Governor Codey announced today the five finalists in the contest to decide New Jersey’s next state slogan. They are, in no particular order:
- New Jersey. Expect the Unexpected
- New Jersey, Love at First Sight
- New Jersey, Come See For Yourself
- New Jersey, The Real Deal
- New Jersey, The Best Kept Secret
You can vote for one at www.nj.gov/slogan.
Witty critiques of the finalists below the fold.
Dear god, what a barrage of anti-labor commentary I have had to deflect since I seem to be the only person in the Universe (besides Scott Schields) seemingly supporting the TWU and its use of Strike force to achieve their goals.
My opinions on this have been pretty much summed up in my comments on this post, but I think more airing out is necessary.
First off, I am truly amazed that I have had to defend the TWU’s actions when discussing them with known liberals. What happened to the glorious days when all liberals would get behind anyone who thought collectively they had been pooped upon by the upper echelon’s of society or “the man.” Particularly when so much evidence demonstrated that said pooping upon was a reality?
This is most definitely the case in the TWU strike. As a matter of fact, as far as striking goes, this can be the end all be all of the entire labor movement as we know it… (more below the fold)
While I disagree with the headline, the substance is encouraging. The DCCC is actively recruiting either Assemblyman Van Drew or Assemblyman-elect Whelan to challenge LoBiondo next year. Both are non-commital, but they also aren’t ruling out a run. Van Drew especially makes this an interesting race. I don’t think LoBiondo’s vulnerable, nor am I convinced either Democrat will win, but the two Assemblymen will draw dollars into the district and force the Republicans to defend a seat they had previously taken for granted. Since neither would have to give up their Assembly seats, they might decide they have nothing to lose. And a close loss could even bolster their name recognition within their own Legislative districts, since both have been talked about as potential State Senate candidates in 2007 (Van Drew would particularly be a dynamite candidate, and could shut Republicans out of the 1st LD by pulling in another Assembly candidate to fill his vacant seat in a Senate run). I’d say the only risk is a LoBiondo blowout, a possibility considering the way the district was redrawn after the 2000 Census.
According to a report released by the State Commission of Investigation:
State employees who received gifts of liquor, meals, spa treatments and other perks let a Missouri tax collection company overcharge the state more than $1 million, a report by the State Commission of Investigation revealed yesterday.
Wanna know why we can’t balance our budget? Because our tax-dollars first go to pay for these illegal perks, then convince our “public watchdogs” to sleep while we get bilked for billions.
And don’t think it’s just because we have a “few bad apples”. We have a bad system.
“What began as an effort to privatize the collection of tax debt 12 years ago has evolved into a corrupt association whereby high and mid-level managers in the Divisions of Taxation and Revenue compromised their integrity and that of their department,” the report concludes. “As officials were lavished with gifts and entertainment by their outsourcing vendor, they turned a blind eye as their benefactor padded the billings.”
Politics matters. Yet, for too many, the opportunity to have any real or lasting impact on politics is seen as being beyond their reach.
Paul Wellstone dedicated his political life to giving a voice to the little people – the teachers and mechanics and housewives and school students – that have made this country great. When he died, ordinary hard-working Americans lost a champion.
Fortunately, his work has not died, but has lived on through the inspiration of his family, his friends, and his constituents. Come learn how to make a difference the Wellstone way in NYC, January 27-29.
Register now, as seats tend to fill up quickly.
PHILLIPSBURG | Town officials want Warren County Freeholders to put a freeze on spending taxpayer money in their fight for amendments to the Highlands Act.
They have questioned the estimated $250,000 Warren and Hunterdon counties have spent to date in their quest for changes to the controversial legislation and Tuesday night, council members passed a resolution urging Warren county officials to halt actions related to the Highlands Act.
“We objected to it,” Councilman David DeGerolamo said. “Everyone in the county is paying for — and we don’t want to be a part of it.”
Phillipsburg is a blue town in a red county of a blue state. They are pretty much the only ones doing anything newsworthy around here these days.
Kudos to David DeGerolamo, the new chair of the Warren County Democratic Committee.
Michael from the Big Gay Picture had a chance to speak with and interview Laurel Hester – only the second time she has spoken to the media (the first was a brief NY Times interview). Below is the first of a three part profile of Laurel Hester and her struggle to secure domestic partner benefits in Ocean County.
New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have agreed to “join in the first mandatory regional program in United States history to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.”
Today New Jersey also adopted the California Clean Car program, which will go in effect in 2009. In October, New Jersey became one of the first states to classify carbon dioxide as an air contaminant.
The Bush administration and most Republican supporters in Congress have ignored the scientific community’s near consensus that man is causing global temperatures to rise. Meanwhile, they turn to pseudo-science to delay admitting the inevitable truth and taking appropriate action. Governor Codey said that “in the absence of federal leadership, these states have come together to take real steps to cut carbon dioxide emissions.”
A statement from Gov Codey explains how the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative works:
Under the plan, regional CO2 emissions will be capped at 121.3 million tons per year beginning in 2009 through 2014 (a level approximately equal to 1990 emissions), and will be reduced to 10 percent below this level by 2018. The cap-and-trade program established in the agreement sets limits on regional emissions, but allows companies to trade emissions allowances. Companies that do not have enough allowances to cover CO2 emissions must either reduce their emissions or purchase allowances from sources able to reduce their emissions below their prescribed cap.
So what will it cost? Codey says: not much:
The RGGI program is expected to result in very modest direct impacts on average residential household electricity bills. In 2015, the program is expected to increase average household bills in New Jersey between $3 and $5 per year, representing an average increase of 0.3 percent to 0.5 percent. Support for increased energy efficiency, achieved through both the RGGI program and other clean energy policies enacted by New Jersey, is projected to produce average household bill savings that exceed the price impact of the RGGI program. This combination of policies is expected to result in a net reduction in average household electricity bills.
According to ESPN.com, NJ athletes will be tested for steroids…
High school athletes whose teams qualify for championship games will face random testing for steroids under a first-in-the nation plan issued Tuesday by acting Gov. Richard J. Codey.
The testing plan, which will take effect with the start of the 2006 school year, represents a one-strike-and-you’re out policy for individual athletes, but their teams would still be eligible to play in the championships without them.
But Governor Codey isn’t done yet…
Codey, who will leave office next month, said he’d like to see random testing for steroids and other drugs extended to all students — not just those on sports teams — within two to three years.
How do you feel about this? Do they stop at steroids testing or test for alcohol and tobacco as well since they are illegal at that age? If you want to go down that road, I’m curious as to where you want to draw the line.