WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell


Beau Biden running for Delaware Governor

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden says he won't seek re-election to his current position in 2014; that he will run for Governor in 2016 instead. Given all the speculation about his health, this will likely send shock waves through certain quarters...
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Is Rand Paul's isolationism slowly evolving in response to pro-Israel interventionists?

Sometimes it seems supporters of Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) like to think their guy floats above normal mercenary politics. And to be sure, Rand Paul, son of Ron, simultaneously remains an enigma and a Rorschach inkblot test...
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New Research: Marijuana use alters brain

I've noted before the seeming ideological inconsistency of many conservatives defending tobacco use and many liberals doing the same for marijuana. Of course, one has to acknowledge that tobacco remains a completely legal product for adults, and the battle over tobacco has mostly involved countering unwanted second-hand smoke...
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Delaware ranked as one of the more "normal" states...

For a change, Delaware ranks high in what one would think is more positive than negative: The 7th "most normal" state in the Union, comparing demographic, social, economic, and other statistics...
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Pulitzer Prize Board revives debate over Edward Snowden

No matter what it did, the Pulitzer Prize Board was going to get skewered. In the end, the board honored The GUARDIAN U.S. and The WASHINGTON POST with its Public Service award for reporting on the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance, only made possible by Edward Snowden's massive leak of classified materials...
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Our neighboring state of Maryland: Common-sense protections, or an increasingly repressive nanny state?

To be sure, the First State was almost first to impose a statewide indoor smoking ban (California did so many years earlier), but Delaware has generally lagged behind other states - notably Maryland - in considering and/or implementing what one might call progressive, protective legislation...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So, which stories / topics / issues are capturing your attention? Confronting the resistance from the public, and consequently, lawmakers in the Delaware General Assembly, to Governor Markell's proposed, dime-a-gallon, gas tax hike, DelDOT lists some of the road projects facing indefinite delays, including the planned widening of Route One between Tybouts Corner and Route 273...
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Column in The HILL on Senator Coons, the compromiser

The HILL's associate editor A.B. Stoddard has posted a column about Delaware's junior U.S. Senator, Chris Coons, as one of the key senators seeking compromise, certainly not on the social issues, but on more business-related legislation...
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Should colleges make an effort to improve the language skills of coaches & athletes?

If athletes and coaches from college teams prove to be utterly incapable of speaking in (mostly) grammatically correct English, does that not reflect poorly on the institutions of higher learning they represent? Indeed, isn't their bastardization of spoken English relevant in the current debate over the professionalization - and possible unionization - of bigtime college athletics? If their demeanor and use of the language clearly sets them apart from their august institutions of higher learning, can a college or university credibly claim them to be a part of the institution? Consider this Op-Ed piece from Penn Live -- the Harrisburg PATRIOT-NEWS...
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Beyond equal-pay-for-equal-work gender debate, do we really want to discuss salaries with colleagues?

President Obama signed measures Tuesday - "Equal Pay Day" - designed to fortify laws guaranteeing equal pay for equal work across gender lines. And indeed, the United States Senate is considering the Paycheck Fairness Act, that would require employers demonstrate any differentials in wages are not related to gender...
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Ukrainian crisis now risks bloodshed

Sensing that the Russians and Russian sympathizers in eastern Ukraine were replaying the Crimean scenario, Ukrainian forces have made their move against Russian secessionists...
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More young Delaware Dems getting into white-hot Presidential politics

Barack Obama had U.D. (and St. Mark's) alum David Plouffe first as his campaign manager in 2008, later as a senior adviser to the President. Now, a couple of U...
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Will on-line reading alter our brains, compromising in-depth, nuanced reading & thought?

Scientific research into the effects of consistent on-line reading, the tendency to skim and scan - coupled with the bombardment of other stimulii - suggests our brains are being rewired, and future generations may find it increasingly difficult to construct complex sentences, or think in complex ways...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So, which news stories / issues / topics have captured your attention? Tragically, with the more mild, spring weather, the string of street shootings is accelerating in the city of Wilmington...
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Two Latin American stories getting insufficient attention: Mexican border incursion into Arizona; U.S. creates "Cuban Twitter"

I haven't heard or seen these stories in network newscasts, but these articles deserve greater attention: Documents obtained by The Los ANGELES TIMES / CHICAGO TRIBUNE's Washington bureau indicating two heavily armed, camouflaged Mexican soldiers crossed into Arizona earlier this year, and reportedly drew their weapons on U...
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From the streets of Wilmington to Fort Hood: Diffferent strategies employed, persistent bloodshed

When Wilmington's Mayor Williams told City Council members last week that the start of 2014 had been less violent than the comparable period in 2013, I remember thinking to myself: He's likely crowing too soon; the extreme cold and many snow days probably put a damper on the street violence; the mayor might soon regret making the comparison...
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Words haunting GM: "Acceptable business case" ... Pricetag haunting GM: 57 cents

By many accounts, new General Motors CEO Mary Barra - while contrite - did not acquit herself very well while testifying before a House subcommittee about GM's inexcusably long tolerance of ignition-switch foul-ups...
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Surge of Obamacare enrollments: Solid launch for the future, or Pyrrhic victory?

See this POLITICO piece about the jubilation in "Obamaworld" over those last-minute sign-ups for insurance under the President's health-care overhaul....
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Is It Wise for America to Hang Up on all its old-fashioned landline telephones?

Once again, Corporate America is prodding various levels of government to force change -- not necessarily in the public interest, but certainly to maximize profits...
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Should judge have given consideration to how wealthy duPont heir would "fare" in prison?

Did you read The NEWS JOURNAL's explosive account about Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden's decision to sentence Robert H. Richards IV to probation - rather than prison - for the rape of his three-year-old daughter? Jurden has never had the reputation as a lenient judge, so her judgment was perhaps all the more shocking...
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