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Blog Profile / Blue Jersey

Filed Under:US Politics / Liberal
Posts on Regator:12864
Posts / Week:37.9
Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The Pen/Ben Combo Plan

A headline in today's Star-Ledger N.J. Political Roundup is misleading. It states "Voters say no tax hike to fund pensions." It's accurate to indicate that the Quinnipiac poll shows only "12% of voters say increase taxes." However the...Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Standing in for Rosi today so please let us know if we missed anything in the comments. 10 years ago today 10 years ago today Jim McGreevey resigned as Governor of New Jersey. The AP looks at where the former Governor is 10 years later. Show More Summary

Where Will All the Boys Go?

We are turning over the education of children in Camden, a city of 77,000, to corporations that have not shown that they are prepared to teach. One part of the student population, young Black male students, may pay the worst price for the state's failure to think carefully before jumping with these corporations. Show More Summary

Shirk Week 2014

It's Shark Week 2014 in the rest of the universe, it's Shirk Week 2014 here in Jersey with this governor. CWA produced this video, following Gov. Christie's decision to try and ease himself out of the revenue crisis his poor economic...Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday, August 11, 2014

I know it's a Monday, but I'm at the beach so the roundup's late. But on the other hand, the Bass King is one of ours. So there's that. Christie turns to Reagan-think to excise him out of his own revenue failures and justify screwing state workers who kept their end of an agreement And to rescue himself in the eyes of Republican 2016 donors. Show More Summary

Weekend News Roundup & Open Thread for August 9-10, 2014

This weekend's roundup brought to you by the Highlands Act, signed 10 years ago today. It's going to need defending. This look back at the life and work of Jim Brady - James Brady, my teacher - whose work went on despite great pain, is very worth the read. Show More Summary

Great Piece from Owen Davis on Newark, Charter Schools, & Real Estate Deals

Owen Davis has written a great piece at Truthout about how real estate deals are behind much of the school "reform" taking place in Newark. If you've ever wondered why Newark has become the epicenter of charter school expansion under...Show More Summary

Fracking Waste and Pen/Ben Commission

Late Friday afternoon yesterday many people were relaxing from work and looking forward to the weekend. But have no fear our governor's press office was hard at work pumping out notice that Christie had just vetoed eleven bills and announcing his new Pen/Ben commission. Show More Summary

The Gentrification of Camden's Schools Part I

Cross-posted with Marie Corfield blog. Promoted by Rosi. gentrification-noun 1. the buying and renovation of houses and stores in deteriorated urban neighborhoods by upper- or middle-income families or individuals, thus improving property values but often displacing low-income families and small businesses. Show More Summary

Dr. Feel Good Should Collaborate with Dr. Kevorkian

Over the past years we have trekked through infested budgetary waters where our financial needs exceeded our grasp. Complying with the requirements for pen/ben contributions, infrastructure, school funding, and more has been like wading through murky waters that can only do us harm. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, August 8, 2014

Morris political figure Joan Bramhall dead in apparent murder-suicide Terrible. The Daily Record has this on Morris County's former GOP county chair and county clerk. Why is Chris Christie going to Mexico? Oh. Port Authorities & corruption...Show More Summary

Triage Until Change: Keeping Schools Open in Camden

This article is cross-posted from the Local Knowledge Blog. Promoted by Rosi. Last night's "What is Really Happening in Camden Schools?" meeting was largely an information session for parents seeking answers. The Education Law Center's...Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, August 7, 2014

Passaic Housing Authority chairman's cocaine arrest shocks city He's a well-schooled civil servant, active church member and family man who oversees a city agency charged with taking action against public housing tenants involved in drug crimes. Show More Summary

Officer To Resident: "Obama has decimated the friggin' constitution, so I don't give a damn"

I almost thought this was a story from the onion, but then i saw it's real and there's video. Apparently, Helmetta borough resident Steve Wronko was at the municipal building taking photos inside and got into a verbal confrontation with a police officer. Show More Summary

Sen. Cory Booker Has Some Work To Do

If the election for U. S. Senate were held now the incumbent U.S. Senator Cory Booker would receive 47% of the vote and challenger Jeff Bell 37% according to a just-released Quinnipiac University poll. It is surprising that the race is so close. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Chasing Guadagno, the woman who could be Christie The LG is actively evading Matt Katz' questions and attempts to interview her. Hands up: Surprised? Moran: Free Guadagno! "Guadagno might be a real talent. But she might be a real disaster. Show More Summary

Mensches and Leeches

Despite the steady but slow national economic recovery, New Jersey lags its neighboring states in almost all economic indicators. There are a number of reasons for this - some political, some based on our tax code, and many based on pure greed. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, August 5, 2014

It will be on your November ballot Open space preservation funding & bail reform. Headline of the day: Dog the Bounty Hunter's wife fights N.J. bail reform package. Quick! Quick! Look presidential! In These Times does a good job of talking...Show More Summary

Watch Sam watch his little home be destroyed

Some people have seen this, I know, but Huffington Post picked it up again before the weekend, and I saw it all over again. So, I'm offering it to you all over again. This is a scene from the documentary Destiny's Bridge. Unfortunately, the title doesn't immediately make clear what the film's about, which may become clearer in the movie. Show More Summary

25K For A Roundtable Birthday Celebration With Mitt And Chris

Does this sound exciting or what? Mitt Romney is coming to New Jersey to celebrate the Governor's Birthday. From the Star Ledger:Romney is slated to Sept. 10 fundraiser for the New Jersey Republican Party in East Brunswick. The event...Show More Summary

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