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Independence Day is not just a time for grilling in the backyard. But it is also a time for reflection upon the nation itself after the long coronavirus pandemic and the aftermath of last year's presidential election. Salisbury University Professor Emeritus Michael O'Loughlin ponders the success of the vaccine rollout and the battle over the very nature of American politics.

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It seems that we live in a maelstrom of events that keep unfolding before our very eyes. Delmarma Public Media's essayist Steve Plotkin writes there doesn't seem to be a moment to rest against the overwhelming tide.

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This week there are so many problems on so many fronts, my
pen experienced sensory overload and simply shut down,
leaving me speechless.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - When Delaware's outgoing attorney general announced last year that he wouldn't seek re-election, political observers were surprised. But Matt Denn says he has no regrets about leaving government service for the first time in 14 years.

The 52-year-old Denn tells Delaware State News he plans to work for a law firm tackling issues involving children. He says he doesn't know if he'll return to politics.

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A roadside sign in southern Maryland has some upset.

It warns liberals they better get their guns if there is an attempt to impeach President Trump.

CNN reports that the Calvert County sheriff’s office has been hit with numerous comments from both supporters and those attacking the sign.

The Calvert Recorder says that law enforcement has talked with the owner who was not identified.

And it reports that he is thinking about changing it or taking it down.          

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It could be Jack Heath for Wicomico County Executive.

There’s a new website promoting the Salisbury City Council president’s name for the job.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times that would make an announcement next Wednesday.

Incumbent County Executive Bob Culver told the paper that he was not surprised.

He added that the city was looking for someone to run against him next year.

The website is listed as Friends of Jack Heath.

Mark Granger is named as its treasurer.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Margaret Rose Henry has announced she will not seek re-election.

The 73-year-old Wilmington Democrat released a statement Thursday announcing her decision. Wilmington City Councilman Samuel Guy said he will run to replace Henry.

Henry is the only black woman to ever serve in the Delaware Senate. She was first elected in 1994.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An author on innovation in business has entered the Maryland governor's race.
 
Alec Ross announced Wednesday he will seek the Democratic nomination. He's the first Democrat to say definitively he is running.
 
The senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University advises startup and tech companies.
 
Ross says Republican Gov. Larry Hogan can't be defeated by using ideas from the same old politicians. He says his campaign will be about innovative ideas to better prepare students for the new economy and to make government more transparent.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Republican Party officials have picked a Middletown businessman who has twice run unsuccessfully for a General Assembly seat as their candidate in a special election that will decide the balance of power in the state Senate.

GOP officials announced Monday that that they have selected John Marino as the Republican candidate for the upcoming special election to fill the seat being vacated by Democrat Bethany Hall-Long, who was elected lieutenant governor last month.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Republicans are preparing to choose new party leadership.

The Baltimore Sun reports that state Republicans will gather Saturday to pick a replacement for Chairwoman Diana Waterman.

Four candidates are vying for the top job, including Sajid Tarar, who was head of American Muslims for Trump.

Also running are longtime party activist Dick Haire, former Amtrak official William Campbell and William T. Newton, who ran an unsuccessful campaign this year for the state's 7th Congressional District seat.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he won't seek to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

O'Malley released a statement Wednesday saying he's grateful to friends who urged him to consider running, but he won't seek the chairmanship. He says the committee needs a chairman "who can do the job fully and with total impartiality."

The announcement comes days after O'Malley said he was "taking a hard look" at the position after being approached by "many Democrats who believe our party needs new leadership."

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In the summer of 1845, David Thoreau took time to contemplate life on Waldon Pond and described -- what has now become known as -- the battle of the ants. For Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill his life lesson drawn from observing these tiny creatures took place in his very own kitchen.

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It was crabs and politics for visitors who flocked to the 40th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake festival in Crisfield yesterday.

High profile politicians including Maryland Governor Larry Hogan showed up for the event skipping the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week.

And, politics was on many minds as visitors braved the heat.

Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared this report.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Lawyers for a police officer facing trial in the death of Freddie Gray are asking that the jury be sequestered.

Joseph Murtha and Gary Proctor represent Officer William Porter. They filed the motion last week in Baltimore Circuit Court. Porter is charged with manslaughter and other offenses. His trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 30.

The motion asks that during sequestration, the jurors' television viewing be controlled, their cellphones taken away, and all correspondence, calls and visits with family and friends be monitored by sheriff's deputies.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Marvin Mandel, a former Maryland governor whose 26-year career in state government ended with his 1977 conviction on political corruption charges, has died. He was 95.

According to a statement from his family, Mandel passed away Sunday afternoon after spending two days with family while celebrating his son's 50th birthday.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - House lawmakers have postponed a vote on a bill that would raise the limits for campaign contributions to Delaware political candidates.

Lawmakers removed the bill from the agenda after meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The legislation raises the individual contribution limit for candidates for statewide office from $1,200 to $2,000 per election period.

For non-statewide candidates, the contribution limit would increase from $600 to $1,000 per election period.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Newly filed finance reports show Virginia Republican state lawmakers have a large cash advantage over their Democratic counterparts going into this year's campaign season.

But Democrats say they don't have as much in the bank because they're already spending it on efforts similar to what helped their candidates, including Gov. Terry McAuliffe, sweep all three statewide offices in 2013.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Larry Hogan says Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is rushing to implement policies under the wire before he leaves office next month.

The Republican governor-elect said Tuesday he believes it would be better for many of the decisions to be made by newly elected officials. He says that's because Maryland voters decided to go in a different direction on Election Day. O'Malley's a Democrat.

Hogan takes office Jan. 21. He spoke to reporters after meeting with the state's five Republican county executives.

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Police have arrested the husband of a Delaware state senator after he was caught on video taking down Republican political signs.

In a video posted to YouTube on Wednesday, 54-year-old Dana Armon Long of Middletown is shown carrying signs to his car in the dark. A man with a video camera appears to surprise Long and asks him what he's doing. He then tells Long, "We gotcha, brother."

Police yesterday said that they got a complaint about the theft of signs that read, ”Fix the Economy Vote Republican.”