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Senate OKs mail-in voting despite claims it violates Constitution

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

The Delaware Senate on Thursday passed a controversial bill to cement mail-in voting as an option for voters in all future elections. Senate Bill 320, sponsored by Sen. Kyle Evans Gay, D-Ardens, passed 13 to 8 just before midnight with a last-minute amendment from Sen. Colin Bonini, R-Dover. “While vote by mail is particularly helpful for those who may find …

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Mail-in, same-day registry election bills go to Senate floor

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

  Election bills that would allow mail-in voting and  registering at the polls both passed out of committee to the Senate floor Wednesday. Both would take effect as soon as the governor signs them, meaning they would be in effect for the 2022 primaries and general election. The two bills, House Substitute for 1 for House Bill 25 on same-day …

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Dem. bills would ban semi-automatics, under 21 possession

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

With less than a month left in the legislative session, Democratic lawmakers in Delaware have introduced sweeping legislation to ban semi-automatic firearms and restrict the purchase and possession of all firearms to Delawareans ages 21 and older.  “We have an obligation to do everything we can to prevent tragedies like we’ve seen across the country from happening here in Delaware,” …

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General Assembly may end long-standing June 30 tradition

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

The Delaware House of Representatives on Thursday unanimously passed a measure aimed at ending the tradition of extending legislative business beyond midnight on June 30 of each year. Under House Bill 411, the General Assembly would only be constitutionally mandated to stay until 5 p.m. on the last day of June.  “Five o’clock becomes the new twelve o’clock, basically,” said …

Lawyer who championed Title IX sees backlash for position on trans women in sports

Charlie Megginson Education, Government, Headlines, Sports

Tom Neuberger Wilmington attorney Tom Neuberger has been an advocate for women in sports since the 1970s when he helped ensure equal athletic opportunities for girls in Delaware under Title IX. He thought he had won that battle, but nearly 50 years later, Neuberger fears women’s sports are being threatened once again. But since he’s begun to speak up about …

Judge issues gag order over McGuiness case

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Prosecution and defense attorneys will no longer be able to comment publicly on the McGuiness case. Those involved in State Auditor Kathy McGuiness’s criminal proceedings will no longer be able to comment publicly on the case after Superior Court Judge William Carpenter issued a gag order on Nov. 4.  The order prevents both defense and prosecution from making extrajudicial statements …

State Reps ask Carney to remove auditor, but it seems unlikely

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Legislative efforts to remove Kathleen McGuiness from office seem likely to fail, based on state rules With embattled Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness refusing to step down in the wake of her criminal indictment some legislators are pursuing other means to remove her from office.  Reps. Madinah Wilson-Anton, D-Newark, and Mike Smith, R-Pike Creek, have introduced a resolution asking Gov. …

Dems retaliate for Republican no votes by adjourning before GOP bills hit House floor

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

  After Republican members of Delaware’s House of Representatives voted Thursday against a bill that would allow people to vote absentee for any reason, the Democratic leadership responded by ending the session before three Republican bills came to the House floor. “Those bills were not considered because of and in retribution for the Republican vote against House Bill 75,” said …