Tag Archive: Princeton

Another One Bites the Dust

Here’s sad news. Micawber Books, one of my homes-away-from-home in Princeton, is closing down in March. The New York Times takes note of the passage as well as gauging the odds against other independent booksellers.

Micawber started out in 1981 as a used-book store and gradually widened out to sell a mix of new and used. The widening out included expansion into a neighboring space, making for a place that was very pleasant to walk through and explore in leisurely fashion.

One of the things I’ve always liked about Princeton is that it’s such a booky town. In addition to the university store, which is a pretty serious bookstore in its own right as well as a place to get textbooks, there’s another used-book place a couple of blocks down from Micawber. People in Princeton take this culture stuff pretty seriously. Where else would you find a town where, on Superbowl Sunday, masses of people would head to the Montgomery Center cinema to pack the house for Kenneth Branagh’s production of Henry V? (I was two rows down from Joyce Carol Oates – we few, we happy few, baby!)

Electronic Voting in NJ — Is It Safe?

Our elections-focused November issue hits the streets tomorrow, and today we’re featuring one of the main stories — the state of electronic voting in New Jersey.

From Rush Holt’s legislation to Edward Felten’s team of computer scientists to citizen activists — we cover all the bases.

“The election records are in a sealed bag. What are you going to do? Shoot the guy to get them? People don’t understand we really take excruciating pains with security.”
– Mary Meyers, who’s in charge of elections for Warren County.

Read the full story here.

And while you’re over at City Belt, consider a subscription — it’s a very affordable way ($15 for 12 issues) to support independent media in New Jersey. 

Princeton College Republicans for Lieberman

We had heard earlier that the Lieberman campaign was bringing up a bunch of New Jersey folks to help out his flailing campaign, but we didn’t think he was this desperate. Markos got a hold of this email sent by the Princeton College Republicans:

———- Forwarded message ———-
Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2006 18:52:09 -0400
From: “[windows-1252] College Republicans”
Reply-To: College Republicans To: collegerepublicans@PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Unconventional Primary Campaign Opportunity (LIEBERMAN)


I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. In June, I informed you all of a campaign opportunity for State Senator Tom Kean race for U.S. Senate in NJ. Continuing the tradition of letting you about summer campaign opportunities here is a much more unconventional  option:

Incumbent Senator Joe Lieberman (Democratic Primary)
Lieberman is facing a tough primary fight versus far-left anti war activist Ned Lamont.
August 4-9th Primary Campaigning:

Elissa Harwood ’09 (NOT A CLUB MEMBER) has organized a series of buses departing on Friday August 4 from Washington DC (6:30 Foggy Bottom Metro) and NYC, destination: Hartford, CT

People interested in campaigning for Lieberman in the Democratic Primary will have lodging accommodations paid for (by his campaign), as well as food and transportation.

Buses would bring you back on August 9th.

If Interested, E-mail: XXX@Princeton.EDU or call her
at (757)-XXX-XXXX.

New Jersey Republicans are pitching in to save their favorite Democrat. Now, if they actually thought a Lamont primary win (and a Lieberman third party run) would help their own candidate win in the general election, why are they fighting so hard to keep Lieberman in power?

Princeton students are building a “Levee for Life” to Help New Orleans Public Libraries

The Levee for Life

Many of us have been moved by the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina to help in whatever way we can.  Now, seven months after the levees broke, students at Princeton University have created an opportunity for all Americans to help rebuild the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL).  

Like everything else in the city, the library was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Damage is estimated at $26-$30 million.  Eight of the libraries branches were a total loss.  Five other branches experienced substantial damage, but have been able to reopen, despite operating with a staff 20% of its original size.  The library provides essential services to the people of New Orleans, and it sustains community all over the city.  If ideas and community matter — and they do — then libraries matter, too.

How can you help?  Simple.  Help students build a levee of books,  the Levee for Life.  More information below the fold.  Cross-posted at Daily Kos.

Political Bosses 101– May 21 in Princeton

The Princeton Community Democratic Organization will host Tom Byrne, former Democratic State Chair, who will discuss New Jersey politics and political bosses on May 21. For more details check out the events calendar.  PCDO meetings are free and open to the public. BlueJersey readers are invited! 

The talk is entitled, “NJ Democratic Party Bosses:  What do they do?  How did they get power?  How do their dealings affect our state’s policies and finances?

Princeton Drinking Liberally Today – New Location

The Princeton Drinking Liberally group meets at 7pm tonight, and they’ve got a new location:

The Annex Restaurant where we used to meet is undergoing renovations. Effective this week, we’ll be meeting at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room in the Nassau Inn, which is in Nassau Park in Princeton.

