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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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Ken Branner will remain Middletown’s mayor.  

Voters convincingly gave the 68 year-old Branner a 14th term Monday.  Branner defeated a pair of challengers, 18 year-old University of Delaware student Shlok Desai and 48 year-old Sanjay Patel, earning 940 of 1,176 votes cast.  Branner was first elected mayor in 1989.

In Town Council races, incumbents Jason Faulkner and Andrew Chas won re-election to two-year terms.  Howard Young Jr. won his first two year term on council.

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US Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs Robert McDonald toured the Wilmington VA Medical Center Monday with Senator Tom Carper.

The Wilmington VA Medical Center was tagged last year for “further review” last June by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  It was one of 112 VA medical centers singled out for further scrutiny after a nationwide examination of centers regarding lengthy wait times for medical appointments. Secretary McDonald says the results of that additional review are still pending because of the volume of facilities the Inspector General has to complete.

Rep. Earl Jaques (D-Glasgow), the new head of the House Education Committee, continues to make waves, calling for a new, state-of-the-art public high school in Wilmington.

Jaques asked lawmakers on the Joint Bond Bill Committee to set aside an unknown amount of money for the proposal Monday.

“If you’re going to have neighborhood schools, you need to have complete neighborhood schools so that you don’t just have it partially like we have today,” he said.

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State lawmakers continue to extoll the importance of spending more on infrastructure projects, but have yet to present any concrete ideas on how to do that.

DelDOT Sec. Jennifer Cohan presented her capital plan before the Joint Bond Bill Committee Monday, noting a now $780 million backlog of safety and priority projects, saying "we almost have an emergency need at this point."

"It feels like Groundhog Day," said Joint Bond Bill Committee co-chair Sen. Dave Sokola (D-Newark).

The husband of state Sen. Bethany Hall-Long (D-Middletown) turned himself in to police Thursday morning after stealing state Republican Party campaign signs.

Dana Long was processed and arraigned at the Middletown Police Department on a misdemeanor theft charge.

Republican Party activists filmed Long early Wednesday morning uprooting signs along Del. 299. He eventually drove away before officers arrived.

Middletown Police say Sen. Bethany Hall-Long’s (D-Middletown) husband is behind a rash of about 56 stolen Republican Party campaign signs across the city.

And Sen. Hall-Long now confirms that's true.

A video released early Wednesday shows a man that appeared to be Dana Long with a handful of signs pulled from the ground nearby. The signs were placed along Del. 299 near the Route 1 intersection, police say.