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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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President Donald Trump visits storm ravaged Puerto Rico today after trading insults with the Mayor of San Juan. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with former Wilmington City Council member Demetrio Ortega Junior who was on the island when Hurricane Maria struck about the president's trip and experiencing the storm first hand.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Nearly 50,000 people have signed an online petition asking for the removal of a statute of retired Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis after he joined other NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
 
The petition on change.org says the anthem honors the United States and its veterans.  It reads: "To kneel during it is disrespectful, regardless of what you are protesting."
 
A Maryland Stadium Authority spokeswoman told The Baltimore Sun extra security has been added to M&T Bank Stadium, including the plaza where Lewis' statue is located.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union says it has reached a settlement with officials of a southern Delaware town in a lawsuit over its restrictions on political signs.

The ACLU sued the town of Milton in May on behalf of a retired schoolteacher who had posted four signs on her property after the November 2016 elections with messages including "Love Trumps Hate" and "Women's Rights Human Rights."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democrat Ralph Northam has surged to a campaign fundraising edge over Republican Ed Gillespie in the governor's race in Virginia.

The latest campaign finance reports for July and August were filed late Friday.

They show that Northam went from a $1.5 million cash-on-hand disadvantage on July 1 to a $3 million edge as of Aug. 30.

Northam's campaign now has a balance of about $5.6 million, compared to $2.6 million for Gillespie's campaign.

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - About 70,000 people in Virginia could lose the option of buying individual health insurance plans next year.

The Roanoke Times reported Tuesday three insurers have announced they plan to pull out of Virginia's individual market next year. Last week, Optima Health said it would no longer offer individual plans where Sentara Health does not have hospitals and providers.

That will leave some parts of Virginia without the option of buying individual insurance. The changes affect all individual plans, not just those sold through the Affordable Care Act.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A candidate for Maryland governor is calling on a university to rescind its invitation to the nation's education secretary to give a commencement address.

Ben Jealous said in statement Monday that he will speak in support of University of Baltimore students and alumni at a protest opposed to Betsy DeVos giving the fall commencement speech.

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Ocean City could be hit if the Trump administration decides to eliminate the J-1 Exchange Visitor program that provides around 4-thousand students to work in the resort during the summer.

Susan Jones, Director of Ocean City Hotel Motel Restaurant Association, told WBOC that there simply are not enough people to fill out of the seasonal workforce.

The Wall Street Journal reports that elimination of the program would be part of the president’s “Buy American, Hire American” executive order.

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A rally is scheduled for September 9th in Georgetown by supporters of President Donald Trump.

It’s being sponsored by the Sussex County Delaware GOP and will include speakers and a voter registration booth.

A party official told the Salisbury Daily Times that it was an opportunity for like-minded people to come together.

The rally will mark the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court and economic growth under the Trump administration.

The rally will be held at the North Bedford Street Park from 10 a.m. to noon.

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The nation is still reeling from images of Nazi and Klan flags during the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said he was appalled at the image and the president's response. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush sat down with the the Comptroller in this first segment to talk about these events.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican candidate for governor in Virginia is telling conservative activists they need to stand up against the "twisted mindset" of the hate groups that were part of a deadly rally a week ago in Charlottesville.

Ed Gillespie made the remarks Saturday in Richmond at a summit hosted by Americans for Prosperity. It's his first major speech since last week's violence.

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As the nation comes to grips with the violence that erupted in Charlottesville and the President's response, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill suggests it's time for reflection.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's governor says he doesn't want his state included in a new review of an oil and gas leasing program on the outer continental shelf.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe on Thursday released a letter he sent last week to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The agency is conducting a review of the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The shelf includes areas off the coast of Virginia.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Republican governor has criticized President Donald J. Trump's comments blaming "both sides" for racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Hogan made the remarks Wednesday after a meeting of the Board of Public Works, of which he is a member. He says he thinks Trump "made a terrible mistake."

The Baltimore Sun reports that the governor says Maryland will continue to condemn hatred, bigotry and violence. On Tuesday, he called for the removal of a Confederate monument from the front lawn of the State House.

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The white nationalist rally in Charlottesville that left one person dead has roiled the Republican Party with top GOP leaders denouncing remarks by President Donald Trump that shied away from placing the blame for the violence at the feet of white nationalists. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with former Republican Congressman Wayne Gilchrest who reflected on the rally, the President and his party.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Two top aides to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan have signed off on a state official's participation in President Donald Trump's panel investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 election against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

The Baltimore Sun reports emails provided by government watchdog group Common Cause Maryland show both Maryland Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith and former Hogan chief of staff Sam Malhotra approved Maryland Deputy Secretary of State Luis E. Borunda's involvement in the Trump administration's presidential election probe.