We’ve got some tables reserved for us in the back left corner of the bar area. If you come in through the stairs in the back entrance on Palmer Square, just turn left once you walk in and head towards the back left corner.

The address is Ten Palmer Square, Princeton, NJ, and you can find a map and directions on their website.

You can sign up for their email list here.

There’s a new group in Montclair which meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. Sign up for their group.

And of course if you live near New Brunswick or Hoboken, check them out.

New Beginning for Princeton Democratic Club

Last night I was elected president of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization. It was a contested election, with the other candidate being the “establishment” candidate.  But we campaigned hard and won, 156 – 59, on a platform of activism, expansion, inclusiveness and openness. Juan Melli also got elected to the executive board.

UpdateJanuary 23, 2006 at 11:33:39 EST by jmelli Wally Edge:

A new generation offers a leader

There was a changing of the guard among liberals in Princeton last night in a race for President of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization, a group of Democrats from Princeton Borough and Princeton Township. Jenny Crumiller, a fundraiser for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign and a Democracy for America member, defeated Dick Bergman, who got his start in politics working for Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern, by 156-59 margin. Bergman, who worked as a budget analyst for the New Jersey Legislature and spent thre years working in the Carter White House, had been the handpicked candidate of Princeton Township Mayor Phyllis Marchand. With more than 350 members, the PCDO is the largest local Democratic club in Mercer County.

Princeton Packet on Holt visit to Drinking Liberally

(Cross-posted from Princeton’ Drinking Liberally blog)

Holt makes case for Corzine
By: Marjorie Censer, Staff Writer

Speaks before town-gown Drinking Liberally group

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) made his case for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jon Corzine in front of a crowd Thursday at Drinking Liberally, a weekly, progressive event.

 The meeting, held at The Annex on Nassau Street, was the largest yet for the recently formed organization.

 Rep. Holt praised the members of the group for their already active involvement, but said they must do more to ensure Sen. Corzine’s victory in November’s election. He said people initially took for granted that Sen. Corzine would win, but now that his margin over Republican opponent Doug Forrester has narrowed, it’s time to get involved.

 “He won’t win unless we do our part,” Rep. Holt told the crowd of more than 50 people. “I know I don’t need to tell you, because you’re out here, but you need to tell others.”

 Rep. Holt praised Sen. Corzine’s commitment to a grassroots campaign and to his emphasis on involving individuals.

 “If we don’t restore a sense of government by and of the people in the state, a victory on Election Day is pretty empty,” he said. “The reason I’m so excited about Jon Corzine is he gets that.”

 Princeton University students and townspeople alike attended the event. The Princeton Drinking Liberally organization is one chapter of nearly 100 in the national club. It meets weekly at The Annex; its first meeting was Sept. 15.

 State Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Princeton Borough) came to the event to meet with Rep. Holt and the local attendees. He said this was not his first Drinking Liberally event.

 “This is a very important election,” Assemblyman Gusciora said. “It will control the direction of New Jersey the next four years. It’s very encouraging when you see the turnout.”

 Juan Melli, a Princeton University graduate student and one of the chapter’s founders, said he was thrilled with the event. Though the organization typically holds unstructured discussions, he said Rep. Holt did an excellent job of addressing the crowd. Mr. Melli particularly praised his explanation of the campaign.

 “To a lot of people, that was useful,” he said.

 Rep. Holt remained after his brief address to talk with the attendees. During his speech, he asked audience members to talk to their friends and keep them involved.

 “Lapsing into apathy, as too many Americans are doing, will give us the government we deserve,” he said.

Rush Holt visits Princeton’s Drinking Liberally

(Cross-posted at Princeton’s Drinking Liberally blog)

Over 50 people turned out and packed the bar area at the Annex in Princeton last night. Congressman Rush Holt came to mingle and have a beer with Princeton’s Drinking Liberally crowd. It was good to see many new people in addition to the regulars that come out every Thursday.

While the Congressman spent most of the time chatting one on one with the crowd, he also took a few minutes to address the group about why he’s supporting Corzine and why it’s critical to get involved in the campaign. He stressed that even though Jon Corzine has the resources to run a normal top-down campaign with focus groups, polling and ads, he’s insisted on using surrogates to talk to the grassroots and learn about what really matters to New Jerseyans. Rush pointed out that in politics, nobody runs a grassroots campaign by choice, but that a win in November would just be an “empty victory” otherwise, and Jon Corzine understands that.

More + photos in the extended text…