New Castle to celebrate ‘William Penn Day’ on Oct. 23

Charlie Megginson Culture, Headlines

New Castle County Court House. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service. The City of New Castle will celebrate ‘William Penn Day’ this Saturday, Oct. 23 at the New Castle Court House Museum. The event will feature a day-long series of activities to commemorate the 339th anniversary of Penn’s Oct. 27, 1682 disembarkment at New Castle, his first landing in …

McGuiness’ lawyer asks state to pay him $550 an hour

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

  State Auditor Kathy McGuiness Updated on 10/18/21 at 5:02 p.m. to include the Delaware DOJ’s response to McGuiness’ petition. State Auditor Kathy McGuiness has requested the state foot the bill for her legal representation after being indicted on a slew of felony and misdemeanor corruption charges. In a separate motion, McGuiness’ attorney asked the court to sanction Attorney General …

DSU, DNREC to work together on community outreach

Charles Megginson Education, Government, Headlines

Delaware State University will help the state’s environmental agency improve public outreach and community engagement with a two-year research project set to begin next month.  The university will hold town hall meetings on Nov. 17 and Dec. 1 to solicit input from community members on how DNREC can conduct effective outreach regarding regulatory actions and policies. The research project is …

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Dems, others call for McGuiness to resign or take leave of absence

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

State Auditor Kathleen McGuiness   Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives won’t pursue the impeachment of State Auditor Kathy McGuiness or encourage her to step down in the wake of her criminal indictment. That hasn’t stopped mounting calls for her resignation from fellow elected officials, community members and party leaders. McGuiness was indicted Monday on a slew of felony …

State School Boards Assn. condemns calling mask protests ‘domestic terrorism’

Charles Megginson Education, Headlines

The Delaware School Boards Association says it was not consulted before national group called for federal help over school mask protests.   The group that represents Delaware’s school boards does not agree with a national group’s characterizing protests over mask requirements and curriculum issues as hate crimes and acts of domestic terrorism. Those protesting are exercising their right to free …

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Proposed House redistricting offers more changes than Senate

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Sussex County House districts will change a lot if proposed plan goes forward.   House Democratic leadership has released their proposed redistricting maps and Sussex County will pick up a seat — that of embattled Representative Gerald Brady, a Democrat from Wilmington. The House of Representatives will convene in a special session on Nov. 1 to finalize the maps that …

State COVID funds to provide bonuses for healthcare workers

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware will give hospitals, longterm care and state facilities $75 million to pay worker bonuses.   Delaware will spend more than $75 million of federal COVID-19 relief funds for hospitals, long-term care centers and state operated facilities to provide hiring and retention bonuses to workers. The money is aimed at alleviating staffing shortages in the medical field by enabling providers …

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Senate redistricting maps show few impactful changes

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

  Most Senate districts will change some boundaries , but only slightly.   Democratic leaders in the State Senate have published draft maps of Delaware’s 21 Senate districts and announced a date for the legislature to consider a final redistricting bill.  The Senate will convene in a special session on Nov. 1 to finalize the maps that will define Delaware’s …

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McGuiness pleads not guilty; bail set at $50,000

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness pleaded not guilty to corruption charges Tuesday after turning herself in to authorities at the New Castle County Superior Court. McGuiness entered the Leonard L. Williams Justice Center in Wilmington alongside her attorney just before 10 a.m. State Attorney General Kathy Jennings on Monday announced a slew of felony and misdemeanor charges against the auditor …

Senate to reconvene to consider nominations Wednesday, redistricting Nov. 1

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

The Delaware Senate will go into special session Wednesday to consider Gov. John Carney’s nominations, and Nov. 1 to look at draft redistricting maps. Photo by Brian K. Leonard.   The Delaware Senate has been called on by the governor to return to Dover Wednesday for a special session. Gov. John Carney called the one-day session to have the Senate …