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11:33 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Delaware State Treasurer Race Turns Nasty

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The race for state treasurer in Delaware has just gotten personal.

An aide to the Democratic candidates Sean Barney said that his Republican rival Ken Simpler lacks “the character and the qualifications to do the job.”

It is just the latest salvo in a campaign that saw Barney replace outgoing state Treasurer Chip Flowers who decided not to seek reelection.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Drew Wilson, Barney’s campaign manager, made the comment in an email after Barney’s campaign accused Simpler of attacking and demeaning the Democrat’s military record.

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9:51 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Delaware Cash Management Board Eyes Regulations

DOVER, Del. (AP) The panel that oversees Delaware's $1.8 billion cash portfolio is proposing to formally adopt rules regarding objectives and guidelines for investing state funds.

The Cash Management Policy Board is accepting public comment until Oct. 31 on the proposed regulations.

The board currently operates under regulations established in 1982 but never formally adopted in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, which governs how certain state agencies exercise their powers and how their actions are subject to public comment.

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8:24 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Chip Flowers Cleared in Harassment Complaint

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware state Treasurer Chip Flowers has been cleared of accusations that he harassed his former deputy.

Dover police spokesman Mark Hoffman says investigators cleared Flowers after looking into a claim that he had harassed former Deputy Treasurer Erika Benner with unwanted texts and phone calls.

Benner filed the harassment complaint after an encounter between Flowers and her 16-year-old son as the treasurer was waiting to participate in Dover's Fourth of July parade.

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8:42 am
Fri August 29, 2014

No Chip Flowers on Delaware Ballot This Year

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two weeks after tearfully announcing that he was ending his re-election campaign, state treasurer Chip Flowers is officially out of the race.

Elections commissioner Elaine Manlove said Flowers called her Thursday afternoon and said his withdrawal, which was set to take effect at 4 p.m., would stand.

The decision ends any speculation that Flowers, who has had a rocky relationship with the Democratic Party establishment and was the subject of a recent harassment complaint by his former deputy treasurer, might change his mind and stay in the race.

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8:00 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Chip Flowers Delays Withdrawal from Democratic Primary

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There’s some confusion about just what Delaware Treasurer Chip Flowers plans are for the Democratic primary.

More than a week ago he pledged to drop out of the race  because of the scandal surrounding his former aide over the use of taxpayer funds for travel expenses.

But Flowers has not yet formerly withdrawn from the race.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that has angered some state election officials who say that it has made a mockery of the September 9th primaries.

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9:29 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Chip Flowers Fends off Charge About Football Game by Former Aide

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Delaware Treasurer Chip Flowers may have bowed out of his re-election bid this year but he still has been forced to confront charge by his former.

Erika Benner says that Flowers attended a New England Patriots game on the taxpayer’s dime with her and used a Boston limo service for transportation.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Flowers has previously denied attending the game with Benner.

But during his announcement that he was withdrawing from the race on Friday, he admitted that he had been at the sporting event.

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1:45 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Delaware Treasurer Chip Flowers Drops Re-Election Bid

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Embattled state treasurer Chip Flowers says he is ending his re-election campaign, just days after his former deputy filed a police complaint charging him with harassment.

Flowers, who has had a rocky relationship with Delaware's Democratic Party establishment and faced a Sept. 9 primary contest, said Friday that he is quitting the race in a tear-filled announcement.

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10:04 am
Fri August 15, 2014

GOP Calls for Delaware Treasurer To Step Down

Delaware Treasurer Chip Flowers (D)
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The two Republican candidates for Delaware state treasurer are calling on incumbent Democrat Chip Flowers to resign after his former deputy accused him of harassment.

GOP candidates Ken Simpler and Sher Valenzuela issued statements Thursday calling for Flowers' resignation, saying his treatment of women is unacceptable.

Flowers refused to comment. His opponent in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary, Sean Barney, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

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8:45 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Harrassment Complaint Filed Against Delaware Treasurer by Former Aide

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover police are investigating a harassment complaint filed against Delaware's state treasurer by his former deputy.

Police spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman confirmed Wednesday that police are investigating a complaint against Chip Flowers that was filed last week by Erika Benner.

The complaint was filed a month after Benner first told police that Flowers had been harassing her with texts and phone calls. She says they related to an incident between Flowers and her son as the treasurer was waiting to participate in Dover's Fourth of July parade.

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8:47 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Audit Critical of Travel by Delaware State Officials

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The Delaware Auditor’s office released a report that found top state officials have not followed travel state policy.

