Author: dscarinci

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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Casinos in Jersey City, Not Sports Betting

(7-16-14) Casinos in Jersey City, Not Sports Betting - Just as the US. Supreme Court was saying no to sports betting in New Jersey, a former Reebok chief executive announced his intentions to build a casino complex in Jersey City.  Gambling could fill NJ budget gaps, but authorizing it is an uphill battle.

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The Back Room

Christie campaigns in New Hampshire

When asked in New Hamsphire today about whether he was considering a presidential run in 2016, Gov. Chris Christie said he wouldn’t discuss his plans until after November.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 17th

U.S. Senate race: Bell defends gold standard stance MONTCLAIR - On the same day he was politically brickbatted by the chief adviser to the last Republican challenger to incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), GOP Senate candidate Jeff Bell stood by a key plank of policy platform: monetary reform...

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

(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... more »
The Correct Foreign Policy – Neither Fortress America Nor Pax Americana      Last week marked the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War 2.  It started with the... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

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“Clearly there’s some resemblance with Theodore Roosevelt. That direct confrontational style of leadership.” - historian Doris Hearns Goodwin, referring to Gov. Chris Christie.

- The Times of Trenton

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