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Advocates for the poor are calling out the Trump administration for proposing new work requirements to low-income people getting public assistance.

It was just over a year ago that Lisa Blunt Rochester won a competitive Democratic primary for Delaware’s lone Congressional seat, setting her on the path to become the first woman and first African American to represents the First State in Congress.

After winning the general election easily in November, Blunt Rochester entered a tough political climate for a freshman House Democrat.  Not only did Republican maintain a clear majority in the House, but it also took control of the Senate and the White House.  And highly divisive issues like DACA, the racially charged political speech, and repealing the Affordable Care act moved to the forefront.

Delaware Public Media political reporter Sarah Mueller spent some time this week with Congresswoman Blunt Rochester discussing her first year in office.

The nation’s divided politics was never far from the mind of those who gathered for seventh annual Delaware State University President’s Prayer Breakfast in Dover Friday morning.



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Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Delaware) met with farmers Wednesday morning at the Harrington Fire Hall to hear the biggest issues they’re facing. She plans to use that input as she helps Congress shape its next Farm Bill.


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House Republicans and President Donald Trump failed to rally enough votes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act earlier this afternoon, leaving Delaware's lone congresswoman elated.

Delaware Dems rail against House GOP Obamacare plan

Mar 8, 2017
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Delaware’s Congressional delegation is among the chorus of lawmakers and interest groups raging against a House Republican alternative to Obamacare.

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Delaware’s congressional delegation reacted in favor of a federal appeals court ruling Thursday that rejected reinstating President Trump’s travel ban.

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It’s been a busy week in Washington DC as Congress got down to business.  The first of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks faced confirmation hearings as his inauguration approaches next week,  and Republicans began their push to real the Affordable Care Act – or Obamacare.

And we had a chance to talk about those issues and more with Delaware’s senior Senator Tom Carper when he visited our studios earlier this week.

Blunt Rochester takes oath, makes history

Jan 3, 2017
Photo courtesy: Lisa Blunt Rochester for Congress

The first African American woman to represent Delaware in Congress was sworn into the US House of Representatives Tuesday. 


And Democrat Lisa Blunt Rochester will face her first political test as soon as Wednesday, when House Republicans are expected to begin their efforts to repeal Obamacare.

How much does it cost to win an open House seat?

Dec 9, 2016
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Congresswoman-elect Lisa Blunt Rochester (D) spent nearly $1.4 million during her historic campaign to become the first woman and African American Delaware sends to the Capitol.