Carney signs bill expunging some pot convictions

DOVER — Mandatory expungements for some individuals convicted of possessing or using small amounts of marijuana before the state decriminalized pot in 2015 became law Wednesday with Gov. John Carney’s signature. But, the measure only applies in instances where the marijuana charge is a person’s only criminal conviction. An expungement seals a criminal record, effectively […]

31st Rep. District: Democrats Lynn and Taylor square off in rematch of 2014

DOVER — In 2014, with Rep. Darryl Scott retiring from the 31st Representative District, two Democrats competed for the party’s nod for the office. Sean Lynn, then a Dover city councilman, beat former Dover police officer Ralph Taylor, garnering about 61 percent of the vote in the primary. He went on to win election and […]

Republicans aim to end the Dems’ hold over 31st Rep. District

DOVER — No legislative district in Kent County has a higher percentage of registered Democrats than the 31st Representative District, which has been represented by Democrats for the past decade. Both David Anderson and Jean Dowding think they can change that, but first, they’ll compete against one another Sept. 6 for the right to take […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Socialism is a lost cause

In reference to Carol Hotte’s Letter to the Editor in the Delaware State News on Aug. 17 (“Of Socialists and America’s social programs”), I disagree. It’s not the first time Ms. Hotte and I have crossed swords and, frankly, we should just agree to disagree. She would not agree with me and I do not […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Checks and balances

In 1993 Gov. Carper had eight straight sessions with 10 percent increases of his budget. He ignored how bad off our “fresh water supply” was and failed to act, setting the stage for now only having just 10 percent and 90 percent polluted with nitrates and chemicals. Flush with a healthy budget, Gov. Carper ignored […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We the people

Our president has stirred the inner sanctum of government. Never before have I seen a president take on all comers, foreign and our own, with such fervor. The Democrats had eight years under Obama to bring about positive changes to our social and political horizons, and they failed miserably. They had total control of policy […]

Delaware attorney general hopeful Jennings dominates in fundraising

  DOVER — Attorney general candidate Kathy Jennings, who is competing in a primary with three other Democrats next month, has raised nearly $411,000 this year, more than three times greater than what her opponents combined have collected. Financial disclosure reports for candidates competing in the Sept. 6 election were due to the Department of […]

State Board of Education sees turnover in recent months

DOVER — The State Board of Education has a new look. Five of its seven voting members were newly confirmed by the Senate this year, including three approved at the end of June, and more change is coming. The board has been searching for an executive director since Donna Johnson left the post in April, […]

GOP Senate candidates bash Carper, praise Trump

DOVER — The two Republican candidates for a U.S. Senate nomination competed with each other Tuesday over who is the biggest supporter of President Trump and the strongest critic of Sen. Tom Carper with each seeking to convince GOP voters to pick him in the primary election Sept. 6. Running for the seat held for […]

State pulls proposed transgender protection regulation

DOVER — A controversial regulation involving gender identity will not be moving forward, the Department of Education announced Thursday, two months after it revised the proposal due to public outcry. First unveiled in October, Regulation 225 initially would have allowed students to identify as a different gender or race, sparking a firestorm of criticism. The […]