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Expanded Family Leave Bill Reaches Christie, But Its Future Is Uncertain
Colleen O'Dea | June 28, 2017 | Social
Measure doubles amount of paid leave available, bumps up weekly payments, adds job protection
New Plan for Horizon Could Require Insurer to Turn Funds over to NJ
Colleen O'Dea | June 27, 2017 | Healthcare
Contentious meeting hammers out regulations, one of which could establish a maximum surplus size that insurer could maintain before disbursing funds
Profile: Former Corporate Employee Whose New Job Is Turning Around Kids’ Lives
Colleen O'Dea | June 22, 2017 | Profiles
Retha Onitiri doesn’t believe in setting her goals too low; she just wants to remake the state’s system of juvenile incarceration
Supreme Court Rules OPRA Applies to Email, Other Electronic Data
Colleen O'Dea | June 21, 2017 | Politics
In strongly worded reversal of lower court decision, top court says information stored electronically by state agencies qualifies as ‘government records’
Murphy, Guadagno Make Their First Post-Primary Play for a Business Audience
Colleen O'Dea | June 15, 2017 | Politics
Murphy doesn’t back down from $15 minimum wage at New Jersey Business & Industry gathering; Guadagno — who gets ‘standing O’ — wants to give folks a chance to get to know her
Does Politics Have a Role to Play in Pastoral Long Valley?
Colleen O'Dea | June 13, 2017 | Politics
Our first foray into a new series called Voting Block, whose goal is to get neighbors talking about their political beliefs — and hopefully listening to one another
Interactive Map: Where New Jersey’s Most Generous Political Donors Live
Colleen O'Dea | June 2, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week, Elections 2017
Campaign spending in the run-up to the primaries continues to track record-breaking amounts, reaching almost $37 million as of May 23
Democratic, Republican Candidates Detail Plans for Affordable Housing
Colleen O'Dea | June 2, 2017 | Housing, Elections 2017
Courting millennials, building tiny houses, adding a cabinet-level position — gubernatorial candidates have plenty to say on this controversial topic
Gubernatorial Candidates Take Aim at New Jersey's Gun-Control Laws
Colleen O'Dea | June 1, 2017 | Elections 2017
Concealed carry and faster permitting, smart-gun technology and background checks, what do the hopefuls have to say on this controversial subject?
Gubernatorial Candidates Talk Undocumented Immigrants, Legalized Pot
Colleen O'Dea | May 31, 2017 | Elections 2017
What is it that separates the candidates from both parties on these two pressing topics?
More Than Just a Facelift, User-Friendly ELEC Site Delivers Wealth of Data
Colleen O'Dea | May 30, 2017 | Elections 2017
Sophisticated search tools make it a snap to drill down into campaign contributions, near-real time filings from gubernatorial candidates, and much more
Lesniak Fails to Muster Votes to Override Christie Veto of Puppy Mill Measure
Colleen O'Dea | May 26, 2017 | More Issues
Senator’s impassioned appeal not enough to push through bill that would strengthen restrictions on pet shops, breeding facilities
An Old-Fashioned Horse Race to See Who Will Be Next Assembly Speaker
Colleen O'Dea | May 25, 2017 | Elections 2017
Relative unknown Craig Coughlin says he already has the political backing to take the speakership from Vincent Prieto — two weeks before the primaries
Prieto, Sweeney: Separate Takes on Expanding Family Leave
Colleen O'Dea | May 24, 2017 | Politics, Social
Both favor boosting paid time off and increasing how much workers can collect while they’re not on the job — the differences are in the details
The List: Top 10 States Contributing to NJ’s Gubernatorial Hopefuls
Colleen O'Dea | May 22, 2017 | The List, Elections 2017
New Jersey led the list, as expected, but money rolled in from nearby New York and Pennsylvania, as well as Florida and California
In Second GOP Debate, Guadagno and Ciattarelli Trade Shots About Taxes
Colleen O'Dea | May 19, 2017 | Elections 2017
Despite accusations of lying and hypocrisy, candidates do agree on some topics — such as such as relaxing the state's gun control laws and decriminalizing marijuana
Interactive Map: Obamacare Part of People’s Lives Across All ZIP Codes
Colleen O'Dea | May 19, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
The federal government recently released detailed data on the 2017 open enrollment period, making it possible to map highest concentrations of ACA coverage across the state
Senate, Assembly Primary Races on Track to Being Most Expensive in NJ History
Colleen O'Dea | May 16, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Tweny-nine days before the primaries, Democrats and Republicans have raised $29.4 million, the highest total since at least 2011
In the Money: What the Gubernatorial Hopefuls Have Spent Thus Far
Colleen O'Dea | May 11, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
ELEC’s latest pre-election finance reports put Murphy way out ahead (no surprise), but has anyone come close?
Leading GOP Candidates for Governor Come Out Swinging, Pull No Punches
Colleen O'Dea | May 10, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
At first of two Republican debates, Guadagno and Ciattarelli stake out their territories, try to flesh out their visions
Interactive Map: NJ Water Systems Out of Compliance with Federal Standards
Colleen O'Dea | May 5, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
A new report from the NRDC reveals that nearly 4.5 million residents are served by systems with at least one violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act
At Social Justice Forum Democrats Make Time to Pile on Frontrunner
Colleen O'Dea | May 2, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
All six Democratic hopefuls, two Republicans, debate and digress at 'conversation' hosted by NJ Institute for Social Justice and NAACP NJ State Conference
Christie Sends Back Puppy Mill Bill, Cites Constitutional Concerns
Colleen O'Dea | May 2, 2017 | Politics
Governor’s conditional veto guts bill’s restrictions and penalties, according to backers; prime sponsor Lesniak vows override of CV
Puppy Wars: The Fight to Shut Puppy Mills Without Hurting Genuine Breeders
Colleen O'Dea | April 28, 2017 | More Issues
Advocates of pending legislation say it will help prevent puppy mills from selling animals in New Jersey, while opponents argue it will make things much tougher on legitimate breeders
Financial Transparency Almost Unknown Among NJ Gubernatorial Hopefuls
Colleen O'Dea | April 19, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
ELEC personal disclosure forms require almost no detailed financial data, and most candidates seem content to leave it at that
The List: Top 10 Public Contractors and Their Political Contributions
Colleen O'Dea | April 17, 2017 | The List
Complexity and confusion about the law may have discouraged contractors from contributing directly to candidates and parties last year
True or False? The More You Know, the More Likely You Are to Believe ‘Fake News’
Colleen O'Dea | April 13, 2017 | Politics
A recent poll shows that New Jerseyans with deep political knowledge are most susceptible to conspiracy theories about the opposite party
Interactive Map: Present or Absent — Teachers and Students at NJ’s Schools
Colleen O'Dea | April 7, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
Chronic absenteeism remains a problem at too many schools, but faculty earn an A for attendance
Crowded Fields, Contested Primaries Come into Focus as Candidates File
Colleen O'Dea | April 4, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Murphy may be unchallengeable, but a battle could be shaping up on Republican side for gubernatorial nomination
Accumulated Sick-Day Payouts: ‘Local’ Problem Hits $2 Billion and Counting
Colleen O'Dea | March 31, 2017 | Politics, Maps, Map of the Week
Pay for unused absences was capped at $15,000 in 2010, but public employees hired before that at school districts, towns, and counties across the state can still rack up six-figure payouts
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