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News Round-up for Wednesday, March 1

News Round-up for Wed. March 1, 2006:

  • U.S. District Judge Jose Linares is scheduled to hear New Jersey’s lawsuit requesting an investigation of the deal to allow United Arab Emirates-based Dubai World Ports to take over of some U.S. port operations, including operations at Port Newark. Gov. Jon S. Corzine is also seeking permission to inspect documents given to a federal committee reviewing the deal. Of course, Bush’s mind is made up and says his position isn’t changing.
  • The citizens’ group Stop Renewal Of Oyster Creek will get the public hearing they wanted on the safety of the of a metal liner that helps keep radiation in the reactor core. The nuclear power plant is licenced through 2009 and seeking to renew its licence until 2029.
  • Yesterday the Democratic State Committee agreed to pay a record $255,000 fine, levied by the State Election Law Enforcement Commission, for being late in reporting of contributions during the end of the 2001 election year. Assemblyman Joseph Cryan (D- Union) said the mistakes were caused largely by an overwhelmed computer system; the Democrats raised a record $28 million during that election year.
  • Assemblyfolk Bill Baroni, Jennifer Beck and Linda Stender urged Rutgers University to retain Douglass College as a separate institution and not to combine it with the University’s other colleges. Assemblywoman Stender has drafted a resolution to that effect, AR131. The companion bill, SR26, is scheduled for a committee vote on Thursday, while Douglass grads and students plan a rally at the statehouse.
  • The NJ Supreme Court unanimously upheld the state’s standards for water clean-up at sites polluted by industry. Federal Pacific Electric Co. had challenged the standards in court, saying they violated the 1997 Brownfield Act, but were shot down. Score one for the environment!
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness gave Our Fair State a C for its services to the mentally ill. They noted former Gov. Codey’s improvements to the system during his time as governor, but said they are simply good starting points. The nation as a whole recieved a grade of D.
  • The child-care industry in N.J. had a direct economic impact of $2.55 billion in 2005, according to a report released yesterday by the New Jersey Child Care Economic Impact Council. The impact is more than the revenues of the agriculture, scientific research and development, and hotel industries in New Jersey, and employ more people than many industries such as telecommunications, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and transportation.
  • There was one winner in last night’s $267 million Mega Millions drawing, and the ticket was sold in… Ohio. Better luck next time, NJ lottery fans.

Solidarity with Denmark Rally in NYC

This Friday, March 3rd, from 12pm – 1pm, there will be a rally for Solidarity With Denmark outside the Danish Consulate in New York City.

Break out your Danish flags (or more than likely, go and buy some), make your best poster reading “Stand By Denmark” or any variation of this theme (such as “Buy Carlsberg/Havarti/Lego”) and take the afternoon off to defend free speech.

Where: Danish Consulate, One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 885 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017-2201
When: Friday, March 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

more info can be found here.

We Are Still Suing SmearBoy

We Are Still Suing (0.00 / 0) 

What we said originally is clear:  if you repeat slander you can be sued.  This has been confirmed by the United States Supreme Court in a recent opinion.

You can go back all you want and repeat different things if you would like.

Your story is STILL WRONG – We made it clear that we requested that you STOP REPEATING THE SLANDER.  The whole story was made up to deflect attention away from the ethnic slurs of Corzine.  Now it has been reported that the star witness in the case is under federal investigation concerning a dental school slush fund as per Wally Edge and other website postings.  That is going to go well in Court.

It is not a difficult concept to grasp about repeating slander and seeking to smear someone who is innocent. 

It is clear from your posting that you are seeking to smear an innocent person – intent probably malicious, just as Corzine is and was malicious.  Our lawyers are preparing the case and we will argue this in court.  The file-sharing cases have made it clear we can obtain a court order in order to get your name and address and we can proceed from there.  The website will also be named in the lawsuit as per the Supreme Court decision.

Have a nice day.

Our case is really solid.
 

Princeton Township Dems Seeking Candidates

Juan suggested that I post this (below the fold – what we’re doing in Princeton Township to recruit local candidates) … I suppose because we’re trying our best to open up the process. How candidates emerge does remain a mystery up and down the ticket. My belief is that opening the doors, turning the lights on  and inviting the folks in is a good way to strengthen the Party and democracy generally.

How’s it done in other towns? Something even more open? Or a few insiders behind closed doors? Would love to hear.

Morris County: 10th to Extend Domestic Partner Benefits

Nearly half of New Jersey’s 21 counties now offer domestic partner benefits. Tonight, Morris County – the most populous traditionally Republican county in the state – became the 10th county to grant domestic partner benefits. Morris County will now offer both health and pension benefits to domestic partners of county employees. The other counties offering domestic partner benefits are Bergen, Hudson, Mercer, Union, Monmouth, Camden, Passaic, Ocean and Essex. The ten counties are in the top 12 of the most populous counties and together they constitute over 2/3rds (67.8%) of the state’s population.

In an email to supporters, Steve Goldstein of Garden State Equality commented:

Most impressively, the Morris County freeholders took this step with minimal pressure from the LGBTI community, truly doing the right thing on their own. Morris’ action will no doubt accelerate the pace of the rest of New Jersey’s 21 counties to do the same. We’re seeing an unbelievable phenomenon in New Jersey now where counties in New Jersey, including Republican counties, are jumping all over each other to expand the rights of the LGBTI community.

