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Allan Loudell

Post-Thanksgiving Open Friday / Weekend Forum

Hoping you all had a splendid Thanksgiving. Now let the holiday shopping madness begin! I must confess: I don't understand the folks who look forward to this shopping frenzy, let alone those who get up early to wait in line for supposed Black Friday deals...
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Allan Loudell

How new social media resurrected old accusations against Bill Cosby; corresponding danger for the Clintons?

The skeletons had been in Bill Cosby's closet for decades -- then social media spread old news to new audiences - and one by one, apparent victims emerged to recount their stories...
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City & Moyer Academy parents vs. state Department of Education

The now seemingly endless wars over Delaware's charter schools - and whether low-performing charters should stay open - escalated further Tuesday. The City of Wilmington has decided to join forces with the parents of Moyer Academy students...
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Allan Loudell

Another reason why the Ferguson Grand Jury didn't indict...

I posted in this space only yesterday that many legal observers, from the start, considered it unlikely that the St. Louis County grand jury would ever indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson because of the law...
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Allan Loudell

Ferguson Grand Jury decision not to indict was preordained

Should anyone be surprised that the grand jury in St. Louis County declined to indict white police officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black, 18-year-old? Nearly from the start, legal scholars were reminding us that laws in many states, including Missouri, make it virtually impossible to indict a police officer claiming the use of deadly force in self-defense...
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Allan Loudell

Waiting, waiting, waiting for the Ferguson Grand Jury

We could have a bizarre news cycle going into Thanksgiving: Following the heat wave, a snow storm immobilizing holiday travelers over a broad swath of the country, and likely unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, assuming the Grand Jury fails to indict the officer who fatally shot that unarmed teenager...
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Allan Loudell

Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / issues / topics grab your attention here at the end of the week? Even the bitter cold hasn't been sufficient to freeze out the shootings in the city of Wilmington...
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Allan Loudell

Did the very name, "Obamacare" make health-care reform toxic?

For all its problems (the unfortunate Presidential promise that everyone could keep his/her existing care; the deeply flawed roll-out of the website, etc...
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Allan Loudell

Keystone XL will resurrect in the next Congress. Mary Landrieu won't..

And so the Senate vote to put the Keystone XL pipeline on the fast track fell one vote short of the needed sixty. No matter. It will come up again in 2015...
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Sports, including boxing, seen as boost for Wilmington?

So many times - over the years - politicians and ordinary folks have sought elixirs to boost towns and cities as destinations. From my 40+ years on-the-air covering news and hosting talk shows, I can recite all these magic fixes that were going to cure urban ills: Gambling; conversion of a downtown shopping district to a mall-type district; downtown convention centers; sports complexes; and gambling again...
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Allan Loudell

Senator Carper voting for Keystone XL Pipeline: Why?

As noted previously on this blog, Delaware's senior senator - Tom Carper - will vote for the bill authorizing construction of the long debated, Keystone XL pipeline - to the wrath of progressives and environmentalists...
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Allan Loudell

Odd couple: Obama---McConnell... Will they manage to cut deals?

POLITICO has an interesting piece on how President Obama, the lame-duck President, may still lean on incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to cement some deals...
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NCAA's Penn State mess

Penn State is up in arms about the consent decree the school signed a few years ago in the Jerry Sandusky scandal that resulted in sanctions against the football program, losses of scholarships, the forfeiture of more than 100 victories while Joe Paterno was head coach and a $60 million fine...
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Allan Loudell

Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which news stories / topics / issues have grabbed your attention here at the end of the week? The Wilmington Police Department's newly created homicide unit makes its first arrest, in connection with the discovery of a man's body at Eden Park...
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Allan Loudell

Presidential action without a mandate

If a President's party suffers a severe reversal in a mid-term election, should that President just play dead? Is the game over? Who has the "mandate"? Nationally syndicated columnist Jill Lawrence tries to put the current immigration debate into the context of governing mandates...
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Allan Loudell

Wall Street loves Hillary: Why?

For liberals/progressives unsettled with the prospect for a Hillary Clinton coronation, their discontent can be summarized in a few words: War hawk and Wall Street crony...
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Allan Loudell

Let a new battle royale begin in Washington: Internet neutrality

President Obama came out decisively for the concept of internet neutrality, unleashing a battle that could go on for years. The mantra of consumer activists: Keep internet speeds the same for everyone...
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Allan Loudell

Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / issues / topics have gotten your attention here at the end of the week? Interesting how the mid-term elections (and aftermath) easily dominated the media this past week, to the extent that Ebola stories almost disappeared...
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How G.O.P. took Maryland's Governorship

Those of us here in Delaware who don't ordinarily follow Maryland politics might reasonably ask: Even in a mid-term election, how did the Republican candidate manage to win the Governor's race in Maryland? Answers: Remaining economic uncertainty; a disciplined message on the G...
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Reflections on Election 2014

In a way, the Republicans' drubbing of the Democrats came as an anti-climax. We already knew President Obama's standing and popularity with many Americans had sunk...
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