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Allan Loudell

Who's NOT seeking the 2016 G.O.P. Presidential nomination?

The weekend saw yet more Republicans indicating they were considering a run for the 2016 G.O.P. Presidential nomination, or very likely to run. Even Sarah Palin is now making some noises...
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Wilmington street shootings persist in the dead of winter...

Just about any U.S. city beyond a certain size can expect its share of street violence over the hot summer and fall. But over the dead of winter? Despite countless strategies and approaches, ambitious proclamations, and pledges to commit new resources and money to the cause, the City of Wilmington just can't seem to stem its bloodshed...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / issues / topics have gotten your attention here at week's end? Delaware Governor Jack Markell's seventh "State of the State" address focused on future jobs, creating an educational system which offers the skills needed for those future jobs, crime, drugs, and transportation infrastructure...
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Case of man accusing NCC police of beating him up near Veep's Greenville home

Have you been following the story about Rock Peters, the man who accuses New Castle County Police of brutalizing him after the 'shots fired' episode outside Vice President Biden's Greenville home? Police did not charge Peters with the shooting incident, but did slap him with charges of reckless endangering and resisting arrest after police insist Peters fled from an officer...
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More unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, ahead, as Feds close to clearing cop?

CBS News reports the Federal Bureau of Investigation has finished its probe into former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson's fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown...
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Follow-up on a Presidential announcement: Restoring a high-poverty "Promise Zone" in west Philadelphia

When a President - not just President Obama, any President - promises to restore or improve something in his State of the Union, does anyone believe it? Is it just pie-in-the-sky, or something tangible? Case in point: President Obama broached the idea of "Promise Zones" (economically depressed neighborhoods to be targeted for restoration) during his 2013 State of the Union address...
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President's State of the Union & the Republican response both exceeded expectations

President Obama - freed of the need to campaign ever again, determined to make the best of his remaining two years, dealing with a Republican-dominated Congress - delivered arguably his best State of the Union address...
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Just as soon as you thought you had this Pope figured out...

I've noted this before, and the many surprises during Pope Francis' Asia trip absolutely underscored this: Americans - including U.S. Catholics - love to compartmentalize people as "liberal" or "conservative", "progressive" or "traditionalist"...
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Shots fired outside the Vice President's Greenville residence.... Your theory?

By now, I assume you've read or heard the story about the multiple shots fired outside the Greenville home of Vice President Joe Biden. The gunshots were fired on a public road beyond the established security perimeter...
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Oxfam: Global wealth even more concentrated; top 1% have half the wealth

A new report on global inequality concludes the gap between the top one percent and everyone else is accelerating. (Ironic that the report is being released to the elite in that prime opulent resort: Davos, Switzerland...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / topics / issues have gotten your attention here at the end of the week? Talk about coincidental timing: Just as several hundred people were participating in a rally in downtown Wilmington's Rodney Square supporting police, a police shooting occurred along Vandever Avenue in the city...
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Charlie Hebdo co-founder says editor dragged staff to their deaths

The co-founder of Charlie Hebdo has said that the murdered editor of the satirical French publication was needlessly provocative, and in essence, doomed his staff...
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Long parade of teachers accused of having inappropriate relationships with students

It seems not a week goes by without another teacher in our region accused or convicted for having sex with one or more students. The latest: Richard L...
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State Representative John Kowalko: Victim of political retribution, or obstacle to any compromise?

If you listen to WDEL upstate (both our news and talk shows) and/or read The NEWS JOURNAL and political blogs, you've heard about the ongoing intraparty dispute between Delaware House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf (D-Rehoboth Beach) and state Representative John Kowalko (D-Newark)...
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Is Joe Biden too 'touchy feely'? And do liberals give him a pass because of his ideology?

We all know Vice President Joe Biden is a great retail campaigner who lends a sense of "authenticity" to his encounters. We all know he's excellent on ceremonial occasions and funerals...
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Let's not forget the man from Mali, a Muslim, who risked his life to save 7 Jews at Paris kosher market

The most frightening, discouraging, aspect of the terrorist attacks in France is that the bloodshed will feed dark, xenophobic tendencies, giving wind to the intolerant, anti-immigrant parties of the ultra-right, fostering a climate of paranoia against ALL immigrants, and ALL Muslims in Europe...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / issues / topics have grabbed your attention here at the end of the week? WDEL's story about the Hotel DuPont confirming, then refusing a room to a group of homeless people Christmas night (with the Hotel DuPont reversing itself yet again, apologetically offering free lodging) mushroomed in social media, and appeared on several national websites...
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Does it make sense delay school openings by 2 hours on a bitterly cold morning? Do you still idle your vehicle on a cold morning?

Even by mid-afternoon Wednesday, several Delaware public school districts reported two-hour delayed openings for Thursday. As WDEL morning news host Peter MacArthur has been asking on the air: Does it make sense to announce delayed openings for a bitterly cold morning, albeit with no additional snow or sleet? After all, the mercury temperatures and wind-chills would STILL likely be in the deep freeze a couple of hours later...
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Football: Do fans even consider the scandals & impact on society?

Regular readers of this blog - and people who know me socially - are aware of my antipathy and hostility to football at all levels. Long before the current scandals, I found the sport distasteful, even appalling...
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Could Chip Flowers resurrect his political career in Massachusetts?

When outgoing Delaware State Treasurer Chip Flowers tearfully announced his decision not to seek his office again, but to move to Massachusetts with his new bride, he declared that he was done with politics...
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