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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.

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.

10:18 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Candidates Debate in Delaware

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The two candidates for governor clashed on unemployment and jobs creation during a debate.

Democratic Gov. Jack Markell and Republican Jeffrey Cragg debated Wednesday night at the University of Delaware in Newark.

Markell said Delaware's unemployment rate, at 6.9 percent, is better than the national average. He pointed to financial companies, energy firms and a refinery opening or expanding in the state and bringing in jobs.

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11:54 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Delaware Gubernatorial Candidates Clash on WDEL

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Candidates running for governor in Delaware have met for a debate on a radio station.

WDEL Radio reports Republican Jeff Cragg criticized Democratic Gov. Jack Markell on the issue of jobs and on deals the state struck to lure companies to do business in Delaware.

Green Party candidate Mark Perri also joined the debate. He says jobs are lacking in the corporate world and that states should do more to help people carve out career paths.

8:57 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Sparks Fly at Candidates Debate in Delaware

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Delaware Governor Jack Markell found himself defending his business creation record during a candidate’s debate last night in Talleyville.

Republican Gubernatorial challenger Jeff Cragg criticized Markell’s state investments into Fisker Automotive and Bloom Energy.

The Fisker operation has been delayed due to a hold of federal money because the auto company failed to meet certain production goals. 

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3:12 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Delaware Governor Signs Bill to Crack Down on Child Abuse

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Legislation aimed at strengthening prosecution of child-abuse cases is now law in Delaware. A bill signed by Gov. Jack Markell on Wednesday broadens language in existing statutes, creating the new felony of second-degree child abuse. Second-degree abuse includes intentionally or recklessly injuring a child who is 3 years old or younger or who has significant intellectual or developmental disabilities.

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10:47 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Gov. Jack Markell Addresses Democratic National Convention

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During his address to the Democratic National Convention last night Governor Jack Markell declared himself to be a proud, card-carrying, capitalist.

Then he took aim at Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney, who, the Delaware Democrat said, did not have the kind of business experience to qualify him as president.

He said that the shareholders for governors and presidents were people such as teachers, construction workers and hardware store owners.

8:56 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Gov. Jack Markell At Discussion of Education and Global Competition

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is taking part in a panel discussion on the link between early childhood education and global economic competition.

Markell was to speak Tuesday in Washington, D.C. regarding a report released by the Center for American Progress and Center for the Next Generation focusing examining workforce investments by China and India and the effects on U.S. competitiveness. 

7:59 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Gov. Markell Vetoes Wilmington Police and Fire Pension Bill

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has issued his second veto this year to reject a measure that would have provided state payments to Wilmington fire and police retirees.

The governor says he recognized that some would be disappointed by the veto, but said payments to individuals could balloon under the program and would not be sensible. The governor added he believes the decision is the city's not the state legislature.

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1:57 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Markell's PAC Looks Beyond Delaware's Borders

Governor Jack Markell’s political action committee is looking beyond the borders of the First State.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that his Committee for a Better future formed back 8 years ago has listed a payment on their financial disclosure forms of over $47-thousand to the Washington DC PR firm Hinton Communications.

And Hinton boasts of its access to media such as The Wall Street Journal, CNN and CNBC.

They have also been responsible for the number of appearances on national media.

12:14 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Delaware To Require Health Coverage For Autism


DOVER, Del. (AP) - A new law in Delaware requires that individual health insurance plans provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Legislation being signed by Gov. Jack Markell on Monday requires coverage and treatment of autism spectrum disorders in individuals under 21 years old.

The law also prohibits insurers from terminating or refusing to renew coverage to an individual solely because the individual or a family member is diagnosed with one of the autism spectrum disorders or has received treatment for autism spectrum disorders.

11:35 am
Fri August 10, 2012

DE & MD Governors: Loosen Ethanol Requirements


DOVER, Del. (AP) — The governors of Delaware and Maryland are joining an effort to persuade federal officials to ease renewable fuel standards because of a severe drought that has led to a drop in corn supplies and a corresponding increase in corn prices.

Govs. Jack Markell of Delaware and Martin O'Malley of Maryland sent a letter Thursday to the head of the Environmental Protection Agency asking the agency to relax rules requiring that a percentage of the corn crop go to making ethanol.

Similar pleas have been made by the two states' congressional delegations.

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8:43 am
Wed August 8, 2012

New Rules in Delaware to Make Bail Fair

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware is implementing new rules aimed at ensuring that decisions regarding bail for criminal offenders are made in a fair and reasonable manner.

Legislation being signed into law by Gov. Jack Markell on Wednesday calls for informed decision-making in the criminal justice system by using evidenced-based practices in decisions concerning bail, rehabilitation and probation supervision.

The law also will help ensure that scarce criminal justice resources are focused on higher-risk offenders.

11:19 am
Fri August 3, 2012

DE Gov. To Sign Bills For People With Hearing & Speech Disabilities

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Markell says he will sign two bills providing services for people with hearing and speech disabilities.

Markell's office says the governor plans to sign the bills Friday morning at the Carvel State Office Building in Wilmington.

8:58 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Tax Credit For Hiring Vets in Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell says he will sign a bill giving tax credits to those who hire veterans.

The governor's office says the Veteran's Tax Credit will be 10 percent of a qualified veteran's wages, up to a maximum of $1,500. Employers may take the credit the year a veteran is hired and the two subsequent tax years.