WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell


Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which issues, stories, topics, etc. are on your mind this weekend? It ain't over until it's over. Now that Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher did not prevail in the recount, Christopher says some supporters have urged him to consider a write-in campaign, and Christopher says he will take a look at that possibility...
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President Obama's "cautious" war

So what do you think now that President Obama has decided to expand U.S. military intervention to include U.S. air strikes against Islamic State Jihadists in Syria? A necessary step to counter an eventual threat to the U...
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Post Delaware Primary Reflections

I spent all of Tuesday interviewing Delaware Primary voters in New Castle County. At times, with the abysmal turn-out, it was the toughest primary election I had ever covered...
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Delaware Primary Day

I'll be reporting from outside polling places all day Tuesday. Not expecting the greatest turn-out, given comparatively few competitive races at any level...
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What would possess teens to beat up a mentally challenged man in Newark?

As indefensible and foolish as Wilmington's street shootings have been, at least some are remotely understandable in the context of the drug culture, gang rivalries, the quest for respect, and payback for perceived dissing...
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Laws of unintended consequences in Delaware politics

Remember when Beau Biden coasted to re-election as Delaware's Attorney General without a Republican opponent? That was the result of (a). No Republican wanting to be a sacrificial lamb, and (b)...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So what's on your mind as we end the week? Before we kick off, thanks to all our Delmarva Broadcasting listeners who pledged money during the 2014 "Help Our Kids Radiothon"...
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Does the rise of Islamic State undermine Rand Paul's Presidential hopes?

Until recently, it seemed Rand Paul's anti-interventionist world view was winning hearts and minds, not only within the traditionally hawkish Republican Party, but beyond...
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CVS stops selling cigarettes, other tobacco products, AHEAD of schedule. Will Walgreens ever follow?

The CVS pharmaceutical chain completes its metamorphosis into a health-care company with a name change (CVS Health) and an announcement that it had yanked all tobacco products from its shelves three weeks ahead of its announced schedule...
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Dover P.D. clears Treasurer Flowers of harassment, but will that change anyone's attitude about him?

This is the day state Treasurer Chip Flowers had been waiting for, the day Flowers apparently wanted to precede the date of his official withdrawal from the Treasurer's race...
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When it comes to Internet connection speeds, local governments can do it better than corporate monopolies

It's been covered in this blog before... How many countries are leaving the United States behind in smoke when it comes to internet connection speeds...
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Convergence of Gangsta Hip-Hop & the Islamic State

One reason ISIS / ISIL is thought to pose such a threat to the West is its ability to recruit disaffected young men with no previous connection to Islam...
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Early optimistic report on Camden, NJ's new police force: Any lessons for Delaware cities?

With two weekend fatal shootings - bringing the total number of slayings in Wilmington to twenty - the city could very well eclipse the record number of 27 homicides in 2010...
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Open Friday / Labor Day Holiday Weekend Forum

So which topics / issues / stories have grabbed your attention? State Treasurer Chip Flowers really, really is OUT of the race for his office, leaving Sean Barney the Democratic nominee...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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