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November 9, 2018

Highlighting Women as Engineers of NJ’s Blue Wave
Carly Sitrin | Politics, Elections 2018
Members of grassroots groups highlight the thousands of hours of groundwork and advocacy they contributed to help flip congressional seats, say the work will go on
Tensions as Lawmakers Launch Special Investigation of Murphy Hiring Practices
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Woman at center of sexual-assault allegation expected to testify early next month. Murphy official criticizes ‘leak’ of information
The Devil Is in the Details of Community Solar Plan
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Developers want state subsidies but not everybody agrees with that. And activists say low- and moderate-income New Jerseyans should get discounts on their bills
Murphy Signs Law Banning ‘Ghost Guns’ In Latest Effort to Control Firearms in NJ
Colleen O'Dea | Social
Prohibition on homemade, 3D-printed and other ‘ghost guns’ is latest step in governor’s campaign to strengthen already tough gun-control posture
School Elections: There Was More on Tuesday’s Ballot than the Midterms
John Mooney | Education
In 500-plus districts across the state, voters weighed in on who would take seats on school boards. In districts with referenda, spending on security was the dominant issue
Op-Ed: New Jersey Needs Energy Infrastructure That Everyone Can Rely On
Phil Beachem | Opinion
State officials should support enhancements that make our energy more resilient and reliable like natural gas
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November 8, 2018

NJ Democrats Itching to Test Their Strength in D.C. After Close to a Clean Sweep
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Elections 2018
The party hasn’t had results this good in more than a century. Republicans must figure out how to recover from their big losses in Tuesday’s elections
Kim Declares Victory in CD-3 But Vote Count Likely to Continue Through Weekend
Chase Brush | Politics, Elections 2018
Congressman MacArthur doesn’t concede as mail-in ballots still straggle in. Counting of these and provisional ballots will go on
Opinion: Hugin Loss Was Especially Demoralizing for NJ Republicans
Carl Golden | Opinion
It’s nearly 50 years since Garden State voters chose a GOP candidate to represent them in the U.S. Senate. It’s becoming a distant prospect
BPU to Hire Consultant to Help Overhaul Solar Energy Program: Cost Is Key
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Existing program has cost utility ratepayers more than $2.8 billion over a decade. Board of Public Utilities is under pressure to cut costs for utility customers
NJ Tops National Rankings in Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Nine out of 10 acute-care facilities improved or sustained twice-a-year rankings in survey by healthcare watchdog
Atlantic City Gets Higher Credit Rating but Economic Questions Still Hang Over It
John Reitmeyer | Budget
The resort city’s debt grade tumbled to ‘junk’ status during the Great Recession. New rating reflects improvements after state takeover

November 7, 2018

New Jersey’s Rising Blue Tide Raises the Boats of Most Democratic Candidates
Lee Keough | Politics, Elections 2018
Bob Menendez returns to Senate for third term, while Sherrill, Malinowski, and Van Drew all deliver victory speeches
Surprises Amid Flips from Red to Blue, and MacArthur-Kim Still Undecided
Lee Keough | Politics, Elections 2018
Yesterday’s House races met pollsters’ predictions by and large but not everything went as expected and there’s some mopping-up to do
New Jersey Voters Give Thumbs-Up to $500 Million Ballot Question
Tom Johnson | Politics, Elections 2018
Funds will go to expanding career-training facilities at high schools and county colleges, tightening school security, and getting lead out of drinking water at Garden State schools
Union County Tries Out Voting Machines with Paper Backup, First in State
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Elections 2018
New Jersey’s voting system has been deemed one of the least secure in the country. Yesterday, voters in Westfield were the first to use new machines with a paper trail
Murphy Approves New Hospital Fee to Fund Services for Low-Income Patients
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Optional pilot program aims to leverage local healthcare fees to get more federal funding. It targets counties with large poorer populations
Op-Ed: More State Funding for Childcare at Last
Darrin W. Anderson | Opinion
Given growing disparity between state childcare subsidy and true cost of providing that care, the Murphy administration’s recent increased financing is welcome news

November 6, 2018

Real-Time Results for New Jersey's Midterm Elections
NJ Spotlight | Politics, Elections 2018
Minute-by-minute updates for the Senate and House contests, open legislative seats, and the state ballot question
We May Not Learn Results of Several Close Races by End of Tonight — or for Days
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Elections 2018
County clerks say recent changes in electoral law have already caused confusion for some voters, are likely to cause more, and could delay returns in close races
Judge Weighs Other Courts’ Pro-Pipeline Rulings Before PennEast Decision
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Pipeline foes say last-minute request for comments signals court will allow surveying on private land
NJ Lawmakers to Delve Into Deadly Disease Outbreaks at Pediatric Facilities
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
As new infections continue to be diagnosed at two long-term care facilities, legislators to investigate origin of the infections and what state can do to help in such crises
Online Tool Makes It Easier for Municipalities to Share Services
John Reitmeyer | Politics
The push to pool resources is key to driving down property taxes. Website gives local leaders a chance to explore their options — before consolidation is mandated
Op-Ed: My Mother’s Love of Election Day
Susie Wilson | Opinion
Katherine K. Neuberger believed that voting was her highest civic duty and that, despite social and economic inequities, we are all equal at the moment we cast our ballots
NJ Rep. MacArthur Spends $210,000 in Federal Funds on ‘Franked Mail’
WHYY Online | Politics, Elections 2018
South Jersey Republican representative argues total isn’t over the top, money is there for him to spend as he sees fit

November 5, 2018

New NJ Transit Division to Take Advantage of Hefty Real Estate Portfolio
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
A recent audit found the agency relies heavily on revenues from fares. A new law is aimed at leveraging its vast property holdings
After Tough Slog, Campaigning Continues to Bitter End
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Elections 2018
With just one day until the polls open, the politicians aren’t letting up even though the outcome in some districts seems all but certain
Youngest Voters Explain Why Their Votes Matter
NJ Spotlight | Politics, Elections 2018
High school students in greater New Brunswick area shared essays and videos on the ‘Y’ vote with League of Women Voters
Court Faults DEP in Changes to Radon Rules
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Appeals court also upholds finding that largest radon testing company in state committed violations
Feds Choose Rutgers for Regional Mental Health ‘Tech Transfer Center’
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Aim is to help behavioral health services improve their operations along with patient outcomes
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