The 149th General Assembly in facts and figures

DOVER — In the now-concluded 149th General Assembly, no one introduced more legislation than Sen. Bryan Townsend. The Newark Democrat filed 55 bills and resolutions, far more than any other lawmaker. This legislative session closed July 1 after 90 regularly scheduled days, two special-session days and one “extraordinary-session” day. Lawmakers gaveled in on Jan. 10, […]

Sen. Marshall retiring after 40 years in office

DOVER — The second-longest-serving state senator in Delaware history is done. Sen. Robert Marshall, a Wilmington Democrat, announced Monday night in a post to Facebook he will not seek reelection. Sen. Marshall, 71, has represented the 3rd Senatorial District since 1978, but he was set to face a difficult primary against two much younger Democrats. […]

13 of 51 legislative seats uncontested

DOVER — With the first filing deadline in the rearview mirror, more than a dozen lawmakers are in position to coast to reelection. While one House seat currently has seven people in the running, 13 people seeking election have no opponents. All 13 of those are sitting lawmakers, although one is a representative running for […]

Republican files for auditor just before deadline

DOVER — Republican James Spadola announced Tuesday he is running for auditor, filing just hours before the noon deadline. With Tom Wagner retiring after 29 years as auditor, Democrats were poised to pick up another important office. Mr. Spadola, who ran unsuccessfully for the state Senate in 2016, gives the GOP a chance to avoid […]

Veteran prosecutor files to run for state attorney general

DOVER — As four Democrats fight to garner the party’s nomination for attorney general, Peggy Marshall Thomas has her eyes on the general election with hopes of doing what only one Republican has done since 1994: win a statewide race as a non-incumbent. Ms. Thomas, 57, officially enters the race carrying with her decades of […]

Californian runs for Delaware’s U.S. Senate seat — and Florida’s, Hawaii’s and Vermont’s, too

DOVER — Roque De La Fuente wants to be your U.S. senator, Delaware. The fact he doesn’t live in the First State? A minor detail. It only gets weirder: Mr. De La Fuente also wants to represent Florida — or Hawaii or Washington or Minnesota or Vermont, and despite running for president as a Democrat […]

GOP state auditor candidate drops out of race

Republican candidate for state auditor Joan Winters announced she is withdrawing from the race for the party’s nomination, according to Delaware Public Media. Mrs. Winters, a certified public accountant in Dover, cited family reasons for her withdrawal. She was the only GOP candidate to formally enter the race to succeed retiring auditor Tom Wagner, a […]

2018 General Assembly finally wraps up: Stalls, political fights dominate final hours

DOVER — New year, new promises, same old June 30. One year after swearing they learned from the debacle that was the end of the 2017 legislative session, which saw political differences and a refusal to compromise cause the General Assembly to blow past its budget deadline and enter into an extraordinary session, lawmakers came […]

On the final day: Casino tax relief approved

DOVER — The Senate passed legislation Saturday that will give Delaware’s casinos a long-awaited tax break, a vote that left one high-ranking Dover Downs official “elated.” Gov. John Carney signed the measure into law about three hours later. By a 17-3 vote, with one member abstaining, the chamber sent to the governor a bill that […]

Carney signs executive order on budget limit

DOVER — Gov. John Carney on Saturday signed an executive order focused on limiting budget growth, although the directive is nonbinding. Based off recommendations issued last month by an advisory panel on budgeting, the order instructs the council that sets the state’s revenue forecast to develop a benchmark aimed at slowing the growth of the […]