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9:47 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Same Day Voter Registration Bill Introduced in Delaware

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It could become even easier to cast your ballot in Delaware.

Legislation was introduced yesterday that would allow for same day registration for special and general elections as well as primaries. 

Governor Jack Markell said that research shows there is no more effective way to increase voter participation.

State Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove said that there has been online voter registration since 2004 but noted that it has always been a problem for voters to print, sign and mail out the form.

But Republicans urged caution.

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11:06 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Governor Jack Markell Seeks Legislative Help for Rehab Centers

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is turning to the legislature after being thwarted by Delaware's Supreme Court in his effort to get a rehabilitation hospital built in Middletown.

The court last year ruled in favor of a Middletown nursing home operator that challenged a state board's approval of HealthSouth's application to build a similar facility in Middletown.

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9:47 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Fisker Loans Get Hammered by GOP in Washington

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In Washington Republican lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee blasted Fisker Automotive and the US Energy Department yesterday for nearly $200-million in loans to the ailing car company.

The Wilmington News Journal reports sayst that money went to not only development the gas-electric hybrid model called the Karma but also to buy the Boxwood plant in Delaware.

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9:09 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Passes Delaware House of Representatives

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has narrowly approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Delaware.

The House voted 23-to-18 Tuesday for the bill, which now goes to the Senate.

Democratic Gov. Jack Markell has promised to sign the bill if it passes the legislature, where it was introduced earlier this month, a little more than a year after Delaware began recognizing same-sex civil unions.

Under the proposal, no new civil unions would be performed after July 1. Existing civil unions would be converted to marriages.

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11:02 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Delaware Senate Passes Gun Background Checks

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill expanding criminal background checks on gun purchases in Delaware to include most transactions between private sellers and buyers.

The Democrat-led Senate voted 13-8 Thursday to approve the measure. It now goes to Democratic Gov. Jack Markell for his signature.

The legislation is part of a package of gun-control measures proposed by Markell in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting in December.

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9:19 am
Thu April 18, 2013

New Public Benefit Corporations in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are working on establishing a new kind of business entity in Delaware.

Gov. Jack Markell was scheduled to introduce legislation Thursday enabling the formation of public benefit corporations in Delaware.

Public benefit corporations are for-profit corporations intended that seek to balance the bottom line with social consciousness.

They are managed not only for the benefit of stockholders, as most corporations are, but also for community and public interests.

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9:15 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Solar Farm is the Future, says Delaware Governor

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The largest solar farm in Delaware was dedicated yesterday with Governor Jack Markell calling the Milford Solar Farm the future of clean renewable energy projects.

Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation will buy the power from the farm under a 20 year agreement.

The wholesale electricity utility has been shifting away from fossil fuels toward renewables.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that all Delaware electric utilities will have to purchase 3.5 percent of their power from solar sources within 12 years.  

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9:26 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Projected Delaware State Revenues Up

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The panel that sets Delaware's official revenue forecast has formally adopted the tax increases proposed by Gov. Jack Markell in January and approved by state lawmakers last month.

The tax increases boosted the official revenue estimate for the fiscal year starting July 1 by $27.9 million compared to the March estimate.

Projected revenue for fiscal 2015 grew by $156.7 million over last month's estimate.

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11:16 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Governor Markells Bids Farewell to National Guard Unit Headed to Afghanistan

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is bidding farewell to 325 Delaware National Guard members as they prepare for a 9-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Markell will address the members of the 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion before they board a plane for Fort Bliss, Texas, on Friday morning.

The troops will spend 4 to 6 weeks training at Fort Bliss before deploying to Afghanistan, where they'll remain until next year.

The 198th is the Delaware Guard's oldest unit, known as "The First Regiment of the First State."

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9:40 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Same Sex Marriage Measure Will Be Introduced in Dover

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are poised to introduce legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in Delaware.

Gov. Jack Markell and Attorney General Beau Biden planned to join lawmakers Thursday in Wilmington to announce the filing of the legislation.

Crafting of the bill has been led by members of the gay rights group Equality Delaware.

Markell has pledged to sign the bill if it passes the General Assembly, where it has the support of Democratic leaders in both chambers.

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10:15 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Beau Biden Backs Stiffer Gun Possession Penalties for Violent Felons

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Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden is giving his backing to a proposal to stiffen penalties for violent felons who unlawfully possess a gun.

