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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delawareans are doing their best to lend a helping hand to the victims of the recent hurricanes in the Atlantic.

Gov. John Carney is announcing a new website, delaware.gov/relief, where Delawareans can learn about different ways to donate to disaster relief efforts, as well as volunteer their time.

U.S. Senator Chris Coons and Delaware National Guard Adjutant General Carol Timmons are among other officials who planned to join Carney on Wednesday to encourage contributions to the relief efforts.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's senior senator is calling on President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans to work with Democrats on tax reform.

Sen. Tom Carper and fellow Democrat Chris Coons hosted a roundtable discussion in Wilmington on Monday on what they say is the negative impact of Trump's tax plan on Delawareans.

Coons expressed concern about cutting billions of dollars from Medicare spending for what he described as a tax rate cut for corporations and for the richest Americans.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Long-awaited beach replenishment projects in Delaware are expected to get underway early next year.

Beaches and dunes in Bethany, South Bethany and Fenwick Island were damaged by strong storms, including a nor'easter in October 2015 and Winter Storm Joaquin in January 2016.

The projects will involve dredging 1.2 million cubic yards of sand from approved offshore borrow areas. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $17.2 million contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.

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Senator Chris Coons has co-sponsored a measure that would keep special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired as he investigates whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the presidential campaign.

The Delaware Democrat’s measure would allow Mueller to challenge such a firing in federal court.

Under the measure a panel of judges would have 14 days to review the challenge.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Coons said that the measure is aimed at keeping the president from trying to protect himself by dismissing Mueller.

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As the decision by the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA rallies are planned at the offices of Delaware Governor John Carney and the state’s Democratic senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons.

Organizers notes that both senators have expressed strong support for the program that allows undocumented immigrants brought to this country by their parents as children to stay in the U.S.

It’s is an executive order that was issued by then President Obama as congress failed to provide comprehension immigration reform.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Chris Coons is joining law enforcement officials in Delaware to discuss the critical need for funding a program to provide armored vests for police officers.

Coons is a co-founder of the Senate's Law Enforcement Caucus. He was to join New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer, Wilmington Police Department Inspector Cecilia Ashe and members of the New Castle County police departments Tuesday.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware State Fire School has received a nearly $440,000 federal grant to add equipment for training exercises.

Media outlets report Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester D-Del. and U.S. Sen. Chris Coons D-Del. visited the school Monday to announce the Assistance to Firefighters Grant. This year's grant will provide a forcible entry training trailer, ambulance simulator, and several hazardous materials training props.

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Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons calling on the Trump administration to protect the coastline from offshore oil drilling.

The Delaware Democrats joined 25 of their colleagues to urge Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke not to revise the five year plan that protects the East Coast as well as other areas around the country.

Senator Carper warned that expanded drilling would put the coastal communities which depend on tourism at risk noting that oil spills do not respect state boundaries.

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There will be a new Aquatic Resources Education Center to replace an older facility at the edge of the Delaware Bay Marsh.

The announcement was made yesterday by Governor John Carney during a ceremony where he was joined by Senator Chris Coons and Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester.

The governor praised the state’s Bayshore Region as a unique destination for ecotourism and outdoor recreation.

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Delaware’s two Democratic senators have gotten an earful from constituents when it comes to President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees.

Senator Chris Coons told the Wilmington News Journal that he has gotten dozens of calls in a day.

He said, “They have been ringing off the hooks in Dover and Wilmington and Washington."

Delaware’s senior Senator Tom Carper told the paper his constituents don’t want them to be timid in opposing some of Trump’s nominees.

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Last night many gathered at the Islamic Center of Delaware denouncing the president’s suspension of the refugee program and the travel ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Along with pastors, rabbis and imams Governor John Carney and Senator Chris Coons spoke out against the executive orders signed by President Trump.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn is looking into legal action to fight the order.

The paper reports that he called it “A betrayal of basic American values.”

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Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons denounced President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees in fiercely worded statements.

Carper, who is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, questioned Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Delaware Democrat noted that as Oklahoma Attorney General Pruitt eliminated the environmental protection unit and raised millions of dollar from the fossil fuel industry.

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The Delaware congressional delegation be attending the presidential inauguration and will not be joining many of their other Democratic colleagues who have chosen to boycott the ceremonies.

Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons along with Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester plan to show up for the event.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Coons say he believes it is important to witness the peaceful transfer of power that so many other countries do not experience.

But the Delaware Democrat said he understood why his colleagues have decided not to attend.

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch praised programs like the Violence Reduction Network which have helped the Wilmington Police Department cope with its high homicide rate.

During an appearance with U.S. Senator Chris Coons in Wilmington the nation’s top law enforcement official noted that the program had helped increase its ability to solve the town’s murder homicide cases.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that clearance rate has gone from 10 percent just two years ago to 40 percent.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is making her first official visit to Delaware.
 
The nation's highest ranking law enforcement official is in Wilmington on Monday to focus on juvenile justice and the effects of crime on children.
 
She will be joined by U.S. Sen. Chris Coons during a town hall meeting with community leaders on juvenile justice at the Delaware Historical Society in downtown Wilmington.
 

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To say the least Senator Chris Coons has a lot of differences with president-elect Donald Trump.

