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ROLL CALL: 19-2 

Posted: Dec. 19, 2014

Judges, ex-judges, lawyers and courthouse staffers rallied around in an extraordinary showing to undo the controversy threatening Jan Jurden's nomination to be the president judge of the Delaware Superior Court and see her confirmed by the state Senate by 19-2.

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ONE REDEEMING VOTE 

Posted: Dec. 17, 2014

The state Senate's vote to confirm Jan Jurden as the president judge of the Superior Court was a resounding repudiation of the ugliness and misinformation that sprang from a sentence she handed out in a child sex-abuse case. The confirmation was also historic.

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THE CURSE OF THE MID-TERMS

Posted: Dec. 11, 2014

As goes the country, so went Delaware in the 2014 mid-term election, when the president's party paid the price and lost congressional seats in Washington and legislative seats in Dover. Not that Barack Obama and the Democrats could not have seen it coming.

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'TIS THE SEASON

Posted: Dec. 9, 2014

'Tis the season for speculation in the Delaware General Assembly about which legislators could be endangered in 2016, which legislators could think about retiring, and which legislators are looking in the mirror and seeing a future statewide officeholder.

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A SIMPLER EXPLANATION            

Posted: Dec. 4, 2014

There are political explanations to account for Ken Simpler's breakthrough win last month in the treasurer's race that made him the first new Republican elected statewide since 1994, but Pete Schwartzkopf, the House speaker, can make it simpler.

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JURDEN JOINS THE LIST FOR JUDICIAL PROMOTIONS      

Posted: Dec. 2, 2014

There have been so many high-ranking judicial openings, the governor can hardly make promotions fast enough. His latest is a nomination for Jan Jurden as the Superior Court president judge, although it will take a complicated Senate session to get her there.

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GOTTA GETTA GOVERNOR           

Posted: Nov. 19, 2014

Nothing gets Delaware's political class going like an open election for governor, as it will be in 2016 when Jack Markell cannot run for a third term as the Democratic governor. Delaware Grapevine charts the Democratic and Republican fields.

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