Biden’s measure would establish a minimum three-year sentence for any convicted felon found in possession of a gun.

That sentence would go up to five years if the gun-possession charges come within 10 years of a violent felony conviction.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the amendment comes just as the gun control package is facing some difficulties in the General Assembly.

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12:04 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Gun Control Inches Forward in Maryland and Delaware

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president says the Senate is planning to get to work on a gun-control measure.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announced the Senate would hold two sessions Thursday in order to take up the bill.

The Senate passed an earlier version of the bill more than a month ago. The House of Delegates passed it with some changes Wednesday. The Senate still needs to concur with those changes to send the bill to Gov. Martin O'Malley.

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10:51 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Delaware's Recession Era Taxes Approved by Senate

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has approved Democratic Gov. Jack Markell's proposals to make several recession-era tax increases permanent.

The Senate passed all four bills Thursday on party-line votes, with no Republicans voting for them. The measures needed the approval of all 13 Democrats to achieve the required three-fifths majority.

The bills passed the House last week on similar party-line votes, with only one Democrat voting against them. They now go to Markell for his signature.

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10:43 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Delaware Cautious of Fisker Automotive Financial Troubles

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are taking a wait-and-see approach to the financial troubles of Fisker Automotive

The News-Journal reports that Gov. Jack Markell says the state's primary objective is to get people working at a closed automobile plant and the state will deal with issues with Fisker as they happen. Delaware has backed a plan to build Fisker cars at the closed plant with $21 million in loans and grant aid tied to employment targets.

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8:46 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Delaware Senate Ready to Make Tax Hikes Permament

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Jack Markell's proposals to make several recession-era tax increases permanent have been cleared for a state Senate vote.

A Senate committee released the bills after a hearing Wednesday. The measures passed the House last week on party-line votes, with only one Democrat voting against them.

Democrats say the tax increases are needed to ensure stable revenues as Delaware continues a slower-than-expected economic recovery.

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8:42 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Delaware Repeal Bill Exempts Current Death Row Inmates

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill repealing Delaware's death penalty has been revised to remove a provision that would spare the lives of 17 killers already on death row.

Senators overwhelmingly approved an amendment striking the provision just before beginning debate Tuesday on the bill itself.

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9:40 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Expanded Gun Background Checks Makes Progress in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee has voted to release a bill that expands criminal background checks for gun purchases in Delaware to cover sales between private sellers and buyers.

The measure cleared the Judiciary Committee on a 7-to-4 vote Wednesday and now heads to the full House.

Wednesday's vote came after the committee resumed a hearing on the measure after running out of time last week with opponents still waiting to speak against the bill. Committee members heard two more hours of public comment Wednesday.

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9:23 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Delaware Tax Hikes Made Permanent

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is poised to vote on Democratic Gov. Jack Markell's proposals to make several recession-era tax increases permanent.

The bills cleared a committee Wednesday and were scheduled for votes Thursday by the full House.

Two bills keep increases in corporate franchise and estate taxes, approved in 2009, from expiring after four years - as lawmakers had said they would.

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8:46 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Gun Background Checks in Delaware Legislative Committee

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A House committee is resuming consideration of bill expanding criminal background checks for gun purchases in Delaware to cover sales between private sellers and buyers.

The Judiciary Committee was to resume a hearing Wednesday after it ran out of time last week with opponents still waiting to speak against the bill.

The legislation is part of a gun control package proposed by Gov. Jack Markell after the December massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.

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9:19 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Tax Legislation Hits Delaware General Assembly

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers have introduced a series of tax bills incorporating proposals made by Gov. Jack Markell in his budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Two bills introduced Thursday would keep increases in corporate franchise and estate taxes that were approved in 2009 from expiring after 4 years as planned.

Other bills reflect the Democratic governor's proposal to also keep higher personal income and gross receipts taxes from expiring, but with slight decreases in tax rates.

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8:14 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Delaware Legislature Approves Markell Cabinet Picks

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has confirmed Gov. Jack Markell's picks to lead Delaware's prison system and children's department.

The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to confirm former state police superintendent Robert Coupe as the new corrections commissioner. Coupe retired from the state police force in December after 28 years.

