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SCOTUS affirms federal health exchange subsidies MAY continue

SCOTUS ruled that the decision of the Fourth Circuit is affirmed in King v. Burwell - 6-3. This means that individuals who get their health insurance through an exchange established by the federal government, as New Jerseyans do, will continue to be eligible for tax subsidies. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, June 25, 2015

Asm Michael Patrick Carroll was furious about this on Facebook, calling it perhaps "the most offensive editorial in the long history of the Star Ledger But it's worth reading: Why racists donate to Republicans. Schools Chief in Newark...Show More Summary

Transit Fare Rally

In his post earlier today, josef outlined how the Democrats are complicit with our anti-worker governor in the hike of NJ Transit fares and the failure to raise revenue to cover mass transit and infrastructure. Today, in front of the Capitol Annex, a coalition of advocacy groups under the umbrella of New Jersey for Transit spoke about this situation. Show More Summary

Headlines of the Day: Wisconsin (Scott Walker) & New Jersey (Chris Christie) editions

Scott Walker, please come home - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Zzzzzz. As the Christie campaign heats up, the Christie statehouse sleeps - Matt Katz, NJ Spotlight In Wisconsin's most respected daily, look what opinion writer Ernst-Ulrich Franzen is complaining about with 2016 hopeful Gov. Show More Summary

Election reform and NJ Transit fare hikes: why people don't vote in statewide elections

Starting at Noon today there is a rally on the Statehouse steps to call on Senate President Sweeney & Speaker Prieto to stop fare hikes and service cuts. There are billions for corporate subsidies but nothing to stop fare increases.Show More Summary

WATCH: Jim Keady on The Ed Show - on the Fast Track trade vote

Jim Keady was on The Ed Show again last night, talking about Fast Track and the disastrous vote in the U.S. Senate yesterday. I'm watching this in a noisy coffeehouse without earbuds, so I can't listen as closely yet as I'd like. But I wanted to post it for you soon as I could. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dems' budget bills move forward, setting stage for clash with Gov. Christie Tax hikes for wealthy and corporations, increased pension funding are likely to win approval - then head to Christie's desk for probable veto. In Roseland New...Show More Summary

June 26, 2015: Is SCOTUS signaling legacy on marriage equality?

The United States Supreme Court has added another day to its calendar - this Friday, June 26 in addition to the regularly-scheduled days we have been expecting for decisions on cases argued this year, normally Mondays and Thursdays. There are only 7 more decisions to be announced, and two of them are huge, the Obamacare case (King v. Show More Summary

Cerf's Up in Newark, and That Means More of the Same For Its Schools

Cross-posted from Jersey Jazzman. Remember haters: Bob Braun broke the story first: Gov. Chris Christie and state Education Commissioner David Hespe have announced the resignation of Cami Anderson as state-appointed superintendent of the Newark schools. Show More Summary

Our Rocky Horror Budget Show

"It's astounding. Time is fleeting." Gov. Christie submitted his budget in February. Then with about four months to reply, the legislature waited until the last moment and as of this morning has only provided an outline of its response. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The white supremacist who leads the racist group Charleston killer Dylann Roof says informed him, contributed to both Republicans who ran against New Jersey's first black member of the U.S. Senate, Cory Booker Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan and D.C. Show More Summary

Senator Weinberg on Port Authority Transparency

promoted from Deciminyan's interview earlier today, by Rosi After Governors Christie and Cuomo vetoed legislation that both states' legislatures passed overwhelmingly for transparency in the Port Authority, the two men proposed their own approach. In the dark. Without input from the legislatures. Senator Loretta Weinberg, never one to mince words, commented today:

Cami out, Cerf in

For last three years the Newark Students Union has been fighting against the defunding and privatization of our education. Cami Anderson's resignation does not put an end to our fight. We must continue to fight for democratic local control in our city. Show More Summary

Kevin Williams, husband of Assemblyman Tim Eustace, passes away

Our deepest sympathies to Asssemblyman Tim Eustace, one of our favorite people. Tim lost his husband Kevin Williams today. Tim and Kevin have two kids, Kyle and Corey, and the family has been a beacon during the fight for LGBT rights in New Jersey. Show More Summary

Assemblywoman Lampitt on Women's Health

promoted by Rosi Following Senator Weinberg's remarks, Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt reiterated support for women's health and outlined many of the reasons why Christie's persistent vetos are foolhardy. Not just on the 1.1 million New Jersey women who are being shortchanged on health care, but also on earned sick leave and pay equity.

Senator Loretta Weinberg at Women's Health Rally

Every year, the State Legislature allocates $7.5 million in its budget for women's health. And every year, Chris Christie uses his line-item veto to eradicate this much-needed support. According to Senator Loretta Weinberg, six women's health clinics have already been forced to close due to lack of funding. Show More Summary

Democratic Budget Plan

In a press release this morning Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) announced that the Democratic budget will make a FY2016 pension prepayment of $300 million as an FY2015 supplemental appropriation based on stronger-than-expected June tax collections. Show More Summary

No SCOTUS decisions on marriage or Obamacare today

Looks like we're going to have to wait a few days for the outcome of two blockbuster cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Decisions in four cases were announced this morning, but no SCOTUS decision in the marriage case (Obergefell v....Show More Summary

Supreme Court today: No news is neither good news nor bad news

The U. S. Supreme Court managed to issue numerous decisions today, even one on Marvel Entertainment Spider-Man. However, NOT included were the important and much-anticipated same-sex marriage or federal health exchange rulings. Both cases were argued late in the court session. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for June 22, 2015

Jerseynomics Close loopholes that let multinational companies shift profits to other countries: Lesniak says that's a way to add money to the budget without raising taxes. Smack up against the deadline: Today, legislative Dems expect to introduce their alternative budget, get it passed and on the Gov's desk by Thursday. Show More Summary

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