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Delaware Public Media's coverage of First State politics and government, including the General Assembly. Coverage is led by Delaware Pubic Media's political reporter James Dawson.

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The final report requested by Gov. John Carney after the riot at the Vaughn Correctional Center calls for an independent review of health care services and mental health services at the prison. At least one former Vaughn inmate said he has a terminal cancer diagnosis because his pleas for medical attention there were ignored.

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In December a federal judge overturned a 100-year-old portion of Delaware’s constitution requiring state judgeships be split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats. The motion filed Wednesday claims Carney ignored the court’s ruling and continues to consider party affiliation when appointing state judges.

State Rep. Bryon Short won’t seek re-election this year. He plans to walk away at the end of this session in June. Short has represented the 7th House District in New Castle County since 2007.

Delaware banker Gene Truono announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Tom Carper this week. He is set to face fellow Republican and Delaware business owner Chuck Boyce in a GOP primary this September.

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The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services is requesting bids for substance abuse treatment “Centers of Excellence.”

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Some state lawmakers hope to advance legislation to make Delaware schools more secure. They feel a renewed sense of urgency after last week’s school shooting in Florida.

Gov. John Carney and the Delaware State Housing Authority announced 10 new projects selected for Downtown Development District funding Monday.

In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, officials with the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence say they’ve a renewed sense of urgency to promote gun legislation in the First State.

Delaware could see a decrease in federal housing assistance if the White House plan to slash the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s budget is approved. Delaware already suffers from a shortage of affordable housing.

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Delaware will have a new State Auditor for the first time in nearly three decades following this November’s election.

Republican Tom Wagner says he will not seek another term. The 62-year-old Wagner has been state auditor since he was appointed to the post in 1989.