Election Day News Roundup – November 6, 2018

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past two years (and I wouldn’t blame you), today is Election Day.

There’s an apocryphal story that goes something like this:

A Democrat is talking to a voter about an upcoming election. They compare candidates of both parties, and the Democrat states, “We may seem unorganized and rudderless, but they’re fucking nuts.”

Just looking at New Jersey’s congressional slate, Democratic candidates range from social warrior progressive Bonnie Watson Coleman to Blue Dog-turned moderate Jeff Van Drew. But even in races where the Democrat may not be as progressive as you like, the opponent is terrible at best, and usually abhorrent. So if you haven’t voted yet, stop reading this and get to your polling place and make your opinion heard.

No matter how things turn out tonight (or late into tomorrow), the follow-up work is the same. If the Blue Wave materializes, we can celebrate for a day and then remember that the Republican Revolution took 30 years to materialize. Winning a battle is not the same as winning a war.

If the Blue Wave fizzles, we can mourn for a day, learn our lessons from our mistakes, and redouble our efforts for 2019 and 2020.

In either case, we need to find a way to harness the newfound energy of first-time activists and funnel that energy into our electoral process. The 2020 presidential campaign begins tomorrow.

Election Integrity. If you run across a problem while trying to vote, call 1-877-NJVOTER

Andy Kim with his son Austin and supporter Lisa Cenenno

Trump, the most polarizing president in my lifetime, is out of the equation according to the CNN report which quotes Mount Holly’s Lisa Cenneno, an independent Andy Kim supporter. New Jersey’s GOP Trump enablers are silent.

Keeping New Jersey Blue. Senator Menendez trots out the big guns to salvage his re-election campaign.

Which NJ Congressman leads the state in use of the franking privilege? Hint: He’s in the toughest re-election campaign in the state.

Did you already vote? The number of Vote By Mail ballots is “phenomenal.”

Staying up late tonight? Here’s the nationwide election schedule.

If you think gerrymandering is crazy, how about cartography?

Leaving NJ Transit behind. Can a bunch of wet leaves stop NJ Transit? You betcha!

Union Busting  teachers sue NJEA on dues– Acting as a proxy for anti-union advocates,.

Are the anti-vaxxers happy? Outbreak of measles in Ocean County results in establishment of a triage area for people with symptoms.

Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm, not so good. Camden’s Campbell’s soup, which recently underwent a management shakeup is in the news again. And not for a good reason.

Hey, Governor Murphy: It’s not too late to overhaul the Pinelands Commission.

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