Tag Archives: Politics

March for Science in Lewes, DE 4/22/2017

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Science, Government and Society: From cosmology, ecology, biology and chemistry through elementary particle physics, science influences our lives in a myriad of ways. However, in an increasingly special interest driven and politically polarized atmosphere in what claims to be the most advanced technological nation in the world, science and its influence on public policy has more frequently come under fire from many sources. Rally in Lewes: Earlier today, approximately 180 people rallied in Canalfront Park in Lewes , Delaware in support of the national March for Science before boarding buses for the main march in Washington, DC. Mayor Tom Becker, on behalf of the City of Lewes, welcomed the participants. “Here in Lewes, we strive to improve our efforts to maintain respect for the environment. We are indeed very fortunate to have Read more

March for Science Scheduled for Earth Day in DC and DE

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The first national March for Science will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Washington, DC and 609 satellite cities throughout the United States. The non-partisan march is designed to call attention to various issues relating to science and its critical role in modern global society , including but not limited to: research funding, climate change, environmental quality, sustainability, science policy, integrity of data and science in the public interest. The fundamental role of science in relation to politics and government is a key question in an increasingly politically polarized atmosphere, as their respective methodologies and moudus operandi appear to be antithetical i.e.: science as an independent and experimentally-verifiable investigation of physical and natural phenomena vs. partisan political ideology in a bureaucratic/legal regulatory Read more

Post-Inaugural Challenges

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer There is an art to the peaceful, orderly and effective transition of power. The problems of partisan politics should (at least in theory) be supplanted with the problems of governance, as political ideology has its stark limitations when applied to complex economic, social, environmental and technological problems. Accordingly, the time for rhetoric and slogans is over as the time for creativity, innovation, insight, effective management and common sense dawns across the nation. In essence, we need less noise and more signal – less distraction and more focus. Personalities aside, the incoming President and the entire nation face massive challenges on an unprecedented scale, as the exponential function applies both graphically and psychologically. The President and the nation collectively face the following adverse scenario: 1) 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

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

Highlights of Donald Trump’s Gettysburg Address:

“I’m not a politician, and have never wanted to be one. But when I saw the trouble our country was in, I knew I couldn’t stand by and watch any longer. Our country has been so good to me, I love our country, I felt I had to act,” said Mr. Trump in his address. “Change has to come from outside this broken system. The fact that the Washington establishment has tried so hard to stop our campaign is only more proof that our campaign represents the kind of change that only arrives once in a lifetime,” he continued. “I am asking the American people to rise above the noise and the clutter of our broken politics, and to embrace that great faith and optimism that has always been the central ingredient in the American character. I am asking you to dream big. “What follows is my 100-day action plan to Make America Great Again. It is a contract between Donald J. Trump and the Read more

Special Interest Funding Fuels the Steve Smyk Campaign

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer A preliminary analysis of incumbent Republican 20th District State Representative Steven Smyk’s 2013 -2015 campaign finance reports reveals that his campaign largely runs on money from various special interest donors including PACs, lobbyists, lawyers, corporations and financial institutions. Here is just a partial list of major contributors to his campaign committee, “Friends of Steve Smyk” (Patrick C. Miller, Treasurer): Advanced Computer Technologies,All American Settlement Group LLC, Altria Client Services, LLC (formerly Phillip Morris), Anheuser Busch Companies, Artesian Water Co, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP, BHM Insurance Services & Government Relations, Inc.; BJ United ADF, Castle PAC, CHIRO PAC, Chimicles & Tikellis LLP, Civic Affairs Construction Council, Colonial East, L.P., Correctional Officers Assn. Of Read more

K. Emmanuel Magruder Files as an IPoD Candidate

K. Emmanuel Magruder, in a surprise move, has withdrawn from the Democratic Party primary and has filed as an Independent Party of Delaware candidate for City Councilman at-Large in Wilmington, DE. “We are very appreciative that a high-quality candidate as Mr..Magruder has chosen to run as an IPoD candidate and heartily welcome him on board “, said IPoD Secretary General, Wolf. von Baumgart. “The Independent Party of Delaware offers the people of Wilmington a clear alternative to politics as usual. The road to constructive change is open and we invite people to actively participate in the process”, he added. IPoD State Chairman, Don Ayotte said “As a highly qualified candidate for Wilmington City councilman at-Large Mr. Magruder is an important member of our Unified City Government Reform Ticket with IPoD mayoral candidate, Steven Washington,. With popular support, they Read more

