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General Assembly eases restrictions, allowing 25 people in gallery for sessions

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A few members of the public will be allowed to sit in the gallery during General Assembly Sessions.   With the Delaware General Assembly in the last month of its regular session, rules have been changed to open Legislature Hall in Dover to the public in a limited way. The statehouse will require the public to sign up to reserve …

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Correction commissioner to quit to oversee state stimulus funding

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Claire DeMatteis   Delaware Correction Commissioner Claire DeMatteis is leaving her job to become special assistant to the governor, a press release said Friday. In that capacity, she will oversee management of the federal stimulus funding received by Delaware and also assist with crisis management projects across state government. The job does not require Senate confirmation. DeMatteis previously had been …

Republican bill would stop UD, DSU, DelTech requiring vaccines

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A bill filed by a Millsboro Republican would stop state agencies from requiring vaccines. File photo. A Republican representative has filed a bill that would prevent Delaware colleges and universities from insisting students be vaccinated to return to campus this fall. House Bill 209 filed by Rep. Rich Collins, R-Millboro, would forbid state or local governments including any entity receiving …

State auditor plans to track how Delaware spends COVID cash

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Gov. John Carney posted this photo of the Delaware City DMV and one of the state’s first mass COVID-19 vaccination events in the winter.    State Auditor Kathy McGuiness announced recently that she hopes to answer questions about how county and local governments and school districts will spend the $1.2 billion in federal COVID-19 funds by tracking the expenditures. “One …

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Purzycki hints Caesar Rodney statue will return to square

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Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki celebrates opening of Rodney Square splash pad fountains   As Wilmington officials celebrated the continued refurbishment of Rodney Square, Mayor Mike Purzycki said future changes may include the return of the statue of Declaration of Independence signer Caesar Rodney. “One of these days we might find a statue back here,” Purzycki said at the end of …

Republican bills would cut taxes in wake of state’s revenue windfall

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5 Republican bills in the House would reduce income, business taxes because of Delaware’s strong revenues   Delaware House Republicans have filed five bills that will cut taxes, saying the state should share its unexpected financial fortune with residents and businesses. Among other things, the bills would  cut the state personal income tax by 10%, cut corporate income tax by …

The Bidens head to Rehoboth Beach house this week

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Helicopters like the Marine One were seen flying over Sussex County and at Rehoboth Beach. Photo from Wikipedia Commons.   President Joe Biden seems set to hit Rehoboth Beach this week arriving as early as Wednesday.  Three Marine Ones have been seen flying over Sussex County, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is closing parts of the Gordon …

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Delaware’s vaccine goal in June: Adding 17,000 more people

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    Delaware wants to vaccinate 17,000 people between now and July 4 to meet the goal President Joe Biden has set to have 70% of the population vaccinated by the Fourth of July. Gov. John Carney says that means the state needs to vaccinate about 5,000 people a week for the next month. “And celebrate Independence Day like no …

With COVID cases lowest since August, first DE WINS! drawing Monday

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The state has shifted from mass vaccination events to smaller focused ones at festivals and gatherings.   The average of daily new cases of COVID-19 has dropped to 74, the lowest since August, with Delaware’s new prizes-for-vaccines program holding its first drawing Monday. The Delaware Division of Public Health said that among people who have been vaccinated, there have been …

Ben Addi leaving cabinet for DSU; Eugene Young picked to replace him

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Anas Ben Addi The director of the Delaware State Housing Authority is quitting Gov. John Carney’s cabinet to become the new chief financial officer at Delaware State University. Carney plans to nominate Eugene Young Jr., now president and CEO of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, to replace him. Anas Ben Addi, the state’s high-ranking Muslim civil servant, has served as …