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Weekend News Roundup & Open Thread for June 20-21, 2015

Happy Fathers Day to all the Blue Jersey Dads, and all all men who work for a better future for all kids. Is Cami Anderson out in Newark? And Chris Cerf in? Horrible, replaced by Awful? Bob Braun, the Ledger's former longtime education...Show More Summary

E Pluribus Cleanum

Pipelines leaking toxic material into our water supply. Oil bomb trains traveling on antiquated infrastructure through our towns and villages. Fossil fuel plants spewing carcinogens into the air we breathe. These are the things we can look forward to if we conduct business as usual. Show More Summary

New Jersey Democrats set 2016 Democratic National Convention delegate selection plan

The New Jersey Democratic State Committee has approved their delegate selection plan for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in South Jersey's backyard of Philadelphia next July 25-28. This follows a 30-day public comment period that ended recently. Show More Summary

New PA Reform Bill: This could be the start of something big

NJ Governor Chris Christie and NY Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday patted themselves on the back and each issued a one-paragraph press release of praise for a bill introduced in the NY Assembly on NY/NJ Port Authority reform. The full bill does appear available yet on the NY legislative website, but I received a summary of the bill from the sponsor. Show More Summary

Just because it's legal doesn't make it right. Or ethical.

I've written before about the Burlington County Freeholders taking money from the companies to whom they award big county contracts. Under the current law, these quid pro quo arrangements are legal. But they are not right. Nor are they ethical. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Juneteenth, Friday, June 19, 2015

You know about Juneteenth, right? Washingtonia After fatal Philly derailment, Booker pushes bill to fund Amtrak, improve safety. NJ veterans hotline not funded in Senate bill despite push by Booker, Menendez. New Jersey man is charged...Show More Summary

The Confederate flag over Flemington, NJ

Last night, Dylann Root - whose Facebook photos show him wearing the flags of apartheid Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and South Africa - opened fire on men, women and children in prayer killing 9 in Charleston's historically-important Emanuel A.M.E. Show More Summary

The health of many is in the balance

Within the next 12 days we should learn the U. S. Supreme Court ruling (King v. Burwell) on the fate of the federal health exchange. It has enrolled over 200,000 people in our state and over 5 million in the the nation. It provides subsidies to over 80% of the health insurance policy holders. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, June 18, 2015

NJ Transit wants to raise fares 9% - $35 more a month for monthly users. They say they face budget shortfall. So why did they just hire Michael Drewniak? Drewniak's salary is $147,700 as chief of policy and strategic planning, despite having zero experience in transportation planning. Show More Summary

The stink of scandal

June 17, 1972 - 43 years ago today - henchmen responsible to President Richard Nixon break into the Watergate Office Complex and into the national headquarters of the DNC. It was not an isolated incident. We now know that the Nixon administration ran a long series of retaliations against Democrats. Show More Summary

Jim Keady talks TPP on WBAI

Promoted by Rosi. I've also added a bonus video on the jump page, ICYMI - Keady on The Ed Show last week discussing trade issues with Michael Eric Dyson, Rep. Mark Pocan, and Lori Wallach. Hi friends, My name is Jim Keady, and I'm running for NJ State Assembly in the 30th Legislative District. Show More Summary

Not Ready for Hillary… or Bernie… or Martin…

While the media frenzy for the 2016 presidential election is already in full swing, there's an election this year that arguably has more impact on New Jersey citizens. For the first time since 1999, the statewide races for the General Assembly are at the top of the ballot. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Menendez federal corruption trial will stay in New Jersey So decides a judge, rejecting Menendez' lawyer's argument that D.C. is the "nerve center" of this case, that holding the trial here would be too disruptive to his legislative duties, and the work of staffers likely to be called as witnesses. Show More Summary

Transgender people: GSE is looking for your healthcare stories

Are you transgender? Garden State Equality, as it continues efforts to help LGBT people find the best available healthcare in New Jersey, wants to know if you've been denied insurance coverage for any treatment - transition-related or otherwise. Show More Summary

A Damoclean sword hovers over New Jersey's ACA program

In addition to the marriage equality case, the U. S. Supreme Court will rule this month on the legality of tax subsidies offered in health insurance policies in states like New Jersey which opted for the federal marketplace. The legal...Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Democracy Act Dems make a major move to distinguish themselves from Republicans, with plans to fast-track legislation designed to overhaul NJ election laws with the intention of increasing the number of voters, expand opportunities...Show More Summary

Response to the NJ Supreme Court Ruling on Pensions

In response to NJ Supreme Court ruling on pensions: For people who do not understand the negotiating challenge with regard to the state pension issue, here is the short of it. In 2011 Governor Christie asked the public employee unions to come to the bargaining table with the goal of solving the pension issue once and for all. Show More Summary

America, Meet @GovChristie: Teacher Bashing Hypocrite

Cross-posted from Jersey Jazzman. The Reading Zone points us to a video of Chris Christie out on the campaign trail doing what he does best: bashing teachers. Q: Which do you regard as a bigger threat to the nation: ISIS, or our K-12 education system. Show More Summary

#DecisionDay Rally! (to follow the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark marriage decision)

Over the weekend, our niece and her beloved talked to us about their wedding plans. There's a date, a dress, a place. But it's all on hold. And that's because they're among young straight couples who vow not to marry until gay couples can, with that right respected in every state in the land. Show More Summary

Fixing NJ's pension crisis: Do. Or do not. There is no try.

Cross-posted from Marie Corfield. Promoted by Rosi. Last week dozens of NJEA members rallied outside the state house to protest the State Supreme Court's ruling and Gov. Christie's refusal to fully fund the pension system. The rally/lobby...Show More Summary

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