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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.

Sussex County is about to get a boost in internet connectivity.

Over the next 6 months, a new high speed fiber optic ring will be built underneath Georgetown, increasing connection speeds 100 times. Four county facilities, including government offices and the airport, will benefit immediately from improved connection.

The fiber optic ring will be a considerable improvement on the single line feed that now feeds Sussex County facilities. The two-way system can redirect the data if service is interrupted along the line.

More than half of the 25,036 Delawareans who signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act’s second open enrollment period were new enrollees.

The numbers released Tuesday by the federal Department of Health and Human Services also show that 83 percent of those who enrolled or re-enrolled for Marketplace insurance through February 22 were eligible for an average subsidy of $264 a month toward premiums. 45 percent of Delawareans enrolled paid less than $100 or less after the subsidies were applied.

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Dover City Council voted Monday to offer a plan that would alter how the state capital is governed.

Under the plan introduced by Councilmember Bill Hare and approved 5-2 by the council, all of the city’s operations except for finance and the clerk’s office would be placed under the control of the city manager. The manager would, in turn, report to the mayor.

DEDO preparing to work with smaller Strategic Fund

Mar 9, 2015
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The Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO) is expecting a major cut to the Delaware Strategic Fund in fiscal year 2016.

DEDO Director Alan Levin requested $10 million from the state’s Bond Bill Committee Monday. While that figure matches what Gov Jack Markell (D-Delaware) proposed for the fund in FY2016, it still represents a drop from $22.2 million in the current fiscal year and $32 million in FY 2014.

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There may be fewer speeding bicyclists on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk this summer.

City officials have signed off on a program called “B-Safe” which will establish a volunteer bicycle patrol on the resort town’s iconic boardwalk.

Volunteers would be trained how to interact with riders who aren’t operating safely.

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In his weekly message, Governor Jack Markell drew attention to the threat of climate change and Delaware’s efforts to meet it.

"While reducing the effects of climate change is a global challenge, we must do our part in Delaware, and I’m proud of the progress we’re making," Markell said.

The governor highlighted Delaware’s investments in cleaner and more efficient energy production, as well as efforts to protect wetlands and improve flood prevention along the Delaware River and Bay.

He also encouraged Delawareans to contribute during the public comment period of the Climate Framework for Delaware released this week. The plan will seek, among other things, to significantly reduce carbon emissions in Delaware by 2030.

The public comment period on the Framework runs through May 30. More information on the proposal can be found at on the state's website.

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Rep. Earl Jaques (D-Glasgow), the new head of the House Education Committee, continues to make waves, calling for a new, state-of-the-art public high school in Wilmington.

Jaques asked lawmakers on the Joint Bond Bill Committee to set aside an unknown amount of money for the proposal this past week.

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Fifty years ago this Saturday, protesters marched on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama to advocate for voting equality. The peaceful marchers were met with billy clubs and violence from Alabama state troopers, and media coverage of the event helped galvanize mass support around the Civil Rights Movement.

This weekend, a record number of lawmakers are traveling down to Selma to commemorate that day, including Delaware’ junior senator, Chris Coons (D-Delaware).

The more than 80 percent of Delawareans eligible for insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act Marketplace could find themselves facing much higher premiums depending how the U.S. Supreme Court decides a case challenging to President Obama’s signature health care law.

The nation’s court heard oral arguments this week in King v. Burwell, which calls into question whether subsidies for insurance can be provided in states that have not set up their own exchanges.

Strine, Markell clash over budget priorities

Mar 7, 2015

Delaware’s top judge says he’s “disappointed” with Gov. Jack Markell’s (D) proposed operating and capital budgets.

Chief Justice Leo Strine Jr. recently presented a larger spending plan before the Joint Finance and Bond Bill committees, saying that Markell “did not account for the critical needs of the judiciary.”