The Lessons of Early November
With the smoke clearing from last week’s elections, it’s important to go back through and make sense of the chaos. Yes, most of these points have been made, but I’ll also wager we as a community haven’t properly addressed what they could mean one year from now and three years from now. There was a notable Republican victory and a notable Republican loss last week. | Read More »
Chris Christie: The Sound and the Fury
New Jerseyans have a reputation of talking a good game and Governor Chris Christie sure lives up to that reputation. His ability to win re-election by such a large margin in a blue state like New Jersey is certainly something he should be proud of, and, of course, he is urging everybody to share in his pride. Christie also seems to have a severe case | Read More »
The Inevitable Election Day Post-Mortems
As expected, the inevitable analysis regarding the races for Governor in New Jersey and Virginia has begun. As predicted, that analysis was thus: the way for Republicans to win is through moderation. Nowhere is the dichotomy in analysis more evident than in these divergent headlines from media competitors CNN and Fox News. The CNN headline: “Right Wing ideologue burns Republicans in Virginia.” The Fox headline: | Read More »
Erick Erickson on Virginia, Tea Party vs Establishment and 2014
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Erick Erickson to discuss last night’s election results in Virginia and New Jersey, the continuing Tea Party vs. GOP establishment battle at the ballot box and a preview of key races for 2014.
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Election Day in Virginia and New Jersey
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss election day in Virginia and New Jersey, what a Chris Christie victory means for 2016 and if Ken Cuccinelli can pull out a victory in the closing hours of the Virginia Governor’s race.
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If you can vote in the Princeton, NJ Council election, vote for @Fausta.
Every election is important: Democrat incumbents Jenny Crumiller and Patrick Simon face Republican challenger Fausta Rodriguez Wertz next week in a contest for two three-year-term seats on the Princeton Council. Fausta is a woman and blogger of excellent character and intelligence, long known to me; and she would make an excellent addition to the Princeton Council. If you can vote in that election, I urge | Read More »
2013 Ballot Questions- Part 8: New Jersey and the Minimum Wage
New Jersey’s Proposal #2- a $1 increase in the hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 plus future increases linked to inflation- will be watched by other states this year. This effort in New Jersey is being pushed by the Raise the Wage Campaign, a program of the National Employment Law Project. They are attempting similar measures in Massachusetts, Maryland, South Dakota, Alaska, Illinois, Minnesota, | Read More »
Much Ado About Nothing: Christie vs. Cuccinelli
As Election Day 2013 approaches, there are only two races of interest to the political pundit class- the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia (with all apologies to the New York City mayoral race). The outcomes, despite the winners, will be analyzed and pulled apart and parsed because they are the only two games in town this year. Already, articles are appearing in the | Read More »
Gov. Christie, It’s Time To Change Parties
Yes, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may be cruising his way to re-election, but he’s also becoming our biggest threat for 2016. With the shutdown over, the Republican establishment is emboldened given their victory over the conservative wing of the party. That’s us, folks. Undoubtedly, moderates will be recruiting Christie, who is polling best in a hypothetical duel with Hillary Clinton, for 2016. We’ll also get | Read More »
Virginia and New Jersey 2013- No Indicator for 2014
There are two gubernatorial races this year- Virginia and New Jersey. In 2009, Republicans won both those races, Bob McDonnell in Virginia and Chris Christie in New Jersey. In 2009, these GOP victories were seen as a portent of things to come in 2010. On its face, one could make that case. The 2010 GOP congressional landslide (at least in the House) coupled with the | Read More »
… @CoryBooker has an imaginary friend called #T-Bone?
But there’s a picture of him, and everything! …Oh, Cory. I really am disappointed in the man; it’s such an easy error to avoid.
Gov. Chris Christie signs gay conversion therapy ban
Gov. Chris Christie signs gay conversion therapy ban New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight. According to the Associated Press, in a signing note Christie said the health risks of trying to change a child’s sexual orientation outweigh concerns over the government setting limits on parental choice: Government should tread carefully into this area | Read More »
#Waywire: Cory Booker’s Ticket To Board The Torricelli Express
It was a little over 1 year ago, and Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ launched an IPO to fund his own brainchild; a social media aggregator entitled #Waywire. He felt that he could offer something brand new to the social media industry and speak for younger Americans of The Millennial Generation. His project started with a bang, but appears to be about to end with a thud. Mayor Booker has discovered what many before him have learned already. You can’t lie down with the dogs and not get infested with fleas.
Booker described his mission as a modernization. “Traditional media is controlled by a handful of companies with one destination and a specific point of view,” Booker said, “while [Millennials] have come of age expecting social media, user-generated voices, the open web and technology led media.” Techli.com wrote a glowing description of the initial success of his IPO.
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Moral Mondays in NC, DC Opulence, and Tent City, NJ hunger games
The moral case against liberal Democrat Obamaism and for free market capitalism Democrats, including the liberal Christian variety in the Tar Heel State, have never been shy about making the moral case for their anti-entrepreneurial welfare state policies and against Republicans who oppose them. If one is against the latest bill demanding more, more and more of the same “stimuli” sold as the antidote to the “mess | Read More »
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Perspectives in Education- Part 8: New Jersey’s Abbott Schools
Because liberals believe that money solves all problems and because New Jersey is a liberal state with a liberal state supreme court, the example of New Jersey is perfect for demonstrating the silliness of this approach. The phrase Abbott school comes from a series of court rulings initiated by the Educational Law Center and included the New Jersey NAACP among other litigants. The state constitution | Read More »