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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's top election official wants to scrap touch-screen voting machines in favor of paper ballots for early voting before the April primaries.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam raised $660,000 last year for his gubernatorial campaign while his potential GOP challenger Ed Gillespie raised $483,000.

Gillespie raised virtually all of that amount in December, while Northam has been fundraising since April, newly filed campaign finance reports show.

Northam also raised an additional $63,000 for his lieutenant governor campaign account since October.

Republican attorney general hopeful Del. Rob Bell reported raising $635,000, with most of that coming from his House of Delegates account.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia legislative panel has rejected a bill to allow early voting by everyone up to three weeks before a general election.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the proposal by Del. Rip Sullivan of Arlington County was one of four Democrat-backed voting measures killed by a House subcommittee's Republican majority Tuesday. Two similar bills also were rejected, along with one to expedite getting 18-year-olds added to the voter rolls.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal judge has rejected a bid by Donald Trump supporters to block the use of a party affiliation statement in Virginia's Republican presidential primary.

U.S. District Judge Hannah Lauck declined to issue a preliminary injunction Thursday.

GOP leaders last month persuaded the Virginia State Board of Elections to require voters in the party's March 1 primary to sign a statement affirming that they are Republicans. Three black pastors are sued, arguing that the "loyalty oath" violates their civil and free-speech rights.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republicans are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to put a new congressional map for Virginia on hold and allow the 2016 elections to proceed under the old boundaries.

A three-judge panel last week ordered the state to impose a new redistricting plan crafted by a court-appointed expert. The panel had previously ruled that lawmakers in 2012 illegally packed black voters into the 3rd Congressional District, represented by Democrat Bobby Scott, to make surrounding districts safer for GOP incumbents.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Supporters of presidential candidate Donald Trump are suing Virginia election officials over a state GOP requirement that 2016 primary voters sign a statement affirming they are Republicans.

In a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, three black pastors said such a "loyalty oath" would violate their civil rights and would discriminate against African-American and Hispanic voters.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has unanimously sided with Maryland residents who say a judge prematurely threw out their challenge to the state's 2011 redrawing of its congressional districts
 
The court ruled Tuesday that federal law requires that the Maryland case be heard by a panel of three judges, not the lone judge who dismissed the challenge.
 
Justice Antonin Scalia said the law "could not be clearer."
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican Del. Rob Bell has announced his candidacy for Virginia attorney general, positioning himself as a tough-on-crime conservative who would oppose what he considers burdensome federal regulations.

He held a Capitol news conference Thursday to announce his candidacy for the 2017 race while also taking aim at the incumbent attorney general and his likely general election opponent, Democrat Mark Herring.

Bell represents a Charlottesville-area district and was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2001.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Chrys Kefalas, who worked as an attorney in former Gov. Robert Ehrlich's administration, says he is running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

Kefalas made the announcement Tuesday.

Kefalas advised Ehrlich on clemency issues, which was a priority of the Republican governor during his tenure from 2003 to 2007.

Kefalas, 36, is from Parkville in Baltimore County. He has worked for the Justice Department and the National Association of Manufacturers since his job in the Ehrlich administration.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Demographers say Virginia will likely pick up another U.S. House seat after the 2020 caucus.

An analysis by Carolina Demography, part of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, projects that Virginia, North Carolina and Florida will each gain one congressional seat.

Larry Sabato, head of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, tells the Richmond Times Dispatch that Virginia would then have its largest congressional delegation since the 1850s.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland elections officials say the state's new voting system has been used successfully in recent local elections and a test election.

Linda Lamone, the Maryland state board of elections administrator, said Thursday elections in Rockville and College Park gave voters the chance to use Maryland's new system, and it was well received.

State and local election officials found a statewide test election last month useful to understanding the new system and identifying areas where procedures and documents need revision for next year's elections.

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We could see one of the more interesting congressional races on Delmarva next year. Mayor Jim Ireton who has just been elected to the Salisbury City Council is contemplating a run against Representative Andy Harris in Maryland's First District. In part 2 of our interview with Ireton we talk with him about the issues and his chances in this conservative district.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Del. Kathy Szeliga is scheduled to make an announcement about plans regarding a potential run for U.S. Senate.

Szeliga, a Republican who represents parts of Baltimore and Harford counties, has scheduled a news conference at the City Dock in Annapolis on Tuesday.

She has been a member of the Maryland House of Delegates since 2011. She has been the House minority whip since 2013.

U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a Democrat, announced earlier this year she would not seek re-election in 2016.

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Fresh off his victory in Salisbury’s District 4 municipal election Mayor Jim Ireton appears to be eyeing another political job.

This time it’s a challenge to Representative Andy Harris in the Eastern Shore’s First District.

Just a few hours after winning his election on Tuesday he told WBOC that he might just take a shot at the Maryland Republican.

He told the television station that his voice would best be suited in Washington.

At Harris’s congressional office the reaction was not so subtle.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The makeup of Virginia's General Assembly remained virtually unchanged following an election that set spending records.

Republicans were able to hold off Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe Tuesday and keep control of the state Senate.

Political analysts say Republicans' victory will make it almost impossible for McAuliffe to achieve any significant legislative legacy in his remaining two years in office.

