New Congress Inauguration Day News Roundup for Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019

Nancy Pelosi rides that blue wave. Donald Trump just stands there, about to get soaked. 

HERE IT IS. THIS IS THE DAY. IN WASHINGTON. 

It might be more complicated than this, but as a gesture this goes far. Mikie Sherrill asks not to be paid during Trump’s shutdown.

Murphy and the New Jersey Dems are having a shindig today in D.C. for our part in the blue wave. It come at kinda a funky time …

America.

How the Class of 2018 is changing House history. Detroit’s incoming Rep. Rashida Tlaib wants to be sworn in on a Quran today it might be Thomas Jefferson’s Quran, or her own. And Rep-elect Ilhan Omar arrived with her father to take her new job in Congress via the same Washington D.C.airport they came through arriving as refugees 23 years ago.

Herb Jackson, outgoing Washington reporter for The Record, shows a sense of humor (and also Gannett’s gobbling up of formerly better newspapers) with these last-day-at-the-office cupcakes he brought in.

Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders oppose Pelosi-backed PAYGO, an effort by centrist Dems to shut down sweeping policy like Medicare for All and Green New Deal.

Mikie Sherrill will not be voting for Pelosi as Speaker, a campaign promise. Despite Democrats pleading with her to, she has her reasons.

As of today, the U.S. House will have more women & people of color breaking barriers. But on the staffer side, there’s a barrier being broken too.

Bob Menendez talks up Beto O’Rourke.

Politico’s Matt Friedman points out today’s NJ House delegation shift – from 7 Dems & 5 Republicans to 11-1 in Dems’ favor – is off a Republican-drawn map. 

NEW JERSEY

Progressive activism is finding its muscle, and here to stay. The NJ Democratic Party should remember that.

NJ knows from Trump’s NJ casino empire – how he milked it of profits, screwed employees, then escaped declaring bankruptcy. Taj Mahal was tacky but also bound to fail. With biz flops here, he turned his unsavory business practices overseas. An avoidable mess. If only his voters read the Panama Papers. Or the news,

NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL

Wow. Progressive Wesley Bell ran on an unapologetically reform platform for St. Louis County, MO top prosecutor. On his 2nd day on the job, he fired the veteran assistant prosecutor esponsible for presenting evidence to the grand jury that declined to indict a Ferguson police officer in the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown.

China just made the first human landing on the ‘dark side of the moon,’ overshadowing anniversaries of U.S. moon landings. 2019 is the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong becoming first human on the Moon.

A chilling op-ed in today’s NYTimes by Katherine Stewart, who has extensively studied the Christian right, says that the far right have been pushing a meme for several years now that Donald Trump, conman and egomaniac, has been sent by God to be “a vessel for the purposes of the faithful” in the role of King of the United States of America. Hat/tip Paul C at Daily Kos.

Kellyanne’s husband torches Trump on Twitter. Again.

2020’s FUTURE, 2018’s DONE: 2019 is EVERYTHING

Republican former mayor of Rocky Hill wants to unseat an LD16 Dem Assemblyman –  Zwicker or Freiman

Meanwhile, because 2020,  this from Charlie Stile on Cory Booker’s Newark vulnerability: Cory Booker tends hometown base, with question of 2020 run still open 

TRENTONIA

LG Sheila Oliver would back Jones in state Dem chair race, citing Essex County loyalty as her reason, and probably making for some uncomfortable convos in the statehouse inner sanctum

I’m so glad NJ Spotlight is back from vacation. John Reitmeyer writes: New Jersey’s Near-Term Economic Outlook: Glass Half Empty or Half Full? And Carl Golden asks, Will Murphy and Legislative Leaders Find  Ways to Agree in 2019?

Tom Kean Jr. Kean announces updated Senate Republican Minority Leadership & Committee assignments 

Senator Nick Scutari writes at Star-Ledger: I sponsored the bill to legalize cannabis. Let’s use what we learned from legalizing casinos.

Murphy aides will now testify at 2 hearings next week about response to Katie Brennan rape allegations. Not that it helps him politically or anything, but Steve Sweeney (rightly) says the Special Committee investigation will take as long as it takes.

 

That featured image? Dunno who made it, but I swiped it from Bryna Elder-Munro. So hat/tip Bryna. Photo is via tweet from Minnesota’s Rep-elect Ilhan Omar, and it came with the caption: “They ain’t ready.”

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