Monthly Archives: October 2017

Why did Delaware Rep Melanie George Smith throw H.B. 57 under the table ?

Manafort indictment includes Delaware LLCs   

Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort pled not guilty to money laundering, tax fraud and foreign lobbying related to work in Ukraine.

The indictment states that of the 23 LLCs Manafort used in the alleged scheme, nine were in Delaware.

State Rep. John Kowalko, D-Delaware, said this illustrates Delaware’s complicity in enabling corruption through lax LLC licensing laws.

“I’m sure there are other entities out there that are questionable that we renew them year after year without a screening process,” he said.

Kowalko’s bill aims to create a process to weed out individuals and entities that use an LLC status to hide activities like money laundering, arms dealing, drug trafficking and human trafficking.

The law would put restrictions on individuals and entities identified by federal agencies as a threat to the country.

“This will enable us to guard against future intrusions, whether it be in the case of Backpage human trafficking, or El Chapo, who had a Delaware LLC with drug money, or other instances where it has been ascertained there are money launderers, drug money smugglers, arming of terrorist organizations that are filtering their money through Delaware LLCs, and it should not be difficult to identify these overtly threatening applicants,” Kowalko said.

“I think this bill is a first step to reigning in our enthusiasm to just sign everybody up for a $300 licensing fee.”

H.B. 57

SYNOPSIS

To obtain obedience to federal laws protecting national security, with the help of registered agents, this Bill will prevent the use of our Limited Liability Act by persons and nations identified by federal agencies as a threat to this country. The bill also seeks to prevent existing limited liability company owners who are on the lists of prohibited persons or governments, but may have formed a Delaware LLC already, from getting involved in industries in which the federal government has placed restrictions on certain investments. Requiring clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investments in the U.S. for their plans will enable the Secretary to waive this provision when it is received.

Registered agents must be the parties to screen for identified threats because those with a contract with the Department of State enter applications on its computers on a regular basis. CFIUS seldom prevents investments, (two since 1989 to be precise) but it may ask for mitigation in some way to reduce the potential threat involved.

This Act will not impact the ability of almost any applicant to easily form an LLC nor does it require any companies to disclose more information to the Secretary of State in its application for certification than is now required.

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Does Clinton and Trump have a money love affair in Delaware

Come to Delaware to wash your money

You don’t need to go to Switzerland to hide your $$$$ spoils!! Just come to Delaware

Delaware the new Switzerland for hiding money ! Is Melanie an enabler for the Manaforts of the world ? Melanie release HB 57

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
v.
PAU L 1. MANAFORT, JR. and
RICHARD W. GATES III,

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
149th GENERAL ASSEMBLY
HOUSE BILL NO. 57
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 6 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES.

SYNOPSIS
To obtain obedience to federal laws protecting national security, with the help of registered agents, this Bill will prevent the use of our Limited Liability Act by persons and nations identified by federal agencies as a threat to this country. The bill also seeks to prevent existing limited liability company owners who are on the lists of prohibited persons or governments, but may have formed a Delaware LLC already, from getting involved in industries in which the federal government has placed restrictions on certain investments. Requiring clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investments in the U.S. for their plans will enable the Secretary to waive this provision when it is received. Registered agents must be the parties to screen for identified threats because those with a contract with the Department of State enter applications on its computers on a regular basis. CFIUS seldom prevents investments, (two since 1989 to be precise) but it may ask for mitigation in some way to reduce the potential threat involved. This Act will not impact the ability of almost any applicant to easily form an LLC nor does it require any companies to disclose more information to the Secretary of State in its application for certification than is now required.

CNN doesn’t like ! War with North Korea is near!

 

President Obama ignored North Korea’s growing nuclear threat and now President  Trump needs to end North Korea’s nuclear ambitions!   

Sorry Rep Chris Coons. Jeff Flake’s is a coward running like a mouse with its tail up its ass!

Chris Coons: Why Jeff Flake’s Exit Should Scare Democrats By 

Senator Jeff Flake is a conservative Republican from Arizona. I’m a Democrat from Delaware. We have opposed each other on nearly every vote for as long as we’ve served in the Senate. So his announcement on Tuesday that he won’t seek re-election in 2018 should be great news for me.

