By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer
The three candidates for 20th District State Representative faced each other in an open forum, sponsored by the Paynters Mill HOA last night. The event was held in the Milton Public Library Meeting Room and was moderated by WGMD 92.7 FM talk radio host, Bob Steele.
Incumbent Republican candidate St. Rep. Steven Smyk, a retired Delaware State Trooper, emphasized his local origins, law enforcement experience, proven track record of political patronage and ability to network with his friends to get things done "Taking care of my constituents is my number one concern. I grew up near Oak Orchard and went to high school with my friends who are now in DELDOT and other government agencies, so I can call them to get things done", he said.
Democratic candidate, Barbara Vaughn, a former Lewes City Councilwoman and current Lewes Planning Commission member, Read more
GOP 31st District State Representative candidate, Jean Dowding, held her campaign kickoff at Vincenzo's in Dover last night. The room was filled to capacity and the food was outstanding.
She outlined her platform of economic development, education reform, public integrity, government reform and support for Delaware's veterans to her supporters.
Her campaign is steadily gaining momentum across party lines.
Contact: FreindsofJeanDowding@gmail.com .
By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer
Analysis of House Speaker, Peter Schwartzkopf's 2015 Year-end and 2016 30-day Primary campaign
finance reports reveals a plethora of special interest contributions and political influence patterns as follows:
Delaware Association of Realtors DEL PAC, Delaware Bankers Association DELBANK, Ronald E. Lankford
Investment Account, Ocean Atlantic Sothoby's International Realty.
American Beverage Association, Anheuser Busch Companies, Dr. Pepper/Snapple PAC, MD-DE-DC Beverage Association, Pepsi Bottling Ventures-PBV of Salisbury, Pepsico, Southern Wine & Spirits of Delaware, Standard Distributing Company, United Distributors of Delaware LLC.
Delaware Standardbred Owners Association, Delaware Park Management Company, LLC, Harrington Raceway Inc.
Artesian Read more
By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer
20th District is a 3-way Contest
Donald Raleigh Ayotte has officially filed as an Independent party of Delaware candidate for the office of 20th District State Representative, currently held by former DSP Trooper, Steven Smyk.
Mr. Ayotte's decision to run was made in response to numerous citizens requests and inquiries.
He also faces Democrat, Barbara Vaughn a former Lewes City Councilwowan and member of the Lewes Historical Commission.
“I believe we need real leadership and representation in the 20th District. If elected, I will closely monitor the concerns of not only the 20th District but those of all of Delaware. I will write and introduce legislation that will enhance our lives and invigorate our economy,” said Ayotte. “Representing the People and public interest is a full time job,” said Ayotte, “I will fully read all bills Read more
"My comments have been misconstrued."
Donald J. Trump has issued the following media release re: Trump University
It is unfortunate that my comments have been misconstrued as a categorical attack against people of Mexican heritage. I am friends with and employ thousands of people of Mexican and Hispanic descent. The American justice system relies on fair and impartial judges. All judges should be held to that standard. I do not feel that one’s heritage makes them incapable of being impartial, but, based on the rulings that I have received in the Trump University civil case, I feel justified in questioning whether I am receiving a fair trial.
Over the past few weeks, I have watched as the media has reported one inaccuracy after another concerning the ongoing litigation involving Trump University. There are several important facts the public should know and that the media has Read more
From BERNIE 2016:
SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ spokesman, Michael Briggs, on Monday issued the following statement:
“It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgement, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee’s clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of superdelegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer.
“Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination. She will be dependent on superdelegates who do not vote until July 25 and who can change their minds between now and then. They include more than 400 superdelegates who endorsed Secretary Clinton 10 months before the first caucuses and primaries and long before any other candidate was in the race.
