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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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A new law recently signed by Gov. John Carney bans those convicted of human trafficking from having a commercial driver’s license.

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State Rep. Franklin Cooke announced Thursday the members of the new task force meant to shape legislation around policing and racial justice.

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New Castle County Council unanimously passed two police reforms Tuesday night after delaying them earlier this month. Many described the measures as just the beginning. 

The results are in for Newark’s City Council election. 

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New Castle County accidentally sent out 51,000 property tax bills to residents who should not receive them.

Residents will be able to stream New Castle County Council meetings in the near future.


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The Delaware Treasurer’s Office is calling on Congress to expand access to a disability savings plan.


The proposed expansion could allow 6 million more Americans to sign up for the program.

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New Castle County continues to track an estimate of coronavirus activity there based on its sewer. The estimates have varied widely week to week, but County leadership still sees them as useful.

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Record numbers of Delawareans voted absentee in the presidential primary earlier this month and this week’s school board elections.

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Slots on school boards in districts across the state were decided Tuesday.

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The state’s largest agency recently released a plan for how it can be more efficient.

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Public entities in southern Delaware are preserving nearly 40 acres just outside of Lewes. 

Sussex County is getting  a new EMS director at the end of this month.


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Delaware’s Department of Insurance released new data this week about local use of the Life Insurance Policy Locator.


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Gov. Carney signed a bill Friday extending efforts to make access to telemedicine services easier for another year.

Turnout for Delaware’s annual school board elections is often low - and almost no-one votes absentee. But this year, a record number of people are requesting absentee ballots.

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New Castle County Council delayed voting on two proposed police reforms Tuesday. 

The city of Lewes is expanding its face mask rules to cover a patchwork of the town.


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The City of Milford will be upgrading its police department’s body cameras.

Police Chief Kenneth Brown says one major upgrade is increasing the city's capacity to store footage.

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Legislation passed by the U.S. Senate would help fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund that sends dollars to Delaware’s wildlife refuges and National Park.


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While Delaware was locked down during the coronavirus pandemic, DelDOT crews and contractors were hard at work.


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A new pilot program in Delaware seeks to reduce recidivism.

State and local housing authorities recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Delaware Department of Correction and the Delaware Center for Justice. 

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Wilmington City Council considered an agenda Thursday that consisted almost entirely of legislation related to policing reform and racial justice. Some members questioned the effectiveness of the measures.

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Delaware’s U.S. Senators are offering their priorities for when Congress reconvenes in a couple weeks with another coronavirus relief package likely to be on the agenda.

Delmarva Power customers who move to solar will get benefits from Green Energy Fund.

DNREC announces grant increases for both commercial and residential solar installations.


Candidates for Mayor and city commissioner in Rehoboth Beach squared off Wednesday in a virtual candidate forum.

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Joe Biden added his home state to his list of presidential primary wins Tuesday.

Biden won the twice-delayed Delaware Democratic primary handily, securing over 89 percent of the votes cast. 

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The Rehoboth Beach Board of commissioners voted Tuesday to roll back mask requirements they enacted just one week ago.


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Delaware is one of the last states to hold its presidential primary this year. The election was pushed back twice because of COVID-19.

5 people wearing hardhats and masks in a line at a construction site. Most of them have shovels in hand.
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Sen. Tom Carper visited Dover Monday to help break ground on the city’s new post office.