Legislators pick new caucus leaders

DOVER — All four caucuses elected new leadership Wednesday, one day after the election. Combined, the caucuses picked five new members and elevated one to a higher position, replacing lawmakers who retired, were defeated or chose not to seek another term in leadership. The Senate Republican caucus saw a major shakeup with Minority Leader Gary […]

State: No wrongdoing by PAC formed by Democratic Senate leaders

DOVER, Del. — A political committee set up by Democratic leaders in the state Senate did not violate campaign finance laws in donating to a Democratic lawmaker vying for an open Senate seat, Delaware’s election commissioner ruled Monday. The ruling by Commissioner Elaine Manlove involves an entity called C-11, which was formed in September at the […]

Q&A: 17th Senate District candidates take on questions

Name: Justin King Party: Republican Office seeking: 17th Senate District Age: 36 Occupation: Self-employed and mayor of Camden Family: One child Elective experience: In third term as mayor of Camden, previously sat on council and vice mayor for 3.5 years Name: Charles “Trey” Paradee Party: Democrat Office seeking: State Senate, 17th District Age: 49 Occupation: […]

Q&A: 16th Senate District candidates address issues

Name: Colin Bonini Party: Republican Office seeking: State Senate District 16 Age: 53 Occupation: State senator and business owner Family: Wife, Melissa Elective experience: State senator Name: Louisa Phillips Party: Democrat Office seeking: State Senate 16 Age: 67 Occupation: Retired health care senior director and registered nurse Family: Married with two adult children Elective experience: […]

King, Lynn, Anderson, Vanderwende win downstate legislative primaries

WILMINGTON — The Republican Party’s best hopes for taking control of the state Senate for the first time since 1973 lie with Justin King. Mr. King, the mayor of Camden, won the GOP primary for the 17th Senatorial District Thursday night, beating Donyale Hall by pulling in just over two-thirds of the vote. Entering a […]

Businessman Walker wins GOP primary for U.S. House after failed Democratic bid two years ago

DOVER — Scott Walker, a business owner and landlord who ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a Democrat two years ago, has won the Republican primary for Delaware’s lone U.S. House seat. The 67-year-old Walker defeated actor and retired railroad industry worker Lee Murphy on Thursday and will face incumbent Democrat Lisa Blunt Rochester in November. Blunt […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Taylor the right choice for 31st District

The primary on Sept. 6 is fast approaching and we have a choice for the 31st District House of Representative. They are the incumbent Sean Lynn and Ralph Taylor. I would like to tell you personally why I feel that Ralph Taylor is the person who would benefit our district and all of Delaware the […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Supporting David Anderson

I support David Anderson, Dover city councilman from the Fourth District who is running for the Delaware House from the 31st District. I have known him for many years and found him to be not only knowledgeable about the issues, but also willing to act on that knowledge. David is a constitutionalist, which is very […]

Lobbyists pushed hard on key bills of 149th General Assembly

DOVER — From the middle of January to the beginning of July, they’re a regular sight at Legislative Hall, milling around in the hallways and chatting with lawmakers in the House and Senate chambers. For better or for worse, lobbyists play a vital role in the legislative process, even in a state as small as […]

COMMENTARY: State of health care in Delaware

I pass a storefront marquee on my way to work that often displays cheerful and pithy yet poignant anecdotes. It has reminded me “chance favors the prepared mind” (Louis Pasteur) and “optimism is the faith that leads to achievement” (Helen Keller). Recently, the message suggested “politics is too serious a matter to be left to […]