Author: dscarinci

Bridgegate Witnesses Not “RATS” if Testimony is Forced

(4-23-14) Bridgegate Witnesses Not "RATS" if Testimony is Forced -Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson’s decision last week was covered in most newspapers and blogs as an affirmation of the right of Bridgegate witnesses to assert their Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination.  However, as Tom Moran noted in a Star Ledger editorial, the importance of this 100 page opinion is what it says about witness immunity.

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New Jersey Vote By Mail Law

(4-16-14) New Jersey Vote By Mail Law - The voter turnout for New Jersey’s November gubernatorial election was the lowest since the days of prohibition, coming in at less than 40 percent. The number of voters casting ballots in the Senatorial special election was equally as dismal.

 

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Campaign Finance Reform as “Theater of the Absurd”

 (4-9-14) Campaign Finance Reform as "Theater of the Absurd" - The U. S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week in McCutcheon, et al. v. Federal Election Commission brings New Jersey one step closer to overturning its absurd version of campaign finance reform – a system that empowers PACs, unions, and the wealthy while hiding the true identity of political contributors.

 

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The Open “Gate” To Legal Fees

(4-2-14) The Open “Gate” To Legal Fees - By paying $1 million at $600/hour for an internal review of Bridgegate, the State of New Jersey has opened a debate about whether there should be such a high disparity between public and private hourly rates for legal services.

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Supreme Court Says YES to Corporate Whistle Blowers

(3-26-14) Supreme Court Says YES to Corporate Whistle Blowers - Whistleblowers who work for businesses with government contracts are protected under Sarbanes-Oxley according to a new case decided by the United States Supreme Court. 

 

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Fifth Amendment-- King John to Bridgegate

(3-19-14) Fifth Amendment-- King John to Bridgegate - If the New Jersey Courts rule in favor of the Bridgegate witnesses on their motion to quash the subpoena of the legislative committee investigating their activities, they can thank King John of England.

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Bridgegate Players Should “Plead the Fifth”

(3-12-14) Bridgegate Players Should “Plead the Fifth” - Asserting the right to remain silent does not imply guilt.

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What’s in a Name?

(3-5-14) What’s in a Name? - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey does not need any more scandal.  However, there is still the small matter of people making money on the “World Trade Center” trademark. 

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Did Raritan have Legal Fee Phobia or Press Phobia?

(2-26-14) Did Raritan have Legal Fee Phobia or Press Phobia? - The borough of Raritan will pay Gannett Co $542,000, the highest legal fee ever awarded under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA). 

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Will NJ Get High on Marijuana Proposal?

(2-19-14) Will NJ Lawmakers Get High on Marijuana Proposal? - With all the talk about the Democratic nominee for NJ Governor centering around Mayor Steve Fulop and Senator Steve Sweeney, will Senator Nicholas Scutari capture the liberal and progressive Democrats with his marijuana legalization bill?

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The Back Room

National progressive group backs Watson Coleman in CD12

The Progressive Democrats of America Co-Founder and National Director Tim Carpenter and State Chair Mary Ellen Marino today endorsed Bonnie Watson Coleman for the Democratic nomination in the 12thCongressional District.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 24, 2014

Organization to honor Gov. KeanAn event next month for Community Options, Inc. will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the organization's founding and honor Governor Tom Kean, Sr., a was an advocate over 25 years ago for bringing individuals with developmental disabilities out of state institutions into small group homes.Robert...

Op-Ed

How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

Contributors

(4-23-14) Bridgegate Witnesses Not "RATS" if Testimony is Forced -Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson’s decision last week was covered in most newspapers and blogs as an affirmation of the... more »
(Absecon Island, NJ) --With his shocking win in last year's election, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian emerged as one of the most intriguing figures in the New Jersey political... more »
When it comes to profiling Christie, facts are for wussies (4/10/14) - As the national media stories on our Guv pile up, expect more blunders about the Garden State.... more »
This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »

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