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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Federal prosecutors are recommending probation for a former state Senate candidate and local Republican Party official who pleaded guilty to federal firearms charges.

Matthew Opaliski faces sentencing next week after pleading guilty to one count of unlawful dealing in firearms. Prosecutors agreed to drop four other firearms counts.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A former state Senate candidate and local Republican Party official has pleaded guilty to illegally dealing in firearms.

Matt Opaliski pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to one count of unlawful dealing in firearms.  Prosecutors dropped two other counts of dealing firearms without a license and two counts of unlawful transfer of firearms.

Opaliski faces up to five years in prison when sentenced in July, but prosecutors are recommending that he receive three years probation.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Former Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell has opted not to disclose her personal finances in a Federal Election Commission lawsuit.

O'Donnell's attorneys filed a notice Tuesday waiving any argument that she would not be able to pay a penalty if she loses.

The judge ordered O'Donnell last month to disclose her income, assets and liabilities for 2014 and 2015, saying the information was relevant to her ability to disgorge funds or pay a civil penalty. But he also gave O'Donnell the option of waiving any argument regarding her inability to pay.


Tea Party favorite Christine O’Donnell has been ordered by a federal judge to provide details about her finances.

The order comes in a lawsuit filed by the Federal Election Commission over her 2010 Senate campaign in Delaware.

The suit charges that at least $20-thousand from her campaign funds were used to pay for expenses at her townhouse.

The resident was also used as a campaign headquarters.

The judge wants the documents by March 15th that include details about her income, assets and liabilities.

O’Donnell has denied any wrong doing.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Federal Election Commission has filed a lawsuit against former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, accusing her of using at least $20,000 in campaign donations for rent and utility payments at a Delaware townhouse where she lived and worked.

Nixon and the GOP

Aug 14, 2014
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Forty years after President Richard M. Nixon resigned his office, his Republican party is now struggling with  its future. In many ways, he can be seen as a transitional figure getting the backing of the more liberal GOP of the Northeast and the beginnings of the Republican Solid South. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Roger Stone, a political operative who worked for Nixon and who has authored a new book, "Nixon's Secrets", about the former president's role in his party and where the GOP is headed amidst the changing demographics of the 21st century.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says his supporters should continue to fight for the conservative values he championed in Congress despite his defeat at the hands of a little-known tea party candidate.

Cantor told glum supporters Tuesday in Richmond, Virginia, that "obviously, we came up short." He said it was the highest honor of his life serving as House majority leader.

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Christine O’Donnell will not be running for U.S. Senate in 2014.

She sent her announcement out to supporters in an email.

The Tea Party favor upset congressman Mike Castles bid for Delaware’s senate seat vacated by Vice President Joe Biden in the republican primary only to lose to Democrat Chris Coons in the general election of 2010.

WBOC reports that neither the Democratic state party nor Coons’ campaign would comment on “a non-announcement.”

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A former Delaware state Senate candidate and a man he is accused of molesting as a young boy are about to face each other in court.

A man who claims he was repeatedly molested by Eric Bodenweiser more than 20 years ago is scheduled to take the stand Monday in Bodenweiser's criminal trial.

The 55-year-old Bodenweiser is charged with 14 counts each of unlawful sexual intercourse and unlawful sexual contact. He could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.

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Despite the recent defeats of Tea Party candidates in recent Republican primaries Christine O’Donnell who also lost her bid for a senate seat in Delaware declared victory.

She said the Tea Party movement had clearly driven the moderate Republican into extinction and has made the federal deficit and debt part of the national dialogue.

She told the Wilmington News Journal she believed the movement had been very successful.

As for a rematch with Senator Chris Coons…who beat in the 2010 general election she replied, “highly unlikely.”