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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic Gov. John Carney is showing a spirt of bipartisanship as Republican Donald Trump prepares to take the oath of office as president.

Carney's office says he will attend Trump's inauguration on Friday with his guest, Republican state senator Colin Bonini of Dover.

Bonini and Carney squared off in last year's gubernatorial contest in Delaware, but maintained a civil tone toward each other during the campaign.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Joe Biden, who rode the rails between Delaware and Washington almost daily as a senator before becoming vice president, is taking a final train ride to a welcome-home ceremony after attending the presidential inauguration.

Biden and his wife, Jill, were scheduled to board an Amtrak train bound for Wilmington on Friday after attending the inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney is eyeing a revamp of Delaware's economic development efforts, possibly replacing a cabinet-level state office with a public-private partnership.

In his first official public act after taking the oath of office Tuesday, Carney on Wednesday signed an executive order creating a working group to study the feasibility of replacing the Delaware Economic Development Office with a partnership that includes private sector business leaders.

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DOVER, Del. (AP/WSCL) - Democrat John Carney has been sworn in as Delaware's 74th governor.
 
Carney and Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long, also a Democrat, took their oaths of office Tuesday morning in a rain-soaked ceremony on the steps of Legislative Hall.
 

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John Carney will be officially sworn in as governor at Legislative Hall today replacing Jack Markell who defeated him eight years ago in the Democratic Primary.

The event is set to kick off at 11 a.m. with the swearing in of Lt. Governor-Elect Bethany Hall Long.

The ceremony will be held on the east side of statehouse for the first time.

WBOC that will allow officials to take advantage of renovations that were made in the 1990’s.

A Dover city official said this will ease the traffic congestion cutting down on the number of street closures.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A rally is planned this week to welcome Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, back to Delaware after eight years in Washington.

The "welcome home" rally is scheduled for Friday afternoon at the Chase Center in Wilmington. The Wilmington News Journal reports the Bidens are expected to attend Friday's inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump and then return to Wilmington by train.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic Governor-elect John Carney has made two more cabinet nominations in advance of taking office next week.

Carney on Friday said he is nominating Robert Coupe as secretary of Safety and Homeland Security, and Michael Scuse as agriculture secretary.

Coupe has led the Department of Correction since 2013, having previously spent more than 28 years with the Delaware State Police, including more than three years as superintendent.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Outgoing Gov. Jack Markell is proposing more than $212 million in tax increases to balance a proposed budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.
    
The two-term Democrat on Thursday also proposed $56 million in agency and program cuts in his $4.1 billion spending plan, which surely will be revised by incoming Gov. John Carney. Markell also wants to eliminate a property tax credit for senior citizens and force state employees to pay more for their health care, two moves that would save taxpayers about $50 million.
    

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Challenges still lie ahead.

That was the assessment of Delaware Governor Jack Markell as he prepares to exit his office next week with the inauguration of Governor-elect John Carney.

During his final press conference touted progress in education and job growth.

But the biggest challenge facing his successor will be a budget shortfall of $350 million.

Markell said that the problem lies in the kind of revenue the state collects noting that money from personal income taxes has gone up.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Governor-elect John Carney has tapped the legislature's deputy controller general to become his budget director.

Mike Jackson, who spent 11 years in the budget office before moving to the controller general's office, is one of only a handful of people fitting Carney's criteria of someone who is experienced in Delaware government and who understands the details of cobbling together an annual spending plan.

Jackson would succeed Brian Maxwell, who is leaving to become chief financial officer for New Castle County.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware budget officials are continuing to lay the groundwork for the final budget proposal by Gov. Jack Markell.

Budget director Brian Maxwell and his staff will reconvene meetings Tuesday as they hear budget requests from various state agencies.

Among the agencies making budget presentations on Tuesday are the Department of State and the economic development office.

The public hearings will continue through next week.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Governor-elect John Carney has tapped a former top aide to serve as his chief of staff in the governor's office.

Carney's campaign said Wednesday that Doug Gramiak will lead Carney's gubernatorial staff.

Gramiak, who currently works as a lobbyist, was Carney's chief of staff in the lieutenant governor's office from 2001 to 2009. He then served as Carney's state director from 2011 to 2014 after Carney was elected to Congress.

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It’s now President-elect Donald Trump who swept to victory with 289 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 218.

But, the states of Maryland, Virginia and Delaware did go blue giving the Democrat their electoral votes.

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Maryland Eastern Shore voters told Delmarva Public Radio’s Savanah Hatch there were mixed feeling:

On the Eastern Shore Trump overwhelmingly carried the three Lower Shore Counties of Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset.

Trump campaigned in Worcester County in April of this year.

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Maryland residents are flocking to the polls today.

And along with the presidential race voters also will pick the replacement for one of the state's most popular politicians: Senator Barbara Mikulski.

She who is retiring this year after 30 years on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen is aiming to succeed his Democratic colleague holding a commanding lead in the public opinion polls over Republican Delegate Kathy Szeliga with 58% to 29%.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Regardless of the winners, Tuesday's election promises to significantly alter Delaware's political landscape.

Voters will elect a new congressional representative, a new governor, and new leaders of the state's two largest local governments.