But when the Republican shows up for National Prayer Breakfast in February the Delaware Democrat told reporters the only thing he will be offering up is prayer.

Coons and Arkansas Republican Senator John Boozman co-chair the event for next year and thus extended the invitation to the president-elect.

Attendance reaches back to President Dwight Eisenhower in 1953.

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If Democrats take control of the U.S. as a result of this year’s election it could boost the clout of the Delaware delegation.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Senator Tom Carper could wind up chairing either the Homeland Security Committee or the Environment and Public Works Committee.

Currently, he is the senior Democrat on those panels.

Meanwhile, Senator Chris Coons could be in line to head up the Select Committee on Ethics.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are joining U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez in Wilmington to emphasize the importance of workplace apprenticeships.

Perez was scheduled to join Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons on Monday for a tour of RC Fabricators, a steel manufacturing business, where they will try their hand at welding alongside apprentices.

The tour will be followed by a round-table discussion with local elected officials, community leaders, and program participants on the importance of apprenticeship programs.

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Senator Chris Coons and Congressman John Carney joined the sit-in last night on the House floor where congressional Democrats protested the failure of Speaker Paul Ryan to bring a gun control measure to a vote.

Congressman John Lewis, a legend of the Civil Right era, led the protest urging a vote on measures that would expand background checks and keep some suspected terrorists from obtaining firearms.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Carney who is running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination said that he strongly supported Lewis’s efforts.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Chris Coons is taking a break from politics to do a little preaching.

Coons was scheduled to the give keynote address Thursday at the 56th annual Governor's Prayer Breakfast in Dover.

Gov. Jack Markell will join a host of other officials at the event, including state lawmakers, local elected officials, clerics and representatives of charitable organizations.

The theme of this year's breakfast is "Faith and Family."

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Tea Party favorite Christine O’Donnell has been ordered by a federal judge to provide details about her finances.

The order comes in a lawsuit filed by the Federal Election Commission over her 2010 Senate campaign in Delaware.

The suit charges that at least $20-thousand from her campaign funds were used to pay for expenses at her townhouse.

The resident was also used as a campaign headquarters.

The judge wants the documents by March 15th that include details about her income, assets and liabilities.

O’Donnell has denied any wrong doing.

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Senator Chris Coons says that the White House should nominate someone to the U.S. Supreme Court who is confirmable.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Democrat told reporters that the Senate should move forward with an appointment by President Obama to replace Justice Antonin Scalia who died earlier this month.

Even as Coons was responding to questions by reporters Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was on the floor telling his colleagues that no nominee should be considered until after the presidential election in November.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware has been selected to deliver the Senate's annual tribute to George Washington as the nation celebrates the birthday of its first president.

Coons on Monday will become the first Delaware senator to deliver Washington's 1796 Farewell Address from the Senate floor.

The tradition dates to 1862, when it began as a way to boost the country's morale during the Civil War.

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Delaware congressional lawmakers have sent a letter to the head of the FBI seeking information about the recent spate of bomb threats made against public schools.

Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons along with Representative John Carney say that would like the assistance of the FBI to find out who was behind the threats.

The Delegation noted that not only was Delaware effected but that the Los Angeles School District, the largest in the country, saw 900 schools shut down after receiving threats.

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Senator Chris Coons says he wants a tougher responses to Iran’s testing of ballistic missiles and chided the Obama administration for its “hesitation”.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Democrat called for the administration to impose sanctions after the two missile tests.

Coons is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and he told reporters that he would continue to push for sanctions this year.  

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Delaware State University will be picking up $5 million in a grant from NASA for its optics program.

One of the four projects will help the Mars Rover determine if there is life on the red planet.

The University lab examines the characteristics of live cells, dead cells and atomic signatures among other things.

WBOC reports that the NASA grant is the first major grant for the optics program since the construction of a new building last month.

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Congressman John Carney pulled in more than $200-thousand at a fundraiser in Wilmington this week as he takes aim at the governor’s race.

The Delaware Democrat’s one night event at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington included two major Democratic notables Governor Jack Markell and Attorney General Matt Denn.

In addition the First State’s two Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons were also on hand.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the big money and big Democratic names are expected to scare off any Democratic challengers.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman is traveling to Delaware in his first public event since negotiating a contentious trade pact involving the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries.

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons planned to join Froman on Friday to tout the Trans-Pacific Partnership and highlight how trade benefits local and state economies.

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As more emails emerge from Hillary Clinton’s days at Secretary of State Senator Chris Coons got a mention.

State Department officials apparently were concerned about the Delaware Democrat being miffed that he was the only Senator not mentioned by name at an event in June of 2011.  

Coons had noted that he had “beat the witch” a reference to Republican Christine O’Donnell whom he defeated for the Delaware senate seat in 2010.

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Senator Chris Coons is a yes vote for the nuclear agreement with Iran.

The Delaware Democrat said that he was convinced the deal puts the world on a path that would limit Iran’s nuclear program for the next 15 years.

He added that despite flaws this was a better strategy for containing the spread of nuclear weapons.

His decision comes despite a barrage of television ads from opponents of the deal in which they quoted the senator’s doubts about the agreement.

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