Tag Archives: Delaware

Photo Feature: Anti-Trump RESISTANCE Rally in Georgetown, DE 2/12/2017

Article by: Don Ayotte, Managing Editor Photos by: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer/ Photographer A “RESISTANCE” rally organized by Sussex County Democratic Party activists took place at 2:30 pm on Sunday February 12th to protest newly elected President Trump’s immigration policy and crackdown of illegal immigrants residing in the U.S. Signs critical of the President , his policies and against hate and racism in general were numerous among the crowd of approximately 300 people. Passing motorists occasionally shouted "TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMP!" in response. “NO Hate NO Fear, Immigrants are Welcome Here!” was the major chant in protest of the President’s recent executive order, temporarily suspending immigration from seven predominantly Islamic countries until more thorough background check policies can be implemented. The rally was mainly in opposition to the Read more

DOC Sgt. Floyd’s Funeral Lines RT 1

Hundreds of people gathered at various points along DE RT 1 from Milford to Smyrna in honor of slain Delaware Corrections Officer, Sgt. Steven Floyd, earlier this afternoon. Various local fire companies displayed large American Flags, suspended from ladder trucks stationed on overpasses as their members stood at attention State agencies and local police departments, including the Department of Corrections, State Police, DELDOT as well as the Delaware National Guard actively participated. Police delegations from surrounding states were also present as we're some Delaware citizens groups. Sgt. Floyd ( a sixteen-year veteran of the DOC) was killed during the February 2 Building C hostage incident in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. Throughout last week, flags in Delaware were lowered to half staff in his honor. He was buried with full honors in Barrett's Chapel Cemetery. Read more

Former DE DAG Comments on Delaware’s Prisons

By: Ken Abraham, former DE Deputy Attorney General The death of Officer Floyd is a tragedy, whether or not he was one of the abusive guards who is a disgrace to the hundreds who go in there and try to do their jobs properly ( and I hear that he was ).  However, it does not surprise me. Having SEEN what goes on in our prisons, as I posted recently on our website, two words can account for most of the prison problems: NO ACCOUNTABILITY. Unless and until guards and others, like medical staffers,  who commit crimes from property theft, serious neglect of medical problems, to filing false reports, to outright uncalled for brutal beatings of inmates, are PROSECUTED, we will see the same problems. See our website, on "Prison Abuse" articles for much more. What is needed is not some "Commission or Task Force", and not a federal investigation as a colleague suggested. With such an investigation Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 12/9/2016

Expanding Pathways to Career Success for Delaware Students By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell Delawareans and all Americans face a changing global economy, one where employers can increasingly move anywhere in the world to find talent and, because of technology, they produce more with fewer employees. The most effective thing that our state can do to increase opportunity and prosperity is to ensure everyone has the skills to compete for good jobs. That requires bringing together our K-12 schools, our colleges and universities, and our business community to create a pipeline for success. It’s the reason I was so excited about our announcement at A.I. du Pont High School this past week, when we awarded nearly half a million dollars in grants to 16 high schools to expand our Pathways to Prosperity initiative. The program provides hands-on training to students in growing fields like manufacturing, Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 12/02/2016

Reducing Home Utility Expenses While Protecting the Environment By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell As temperatures drop, some Delawareans worry about utility bills that spike this time every year and their ability to keep their families warm during the winter season. Many households spend a large portion of their monthly income to heat poorly insulated homes, while drafty doors and windows allow heat to escape. That’s where Delaware’s Weatherization Assistance Program steps in to insulate and weather-proof homes at no cost to reduce the financial burden for low-income households, especially families with children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. The Weatherization Assistance Program benefits Delawareans in several ways. First, home weatherization creates safer and healthier homes. While determining the weatherization that’s needed in each home, trained and certified Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 11/11/2016: Ending Veteran Homelessness in Delaware

