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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.