. It is not that they care first about the DACA recipients.
They are confident that they will have a wave election. They may do so, but there are a lot of reasons why that may not happen. The economy rising will make Read more
Time to look ahead to the trends which will shape the New Year and beyond. Between now and 2020 these trends will change our lives.
The price of 3D printing will drop and cottage industries will become a new trend. It may not be the Star Trek replicator, but we will start producing a surprising amount at home.
In medicine, we will see a real and effective "universal" flu vaccine go to trials and soon replace the barely effective strain based vaccine.
Gene Editing will emerge sometime between 2018 and 2020. Quiet trials have produced intriguing results. Someone will use it to eliminate a genetic disease and someone else will experiment in using it in pigs to produce donor organs for people. The GMO crowd will go into full freak out mode. We will start an ethical debate about the lines of designer people. Why not turn off the aging gene? Why not make us smarter and not just healthier?
The Read more
In today’s world, we often forget why Christmas matters. I believe that by secular standards, He is one of the ten most influential people to ever live (many would argue the first, but I am not looking for an argument). His teaching completely revamped human culture. His movement has grown century after century. His devotees have had as great an impact for good in the history of the world as anyone ever born.
Consider the state of the world before Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth. The world was a very dark place where violence and the dark side of power were revered. The voices of people who advocated living by the better side of our nature never quite gained traction. After him, there was a philosophical, societal framework for a Kingdom based upon love, mutual respect, and justice which could spread across cultures and unite people of all kinds of heritages.
Before Jesus there would be Read more
In 2014, only 2 states that spent in the top 10 in education were below average in NEAP results. Guess what one of them was? The problem is not the teachers. Look at the priorities of our DOE.
Quoting the USA Today.
High education spending often pays off, at least as measured by standardized tests. Based on a recent Education Week report, four of the top spending states were among the top five states in K-12 achievement. Among the states spending the least per pupil, only Florida earned a higher grade than the U.S. overall on the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP).
However, pouring money into school systems by no means guarantees success. Students in Delaware and Alaska, two of the top spenders, had below-average NAEP scores.
Questions, what is the justification for not consolidating back office functions of the school districts by county such as accounting, Read more
Christmas gift for men:
It is okay to be comfortable with your masculinity. Join me in saying, I am a man and happy to be one. That takes nothing away from women or anyone else who should be comfortable with themselves. Contrary to popular culture, I say the world needs strong, confident men and boys. We need to mentor boys into being men. We need to value manhood, fatherhood and masculinity. This is not exclusive, but we need to be part of inclusion.
Fathers are invaluable. Mothers are irreplaceable. The world is better for men being here. The world is better for women being here. There is no contradiction in those statements. It is the intent of our Creator.
We love to debate issues. It is the American way. We also like to solve the problems that are common to us together. That too is the American way.
I am on the conservative side of the spectrum. That is not a shock to anyone who has spent a couple of weeks around me or reads my social media. I do not change my values for anyone nor do I expect others to do so. I respect others and expect to receive it back. I have found it intriguing that in spite of different approaches that we may have, there is much more common ground between us than most people realize.
Do we care that drug addiction is killed approximately 3 times more Delawareans than auto accidents? I believe it is now the leading cause of death for Delawareans under 40, but current statistics are so hard to obtain that I cannot be sure. The number of overdose deaths last year is equal to the 5 years from 2004 to 2008.
Do Read more
A Cyber Security Month Special
5 years ago, a major Consumer Magazine contained a review of identity theft protection services, which dismissed the threat. It did not take a year to know the author was wildly mistaken. We know that even credit bureaus and the Government Office of Personnel Management are not exempt from being compromised. The good news is that while much of your information may be exposed, there are ways to keep them from closing the loop easily. Become a harden target.
The headlines often focus on online identity theft, but most theft which produces monetary loss still includes old fashion offline contact so a combination of physical and online common sense precautions.
1. Use common sense physical security procedures. Do not normally store your Social Security Card and driver’s license in the same wallet. If you lose it your date of birth, address, social Read more