Ending Veteran Homelessness in Delaware By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell In 2015, we committed to ending and preventing homelessness among veterans in Delaware. I said something then that remains true today: Even one homeless veteran is one too many. That’s why this week I was thrilled to announce that – after more than a year’s work with our local, state and federal partners – we have effectively ended veteran homelessness in our state. We now have the systems in place to ensure that homelessness is prevented whenever possible; that it is rare, brief and does not reoccur. Many groups deserve our thanks for their work to ensure that all veterans in Delaware have a safe, quality place to call home. The Delaware State Housing Authority led the statewide initiative with support from the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs, but it would not have Read more

DON AYOTTE Comments on Election EVE

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer On the day before the 2016 Delaware General Election, Independent Party of Delaware (IPoD) 20th District State Representative candidate Don Ayotte shares his thoughts: "America is at a most critical crossroads. The choices that we make will radically affect our future. We have a choice between living in a constitutional republic or a social dictatorship. That is why we must choose a path of individual freedom and liberty that will lead to greater prosperity. The alternative is very bleak indeed." "Fortunately, there is a new spirit of Independence dawning throughout the land. The special interest driven two-party system and its political polarization no longer serves the People. WE need a constructive independent alternative. That's why I am running to serve the people of the 20th District in the Delaware House of Representatives" Don Ayotte Read more

WASHINGTON Mayoral Campaign Gains Momentum

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Independent Party of Delaware Wilmington mayoral candidate, Steven Washington reports that his campaign is gathering momentum with voters.” Positive messages are pouring in from all corners of the city across ethnic and party lines”, he said. He faces Democrat waterfront developer, Mike Purzycki and Republican real estate agent, Robert Martin in a three-way election on November 8. Purzycki won the 2016 Democratic Primary over seven other candidates with the help of over 1500 Republicans who re-registered as Democrats in an organized GOP drive. Martin announced his candidacy after three months of GOP secrecy on September 1, the last day to file as a candidate. Washington steadily organized his campaign from February of 2015 and was nominated by the Independent Party of Delaware in March, 2016 He strongly advocates greater transparency, Read more

Photo Feature: TRUMP Team Delaware Rally in Georgetown

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The TRUMP Team Delaware caravan rode through Delaware and held a rally at high noon on the Circle in Georgetown DE, earlier today. About fifty people participated as the rally also received many supporting honks and waves from passing motorists. Delaware TRUMP 2016 State Campaign Chairman, Rob Arlette led the rally an introduced various speakers including GOP gubernatorial candidate St.Sen Colin Boninni, GOP Sussex County Chairman Billy Carrol, Independent Party of Delaware Chairman and 20th district State Representative candidate Don Ayotte, Sussex County Clerk of Peace candidate, Norman A.Jones, Jr. et.al. Don Ayotte was cordially and spontaneously invited to speak at the rally by virtue of the IPoD's official endorsement of Donald Trump for President. "This election will determine the future of America for the next forty years. Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message: 11/4/2016

Improving Quality of Life with New Trails and Pathways​ By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell This week we marked the beginning of construction on the final link of the New Castle Industrial Track Trail, a critical segment of the 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway. When complete, it will join with the Wilmington riverfront to provide a walking and bicycling connection between downtown Wilmington and Old New Castle. It will create commuting options for Delawareans who live and work downtown and expand recreational opportunities for area residents and visitors. This groundbreaking marks another step in the great progress we have seen in making our state more walkable and bikeable. We’ve added 50 miles of new pathways and trails, and raised our ranking among the most bike-friendly states from 31st to third. When we first announced the Delaware Trails and Pathways initiative I could Read more

