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Delaware Public Media's coverage of First State politics and government, including the General Assembly. Coverage is led by Delaware Pubic Media's political reporter James Dawson.

This week, we bring you another edition of the Midterm Matters podcast from the University of Delaware Center for Political Communication.

This podcast is part of the Center for Political Communications' upcoming National Agenda series – MIDTERM MATTERS – addressing importance of voter and civic engaent in midterm elections, as well as campaign strategy, news coverage, polling, and more.

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Sen. Tom Carper said he’s worried President Donald Trump’s pick for the current U.S Supreme Court vacancy would prevent the criminal prosecution of a sitting president.

The City of Newark has moved forward in its search for its next City Manager.

The first round of interviews for the position was held last week by the City Council. Two candidates are moving forward in the recruitment process.

The state of Delaware says it needs more time to comply with an open records request from Common Cause Delaware seeking bid information on new voting machines.

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The final progress report on implementing recommendations from the independent review of Vaughn Correctional Center was released Tuesday.

Delaware’s Department of Corrections said it’s making measurable progress on 40 of the 41 recommendations laid out last September.

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The Delaware Department of Correction is planning to demolish the C building at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna.

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki is apologizing to children asked to leave a city pool because of the religious clothing they were wearing.

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Sen. Chris Coons said President Donald Trump is misusing his national security authority to impose tariffs.

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President Trump named his latest nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court this week, tapping Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

This pick is considered a crucial one because, if confirmed, the 53 year old Kavanugh,  a conservative, will replace Justice Kennedy, often a swing vote in 5-4 decisions

So, what do we know about Kavanugh?  What impact could he have on the direction of the Supreme Court – and what can we expect to see in his confirmation hearings.    Widener Univ. Delaware Law School dean Rod Smolla, who’s argued before the Supreme Court, offered his take on those questions and more.

New polling from the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication shows anger and anxiety over politics may drive more people to the voting booth this year.