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Allan Loudell
Stay tuned: Chip Flowers' statement later today

How appropriate: Just as ragweed pollens start to circulate, to the discomfort of hay fever sufferers, Flowers' spores are mushrooming in the Delaware political blogosphere...
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Allan Loudell
Internal Republican polling shows female antipathy to G.O.P.; Mitt Romney, comeback kid?

New research is getting attention in political circles. The first batch (the product of eight focus groups conducted across the country plus a poll of 800 registered female voters) shows how the Republican Party faces an uphill struggle in wooing women, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest...
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Allan Loudell
POLITICO: "Joe Biden's 'secret' fundraisers"

When he's not in Washington, and not in Delaware, and not conferring with a foreign leader in some distant capital... chances are Delaware's Joe Biden may be the keynote speaker at some secret fundraiser...
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Allan Loudell
Chip Flowers: It Ain't Over Until It's Over. Is it Over?

Two Fridays ago, when state Treasurer Chip Flowers tearfully announced his withdrawal from the race for that office, it was presumed he would promptly submit the paperwork with the state Election Commissioner's office to formalize his withdrawal...
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Allan Loudell
Rand Paul predicts voters will resist Hillary Rodham Clinton, the 'war hawk'

Kentucky's junior U.S. Senator (and presumed 2016 G.O.P. Presidential hopeful) Rand Paul - speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press" - said Americans wouldn't vote for Hillary Roadham Clinton out of the fear she'd plunge the United States into another war in the Middle-East...
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Allan Loudell
Celebrate! I-495 northbound re-opened

So DelDOT unceremoniously re-opened northbound I-495 to traffic Saturday. So ends the saga which saw traffic gridlock in northern Delaware much of the summer -- except for the complicated legal battle, which could go on for years...
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Allan Loudell
Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / topics / issues have drawn your attention? Still awaiting word on whether dozens - or hundreds - of Delaware drug cases are thrown out because of the evidence-tampering and theft scandal in the state's drug testing lab...
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Allan Loudell
Inside radio: A consultant's assessment of what went wrong with talk radio

I think it would be fair to say more than a few readers of this blog have more than a casual interest in politics, plus the media, given the media's impact on politics, and vice-versa...
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Allan Loudell
Outgrowth of Ferguson: Should cops be REQUIRED to wear shoulder cams?

One of many ripple effects from Ferguson is an on-line petition to the White House (now well past the 100-thousand-signature threshold) seeking to require cops in all jurisdictions to wear cameras to record their activities and interactions...
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Allan Loudell
New Delaware law on inheriting deceased relatives' on-line accounts draws national/international press

The DAILY MAIL's U.S. on-line edition offers coverage of that new Delaware law allowing people to inherit dead relatives' social media / on-line accounts...
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Allan Loudell
Ferguson: No light at the end of the tunnel (yet)

Clearly, no resolution to Ferguson, Missouri's nightmare. A huge show of force overnight failed to end the unrest. Some perspective: Ferguson represents the first time the National Guard has been deployed to deal with civil unrest in the United States since the 1992 Los Angeles riots...
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Allan Loudell
Latest target of Chinese computer hackers: Americans' medical records

Chinese hackers ordinarily go after intellectual property from corporations involved in aerospace, defense, engineering, financial services, etc. But, in a departure from the above, it appears Chinese hackers have branched out to identity theft, stealing the medical records for four-and-a-half-million patients of the 206 hospitals operated by Community Health Systems...
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Allan Loudell
Joe Biden: Would he relish being the tie-breaker in a 50-50 Senate? Or regret it?

Could Joe Biden - a creature of the U.S. Senate - end up retruning to that august upper chamber more than he could ever imagine? Check out this piece from POLITICO--- http://www...
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Allan Loudell
Ferguson smoulders as autopsy shows Michael Brown was shot 6 times

Now the National Guard have been called out to Ferguson. So much for the debate over the militarization of local police forces. This time, the military - in essence - has been called...
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Allan Loudell
Open Friday / Weekend Forum -- Chip Flowers will not seek re-election, moving to Massachusetts

So what's on your mind as we come come to week's end? Which stories / topics / issues have captured your attention? BULLETIN (9:42 a.m., Friday) State Treasurer Chip Flowers, with a heavy heart, and tears streaming down his face, announces he and his fiancee will relocate to Massachusetts, but he will serve out the remainder of his term...
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Allan Loudell
Some degree of Right--Left consensus on Ferguson, Missouri

So often in U.S. politics these days, we see a sharply polarized right--left divide on whatever news story grips America. The smoldering cauldron of Ferguson, Missouri, could have been the latest example...
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Allan Loudell
Erika Benner accuses Chip Flowers of harassment

Even as I was hosting Wednesday night's Delaware G.O.P. state Treasurer's debate, Democratic incumbent state Treasurer Chip Flowers was responding to accusations from his former deputy which threatened to derail his path to a second term...
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Allan Loudell
Any questions for tonight's Republican state Treasurer's debate?

I'm hosting / moderating another state Treasurer's debate tonight (upstate, on 1150 A.M. WDEL & wdel.com), this time, on the Republican side. So this time, you can hear and evaluate Kenneth Simpler vs...
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Allan Loudell
Lobbyist, ex-Carper aide to operate Delaware's first medical marijuana dispensary -- Too cozy, Delaware Way again?

It emerges that the state of Delaware has inked a two-year deal with a firm run by Mark Lally, a lobbyist, ex state trooper, and onetime aide to Senator Tom Carper (D-DE)...
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Allan Loudell
Initial autopsy report: Robin Williams killed himself by hanging

The death of actor Robin Williams has led newscasts much of the day, ahead of the St. Louis police shooting fallout and the Iraq war. Doubtless the fact that Robin Williams died at the age of 63 - and his numerous roles in television and movies (not to mention the filming of "Dead Poets Society" at St...
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