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Weinberg: Language in New Anti-harassment Rule Is ‘Affront to Survivors’
Colleen O'Dea | April 19, 2019 | More Issues
Civil Service spokesman says proposed rule will reflect what Gov. Phil Murphy wants
With Kean’s Declaration, NJ’s 2020 Congressional Races Are Off and Running
Colleen O'Dea | April 18, 2019 | Politics
GOP already out gunning for state’s four freshman Democrats who flipped their districts from red to blue, characterizing them as ‘socialists’
Newark NIMBY on State Plan to Build Juvenile Justice Facility in Brick City
Colleen O'Dea | April 16, 2019 | Social
Social justice advocates argue money earmarked for incarceration would be better spent on rehabilitation
The List: NJ Schools that ‘Underachieve’ in Serving Free Breakfast to Students
Colleen O'Dea | April 15, 2019 | The List
The top 10 high-poverty schools in New Jersey that serve breakfast to fewer than 20 percent of eligible schoolgoers
Lawsuit Challenges Gender Designation Rule in Party Committee Elections
Colleen O'Dea | April 12, 2019 | Politics
The one-male/one female rule for each district was an attempt to ensure that women could play a role in politics
New Jersey Gives Hate and Hate Crimes Fewer Places to Hide
Colleen O'Dea | April 10, 2019 | Social
Attorney general’s office releases new guidelines for handling bias crimes, calls on Facebook to monitor Ocean County group ‘inciting violence against Orthodox Jews’
Pay-to-play Filings for 2018 Show Dip in Contributions by Contractors
Colleen O'Dea | April 9, 2019 | Politics
Report shows more than 1,900 companies that did business with state, county, municipal and other public entities in 2018 made $9M+ in political contributions
Middlesex County Democrats Try to Overturn ‘Outdated’ Gender Rule
Colleen O'Dea | April 8, 2019 | Politics
The county, like some others, still requires voters to choose one male and one female for county party committees. Critic calls it ‘classic’ sex and gender discrimination
Closing NJ’s ‘Shameful’ Wealth Gap Between Whites, People of Color
Colleen O'Dea | April 4, 2019 | Social, The Booker Beat
Social advocacy group urges Garden State to get behind Individual Development Accounts, a matched approach to savings funded by participants, nonprofits, and the state
Amid Lingering Concerns, State Report on Bail Reform Notes Successes
Colleen O'Dea | April 3, 2019 | Social
A report by the state judiciary shows that fears of ‘chaos’ and ‘mayhem’ have failed to come to fruition
All Quiet on Primary Front — with State Assembly Races Topping 2019 Ballot
Colleen O'Dea | April 2, 2019 | Politics
Even with Democratic or Republican contests in more than 40 percent of Assembly districts, mostly party loyalists will turn out, and nominations likely to go those who have the party line
NJ Urged to Put More Money and Speed Into 2020 Census Preparations
Colleen O'Dea | April 1, 2019 | Politics
Events take place across the state today to highlight next year’s census, but some advocates are concerned that New Jersey is late to the task and is not spending enough
Key Questions on Sale of Westminster Choir College to Chinese Unanswered
Colleen O'Dea | March 29, 2019 | Education
Assistant Attorney General describes response of prospective seller, Rider University, as ‘less than optimal’
For Young Men of Color in Newark, Life Remains a Struggle
Colleen O'Dea | March 28, 2019 | Social
Despite homicide rates far higher than their peers statewide, and lower graduation rates, new report also reveals hopes for a better city and a better future
Trenton Tackles NJ’s Foreclosure Rate, Down but Still Highest in Nation
Colleen O'Dea | March 27, 2019 | Housing
According to state officials, there are 20,000 active foreclosure cases currently making their way through the courts
Making Imprisonment in NJ Easier on Women Prisoners, Families
Colleen O'Dea | March 25, 2019 | Social
‘Prison is truly a shared sentence as children directly suffer from the consequences of their parents’ sentences,’ says Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez
2017-2018 School Report Cards Track Police Involvement in Incidents
Colleen O'Dea | March 21, 2019 | Education
Violence and bullying most prevalent incidents. More than 150,000 instruction days lost statewide due to student suspensions
Group May Head Back to Court over Lack of NJ School Desegregation
Colleen O'Dea | March 20, 2019 | Education, Social
A lawsuit filed last year claims residency rules are to blame for lack of diversity in New Jersey public education
Dark-Money Bill Advances, Sans Requirement for Retroactive Reporting
Colleen O'Dea | March 19, 2019 | Politics
Is New Jersey actually close to legislation that would require all groups that engage in electioneering and lobbying disclose major donors?
Low-Speed Electric Bikes Get Go-Ahead from NJ Lawmakers
Colleen O'Dea | March 18, 2019 | More Issues
Current state regulations are not up to speed with e-bikes, causing confusion for some police departments
Sweeney, Murphy Deal to End Showdown Over Homeless Aid
Colleen O'Dea | March 15, 2019 | Politics
Accord paves way for needy New Jerseyans to get additional emergency housing assistance, and spares governor a veto override
Even at $90M, Lobbyist Spending in 2018 Dips to Lowest Level in Four Years
Colleen O'Dea | March 14, 2019 | Politics
More than 950 outfits filed lobbying reports with Election Law Enforcement Commission, but public still has no window into spending at local level
Interactive Map: 2018 Graduation Rate, NJ’s Best in Recent Years
Colleen O'Dea | March 11, 2019 | Maps, Map of the Week
The rate rose for almost every category of graduate. And, after years of not reporting data by gender, 2018 results show girls graduated at higher rate than boys
With Aid from Trenton Flat, Municipal Officials Foresee Problems
Colleen O'Dea | March 8, 2019 | Budget
While inflation has risen 21 percent since mid-2007, total state aid to towns is down almost 11 percent over that time
Nonprofits Do More with Less but Fear Tax Revamp Will Hit Charitable Intake
Colleen O'Dea | March 7, 2019 | Social
Amid growing demand for their services, the worry is that federal income-tax overhaul could lead some people to donate less to key service organizations
Accurate Census Count in NJ Needs State Money, Governor Is Told
Colleen O'Dea | March 4, 2019 | Politics
Concern that New Jersey could lose out on federal funds — and even lose a seat in the House of Representatives — if special efforts not made in ‘hard-to-count’ areas
New Jersey’s Grassroots Reform Groups Coalesce into Loose Coalition
Colleen O'Dea | March 1, 2019 | Politics
Groups that came together during the 2016 presidential elections or cut their political teeth on the state’s 2018 midterms are pushing on with reform agendas
Interactive Map: The High, Low, and In Between of NJ’s Property Taxes
Colleen O'Dea | February 28, 2019 | Maps, Map of the Week
Taxes edged up by less than 1 percent in the past year, the smallest bump in decades, but the dollar amount homeowners actually pay is all over the map
The State of New Jersey’s Babies Is Strong but Lagging in Important Areas
Colleen O'Dea | February 27, 2019 | More Issues
Robust family supports give New Jersey’s babies a good start in life. Yet our youngest residents don’t do as well on key health indicators
Murphy Urged to Work with Lawmakers on Emergency Housing Aid as Clock Ticks
Colleen O'Dea | February 26, 2019 | Politics
Advocates have asked governor to compromise on a bill expanding aid for the homeless, while an attempted override of his veto of the bill looms
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