That’s one way to look at it — the senator is nothing more than my political opponent, someone whose loss is my gain.

But that’s not at all how I see things. I may disagree with Mr. Flake on policy, but I consider him an honorable man, a loyal friend and a valued colleague. His retirement is deeply troubling to me because he represents a principled and patriotic Republican Party, one that has long championed strong American leadership around the world, and one I now fear is falling apart.

That should scare all Americans. It sure scares me.

From my view Chris, if “Mr” Flake has a love and devotion for American he wouldn’t be running away during battle. If has the guts to call out Trump he should have the courage to stay! At the end of the day Trump wins! So, “Mr” Flake parting words are shallow and that of coward! 

His loyalty to the Republican Party, to his conservative principles and to his deep sense of right and wrong never wavered — which is why he refused to be silent when he believed the president was wrong.

“Right and wrong and never wavered “. He wavered by walking away! 

JOINT MOTION OF COMMISSION STAFF AND THE DIVISION OF THE PUBLIC ADVOCATE TO DISMISS DELMARVA POWER & LIGHT COMPANY’S APPLICATION TO INCREASE ELECTRIC BASE RATES

 

Princeton grad apparently can’t do basic research on unions and their roles

Transparent Christina

NJEA Targeting Sweeney Should Signal the End of Taxpayer Subsidies For the Teacher’s Union

Sweeney

The big news in this fall’s legislative elections is that the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) is spending millions to unseat Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney.  Last year, Sweeney stood up to the union by blocking an NJEA-backed constitutional amendment on pension funding  that would have broken the state budget. Because teachers shouldn’t be allowed to ever retire after ensuring our society moves forward with an educated populace?Now the NJEA wants revenge and is backing Sweeney’s Republican challenger Fran Greiner.

By targeting Sweeney, the NJEA is sending  a message to politicians across the state: ” If you mess with the NJEA, we can and will spend millions to defeat you.” Nah, the message is: If you’re an asshole, we’ll try and elect someone…

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Senator John McCain drops to knees for Joe Biden! Not a hero in my book!

“It has been my greatest privilege in life to swear an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, beginning with my enlistment in the Navy and continuing through my service in the United States Senate,” McCain said in a release.” Senator John McCain 

 

 

Wake up Delaware Governor John Carney!

Trying to undo former Governor Jack Markell’s rape of Delaware public education without calling him out on the carpet is cowardly. 

Governor  Carney its time to end the specific interest charter school admission preferences. And you know what! It time to end all charter and magnet school admission preferences. Let charter school doors swing like traditional schools.

The time has come to fund traditional and charter school like votech schools, via of state legislators setting the local property tax rate. Perhaps this might end the political obstructionist.  

As far as the condition of education in Wilmington Delaware, the failures are directly associated with a Choice school system designed to appease whites and was initially driven  by the white status quo who wanted an end to force-busing. Nothing has been done to address the needs of poor Wilmington minorities re: the Choice transportation divide.

The Choice transportation divide is a Choice school process that provides no assistance to those parents without adequate personal transportation. Delaware’s current Choice school law requires parents to drive the children to a bus-stop within the Choice school or directly to the Choice school. Wilmington’s poor are forced to send  their children to the failing city schools! Don’t come at me teach! No one is blaming teachers for the failures in the city schools.

There is no traditional public high school in the city limits of Wilmington Delaware  and in Red Clay Consolidated School District  case, there is no traditional middle school is the city. When confronted about this the usual reply is, we don’t want to create the appearance of  segregated schools. Well hello McFly!! What about the Red Clay’s city elementary schools? Yea yea yea ! That where city parents choice their children. So all is well in Red Clay with de facto segregation and de facto failing schools.

Obviously it will be a cold day in hell when democratic control legislative hall will support a bill requiring legislators to fund all schools like votechs. What to do in the meant time?

In mean-time and to improve the lives of our at-risk Wilmington’s children we need changes in the Choice school and charter school cited earlier. Change in Choice school laws needs to be as followed; preferential Choice transportation for Wilmington’s children! Meaning Choice school buses come to the city and bus-stops in reasonable distance to students. Wilmington students get guaranteed first choice in suburban schools. Meaning before any student in suburban schools who choice to other schools within the suburbs and this will apply to their siblings. However, this plan would drive the sheets from out under the bed of a few suburban parents.

