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It’s become something of a tradition here at NJ Spotlight: The Summer Reading Series we post while we’re on hiatus. We’ll be back — rested and ready — on September 5, delivering what we believe to be the best news and analysis about politics and policy in the Garden State. Meanwhile, enjoy the 2017 Summer Reading Series. And have a happy and safe Labor Day. See you soon. Read more
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August 20, 2017

Summer Reading 2017: Poor Richard’s Gifted, Gallant, Illegitimate Son
NJ Spotlight Staff | 2017 Summer Reading
William Franklin started out life with many of the gifts that others might regard with envy — including a brilliant, powerful, protective father
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August 18, 2017

Immigration Crackdown Reaches Deep into New Jersey Communities
Colleen O'Dea | Immigration
New data reveals that more than 90 percent of the state’s municipalities have cases pending in immigration court, the fifth-largest caseload in the country
NJ Strives to Stay Ahead in Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution
John Reitmeyer | Education
Automation, online tracking, drone delivery, and robotics are among topics and skill sets the state wants education system to help tomorrow’s workers to master
The Long Goodbye: State Board Plans Newark Exit Strategy
John Mooney | Education
With demonstrable progress made — and most of the rancor laid to rest — Newark prepares to resume local control
Nursing Home Volunteers Play Large Role in State’s Eldercare Advocacy
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Some 250 individuals statewide advocate for seniors in nursing homes, help educate them about their rights, and sometimes just lend a sympathetic ear
Immigrant, Muslim and Voting Republican in New Jersey
Orhan Akkurt | Zaman Amerika | Immigration
A Democratic supporter for the past two presidential elections, Levent Koch believes gubernatorial candidate Kim Guadagno can clean up corruption
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August 17, 2017

Offshore-Wind True Believers Remain Optimistic About New Jersey
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
The state’s industry sector needs to be brought back to life, and that will take a new administration — for starters
ACA Uncertainties Could Mean Fewer Eligible People Enrolling
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Patient advocates sound alarm, saying policy stability and continued federal support are essential
Profile: National Advocate for Public Schools Says Stakes Are High
Colleen O'Dea | Profiles
Kevin Ciak, only the second New Jerseyan to lead the National School Boards Association, believes that public education is central ‘to our country’s future and stability’
Moody's Says NJ Still a Gamble, Despite Pension Fund Tapping Lottery Revenues
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Credit-rating agency also warns of difficulties servicing growing pension payments, but does not reduce state’s A3 ranking
Christie Administration Opposes Trump Plan to Drill in Atlantic
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
In letter to federal agency, DEP Commissioner Martin says NJ wants no part of program to expand oil and gas exploration in North and Mid-Atlantic
‘I Can’t Vote, But My Daughter Can’ — Immigrant Family Has Political Goals
Kleibeel Marcano | Reporte Hispano | Immigration
An undocumented immigrant, Rossana Madiera can still make her voice heard on Election Day
Op-Ed: New Business Model for NJ Department of Transportation
Gary Toth | Opinion
Helping build communities through transportation instead of transportation through communities

August 16, 2017

Trump Weakens Protections for Buildings in Flood-Prone Areas
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Executive order rescinds rules intended to safeguard government-financed projects against sea-level rise, climate change
With Vo-Techs Turning away Students, Lawmakers Consider Bond Issue
John Reitmeyer | Education, Politics
Referendum is likely a year off, but manufacturers are already saying they have more job openings than skilled workers, adding urgency to the initiative
The List: Tallying Up the Top 10 Counties with Jobs in the Tourism Industry
Colleen O'Dea | The List
New Jersey is home to more than 500,000 tourist-related jobs, and they don’t all involve sun and fun in the Shore counties
Healthcare Savings Tied to Healthy Food, New Data Demonstrates
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Food stamps do more than help seniors stave off hunger, they also help them avoid hospitals and nursing homes
Voting Block: NJ Couple Continues Lifetime of Activism in Chinese Community
Rong Xioqing | Sing Tao Daily | Politics
Margaret Lam and David Yen are partners in community, politics, and life
Op-Ed: Why NJ Should Integrate Mental, Physical, Behavioral Healthcare
Eva Turbiner | Opinion
State’s plan to put mental health and addiction services under DOH control will ‘improve the well-being of the people of New Jersey’

August 15, 2017

Obamacare Uncertainty Could Drive Up Marketplace Healthcare Costs in 2018
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Reinstated premium tax could also add hundreds to individual premium prices
Renewed Calls for Monitor After 2 Deaths at Hudson County Jail
Hank Kalet | Immigration
Advocates claim inadequate medical care led to death of Rolando Espinoza, an immigrant detainee
It’s No Jackpot, But Online Gambling Tax Contributes Millions to NJ's Coffers
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Although tax revenue from Internet gaming has not met some supporters’ projections, it’s becoming a reliable source of cash for the state’s annual budget
Renewed Threat of Oil and Gas Drilling off New Jersey Shoreline
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Administration seeks to develop program to open all the nation’s coasts to exploration along outer continental shelf
Opinion: Real Property-Tax Reform Is Guadagno's Only Real Chance
Carl Golden | Opinion
If Guadagno wants to break the chains that bind her, she must give voters what they want, not more namby-pamby policies that won’t upset the status quo

August 14, 2017

PennEast Wants Fast-Track Approval from FERC for $1B Pipeline
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Company argues project is ‘critically important’ to bring new and necessary natural-gas supplies to Northeast, increase reliability of today’s pipeline grid
State Board Issues Guidelines for Social and Emotional Education …
John Mooney | Education
… and NJ Spotlight speaks with Rutgers’ Maurice Elias, international leader in emotional intelligence, school success, and character development
Sales of Electric Plug-In Vehicles Surge, Though Infrastructure Still Lags
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
With more than 10,000 plug-ins on the road in New Jersey, sales grew by 79 percent over prior year
Comptroller to Apprise Governor, Lawmakers on Follow-Up Audits
John Reitmeyer | Politics
New law calls for comptroller to report on how public agencies have responded to major audits and loop legislators and state’s chief exec in on the results
State Poison Center Reports Spike in Mushroom Poisonings
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Experts increase warnings, caution against eating any wild mushrooms, even if they have been ‘identified’ as safe
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