News Roundup for Friday, Jan. 25, 2019

NATIONAL

Roger Stone arrested, indicted. Donald Trump’s longtime adviser was arrested before dawn at his Florida home following special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment, charged with lying to Congress and obstructing Mueller’s probe. Stone is legendary CNN has video of the FBI at his house. Read the indictment.

Newly-appointed Florida Secretary of State resigns after photos surface of him in blackface. The photos show Secretary Michael Ertel posing as a black female Hurricane Katrina victim and were taken in 2005 when he was Seminole County’s top election official. Ertel was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis just 2 weeks ago as Florida’s top election official, following a 2018 campaign against Democrat Andrew Gillum, who is black, amid allegations of racism and voter suppression targeting black voters.

Billionaire Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross doesn’t understand why federal workers need food banks. We have a Trump Commerce Secretary, who you would think would have some more realistic understanding of the economy, the nature of work, and paychecks, who doesn’t even grasp the fundamentals of what happens when a worker’s paycheck stops.

Remains of a U.S. soldier believed captured in North Korea in 1950 have been identified as Sgt. Frank Julius Suliman of Nixon, New Jersey, who was 20 when he died.

Gov. Phil Murphy visits Coast Guard in New Jersey, says they’re ‘really suffering’ the impact of the federal shutdown.

Airline unions question safety in the skies due to federal shutdown.

NEW JERSEY

We are so damn proud, and our Congresswoman is beautiful. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman’s Bald Head is Changing Politics for the Better.

NJ minimum wage legislation passes Assembly Labor Committee. The legislation contains special considerations for favored industries, including agricultural workers, who will be on a slower path to higher wages. More on the day’s emotional testimony.

‘Environmental justice’ protection for poor communities approved.

Fallout from the Al Alvarez/Katie Brennan situation: GOP State Sen. Kristin Corrado moves to end secret settlements for state workers. Speaking of the ongoing investigation, former Murphy COS Pete Cammarano will not be testifying today as the Select Committee on oversight continues its hearings.

New plan for taxing legal weed could restart the NJ legalization debate

Check how much your town spent at the annual League of Municipalities conference.

Delaware River: Timeline of Revival

South Jersey Times editorial takes grateful note of the fact that Gov. Murphy actually promoted two environmentalists to the Pinelands Commission, who actually give a damn about that precious 1.1 million acres it oversees. So unlike the efforts of Chris Christie, Steve Sweeney and (now Congressman) Jeff Van Drew, to “surgically remove traditional commission members and replace them with eagerly pro-development appointees”.

In Cumberland County, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal holds the first of his ‘listening’ sessions on the issue of the use of force by police.

Murphy forms task force to examine deficiencies of New Jersey’s tax incentive programs. Related: The NJ Legislature announces its own probe. But seriously, why don’t they just ask Steve Sweeney to ask George Norcross?

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Comment (1)

  1. Stephen Hanft

    Here is a link to the reality of the consequences of raising the minimum wage to $15 which Democrats choose to ignore:
    http://www.facesof15.com

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