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Menendez off to a good start

He wasn’t my guy, and I wouldn’t have backed him if I had been asked, but ya gotta give credit when credit’s due, and he acquitted himself admirably in his first outing, commenting on the Alito appointment, I would say.

Video (here) and transcript courtesy of PFAW:
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Bush kicks Abramoff prosecutor upstairs, update: NJ Senators knew

Bush kicked Abramoff’s prosecutor upstairs last Wednesday offering him a judgeship, after he’d been on the case for two years. 

Regarding Corzine and Lautenberg’s involvement, from HuffPo: Proof that Bush’s removal of the Abramoff prosecutor was a political deal to scuttle the investigation

On Friday, January 27, immediately after Bush announced Noel Hillman the federal Abramoff prosecutor was leaving his position to become a federal judge, I wrote that it was a political deal to stop the Abramoff prosecution. I posted an article on Huffington Post on January 29th.

We now know there was a political deal between the Bush Administration and New Jersey Democrats to get rid of the Abramoff prosecutor, Noel Hillman, by offering him a federal judgeship in New Jersey.

It’s a deal that had been in the making for over a year.

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The Difference Between Democrats and Republicans

You often see the pundit class whining that Democrats don’t have a consistent message, and that there they talk about too many things which muddle the minds of the masses.

Well, that’s because Republican leaders are simplistic idiots who care about very few of the issues that actually face Americans, and talk only about platitudes related to the military and cutting taxes.  Democrats have issues they care passionately about and wat to fix to improve the lives of Americans, and there is so much to do they talk about a lot of stuff.

Check these things that our Democratic and Republican House members want to hear from the President in the SOTU tonight, and see what I mean.

NJ Transit at a crossroads

    If God had intended us to fly, he would never have given us the railroads

      Michael Flanders

The business section of this Sunday’s Times of Trenton had an article by Michael Lavitt about the NJ Transit’s current crossroads. Unfortunately, it’s not on NJ.com – don’t know why.

It builds on some of the issues Lavitt raised in this article questioning whether Amtrak should remain in control of the Northeast Corrider, framing the debate with a story about a 60-year-old power line that shut down the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast and Raritan Valley Lines and inconvenienced 10,000 morning commuters. He notes that:

The stretch of railroad between Washington and Boston is the only significant right-of-way that Amtrak owns and operates. And there are some who question whether the current Amtrak, headed by a board of Bush cronies who Congress refused to confirm, starved for capital funds and struggling with huge operating losses, should continue to own or control the busiest stretch of railroad in the country.

Site update and SOTU blog response announcement

The podcast has been a huge success so far. There have been over 100 downloads today alone (click here to subscribe). The website continues to grow – today our 300th registered user signed up. If you haven’t signed up yet, you should do so now.

Tomorrow, Congressman Rush Holt will join us on Blue Jersey to give his response to the State of the Union address, and to have a live discussion with us. You must be a registered user to join the discussion.

Several other Members of Congress will be responding to the State of the Union through blogs as well. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr will be blogging at NJ for Democracy and Congressman Jim McDermott of Washington will be blogging at WashBlog.com. Make sure you register for an account at those sites, too.

Congressional Staffers “Cleaning up” Wikipedia Entries

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http://www.lowellsun.com/ci_3444567

WASHINGTON — The staff of U.S. Rep Marty Meehan wiped out references to his broken term-limits pledge as well as information about his huge campaign war chest in an independent biography of the Lowell Democrat on a Web site that bills itself as the “world’s largest encyclopedia,” The Sun has learned.

The Meehan alterations on Wikipedia.com represent just two of more than 1,000 changes made by congressional staffers at the U.S. House of Representatives in the past six months. Wikipedia is a global reference that relies on its Internet users to add credible information to entries on millions of topics.

Matt Vogel, Meehan’s chief of staff, said he authorized an intern in July to replace existing Wikipedia content with a staff-written biography of the lawmaker.

The change deleted a reference to Meehan’s campaign promise to surrender his seat after serving eight years, a pledge Meehan later eschewed. It also deleted a reference to the size of Meehan’s campaign account, the largest of any House member at $4.8 million, according to the latest data available from the Federal Election Commission.

Menendez will vote against cloture

At this point it’s just a symbolic vote, but Senator Menendez will be voting to support the pretend filibuster. (and this time, it’s confirmed)

Update: both of our Senators votes against cloture. Call to thank them:

Sen. Bob Menendez: (202) 224-4744
Sen. Frank Lautenberg: (202) 224-3224

Forget Clothes, Gas, Tanning Salons; The Right Tax is Right Under Your Nose

Rather than go after items that are highly publicized and effect citizens psychologically everytime they tank up or buy a shirt; rather than do one-shot gimmicks or life-ruining tricks like taxing 401Ks; to avoid the ‘toilet paper tax’ moniker, the easiest thing to do may just be to just bite the bullet and raise the income tax.

But don’t get into the Florio trap of doing it as a budget-balancing act or even for school kids.  Do it, simply as a rebate on property taxes.  Appeal to the ‘what’s in it for me’ feeling of many New Jerseyans.