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Is New Jersey Ready to Train the Spotlight on Dark Money?
Colleen O'Dea | February 21, 2019 | Politics
The upper house is expected to vote today on a bill that would disclose the identity of sizable dark-money donors, possibly pushing it closer to becoming law
NJ Court’s Major Ruling on Disability Payments for Volunteer Firefighters
Colleen O'Dea | February 20, 2019 | More Issues
Supreme Court’s unanimous decision could have significant implications for thousands of emergency service volunteers and could increase municipal costs
The List: NJ Schools are Most Often Named for These Figures in History
Colleen O'Dea | February 19, 2019 | The List
Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt: Spot the connection in the naming convention for many of New Jersey’s public schools
Interactive Map: Stats Show Lack of Diversity in Front of NJ Classrooms
Colleen O'Dea | February 15, 2019 | Maps, Map of the Week
Numerous studies have shown the benefits of a diverse teaching force, both for students of color and for all pupils
Zwicker Wants NJ to Enact Robust Internet Privacy Protections
Colleen O'Dea | February 14, 2019 | More Issues
Assemblyman says New Jersey shouldn’t wait for federal action, must take own measures to give consumers power over their personal data
Fewer NJ Kids Eating Breakfast at School Means More Hungry Children
Colleen O'Dea | February 13, 2019 | Social
State ranks dead last in percentage of schools eligible for federal nutrition funds that actually participate in the program, according to new report
Lawmakers Move to Improve Paid Family Leave Program in New Jersey
Colleen O'Dea | February 11, 2019 | Social
Supporters wait for governor to sign legislation that would expand benefits — at a higher cost to workers — while also expanding state’s temporary disability program
Lawmakers Seeking More Diversity Among NJ’s Public School Teachers
Colleen O'Dea | February 8, 2019 | Education
Tackling thorny issue in a state where minorities are 56 percent of student enrollments, while just 16 percent of teachers are non-white
Package of Bills Hopes to Knock NJ Out of the Top Spot in Foreclosures
Colleen O'Dea | February 7, 2019 | Housing
Legislation would help owners struggling to make their mortgage payments, as well as get foreclosed properties back in circulation sooner, adding to housing stock and reducing neighborhood blight
‘Reasonable Suspicion’ Lacking in Neptune Motel Arrests — Supreme Court
Colleen O'Dea | February 6, 2019 | Social
Charges from a noise complaint that led to arrest of two men on weapons possession raise Fourth Amendment issues for state’s top court
Lawmakers Approve Mechanism to Support Arts Through Property Taxes
Colleen O'Dea | February 5, 2019 | Budget
Measure OK’d by the Assembly would allow local governments to create dedicated tax levy for local artistic and cultural projects, pending voter approval
Day 1: Booker Takes Different Tack from NJ Predecessors in His Campaign for President
Colleen O'Dea | February 4, 2019 | Politics
Compare and contrast: The fourth New Jerseyan since 2000 to try for the Oval Office has an uncommon style and message
Booker Is the Latest Democrat to Announce He’ll Run for President in 2020
Colleen O'Dea | February 1, 2019 | Politics
After sharing the news with his Twitter followers this morning, New Jersey’s junior Senator is expected to hold a press conference in Newark today
Surprise, Anger Over Governor’s Veto on Emergency Aid
Colleen O'Dea | February 1, 2019 | More Issues
Citing budgetary concerns, Murphy vetoes measure that would have provided additional emergency aid to some in danger of becoming homeless
NJ Lawmakers Continue to Chip Away at Boulder-Sized Problem of Student Debt
Colleen O'Dea | January 31, 2019 | More Issues
Two bills slated to come before committee today hope to ease financial burdens on college students and their families and help them rehabilitate loans that are in default
Lawmakers Mull ‘Unintended Consequences’ Of Minimum Wage Hike
Colleen O'Dea | January 30, 2019 | Budget, Politics
Raising the wage floor to $15 an hour could make some workers and families ineligible for state and federal assistance programs
Wage-Theft Law in the Cards — with Lighter Penalties For ‘Honest’ Mistakes
Colleen O'Dea | January 29, 2019 | Politics
New Jersey businesspeople and advocates worry that simple mistakes could end up costing them big, and some lawmakers share their concerns
Grassroots Activists Behind Midterm Blue Wave in NJ Say They’re Not Going Away
Colleen O'Dea | January 28, 2019 | Politics
Most groups are still active. Some are keeping their focus on the U.S. Congress, some on state and local politics. A few are retooling
Audit Sparks Overlapping Probes Into State Business Incentive Programs
Colleen O'Dea | January 25, 2019 | Budget, Politics
Two investigations — a task force empaneled by Gov. Phil Murphy and a joint hearing scheduled by the Legislature — are announced hours apart
Explainer: What Is Dark Money and Why Is it Such a Problem?
Colleen O'Dea | January 24, 2019 | Explainer
Groups unfettered by campaign finance regulations are wielding more and more influence on elections. New Jersey legislators are taking steps to regulate their activities
NJ Supreme Court Dismisses Massive Backlog of Municipal Cases and Warrants
Colleen O'Dea | January 22, 2019 | More Issues
Almost 800,000 cases discharged as key recommendation of a report that was highly critical of New Jersey’s municipal courts is implemented
Interactive Map: IRS Data Shows New Jersey Loses Out In Relocation Game
Colleen O'Dea | January 18, 2019 | Maps, Map of the Week
Mining the returns of those who have moved in and moved out, a report by the federal taxman pegs the Garden State as a net population loser
Murphy Calls for Returning Right to Vote to Felons on Probation or Parole
Colleen O'Dea | January 17, 2019 | Politics
In State of State address, governor comes out publicly for controversial reform, seeks other ways to expand right to vote, stops short of supporting efforts to re-enfranchise felons still in jail
Report: College Aid for Prisoners Pays Dividends for All Down the Line
Colleen O'Dea | January 16, 2019 | Social
Advocates say study shows federal law keeping Pell Grants from the incarcerated should be overturned
Has Murphy Made Good on His Promises? Taking Stock at the 1-Year Mark
Colleen O'Dea | January 15, 2019 | Politics
The governor hasn’t realized several of his top priorities. Some observers blame inexperience or his desire to be liked, but one lays the fault squarely at the door of Sweeney and Coughlin
Survey Finds Persistent Bullying of LGBTQ Students in NJ High Schools
Colleen O'Dea | January 14, 2019 | Social
‘The numbers are alarming,’ says Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, who was a prime sponsor of anti-bullying legislation. She’s working on a new measure
Murphy-Sweeney Feud Could Lead to Laws Shining More Light on Dark Money
Colleen O'Dea | January 10, 2019 | Politics
As issue-advocacy group tied to Murphy goes back on promise to disclose donors, Sweeney fast-tracks legislation that has been sidelined for years
High Court Ruling Makes It Easier for Drug-Court Grads to Wipe Slate Clean
Colleen O'Dea | January 9, 2019 | Social
Decision is praised by advocates as fulfilling intent of 2016 law offering recovered addicts with minor crime records a new start life
NJ Wants to Redirect Unspent Federal Aid to Help Last Sandy Victims Get Home
Colleen O'Dea | January 8, 2019 | Housing
State would use $50 million for people to finish rebuilding their damaged homes and another $10 to construct multi-family affordable units
The List: Assembly Races to Watch in 2019 as Dems Seek to Keep Control, Cement Gains
Colleen O'Dea | January 7, 2019 | The List
Grassroots groups had a big effect on the 2018 midterm elections. Will they have as much influence on this year’s Assembly elections even as Democrats try to cement their power in the lower house?
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