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With the new year comes an assessment of what 2020 has brought to the nation's body politic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about the impact of Trump's loss and the future of American politics.

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The chaotic year of 2020 is coming to a close. It saw a divisive presidential campaign amidst a pandemic with a rising death toll. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill writes that he still sees hope as this year passes into history.

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While the election of Joe Biden to the presidency found many in Europe celebrating, there has been the emergence of an authoritarian streak in Europe. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Todd Becker, retired foreign service officer who now teaches at Salisbury University, about the battle for democracy, the United States and Europe. (Part 3)


When it was announced that Joe Biden was now president-elect, Europeans celebrated after four years of the Trump Administration. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Todd Becker, a retired foreign service officer who now teaches at Salisbury University, about what this means especially for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. (Part 2)

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For many, Joe Biden is a national figure rising from the Senate and going onto to become President-Elect.  But for Delmarvans he a local guy who made good. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Joseph Pika, a James R. Soles professor emeritus at the University of Delaware, to take a look at the man himself. (Part 1)

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The election of Joe Biden to the presidency and the defeat of Donald Trump caused many Democrats to celebrate. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, who is expected to run for governor, tells Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that he hopes there will be more bipartisanship on Capitol Hill.

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On Saturday Joe Biden was projected to win the presidency over President Trump. That night, he and his running mate Kamala Harris took to the stage to declare their victory while the president launched a number of lawsuits. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about the Biden's apparent victory. (Part 1)

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The results of the presidential election shows a nation divided with former Vice President Joe Biden now inching his way to victory with leads in Georgia and Pennsylvania. But, President Trump and his allies are already casting doubt on the electoral process itself. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Salibury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin, Wicomico County Republican John Bartkovich and former Salisbury Mayor Barrie Tilghman on what the results mean for the nation.

No Blue Wave Election

Nov 4, 2020
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The nation still awaits the outcome of the presidential election with a number of states counting ballots in key areas that would could swing the election. But, one thing that did not emerge last night was a Blue wave that would sweep across the electoral map. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about what has become a Red-Blue divide.

Voters Go To The Polls

Nov 3, 2020
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Voters are going to the polls this morning to determine the fate of the nation. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with voters as they cast their ballots at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.


Voters in District 3 on the Sussex County Council will be faced with the candidacies of former Mayor Mark Schaeffer and a write-in Patti Drago on Tuesday. Delmarva Puble Media's Don Rush looks at the race and the top issue of landuse.


Voters are going to the polls in Wicomico County to decide who will fill the District 2 seat on the County Council. Incumbent Republican Nicole Acle is being challenged by Alexander Scott on the Democratic side. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with the two candidates about the controversies and issues.

Essay: The Din of Election

Oct 30, 2020
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The nation is coming to the end of one of the most tumultuous election seasons. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill wonders whether we have lost our ability to communicate with one another amidst the loud voices that have dominated the last year.

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Next Tuesday voters will get their chance to decide who will represent them in District 2 on the Wicomico County Council. Republican incumbent Nicole Acle is being challenged on the Democratic side by Alex Scott. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush takes a look at the two candidates. (Full interviews will be aired on Delmarva Today)

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With the November election just around the corner, for immigrant communities issues back in their homelands may be fracturing their political allegiances. Muqtedar Khan is a political science professor and director of Islamic Studies Program at the University of Delaware. He tells Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that while much of the American Muslim population is going blue, there are others that are voting red.

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The nation has been shaken by two events, the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the indictment of only one Louisville police officer in the death of Breonna Taylor. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about their implications.

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As we move through this presidential election year a major shift is occurring as more and more of the post baby boomers move into the voting booth. Salisbury University political science professor Adam Hoffman tells Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that may mean a change the battle over the role of government in the wake of the 2008 market crash and the coronavirus pandemic.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Republican state senator says she's running for governor next year as an unabashed conservative on a platform of promoting gun rights.

State Sen. Amanda Chase announced her candidacy Monday to a crowd of about 100 outside the Capitol on Monday, saying voters were unhappy with the state's new liberal direction under a Democratic majority.

Current Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, is not able to seek a consecutive term under state law.  

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Democrat Kweisi Mfume says reducing violent crime in Baltimore and its suburbs will be his top concern if voters return him to Congress.