20th RD Candidates Differ on Legislative Approaches

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

IPoD Breaks Registration Record Again

The Independent Party of Delaware (IPoD) has announced that it has surpassed its monthly voter registration for the second consecutive month. For the month of October, 606 voters joined its ranks, topping September's record high of 263. "Virtually all of this growth was organic and voter-initiated -- not the result of party-sponsored voting registration efforts, according to a party spokesman. "This figure was especially significant considering that voting registration for the 2016 general election closed on October 15. We have excellent chances to elect candidates on November 8.", he said. The majority of the expansion took place in New Castle County, followed by good numbers in Sussex and Kent counties. Further information is available at the IPoD website: independentpartyofdelaware.com Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 10/28/2016

Honoring Teachers for Their Role in Shaping our Children’s Future By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell We know that a major factor in student achievement is an excellent teacher, and we can’t overstate the important role our educators play in shaping our children’s future. That’s why we’re supporting them in more ways through professional learning communities in schools, new teacher leadership roles, and compensation for professional development and national certification. Delaware has many outstanding educators, and this week I was honored to announce that our 2017 Delaware Teacher of the Year is Wendy Turner, a second grade teacher at Mount Pleasant Elementary in the Brandywine School District. Wendy was one of twenty nominees from school districts and the charter school network, and together these exceptional men and women represent thousands of dedicated and passionate Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 10/21/2016

Providing New Access to Information that Impacts the Lives of Delaware Families By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell To be effective, government must be transparent. That’s why within the first 6 months of my administration, we launched the Delaware Checkbook website which gave unprecedented access to state spending information. We also enacted the most comprehensive updates ever to Delaware’s Freedom of Information Act, making it easier for the public to get access to government documents. And we expanded disclosure of campaign donations because the public has a right to know which groups support a candidate for public office. Earlier this year, we took another important step when I signed Executive Order 57, which established an Open Data Council, and laid the groundwork for an open data portal. As we celebrate this week's launch of that portal, we know it will only be effective Read more

Delaware Launches New Data Portal

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Governor Jack Markell unveiled a new and improved centralized relational state data portal that is intended to streamline general access to public information. Speaking at 1313 Innovation, a Wilmington co-working space, he officially activated data.delaware.gov, yesterday evening. The Governor signed Executive Order 57 establishing the Open Data Portal earlier this year. The system is designed to make a vast array of non-identifiable data across traditional state agency lines and enable flexible interactive user-sorting and GIS capabilities including maps, charts, enhanced graphics and much more. It even includes an "Open Checkbook" feature, making it easier to utilize state financial data (including state employee's expense reports) via checkbook.delaware.gov. “The Open Data Portal reflects our commitment to creating higher levels of openness Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 10/14/2016

Expanding Successful Downtown Development Program By: Delaware Governor, Jack A. Markell Vibrant downtowns are crucial drivers of economic growth and they are central to our efforts to strengthen the quality of life. More than ever, Delawareans want to live and work in our urban cores that are close to transportation networks and entertainment and recreation opportunities, and that’s why we are investing in our downtowns through the Downtown Development District program. Since last year, when we launched the program in Wilmington, Dover and Seaford, $14 million in grants through the Delaware State Housing Authority has leveraged more than $290 million in private investment. That’s helping Wilmington small businesses like Sterling Grille perform needed renovations, and funding residential construction in downtown Dover. Just this week, in Seaford, I observed progress at the Residences Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 9/30/2016

Advancing Employment Opportunities for Individuals of All Abilities By:Delaware Governor, Jack Markell Last week, Governor Markell and I joined young people with disabilities, their parents and advocates as we celebrated the success of Pathways to Employment. Pathways supports young people age 14 to 25 as they make their transition from school to the world of work. Inspired by Governor Markell’s commitment to advancing employment opportunities for people of all abilities, the Department of Health and Social Services started Pathways about a year ago as the first program of its kind in the country. With financial support from our Medicaid program, we’re helping reduce the barriers to employment through such services as assistive technology, career exploration and personal care. We’re grateful for the strong support we’ve received from the Delaware Department of Labor’s Division Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 9/23/2016

