State drops opposition to Del. school funding suit depositions

DOVER — Attorneys for Gov. John Carney have dropped their opposition to Delaware’s education secretary and budget director being deposed in a lawsuit alleging the state is failing to provide adequate educational opportunities for disadvantaged students. A judge had planned to hear arguments Thursday on a requested protective order preventing Education Secretary Susan Bunting and […]

Lawmakers return Tuesday with a full plate

DOVER — When the second leg of the 150th General Assembly begins Tuesday, there will be at least one key difference from Jan. 8, 2019: A quarter of the building won’t be new. With the annual six-month break now in the rearview mirror, Delaware’s 62 lawmakers will return to Dover this week to begin the […]

Candidates declare for Kent County Levy Court offices

DOVER — It may be nearly 10 months until the general election and eight until the primary, but it’s not too early to talk local politics. Five Kent County offices are up this year: Levy Court’s 1st, 3rd and 5th districts (Levy Court District pdf map), as well as clerk of the peace and register […]

Familiar faces as Sussex County selects presiding officers, legal staff for 2020

GEORGETOWN – There is no changing of the guard in Sussex County governmental leadership for 2020. County Council at its Jan. 7 meeting selected councilman Michael H. Vincent of Seaford as president of the five-member body for the 10th year in a row. Council also re-elected councilman Irwin G. “I.G.” Burton III of Lewes to […]

Proposal would stream Delaware General Assembly proceedings online

The 148th Delaware General Assembly was back at work inside the House chamber Tuesday afternoon. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

DOVER — The Delaware General Assembly may be the only state legislature that allows civilians onto the floor of the chambers during legislative proceedings, but in one important area, Delaware is not first. While states like Louisiana and Minnesota broadcast and archive floor and committee action via the internet, Delaware does not. Currently, only audio […]

Milford city election to be held April 25

MILFORD — Four Milford City Council seats, one from each ward, and the mayoral seat are up for grabs in the upcoming election to be held Saturday, April 25. These council seats are currently occupied by Michael Boyle for ward one, Lisa Ingram Peel for ward two, Owen Brooks Jr. for ward three and Katrina […]

Baull retains mayor’s post in Dagsboro for 2020

DAGSBORO – The mayoral post in the town of Dagsboro is not changing hands for 2020. Town council colleagues Theresa Ulrich, William Chandler III and Patrick Miller cast support for Brian Baull, who at the Dec. 16 meeting was chosen town mayor at council’s annual reorganization for a fourth consecutive year. M. Miller seconded Mr. […]

Paradee plans to withdraw Kent lodging tax completely

DOVER — The state lawmaker who sponsored a bill that would establish a controversial lodging tax in Kent County has announced he plans to completely undo the measure. In a letter sent to Levy Court Nov. 8 and obtained by the Delaware State News Friday, Sen. Trey Paradee, D-Dover, stated he intends to “introduce legislation […]

Carney makes Supreme Court picks

DOVER — Gov. John Carney announced Thursday he plans to nominate Justice Collins J. Seitz Jr. to the post of chief justice and Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves to fill his seat. The Senate is expected to consider both nominations in a special session Nov. 7. Justice Seitz would be the ninth chief justice since the […]

Proposal would provide free tampons, pads to students

DOVER — Democratic legislators on Thursday announced they plan to file a bill that would require schools to provide free feminine hygiene products to students. The measure would mandate all public schools that serve students in grades six through 12, including charter schools, offer tampons and pads in women’s restrooms at no cost. “Period products […]