November 4, 2020 •

Delaware Gov. Carney Wins Second Term

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On November 3, voters reelected incumbent John Carney to a second term as Governor of Delaware, defeating Republican challenger Julianne Murray. During the campaign, Gov. Carney received criticism from the opposing party on his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. This […]

On November 3, voters reelected incumbent John Carney to a second term as Governor of Delaware, defeating Republican challenger Julianne Murray.

During the campaign, Gov. Carney received criticism from the opposing party on his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This included a public mask mandate, as well as business shutdowns.

The election was expected to show whether Delaware voters approved of his administration’s handling of the pandemic.

Gov. Carney is constitutionally limited to two terms and may not seek another term in 2024.

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May 22, 2020 •

Delaware General Assembly to Reconvene Virtually

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Delaware lawmakers announced the General Assembly will reconvene virtually and livestream the sessions on YouTube. The House of Representatives will meet virtually on Tuesday, May 26, and the Senate will meet virtually on Wednesday, May 27. A link to each […]

Delaware lawmakers announced the General Assembly will reconvene virtually and livestream the sessions on YouTube.

The House of Representatives will meet virtually on Tuesday, May 26, and the Senate will meet virtually on Wednesday, May 27.

A link to each meeting of the House, Senate, and joint committees will be posted on the General Assembly’s website.

The Legislative Hall remains closed to the public until further notice.

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May 13, 2020 •

Delaware Governor Delays Presidential Primary

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Gov. John Carney issued the 15th modification of the state emergency declaration due to COVID-19. The modification postpones Delaware’s presidential preference primary from June 2 to July 7. Any elections for school board members scheduled for June 16 will be […]

Gov. John Carney issued the 15th modification of the state emergency declaration due to COVID-19.

The modification postpones Delaware’s presidential preference primary from June 2 to July 7.

Any elections for school board members scheduled for June 16 will be postponed to July 21.

Additionally, local elections to be conducted after May 7 and before the end of the state of emergency are to be conducted at the discretion of the municipality.

Originally scheduled for May 12, this is the second postponement of the presidential primary and school board elections.

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March 26, 2020 •

Delaware Governor Postpones Upcoming Elections

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On Tuesday March 24, Gov. John Carney announced a sixth modification to his state of emergency declaration due to COVID-19. The order postpones Delaware’s presidential preference primary from April 28 to June 2, and any elections for school board members […]

On Tuesday March 24, Gov. John Carney announced a sixth modification to his state of emergency declaration due to COVID-19.

The order postpones Delaware’s presidential preference primary from April 28 to June 2, and any elections for school board members scheduled for May 12 to June 16.

Additionally, local elections to be conducted before May 15 are to be rescheduled by the municipality.

Under the order, the terms of existing officeholders continue until the results for any rescheduled elections are certified.

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March 20, 2020 •

Delaware General Assembly Postpones Session Until Further Notice

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The Delaware General Assembly has postponed the legislative session indefinitely. Lawmakers originally postponed the session until March 24, but have extended the delay after reevaluating the COVID-19 situation. The General Assembly is determining how to pass emergency legislation regarding the […]

The Delaware General Assembly has postponed the legislative session indefinitely.

Lawmakers originally postponed the session until March 24, but have extended the delay after reevaluating the COVID-19 situation.

The General Assembly is determining how to pass emergency legislation regarding the coronavirus and pass the state budget.

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March 13, 2020 •

Delaware Lawmakers Postpone Legislative Session

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Due to concerns over COVID-19, the Delaware General Assembly has postponed the legislative session for one week until March 24. Lawmakers were originally expected to return next week to discuss the state budget. Starting today, the Capitol building will be […]

Due to concerns over COVID-19, the Delaware General Assembly has postponed the legislative session for one week until March 24.

Lawmakers were originally expected to return next week to discuss the state budget.

Starting today, the Capitol building will be closed to the public including tours and official meetings.

Legislators will reevaluate how to manage the rest of the legislative session on a weekly basis.

The closure does not affect any lobbyist reporting.

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July 1, 2019 •

Delaware General Assembly Adjourns Spring Session

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The 150th General Assembly adjourned for spring just after 1 a.m. on July 1. Traditionally, the General Assembly remains until midnight strikes on July 1 because the constitution restricts lawmakers from entering into a special session after June 30 unless […]

The 150th General Assembly adjourned for spring just after 1 a.m. on July 1.

Traditionally, the General Assembly remains until midnight strikes on July 1 because the constitution restricts lawmakers from entering into a special session after June 30 unless the session is recalled by the governor or the mutual call of both Houses.

Ending the session in the early hours of July 1 gives legislators the opportunity to go back into session before the regularly scheduled gathering in January without being summoned by the governor.