“Our job from now until the convention is to convince those superdelegates that Bernie is by far Read more
The TRUMP 2016 Press Office has released the following statement regarding national energy policy:
DONALD J. TRUMP FORMAL POLICY ADDRESS ON ENERGY [5/26/2016]
Donald J. Trump spoke to thousands at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota after clinching the GOP nomination for President of the United States. During his speech, for which he received many standing ovations, Mr. Trump took strong positions to reduce and eliminate all barriers to responsible energy production in order to create millions of new good-paying jobs, use energy production to rebuild our infrastructure and our inner cities and to reduce our debt. Mr. Trump outlined an "America First" agenda offering a significant contrast to Hillary Clinton's "Donor First" agenda that will make the special interests rich and continue to decimate the lower and middle classes. The transcript of the remarks Read more
From BERNIE 2016 Campaign:
Sanders Wins West Virginia
“I want to thank the people of West Virginia for the tremendous victory they gave us today in a state that provided a landslide vote for Hillary Clinton in 2008. West Virginia is a working-class state and many of the people there are hurting. They know, like most Americans, that it is too late for establishment politics and establishment economics. They want real change.
“With this outcome, we now have won primaries and caucuses in 19 states. We are in this campaign to win the Democratic nomination and we’re going to stay in the race until the last vote is cast. We expect more victories in the weeks to come when voters go to the polls in Kentucky, Oregon, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and the District of Columbia.
“We fully acknowledge we have Read more
Donald Trump’s Statement on West Virginia and Nebraska Victories
“It is a great honor to have won both West Virginia and Nebraska, especially by such massive margins. My time spent in both states was a wonderful and enlightening experience for me. I learned a lot, and that knowledge will be put to good use towards the creation of businesses, jobs, and the strengthening and revival of their economies. I look forward to returning to West Virginia and Nebraska soon, and hope to win both states in the general election. Likewise, my time spent last week with the great people of Oregon will hopefully lead to another victory next Tuesday.”
From the Bernie 2016 Media Office:
Trump Must Not Become President,’ Sanders Tells Rutgers Rally
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said on Sunday May 6 that he’s the candidate with the best chance to defeat Republican Donald Trump in the general election this fall.
“Donald Trump must not become president and I am happy to tell you that Donald Trump will not become president of the United States,” Sanders told more than 6,750 supporters at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
Sanders pointed to national and state polls consistently showing that he defeats the likely Republican Party presidential nominee by margins nearly twice as great as Hillary Clinton’s lead over Trump. “If Democrats want to have the strongest candidate against Donald Trump they should look at those polls,” Sanders said.
Sanders also detailed his differences with Clinton, including his Read more
The Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign wil hold a Camden County Organizing Event on Wednesday, May 11
@1:00 PM EDT in the Joseph Papiano Gymnasium, Camden County College, 200 College Drive, Blackwood, NJ.
The doors will open at 11:00 AM EDT.
The Bernie Sanders 2016 Campaign has released the following media statement:
Bad Trade Deals Cost Indiana Jobs, Sanders Says
April 29, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders blamed trade policies which he fought and Hillary Clinton supported for the loss of manufacturing jobs in Indiana.
He spoke Friday at a United Steelworkers rally outside the Indiana Statehouse where workers were protesting United Technologies' plans to move two of its Indiana plants to Mexico.
“We must rewrite our disastrous trade policies that enable corporate America to shut down plants in this country and move to Mexico and other low-wage countries,” Sanders said. “We need to end the race to the bottom and enact trade policies that demand that American corporations create jobs here and not abroad.”
United Technologies announced in February that it would shutter a Carrier Corp. factory Read more
SAN DIEGO – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement on Tuesday after The Associated Press projected that he won decisive victories in Idaho and Utah:
“I am enormously grateful to the people of Utah and Idaho for the tremendous voter turnouts that gave us victories with extremely large margins. The impressive numbers of young people and working-class people who participated in the process are exactly what the political revolution is all about. These decisive victories in Idaho and Utah give me confidence that we will continue to win major victories in the coming contests.”
The TRUMP 2016 campaign has issued the following statement:
Donald J. Trump Delivers Remarks at AIPAC
This evening Donald J. Trump spoke at AIPAC in Washington, D.C. Mr. Trump took a strong position on Israel in a speech prepared with input from key foreign policy and foreign relations advisers. The transcript of the remarks can be viewed in the link below.
ST. LOUIS – Bernie Sanders on Sunday issued the following statement after Donald Trump said he would look into paying the legal expenses for a man accused of sucker punching a protester at a rally:
“Donald Trump should not be condoning violence by paying the legal fees of a supporter who viciously attacked a protester at one of his rallies. He should tone down his rhetoric and condemn the violence of some of his supporters.”