I could rant on and on however, the new found love for Wilmington’s poor students by our governor is nothing more than the same old same old. Then there are the righteous city brothers who proclaim they are civil rights leaders.

Yea ,yea Ted I remember the lesson, we need to build up not tear down! However, those proclaiming to be civil rights leaders need to spend less time breaking break with the white status quo who is at the driver seat of school reform. I continue to ask, why is it a bunch of rich white million and billionaire men dictating education reform for poor black children? The there are some Toms in the middle!

I love these so-called town hall education meetings where all questions must be written down and turned in to the facilitator of the meeting who in-turn cherry picks which questions or concern that they’ll reply to or ask for group engagement. We’ve allow the Rodel’s of the world to condition parents how to participate in these event to control the naysayers.

Governor Carney, if you care about the lives and social-well-being of the city of Wilmington’s children perhaps you help address the need for more boots on the grounds in fighting gun violence in Wilmington. As far as education!!!!! Clean house and distance yourself from Rodel and their satellites clones like the queen of charter schools! Parents and children are our guest! OMG bite me!

As for Wilmington parents! How long is long enough? You need to end the VT dumping ground in Wilmington schools. There are teachers not meeting goals in their suburban schools, in conflict with school administrators and some not suited for public education but their is no where for them to go. High needs schools need high performing seasoned teachers. Title 1 teachers are federally funded. The need to be taken out of the state funded unit count. You should have extra Reading teachers! And federal Title 1 funding should not be used for paying teachers to monitor recess and lunch. There are many sad events going on in America that question civil rights. However, if you can question civil rights in your child’s school! Turn of the TV! Stop the bitching and start pitching! You waste not time to snatch you child up up the street to avid getting killed by a speeding car but stand-by while those controlling public education kill your child’s chances for a quality education that doesn’t support social promotion. Your response to Governor Carney is, Walk the talk! Where’s the needed additional teachers in our city schools and why do you support funding for charter schools that exclude  at-risk children with specific interest test. 

To the Red Clay School District Board Members; as you address diversify in the district please take a hard look at district administration. When children and parents look up it would be nice to seen someone looking like them. Someone who came up the ranks in Red Clay not imported from outside. Relax rookie, go with the flow and don’t take any of this person and for God sake stop listening to the chef. And to princess! You are amazing! And to T , ( not you 1T) keep is spirit alive ! Find a way to sit at the table.

Johnny don’t go Jack on us!    

Trump wants to end welfare subsides for insurance companies ! GOOD FOR HIM

White House Says It Will End Key Obamacare Subsidies to Insurers

The White House announced late Thursday that it “cannot lawfully make the cost-sharing reduction payments” to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act, a decision Democrats condemned as a “spiteful act” that would hike premiums.

President Donald Trump has said he was considering cutting off the cost-sharing reduction payments, which reimburse insurers for lowering out-of-pocket costs for customers, in order to increase pressure on lawmakers to repeal the ACA, also known as Obamacare.

Insurance companies are doing nothing to lower out-of-pocket cost and premiums. Highmark is raise premiums by 25% . Will healthcare insurance premiums increase for Delaware elected officials? Hell no! Will healthcare insurance premium increase for unionized state and federal employees! NO NO NO !!!!  If we want true cost sharing we need single payer healthcare where “everybody” pays the same!

Good for Trump and no he needs to man-up and end the mandate! If Obamacare is that great where millions flock to obtain it why the need for the mandate?

Educators want more money for education and with the financially unsustainable  welfare funding of insurance companies who have not lower the cost must stop!

 

Rep Kowalko taking on DPL rate increase request! Join him !

