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Expectations for Murphy and Trump

“Life is largely a matter of expectation.” – Horace (65-27 BC) Horace’s statement rings true in so many ways –  what we expect in terms of how our legislators should vote, or what we expect of President Trump in an...Read more

Weekend News Roundup & Open Thread for Feb. 17-18, 2018

Hearing President Trump wanted to visit, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida put out the word: Stay ‘far away’ from us. So he went to the hospital where people couldn’t escape him. Emma Gonzalez is a high school senior...Read more

In Re: Guns. Contrasting Two Neighboring School Districts

How has your community responded to the latest horrific act of gun terror? It’s tragic to think that inaction on the congressional level has resulted in towns figuring out for themselves how to protect our children. East Brunswick Public Schools...Read more

“A” Ratings from NRA: See any names you recognize?

Here, via policy analyst Topher Spiro at Center for American Progress, are the members of Congress in particularly vulnerable districts with an A rating from the NRA. But before that, know who else has an A rating from the NRA?...Read more

News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

Fear of trial lawyers. House quietly votes to gut a major part of the ADA Latest gun massacre Once again, McSweeney’s has the best writing in America. 2 years old, but it feels fresh: Please Don’t Get Murdered at School Today...Read more

CD7: Scott Salmon drops out, endorses Tom Malinowski

Scott Salmon today becomes the second candidate to drop out of the crowded CD7 Democratic primary field, and the second to endorseTom Malinowski, pictured above. Lisa Mandelblatt, who at one time was the field’s fundraising leader, dropped out during a...Read more

How Marvel’s Black Panther Creates Opportunities

Let me be honest. I’m riding the wave of excitement about Marvel’s new Black Panther movie. I can’t wait to go see it in theaters. But a recent NPR interview by friend and Jersey-native Tre Johnson got me thinking about the...Read m...

Immigration showdown today in the Senate with no good choices

Sen. Bob Menendez (seen above yesterday) after he spoke on the chamber floor criticizing President Donald Trump’s immigration policy and supporting a reasonable solution for “Dreamers.” Sen. Cory Booker has voted against every recent spending bill because he has not...Read more

News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

“Thoughts and prayers” Good morning, Blue Jersey. There have already been 18 school shootings this year. It’s February 15th. The Murphy years Stephen Danley looked at the research being done by education writers Brother Rann and Jersey Jazzman, with regard...Read more

Quote of the Day: Rep. Don Payne Jr. on Florida school shooting

“And to people across the United States, know that the moment for silence is gone. The moment for screaming out in protest is here.”  – Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) He is hardly the first of our representatives in Congress...Read m...

Revisiting “No Excuses” Schools in the Murphy Administration

Two of my favorite education writers — Brother Rann and Jersey Jazzman — have been diving back into the research on “No Excuses” schools. Their pieces examine two critical issues in that research: whether “No Excuses” approaches should be embraced by traditional...Read more

Infrastructure: Trump may not give a dam, but we do

Donald Trump just released his infrastructure budget … and it’s both awful and unfair. It is up to us to tell Congress to reject his plan. It’s not only a privatization scheme as Paul Krugman suggests. It also leaves our...Read more

News Roundup and Open Thread for Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day, Blue Jersey fam! Here’s today’s box of chocolates. Ya’ never know what you’re gonna get. Lawyers Attorney General Grewal signed on to another challenge of President Donald Trump’s crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities. Guns Gov. Murphy trying...Read more

Gov. Murphy bringing hope to displaced Puerto Ricans in New Jersey

“There is a purity in catastrophe. We see firsthand the nature of both human courage and human frailty, the destructive and arbitrary power of the elements, the breakdown of social restraint and of our mechanical inventions… It is under these...Read more

Ted Cruz is worried we’ll crawl over broken glass …

Quote of the Day today goes, improbably, to Ted Cruz, in his warning to Texas Republicans: “Let me tell you right now: The left is going to show up.  They will crawl over broken glass in November to vote.” Aw,...Read more

News Roundup & Open Thread – Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Can a Drug Profiteer win the GOP Senate nomination? In a state with a large pharmaceutical industry, who knows? Nothing to crow about. Trying to scare crows away from the capital city. Taxing Weed? One Assemblywoman has an alternative. Got Bitcoin?...Read more

QOTD: Michelle Obama

At this point, you’re sure to have seen the exquisite portraits of the Obamas unveiled today at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Like the Obamas’ place in history, the portraits represent a vibrant, exhilarating departure from a largely...Read more

Hear the Congressional Candidates: Tuesday in CD4, next Wednesday in CD7

Flagging two things for you, tomorrow (Tuesday) in CD4 and next Wednesday (Feb. 21) in CD7, so you can show up, hear from the candidates, and decide for yourself who should represent NJ: NJ CD-4 Democratic Debate All three candidates: Jim...Read more

A different way to view our NJ federal legislators

We tend to view the members of our legislative delegation in terms of how progressive or conservative they are, such as how much they support or oppose the Trump agenda. Another view of them is how close or far away...Read more

News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

Here’s how money for poor families ended up funding luxury homes in Lakewood. Money went from a non-profit that runs a low income housing project in Lakewood to a private Jewish school. Then the school sold land for millions (APP...Read more

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