Author: dscarinci

The Founding Fathers and the Militarization of the Police

(9-24-14) The Founding Fathers and the Militarization of the Police - No matter what the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri decides, the debate over the militarization of the police has been the subject of debate since 1787.

 

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Viral Video Prompts Questionable NJ Municipal Ordinance

(9-17-14) Viral Video Prompts Questionable NJ Municipal Ordinance -  Socrates said, “While I might disagree with what you say, I will defend to the death your right to say it.” If he had an iPhone he’d have added, “…and photograph it.”

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Chief Justice Rabner Faces Funding Challenges as Top Court Administrator

(9-10-14) Chief Justice Rabner Faces Funding Challenges as Top Court Administrator - Escalating legal fees for litigation is an unintended consequence of underfunding the Court System.  In New Jersey, legal fees have become “user fees” for residents seeking judicial relief for their grievances. 

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Constitutional Amendment Won’t Solve Campaign Finance Problems

(9-3-14) Constitutional Amendment Won’t Solve Campaign Finance Problems - Even if it were possible to amend the constitution, the Udall proposal will not change the faulty premise upon which the “sound bite” cry for campaign finance reform is based.

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All Americans Should Support Gov. Perry

(8-27-14) All Americans Should Support Gov. Perry - Political prosecutions have no place in American life. Those who use the justice system as they are using it in Texas against Governor Perry violate the United States Constitution and subvert Democratic government.

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Can You Take the ‘Partisan’ out of ‘Partisan Politics’?

(8-20-14) Can You Take the ‘Partisan’ out of ‘Partisan Politics’? - Redistricting will not take place for another seven years. Yet the debate has already begun.

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‘What if’ Rob Andrews?

(8-13-14) 'What if' Rob Andrews? - Rob Andrews’ retirement from public service has never been properly mourned as the great loss it was for the State of New Jersey.  He was one of the most accomplished members of Congress in the United States and he will always remain on the short list of people who should have been Governor for those of us who speculate about such things.

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The History of Bail in the United States

(8-6-14) The History of Bail in the United States - Bail reform is like road construction in Boston.  It has been happening since at least 1625.  Maybe that is why it has been so controversial to call the New Jersey State Legislature back to session on a Monday in August to put in on the November ballot.

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Who Is Best Equipped to Decide the Fate of the Common Core?

(7-30-14) Who Is Best Equipped to Decide the Fate of the Common Core? - The latest Christie controversy surrounds his Executive Order to revamp the state’s academic testing scheme. The Common Core standards, which were intended to ensure American students remain competitive, have become a controversial political topic across the country.

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Rabner Opinion Keeps “Christie for President” Alive

(7-23-14) Rabner Opinion Keeps “Christie for President” Alive - Gov. Chris Christie’s fight to prevent same-sex marriage in New Jersey ended with Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. Yet the Chief’s precedential opinion could help Christie win the presidency, should he become the Republican nominee.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 30th

Dems fail to pry sufficient number from abstemious GOP caucus to pass debt report bill TRENTON - The Assembly this afternoon could not summon the necessary votes to override Gov. Chris Christie's veto of A961, as Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) prevented Democrats - some of them outraged...

Op-Ed

Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

Contributors

In tribute to John Sheridan, a good and great man     I first learned late last night from television news that John P. Sheridan, Jr. and his wife, Joyce had... more »
(9-24-14) The Founding Fathers and the Militarization of the Police - No matter what the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri decides, the debate over the militarization of... more »
(Trenton, NJ) --  On September 23, 2015 I shall dig this up and eat whatever crow I've got coming, but in the meantime only a listicle... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

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"When you're asked to cast a vote on a bill and it seems innocuous, and it's got a hidden land mine that perhaps only an expert would see, it would sort of behoove those experts to tell us in advance rather than make us look, shall we say, a little bit indecisive later on." - Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-25).

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