By Delaware State Representative John Kowalko

I am posting this “public comment meeting” scheduling in order to ask all Delmarva Power and Light Electric and Natural Gas customers to show up and speak up at these sessions. DP&L is requesting that another large increase be imposed on its ratepayers and business customers that might very well adversely affect your economic circumstances. The frequency and size of these rate increases is stifling and unfair to the public and the commercial business community alike. There are many knowledgeable experts who find these rate increases unjustified and excessive but it will take you and your neighbors and your entire community expressing their collective outrage and opposition at these public forums to force the Public Service Commission to mitigate these takings. I will do all I can to oppose any unfair and unjustified increases but my voice alone will not suffice. Please encourage your friends and neighbors and local business owners to show up at the Gilliam Building on October 23rd at 6 PM and sign up to speak out against these increases. You and your community’s voices echoing in this type of public forum will be heard and heeded but you must be there to speak out. 

I’ve petitioned the Public Service Commission to intervene in the two Delmarva Power rate increase request dockets listed here. I have been granted intervener status in both cases and hope to be able to mitigate some of the economic burdens the ratepayers and business users will be burdened with.

I have intervened in more than a half-dozen cases previously with varying degrees of success on behalf of the electric and gas users. I believe that the amount of increase being sought by DP&L is excessive and would be punitive to middle-class and poor users as well as the small business community. It could also disaffect large industrial users and stifle job growth and economic progress. But it will require quite a bit of effort on my part and that of the Delaware Public Advocate’s office to influence the PSC commissioners in that regard. Our efforts, on your behalf, will also be more achievable if all of the members of the public and the business community participate in the process with public comments and by attending public comment sessions in substantial numbers. We are fortunate to have a new Public Advocate, Drew Slater, who is committed to working on your behalf and his office and I will try to establish a level playing field and dedicated advocacy that benefits your interests. Please watch this site for updates with regard to public meeting dates, times and locations and please attend and speak out on your own behalf.

Below is the public comment schedule, which has been noticed. An Affidavit of Publication will be added to Delafile when Delmarva receives them from the newspapers.

Monday    6:00 p.m.   

(Electric Public Comment Session)

October 23, 2017       

Gilliam Building    Multipurpose Room

 77 Reads Way

 New Castle, DE 19720

 8:00 pm    (Gas Public Comment Session) 

 

Tuesday   6:00 p.m.    

Delaware Public Service Commission

October 24, 2017             

861 Silver Lake Blvd.

Dover, DE 19904

                                 

Wednesday     6:00 p.m.  

Indian River Senior Center

October 25, 2017             

214 Irons Ave.

 Millsboro, DE 19966

With new Governors comes another agenda to reform public education! WTF Johnny

Last year’s high school graduation class represented a generation of school children who endure three separate state assessment test. DSTP, DCAS and The Smarter Balance Assessment and the pilot-testing in-between.  In Come Johnny be good Carney!

Folks we need to stop the madness ! 50 years of testing has all ended with the same results! Children of poverty particularly African-American males perform at the bottom!

I am thinking there is agenda to keep African-American down and goes hand and hand to keep a race of people down you have to keep their men down.

Sadly the civil rights movement is fragmented and too busy standing ground for those who knee during the national anthem and demanding removal of statues of the likes of Robert E lee.  All have merit ! However, where is the community outrage and demands for change address the failure with in our public school system. No, I am not blaming teachers! I am blaming school district leadership, righteous so-called civil rights advocates looking for greenbacks for their involvement, clueless legislators and ass-wipe governors like Jack Markell.

We need to start putting more weight on classroom, school and district assessments aligned across the state. Use the NAPE test as means of comparison across the country/ Also weigh in SAT scores ! Also, we need high school exit exams and those scores factor in the schools performance. Yea yea Kilroy is full of shit!

Currently at the end of the day its nothing more than the dog chasing its tail! How many save public education plans have there been in the last 50 year? One thing for sure is, Rodel needs to be shown the door! If they want to prove themselves open a Rodel charter school for at-risk students! This way they can PROVE their theories ! But it will never happen! Because they can’t risk failure! Its much easier for them to point the finger of blame and filling the $$$ political pockets of the like of Jack Markell.

If Governor Carney wants to make real positive change he needs to boot the business round table from the education decision-making  table and replace them with teachers, parents , school administrator (not district administrators) and yes a few at-risk students. We honestly need a student summit where students can weigh-in on public education reform from their view.

I don’t have the answers! Just suggestions! But I know this, far too long those with PhD’s overseeing public schools have been living in their own fart-bubbles!