Balloting in House and Senate races also will define the balance of power in the General Assembly, where Republicans are hoping to end years of Democratic rule and regain control of the Senate.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Democratic congressman John Carney and Republican state Sen. Colin Bonini agree that Delaware faces significant budget challenges, but the two gubernatorial candidates disagree on the approach to a solution.

At a debate Friday, Carney called for a complete budget reset, starting with a comprehensive review of both spending and revenue. He did not rule out tax increases.

Bonini, on the other hand, says Delaware has a spending problem, not a revenue problem, and that there is no need to raise taxes.

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The gubernatorial candidates in Delaware appeared yesterday during a town hall at Delaware State University that focused on issues affecting the African American community.

Both Democratic Representative John Carney and Republican State Senate Colin Bonini said that there was a need for greater access to preschool and greater scrutiny of state government for systemic discrimination.

Both said the efforts were needed to deal with high unemployment rate in the community.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Republican candidate for U.S. Senate said she will respect the decision of the state's voters on Election Day.

Del. Kathy Szeliga was asked Thursday about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's comments during the third presidential debate that he might not accept election results. Trump had said in the days leading up to Wednesday night's debate that the election would be "rigged."

Szeliga says voter fraud exists, but she said "preemptively assuming the election is fixed only further erodes people's trust in our democracy."

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The two candidates for governor in Delaware clashed last night during a debate.

Republican state senator Colin Bonini said that he represented the change that was needed to deal with the state’s challenges – especially when it comes to budgetary issues.

“And the issue here is giving the political freedom to accomplish things. And it means picking fights with people you don’t want to pick fights with. And I think we need a sort of street fighter governor.”

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A new public opinion finds that 61 percent of Delawareans support legalizing the use of marijuana.

The survey by the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication also found that there was also a majority that support the death penalty for murder, Obamacare and increasing the minimum wage.

WBOC reports that Representative John Carney who is running for governor supports the current decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana but takes a wait and see position on legalization.

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Senator Barbara Mikulski capped her political career last night by nominating the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major party.

Declaring that Hillary Clinton wants to break down barriers the Maryland Democrat placed the former Secretary of State’s name into nomination at the Democratic National Convention.

The longtime senator whose congressional career stretches back to 1976 was chair for Clinton’s first run for the presidency in 2008 against then Senator Barak Obama.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic Rep. John Carney, Delaware's sole representative in the U.S. House, is officially running for governor.

Carney, who has served in Congress since 2011, filed his candidacy papers Monday, one day before the deadline.

Kevin Tinsley of Camden, a political unknown, also filed candidacy papers Monday, setting up a possible primary contest against Carney. But elections officials said Tinsley also left signed withdrawal papers and indicated that he may withdraw from the race later this week.

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Senator Chris Coons and Congressman John Carney joined the sit-in last night on the House floor where congressional Democrats protested the failure of Speaker Paul Ryan to bring a gun control measure to a vote.

Congressman John Lewis, a legend of the Civil Right era, led the protest urging a vote on measures that would expand background checks and keep some suspected terrorists from obtaining firearms.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Carney who is running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination said that he strongly supported Lewis’s efforts.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State Rep. Bryon Short has dropped out of the crowded race for Delaware's lone congressional seat, citing fundraising problems.

The Highland Woods Democrat released a statement Monday saying he couldn't keep up with the fundraising demands to replace U.S. Congressman John Carney, a Democrat running for governor, ahead of September's primary.

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Congressman John Carney says he is outraged that he has not received an inspector general’s report on the problems at Veterans Affairs two years after the scandal first surfaced.

The Department’s watchdog group looked into 73 VA facilities and found scheduling problems in 51 cases.

The inspector general found problems at the Wilmington VA that resulted in disciplinary actions several months ago.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Democrat complains he still had not gotten the full picture so that congress can address the problems.

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Delaware congressional lawmakers have sent a letter to the head of the FBI seeking information about the recent spate of bomb threats made against public schools.

Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons along with Representative John Carney say that would like the assistance of the FBI to find out who was behind the threats.

The Delegation noted that not only was Delaware effected but that the Los Angeles School District, the largest in the country, saw 900 schools shut down after receiving threats.

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Senator Chris Coons called for a bipartisan discussion about taking in Syrian refugees.

During an interview with MSNBC the Delaware Democrat said that the discussion should include the refugee screening policy, an exploration of its weakness and the terrorist threats.

In addition, he said, there must be adequate funding and support for vetting them.

Fellow Democrat Congressman John Carney says he wants to suspend taking in Syrian refugees who are of military age.

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It was a symbolic vote.

But the Lewes Town Council approved a resolution opposing seismic testing for offshore exploration.

WBOC reports that it is the first Delaware city to oppose the offshore drilling practice of seismic testing but is one of around 90 towns along the east coast to oppose the plan to open up Atlantic waters for offshore oil drilling.

One council member said that the town had an obligation to make its opinion known to federal officials.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Carper said in a statement that he called Clinton on Monday to wish her a happy birthday and give her his endorsement. Clinton turned 68 on Monday.

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Congressman John Carney pulled in more than $200-thousand at a fundraiser in Wilmington this week as he takes aim at the governor’s race.

The Delaware Democrat’s one night event at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington included two major Democratic notables Governor Jack Markell and Attorney General Matt Denn.

In addition the First State’s two Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons were also on hand.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the big money and big Democratic names are expected to scare off any Democratic challengers.

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