News Roundup for Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

What a night – Come November, we could see the nation’s first-ever out trans governor in Vermont, the first Somali woman in Congress (Ilhan Omar in Minnesota, she was also the first in any state legislator, and if elected will succeed Rep. Keith Ellison, first Muslim in Congress, who won the primary for state AG days after being accused of domestic violence, which he denies) and the first black woman in Connecticut’s congressional delegation (Jahana Hayes). Vermont! Sometimes when I tire of being a progressive Democrat in a county full of Republicans who voted for Trump and Democrats often hostile to progressives, I imagine living in my little Burlington, Vermont, where last night Bernie Sanders won the Democratic primary with 94% of the vote (which he will turn down and run as an independent, because Vermonters are cool with that), and Christine Hallquist, 62, won the Dem primary for VT Governor. If she defeats Republican Gov. Tim Scott, she will become this nation’s first out transgender governor from a major political party. Good luck, lady. Oh, and btw, last night Ned Lamont won the CT Gov Dem primary. I was there 12 years ago, when that ascendent Democrat was among the first to campaign against the Iraq War, defeating war hawk Joe Lieberman in the CT U.S. Senate primary. I hope Ned is as good a guy now as we thought he was then.

That said, look what’s happening here in New Jersey. Hoboken mayor Ravi Bhalla, NJ AG Gurbir Grewal, Sikh Coalition co-founder Amardeep Singh: 3 friends and the rise of Sikh political power – A temple in Glen Rock, and 3 guys who grew up together

CD3 Monmouth poll: Dead heat between Tom MacArthur and Andy Kim with 15% undecided. T-Mac could be in trouble. Deeper dive: Here’s the poll. And Cook Political Report just shifted CD3 from ‘Lean Republican’ to ‘Toss-up.’

CD7 – on Malinowski: State Dem chair responds to NJ GOP chair’s effort to make Malinowski out as soft on anti-semitism

U.S. Senate: Bob Hugin tried smearing Menendez on women, but it turns out he has problems with women. Then he attacked the senator on ethics. But it turns out he has ethics problems of his own. 3 new ads, from 2 PACS hit Hugin on his decisions at Celgene

Wall Street Journal does not surprise. They’re like Sweeney’s plan to phase out the pension system for public workers. Sweeney also gets backup in a guest op-ed at the Ledger from the right-wing Mercatus Center

Murphy pulls rank: Vetoes minutes of a South Jersey board allied with Sweeney

Approval ratings under water: Lots of bad news for Trump in these latest polls

‘Pretty much a nightmare.’ Trump tariffs squeeze NJ manufacturers, disrupt the supply chain

Zaida Polanco, 1977-2018. Passaic will make sure you remember her name

Something Chris Christie never did: The Murphys want to remodel Drumthwacket and maybe even move in

Commuters, read this op-ed: Ban cars from Lincoln Tunnel at rush hour to make it through Route 495 repairs. What DOT has in mind for you for those 495 repairs: Patience

Children of Camden, 10 years of hope, setbacks and the power of keeping dreams alive. ABC News drops in.

Infrastructure: Murphy signs legislation to expand range of public-private partnerships. Flooding and what’s needed to prevent its damage was what was on Fred Snowflack’s mind as Murphy was talking.

More commentary bashing millennials. This time at the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus.

Federally Qualified Health Centers, 134 of them. Medical care for NJ’s poor, no insurance needed

Major victory for group hoping to stop relocation of Katyn statue

Photo: Ravi Bhalla, Gurbir Grewal, Amardeep Singh – by Arun Venugopal / WNYC .

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