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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
Republicans Reach Across Aisle to Work on Reforming Sick-Day Payouts
Colleen O'Dea | March 31, 2017 | Politics
Bipartisan effort spurred by NJ Spotlight’s analysis of flawed system that has let public workers amass nearly $2 billion in unused sick and vacation leave
Profile: Keeping Tabs on Money, Politics, and Ethics in New Jersey Elections
Colleen O'Dea | March 29, 2017 | Profiles
As executive director of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, Jeffrey Brindle has his work cut out for him — and he loves it
Interactive Map: Detailing New Jersey’s National Flood Insurance Payments
Colleen O'Dea | March 24, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
New Jerseyans have been hard hit by floods over the past four decades, receiving almost $6 billion in NFIP payments
Immigrant Entrepreneur Argues Trump Travel Ban Is Bad for Small Businesses
Colleen O'Dea | March 16, 2017 | Immigration
For Samia Bahsoun, the administration’s just-blocked executive order has three strikes against it: It hurts tourism, damages the economy, and makes it hard to find high-tech help
Poor, Elderly Stand to Be Hardest Hit Under GOP Healthcare Plan
Colleen O'Dea | March 15, 2017 | Healthcare
NJ Spotlight interactive map lets readers compare tax credits they would get from ACA versus AHCA on county-by-county basis
The List: NJ and Administration’s Travel Ban on ‘Mostly Muslim’ Countries
Colleen O'Dea | March 13, 2017 | The List
New Jersey is home to about 9,500 people that the Trump administration’s new ban could seek to keep out
Interactive Map: Who in NJ Would Get Hurt by Repealing and Replacing the ACA?
Colleen O'Dea | March 10, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
New Jersey residents benefited greatly from Obamacare Medicaid expansion. If the program is rolled back, men, women, and children in every county will be affected
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