Congratulations to the Morris County freeholders for doing the right thing. Which county will be next?

Ron Rice – Gaming the System

Seems like Newark’s Senator Ron Rice is at it again. This time, he is serving his fellow Real Estate brokers with a mechanism to get more money. A real estate broker himself, Ron Rice is pushing a bill that would remove Property Tax Record cards from the list of government records. This essentially makes it harder for regular folks to view and review tax records for houses in a particular area and puts the access solely in the hands of Real Estate agents and brokers. Can you see agents charging even more fees than they already do?

Senator Rice’s justification is that tax assessors are apparently overwhelmed with requests for these records since they are the keepers of the cards.

We should be moving towards more open government not a more secretive one. If tax assessors are overwhelmed then put these records on the internet and be done with it.

It is extremely rare that I agree with things that appear on the Asbury Park Press editorial page but in this case they hit a bullseye. Go read the whole thing.

Then call Ron Rice’s Office at (973) 371-5665 and tell him he is supposed to be serving his constituents in Newark, not himself and his buddies in the Real Estate business.

Oh… While you have him on the horn, ask him why he keeps letting NJ be in the dark ages when it comes to our AIDS policy, which happens to affect his district disproportionately.

NJ Citizen Action Awards

From ChangeNJ.com

If you want to bring about progressive changes in New Jersey , get involved with NJ Citizen Action. A good way to get involved is to go to it’s Annunal Awards dinner.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW ! !

THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2006 NJCA’s 23rd Annual Awards Dinner.

Location:

Marriott Trenton at Lafayette Yard
One West Lafayette St.
Trenton, NJ

For more information 24 Commerce St., Suite 504
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973)643-8800
Fax: (973)643-8100
www.njcitizenaction.org
see you there.

The Sanded Gentry of LBI: It’s Their Ocean, We Just Pay So They Can Live By It

The oceanfront property owners of Long Beach Island have a reasonable proposition: You, the taxpayer shall help front the $71 million tab for pumping more sand onto their beaches and protecting the value of their summer homes. In exchange, they will give you . . . well, not a whole lot besides the satisfaction of knowing they’re there.

What, that doesn’t sound like such a hot deal to you?

But, horror of horrors, look what the state and the Army Corps of Engineers want in return for this beach replenishment: some public restrooms and easements giving New Jersey’s hoi polloi a chance to enjoy the beaches they paid for. It’s an outrage! The sanded gentry are even banding together to fight for their right to force other people to invest in their property.

These babies with big wallets can afford everything except a clue. Whenever they open their mouths, people start wishing the sea level would rise a little faster. This past weekend, the Star-Ledger literally told them to go  pound sand, which is a nice elegant way of putting it.

Keep going, sand-wingers. At this rate, people will be lining up to cheer and wave pompoms every time a nor’easter comes to chew away a few more yards of beachfront.

*****

Read more at The Opinion Mill.

News Roundup for 2/28/06

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 News Roundup (now with extra snark):

  • Dockworkers protested the sale of Port Newark terminals to Dubai Ports World yesterday.  The Star-Ledger got the money quote:  “Sounds to me like they’re letting the fox guard the chicken house.  My life is on the line every time I unload a ship or open a container. I would be the first to get hurt if there’s something bad in there.”
  • Senators Schumer, Menendez, and Clinton aren’t the only ones who found the sale of east coast ports to Dubai Ports World disturbing.  According to this Associated Press report, the Coast Guard said weeks ago “it could not determine whether a United Arab Emirates-based company seeking a stake in some U.S. port operations might support terrorist operations.”
  • Also from the Associated Press, the State Assembly allowed the stem cell research facility bill to expire, so State Senate President Richard Codey introduced a new bill that would create a $150 million facility in New Brunswick and a $50 million facility in Camden.  The article did not say why the Assembly allowed the original bill to expire.

    Anyone else smell bacon?

  • Monica Yant Kinney writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer about Governor Corzine failing to do the tough thing and raise taxes.  Instead, he’s borrowing to cover the budget shortfall.  Her assessment of this move by the new governor is harsh, but to be fair, does anyone else remember Jim Florio?  See this article to find out what happens to New Jersey governors who do the right thing with the state budget.
  • See John Curran’s story in the Philadelphia Inquirer regarding the 71 year old retired sales executive who just completed her sex reassignment operation and is ready to go back to work as a substitute teacher in Ocean County.  Parents are protesting her return to teaching.
  • Wally Edge writes about the two women whom the Bergen County Democrats have picked to run for freeholder.
  • Arizona Senator John McCain was in Short Hills on Sunday to raise money for Junior’s Senate campaign.  McCain has been running for president since Hanoi, so he’s used to the campaign trail.  The Star-Ledger says that Junior’s campaign is one of eight Senate races the GOP has targeted and refers to McCain as a “big gun”.  We’ll see if McCain plays Cheney to Junior’s Whittington with that “big gun”.  Look for photos of McCain kissing George Bush next to photos of McCain kissing Junior this summer.