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The Mayor of Tangier Island went on CNN’s Town Hall event last night and told former Vice President Al Gore that he did not see any evidence of rising sea levels.

Mayor James Eskridge admitted he was not a scientist “but was a keen observer.”

And he asked Gore why Eskridge “had not seen any signs of it.”

Eskridge said what his home town needed was a sea wall to fight erosion.

Gore responded by saying that he knew of Tangier Island’s erosion problem and said it was due to the rising sea levels.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan for blocking people who disagree with him on his official Facebook page and deleting their comments.

The ACLU sued Tuesday on behalf of four people, saying their First Amendment rights were violated.

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(AP) - Delaware's senior senator is seeking a fourth term.

Sen. Tom Carper, a Democrat, recently announced he's running for re-election.

Carper is a former Naval aviator and governor who was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000.

He said in an interview on MSNBC on Monday that he was considering retirement before last year's presidential election because he thought Hillary Clinton would win and Democrats would hold a majority in the Senate.

But with President Donald Trump's victory, Carper said he's more motivated than ever to serve in the upper chamber.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Fewer people are buying guns in Virginia.

The Daily Press reports gun sellers have conducted 10 percent fewer background checks so far in 2017 compared to the same time period last year.

Experts say the decline follows a Republican being elected to the White House opposed to a Democrat. Johns Hopkins public health professor Cassandra Crifasi said fears have fallen over whether gun regulations will increase.

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HOT SPRINGS, Va. (AP) - The two major party candidates in Virginia's closely watched race for governor clashed at their first debate over President Donald Trump, health care, immigration, and social issues.

Republican Ed Gillespie said Saturday that he doesn't always support Trump's policies, but is willing to work with the president on issues important to Virginia, such as military spending.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced that Virginia and Mexico City have signed a Memorandum of Understanding designed to promote trade.

McAuliffe announced the MOU last week. It is the second one he's signed this summer with a locality in Mexico.

The Democratic governor has been critical of Republican President Donald Trump's trade policies. McAuliffe has been a huge booster of Virginia's role in international trade. He's taken frequent trips abroad to promote the Old Dominion and to try and lure companies to Virginia.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Trump effect is having an early impact on the 2018 contests for Congress.

Virginia Democrats are lining up to run for Congress, motivated by their opposition to the president. And a Trump-like Republican is promising to run a "vicious, ruthless" U.S. Senate campaign next year that Trump supporters will relish.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's elections commissioner says she will not provide voter registration data to President Donald Trump's commission on election fraud.

Commissioner Elaine Manlove says after being inundated with calls from concerned citizens and talking to her agency's attorney, she has decided not to provide any voter registration data to Trump's commission, including data that is currently available to the public.

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SHARPSBURG, Md. (AP) - President Donald Trump's salary, which he promised to give away, will go toward two restoration projects at Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland.

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke made the announcement Wednesday at Antietam. He says Trump's first quarter salary donation is $78,333, and $22,000 was pledged by an anonymous donor. 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Tom Perriello is heading a new political action committee aimed at helping down-ballot Democrats.

Perriello said Wednesday he'll be running a group called Win Virginia, which will work to help Democrats running for the state House this year.

Perriello was defeated by Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in the Democratic primary earlier this month. 

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia's largest city has taken a position against offshore drilling.

Media outlets report that the Virginia Beach city council voted Tuesday to oppose any operations in the Atlantic Ocean.

The vote is a recommendation to President Donald Trump. The president has ordered a review of the Obama-era ban on drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. Trump will make the final decision.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democrats are promising party unity after a hotly contested primary battle for governor.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello urged Democrats to work together in this year's general election.

Their comments came Saturday evening at the party's annual Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner.

Northam defeated Perriello last week in a primary contest. Perriello said Saturday he "fully" endorses Northam.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republican Corey Stewart says he may run for U.S. Senate next year after his surprisingly strong showing in the GOP primary for governor.

The former state campaign chairman for President Donald Trump said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press that his near-victory over former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie showed there's strong interest in his brand of confrontational politics.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Ralph Northam has won the Democratic nomination in Virginia's closely watched race for governor, defeating an insurgent challenger backed by U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Northam beat former congressman Tom Perriello, with most polls reporting Tuesday.

The lieutenant governor secured victory thanks in part to his longer time on the campaign trail and fundraising advantage. Northam had the support of the state Democratic Party's core constituencies, including teachers groups and African-American political and religious leaders.

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