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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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The two trillion dollar coronavirus relief bill passed the U.S. House and was signed by President Trump Friday, and Delaware officials believe it will help the state.


Delaware’s Presidential primary election is being delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. And Delaware’s Department of Elections is preparing for a surge in absentee ballots because the state is making it easier to vote that way.



With the economic impact of the coronavirus still unknown, Wilmington’s mayor is proposing close to $250 million for next year’s budget.  

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The Senate passed a nearly two trillion dollar coronavirus relief bill that’s expected to quickly pass the House then get President Trump’s signature.

And Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons see many positives in it - including some for the First State.


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Gov. John Carney has issued a stay-at-home order over the outbreak of the new coronavirus. 


The order goes into effect at 8am Tuesday and will remain in effect until May 15, "or until the public health threat is eliminated."


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Government officials at all levels are scrambling to keep up with the novel coronavirus pandemic – both in blunting its spread and dealing with the economic fallout.

This week in Congress – a House coronavirus relief bill passed the Senate and was signed by President Trump – addressing sick and family leave for some workers, expanding unemployment assistance and nutrition assistance and increasing resources for testing.

But much more is on the way and Delaware senior Sen. Tom Carper joined Delaware Public Media’s Tom Byrne to discuss the federal response – what’s happening now and what’s next.

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Delaware’s General Assembly is postponing the remainder of its legislative session until further notice.

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Gov. John Carney is taking new steps to try and slow the spread of new coronavirus cases in the First State.



Courtesy of Food Bank of Delaware

The Food Bank of Delaware hopes to distribute extra food in the coming days in response to the new coronavirus — but is being forced to develop creative ways to do it.

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The COVID-19 outbreak is taking a bite out of revenue Gov. John Carney and state lawmakers have to build the fiscal year 2021 budget.