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Darius Brown follows other legislators into job partly funded by state

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

State Sen. Darius Brown   State Sen. Darius Brown seems to be the latest in a line of Delaware legislators who take jobs with organizations that receive state funds voted on by the General Assembly. Brown, D-Wilmington,  has been hired as executive director of a group focused on reducing recidivism in Wilmington. He is expected to go to trial in …

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State GOP to host inaugural Constitution Day Friday in Dover

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The Delaware State Republican Party will hold an inaugural Constitution Day Friday. Photo by Brian K. Leonard   The Delaware State Republican Party will host its inaugural Constitution Day celebration Friday, Sept. 17, in Dover. Constitution Day is a federal observance day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787 in Philadelphia.  Delaware Republican Party chairwoman …

Owe for an old toll ticket? Delaware has a deal for you

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware drivers who have outstanding toll fines from 2014-2020 can pay them off for a fraction of the face cost.   If you owe money from an old Delaware toll, you have three months to pay it at a fraction of what you owe. The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles announced Wednesday that it will offer a three-month amnesty program …

Ordinance would require ethics training for Wilmington officials, employees

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If a proposed ethics law passes, Wilmington officials and workers will need to take an ethics refresher course every year.   An ordinance to require Wilmington elected officials, appointed officials and city employees to participate in annual ethics training will be heard by City Council Thursday.  The ordinance is sponsored by the council’s lone Republican member, James Spadola, who holds …

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House Ethics Committee dismisses complaint against Brady

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Rep. Gerald Brady   The House Ethics Committee has voted unanimously to dismiss the ethics complaint filed against Rep. Gerald Brady, D-Wilmington.  No further punitive action can be taken by that body against Brady.  Brady was discovered in July to have sent an email to an out-of-state advocate in which he referred to women of Asian descent using a racial …

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Democratic State Senate, House leaders announce redistricting plans

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

  This is what Delaware’s state House and Senate districts look like now.   Democratic leaders on Friday announced some of their plans to complete House and Senate redistricting by the Nov. 7 deadline the General Assembly set for itself in June.  They did not set a date for the special session, which will be required to approve the redrawn …

Proposed Wilmington ordinance would close stores, bodegas at 10 p.m.

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Proponents of closing corner stores and bodegas earlier say it will keep late-night crowds, crime down.   An ordinance aimed at restricting hours of operation for corner stores and bodegas in certain areas of Wilmington was introduced Thursday in a City Council planning meeting. The legislation before the Community Development & Urban Planning committee would force convenience stores and fast …

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House ethics committee to meet Friday; will it include Brady hearing?

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The House Ethics Committee will meet Friday. Photo by Brian K. Leonard. September 2021   An ethics complaint against a Wilmington state representative likely will be the topic of discussion at a House Ethics Committee meeting Friday, and a watchdog group says the secretive government meeting should be public.  Rep. Gerald Brady, D-Wilmington, was discovered in July to have sent …

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Delaware auditor asks for subpoena to force DHSS to provide Medicaid info

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Delaware’s state auditor says she wants to know what DHSS has to hide about Medicaid. Photo by Scott Graham/Unsplash   State Auditor Kathy McGuinness has filed a subpoena to force the Delaware Department of Health and Human Services to produce documentation and access relating to their approval and denial of Medicaid applications. DHSS has since filed a motion to quash …

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Fort Delaware to get trails, better tram path and screened-in pavilion

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DNREC will spend $3.7 million to make Fort Delaware more attractive to visitors.   Pea Patch Island’s Fort Delaware has served as a harbor defense facility, wartime prison, state park and living history museum. Later this week, it will become a construction zone.  The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is set to begin construction on several projects …