Senators also unanimously confirmed Markell's choice of his former education policy adviser, Jennifer Ranji, to be secretary of the state Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families.

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8:57 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Markell Defends Failed Port of Wilmington Deal With Kinder Morgan

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is defending his administration's failed effort to try to enter into a public-private partnership with energy giant Kinder Morgan for operating the Port of Wilmington.

Houston-based Kinder Morgan said last week that it was suspending efforts to work out a lease arrangement with state officials, citing attacks and impossible demands from the leader of a local longshoremen's union.

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8:37 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Push to Repeal of Death Penalty in Delaware

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Repeal of the death penalty is on the table for Delaware lawmakers, which would turn the sentences of the current 17 death row inmates into life without parole.

Today, a bipartisan rally in Dover will be led by Democratic Senator Karen Peterson along with Republican Senate Minority leader Gary Simpson and the American Civil Liberties Union in support of the measure.

But Simpson admitted he expects strong opposition from the Delaware Police Chief’s Council and the Delaware State Troopers Association.

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9:42 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Economy Tops Delaware Governor's List as Lawmakers Review His Budget

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DOVER, Del.(AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is preparing tl talk about how to create jobs, improve Delaware's economy and strengthen public schools.

Those were among the topics the governor planned to touch on Thursday at a luncheon speech to the Wilmington Rotary Club. State lawmakers, meanwhile, are continuing to review Markell's proposed $423.5 million capital budget for construction projects, equipment upgrades and economic development, and transportation improvements.

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9:04 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Markell Turns Down Lease Deal for State Street Commons

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The Markell administration has turned down a proposal to lease an office block in Dover that was built by a developer now facing bank fraud and money laundering charges.

The State Street Commons was built by an investor group led by Michael Zimmerman.

And his brother had helped craft the lease proposal as a top employee of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

The state environmental agency had been looking at leasing the building since 2008.

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8:56 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Governor Jack Markell on Climate Change

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is in Washington, D.C., this weekend for a climate conference and meeting of the National Governors Association.

Markell was to give the keynote address Friday morning at a Georgetown Climate Center conference entitled "Promoting Low-Carbon Solutions and a Resilient Future Together."

The conference is aimed at exploring state and federal cooperation on climate and energy policy, sharing climate-related activities at the state and local levels, and finding opportunities for federal policy to support and strengthen those activities.

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9:08 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Governor Jack Markell Offers Up Missing Weapons Law

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Under a measure unveiled by Governor Jack Markell yesterday Delaware gun owners would have to report lost or stolen firearms within 48 hours of discovering the weapon was missing.

If a person does not do so he will face a misdemeanor charge.

Repeat offenders could be looking at a felony and potentially lose the right to own a gun.

Democratic State Senator Darryl Scott of Dover told WBOC that there appears to be strong support for this part of the plan.

In addition, he believes that there is broadening support for background checks.

   

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10:53 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Delaware Gears Up to Mark 100th Anniversary of Harriet Tubman's Death

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This year marks the 100 anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s death.

And Governor Jack Markell will present a proclamation at the Old State House for Harriet Tubman on March 1st.

It is part of ten days that will lead up to the anniversary on March 10th.

Events during that time include two separate walks in Camden and relays at the Wilmington Christina Riverwalk.

Both were stops on the Underground Railroad that led slaves out of the south before the Civil War.

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9:00 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Minimum Wage Hike in Delaware Draws Opposition from Business

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A proposal to hike the minimum wage in Delaware from $7.25 an hour to $8.75 by 2014 and tying it the rate of inflation has drawn sharp opposition from the state Chamber of the Commerce and business groups.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that lobbyists for Wal-Mart, Verizon and other businesses have registered interest in a measure authored by Wilmington Democratic state Senator Robert Marshall.

Governor Jack Markell has not said yet whether he would support the measure.

President Obama has called for increasing the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour.

  

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8:53 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Health Benefit Cuts in DE Governor's Budget

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Under Governor Jack Markell’s proposed budget there will be no raises for Delaware state employees and they may be asked to pay more toward their health care benefits.

The proposals would hike deductibles as well as co-pays for certain services and doctors’ visits.

For example, some employee’s co-payments for a visit to a specialist would go up by $5 to $30 under the governor’s plan while emergency room visits on certain plans would go from $125 to $150.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that estimates say this could save the state as much as $4.8 million.

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