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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Delaware’s Senators were busy this week.

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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.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Governor defended his first term noting that he has carried out a review of regulations that impact business in the state.

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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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With the public opinion polls showing a close presidential race, Senator Tom Carper (D-De) says he is optimistic about President Barak Obama's reelection chances.  But, was this a presidency offering too much to the voters?

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Delaware Senator Tom Carper has an opponent in his Democratic primary.

His name is Keith Spanarelli the first Democratic challenger in years.

Spanarelli sold some Sprint wireless stock and paid the filing fee.

He bills himself as the anti-politician and an alternative to a career office holder like Carper who has been in elected office for the last 36 years including governor.

Spanerelli says he will not take political action committee money because he does not want to be obligated to any special interest group.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are holding a public meeting on efforts to establish a national park in Delaware.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper has tried for years to get a national park in Delaware, the only state without one. Carper has proposed linking several sites across the state focusing on early colonial settlements and Delaware's role in ratifying the Constitution.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Commercial shellfish aquaculture is a multimillion dollar business in states up and down the East Coast, but not in Delaware.

Delaware is the only coastal state without a commercial shellfish aquaculture industry, but officials with the Center for the Inland Bays are exploring the possibilities of creating one.

FREDERICA, Del. (AP) - Delaware Sen. Tom Carper says he will tour a Frederica company that makes space suits for NASA.

Carper says he will visit ILC Dover on Monday to see how a state partnership has helped the company. The Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership is a non-profit economic development organization that helps Delaware manufacturers and small businesses.

In addition to NASA space suits, ILC makes blimps for advertising and military surveillance, high tech inflatable devices, gas masks for military and civilian use and other products.

The heat wave has hit the corn crop with a vengeance.

And Senator Tom Carper got a firsthand look during a visit to a farm west of Georgetown yesterday.

The Delaware Democrat along with state and federal officials looked over a corn crop on the farm of Mark Davis where the corn found few kernels on the ear.

A recent report says more than 60 percent of the nation is in the throes of the worst drought in decades.

And Davis said he won’t even bother to harvest the non-irrigated corn.

Instead, he will simply mow it down.

The Senate race in Delaware has just gotten more interesting with the entrance of Alex Pires as an Independent Party candidate.

He quickly launched a new line of attack questioning the health of incumbent Senator Tom Carper.

Pires said that the Delaware Democrat’s health is “the most important issue” in the race and called on Carper to release the results of his most recent physical.

The Carper camp fired back with campaign manager John Collins noting that the Senator has never missed a day of work because of illness in over 30 years.

Senator Tom Carper said he wants to embarrass the House of Representatives to get them to approve the postal reform bill before the August recess.

House leaders initially planned a vote after the July 4th recess.

But Republican party leaders say they don’t expect it to happen until September.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that postal officials and mailing industry leaders wanted the House to pass the measure before the current fiscal year ends on September 30th.

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