Category: Government

Gov. John Carney has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review and reverse a lower federal court decision striking down longstanding provisions of the state Constitution requiring political balance on the state’s courts. “Delaware’s judiciary has a longstanding reputation as objective, stable, and nonpartisan,” said Carney. “That is largely thanks to the wisdom of those…

Downtown Dover businesses’ focus: Unlock the Block

Dover’s downtown property vacancy is declining as local leaders strategize ways to attract small business owners. Several projects are underway to create a vibrant downtown that will attract and keep businesses. These include the redevelopment of Loockerman Way Plaza and the relocation of both the post office and Family Court that is anticipated to secure…

The Federal Highway Administration has announced $23,091,713 in federal funding for infrastructure projects in Delaware. The money is redistributed from transportation improvement funds that were allocated to other states but not used. “We are investing $650 million in infrastructure projects across the state this year – our largest capital program ever – and these additional…

Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) held an event on August 30 marking the completion of renovations at the Liberty Court public housing complex in Dover. It also celebrated the 20th anniversary of Moving to Work, a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development program that assists public housing agencies design and test innovative, locally-designed strategies.…

The Delaware Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Unit has indicted three individuals charged with committing home improvement frauds targeting older Delawareans. Isaac K. Lovell, 44, of Bear was indicted on July 8, 2019 on charges including Racketeering, Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering, Home Improvement Fraud, and Theft Greater than $100,000. The indictment alleges that Lovell utilized…

Is hypocrisy an issue in Delaware politics? Each of us should tread carefully in answering that provocative question, lest we “cast the first stone.” However, when it comes to hypocrisy in Delaware politics, plenty of stones can be tossed. And should be. This column is occasioned by a slow Saturday morning exchange with Kerri Evelyn…

Anti-retaliation provision added to state’s equal-accommodations law

Tim Holly Guest Columnist Delaware has long had a law that often is referred to as “DEAL” — the Delaware Equal Accommodations Law. That law, in part, prohibits people from refusing, withholding from, or denying others accommodations, facilities, advantages, or privileges of a place of public accommodation, based on protected characteristics of race, marital status,…

By Ken Mammarella Wilmington has launched a big initiative to share municipal data and information. The OpenGov portal, accessed with a purple link on www.WilmingtonDE.gov, “enables the public to view and download more information than ever before about city government,” according to a city release. “It serves to strengthen the public confidence in government,” Mayor…

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined two contractors for exposing contractors to fall hazards after a fatal injury at the Delaware Port of Wilmington in January 2019. Enerfab Process Solutions & Fabricated Products Inc. and Industrial Services Group Inc. face $687,619 in penalties. “Falls continue to be the…

Open letter to Mayor Mike: No Bird electric scooters, please!”

An open letter to Wilmington Mayor Michael Purzycki: This may come as a bit of a shock, but I’d like to ask for some aggressive business regulation in one particular area. Specifically, I hope you and your colleagues on the Wilmington City Council will resist Bird, the Santa Monica, California-based electric scooter-sharing company. “High-tech trash”…