Almost a year ago the state auditor was asked to look into an incident involving former Deputy Treasurer Erika Benner who was caught using a state-issued credit card to make thousands of dollars in personal purchases.

The report cleared the current state Treasurer Chip flowers who also attended the trip.

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9:03 am
Thu July 17, 2014

No Party Endorsement in Delaware's Democratic Primary for Treasurer

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Democratic Party leaders have declined to make an endorsement in the Democratic primary for state treasurer.

Party officials said in a statement Tuesday that the executive committee failed to reach a consensus on whether to endorse incumbent Chip Flowers or challenger Sean Barney.

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7:32 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Legislative Committee Recomends Reforms for Cash Managment Board

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A legislative committee has approved certain reforms for a board that oversees Delaware's $2 billion cash investment portfolio and which has been plagued by internal tumult.

The proposed changes to the Cash Management Board recommended by members of the Joint Sunset Committee on Thursday must be approved in legislation by the House and Senate.

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8:26 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Delaware Panel Takes Up Cash Portfolio Board Issue

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state legislative committee is reconvening to begin its review of the board that oversees Delaware's $2 billion cash portfolio.

Members of the Joint Sunset Committee were forced to postpone a hearing on the Cash Management Portfolio Board last month after the board chairman failed to appear.

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8:25 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Delaware Treasurer: Self Financed Campaign

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Delaware’s State Treasurer Chip Flowers has loaned his campaign nearly $146-thousand to gear up for re-election this year after only raising $38,000 from supporter last year while becoming embroiled in questions over his travel expenses.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the state Treasurer relied on personal loans of more than $650-thousand since 2009 for his campaign to become state treasurer.

During the same period he raised only around $130-thousand from political supporters.

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11:36 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Delaware Treasurer Gets Election Challenge

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Delaware State Treasurer Chip Flowers is expected to get a challenge from Governor Jack Markell’s policy director.

Sean Barney officially jumped into the race against the embattle official who saw the governor sign into law last week a measure that gives power over the state’s $2 billion cash portfolio to an appointed board instead of Flowers.

Barney told WDEL that he wants to restore integrity to the office.

And Markell issued a statement calling Barney a valuable member and respects his decision to run but added he will not endorse anyone in the primary.

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8:25 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Board To Get Total Control of Delaware Cash Management

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has given final approval to legislation asserting that an unelected board dominated by political appointees, not Delaware's elected treasurer, has authority over the state's $2 billion cash investment portfolio.

The House voted unanimously for the bill Thursday, two weeks after its unanimous approval by the Senate. The legislation now goes to Democratic Gov. Jack Markell, whose administration pushed for the legislation.

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9:08 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Delaware Lawmakers Blast Treasurer Chip Flowers

Delaware Treasurer Chip Flowers
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Delaware State Treasurer Chip Flowers was sharply criticized yesterday afternoon by House leadership for his troubled relationship with Delaware’s Cash Management Policy Board.  

The criticism came before a committee cleared a bill that limits his ability to manage a $2 billion taxpayer portfolio.

Flowers has been in conflict with the board management of the state’s cash portfolio.

And board members appointed by Governor Jack Markell asked that the General Assembly settle the dispute.

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11:23 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Delaware Senate Votes Sole Cash Management Authority to Board

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has unanimously approved legislation asserting that an unelected board dominated by political appointees, not Delaware's elected treasurer, has authority over the state's $2 billion cash investment portfolio.

The bill approved Thursday attempts to resolve disputes between treasurer Chip Flowers and other members of the Cash Management Policy Board.

Flowers blasted the legislation at a news conference on Wednesday, but Thursday's vote signaled a reconciliation of sorts between Flowers and Senate leaders.

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8:29 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Control of Cash Management Policy Considered in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are poised to discuss a bill stating that Delaware's treasurer has no direct control over the state's $2 billion cash management portfolio. 

The bill, which was quickly tabled after being introduced last year, was scheduled for a Senate committee hearing on Wednesday.

State treasurer Chip Flowers, who has repeatedly clashed with Delaware's Cash Management Policy Board over who controls the portfolio, planned a news conference Wednesday in advance of the committee hearing to speak against the legislation.

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10:43 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Bill Barring Treasurer Control Over Cash Portfolio in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are resurrecting a bill stating that Delaware's treasurer has no direct control over the state's $2 billion cash management portfolio.

The bill, which was quickly tabled after being introduced last year, is scheduled for a Senate committee hearing next week.

