Legislative unionization effort stalls

DOVER — Looks like Delaware’s legislative union won’t be going forward after all. But if even the effort is truly dead, it should leave behind some hard feelings in the state capitol. Last month, a group of employees in Legislative Hall announced their intention to form the first nonpartisan union in a state legislature in […]

Employees decry working conditions in juvenile facilities

DOVER — The Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families has made strides in recent years but continues to face difficulties hiring and keeping talented employees in many areas, agency officials said Thursday, while a few employees testified to the stress and even dangers they face at work. Appearing before the Joint Finance […]

DOJ makes pitch for more funding, faces questions about criminal justice system

DOVER — Budget-writing lawmakers heard from some of the key elements of the state’s criminal justice system Wednesday as hearings for the upcoming fiscal year’s spending plan continued. Attorney General Kathy Jennings is seeking about $1.3 million more for the Department of Justice’s operating budget than recommended by Gov. John Carney last month. If granted […]

Blunt Rochester presides over historic ERA vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., presided over the U.S. House of Representatives as Speaker Pro Tempore for the historic vote on the Equal Rights Amendment on Thursday. The vote on the passage of H.J. Res. 79 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 232 to 183. Rep. Blunt Rochester voted […]

Safety and homeland security secretary leaving for Department of Justice

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DOVER — Department of Safety and Homeland Security Secretary Robert Coupe plans to step down next month to join the Department of Justice, the state announced Friday. He is set to be replaced by the superintendent of Delaware State Police. Gov. John Carney said Mr. Coupe will soon depart the agency he has led for […]

Early education, school safety major topics at budget hearing

DOVER — Support for early childhood education, mental health and school safety were among the chief topics during Thursday’s Joint Finance Committee hearing on public education. The recommended budget for public education has a 5.35% increase from last fiscal year, bringing the proposed total for education to $1.65 billion. For nearly four hours, the committee […]

McGuiness, University of Delaware spar over audit, with lawmakers planning to step in

DOVER — Should the state auditor be able to force the University of Delaware to open its books to her? Depends who you ask. As the issue of whether Auditor Kathy McGuiness can conduct a performance audit on the state’s flagship educational institution continues to linger, the legislature’s budget-writing committee said this week it intends […]

From the Hall: Supreme Court to hear challenge to Del.’s court balance law

DOVER — Delaware’s five most recent governors and three most recent chief justices, along with the Republican National Committee, the Delaware State Bar Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures and other organizations and individuals, filed briefs last week in support of a case set to be argued before the Supreme Court next month. At […]

UD officials face questions about transparency, Wesley

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DOVER — The Joint Finance Committee grilled top University of Delaware administrators over transparency and diversity Thursday, with one senator questioning why the institution failed to acquire Wesley College last year. Officials from UD, Delaware State University and Delaware Technical Community College appeared before the legislature’s budget-writing panel for their annual hearing, allowing the three […]

Delaware Sens. Carper and Coons vote to convict Trump

DOVER — Unsurprisingly, Delaware’s senators, both Democrats, voted to convict President Donald Trump Wednesday. Tom Carper and Chris Coons voted to remove the president from office on separate counts of abuse of power and obstruction of justice, although the Senate acquitted him. Speaking on the floor, Sen. Carper appealed to history, giving an overview of […]