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May 16, 2017

GOP Rep. Frelinghuysen Targets Activist in Letter to Her Employer
Nancy Solomon | WNYC News | Politics
Employee questioned and criticized for involvement in NJ 11th for Change, a group pushing Frelinghuysen to hold town-hall meetings

May 15, 2017

Consumer Advocates Question BPU Scheme to Streamline Grid Upgrades
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Critics argue against giving utilities the opportunity to push through infrastructure projects with minimal review and collect on investments more quickly
Democratic Hopefuls Dismiss Scheme to Funnel Lottery Profits into Pensions
John Reitmeyer | Politics, Elections 2017
Legislative leaders, unions also argue that Christie’s Lottery plan will go nowhere if it requires more givebacks from public-employee unions
New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Panel Recommends Expanding Program
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Potential changes, which could ultimately help reduce state’s opioid epidemic, will likely not be in place until later this year
Op-Ed: Underneath NJ — an Unhealthy, Costly, Disgusting Problem
Robert Briant Jr. | Opinion
What we need right now is a comprehensive strategy for improving our water and sewer infrastructure
The Last Person You’d Expect to Die in Childbirth
Nina Martin | ProPublica and Renee Montagne | NPR | Healthcare
The death of Lauren Bloomstein, a neonatal nurse, in the hospital where she worked illustrates a profound disparity: The healthcare system focuses on babies but often ignores their mothers

May 12, 2017

3 on 1: Democratic Hopefuls Target Frontrunner in Second Debate
John Reitmeyer | Politics, Elections 2017
Phil Murphy’s lead going into the debate meant the other three candidates would be looking to land a glove on him
Constitutional Amendment to Stop Diverting Clean Energy Funds?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
For some environmentalists, an amendment won’t be on the books fast enough. They want lawmakers and governor to cease and desist immediately
Governor Signs Law Calling for Oversight of Mental Health Payment Reform
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Advocates call it a ‘positive step, yet only half of the solution’
Opinion: A New Jersey Voter’s Guide to State Tax Policy
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | Opinion
The focus of New Jersey’s tax policy should be to avoid being notably uncompetitive, particularly within our region
Poll: Did Democratic Debates Help You Home in on a Candidate?
Polling, Elections 2017
For some folks, the debates are just a bunch of hot air. For others, they’re the key to making a smart choice in candidates. Where do you fall along the scale?
Town Hall Attendees Let MacArthur Have It for His Crucial Role in AHCA Win
NJTV News Online | Politics
The significant involvement of New Jersey congressman in advancement of Obamacare rollback draws an angry crowd

May 11, 2017

Lawmakers Grill State Officials on Plans to Dip into Horizon Reserves
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Governor’s recent quest to force New Jersey’s largest insurance company to pay for certain public healthcare needs not the first time politicians have targeted it
In the Money: What the Gubernatorial Hopefuls Have Spent Thus Far
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Elections 2017
ELEC’s latest pre-election finance reports put Murphy way out ahead (no surprise), but has anyone come close?
Watch the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Debate
NJ Spotlight Staff | Politics, Elections 2017
Broadcast and commentary with NJTV and NJ Spotlight reporters starts at 8 p.m.
As FERC Moves Closer to Quorum, ‘Greens’ Hope State DEP Will Block PennEast
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Thus far, FERC lacks power of eminent domain needed to complete DEP’s permitting process
Adding It Up: Economic Impact of New Jersey’s Private Colleges
John Reitmeyer | Education
All told, private schools contribute about $3.5 billion to the state’s economy, a sizable chunk of change from 14 public facilities
Michael Aron on What Makes for a Great Political Debate on TV
John Mooney | Politics, Elections 2017
A look behind the scenes at the intense preparations going into the NJ Spotlight and NJTV co-coverage of the second Democratic gubernatorial debate

May 10, 2017

Are Guns and Police Cars the Best Way to Prevent Cruelty to Animals in NJ?
Caren Chesler | Politics
For the NJSPCA, the answer seems to be in the affirmative. But there are other, equally troubling, aspects of this group, which essentially operates without oversight
Leading GOP Candidates for Governor Come Out Swinging, Pull No Punches
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Elections 2017
At first of two Republican debates, Guadagno and Ciattarelli stake out their territories, try to flesh out their visions
More Accord Than Debate Among Dems’ Top 4 Gubernatorial Hopefuls
John Reitmeyer | Politics, Elections 2017
One clear point of disagreement: the pluses and perils of a state-owned bank
Moody’s: Glut of Cheap Natural Gas Could Depress Prices, Challenge Suppliers
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Investment house cautions cheap gas from Marcellus Shale could speed shutdown of coal plants, boost pressure for nuclear subsidies
A 'Dreamer' Meets the Feds, and Brings Hundreds of Her Friends
Matt Katz | WNYC News | Immigration
Tensions are high when Carimer Andujar, an undocumented Rutgers University student, is summoned to appear at ICE offices in Newark
Profile: An Advocate for Children at Home and at Work
Lilo H. Stainton | Profiles
Striving to secure good healthcare, education, and other services for her own children has helped Nicole Pratt in her work with other families
Op-Ed: Puppy-Mill Bill Veto by Christie Fosters Cruelty Against Man’s Best Friend
Brian R. Hackett | Opinion
The governor’s conditional veto lets him virtually rewrite the bill while pretending that he supports it — after a few changes have been made
Democratic Hopeful Jim Johnson Talks Taxes, Public Transportation
WNYC News | Politics, Elections 2017
Johnson visits WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer show to help make his case to NJ voters

May 9, 2017

Dubious Financial Dealings at NJ Agency Tasked with Protecting Animals
Caren Chesler | Politics
Stripped of its tax-exempt status and plagued with apparent conflicts of interest, the NJSPCA spends far more money on legal fees than on animal care, according to its own tax records
State Allocates $59 Million for Open Space, Recreational Facilities
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Money is first to come from 2014 constitutional amendment to use portion of corporate business taxes to protect undeveloped land, finance recreational projects
Christie CV's Bill Giving Cops, Firefighters More Control Over Pensions
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Critics argue governor’s numerous recommendations significantly overhaul original legislation
Rutgers Researchers Discover New Use for Old Drug in Treating Brain Injury
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Garden State scientists have discovered that lithium, long used in treating bipolar disorder and severe depression, can help preserve brain function
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