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

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State lawmakers spent a hefty amount of time debating new renewable energy standards Thursday.

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Unemployment recipients in Delaware are a step closer to getting a break on their 2020 taxes.


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A state constitutional amendment offering protections against unequal treatment based on race easily made it through the State Senate Thursday.

The University of Delaware’s president was among those attending Wednesday’s presidential inauguration.

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The Downtown Dover Partnership looks to bring more restaurants into the capital’s downtown district, with some grants to help out.

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As part President Joe Biden’s inauguration celebration, the two states that he has called home celebrated his rise to the White House.


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The House Health and Human Development committee released legislation aiming to help students who need access to menstrual products.

President-elect Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware will have a presence at his inauguration ceremony.

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Gov. John Carney’s second term is now officially underway, after a much different than normal inauguration for Carney and Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long Tuesday.

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It's inauguration day in the First State Tuesday.

One day before Joe Biden is sworn in as President, the state's focus is on John Carney taking the oath of office for his second term as Delaware's 74th chief executive.

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Legislative Hall in Dover was very quiet over the weekend. A far cry from any planned protests that were rumoured.

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Milton residents approved a Water System Improvements Referendum Saturday. 

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Republican state lawmakers want to reign in the governor’s ability to enact emergency orders.

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The leader of the Delaware GOP continues to support the outgoing president, even as some Republicans in Congress turn their backs on him. 

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The Working Families Party started a new chapter here in Delaware.


The group plans to capitalize on recent progressive election wins.

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The Town of Milton holds a Water System Improvements Referendum election Saturday.  

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One lawmaker’s push to change Delaware’s tax brackets may be gaining some traction.

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If you received unemployment benefits from the state last year, don’t file your taxes just yet.


The state could soon forgive taxes on those benefits.

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The Delaware State Senate confirmed four of Gov. John Carney’s cabinet nominees Wednesday.


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The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays’ Citizens Cafe dives into climate change this week.

A trailblazing Black judge in Delaware is retiring this year.

After 29 years on the bench, Court of Common Pleas Chief Judge Alex Smalls recently informed Gov. John Carney that he plans to step down May 1, 2021.

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Delaware’s House of Representatives first day included the swearing in of all its members, including four new faces.


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The country’s first transgender state senator is sworn in Tuesday, and she brings a progressive focus to Legislative Hall.

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Delaware lawmakers begin their new session Tuesday, but will do so virtually.


Legislators expect to cover some ground in their first month at work, before taking a break for budget hearings.

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Dewey Beach Commissioners remain undecided on changing the town’s zoning regulations.

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Wednesday’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and the takeover of the Michigan state capital in early 2020 has Delaware's state legislators worried it could happen here.

Calls are growing for President Trump to be removed from office after his supporters staged an armed insurrection in the U.S. Capitol. 

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Middletown is looking for a new police chief. 

The town’s Mayor Kenneth Branner announced the retirement of Chief Robert Kracyla at the Mayor and Council Zoom meeting Monday night. 

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What are some solutions to building more wealth and revitalizing Delaware’s minority communities?


The state’s African American Task Force took that question up Wednesday night.

All three members of Delaware’s congressional delegation are safe following the breach of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump extremists Wednesday afternoon. Two are calling for the President to resign or be removed.