Mfume and Republican Kimberly Klacik won special primaries Tuesday for the seat that was held by the late Elijah Cummings, who died in October.

Mfume is now the heavy favorite to win the April 28 special general election, since Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 4 to 1 in the majority-black district.

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot has launched his bid to become governor in the 2022 election. However, he also butted heads with the previous Democratic Legislative leadership and has had a close working relationship with Republican Governor Larry Hogan. We caught up with Franchot during a visit the Eastern Shore last week to talk about his candidacy and the obstacles ahead.

Franchot Runs for Governor

Jan 10, 2020
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says he's running for governor in 2022. Franchot, a Democrat, confirmed his plan to run in a telephone interview Thursday.

Franchot is in his fourth four-year term as the state's tax collector.

He was re-elected in 2018 with more than 1.6 million votes in the statewide race, or about 72% of the vote.

He says he would govern in a similar way to how he has run the comptoller's office and focus on bringing respect, responsibility and results to taxpayers.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia GOP state senator says she won't caucus with her party anymore because of a leadership dispute.

Sen. Amanda Chase said in a recent statement that she does not support Sen. Tommy Norment's continued leadership of the caucus after Republicans lost control of the upper chamber earlier this month. Norment had led the caucus for several years and was recently picked by his Republican colleagues to continue doing so.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The widow of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings has resigned as Maryland's Democratic Party chair to run for her late husband's congressional seat.

News outlets report 48-year-old Maya Rockeymoore Cummings plans to formally announce her campaign at her Baltimore home Tuesday morning. Congressman Elijah Cummings died last month at the age of 68.

Rockeymoore Cummings also says she will undergo a preventative double mastectomy Friday. Her family has a history of breast cancer. She expects her recovery to take up to four weeks.


BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Republican whose social media posts about trash in Baltimore ultimately led to President Donald Trump's verbal attack of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings says she'll run for Cummings' seat.

Kimberly Klacik tells The Baltimore Sun she'll file next week as a candidate for the 7th Congressional District special election. Cummings died last month. Primaries will be in February, with an April general election.

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It’s time for Salisbury voters to cast their ballots in the city’s municipal election.

At the top of the races is incumbent Mayor Jake Day who is being challenged by Wayne King.

Meanwhile, there are a number of contested races in the five council districts.

Voters in District One should cast their votes at the Fire Station on Cypress Street while those in District Two should show up at the Ward Museum on Schumaker Drive.


BALTIMORE (AP) - A former leader of the NAACP says he will run for the Maryland congressional seat that became vacant with the death of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings.

Kweisi Mfume announced his plans Monday to regain the seat he held before leading the civil rights organization.

Mfume currently serves as the chairman of Morgan State University's board of regents. He represented Maryland's 7th Congressional District from 1987 to 1996.

The district stretches across parts of Baltimore and Howard and Baltimore counties.

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It’s one last day of campaigning as the candidates for Mayor and City Council in Salisbury make their last pitch before tomorrow’s municipal election.

Incumbent Mayor Jake Day is facing Wayne King who describes himself as conservative Republican.

Meanwhile, there are five council seats with a number of incumbents including council president Jack Heath in District 3 who is being challenged by Riley Smith.

Three candidates are vying for District 4th that has been vacated by former Mayor Jim Ireton.

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STERLING, Va. (AP) - Joe Biden is working on a national campaign of his own, but he made time for a trip to Virginia to rally party activists two days before a pivotal state election.

On Sunday, the Democratic presidential hopeful and former vice president joined former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, local Democratic officeholders and party leaders on an outdoor stage in an office park in Sterling.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has set the dates for a special election to fill the seat of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings.

Hogan in a proclamation Monday scheduled the special primary election for Feb. 4 and the special general election for April 28.

Cummings represented Maryland's 7th Congressional District since 1996. He died Oct. 17 of complications from longstanding health issues.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence is coming to central Virginia to promote President Donald Trump's trade policies.

America First Policies announced Monday that Pence would visit a manufacturing company in Louisa on Saturday. The group is a nonprofit founded to support Trump's policy agenda.

Pence is also set to headline a campaign rally Saturday in Virginia Beach to help local GOP candidates ahead of next week's election.