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 […]

Lawmakers ease into final day of legislative session

DOVER — The atmosphere at Legislative Hall this week could hardly have been more different from 2017. After the nightmare that was the end of the legislative session last year, it might have been tough to believe this year’s budget process could be so smooth. Gov. John Carney signed the budget for the upcoming fiscal […]

Casino bill passes House, goes back to Senate Saturday

DOVER — Financial relief is in the cards after all. On the second-to-last regularly scheduled day of the legislative session, the House approved a modified version of a bill that would give Delaware’s three casinos tax breaks. By a 35-4 vote, with one member absent and one not voting, the chamber sent the measure back […]

To the rescue: Legislators restore $8.7 million in funding to nonprofits

DOVER — The Joint Finance Committee Tuesday opted to restore a cut of $8.7 million in nonprofit funding, bringing the total of the draft grant-in-aid bill to $45.9 million. The proposal, which is expected to be voted on by the full General Assembly Saturday, the last regularly scheduled day of the legislative session, would undo […]