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May 31, 2018

Opinion: Ending New Jersey’s Policy of Cruel and Usual Punishment
R. William Potter | Opinion
Undocumented immigrants are often tried and sentenced to deportation without benefit of legal counsel
Primary Fight in South Jersey Exposes Rift in Democratic Party
Nancy Solomon | WNYC News | Primary 2018
It's a divisive issue for Democrats: Back a candidate who speaks to the values of the party or one who can potentially win back conservatives and independents

May 30, 2018

Murphy Offers Loan Aid, Intern Funding to Keep STEM Students and Jobs in NJ
John Reitmeyer | Education, Politics
Students in high-tech fields would be eligible for up to $8,000 in debt forgiveness, in program governor promotes as ‘small down payment’ for significant economic return
Elbow to Elbow in the 11th as Democrats Jostle to Succeed Frelinghuysen
Carly Sitrin | Politics, Primary 2018
With longtime Republican congressman not running, five contenders vie for chance to flip district from red to blue
With No Incumbent in the 11th, Broad Range of Republicans Vie for Chance
Carly Sitrin | Politics, Primary 2018
Primary hopefuls include traditional party members, social moderates, and one contender who promises to use an online app to make sure he votes the way his constituents want
The Primary Color is Green: Candidates Raise $40M and Counting to Sway Your Vote
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Primary 2018
With the largest field of candidates in decades fighting for places on the November ballot, it’s raining dollars for many New Jersey political job applicants
Will New Jersey Ban the Bag — or Impose 5-Cent Fee on Each One?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
One piece of legislation would phase out plastic bags entirely, while another would charge consumers a nickel — with the money going toward lead abatement
Commonwealth Fund Report Shows Healthcare Gains, But Gaps Persist
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
New Jersey finishes in middle of the pack nationally, with room to improve in several key areas, like preventative care and hospital readmissions for elderly
Op-Ed: The Myth of Sisyphus and the Achievement Gap
John Kellmayer | Opinion
The tension between Americans’ belief in equality of educational opportunity and personal liberty means there will always be an achievement gap

May 29, 2018

State's Top Doc to Launch Peer-to-Peer Medical Marijuana Pitch
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Forum seeks to help medical faculty, students, and others better understand potential uses and prescription protocols of the state’s medicinal cannabis program
Bill to End Banking of Sick Days Draws Angry Outcry from Public-Sector Unions
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
Assembly panel moves bill, despite PBA president saying he is ‘befuddled’ by Democratic backing. Other union heads join in outraged chorus
Battle is Red-Hot Between Democrats Who Want to Take on Republican Lance
Carly Sitrin | Politics, Primary 2018
Democratic operatives believe 7th District seat held by GOP congressman is ripe for turning ‘red to blue’ but first they’ve to settle on their own candidate
Federal Agency Says NJ Must Bear Full Cost of $1.2B Transmission Line
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
BPU argues reliability upgrade mandated by regional grid operator benefits New Jersey and New York, but FERC says Garden State must foot the bill
NJ Panel Urges Tighter Chemical Rule as EPA Mulls National Standard
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
If DEP adopts nation’s strictest proposal regarding PFOS, regulators could require public water systems and private well owners to limit amount of chemical in drinking water to 13 ppt
Murphy Holds to Christie’s Controversial Funding of State House Rehab
John Reitmeyer | Politics
As a candidate, governor said ‘citizens ought to be outraged’ by complicated and secretive planning of project. Administration now says ‘undoing the deal’ not feasible
Op-Ed: Finding Root Causes for High Preterm Birth Rates Among Black Women
Stephanie Annang | Opinion
Racial inequality is a chronic stressor that takes a cumulative toll on African-American women, increasing the chance they will have health problems at younger ages

May 25, 2018

NJ Leaders Scramble to Protect Obamacare Gains Against Federal Threats
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
As Trump administration’s attacks on Affordable Care Act take a toll, legislators put up ramparts to try to defend the law in Garden State
Interactive Map: Cities Continue to Gain Residents, While Burbs Dwindle
Colleen O'Dea | Map of the Week
Millennials, immigrants, and even a few baby boomers driving population gains in the Garden State’s urban counties
Republican Candidates in the Seventh, a Microcosm of Today’s GOP
Carly Sitrin | Politics, Primary 2018
Lance, the incumbent, has the money and the experience, but is he vulnerable to a challenge from the left or the right wing of his party?
NJ Will Go to Court over SALT ‘Workaround’ After IRS Warns It Will Stymie It
John Reitmeyer | Politics
After agency questions legality of NJ's new law, Attorney General Grewal gives notice that Murphy administration will defend it all the way
Opinion: Remembering Our Heroes
Richard F. Keevey | Opinion
On Memorial Day, we both celebrate what made our country great and acknowledge our responsibilities for its future
Coalition Wants More Tax Hikes on NJ’S Wealthy to Aid Low-Income Residents
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Group supports governor’s plan for $1.7 billion in increased taxes, also proposes renewal of estate tax and other levies
At PJM Capacity Auction, Good News for Utilities — for Customers, Not So Much
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Power grid operator secures the electricity needed to keep the lights on, but consumers can expect to see higher bills
Taking a Peek at $300M State House Restoration
NJTV News | More Issues
The renovation project was controversial. But, even at this early stage, the work is uncovering an architectural gem
New Jersey Governor Backs Out of Live Call-In Show
Rebeca Ibarra | Politics
Murphy balks at presence of Politico reporter in line-up

May 24, 2018

Murphy Signing Radically Alters NJ’s Energy Policies, Protects Nuclear
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Governor puts signature to bill calling for half of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030
Poor Security of NJ Election System and Russian Hackers Prompt Move to Revamp
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Primary 2018
No agreement on best voting machines, but consensus that they should allow for a paper trail so that results could be properly audited
Newark Health Centers Working to Reduce Health Disparities
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Addressing the massive gaps in maternal health and infant mortality between black and white women and children
Sorting Out District 2’s Crowded Field of Contenders
Hank Kalet | Politics, Primary 2018
Seven candidates — four Democrats and three Republicans — are vying for a chance at the House seat opened up by LoBiondo’s retirement
Byrne Bows out of Key Investment Panel as Murphy Puts His Stamp on It
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Son of former governor satisfied he helped draw attention to state pension system’s huge unfunded liability and need for action
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