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Dept. of Correction Commissioner is stepping down

Department of Correction Commissioner Perry Phelps announced Friday he is retiring, effective July 15th. He served as commissioner for about two and a half years, a tenure that included the deadly February 2017 riot at the Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna.

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This week on "The Green"

Prosperity Now, Racial Wealth Divide in Wilmington

Wilmington a 'microcosm' of larger cities on racial wealth divide, study says

A vast divide in the amount of wealth accumulated by white families and families of color persists in the U.S.— and by some reports, has grown in the past few decades. That divide is reflected in Delaware’s largest city, where the median household income for black and Latino households is half that of white households— according to a study by D.C.-based nonprofit Prosperity Now.

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This week, Governor Jack Markell marks the Labor Day holiday by discussing job creation efforts in the state of Delaware.

Governor's Weekly Message

Gov. Jack Markell marks the Labor Day holiday by discussing job creation efforts.

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State Senator Colin Bonini (R-Dover South) already knows he’ll be on the ballot for State Treasurer in November’s general election.  Bonini faces no primary challenger on the Republican side as he makes his first run at a statewide office.

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The race for state treasurer: Chip Flowers

Aug 31, 2010

Delaware voters’ first chance to weigh in on who will be next state treasurer comes in the September 14th Democratic primary.  That pits attorney Chip Flowers against current State Treasurer Velda Jones-Potter for the right to face Republican State Senator Colin Bonini in November’s general election.

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Velda Jones-Potter was appointed State Treasurer in January 2009.  To remain in the office, she needs to win not one, but two elections in 2010.

Jones-Potter was appointed State Treasurer by Governor Jack Markell when he vacated the office following his win in the 2008 gubernatorial race.  Jones-Potter faces Wilmington attorney Chip Flowers in the September 14th Democratic primary.  The winner meets Republican Colin Bonini in the November 2nd general election.

The last person elected Delaware state treasurer currently sits in the Governor's chair. In the 2010 election cycle, three candidates are vying for the position: appointed incumbent, Democrat Velda Jones-Potter, her Democratic primary challenger, attorney Chip Flowers, and Republican State Senator Colin Bonini.

The race received added scrutiny this week when details of Treasurer Jones-Potter’s consulting contract with the City of Wilmington became public.  That contract has paid her over $100,000 since 2007 for running a leadership development program aimed at women.

GOP Weekly Message - August 27, 2010

Aug 27, 2010

Delaware State Republican Party Chairman Tom Ross delivers the state GOP's first weekly message focusing on Republican priorities this election cycle.

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This week, Governor Jack Markell and Delaware State Police Superintendent, Colonel Robert Coupe highlight two new laws designed to protect police and other first responders,  the Blue Alert and Move Over laws.

Governor's Weekly Message

Gov. Jack Markell highlights the new Blue Alert and Move Over laws.

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Wanna be a casino dealer? Get in line.

Aug 20, 2010

Job creation is one argument proponents of casino expansion use in their pitch to add more gambling venues in Delaware. And if the recent Delaware Park job fair is any indication, there's plenty of interest in casino jobs.  130  job seekers lined up at Delaware Park’s administrative offices on Kirkwood Highway this week, answering the racino’s call for new dealers for a planned table game expansion.

This week, Governor Jack Markell and Department of Natural Resources and Control Secretary Collin O’Mara discuss a package of green energy bills signed by the governor and the potential those new laws have to create green energy jobs in Delaware.

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Online government garage sales

Aug 18, 2010

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