Legislation not passed by July 1 can be picked up in the next six months or when lawmakers return to the capitol on January 14, 2020.

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July 2, 2018 •

Delaware Legislature Adjourns Sine Die after All-Night Fight

An unanticipated, overnight fight over a minimum wage hike prolonged the adjournment of Delaware’s Legislature until after 8 a.m. Sunday. The $816.3 million bond bill passed along mostly party lines after a compromise had been reached that will allow workers […]

An unanticipated, overnight fight over a minimum wage hike prolonged the adjournment of Delaware’s Legislature until after 8 a.m. Sunday.

The $816.3 million bond bill passed along mostly party lines after a compromise had been reached that will allow workers under age 18 to be paid up to 50 cents below the minimum wage.

Other notable bills that passed include a $16.8 million tax decrease for casinos and $500 bonuses for current state employees and pensioners.

The next two-year session will convene in January.

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July 5, 2017 •

Delaware Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

Despite working into the early hours of Saturday morning, the Delaware Legislature adjourned the 2017 regular session on July 1, 2017, without passing a 2018 budget. In order to address the Legislature’s failure, Gov. John Carney called a special session […]

Despite working into the early hours of Saturday morning, the Delaware Legislature adjourned the 2017 regular session on July 1, 2017, without passing a 2018 budget.

In order to address the Legislature’s failure, Gov. John Carney called a special session for July 2, 2017.

The special session adjourned on July 2, 2017, and Carney signed a $4.1 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2018.

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January 25, 2017 •

Special Election for Delaware Senate District 10

A state Senate special election for the 10th District seat will be held on February 25, 2017. Democrat Bethany Hall-Long vacated the seat on January 17, 2017, in order to be sworn in as lieutenant governor. The outcome of the […]

BethanyHallLongA state Senate special election for the 10th District seat will be held on February 25, 2017.

Democrat Bethany Hall-Long vacated the seat on January 17, 2017, in order to be sworn in as lieutenant governor.

The outcome of the special election will determine the controlling party in the Senate. Democrat Stephanie Hansen and Republican John Marino are both vying for the seat.

Photo of Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long from the Delaware General Assembly website.

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November 9, 2016 •

Carney is Delaware’s Governor-Elect

Democrat John Carney, Jr. defeated Republican Colin Bonini to become the new governor of Delaware. Carney has served as Delaware’s lone U.S. representative since 2011. Before Carney’s terms in Congress, he served two terms as Delaware’s lieutenant governor. Photo of […]

711px-john_c-_carney_jr-_official_portrait_112th_congressDemocrat John Carney, Jr. defeated Republican Colin Bonini to become the new governor of Delaware. Carney has served as Delaware’s lone U.S. representative since 2011.

Before Carney’s terms in Congress, he served two terms as Delaware’s lieutenant governor.

Photo of John Carney, Jr. courtesy of United States Congress on Wikimedia Commons.

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July 5, 2016 •

Delaware General Assembly Adjourns

For the second year in a row, the General Assembly adjourned on June 30, the final day of the regular session, and entered into a special session through the early hours of July 1, 2016. Gov. Jack Markell signed the […]

Flag_of_Delaware.svgFor the second year in a row, the General Assembly adjourned on June 30, the final day of the regular session, and entered into a special session through the early hours of July 1, 2016.

Gov. Jack Markell signed the budget bill at 5:15 a.m. Friday, marking the end of the state’s legislative proceedings for the year.

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June 29, 2016 •

SCOTUS Declines to Hear Challenge to Delaware Elections Law

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the Elections Disclosure Act. The lower court ruled requiring third-party groups and individuals to disclose their donors if they publish advertisements or other communications referring to a candidate in an […]

US Supreme CourtThe U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the Elections Disclosure Act. The lower court ruled requiring third-party groups and individuals to disclose their donors if they publish advertisements or other communications referring to a candidate in an upcoming election is constitutional. The law furthers the purpose of the 2012 ethics overhaul by closing loopholes allowing anonymous campaign-related advertising.

Photo of the U.S. Supreme Court building by UpstateNYer on Wikimedia Commons.

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May 20, 2016 •

Delaware Hit with Wave of Lobbyist and Donor Bills

On May 17, three separate bills regarding lobbyists and political donors were introduced in the General Assembly. If all three bills pass, political committees would be required to report a contributor’s occupation and employment information (Senate Bill 224), lobbyists would […]

Flag of DelawareOn May 17, three separate bills regarding lobbyists and political donors were introduced in the General Assembly.

If all three bills pass, political committees would be required to report a contributor’s occupation and employment information (Senate Bill 224), lobbyists would be required to disclose the source and amount of received payments (Senate Bill 225), and lobbyists would be required to pay a registration fee or face certain penalties (House Bill 385).

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