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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.

Voters React

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.

It's Election Day

Nov 8, 2016
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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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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Environmentalists, government officials and academics are gathering at the University of Delaware for a two-day meeting to discuss issues involving the Delaware River watershed.

Gov. Jack Markell was scheduled to deliver Monday's keynote address at the Delaware River Watershed Forum gathering.

Congressman John Carney and National Wildlife Federation President Collin O'Mara also were scheduled to attend the third annual event.

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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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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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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's congressional delegation is on a tour for a federal grant aimed at getting more minority students to take up careers in science and technology.

Sens. Chris Coons and Tom Carper and congressman John Carney planned to join officials from Delaware Technical Community College on Tuesday to discuss the grant.

The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a five-year grant totaling $2.4 million to DelTech and its partners, Nemours Health and Prevention Services and the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.

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The Democratic field is already shaping up for next year’s gubernatorial race in Delaware.

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon is not ruling out a run in 2016.

He told the Wilmington News Journal that he had not made up his mind yet.

Campaign news has already been made by Governor Jack Markell who said the Delaware Congressman John Carney would be a terrific choice.

Markell defeated the Delaware Democrat in winning the governorship.

 

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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. 

Beau Biden Remembered

Jun 1, 2015
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Brain cancer took the life of 46 year old Beau Biden.

The Vice President’s son was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last month but at the time there was no word on why he was being treated.

The former Delaware Attorney General and rising political star in the Democratic Party had been diagnosed with brain cancer two years ago.

He also suffered a mild stroke in 2010.

Biden decided against a third term as Attorney General setting his sights on the governorship next year.

Reactions poured in at the news of his death.

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Delaware Congressman John Carney came to Rehoboth Beach with a message.

He opposes the federal plans to open up the Atlantic Coast to off shore drilling.

He met with environmental and tourism officials as part of his week of meetings aimed at the concerns over climate change.

Carney worries about the impact of what an oil spill like the recent one off the coast of Santa Barbara in California could have on the First State’s billion dollar tourism industry.

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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.

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The son of Delaware congressman John Carney has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit involving a hazing incident that resulted in the death of a 19-year old Clemson University Student.

The incident occurred on September 22nd when Tucker Hipps tumbled off a bridge headfirst into the shallow waters of Lake Hartwell after a dispute with a fellow student.

The body was later found by authorities.  

The Wilmington News Journal reports that his parents have filed two lawsuits seeking $25 million.

They claim that Hipps was the victim of hazing.

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