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First State Democrats start gearing up for 2016 election cycle

Delaware Democrats are beginning to prepare for what could be a big election year in 2016. Hundreds gathered for the Sussex County Democratic Jamboree on Saturday. The Jamboree is typically an event those looking to get into politics or seeking a higher office use to announce their intentions.
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iSeeChange: Why are more sharks being caught off the Delaware coast?

Every now and then you hear about a shark sighting -- like the hammerhead that washed up on the shores of Fenwick Island earlier this summer. Or Mary Lee, the tagged Great white shark who’s known to wander near the Delmarva coast. As one fisherman told Delaware Public Media, there’s also been more sharks caught near the shore this summer than usual. And we’re talking adult-size sharks, not puppies. In our latest installment for iSeeChange, Delaware Public Media’s science reporter Eli Chen asked a couple of scientists what might be drawing these sharks closer to shore.
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Delaware Democrats are beginning to prepare for what could be a big election year in 2016.

 

Hundreds gathered for the Sussex County Democratic Jamboree on Saturday. 

The Jamboree is typically an event those looking to get into politics or seeking a higher office use to announce their intentions.

The Dover Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened yesterday afternoon.

Officers responded to a tip about a suspect with a handgun in the area of the 100 block of South New Street. When officers arrived, they observed a suspect who was later identified as Terrance Fletcher, 21. As they approached Fletcher, he fled through towards Governors Avenue, where other officers were waiting to assist. A Dover police officer fired his weapon and struck Fletcher in the upper thigh.

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Gov. Jack Markell is welcoming Delaware students back for another school year in his weekly message -- and he says he's optimistic about a range of new educational initiatives.

Another Democrat is putting his name in the 2016 race for Lt. Governor.

Ciro Poppiti used his Facebook page Friday to announce he will officially launch his campaign at Saturday’s Sussex County Democratic Committee Jamboree.

Poppiti is currently in his second term as New Castle County Register of Wills.  He was reelected in 2014 – running unopposed. 

He’s the latest Democrat to throw his hat in the ring – joining Kent County Levy Court commissioner Brad Eaby and former Sussex County Register of Wills Greg Fuller in the primary.

Delaware Public Media

In just over two weeks – Newark area voters in the 18th Representative District will head to the polls to select who will replace outgoing Rep. Michael Barbieri.

But the September 12th special election pitting Democrat David Bentz and Republican Eileen O’Shaughnessy-Coleman to fill the seat Barbieri left to lead the state Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health has wider implications.

Punkin Chunkin is no longer grounded.

 

The gourd flying event will join NASCAR, Firefly, and the Big Barrel Music Festival on the list of events hosted at Dover International Speedway.

 

The 2015 event will take place Nov. 7-8 on speedway grounds.

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Delaware’s senior Senator has join the ranks of those backing the Obama Administration’s Iran nuclear deal

Sen. Tom Carper  (D-Delaware) says he will vote for the deal next month when Congress returns to session.

Members of the Wilmington City Council are already preparing for the 2016 election, and there could be big shifts in power and position.

 

"It’s going to change dramatically, with folk running for different positions, it could be up to eight people changing," said Council President Theo Gregory. Two council members - Samuel Prado and Michael Brown - are stepping down in 2016. And earlier this month, Gregory himself announced he’s been considering a run for Mayor.

 

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The Delaware Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in October on a case that could deal a hefty blow to the state's death penalty law.

Evan Krape


Recent research shows that our brains start developing unconscious racial biases when we’re only just months old. For example, a study published in 2005 suggests that even three month old babies show preference for faces belonging to their own race.

University of Delaware worked with researchers in China, France and Canada to conduct a study on a class of Chinese kindergartners who exhibit signs of racial bias.

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