Consideration of the legislation comes after the attorney general's office ruled in November that the Cash Management Policy Board has sole legal authority to make investment decisions regarding the portfolio, and that the treasurer is subject to its directives.

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9:04 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Delaware State Treasurer Suffers Setback Over Cash Portfolio

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's state treasurer has suffered a setback in his battle with a state panel over who controls Delaware's $2 billion cash management portfolio.

The attorney general's office ruled Tuesday that the Cash Management Policy Board has sole legal authority to make investment decisions regarding the portfolio, and that the treasurer is subject to its directives.

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8:48 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Delaware Treasurer Demands Apology From OMB

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Delaware State Treasurer Chip Flowers has called on the Office of Management and Budget to apologize for the way it has conducted an inquiry into travel expenditures by his office.

The OMB is looking into the whether Flowers and his employees spent more than General Service Administration rate for hotel stays and meals while traveling on state business.

Flowers has said that treasury policy allows him and other members of his department to spend 1.5 times the GSA rate for hotel costs while traveling.

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9:30 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Demands For Info on Delaware Treasury Office Spending

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Questions are being raised about whether employees in the Delaware state Treasurer’s Office are spending more than they should for trips.

During the annual hearing on the department’s budget yesterday Office of Management and Budget officials asked Treasurer Chip Flowers about an explanation of his own travel expenses.

Flowers reimbursed the taxpayers more than $1-thousand for his trip to Alaska for a state Treasurer’s conference.

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10:17 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Delaware Treasurer To Reimburse State for Alaska Trip

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware state treasurer Chip Flowers says he will reimburse the state almost $1,000 for travel-related expenses but denies that he has ever used his state credit card or state funds for personal expenses.

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9:50 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Key Documents to be Released in Flowers Reimbursement Controversey

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Delaware State Treasurer Chip Flowers is scheduled to release key travel documents today about a trip he took with his former deputy state treasurer Erika Benner to Alaska for a meeting of state treasurers.

During the four day conference the two took a sight seeing tour of some Alaskan parks. 

The Wilmington News Journal raised questions about whether the taxpayers may ahve pad for those excursions.

Flowers has denied taht taxpayers were asked to pay for those trips.

The documents will released at a news conference at the treasury office in Dover.

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8:18 am
Wed November 6, 2013

GOP Calls Delaware Treasurer's Office "Out of Control"

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Delaware State Treasurer Chip Flowers is coming under attack from Delaware Republicans, who called his office “out of control.”

Senate Minority Leader Gary Simpson and Minority Whip Greg Lavelle said they were reacting to a story in the Wilmington News Journal that quoted Flowers as saying that financial records in his office are in disarray or missing.

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9:12 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Delaware Treasurer: No Taxpayer Money for Side Trip

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Delaware State Treasurers Chip Flowers says Delaware taxpayers did not pay for the excursion with his deputy to a national park in Alaska.

Flowers and his then-deputy, Erika Benner, did bill the state for extra days spent in Alaska after the National Association of State Treasurers conference in Anchorage in September of 2012.

The Delaware official says he met with bankers, financial experts and other state treasurers.

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9:02 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Delaware State Treasurer Defends Himself in Controversey Over Alaska Trip

Delaware State Treasurer Chip Flowers
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Delaware State Treasurer Chip Flowers says he stayed on a few days after an Alaskan conference last year to meet with bankers.

But The Wilmington News Journal reports that he posted a picture on his Facebook page showing him at the time to be visiting a state park more than 100 miles away from Anchorage where his staff says he was doing research after spending the previous two days holding business meetings.

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9:32 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Handling of Credit Card Scandal by Delaware's Top Financial Official Questioned

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are questioning how Delaware Treasurer Chip Flowers has handled a review of questionable charges made by his former deputy on her state credit card before she was forced to resign.

The Wilmington News Journal reports state records show former Deputy Treasurer Erika Benner charged more questionable expenses than initially reported. Some of the expenses were for travel with Flowers when he made similar charges for trips to Washington, D.C., Seattle and Alaska.

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12:37 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Delaware Treasurer Accepts Resignation of Erika Benner

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's state treasurer has accepted the resignation of his top deputy following her repeated unauthorized use of a state credit card.

Treasurer Chip Flowers said Monday that he has accepted Erika Benner's request to be removed from her position as deputy state treasurer.

The News-Journal of Wilmington reported over the weekend that Benner had racked up thousands of dollars in personal expenses on her state-issued credit card, including more than $1,000 for football tickets and private car service to a New England Patriots game.

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