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 […]

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, […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: More wasteful spending

So the state takes 43 percent off the top for the first three weeks of sports wagering for a profit of $437,000. That math equates to over $7.5 million for a year. Wonder what new programs our elected officials can come up with to waste it? I’m sure there’s a list somewhere. It’s amazing to […]

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 […]