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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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President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Delaware State University President Tony Allen to lead his inaugural committee.

Allen says in a statement this inauguration will look a lot different than previous ones. He says quote “we will honor the American inaugural traditions and engage Americans across the country while keeping everybody healthy and safe.”

Allen worked as then U.S. Senator Biden’s speechwriter and assistant in the late 1990’s and have kept in touch since.

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An addition to the Sussex County Emergency Operations Complex in Georgetown is moving closer to reality.

An ordinance passed by Wilmington City Council last week to create a police citizen review board will become law without Mayor Mike Purzycki’s signature.

Purzycki announced Wednesday he will not sign or veto the measure.

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New Castle County gets back the money it loaned to a failed attempt to create a Delaware stock exchange.

County Executive Matt Meyer announced Wednesday that Ideanomics, which owns the Delaware Board of Trade, repaid the $3 million loan, along with an annual 180 thousand dollar interest payment.

The New Castle County Council is expected to introduce an ordinance Tuesday night to increase the size of the county police department.

The plan is to expand the force from 400 to 415 officers to address population growth in the county south of the C&D Canal.

Delawareans joined a nationwide caravan to demand COVID relief, and to mourn the 250,000 people dead from the virus.

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Wilmington is bracing for the upcoming I-95 reconstruction project that’s expected to cause headaches for area drivers.

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Mental health support for students was among the issues addressed at the state Department of Education’s recent budget hearing.

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New Castle County is giving out some of its federal coronavirus relief money to teachers.

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Wilmington City Council voted to adopt a police citizen review board Thursday night.

The vote was 10 to one with one abstaining – in an attempt to provide further transparency and accountability in the Wilmington Police Department.

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The Department of Corrections is making a big budget request next year to renovate some of the state’s prisons.

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New Castle County officials offered new details Tuesday on their plan to turn a hotel into a homeless shelter.

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New Castle County is expanding its Little Free Libraries program to the whole county.

The pilot version of the program is currently in 20 neighborhoods in one council district.

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The Delaware Department of Transportation plans major programs and projects in the next year, and is looking for the money to fund them.

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The Department of Labor saw its entire department shift from employment training to unemployment insurance during the coronavirus pandemic.

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DNREC and Department of Safety and Homeland Security are each asking for more money in the state’s fiscal year 2022 budget.


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Sen. Chris Coons is calling for the U.S. to re-engage in foreign affairs. He spoke at a summit hosted by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Monday. 

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The Delaware court system is moving back to its Phase two of its reopening plan.

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A gate at the main entrance to Shutte Park in Dover appears closer to reality.

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With more Delawareans on Medicaid and cases of COVID-19 continuing to rise in the First State, the Department of Health and Social Services explains its budget needs for fiscal year 2022.

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The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) is suspending in-person visitation in state prisons again.

The order goes into effect Thursday at all Level V prisons and Level IV work release and violation of probation facilities.

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The Supreme Court heard the latest case challenging the Affordable Care Act Tuesday. 

And Delaware’s two Democratic senators are optimistic it will once again survive.

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The controversy over a Wilmington City Council vacancy has reached court. 

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Just over a week after the 2020 election, Erik Raser-Schramm is stepping down as the Delaware Democratic Party chairman.

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Gov. John Carney and State Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay blame a recent spike in COVID cases to indoor social gatherings - and floated the idea of adding new COVID-19 restrictions Tuesday.

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The Office of Management and Budget’s 2022 budget hearings start this week, and the Delaware State Housing Authority was among the first on the docket.

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The Election in Delaware went off without a hitch, despite an ongoing pandemic.

Rehoboth Beach Commissioners adopted a policy on public displays for this holiday season.

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Many Delawareans are celebrating one of their own winning the White House.

Joe Biden is now the President-elect.

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The 2020 Election in Delaware is in the books. 

And results here turned out largely as expected, though the addition of mail-in voting and a huge turnout did add some wrinkles to the story.

To break down the results and what they means going forward, Delaware Public Media’s Tom Byrne chats with Delaware State News political reporter Matt Bittle.