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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge has ruled against former state treasurer Chip Flowers in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against former Gov. Jack Markell.

In Tuesday's ruling, the judge said Markell's office did not violate Delaware's FOIA law by withholding emails from Flowers simply because they were sent or received by a lawmaker or legislative staffer, without regard to their content or context.

State lawmakers have specifically exempted their emails from the FOIA law.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Attorney General's Office says state officials were wrong to place a $15,000 price tag on giving former state Treasurer Chip Flowers copies of his emails from his time in office.

Flowers, who left office in January 2015, is asking for the state to provide all emails he sent and received as treasurer so they can be added to a planned archive of his correspondence.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Former Delaware Treasurer Chip Flowers says he has forgiven those who he believes wronged him during his time serving in office.
Flowers spoke to members of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources in Wilmington on Friday.
Flowers ended his re-election campaign for treasurer in 2014, just days after his former deputy filed a police complaint charging him with harassment. He was later cleared of the charges.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - New leaders are set to take charge in two of Delaware's statewide elected offices.

Lt. Gov. Matt Denn will be sworn in Tuesday as Delaware's new attorney general. Denn entered the attorney general's race last year, just days after incumbent fellow Democrat Beau Biden said he would not seek re-election.

This will be Denn's third statewide office, following his tenures as lieutenant governor and insurance commissioner.

Also Tuesday, Republican Ken Simpler will be sworn in as state treasurer, replacing Democrat Chip Flowers.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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.