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1:03 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Delmarva Democrats: Time for House to Act on Immigration

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Senator Ben Cardin says that President’s decision to temporarily allow some 5 million undocumented immigrants to stay in this country is a sign that the congress should act.

The Maryland Democrat  noted that the Senate voted 18 months ago for a comprehensive immigration bill on a vote of 68-to-32 and that the House of Representatives has failed to act.

Meanwhile, Senator Tom Carper also blasted the House for failing to approve legislation and that the president was justified in being frustrated with Congress in failing to deal with immigration reform.

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8:57 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Protesters Arrested at Carper's Washington Office Over Keystonee

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The U.S. Capitol Police say that four people were arrested yesterday at Senator Tom Carper’s Washington office where environmentalists were protesting his decision to support the Keystone XL pipeline in the Senate.

There were sit-ins at both the Delaware Democrat’s office and the office of another Democratic Senator Michael Bennett of Colorado.

Hayden Higgins a volunteer with the group of around 350 environmentalists told USA Today that they wanted to send a message that voting for the pipeline was a form of climate change denial.

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8:12 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Senator Carper To Vote for Keystone Pipeline

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Senator Tom Carper says he will vote to authorize construction of the XL Keystone pipeline despite objections from environmentalists.

The Delaware Democrat says that he battle over the pipeline has virtually made it impossible for congress to address other clean-energy issues.

The $8 billion project would run a pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from northwest Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.

The Senate is expected to vote on the pipeline today.          

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7:54 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Delaware Marks 20th Anniversary of Drug Diversion Court

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are celebrating a milestone for Delaware's Drug Diversion Court, which has become a model for similar courts in other states.

Gov. Jack Markell and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper planned to join state health officials and judicial branch representatives Monday to mark the 20th anniversary of the Superior Court program.

The drug diversion court was established in 1994 and was among the first such courts in the United States. Officials now say there are 2,700 such courts nationwide.

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8:45 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Lobbyist Who Worked With Senator Carper Gets Medical Pot Contract

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials have entered into a contract with a lobbyist who once worked for U.S. Sen. Tom Carper to operate Delaware's first medical marijuana dispensary.

Officials finalized an initial two-year contract Monday with First State Compassion Center, whose president is Mark Lally, a former state trooper who also served as Carper's Sussex County director.

FSCC plans to operate its medical marijuana "compassion center" in a Wilmington industrial park.

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9:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Senate Approves Strategy to Force Long-Term Solution for Highway Fund

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The Senate approved a strategy to force a solution to the nation’s Highway Trust Fund pushed by Senator Tom Carper.

The Delaware Democrat’s legislation would ensure that the fund would be secure only through December.

That’s in contrast to a House bill that would keep it going through May.

Carper hopes the earlier deadline will force lawmakers to devise a long-term funding solution during a lame duck session of congress at the end of the year.

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9:12 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Del. Senator Pushes for Permanent Solution to Highway Funding

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Senator Tom Carper says he wants a permanent fix to ensure that the nation’s Highway Trust Fund has plenty of money to take care of the country’s roadways.

Last year the Delaware Democrat opposed a temporary fix that kept the government from going over a fiscal cliff.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this year he is introducing an amendment that would force Congress to provide a long-term solution before Christmas.

The Highway Trust Fund is set to become insolvent this summer if Congress does not act.

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8:28 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Worry in Delaware About Companies Relocating Abroad

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Senator Tom Carper, a member of the Senate Finance Committee says he’s concerned about the increasing number of companies who are reincorporating overseas.

The Delaware Democrat blames the outflow on “outdated “tax laws that encourage companies to relocate jobs and their money abroad.

Delaware’s lone congressional member John Carney, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, also called for overhauling the nation’s “outdated, complicated and anti-competitive” tax code.

Around two thirds of the Fortune 500 companies are incorporated in the First State.

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8:40 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Delaware Senator Proposes Gas Tax Hike

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Senator Tom Carper says he wants to increase the federal gas tax as the nation’s Transportation Fund is about to run out of money later this summer.

It’s not a new idea for the Delaware Democrat.

He proposed an increase back in 2010.

