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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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One of the biggest clean water initiatives in state history was signed by Gov. John Carney this week.


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Delaware lawmakers debated new protections for renters in the state Monday.


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The state is continuing its effort to preserve farmland in Delaware.

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All police in Delaware could soon wear body cameras — thanks to a bill Gov. John Carney signed into law Wednesday.


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A Democratic state lawmaker is apologizing after using a racial slur in an email this week.


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The Division of Public Health has announced a new partnership to provide comprehensive COVID-19 testing, processing, and reporting in the state’s schools.

The results are in for the special election to fill a vacancy on Newark’s City Council.

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A former police chief convicted of misconduct will take office on Newport’s Town Council—after the Delaware Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision. 


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Newark voters decide who should represent them on city council in a special election Tuesday.

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Gov. John Carney signed a bill mandating a minimum wage increase Monday. It gradually raises Delaware’s $9.25-an-hour minimum wage over the next few years, stopping at $15 by Jan. 1, 2025.

State and local officials are celebrating progress in the construction of a library in Middletown. The new $25 million Appoquinimink library got its top beam Monday.


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Sen. Ernie Lopez reflects on his last ten years serving Delaware's beach towns in the state senate, after he announced he won't be running for re-election next year.


Rehoboth Beach Commissioners wrapped up the latest reversal of Clear Space Theatre’s site plan approval, but not without last minute controversy.

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New Castle County has kicked off its redistricting process. 

Rehoboth Beach residents vote to fill two commissioner seats August 14th.

Four candidates are vying to represent the city as it grapples with new development, a tourist boom, and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia begins our series of candidate conversations with the one incumbent in the race, Richard Byrne.


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A new commissioner oversees Delaware’s 17 prisons and community corrections centers starting Thursday.

 

And many priorities remain the same.

 

 

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The Middle Run Valley Natural Area in Pike Creek is getting a little bigger— thanks to an upcoming New Castle County land purchase. 

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Another carwash in Dover? The city council says no, despite greater development in West Dover.


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The state has secured $50 million to handle PFAS contamination in Delaware under a settlement with companies associated with production of the toxic chemicals.

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State lawmakers passed legislation meant to address Delaware’s dearth of primary care providers. 


Sen. Chris Coons is one of the 22 senators negotiating a bipartisan infrastructure deal.

 

He’s pursuing a bipartisan deal in a deeply divided era.


Dewey Town Commissioners met with their new consultant to discuss their options going forward with new wireless tower installations.


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Rehoboth Beach is moving forward with a search for a city planner.

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With this year’s legislative session complete, lawmakers are setting their sights on next January.

The Delaware Legislative Black Caucus has announced some policy priorities for the future — and several of those target environmental issues.

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Delaware is among states still remaining in a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma for the company’s role in the national opioid crisis.

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Delaware joins a group of states suing Google.

Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings’ office announced the lawsuit Thursday.

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The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is ready to resume assessing late fees on First State motorists.


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New Castle County Council plans to return to in-person meetings at the end of next month. 

 

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Wilmington City Council’s president takes questions from the public on how best to spend the city’s American Rescue Plan Act federal funds.


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Pushing to meet President Biden’s climate change targets in his home state, Delaware lawmakers are creating an environmental justice task force to ensure infrastructure projects benefit marginalized Delawareans.


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