WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell


NYT analysis: While wealthiest Americans outpace the world, U.S. middle-class no longer the world's richest

An analysis by The NEW YORK TIMES confirms or corroborates what many Americans already instinctively feel: The U.S. middle-class is regressing, compared to some other major industrialized countries...
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Would Wilmington benefit by bringing in Chicago crime expert?

Mayor Williams' administration in the City of Wilmington touts bringing in one of the founders of the Cure Violence Program, an anti-violence project of the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention...
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Lt. Gov. Denn could still get primary challenger for A.G.; and Del. likely gets vacant Lt. Gov's office

Story lines emerging from Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn's decision to file for the office of Delaware Attorney General, to succeed Beau Biden: * Despite Denn's substantial advantage in having been elected three times to statewide office (twice as Lieutenant Governor; once as state Insurance Commissioner) and with money in his campaign account, plus an easygoing style, Kathleen Jennings, a deputy in Beau Biden's office, could still force a Democratic Party primary by challenging Denn...
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Lt. Governor Matt Denn running for A.G.

It didn't take him long. Just a weekend to reflect with his family, and Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn (D-DE) has decided to file for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General, just after Beau Biden's announcement that he would forego another race for A...
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Should Delaware movie theaters serve alcohol?

You might have heard the story on WDEL last week, and The NEWS JOURNAL has a Page One follow-up this Monday: A bill sponsored by state Representative Quinn Johnson (D-Middletown) - but enjoying some measure of bipartisan support - would allow movie theaters in Delaware to sell beer, wine, and liquor...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / issues / topics have grabbed your attention this weekend? No question that Beau Biden's declaration of his intention to run for Delaware Governor in 2016 - and forego another run for Delaware Attorney General in 2014 - has rocked this state's political establishment...
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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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