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

The bill to be voted on Tuesday 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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Delaware is in mourning this week after receiving news of the death of Beau Biden from brain cancer at the age of 46. Top state and national officials offered their condolences to Vice President Joe Biden and his family at their loss. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush takes a look at the politician and man who was such a rising star in the Democratic Party.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the Republican candidate in last year's recorder of deeds race in Kent County.

The court ruled Thursday that a judge should have dismissed a petition filed by La Mar Gunn challenging the election results, rather than ordering a hand recount. That recount ended in a tie, and Democratic Gov. Jack Markell appointed Democratic incumbent Betty Lou McKenna to the office.

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Mayor Robin Christiansen has been re-elected in Dover with nearly 14-hundred votes outdistancing his closest rival former mayor Carleton Carey who registered 622 votes.

Christiansen won a special election 10 months ago after Carey stepped down in April of last year following allegations that he violated employment and affirmative action policies as well as abusing his authority.

Meanwhile, voters ousted incumbent council members and picked five new people to fill the five open seats on the nine-seat council.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Newly filed finance reports show Virginia Republican state lawmakers have a large cash advantage over their Democratic counterparts going into this year's campaign season.

But Democrats say they don't have as much in the bank because they're already spending it on efforts similar to what helped their candidates, including Gov. Terry McAuliffe, sweep all three statewide offices in 2013.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A former state Senate candidate accused of molesting a young neighbor more than 25 years ago has been sentenced to one year of probation for unlawful sexual contact.

Fifty-six-year-old Eric Bodenweiser received a suspended sentence Friday of one year in prison for each of two misdemeanors counts. He must register as a sex offender and is barred from unsupervised contact with minors during probation.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Three incumbents on the Newark City Council have been re-elected.

Mark Morehead in District 1, Todd Ruckle in District 2 and Marge Hadden in District 4 were re-elected Tuesday night, according to results reported by the city.

The results will be certified on Thursday, and the council members will be sworn in on April 21.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A former Kent County Republican chairman is running for Congress.

Hans Reigle, an assistant professor and assistant director of aviation at Delaware State University, filed paperwork last month to run for Delaware's only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Democratic Rep. John Carney now holds the seat.

Reigle says he'll work to improve the nation's educational system and eliminate wasteful spending. Reigle also says he will work to bring manufacturing jobs back to America and strengthen border security.

BLADES, Del. (AP) - Voters are picking a new mayor in the town of Blades.

The polls at Hardin Hall are open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

Councilmen Robert Atkinson, John Reiss and David Ruff are running for mayor. Current Mayor Michael Smith is not seeking re-election. 

WXDE-FM reports that two council seats are uncontested and Lee Benningfield and Russell Joseph will be sworn in next week with the newly elected mayor.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A state delegate who represents parts of Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties is the latest candidate to announce a bid for Congress in Maryland's 4th District.

Democratic Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk told The Associated Press in an email on Sunday that she plans to run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Donna Edwards. A formal announcement is expected on Tuesday.

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Former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says he is going to run for a seat on congress after his defeat by Republican Governor Larry Hogan in last year’s November elections.

The Maryland Democrat will seek Representative Donna Edwards’ seat who has decided to run for U.S. Senate now that Barbara Mikulski has announced her retirement next year.

Brown said that he believed he still had something to give to back to his community.

The district sits next to Washington D.C. and includes a portion of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has endorsed Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen for Senate.
 
Frosh announced the endorsement Friday. It comes two days after Van Hollen became the first person to say he will run for the seat now held by Sen. Barbara Mikulski. She announced Monday she would not seek re-election in 2016.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Dan Bongino says he's considering running for political office in 2016, but he says it's premature to say which one.
 
Bongino announced Wednesday he is launching a new political action committee called Battle Ground Resistance.
 
Bongino says in a telephone interview that it's too soon to say whether he will run for Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski's seat. She announced this week she would not seek re-election in 2016.
 

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Middletown Mayor Kenneth L. Branner has been elected to his 14th term.

The 68-year-old Branner received 940 votes in Monday's election, more than four times those of his two opponents.

Town Councilmen Andrew Chas and Jason Faulkner were re-elected to two year terms. Newcomer Howard Young was also elected to a two-year term.

Robert Stout was elected to a one-year term to succeed Councilwoman Robin Burgess, who died in December.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland measure would move the state's primary in presidential election years to the last Tuesday in April.

The Senate advanced the bill on Tuesday.

Under current law, the election would be on the first Tuesday in April of 2016. That means an early voting day would have been on Easter Sunday.

