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Segregation in New Jersey, Neither Chance nor Accident
Colleen O'Dea | May 17, 2018 | Social
Message to governor, argues author and fair-housing advocate, lead the push to truly integrate the Garden State
End of Debt Nightmare in Sight for Students Who’ve Defaulted on Loans
Colleen O'Dea | May 16, 2018 | Education
Senate committee votes out bill requiring NJ Higher Education Assistance Authority to offer loan modification and consolidation to students in default
Online Tool Compares, Contrasts Health Issues in NJ’s Nine Largest Cities
Colleen O'Dea | May 15, 2018 | Healthcare
City Health Dashboard also juxtaposes Garden State data with 500 biggest communities across United States
Some NJ Congressional Primary Candidates Argue Party-Line Politics Are Unfair
Colleen O'Dea | May 14, 2018 | Politics
Deciding who the county party committee will endorse — thus who gets the party line on the ballot — is determined by a patchwork of processes that includes secret votes and show of hands
Paid Family-Leave Bill Would Mean More Time, More Money for Workers
Colleen O'Dea | May 11, 2018 | Politics
Co-sponsor Steve Sweeney calls measure ‘a lifeline for working families,’ but business owners and their advocates balk at the cost
Despite Campaign Promises, Murphy Plans to Raid Affordable-Housing Fund
Colleen O'Dea | May 10, 2018 | Housing
The governor wants to use almost $78 million dedicated to building homes for low- and middle-income residents to plug holes in the general fund
Deep Dive into Data Drives New Report on Guns and Crime
Colleen O'Dea | May 9, 2018 |
Governor announces monthly report — GUNStat — that parses all available data on firearms to help law enforcement fight crime
Red, White, or RosÉ — Assembly Bills to Help Build Up NJ’s Wineries
Colleen O'Dea | May 8, 2018 | More Issues
Eight measures that could make 2018 a very good year for New Jersey wines and the people who make them
The List: NJ’s Honduran Population Will Suffer from Loss of Protected Status
Colleen O'Dea | May 7, 2018 | The List
Administration’s decision to strip Hondurans of temporary protected status could affect 3,700 New Jersey residents and their communities
Interactive Map: Diversity Remains Elusive for NJ Schools and Districts
Colleen O'Dea | May 4, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
Despite efforts to encourage integration, state’s public school system continues to be among the most segregated in the nation
New Jersey First State in Line to Ban Marriage for those Under 18
Colleen O'Dea | May 3, 2018 | Social
Despite some Republican opposition, there’s bipartisan support for effort to prevent teenagers, young girls especially, from being forced into unwanted unions
NJ Supreme Court Ruling Refines State’s Criminal Justice Reform Program
Colleen O'Dea | May 2, 2018 | More Issues
Unanimous decision says judges cannot determine whether to detain someone based solely on crime committed, except in cases of murder, sex trafficking, and other heinous offenses
Q&A with David Socolow, the New Executive Director at HESAA
Colleen O'Dea | May 1, 2018 | Education
The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority is reinventing itself — with some legislative help — as an agency commited to helping students borrow wisely, without incurring a burden of debt
Program to Feed Hungry Kids, Families Should Build on Strong Foundation
Colleen O'Dea | April 30, 2018 | Social
Child and Adult Care Food Program is getting job done, according to report, but could reach more children and parents if it made needed reforms
New Jersey’s Voting Machines: Is Safe Enough Good Enough?
Colleen O'Dea | April 27, 2018 | Politics
Although the state’s voting machines aren’t linked to the internet, experts warn that gives officials a false sense of security. What’s needed are machines that deliver a paper audit trail of every vote
NJ's Top Court Ends Lifetime Registration for Minors Under Megan’s Law
Colleen O'Dea | April 25, 2018 | Social
Unanimous ruling says requiring juvenile sex offenders to register and notify their communities for life is violation of due process
Making Life a Little Easier for Women — or Any Parent — Serving Time in Prison
Colleen O'Dea | April 24, 2018 | Social
High-profile arrests of prison guards charged with sexual assault in state’s only women’s prison draw attention to problems some lawmakers say have been neglected too long
The List: Dems Who’ve Scored Big Using Website for Small Donations
Colleen O'Dea | April 22, 2018 | The List
ActBlue’s digital fundraising tools let voters make mostly small donations to the candidates and causes they support — and has pulled in $3.6 million to date
Interactive Map: Where New Jerseyans Are Hungriest
Colleen O'Dea | April 20, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
Federal legislation before Congress could strip thousands of New Jersey’s most vulnerable citizens of their SNAP food-assistance benefits
NJ Supreme Court Rules No Taxpayer Money to Restore Active Churches
Colleen O'Dea | April 19, 2018 | More Issues
State’s top court decides taxpayer funds cannot be awarded to houses of worship still serving a congregation, even if goal is historic preservation of church structures
Who’s in the Money? NJ’s 2018 Congressional Primaries — And Sole Senate Race
Colleen O'Dea | April 18, 2018 | Politics
With the first quarter reports filed, this year’s contests are already shaping up to be expensive
Whether Undocumented Students Get State Financial Aid Now Down to Murphy
Colleen O'Dea | April 16, 2018 | Immigration
Immigrants, advocacy groups look to Democratic governor to sign off on financial aid program that would help New Jersey’s undocumented students attend college
Can Automatic Voter Registration Fill Out NJ’s Anemic Voter Rolls?
Colleen O'Dea | April 13, 2018 | Politics
Both houses pass versions of a bill that would automatically register voters when they visit motor vehicles — or other state agencies that interact with the public
Pain Relief for College Students Overburdened by Loan Debt
Colleen O'Dea | April 12, 2018 | Education
Legislators turn their attention to problems facing student borrowers, backing bills that would keep them from being overwhelmed by loan repayments
Should New Jersey Start Banking on a State Bank?
Colleen O'Dea | April 11, 2018 | Politics
Advocates say a public bank — an idea talked up by Murphy during his campaign — could create jobs, boost state earnings, and increase economic activity
Curbing the Influence of Special-Interest Groups on NJ Elections
Colleen O'Dea | April 10, 2018 | Politics
State’s independent election watchdog and Democratic and Republican lawmakers push to revise New Jersey’s campaign-finance laws
The List: No NJ Baby Bust for Unmarried Women Ages 35 and Older
Colleen O'Dea | April 9, 2018 | The List
But census data shows that births to unmarried teens plummeted by 80 percent
Interactive Map: Wealthy Suburbs Biggest Winners in NJ Property-Tax Deduction
Colleen O'Dea | April 6, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
Homeowners in best-off communities save far more than residents of low-income cities — and are likely to save even more if Legislature adopts governor’s proposal to raise the deduction
Making Sure Murphy Administration Prioritizes Environmental Justice
Colleen O'Dea | April 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Activists argue poor communities of color have been adversely affected by pollution in all its forms for far too long
Menendez’s First Campaign Video: Just a Regular Guy Fighting for New Jerseyans
Colleen O'Dea | April 4, 2018 | Politics
But Republican Hugin is first on the tube with a TV spot labeled ‘Disgraced’
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