Weekend News Roundup for Nov. 17-18, 2018

NATIONAL 

No on Pelosi

Tom Moran on the fight against Nancy Pelosi as Speaker: Will women help bring down America’s most powerful woman?

House freshman orientation: NJ House Dems face choices on Pelosi, Gateway and SALT cap repeal (Herb Jackson)

The last Republican. Chris Smith is the lone survivor of NJ’s blue wave in Washington

Incoming freshman Chrissy Houslahan running for Dem leadership post, arguing 60 new members should be represented as caucus crafts its messaging strategy for defending its newly obtained majority. She’s running for a spot on Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, the messaging arm of the caucus.

Fix this. Veterans haven’t received GI bill benefits for months – due to ongoing IT issues at VA

The Ledger is right.  Amazon played us all for fools. Don’t let it happen again. (Star-Ledger editorial)

Pallone: Incoming House Energy & Commerce chair says priorities are allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices & speeding approval of cheaper generics

Biden & Major. Photo: Delaware Humane Society

He’s running. Biden family adopts dog.

Every. vote. matters. Democrat beats Republican by 1 vote in Kentucky state House race

Kellyanne “South Jersey” Conway’s husband George Conway says Trump administration is a ‘dumpster fire’

Booker and Trump line up on the same side as Congress mulls criminal justice legislation

The late Antonin Scalia, born in Trenton, awarded the Medal of Freedom posthumously

TRENTONIA

The Terror of Trenton

New Jersey history I did not know: The story of the Terror of Trenton

Ex-chief investigator of Mercer County elections charged with voter fraud, and witness tampering

Fred Snowflack reviews Phil Murphy’s show storm performance

The Chit Chat Diner in West Orange. They really took care of school kids in a storm. Maybe you need to go have some breakfast there?

Not Phil Murphy’s finest hour, as this beach chair photo makes clear

State Police responded to 1,000 crashes, helped 1,900 drivers during storm

A West Orange resident weighs in on NJ’com’s ‘tips’ line: I’m 65, and I’ve never been stuck in storm traffic for 12 hours. The governor better have answers.

Legislators want hearing on snowstorm response

CARTOONING

Drew Sheneman’s latest, Melania making moves:

Comment (1)

  1. Bertin Lefkovic

    The only reason that Chris Smith is still in Congress is because Rush Holt and Frank Pallone were cowards who didn’t want to have to run for re-election in competitive districts.

    Both Holt and Pallone won their seats in competitive districts, but colluded with their Republican colleagues to gerrymander the state beyond competitiveness for the better part of the last two decades.

    While Democrats win statewide in NJ often by as much as 15-20 percentage points, the congressional delegation was split 6-6 until Trump made it possible for Gottheimer, Kim, Malinowski, and Sherrill to pull off their narrow victories in 2016 and 2018.

    Both Pallone and Watson Coleman should be pressured to advocate for a more competitive congressional district map in 2022 that will make it possible for Smith to finally be defeated (or retired).

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