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Cory Booker’s act of defiance at Kavanaugh hearing
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Donald Trump & Bob Hugin
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Is a few extra billions worth making life harder for cancer patients?
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Hersh on how to stop the war; & the NJ delegation

Hersh believes that the only way to stop the war is for Congress to cut the funding, which he’s not holding out much hope for.  There is a bill in the House by McGovern (D-MA), H.R.4232, which Rush Holt told me during the campaign that he wouldn’t support, though he supports the idea in principle of stopping the funding, he doesn’t want it to be ‘cold turkey’ or too precipitous.  Donald Payne cosponsored McGovern’s bill on Nov 4. No other NJ reps are cosponsors.

AIDS and Needle Exchange Program

Happy World AIDS Day everybody. Every minute of every day 5 people die from AIDS/HIV. There is no cure but there are rather expensive drugs for treating the disease. As a result, prevention continues to be the preferred method of combating the disease.

Where do NJ AIDS statistics stand?:

In NJ nearly half of all new HIV cases in the state are related to injection drug use, nearly twice the national average, New Jersey is one of only five states that require a prescription to purchase a syringe and, along with neighboring Delaware, one of only two states that have not passed laws explicitly allowing needle exchange programs (NEPs).

CONGRATULATIONS! We are in the minority and presumably some really “red states” are included in the 45 and 48 other states that have agreed that statistics on Needle Exchange are pretty solid.

Lautenberg keeps heat on Oil Execs

As I was speaking with Juan earlier about the amazing price difference for gas depending on where you live in NJ (A low of $1.77 in Magnolia to a high of @2.39 in Rutherford), I came across this on Raw Story

Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) called on both Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) Thursday to join him in pressing the Attorney General for an investigation into whether top oil executives made false statements during a recent Senate hearing when they said they did not meet with Vice President Dick Cheney about energy policy. His call was subsequently joined by Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

It’s Diebold Day

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign Rush Holt’s petition in support of H.R. 550 – a bill that calls for a voter-verifiable paper ballot on all voting machines. The bill has bipartisan support and 159 sponsors, but is being held up in committee by Ohio Republican Congressman Bob Ney.

Go to Blanton’s and Ashton’s to read more about Diebold – a maker of electronic voting machines – that would rather stop selling their machines than reveal the source code they use. What are they hiding and why are they so afraid of revealing their secret code? All they’re doing is adding numbers….right?

Nia Gill is interested (YADACSP)

Obligatory warning: This is Yet Another Diary About Corzine’s Senate Pick (YADACSP). Luckily, this will only go on for another week or so.

We’ve mentioned before that Corzine has suggested State Senator Nia Gill as a possibile appointee to his Senate seat and has called her “extraordinarily capable woman”. Yesterday, Gill said that not only is she interested, but she’s also worthy of the job:

“I have the qualifications,” she told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “If I am chosen by Jon, I am more than qualified to rise to the occasion.”

House Replacements

Soft Warning: This is only sortof another story related to Jon Corzine’s decision on who will take his place in the US Senate.

When the good Governor-Elect does make his decision (and he will soon), and if he chooses a congressman (which remains the most likely scenario), NJ will very suddenly have an open house seat – in a decidedly democratic congressional district.

So, why isn’t anyone talking about Congresswoman Barbara Buono or Congresswoman Watson-Coleman or Congressman Steve Fulop or ….?

Rush Holt supported by Trenton Times

Warning: This is yet another story about Jon Corzine’s decision on who will take his place in the US Senate.

Today in editorial of the Times of Trenton, Rep. Rush Holt was given a lovely endorsement and commentary on his ability to fill Governor-Elect Jon Corzine’s seat in the Senate, entitled “Why Not Rush Holt?”

The Hyping of a Congressman

Warning: This is yet another story about Jon Corzine’s decision on who will take his place in the US Senate.

Old-fashioned politics is part of the process. Luna said Corzine might “commit suicide” politically if he doesn’t appoint Menendez, especially if Corzine has ambitions beyond being governor. Many speculate Corzine has designs on the White House.

“Luna” is Harry Luna, who is President of the Latino Chamber of Commerce.  The quote is from a story in the Trenton Times.  

Perhaps Luna should run for office because he proves that he can talk out of both sides of his mouth without blinking:

“[Menendez} deserves the position not because he’s a Latino, but because he has worked hard and deserves it,” Luna said. “He is a qualified individual.”

Luna said appointing Menendez would prove symbolically important.

“This will empower other Latinos to break barriers,” he said.

So, Mr. Menendez isn’t being pushed because he’s Latino, but we’re gonna tell you why we need a Latino Senator anyway…