Waiting/forgetting/not knowing which to do

Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worse kind of suffering. Paulo Coelho

There is too much waiting, forgetting, or not knowing which to do nowadays:

  •  U. S. Senate Sandy legislation: Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid signaled yesterday afternoon that he would try to push ahead with a package to aid Superstorm Sandy victims even as debate continues on revisions to the Senate’s filibuster rules. However, it is not on today’s Senate schedule and may not be taken up until after the rules situation gets resolved. Come on Senators, people are hurting and need the funds.

  •  Undecided Democratic candidates for Governor: The primary is not until June 4, but time has about run out. For example, anyone seeking the Bergen County Democratic Party “line” must notify the committee in three weeks – by Feb 15. Bergen’s nominating convention is on March 5. Senator Barbara Buono has stepped out onto the stage. At this point any bashful candidates hiding behind the curtain should know it is beyond time to come out into the spotlight.

  •  Governor’s decision on raising the minimum wage bill: Christie must either sign, veto, or conditionally veto this legislation by early next week. He has said he opposes the indexing feature which automatically raises future rates based on the CPI. With a veto the legislature should move to put the matter on the ballot. Christie could have announced his decision earlier, but sadly we can expect a depressing press release some evening soon.

  •  Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund: In spite of pledges of $31 million this group has yet to distribute any monies. $1 million has been allocated in its first round of grants, which may go out by mid- February to long-term regional recovery committees, which in turn will then make awards to local agencies. Slow as molasses.

  •  Halfway house reform: The NY Times broke its story about the correctional horrors (particularly at CEC) in June last year. The legislature rushed to hold hearings, and then to Christie’s delight dropped the ball. Whatsup?

  •  Roe v. Wade: This ruling has been trampled on in the last 40 years and awaits a rebirth with strong current popular support, while state legislatures simultaneously passed 135 laws restricting it in 2011 and 2012. The US Supreme Court, legislatures and Christie should take note and rejoin the 21st century.

  •  Federal climate change, immigration, energy and gun safety legislation: Little action so far but they are no-brainers.

    Whether it’s waiting, forgetting, or not knowing which to do, it’s painful.


  • Comments (4)

    1. Bertin Lefkovic

      What is the legislature waiting for?  Do they feel that it has a better chance of being signed by Christie in a lame duck session?  While it is reasonable to believe that if the Democrats in Trenton move too soon on legislation, Christie will veto it to stave off a primary election challenge from Steve Lonegan or a third-party challenge from Murray Sabrin, if they move too late, Christie could help himself win re-election by signing it.

      Governing should trump politics, but I would argue that if Christie wins in November, he is going to almost immediately switch gears into Presidential primary election mode, making it even less likely that he would agree to a Medicaid expansion during a lame duck session.  If I were in Trenton, I would move to put this legislation on his desk as soon as possible and let the political chips fall where they may.

    2. Bertin Lefkovic

      …will announce their decisions by the end of next week.

      As much as I would like to see Codey run for the reasons that I described in this diary, I think that it is probably more likely that Pascrell runs and even more likely that neither run.  Codey wants firm financial commitments that are most likely not going to be there due to the current perception that Christie is unbeatable.

      The Democratic establishment does not like contested primary elections, especially at the statewide level and more than enough people are ready to get behind Buono’s candidacy so that the general election season can get into full swing sooner rather than later.  Pascrell has nothing to lose by running, but I don’t think that he wants this nearly as much as he admits that he would need to want it in order to be successful and I think that he is happy enough with the congressional seat that he has, most likely for the rest of his life.

      I would be very surprised if Buono is not the last Democrat standing when she makes her official announcement on Saturday, February 2.

    3. Bill Orr (Post author)

      Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid continues his effort today (Thursday) to reach agreement with Republicans over new filibuster rules. According to Roll Call, If senators reach a deal on rules, they could take up the Sandy disaster aid bill as early as today – although they could also leave for the weekend without taking any votes.

    4. Bill Orr (Post author)

      At Seaside Heights on Thursday Governor Christie mentioned that he hoped the U. S. Senate would pass the Sandy aid bill that day. Alas, that evening after enacting a package of modest changes to the Senate’s rules and procedures, the Senate adjourned for a 3-day weekend. Majority Leader Reid tentatively scheduled the aid package for Monday at 5:30 PM.  


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