Author: dscarinci

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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Ginsberg Dissent on Obamacare Contraception Choice

(7-9-14) Ginsberg Dissent on Obamacare Contraception Choice - Sometimes a U. S. Supreme Court dissent is more well-known and more influential than the majority opinion.  The dissent written by Ruth Bader Ginsberg last month in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, is one of those times.

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Privacy Interests to Dominate Justice Rabner’s Tenure as Chief Justice

(7-2-14) Privacy Interests to Dominate Justice Rabner’s Tenure as Chief Justice - The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that police must obtain a warrant prior to searching an individual’s cell phone, even when under arrest. The sweeping privacy ruling suggests that many of the old rules don’t apply to new technology.

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New Jersey Jury Benefits by Technology

(6-25-14) New Jersey Jury Benefits by Technology - During his Senate confirmation hearing Chief Justice Stuart Rabner received accolades for his ability to administer the New Jersey Courts.  In fact he has been one of the most progressive Chief Justices in the nation with respect to the use of technology in the courts.  One of the improvements he has made involving the jury affects every NJ resident in a very positive way.

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NJ Teacher Tenure in Danger After California Ruling?

(6-18-14) NJ Teacher Tenure in Danger After California Ruling? - Few subjects in education are more controversial than teacher tenure.  Following a California court’s ruling that subjecting students to bad teachers violates student’s fundamental right to a quality education, State Senator Joe Kyrillos is calling for tenure reform in New Jersey.

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The Back Room

Newark state correction officer sentenced to prison for drug trafficking

A former senior state correction officer from Newark was sentenced to prison today for trafficking 22 kilograms of cocaine from Texas to New Jersey, according to acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 20th

Bergen County Exec's race: Fort Lee Mayor Sokolich sees Bridgegate investigations as potential election catalyst FORT LEE - Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich was the emcee of Tuesday's meet-and-greet event at the Richard A. Nest Adult Activity Center in his Bergen County borough, introducing U.S. Sen. Cory Booker...

Op-Ed

Simplify Pay-to-Play with one state law

By Jeff Brindle A lone PAC contribution to Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson’s campaign highlights the need for pay-to-play reform in New Jersey. During the recent mayoralty election in Trenton, newly elected Mayor Eric Jackson received an $8,200 campaign... Read More >

Contributors

(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... more »
    My Richard Nixon Ambivalence   Today is the fortieth anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation address to the nation on August 8, 1974. At that time, I was ambivalent about... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

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