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November 8, 2017

New Jersey Voters Handily Ratify Two Ballot Questions
Tom Johnson | Elections 2017
Bond issue for libraries will help them modernize and expand, while a second question prevents environmental settlements from being diverted to general budget
Growing Focus on ‘Social Determinants of Health’
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Issues like poverty, food insecurity, housing status, and violence play a huge role in public and individual health
Op-Ed: Battling Addiction Should Be a Fair and Colorblind Fight
Dierdre Glenn Paul | Opinion
Let’s stop dividing and making classes of addicts and instead start fighting the scourge of addiction collectively

November 7, 2017

Live Results from the 2017 Gubernatorial Race
NJ Spotlight | Elections 2017
Keeping Tabs on the Voting for the 2017 Ballot Questions
NJ Spotlight | Elections 2017
Last-Minute Questions About the Election? This Is the Story for You
Colleen O'Dea | Elections 2017
It’s not too late to be an informed voter, whether you're wondering about low turnout or battleground districts or ...
Local Politics in New Jersey Takes Ugly Turn with Racist Fliers
Carly Sitrin | Elections 2017
Anonymous mailers call for candidates in Edison school board race to be deported, warn that Hoboken mayoral candidate is a terrorist
Pols Push for Voting Machines that Offer Paper Trail for Every Ballot Cast
John Reitmeyer | Politics
There’s no evidence any of the state’s electronic voting machines have been hacked, but upgrade program would add new layer of security
NJ Providers Continue Work to Assist Puerto Rico’s Healthcare System
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Dedicated group of NJ healthcare providers has made two trips to hard-hit island, with another one planned
New Lighthouse District Initiative Shines Light on Top Schools
John Mooney | Education
Rollout of initial recipients spotlights small districts that are very smart about how they use data to tune curriculum, teacher advancement
NJ Puts New Rule in Place to Limit Air Pollution from Soot
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Plants and businesses that spew soot will be required to comply with new regulation when they apply for new permits
Op-Ed: I Don’t Want to Vote
Maggie Glynn | Opinion
I am tired of the same-old, same-old of both major parties, firmly entrenched, spouting the trite slogans that lost meaning for me eight-plus election cycles ago

November 6, 2017

Pushing Ahead with Reforms to New Jersey’s Criminal Justice System
John Reitmeyer | Social
Final report in ‘Crossroads NJ’ series argues state must address disparities in number of whites and blacks serving time in prison, among other issues
Fed Report Affirms Effects of Climate Change Already Visible
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
As people continue to contribute to global warming, extreme weather, sea-level rise will become more pressing problems
Plan to Fund Healthcare for Children, Community Clinics Comes at a Cost
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Partisan battle erupts over funding CHIP, FQHCs with money from Obamacare
Op-Ed: We Can Fight Climate Chaos from the Garden State
Lena Smith | Opinion
If NJ is going to address future superstorms, we need to stop building pipelines and develop an aggressive plan to move to 100 percent clean, renewable energy
For Phil Murphy, Getting out the Vote Could Be Key to Governor’s Race
WNYC News | Politics, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
If voter turnout is especially low, results could skew red in a blue state

November 3, 2017

Taking the Measure of Phil Murphy: A Progressive Vision for New Jersey
Lee Keough | Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
It’s not just the Republicans who question Murphy’s liberal platform, some Democratic insiders say he just doesn’t get New Jersey
Interactive Map: Tracking the Gubernatorial Campaign Contributions
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week, Elections 2017
Record amounts are being spent on this year’s race for the governor’s mansion. Here’s a way to see who’s being the most generous to which candidate
In the 3rd, Costly Grudge Match Pits Sweeney Against Grenier and NJEA
Chase Brush | Politics, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
The teachers union has spent $4.5 million backing a self-described ‘Trump Republican’ looking to wrest the seat from Democrat who has angered the NJEA
‘Landmark’ Decision Exposes Disconnect in NJ Pot Policy
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Superior court orders state to consider reclassifying marijuana as a less tightly controlled substance
Good News for Offshore Wind: Both Gubernatorial Candidates Back It
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Some experts say it’s not too late for New Jersey to develop a thriving sector based on offshore wind and related technologies
NJ’s Hefty Unfunded Liabilities Matter of Concern to Outside Analysis
John Reitmeyer | Budget
State barely escapes earning a failing grade for its overburdened pension system, long-term obligations from Volcker Alliance
Governor’s Race 2017: Candidates Sharply Divided on Crime, Social Justice
Mark J. Bonamo | Social, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Perhaps no other issues throw the candidates in such bold relief as policing, guns and gun violence, undocumented immigrants, and legalizing marijuana
Op-Ed: Environmental Justice Is Key Aspect of Climate-Change Policy
Nicky Sheats | Opinion
Climate-change mitigation must not only reduce carbon dioxide emissions but also reduce the disproportionate amount of pollution in many environmental-justice communities

November 2, 2017

Kim Guadagno: Running Hard Enough to Become NJ’s Second Woman Governor?
Colleen O'Dea | Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Guadagno has always made herself available to businesspeople and now to her backers, but she remains aloof when it comes to reporters
Governor’s Race 2017: Candidates Deeply Divided on Education
John Mooney | Education, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
From school funding to student testing, Murphy and Guadagno could be speaking different languages
Important Ballot Questions on Library Funding, Pollution Settlements
John Reitmeyer | Politics, Elections 2017
New borrowing for libraries and a constitutional amendment to ensure pollution settlements are not diverted into general budget
Rule Change Expands Addiction Treatment Options for Medicaid Patients
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
New Jersey one of two states to see immediate benefit
DEP Sets Nation’s Strictest Limit on Chemical in Drinking Water
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
PFOA has been linked to cancer, high cholesterol, and developmental problems in young children
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