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This November the Salisbury will have a second minority-majority district in the city council elections.

The new district is the result of the decision by the city council to not only divide up the council into five districts but also the recognition that the minority community is now approaching 40 percent.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Kaydee Jones has this look at the candidates vying for the seat.

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There are two incumbents running for election in Salisbury City Council District 3 after the city decided to create five separate districts.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Kaydee Jones has this look at the candidates and the issues in next week’s election.

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In next week’s Salisbury City Council elections there will be a familiar face in District 1.

Incumbent Shanie Shields will be vying to retain her seat in what is one of two minority-majority districts on the council.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Kaydee Jones has this look at the race.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia residents who want to receive an absentee ballot by mail for the upcoming election better act quickly.

Voters have until Tuesday at 5 p.m. to submit a request to their local registration office to receive an absentee ballot by mail for the Nov. 3 election.

Virginians can submit their requests online or by mail, email or fax. Residents can vote by absentee ballot for a variety of reasons, like a disability or illness or out-of-state obligation.

Absentee ballots must be returned in the mail by Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Carper said in a statement that he called Clinton on Monday to wish her a happy birthday and give her his endorsement. Clinton turned 68 on Monday.

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Delaware state senator Bethany Hall-Long has decided to make a run for Lt. Governor.

The Middletown Democrat filed papers yesterday adding another name to the already crowded field for a primary that is still a year away.

Hall-Long is a nursing professor at the University of Delaware.

She told the Wilmington News Journal that she made the decision after getting numerous calls for her to make a stab at the Lt. Governor’s office.

Currently the position is vacant after Matt Denn became the state attorney general.

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Mayor Jim Ireton’s plans for rent stabilization ran into stiff resistance last night as municipal elections loom next month that could dramatically change the composition of the Salisbury City Council.

The council chamber was packed with landlords who spoke out – sometimes fiercely – against the proposal that would tie rents to assessed-property value for certain homes.

But it was council member Jack Heath who got the attention of the Mayor.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A campaign spokeswoman for Maryland Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger says he will not run for Senate.

Jaime Lennon, the spokeswoman, said Tuesday Ruppersberger plans to seek re-election to Maryland's 2nd Congressional District instead.

Ruppersberger, a Democrat who represents parts of Baltimore city and parts of the surrounding area, will be running for his eighth term in Congress.

Ruppersberger had been mulling running for the Senate seat that will be open when Sen. Barbara Mikulski retires next year.

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NORTH WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State Rep. Bryon Short has announced his bid for Delaware's lone U.S. House of Representatives seat in 2016.

Multiple news outlets report that Short, a Democrat representing parts of North Wilmington, made the announcement Thursday. Short says he will work to get the middle class thriving again.

Short names the economy and education as policy areas he will focus on. He points to his experience as a small business owner and as a father of two school-aged girls as giving him a unique perspective on those issues, respectively.

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The U.S. District Court in Baltimore accepted the new redistricting plan yesterday for Salisbury in which there are five council districts -- two of which are predominantly African American.

The original majority-minority District 1 now has three candidates vying for the seat in this year’s election and the new majority-minority District 2 has four.

Mayor Jim Ireton called the ruling “a well-deserved moment for our city” because it was not forced on the city but rather enacted by the City Council.

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Representative John Carney has made it official.

He will run for governor next year.

The Delaware Democrat formally filed papers today saying that his campaign will focus on restoring the state’s middle class.

Carney ran once before for governor but was edged out in the primary by Governor Jack Markell.

He now has Markell’s support.

The field opened up after the death of former state Attorney General Beau Biden who had been expected to make the run next year.

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A fight has broken out in Dewey Beach.

A former town commissioner Rich Hanewinckel is suing the town manager and the mayor claiming his criticism of them has resulted in malicious actions against his rental property business.

The lawsuit charges that the town officials have held up licenses needed for his vacation rentals and have been impugning his character.

Mayor Diane Hanson once his ally told the Wilmington News Journal that he was just trying to disrupt this Saturday’s city elections.

The lawsuit was filed on September 1st.

 

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Governor Jack Markell gave high praise to his former political rival congressman John Carney adding that the Delaware Democrat would make a terrific gubernatorial candidate next year.

The semi-endorsement came through a spokesman for the governor this past weekend.

Carney has not indicated if he will make a run for the governorship.

Markell beat Carney in the 2008 gubernatorial primary.

Meanwhile, Carper worked for then Governor Tom Carper during the mid-1990’s.

Markell will leave office next year after his two term limit is up. 

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City Council President Jake Day made it official.

He is running for Mayor of Salisbury in this year's municipal elections.

Day announced his bid for the city’s top job at Headquarters Live in downtown Salisbury to a crowd that crossed party lines.

He has only been in office for a little over two years and was swept into office with the man he is trying to replace Mayor Jim Ireton.

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But, he had nothing but praise for the incumbent.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - House lawmakers have postponed a vote on a bill that would raise the limits for campaign contributions to Delaware political candidates.

Lawmakers removed the bill from the agenda after meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The legislation raises the individual contribution limit for candidates for statewide office from $1,200 to $2,000 per election period.

For non-statewide candidates, the contribution limit would increase from $600 to $1,000 per election period.

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