Tag Archive: State Senate

A huge progressive test in 2007: Reelecting Sen. Loretta Weinberg

On this, Blue Jersey’s one-year anniversary, it seems like the right time to look ahead to a watershed moment for our progressive community in 2007.  It’s in Bergen County, where state Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck, Hackensack, Englewood), one of the greatest progressive champions of our time, a woman who has sponsored and fought fiercely for every major progressive bill in the legislature since her election to the Assembly in 1992, may well be primaried by the Bergen County Democratic machine.

Talkin’ Jon Corzine’s Budget Blues

I was listening to Corzine address the state legislature for the third consecutive day earlier this morning with still nothing of value to say.  While he stumbled through the end of his prepared remarks, for some reason, he decided to repeat the word “today” a couple of times.  I wish that he was clever enough to turn it into an homage to Neil Diamond’s “America”, but it didn’t come even close.  However, it did get me thinking about a song parody.  Let me know what you think.

Addional Verizon Vote in NJ Senate For June 19th

The state Assembly passed legislation yesterday allowing Verizon to apply for a statewide cable TV franchise.  Due to a procedural mistake the state Senate must re-vote the measure on June 19th.  After that vote it is up to Governor Corzine to sign the legislation into law.

This gives NJ proponents of Net Neutrality two opportunities to raise our questions prior to Verizon going before the state Board of Public Utilities to formally apply for a state wide franchise.

If you are in support of Net Neutrality there are two things you need to do:

1.Contact your state Senator and make them aware of the issue, tell them about Verizon’s future plans for the internet and how it will stifle competition on the internet and how it could prevent the next great internet company, one that could be based in New Jersey, from ever having a chance to compete with the big boys.

2.Contact Gov. Corzine and let him know that he has an opportunity to help New Jersey small businesses, independent artists, and plain old web surfers by choosing not to side with big business.  Tell him that you want him to question Verizon on their future plans for the internet; tell him that he should be in favor of keeping the internet a level playing field and not for tollbooths on the information super-highway.

Now is the time to act; don’t wait for federal legislation that may never come to be.

We still need to find out more about the BPU, if anyone out there knows how the cable tv approval process will work at the BPU please contact me.