Former State Rep. John Atkins Arrested

Delmarva Broadcasting, the Dover Post, WGMD, WBOC, et.al. have reported that former Delaware 41st State Representative, John Atkins (R to D) turned himself in to State Police in on charges stemming from a domestic incident following an alleged altercation with a former girlfriend in Lewes on June 3. Atkins, a controversial political figure in the 41st District, may have been contemplating a political comeback in the 2016 election, but has not as yet, filed as a candidate. He was subsequently released on a $1000 unsecured bond. Further details are available at: http://www.delaware1059.com/story/24852-ex-millsboro-state-rep-john-atkins-charged-in-alleged-domestic-dispute-with-ex-girlfriend http://www.doverpost.com/news/20160606/former-state-rep-john-c-atkins-charged-after-domestic-dispute http://wgmd.com/atkinsarrest/ http://www.wboc.com/story/32151750/former-lawmaker-charged-in-domestic-dispute Read more

Bernie Sanders Comments on Donald Trump Campaign

From: berniesanders.com Sanders Statement on Donald Trump March 12, 2016 CHICAGO – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement today on disturbances of Donald Trump rallies: “As is the case virtually every day, Donald Trump is showing the American people that he is a pathological liar. Obviously, while I appreciate that we had supporters at Trump’s rally in Chicago, our campaign did not organize the protests. “What caused the protests at Trump’s rally is a candidate that has promoted hatred and division against Latinos, Muslims, women, and people with disabilities, and his birther attacks against the legitimacy of President Obama. “What caused the violence at Trump’s rally is a campaign whose words and actions have encouraged it on the part of his supporters . He recently said of a protester, ‘I want to punch him in the face.’ Another time Read more

TRUMP RESPONDS TO PROTEST

From: DonaldJTrump.com

TRUMP 2016 ​STATEMENT REGARDING TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHICAGO RALLY POSTPONEMENT

Mr. Trump just arrived in Chicago and after meeting with law enforcement has determined that for the safety of all of the tens of thousands of people that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight’s rally will be postponed to another date.

Thank you very much for your attendance and please go in peace.

Join the Independent Alternative

OPINION: By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer With the current internal conflict and disarray in the Republican Party and increasing frustration of the American People, national politics is at a critical turning point. The GOP “establishment” is desperate to stop “insurgent” Donald Trump at all costs. Rumors and disinformation abound in a sea of tumult, personal attack and carefully crafted negative advertising instead of substantive debate on constructive solutions to the array of complex problems facing the American People in an unstable economic environment in the face of a massive national debt. On the Democratic Party side of the presidential equation, the voters have an essential choice between a long-time Socialist and a former First Lady facing FBI investigation and possible indictment on serious national security charges. We are approaching a critical psychological Read more

IPoD State Convention

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

Dr. Ben Carson Announces Withdrawal

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

Towards Sewer District Referendum Reform

COMMENTARY PROPOSITION: IF School District Election Reform, THEN Sewer District Referendum Reform By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Senate Bill 165, currently before the Delaware General Assembly, if enacted, will afford citizens the opportunity to vote by mail-in ballots in Delaware public school district elections once a year on the second Tuesday in May. The elections will be conducted by the Delaware Department of Elections – not the local school boards. Logically, another question emerges: Why not sewer district election reform? The Problem: The basic legal and administrative principles of general elections should also apply to school and sewer district elections in that they should be secure, impartial and held in a time, place and manner convenient to the electorate at-large. We have heard numerous allegations of multiple voting in various school Read more

New Years Address to the Nation

New Years Address to the Nation By: Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation " Citizens of Russia, friends, In a few moments, we will see in the New Year of 2016. The sensation of this wonderful moment between the past and the future is familiar since childhood. We look forward to it with joy, hope and excitement, believing in the best. Traditionally, we celebrate it with our families, with all our near and dear ones. Of course, not all manage to see the New Year in with their families. People have to work at hospitals and production facilities, perform their service and combat duty, defend our borders, and be on regular duty ensuring our security on land, at sea and in the sky. We are grateful to all those who are always on their post, day and night, weekdays and holidays. Today, I would like to extend special greetings to those of our service members who are Read more

Time to Change Political Party Registration???

COMMENTARY: Time to Change Political Party Registration??? By: Wolfgang von Baumgart, Staff Writer A recent survey by the Center for Public Integrity ranked the First State as 48th in state integrity and gave it an overall ‘F’ grade. Given the rather sorry state of our economy, numerous cases of poor financial management, increased loss of individual freedom and opportunity, new voices in Delaware politics are needed now, more than ever. However, given the dirty - if not utterly filthy - nature of politics (as evidenced by the arrogant, distorted, libelous, toxic and vitriolic environment some political blog sites) many good, caring, kindhearted, creative and intelligent people are discouraged from seeking elected office, lest their reputations be dragged through the mud in partisan character assassination campaigns. As a result, critical public questions and issues requiring Read more

Have the Two Political Parties Lost the Ability to Govern?