The Independent Party of Delaware (IPoD) 2016 State Nominating Convention, held in Dover earlier today is legally open until the state statutory candidate filing deadline of August 1. Persons desiring to run for various federal, state and local offices on the IPoD ticket should contact IPoD State Chairman, Don Ayotte at (302) 344-3344 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Bernie Sanders Statement on Violence at Trump Rallies
From : BERNIE 2016 Press Office:
TAMPA, Fla. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement after another spectator at a Donald Trump rally, this time an African-American man in North Carolina, was violently attacked by a Trump supporter:
“No one in America should ever fear for their safety at a political rally. This ugly incident confirms that the politics of division has no place in our country. Mr. Trump should take responsibility for addressing his supporters’ violent actions.”
MEDIA RELEASE From BERNIE 2016:
Sanders in Florida Puts Focus on Climate Change and Offshore Oil Drilling
TAMPA, Fla. – Bernie Sanders’ campaign on Thursday contrasted his consistent record opposing offshore oil drilling with Hillary Clinton’s support for a bill that allowed more drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
With Sanders scheduled to address a rally here tonight in this Gulf of Mexico coastal community, his campaign cited the 2006 vote on the gulf drilling bill. Sanders, then a member of the House, voted against the legislation. Clinton, then a senator, voted for the bill. After the bill passed, the oil giant BP obtained a permit to drill in the area where one of its rigs exploded in 2010, killing 11 workers and causing a catastrophic spill of 130 million gallons of oil into the gulf.
Like her shifting stands on other issues, Clinton more recently has signaled Read more
Donald J. Trump issued the following statement today on a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies, based on U.S. Census Bureau Data, showing record immigration growth in the United States:
"Record rates of immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for U.S. workers. Pew polling shows 83 percent of all voters - Democrats, Republicans and Independents - think immigration should be frozen or reduced. The biggest beneficiaries of allowing fewer foreign workers into our country would be minority workers, including all immigrants now living here, who are competing for jobs, benefits and community resources against record waves of foreign workers. Limiting job competition would reopen pathways to middle-class stability and shrink welfare rolls. In addition, it would relieve overcrowding in our schools and hospitals that afflict our Read more
The Independent Party of Delaware (IPoD) will hold its 2016 State Nominating Convention and annual general membership meeting on Saturday, March 12 in the Capital Room of Grotto Pizza on North 1159 DuPont Highway, in Dover, DE from 1 to 3 PM.
Qualified persons, seeking IPoD nominations as candidates for federal, state, county and local public office should first contact the IPoD State Chairman, Don Ayotte for consideration at (302) 344-4433. Potential candidates must meet federal, state or local constitutional and / or local requirements for office. Candidates will be given equal time to address the convention.
Registered IPoD members desiring to serve in various party state, county and local leadership positions or as delegates should also contact the Office of Read more
By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer
Speaking before the annual meeting of C-PAC in National Harbor, MD, GOP candidate, Dr. Ben Carson compared the level of personal argument among GOP candidates to high school and called for a more creative, intellectual approach to politics and problem solving. “It does not take much to react and fear ... Lizards can do that”, he said.
“Someone who wants to lead this nation should have demonstrated that he did something to improve the life of fellow Americans”, he elaborated. Calling for the need for “trickle-down ethics” and the fusion of conservatism with compassion for the GOP to win the 2016 presidential election, he went on to announce that he is officially withdrawing his candidacy
He also said that he would continue to be actively involved in national politics and registering evangelical Christians by heading the nonprofit My Read more
By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer
Yesterday, at the University of Utah, Mitt Romney, under the banner of the Hinckley Institute, ironically fired a political “shot” across Donald Trump’s “bow” and put up a lot of “Flak” in a vain attempt to “shoot down” the TRUMP campaign jet through a “barrage of character assassination”, while projecting himself as the “elder statesman” or “savior” of the embattled GOP. Media “scuttlebutt” and speculation has it that he may be the purported “last ditch” hope of stopping Trump in a brokered convention.
In reality, he placed himself in the disadvantageous strategic position between Trump’s political “panzer divisions” and the “Rocky Mountains” impending avalanche of genuine anger and frustration of masses of American voters. After all, the current GOP hierarchy and its governing special interests, Read more