Carper wants to raise the gas tax by four cents a year over the next three years.

After that the gas tax increases would be tied to the rate of inflation.

The last time the gas tax was raised was in 1993, when it increased to 18 cents.

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9:06 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Senator Tom Carper To Push for Hike in Gas Tax

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Senator Tom Carper wants to increase the federal gas tax by 3-to-4 cents a year for up to four years indexing it to inflation.

The Delaware Democrat says that would bring it back to the buying power of the 18.6 cents of 1993.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he says the increase would make sure that the nation’s bridges would be in good shape.

Carper not only chairs the Senate Transportation Committee but is also a member of the finance committee.

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1:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Delaware Congressional Delegation Gets In on Today's Annual Poultry Banquest

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are joining in an annual celebration of the Delmarva region's poultry industry.

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons both planned to attend the 58th annual Delmarva Poultry Industry banquet in Salisbury, Md. on Wednesday.

The event, sponsored by Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc., honors the region's chicken farmers and other members of the poultry industry.

Maryland comptroller general Peter Franchot also was expected to attend the evening event at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

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1:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Delaware Congressional Delegate Gets In on Today's Annual Poultry Banquest

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are joining in an annual celebration of the Delmarva region's poultry industry.

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons both planned to attend the 58th annual Delmarva Poultry Industry banquet in Salisbury, Md. on Wednesday.

The event, sponsored by Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc., honors the region's chicken farmers and other members of the poultry industry.

Maryland comptroller general Peter Franchot also was expected to attend the evening event at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

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9:28 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Last Minute Push In Delaware To Get Sign Ups for Health Care Law

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper are joining Delaware's health and social services secretary to encourage state residents to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Open enrollment on Delaware health insurance exchange for coverage this year ends at midnight Monday.

With the deadline fast approaching, Delaware officials planned to gather Friday in Wilmington in a last-minute push to encourage residents to sign up for coverage.

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7:38 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Green Chemistry Award for UD Professor

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tom Carper is joining University of Delaware officials in celebrating the achievements of a UD professor who recently won a presidential "green chemistry" award.

Richard Wool was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency last month with the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

Carper planned to tour Wool's lab on Friday for a demonstration of his products.

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8:53 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Delaware Senators Split on Iran Sanctions

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Delaware’s two senators are divided over whether to add additional sanctions against Iran to curb its nuclear program.

Senator Chris Coons is a co-sponsor of legislation that would add sanctions if Iran fails to abide by the interim agreement signed in November.

The Delaware Democrat tells the Wilmington News Journal that congress should have sanctions “at the ready.’

Meanwhile, Carper and nine other Democrats want the Senate to hold off on sanctions legislation.

President Obama has threatened a veto.

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8:43 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Job Fair Today in Newark

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delaware's congressional delegation is hosting yet another job fair in an effort to help put unemployed Delawareans back to work.

Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Congressman John Carney are hosting their last job fair of the year on Monday at the Embassy Suites in Newark.

Gov. Jack Markell also plans to speak at the job fair, which is being organized with the help of Brandywine Counseling and Career Services and includes more than 50 potential employers.

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10:05 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Delmarva Democratic Delegation Lining up Behind the President on Syria

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President Obama's address last night found Senator Ben Cardin pleased with his performance noting that Obama showed no signs of pushing for immediate action.

Cardin voted to for the resolution approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee authorizing military action.

Meanwhile, even before the President’s address his fellow Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski  announced that she will support the President’s request to authorize air strikes against Syria.

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8:59 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Delaware Senators Back Military Strike in Syria

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Delaware’s two Democratic senators say they back military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the wake of evidence his regime used chemical weapons that left around 15-hundred civilians dead.

Senator Tom Carper said he tended to favor the President’s request to authorize military action adding that the U.S. goal should be aimed at weakening Assad and bolstering the moderate rebel forces.

Meanwhile, Senator Chris Coons called for decisive action because of the chemical weapons attack.

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10:44 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Jim DeMint Rallies Opponents of Obamacare

Former Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina)
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Former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint railed against the Affordable Care Act yesterday during a national stop in Brandywine Hundred calling it un-American.