OPINION: Have the Two Political Parties Lost the Ability to Govern? By: Dave Graham The recent spectacle of the Republican debate held by CNBC from Boulder, Colorado, emphasizes the wisdom of one of our foremost founding fathers, and the first Constitutional President, George Washington. While not a fount of quotations, Washington was vehemently opposed to political parties. George Washington stated his belief that the problem with political parties was once they got in power, they would work behind the scenes to stay in power. This last week the U.S. Congress once again "kicked the can down the road" by engineering a two year bi-partisan budget proposal with continuing deficits in coordination with an increase in the national debt limit, conveniently removing the issue from the 2016 General Election process. The same process also occurred in early 2014 in advance of the 2014 Read more

A Statement from Donald J. Trump on Signing the RNC Pledge

Republican Presidential Primary candidate, Donald Trump issued the following statement pledging not to run as an independent and to support to the future GOP presidential nominee at a press conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan earlier today: Trump for President Road Sign Near Georgetown, DE [Photo: Wolf von Baumgart] "It is my great honor to pledge my total support and loyalty to the Republican Party and the conservative principles for which it stands. This is far and away the best way to secure victory against the Democrats in November 2016. I am leading in all local and national polls --- my whole life has been about winning and this is what must be done in order to win the election and, most importantly, to Make America Great Again! " Meanwhile, political speculation on national media abounds. Read more

Governor Markell Signs Locomotive Idling Regulation Bill

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

Delaware Governor, Jack Markell, has signed SB-135, a bill aimed at restricting nonessential locomotive idling into law, earlier this afternoon.

The Governor’s Press Secretary, Kelly M. Bachman, confirmred that the bill was enacted, but was not at liberty to comment further in light of Norfolk Southern’s federal challenge to the jursitiction, intent, scope and effect of the legislation.

Norfolk and Southern, a major interstate Class I railroad serving large portions of the South, Northeast and Midwest regions of the U.S., filed an acclelerated motion for declaratory judgement with the US Surface Transportation Board on August 4, 2015 contending that state and local regulations of raiload operations are explicitly precluded by the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act of 1995 (ICCTA).

Regional Political round up 31Jul

New Jersey's elite is even fed up with the corruption. Even the Cook Report can't pretend this race has not changed. All of the major political prognosticators are leaning toward Christie. Corzine is reduced to ads which say Christie is a conservative. He should have checked his polling then he would have found conservative is a positive word in New Jersey. The governor is also trying to trash Mr. Christie for a plea bargain that had nothing to do with him. The backlash from the latest round of toll hikes won't help the Governor. Maryland--Baltimore had more indictments including additional charges against the Democrat Mayor Shelia Dixon and a new indictment against a councilwoman Helen Holton (D-Dist. 8). New York--Still broken. The good news is that they have time on their hands in the city to persecute people for facebook notes that are not PC. Free speech is dead in Manhattan Read more

Twitter/Facebook-Status Political Thought Of The Day

Is it time to junk the Democratic and Republican labels and go with Progressive and Conservative labels, instead? After having some time for deep thought about politics this weekend (and wishing I could get through Nemski’s desire to bulk-label people, with prejudice, pun intended), I’ve come to the conclusion that progressives from each party have far more in common with one-another, as do conservatives from each party have with one-another, than do Democrats have with one-another and Republicans have with one-another. I am dead-serious about this, too.  Suspend the thoughts of going beyond only a two-major-party system for a moment and consider, would we be better off with a Progressive Party v a Conservative Party, rather than what we have now?

Did IPoD Deke Their Members?

Beth Miller of the News Journal just broke a story on the IPoD's Nomination of Mike Protack for Governor of Delaware. Liz Allen for a couple of days now on various blogs has been commenting on how Mr. Protack's nomination was not factual. Mr. Protack did rebut that once, but has generally laid low. Now we know why.  It appears, per Beth Miller's article, that the IPoD trustees met, considered their meeting their party convention, and nominated Mr. Protack. The papers were filed as well, making him their official candidate. If you read Beth Miller's article, you will see Liz Allen's contempt that the party membership was not notified of this "convention." That is all I have now. I have my sources (yes, I am serious) reaching out for further comment to others not mentioned in this article by Beth Miller. If comment is made, we will provide it. Until then, consider this. Is it any wonder Read more