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January 24, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON Ã?Â? Vice President Joe Biden breezed in and out of a Delaware courthouse Monday after being called for jury duty. The vice president's office announced Monday morning that Biden would "participate in the standard jury selection process" in the Superior Court of Delaware "in his capacity as a private citizen. " A White House aide said he was dismissed, along with the rest of his jury pool, at about noon without being called to serve on a trial. According to the Wilmington News Journal, if Biden had been seated on a jury, it would have been for a misdemeanor trial, which typically lasts one or two days.
December 31, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Christine O'Donnell, who was backed by the conservative "tea party" movement in her unsuccessful bid for a Senate seat from Delaware, denied Thursday that she had misused campaign funds, and she criticized opponents for pursuing a federal investigation into her spending. "There's been no impermissible use of campaign funds whatsoever," O'Donnell said on ABC's "Good Morning America. " "You have to look at this whole thug-politic tactic for what it is. " Speaking on NBC's "Today" show, O'Donnell was more explicit, castigating mainstream Republicans and Democrats.
December 30, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Christine O'Donnell, who famously denied that she was a witch, said on Thursday that she was innocent of any financial irregularities connected to her failed campaign for the U.S. Senate. Speaking on morning talk shows, O'Donnell, who rode a wave a "tea party" movement unhappiness to wrest the Senate nomination from the candidate favored by Delaware's GOP, rejected accusations that campaign funds were misused. She also blamed liberal political enemies for persecuting her. "There's been no impermissible use of campaign funds whatsoever," O'Donnell insisted on ABC. "You have to look at this whole thug-politic tactic for what it is," she said.
December 22, 2010 | By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Times
The Orange County Airport Commission has voted 4 to 0 to recommend keeping the current concessionaire at John Wayne Airport but with some new locally owned restaurants. The panel also approved a new discount airline with service to Canada and signed off on the airport's capacity plan for the coming year. The same concessionaire has been operating at the airport since the Thomas F. Riley Terminal opened in 1990. With its contract expiring and a new terminal under construction, the airport sought proposals to fill restaurants, cocktail lounges and snack bars.
November 2, 2010 | By Michael Muskal
Christine O’Donnell, the Senate candidate who questioned whether separation of church and state was explicitly in the Constitution, said on Tuesday that she prays that her supporters will turn out and snatch victory from what polls say is a likely defeat. “I’m feeling very excited,” O’Donnell said after voting and dropping off a box of doughnuts, one of America’s favorite comfort foods.  “It’s neck and neck and I’m praying that everybody turns out.” O’Donnell, who upset the GOP establishment to win the Senate nomination, and her Democratic opponent, Chris Coons, voted Tuesday morning in Wilmington, Del. They are fighting for the seat held for more than 30 years by Vice President Joe Biden.
November 2, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
After a campaign that became a political spectacle, Chris Coons has defeated "tea party" favorite Christine O'Donnell, retaining for Democrats the Delaware Senate seat once held for more than 36 years by Vice President Joe Biden. Christine O'Donnell's 15 minutes of political fame actually lasted roughly 50 days. It was seven weeks ago that she shocked the political world by defeating nine-term Rep. Michael N. Castle, also the state's former governor, in the Republican primary. That race was influenced, like several others this year, by outside groups such as the Tea Party Express and a late endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
October 19, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Republican senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell, a "tea party" movement favorite who has become a political pincushion for Democrats, found herself precariously perched on a new limb Tuesday when  she seemed unsure whether the Constitution guaranteed that church and state be kept separate. O’Donnell, who wrested the GOP nomination from Delaware’s Republican establishment, met her Democratic opponent Chris Coons in their third debate for the Senate seat once held by Vice President Joe Biden.
October 15, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
Campaigning in his vice president's home state, President Obama today said that of all the tough decisions he's made in the past two years, "the single best" was tapping Joe Biden as his running mate. "Joe has been an extraordinary vice president, a great friend, a fighter -- someone who knows what our core mission is," Obama said. "I know that me taking him out of Delaware for a while was frustrating. But I assure you it was worth it, at least for me. " The comment may have simply been a case of the president currying favor with his audience, as he campaigned with Biden in Wilmington for the man seeking to fill Biden's former Senate seat, Democrat Chris Coons.
October 14, 2010 | By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau
"Tea party"-backed Republican Christine O'Donnell went on the offensive Wednesday in Delaware's first Senate debate, accusing rival Chris Coons of being a "rubber stamp" for Democrats, as he tried to stick to points of policy. The campaign so far has largely focused on O'Donnell, who became an instant national figure after her surprise primary triumph over a moderate and disclosures about her conservative religious views that some have painted as extreme. Her debut campaign ad sought to address her past statements that she had dabbled in the black arts in high school.
October 14, 2010 | By Michael Muskal
That big whoosh is the huge sigh of relief coming out of the Northeast as the latest polls show Democratic candidates in Connecticut and New York reasserting their traditional edge over conservative Republicans who just weeks ago were making it a tight race in normally blue states. In Connecticut, Atty. Gen. Richard Blumenthal, the Democrat, has a 54% to 43% lead over former wrestling executive Linda McMahon, the Republican, in the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Christopher J. Dodd, according a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.
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