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The possibility of voter fraud in this week’s referendum that would increase property taxes for the Red Clay School District has been raised by state Senator Karen Peterson.

And the Stanton Democrat says she is asking the Delaware Attorney General to investigate.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Peterson says she received a report that a group of parents who had voted at one polling place saying they were going to vote at a second polling place.

The paper notes that referendums unlike general election are not given specific polling places.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are taking Delaware's elections commissioner to task for repeatedly allowing violations of campaign finance reporting laws to go unpunished.

During a presentation to the legislature's budget-writing committee Wednesday, Commissioner Elaine Manlove was quizzed about fines for late or missing campaign finance reports often being waived or going uncollected.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says a plan allowing offshore drilling along a wide area of the Atlantic Coast is "a big mistake" by President Barack Obama's administration.
 
O'Malley, a Democrat considering a presidential run in 2016, wrote about his opposition to last week's decision in an op-ed published in The New York Times on Monday.
 

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Former Attorney General Beau Biden’s retreat from public appearances has raised speculation about whether he will actually take a shot at Delaware’s governorship.

Aides to Biden told the Wilmington News Journal that he still intends on running for government next year.

But Delaware Democrat declined to comment on his own.

In addition, Biden also declined requests from the paper to discuss his new job at a Wilmington law firm managed by top Democratic donor Stuart Grant.

His health has also been part of the speculation.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has about $938,000 in cash on hand for his political action committee as he weighs running for president.

O'Malley filed his latest fundraising report Thursday for his PAC.

The governor reported raising a total of $581,550 in a federal account and a non-federal account for the period, from Oct. 1 to Nov. 24.

He raised about $458,722 for his non-federal account and spent about $350,447 during the period. O'Malley raised about $122,825 in his federal account and spent about $48,051.

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Just days after the 2014 election, the race for governor in the state of Delaware has already begun.

Delaware state Senator Colin Bonini says he will seek the Republican nomination for the state’s top job.

He is joining Democratic Attorney General Beau Biden who has already expressed his interest in taking on the campaign for government two years from now.

Bonini told the Wilmington News Journal that that while it was important to focus on the winners of this week’s election he was already making his bid for governor.

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In Delaware yesterday it was time to bury the hatch – literally.

The ceremony is part of Return Day with politicians gathering in the Georgetown Circle after the hard fought 2014 elections.

It’s a time when partisan politics are put aside and the crowds cheer.

Democratic Senator Chris Coons said that he wished the nation could have a Return Day given the rancor occurring in Washington over the years.

And, Democratic Congressman John Carney told WBOC that he agreed.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The election is over, and transportation officials want candidates to clean up after themselves.

The Department of Transportation says all roadside signs in the state right of way must be removed by Dec. 5. State law allows signs in some areas of the state-owned right of way for 30 days before and 30 days after an election.

Officials are encouraging candidates, campaign workers and residents to remove the signs quickly because high winds are predicted for the end of the week.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia was locked in a tight race with GOP challenger Ed Gillespie, a contest many thought the incumbent would easily win.

Returns tabulated by The Associated Press late Tuesday showed the race in Virginia was too close to call. That didn't stop Warner from declaring victory and promising to work with Republicans, who took control of the Senate.

Gillespie told his supporters to be patient and told them he would have a better idea of the outcome Wednesday.

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Voters are going to the polls across the nation.

Here on the Eastern Shore Republicans are making efforts to unseat Democratic incumbents.

Delegate Norm Conway is being challenged by Republican Carl Anderton while State Senator Jim Mathias is facing off against Republican Delegate Mike McDermott.

In Wicomico County Republican Bob Culver is taking a shot at County Executive Rick Pollitt.

Meanwhile, in Maryland’s First Congressional District incumbent Republican Andy Harris faces a challenge by Bill Tilghman.

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Congressman Andy Harris is seek a third term in the November’s mid-term election.

And, he has been described as a true conservative   

Harris defeated the Republican incumbent Wayne Gilchrest in the 2008 primary only to be defeated by Democrat Frank Kratovil in presidential election that swept Barak Obama into the presidency.

But, Harris came back in the 2010 mid-term elections to defeat Kratovil. He now faces Democratic challenger Bill Tilghman. 

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In Maryland's First Congressional District incumbent Andy Harris is not expected to have any trouble winning over his conservative constituency in Tuesday's mid-term election.  However, Democratic challenger Bill Tilghman has been campaigning to thwart a third term for the Republican. We sat down with Tilghman to talk about the issues and the campaign.

(The campaign manager for Harris says she expects the congressman will be available later today for an interview that would be broadcast during All Things Considered.)

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