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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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8:32 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Triple A Bond Rating For Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell's office says the country's three major bond-rating agencies have awarded Delaware a triple-A rating.

Markell announced the ratings on Wednesday. The announcement came with the state's proposed issuing of $340 million of general obligation bonds.

Of the bonds being sold, $115 million will be available to retail investors until Feb. 19.

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9:07 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Delaware Lawmakers Grapple With New Budget Deficit

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are staring at a possible $63 million hole as they begin work on fashioning a budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

The legislature's Joint Finance Committee began its annual series of agency budget hearings on Wednesday after being told that Delaware's modest economic recovery will continue at a "frustratingly slow" pace.

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8:55 am
Thu January 31, 2013

DE Gov. Celebrates Football Club Victory

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is paying tribute to a group of youngsters who brought back a national football championship to Delaware.

Members of the Wilmington Soldiers football club won the American Youth Football league's Fifth Grade National Championship in Florida in December.

Markell planned to meet Thursday with team members, their families and coach Robert Baldwin.

The team won the championship with victories over teams from Bridgeport, Conn., Gainesville, Fla., and Detroit.

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8:43 am
Fri January 25, 2013

DE Gov. Wants to Mke Temporary Tax Hikes Permanent


Governor Jack Markell wants to make the 2009 tax increases permanent…to shore up a $3.7 billion proposed budget that again does not include pay raises for state employees.


The tax increase for corporations and individuals are set to expire in July…and would help fill in the expected $56 million of expected budgetary red ink.


Still the Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Democrat’s spending plan does reduce by a third the earlier personal income tax increase and cuts the gross receipts tax increase especially for manufacturers.

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8:37 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Delaware GOP Offers School Safety Proposals

Delaware’s GOP lawmakers are calling for every school in the First State to have a crisis button that can alert authorities to an emergency.


In addition they want to create a $5 million state fund for school safety grants to address security and gun violence.


The proposals are a response to the deadly shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that left 20 children dead.


The Republican proposals are markedly different from Governor Jack Markell and

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9:02 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Temporary Stay for Fraternal Groups on Slots


DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has approved a bill fast-tracked by the Markell administration bowing to complaints from fraternal organization and veterans groups who were told to stop operating illegal slot machines.


The bill approved Wednesday on a 34-to-1 vote allows the groups to resume slot machine gambling until June 30 while lawmakers work on a permanent measure allowing the groups to offer legal gambling.

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11:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Entrepreneur Partnership in Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell and state economic development director Alan Levin are celebrating a public-private partnership aimed at fostering entrepreneurial activity in Delaware.


Markell and Levin were to join other officials in Wilmington on Friday for a ribbon cutting for Start it Up Delaware, or SIUD.


SIUD will serve as a hub for entrepreneurship, with support from Delaware's financial, accounting, legal and real estate communities.

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10:53 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Gov. Markell Emphasizes Education and Attacting Jobs

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell says an increasingly competitive world presents new challenges for Delaware in attracting jobs and educating its children.


In his State of the State speech Thursday, Markell said the shaping of Delaware to meet the demands of the world we now live in begins in schools. He called for strengthening standards for entering the teaching profession, raising starting teacher pay, and improving pay for teachers in high-need schools and critical subjects.

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8:35 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Gov. Jack Markell Sworn In for Second Term


Governor Jack Markell was sworn in yesterday to begin his second term in office.


His priorities include not only the state’s economy and education but protection of the state’s coastline against the warming of the planet.


In addition, he also emphasized equality and dignity for the First State’s citizens an apparent nod to an expected effort this year to legalize same-sex marriage.


There were few specifics in his remarks but he is expected to spell out more details in his State of the State address tomorrow.

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8:57 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Inauguration Day for Jack Markell

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is ready to begin his second term in office.


The Democratic governor will formally takes his oath of office in an inauguration ceremony in Dover on Tuesday.


Organizers on Monday moved the ceremony from the legislative mall in Dover to Central Middle School because of the threat of rain.


Markell and Lt. Gov. Matt Denn will both take their oaths of office.