Empowering Everybody to Prepare for Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies By: Delaware Governor, Jack A. Markell Severe weather, natural disasters, and public health emergencies can threaten the safety of our people, homes, and communities. As Governor, I’ve observed how fortunate we are to have so many exceptional public servants hard at work keeping us safe during rain, wind, and snow events, as well as other emergencies. They’re law enforcement and other first responders, emergency management staff, transportation workers, public health workers, and other social service providers across Delaware, who are well-prepared to serve us during times of need. As we recognize National Preparedness Month, we thank them for their service. But in addition to supporting them, we all must recommit to taking responsibility for knowing what to expect and being prepared for emergency situations. Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 9/16/16

Opening Pathways to Success by Expanding Opportunities for All to Earn a High School Diploma By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell In our rapidly changing economy, there has never been a better time to enter the workforce with the right skills, but there’s never been a more challenging time to be without the key skills or the right education. Ensuring Delawareans have access to good jobs starts with giving them the best chance to earn a high school diploma. It provides entry into today’s job market and opens pathways to additional education and training, and it’s why we should be proud that, with the hard work of teachers focused on identifying and helping students who fall behind, Delaware has set new graduation records and recently recorded the fastest growing graduation rate in the country. But we can’t just focus on teenagers. Today, more than 75,000 Delaware adults don’t Read more

Jean Dowding for State Representative Campaign Kickoff

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 . Read more

Special Interests Drive Delaware House Speaker’s Campaign

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: Banking/Investment/Real Estate: Delaware Association of Realtors DEL PAC, Delaware Bankers Association DELBANK, Ronald E. Lankford Investment Account, Ocean Atlantic Sothoby's International Realty. Beverage/Liquor: 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. Casinos/Racing: Delaware Standardbred Owners Association, Delaware Park Management Company, LLC, Harrington Raceway Inc. Communications/Utilities: Artesian Read more

Limited State of Emergency Issued for Sussex County, DE

From the Delaware Governor's Office: Governor Markell Issues Limited State of Emergency for Sussex County at 5:00 p.m. Saturday as Tropical Storm Hermine Approaches Delaware Urges those in low-lying and coastal areas to closely monitor weather conditions and communications from emergency management officials Wilmington, DE— As Tropical Storm Hermine approaches Delaware, Governor Markell has issued a limited State of Emergency for Sussex County beginning at 5:00 p.m. today that allows public safety, emergency response, and transportation agencies to position resources in affected areas. “Tropical Storm Hermine is a powerful storm that will bring significant rainfall and localized flooding, especially in coastal and Delaware Bay communities in Sussex County,” said Governor Markell. “I encourage Delawareans and visitors to our state to take precautions and stay tuned Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 9/1/2016

Making Investments that Support Student Achievement and Career Success By; Delaware Governor, Jack Markell This week, students across our state are returning to the classroom and thanks to the hard work of teachers and administrators, our schools are setting them on a path toward rewarding careers and success in life through higher standards and innovative instruction that meet the skills needed in today’s high-tech economy. That starts with our youngest learners. More support for training, equipment, and resources in high quality pre-school programs are preparing our youngest learners to excel in school. We’re in the fifth year of our world language immersion program where nearly 3,000 kids – including 10% of our Kindergarten students – are taking half of their classes in Chinese or Spanish to become proficient by fourth grade. That program is giving kids a head-start for Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 8/12/2016

Creating Opportunities for Delaware Employers to Export and Create Jobs By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell Delaware entrepreneurs have always been at the forefront of innovation and quality. They create products and services that people need and improve the quality of life for consumers across the country and beyond. Today, the ability to tap into the global marketplace is a key driver of business and employment growth. Exports now support more than 10 million American jobs, and to thrive, Delaware employers must have access to these expanding markets. We recognize that Delaware’s start-ups and small businesses offer high-quality products and services that are in demand worldwide, but may not have the resources to make that happen on their own. Different languages, economic systems and political cultures all present barriers. We’re helping to meet that need through our Global Read more