In the midst of unprecedented challenges, JFC begins unusual budget markup

DOVER — The General Assembly’s budget-writing committee began diving into the COVID-ravaged spending plan on Tuesday, reviewing hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of potential cuts. While the Joint Finance Committee would normally convene in May to make significant changes to the governor’s January recommendations, this is not exactly a typical year. The 12 members […]

Hudson Briggs files for Sussex County Council District 2 seat

GEORGETOWN — Georgetown-area resident Lisa Hudson Briggs has thrown her hat into the political ring a second time, again as a candidate for Sussex County Council’s 2nd District. A lifelong Republican and Sussex Countian, Mrs. Hudson Briggs is the first candidate to file in District 2, one of three County Council seats up for election […]

Rehoboth Beach plans for outdoor dining, retail

REHOBOTH BEACH – After multiple discussions, the Rehoboth Beach commissioners agreed on Tuesday to permit businesses to use the city sidewalks for outdoor dining and retail business through July 31. Restaurants may apply immediately to use sidewalks for outdoor seating beginning next Monday. The application is available online at cityofrehoboth.com. Also beginning on Monday, merchants may use […]

Senate holds first virtual meeting

DOVER — The state Senate on Wednesday approved a resolution authorizing the chamber to meet virtually. The vote follows the House approving the same measure the day before. Because of COVID-19, the full General Assembly has not met in person in four months. This week’s online sessions represent the first time the General Assembly has […]

Kent County Levy Court approves budget with tax rates unchanged

DOVER — With COVID-19’s impact serving as an uncertain backdrop, Kent County officials kept tax rates unchanged and approved an employee pay raise on Tuesday night. Approving the $32.2 million fiscal year 2021 General Fund budget effective July 1 came with the caution since the financial picture may look far different when a six-month review […]

Senate Republicans seeking input on COVID-19 crisis

DOVER — The Senate Republican caucus has started a new website for Delawareans to share their thoughts on the virus and the response to it. Interested individuals can go to MyShutdownStory.com to submit videos detailing their feelings on COVID-10. “The coronavirus has affected us all in many ways. We know that people have strong emotions […]

Delaware House holds first virtual session

DOVER — The Delaware of House of Representatives made history in just 20 minutes Tuesday. Members of the chamber took part in the first virtual legislative session in state history, yet another reminder of how COVID-19 has altered our world. The chamber, which has not met in person in four months, convened briefly to approve […]

Senator Richardson to run for governor

SEAFORD — With a religious freedom rally last Saturday in Dover as a backdrop, state Sen. Bryant Richardson announced his gubernatorial candidacy, saying Delaware needs a changing of the guard in November. The Seaford Republican wants to deny Democratic incumbent John Carney a second term as governor. Sen. Richardson, who took down one of Delaware’s […]

Poll says public mostly supportive of Carney’s handling of COVID-19

DOVER — Gov. John Carney has taken heat from some quarters for his handling of the COVID-19 crisis, but at least according to one metric, Delawareans largely seem satisfied with his performance. As reported by The Washington Post, 73 percent of Delawareans in a recent SurveyMonkey poll said they approved of how Gov. Carney has […]

Republicans to Carney: “Enough is enough,” reopen this week

DOVER — The chorus calling for Delaware to reopen almost immediately and with few restrictions continues to grow, as do the simmering tensions. Fifteen of the General Assembly’s 24 Republican lawmakers on Tuesday sent a letter to Gov. John Carney urging him to lift limitations and open the state by Friday instead of June 1. […]