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11:30 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Proposed Assault Weapons Ban in Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is proposing background checks for private gun sales as part of a new package of gun control legislation for Delaware.


The proposal to end the so-called gun show loophole is one of several announced by state officials Monday following the massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut last month. Other include banning military-style, assault-type weapons and ammunition clips holding more than five rounds for rifles and 10 rounds for handguns.

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9:27 am
Mon January 14, 2013

DE & MD Face Gun Question

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining other state officials in unveiling proposed gun legislation for Delaware.


Following the massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut last month, officials have been looking at how to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them and how to reduce gun violence, particularly mass shootings.

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9:14 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Washington Budget Fight Hits State Economies

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Governor Jack Markell says the potential federal budget cuts and the fight over the nation’s debt ceiling are hampering state economies.


The Delaware Democrat made his remarks yesterday as he led the first State of the State address of the National Governors Association at the National Press Club in Washington D. C.


Markell urged Congress to move rapidly to cut a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling.


He added that unless these issues are resolved states will find it difficult to draw up their budgets.

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8:57 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Delaware General Assembly Opens Today

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are gathering in Dover to convene a new legislative session. The 147th session of the Delaware General Assembly is to be gaveled to order Tuesday afternoon.


As usual, a key issue for lawmakers this year will be the state budget, with stagnant revenues and rising costs putting a squeeze on Delaware's fiscal forecast.


Other thorny issues likely to surface this year include gun control and gay marriage.

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11:34 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Delaware Condos And Apts In Recycling Program

In Delaware If you live in an apartment or condominium complex you’ll now be getting recycling services along with the regular trash pickup through the state’s universal recycling program.


Waste Collectors are partnering with the complexes to provide the service as the state moves towards universal recycling.


In September of 2011 single-family homes began receiving the service as did most restaurants and bars.


By January of next year all commercial businesses will be participating in the comprehensive plan.

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9:42 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Delaware National Guard Departure Ceremony

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A National Guard unit from Delaware is set to deploy to Afghanistan to train national security forces there.


Gov. Jack Markell and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, were scheduled to be on hand for Thursday's send-off of the Delaware Army National Guard 153rd Military Police Company.


More than 120 members of the unit, headquartered in Delaware City, are leaving from a 12-month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

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9:05 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Gov. Markell In Asia

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is in the midst of a week long trip to build business and diplomatic ties with Japan and Korea.


After a business visit Monday in Tokyo, Markell planned to travel to Miyagi Prefecture, Delaware's sister state, to sign an exchange agreement with Miyagi Governor Yoshihiro Murai recognizing 15 years of sister-state relations between Delaware and Miyagi.


Markell, who began the trip Friday, is accompanied by Agriculture Secretary Ed Kee and representatives from the Delaware Department of State.

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8:54 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Head of Delaware State Police to Retire

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The head of the Delaware State Police is retiring from the force later this month after almost 28 years in uniform.


Officials said Tuesday that police superintendent Col. Robert Coupe is retirinng effective Friday, Dec. 21.  


oupe joined the state police in 1985. He has served in a variety of posts, including troop commander, internal affairs investigator, homicide detective and training officer.


He was appointed superintendent in July 2009 by Gov. Jack Markell.

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10:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Governor Jack Markell Makes Judicial Nominations

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is nominating the number-two man in the state attorney general's office for a Superior Court judgeship.


Markell announced the nomination of Charles Butler, the chief deputy attorney general, on Monday.


The governor also is nominating Eric Davis, who currently serves as a Court of Commons Pleas judge, to fill a second Superior Court vacancy in New Castle County.

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9:21 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Delaware Governor Hosts NGA Roundtable on Disabilities

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UNDATED (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is hosting a roundtable discussion in Washington on employing people with disabilities.


Wednesday's conference is part of an initiative Markell has proposed for his one-year term as the new chairman of the National Governors Association.


Markell will join South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard and NGA executive director Dan Crippen in leading a conversation to identify promising state and business practices for employing the disabled and develop a set of state policy options.

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