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Immigration Crackdown Reaches Deep into New Jersey Communities
Colleen O'Dea | August 18, 2017 | 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
Profile: National Advocate for Public Schools Says Stakes Are High
Colleen O'Dea | August 17, 2017 | 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’
The List: Tallying Up the Top 10 Counties with Jobs in the Tourism Industry
Colleen O'Dea | August 16, 2017 | 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
Charting Student Loan Debt Across the Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | August 11, 2017 | Education, Map of the Week
Which New Jersey students leave school with the most debt? Which are carrying the least?
Will Affordable-Housing Decision Be Derailed by Judge’s Ties to Developer?
Colleen O'Dea | August 10, 2017 | Planning
Judge ruled South Brunswick must build 3,000 units of affordable housing, but township wants decision set aside due to ‘appearance of impropriety’
Law Caps Size of Student Loans to Keep Them from Overburdening Borrowers
Colleen O'Dea | August 9, 2017 | Education
Goal is to put a check on HESAA, which has come in for criticisms of its ‘predatory’ lending practices
New Jersey and Data-Driven Innovation: Imperfect Together
Colleen O'Dea | August 7, 2017 | More Issues
Garden State just squeaks into top half of states doing good job encouraging and enabling use of new data technologies, digital infrastructure
Never Too Early to Plan a House Race in 3 Targeted Republican Districts
Colleen O'Dea | August 4, 2017 | Politics
Democrats are already gearing up to take on Frelinghuysen, Lance, and MacArthur, but are their efforts strategic planning or wishful thinking?
NJ’s Top Court Rules Pay Increases May Stay in Effect After Contracts Expire
Colleen O'Dea | August 3, 2017 | More Issues
NJ high court says contracts can specify annual increases to be paid beyond the term of the contract itself
State’s Top Court Rules Witnesses Not Required at Pretrial Hearings
Colleen O'Dea | August 2, 2017 | Social
In a move to further refine New Jersey’s criminal justice reform, Supreme Court says prosecution doesn’t have to call witnesses to determine if accused can be held in jail
Mother of Murder Victim Sues to End NJ’s Criminal Justice Reform
Colleen O'Dea | August 1, 2017 | Social
June Rodgers’ lawsuit — which names Christie, AG Porrino and others — claims bail reform put son’s killer on the street, even though he was a repeat offender
Interactive Map: Teacher, Administrative Salaries Edge Higher Across the State
Colleen O'Dea | July 28, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
The lowest average salaries for teachers and other education professionals tend to be found in charters and small, elementary school districts
Candidates for Governor Name Their Running Mates … But Does It Matter?
Colleen O'Dea | July 27, 2017 | Politics
Pollsters say people tend to vote the top of the ticket. Besides, a lieutenant governor can be low profile to the point of invisibility
Legislators Go Only Part Way to Help Those Struggling with Student Loans
Colleen O'Dea | July 26, 2017 | Education
Progress has definitely been made, but a loan rehabilitation program for those in default seems to have been abandoned
Christie’s CV of Family Leave Bill ‘Guts’ Expanded Program, Critics Claim
Colleen O'Dea | July 25, 2017 | Politics
Advocates look to next governor for approval; one pol dismisses governor’s veto message as ‘more snark than fact’
Treatment for Heroin Use Leads Substance-Abuse Programs in Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | July 20, 2017 | Healthcare
Latest data from NJ Department of Human Services indicates heroin accounts for more than 40 percent of treatments statewide
Campaigning for Governor Isn’t Enough, Start Planning a Transition — Now
Colleen O'Dea | July 19, 2017 | Politics
Now’s the time to start studying floor plans, picking a chief of staff, planning a post-election schedule — and learning from advice of past governors
Legislating Against Blacklisting to Help Tenants Find Better Housing
Colleen O'Dea | July 18, 2017 | Housing
Landlords deny that it’s done, but tenants who withhold rent to protest unhealthy living conditions often can’t find another place to live
Peace in Long Valley? Maybe Not When the Talk Turns to Politics
Colleen O'Dea | July 17, 2017 | Politics
When it comes to national affairs, political discussions in this small hamlet can get pretty heated — yet the locals seem to find it hard to steer clear of just those topics
Interactive Map: Economic Fortunes of Different Hispanic Groups Vary Widely
Colleen O'Dea | July 14, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
NJ’s Hispanic population grows but new census data reveal wide disparities in income, poverty, health insurance
Money Still Makes Biggest Difference to Kids’ Wellbeing in NJ
Colleen O'Dea | July 10, 2017 | Social
But even wealthiest counties can improve in some ways while the poorest do surprisingly well in some aspects of education, health, and safety
Most Voter Data Requested by Trump Administration Already Public in New Jersey
Colleen O'Dea | July 7, 2017 | Politics
Despite availability of information, federal and state officials, civil rights organizations argue NJ should not comply with request
The List: Think Murphy’s a Big Spender? He’s Been Outspent Handily in the Past
Colleen O'Dea | July 5, 2017 | The List
$60 million here, $50 million there: Which candidates opened their wallets widest in their not-always-successful pursuit of office?
Interactive Map: The Geography of NJ’s Juvenile Justice System
Colleen O'Dea | June 30, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
Youth prisons, according to critics, are expensive, underutilized, and ineffective and should be shut down in favor of community-based programs
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
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