Delaware GOP official quits, blasts party’s US Senate nominee

DOVER — The Republican Party chairman in Delaware’s most populous county has resigned his post, saying he cannot support the party’s U.S. Senate candidate. Peter Kopf, chairman of the New Castle County Republican Committee, submitted his resignation letter last Thursday, saying he is troubled both by Rob Arlett’s candidacy and the current state Republican Party […]

Carper proves to be breakwater for anti-establishment wave

WILMINGTON — If an antiestablishment wave is moving the Democratic party to the left, longtime U.S. Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware has proven to be a breakwater, easily fending off a primary challenger making her first run for office. Carper, 71, trounced Kerri Evelyn Harris, setting up a November race against President Trump’s former state […]

Two Republicans seek party nod in key Senate race

DOVER — Democrats currently control the state Senate by the smallest of margins, holding an 11-10 edge. They’re hoping to expand that lead in November, but Republicans are intent on flipping the chamber and taking control for the first time since 1973. Central Kent County is expected to be a battleground, as the 17th Senatorial […]

Attorney general hopeful Jennings dominates in fundraising, again

DOVER — Kathy Jennings, a Democratic candidate for state attorney general, raised almost $64,000 in a three-week period — and spent six times that. One of four Democrats competing for the party’s nomination for attorney general in the primary election Thursday, Ms. Jennings spent about $377,000 from Aug. 8 to 29, according to campaign finance […]

Democratic U.S. Senate Primary: Carper vs. Harris

DOVER — For much of 2010, Mike Castle was expected to cruise to victory in the race to fill the Senate seat vacated by Joe Biden when he became vice president. Mr. Castle, then serving as the state’s lone congressional representative for the past 18 years, had held five different offices in Delaware, never losing […]

Republican U.S. Senate Primary: Arlett vs. Truono

DOVER — It’s been 18 years since Delaware has had a Republican senator. Both Rob Arlett and Gene Truono think that they can change that. While most of the attention has been focused on the Democratic side, where Kerri Evelyn Harris is aiming to unseat Sen. Tom Carper, Republican voters will also be able to […]

Barbara Bush’s priority was to her husband

Barbara Bush used to say that she thought her son, Jeb, was the most likely of their children to be a successful politician. That was then. This is now. I knew Barbara Bush back in the day. The Bush children, beginning with George W. and ending with Dorothy “Doro” ranged in age from early 20s […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: History and today’s poisonous political debate

What can we do about the poisonous present level of political discourse? On the one hand we have a name-calling president, who insults anyone who disagrees with him with junior high level invective — “Little Marco,” “Lying Ted,” “Crooked Hillary;” On the other hand we have people like Rep. Maxine Waters (D- Calif.), who calls […]

Meet Delaware’s first lady: Tracey Carney born into politics, public service

DOVER — In 1984, former Delaware Supreme Court Justice William Quillen lost the race for governor to Mike Castle, a Republican then serving as lieutenant governor who would go on to hold the state’s highest office for the constitutional maximum of eight years. Mr. Quillen’s youngest daughter, Tracey, was 22 at the time. Thirty-two years […]

COMMENTARY: Political speech faces 2018 election onslaught

The 2018 election is already upon us. Americans can expect an expensive one. Outside groups have spent tens of millions on Senate and House races already. A projected $3 billion will be spent on political advertisements through 2018. And there’s nothing wrong with that. “Money in politics” — long vilified by liberal commentators — simply […]