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Politics & Government

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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Gov. John Carney’s campaign sent a cease and desist letter to TV stations airing an ad created by the Citizens for Transparency and Accountability.

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The City of Wilmington is recruiting its next class of firefighters.

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The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council offers its initial look at the state’s financial health for the 2022 budget cycle.

And it offers a slightly rosier outlook.


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Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Lauren Witzke recently released her plan for economic recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has a lot less moving parts compared to the plans being argued over in Congress.

Sen. Tom Carper recently spoke about what’s at stake for veterans when the Affordable Care Act goes before the U.S Supreme Court in November.

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New Castle County is sharing more than a third of its federal CARES Act funds with the state for various assistance programs. 

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The Wilmington Mayor’s latest attempt to address the City’s housing stock through legislation has failed. 

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All 41 of Delaware’s House seats are up for election this November - and in 15 of those races the incumbent faces a challenge. And Delaware Public Media's Kelli Steele reports on one such race in New Castle County.

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The November 3rd General Election will likely see an unprecedented level of mail-in voting in Delaware and nationwide.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly made unfounded claims about its vulnerability to fraud, has raised doubts about whether he would accept election results—and has called on supporters to watch the polls.

All of this worries Delaware’s former election commissioner, Elaine Manlove, who oversaw voting and elections in the First State for 12 years.

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks with Manlove about what she’s watching.

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The University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication released a new poll highlighting Coronavirus, politician favorability and more.

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The City of Wilmington is finally getting federal funding for a police body camera program, after failing to secure it last year.

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Candidates seeking to represent Delaware in the U.S. House of Representatives met for a debate Wednesday night.

Delaware's candidates for U.S. House of Representatives meet for Delaware Debates 2020 Wednesday night.

Incumbent Democrat Lisa Blunt Rochester and Republican challenger Lee Murphy face off virtually in the one hour debate starting at 6:30 p.m.

Delaware's candidates for U.S. House of Representatives and Governor races meet for Delaware Debates 2020 Tuesday night.

Incumbent Democrat John Carney and Republican challenger Julianne Murray face off virtually in the one hour debate starting at 6:30 p.m.

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Delaware’s candidates for governor faced off on the first night of the University of Delaware’s 2020 debates.

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The state is gearing up for a high turnout in next month’s General Election.

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The city of Lewes approved a new wetlands buffer zone.

The confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is underway in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

And Sen. Chris Coons used part of his time Monday to argue the hearing should not be taking place.


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Delaware is one step closer to finishing a plan to guide the low-lying state through the impacts of climate change. Officials are almost finished gathering public input. 

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Sen. Tom Carper visited local small businesses Friday while the federal government negotiates a new relief package to help them

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One of the men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) was previously pardoned by Gov. John Carney (D-DE).

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This week, Delawareans who already requested vote-by-mail ballots for November’s general elections started receiving them and could begin filling them out and sending them in.

The state’s new vote-by-mail system created in response to the pandemic has now withstood two legal challenges. A Chancery Court judge denied a bid by two non-profits to extend the ballot return deadline Friday.

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt has more on the path taken to bring mail-in voting to the First State.


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Some of the initial assessment of mail-in voting system is already happening in the wake of the state's September primary.

Most who chose to vote in person in during that primary said they didn’t trust the new system.

And Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia looked into how groups are looking to build more confidence in it.

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Down ballot on Election day is a race for four at-large positions on Wilmington City Council.

The city charter allows no more than three to come from one political party, and since registered Democrats heavily outnumber Republicans in Wilmington – the three Democrats on the ballot are likely to earn seats.

That leaves three GOP candidates hoping to become - in all likelihood - the only Republican on city council.

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In a typical year, most people would be waiting to cast their ballot on election day. But with vote-by-mail permitted during this election, hundreds of thousands of Delawareans are expected to use that method, and some have already mailed back their ballots.

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A few state and local Republican officials say they intend to hold their own Return Day despite the Delaware post-election tradition being canceled.

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The candidates for governor faced off virtually at the Wilmington Rotary Club’s candidates forum Thursday afternoon.

Republican Julianne Murray claimed the incumbent Democrat, Gov. John Carney, failed to deliver on his 2016 campaign promise to make crime in Wilmington a top priority, citing rising violence there.


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State of Delaware courts are resuming jury trials - with new precautions in place for COVID-19

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Sen. Chris Coons is lambasting Senate Republicans for going ahead with a Supreme Court confirmation hearing when two Judiciary members are COVID-19 positive.

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The First State gets some rare public polling data, and it shows the state remains reliably “blue” as the 2020 General election approaches.