Slight increase in Delaware unemployment

DOVER — After six consecutive months of decline from a record high, Delaware’s unemployment rate saw a small increase in December. According to data released by the Delaware Department of Labor, 5.3% of the state’s workforce was not employed last month. That’s up from 5.1% in November. Nationally, 6.7% of workers were unemployed, the same […]

General Assembly wraps up second week

DOVER — A House committee released to the full chamber legislation that would allow no-excuse absentee voting, replacing the current list of specified reasons. House Bill 75 would strike the circumstances that allow a resident to request an absentee ballot, such as due to an illness, work or vacation, instead adding a line stating simply, […]

‘Unity is the path forward’: Biden sworn in as 46th president of the United States

DOVER — Joe Biden took the oath of office to become the nation’s 46th president at 11:48 a.m. Wednesday. Sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, President Biden pledged to work to build a more perfect union. “I, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of […]

Delaware reacts to Joe Biden’s inauguration

DOVER — Welcome to the club, Delaware. The First State officially joined the 18 others that have had a resident serve as president on Wednesday, as longtime Delawarean Joe Biden was sworn in as the nation’s head of state. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1942, President Biden moved to New Castle County with his family […]

Joe Biden becomes 46th president

DOVER — Joe Biden took the oath of office to become the nation’s 46th president at 11:48 a.m. Wednesday. Sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, President Biden pledged to work to build a more perfect union. “I, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of […]

State legislature takes up minor business on eve of inauguration

DOVER — The General Assembly will not meet Wednesday due to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, a proud Delawarean. While this inauguration will have a drastically different appearance than past presidential swearing-ins due to COVID-19 and Jan. 6’s insurrectionist attack on the U.S. Capitol, top Democrats in the Delaware legislature are giving the body […]

Carney sworn in for second term

DOVER — Four years ago, Gov. John Carney was sworn in outside Legislative Hall on a gray and wet day. Tuesday, in contrast, saw the sun shining — but it’s still safe to say plenty of people were nostalgic for the first ceremony. In a history-making occasion, Delaware’s governor and lieutenant governor were sworn in […]

Fears including COVID prison outbreaks spark proposed task force

DOVER — After hearing from “dozens” of inmates and advocates, a state lawmaker hopes to file a resolution this week that would establish a task force to study how the Delaware Department of Correction is handling COVID-19. Rep. Sean Lynn, a Dover Democrat, said Monday he plans to officially introduce the measure soon in hopes […]

Legislature confirms Carney, Hall-Long reelections

DOVER — The General Assembly met briefly Thursday, the third day of session this year, to approve a few resolutions and confirm the November reelection of Gov. John Carney and Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long. The legislature, which is conducting business through Zoom due to the pandemic, will reconvene Tuesday. The Joint Committee on Capital Improvement, […]

Unemployment benefit and alcohol-service bills released from committee, income tax measure filed

DOVER — A House panel Wednesday approved legislation aimed at preventing Delawareans from having to pay taxes on unemployment benefits and fixing the rates paid by employers, as well as a bill extending provisions regarding alcohol takeout. The bills were released by the House Administration Committee and should be voted on by the full chamber […]

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