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DOVER, Del. (AP) — The head of Delaware's Republican Party is calling for the resignation of a Democratic state senator who shared an image on social media suggesting that conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh is a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Sen. Bryan Townsend posted the meme on Twitter after Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The cartoon image shows several hooded figures in white robes, one wearing a medal hanging from a blue sash around the neck.

The meme reads: "Find Rush Limbaugh."

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Proposed gun safety legislation was shelved this legislative session in Delaware.

This included a ban on certain semi-automatic weapons, requiring a permit and training course to purchase a firearm and a 15 round cap on magazines.

The measures stalled in committee as the group Delaware Gun Rights group held a rally outside Legislative Hall at the end of the session.

Among the featured speakers was Maryland Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis who has been an opponent of such laws in his state.

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If Delaware Republican lawmakers had their way abortion would be banned after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The measure would make it a felony for anyone to perform an abortion after that.

WBOC reports that the measure does provide for an exemption after 20 weeks if the woman’s life is threatened.

Planned Parenthood of Delaware CEO Ruth Lytle-Barnaby told the television station that her organization opposes the measure and disputes claims that a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks.

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An effort is underway to increase the age to buy tobacco in Delaware to 21.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the American Lung Association, American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society have met a number of times to convince Delaware lawmakers to raise it from age 18.

They believe this will discourage the younger generation from using tobacco products.

Jonathan Kirch with the American Heart Association told the paper that he believes the legislation should get approval this year.

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The Delaware Council on Global and Muslim Affairs has made its endorsement in the upcoming primary elections.

They include New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon state Senators Bryan Townsend -- a candidates for congress and Bethany Hall-Long – a candidate for Lt. Governor.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Dr. Muqtedar Kahn, president of the Delaware Council, said that in the age of Islamophobia his community would not stay silent or be marginalized.

Townsend was thanked for his support for closing the loophole for background checks to buy firearms.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Democratic state senator running for Congress has withdrawn legislation that would have made Delaware a "sanctuary state."

Sen. Bryan Townsend of Newark withdrew the legislation Thursday amid recent criticism following the arrest of Richard Diaz-Garcia on federal charges of heroin possession and illegal re-entry. Court documents show Diaz-Garcia has been deported to the Dominican Republic five times and twice convicted of illegal re-entry.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State Rep. Bryon Short has dropped out of the crowded race for Delaware's lone congressional seat, citing fundraising problems.

The Highland Woods Democrat released a statement Monday saying he couldn't keep up with the fundraising demands to replace U.S. Congressman John Carney, a Democrat running for governor, ahead of September's primary.

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NORTH WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State Rep. Bryon Short has announced his bid for Delaware's lone U.S. House of Representatives seat in 2016.

Multiple news outlets report that Short, a Democrat representing parts of North Wilmington, made the announcement Thursday. Short says he will work to get the middle class thriving again.

Short names the economy and education as policy areas he will focus on. He points to his experience as a small business owner and as a father of two school-aged girls as giving him a unique perspective on those issues, respectively.

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When undocumented immigrants apply for driving privilege cards in Delaware they must submit their finger prints that go to law enforcement for a criminal background check.

That requirement was a compromise reached with law enforcement when the legislation was approved this year.

State Senator Bryan Townsend who sponsored the legislation and is co-chair of a panel that will review the law next year fears finger printing could keep people from signing up for a license.