The Republican left office to head up the conservative Heritage Foundation and has been active in calling for repeal of the law.

Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd he warned that the law will not allow doctors to be paid enough to provide quality care and said he had other solutions to providing increased medical coverage such as tax cuts to businesses for health care coverage.

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11:54 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Delaware Lawmakers Hail WTO Decision on Broilers

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The Delaware congressional delegation praised the decision by the World Trade Organization decision that Chinese poultry barriers are unfair.

American poultry farmers complained that China’s decision to impose higher duties on chicken broiler products was unjustified under international trade laws.

The imposition of the duties was followed by an 80 percent drop in American exports to China.

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9:09 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Delaware Officials Oppose New Financial Industry Restrictions

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Delaware’s two senators say they oppose separating commercial and investment banking that’s contained in a measure authored by fellow Democrat Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

It would return the banking system back towards the Depression-era Glass-Steagall law that was repealed in 1999.

The law was aimed at protecting federally insured bank deposits from riskier trading business.

Delaware is home to some major financial companies and they have lobbied heavily against a non-binding resolution in the Delaware General Assembly supporting passage in Washington.

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9:30 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Delaware Senators on Cybersecurity and Trade

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Delaware’s Senators were busy this week.

Senator Tom Carper

Reacting to a new White House report on the growing threat of Chinese cyber hacking, Democrat Tom Carper called it the biggest threat to the country’s economic recovery.

He said that the US need a better offense that includes standards for best practices in order to protect intellectual property.

Senator Chris Coons

Meanwhile, the junior senator from Delaware Chris Coons was in Cape Town South Africa on a trade mission.

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10:51 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Poultry Industry Gets Boost in Trade With Russia

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Delaware Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons voted yesterday for a bill establishing permanent normal trade relations with Russia.

And that’s good news for the poultry industry on the peninsula, for whom, Russia is a major market.


In 1974 the provision was imposed on the former Soviet Union over emigration of Jews and other Soviet minorities.


The measure cleared the House last month and now goes to President Obama for his signature.

 

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10:50 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Maryland Senators Voice Concern Over Storm Aid

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Hearing on Damage From Hurricane Sandy


Maryland officials told a hearing of the Senate subcommittee on Homeland Security of the in Washington yesterday that they were determined to get federal aid for individual hit by Hurricane Sandy, especially for those on the Lower Shore.

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9:20 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Solar Array on Display in Ocean View

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OCEAN VIEW, Del. (AP) - The city of Ocean View is unveiling a new solar array that will generate electricity for the city's municipal building.


Delaware Sen. Tom Carper, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Collin O'Mara and town officials will dedicate the solar array on Tuesday. The solar array panels, which were manufactured in Newark, sit on top of a 260-foot-long carport that provides shelter for 24 vehicles.

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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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8:24 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Job Fair at Christiana Mall Today

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Delaware’s congressional delegation will host a free seasonal job fair from 4-8 p.m. today at the Christiana Mall with retail and department stores looking for holiday hires.


There is no preregistration.


Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Rep. John Carney said urged job seekers to come with resume’s in hand.


This is the eighth fair the three have organized in the last two years.

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9:53 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Democratic Primary Senate Challenger Backs Independent

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Even though Keith Spanarelli ran in the Democratic party primary to unseat incumbent Senator Tom Carper.


He is not staying with his party.


After he got trounced by Carper, Spanarelli is backing independent Senate Candidate Alex Pires.


Spanarelli said he wants to help – what he called – the little guy over the big-guy and urged voters to oust Carper as a professional politician.


Carper says he keeps in touch with voters touring the state on a regular basis.

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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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9:10 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Delaware Voters Go To The Polls

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It’s primary day in Delaware.


Statewide Senator Tom Carper will get his first Democratic primary challenge in 20 years from with Keith Spanarelli.


Meanwhile, Republicans will choose their nominee for Delaware’s lone congressional seat.


There are 20 primaries in 18 of the 62 House and Senate seats in the state legislature.


The race for Mayor of Wilmington and executive of New Castle County will probably be chosen with because a huge advantage in voter registration for Democrats.

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