October 14, 2013 |
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker's campaign seemed to be over long before he suspended it briefly due to his father's death. But if Newark's celebrity mayor nevertheless wins big against scrappy Steve Lonegan this Wednesday, he ought to thank Gov. Christie for setting the special election for October rather than November. Another month of campaign events as underwhelming as Booker's recent debates with Lonegan might well have boosted the Republican upstart's prospects for an upset, particularly with superstar Christie atop the GOP's November ballot.
October 9, 2013 |
A POLITICAL unknown in 2005, Seth Williams agitated until his old boss, District Attorney Lynne Abraham, agreed to debate him before the Democratic primary election. He lost that race. Now wrapping up his first term as D.A., Williams won't extend the same courtesy to Republican Danny Alvarez, his opponent in the Nov. 5 general election. Williams is widely expected to win a second term. It's a staple of politics: Challengers demand debates to get onstage with better-known incumbents, who try to limit access.
October 4, 2013 |
MOUNT HOLLY The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission announced Wednesday that it had filed a civil complaint against the Burlington County Democratic Committee for failure to report $1,500 in campaign contributions and neglecting to provide canvassers' addresses in 2009, when the party was in upheaval and its leaders were linked to North Jersey officials targeted in a corruption sting. Joseph Andl, the Democratic Committee's current chair, said that the reporting problems occurred under "the former administration" and that "whatever we have to do to fix it, we will.
September 18, 2013
Gov. Christie is still sticking to his flimsy excuses for making New Jersey voters go to the polls twice in less than three weeks. Christie first refused to hold a special election to replace the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg on the same date as the general election, Nov. 5, saying voters deserved to choose Lautenberg's successor as soon as possible. Then, last week, he vetoed a bill that would have moved up the general election to the Oct. 16 special-election date. This time, the governor suggested New Jerseyans aren't adroit enough to handle changing the date.
September 6, 2013 |
Ellen Kaplan delivered a blunt message Wednesday to members of a presidential blue-ribbon panel on election reform. The 2012 vote in Philadelphia was a "national embarrassment" spoiled by massive confusion, partisanship, and mismanagement, said Kaplan, policy director of the watchdog group Committee of Seventy. She pointed to numbers such as the 26,986 provisional ballots cast, more than 12,000 of them by registered voters who should have been allowed to use voting machines, and almost 100 Republican poll inspectors who "were not permitted to sit" by their Democratic counterparts and had to get court orders.
August 18, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania voters will not be required to produce identification to cast ballots in November. A Commonwealth Court judge has barred enforcement of the state's 2012 voter ID law until he makes a final determination in the case challenging the legislation. In his ruling Friday, Judge Bernard McGinley said while poll workers asking for ID was not itself disenfranchisement, a hardship was created for voters by the state's misleading or nonexistent information on the new law's requirements.
August 14, 2013
Midsummer in New Jersey brings to mind the boardwalk, the ocean, and, of course, the election. OK, the election is just this summer. Thanks to Gov. Christie's novel approach to election scheduling, which takes note of nothing so much as his own election, New Jersey will choose a successor to the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg in October - three weeks before Christie runs in the regularly scheduled November election. The Senate nominees will be chosen in a special primary today. On the Democratic side, The Inquirer has endorsed Newark Mayor CORY BOOKER , who has earned national recognition for his handling of urban issues.
August 2, 2013 |
TRENTON - Facing Republican criticism that she lacks the experience to step into the governor's seat, Milly Silva, announced this week as the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, cites her role running a union of more than 8,000 health-care workers. "That executive experience leading bargaining, and being able to advocate on behalf of the people I represent, is an experience and credential that I will bring to the ticket and bring to New Jersey," Silva said Wednesday in an interview.
July 16, 2013 |
ATLANTA - With no immediate hope of overturning the Supreme Court's decision legalizing abortion, Republicans around the country are pushing legislation to restrict the procedure, and Democrats say they'll make the GOP pay in coming elections. From statehouses to Congress, Republicans have advanced a range of ideas: banning nearly all abortions beyond the 20th week after conception; making abortion clinics follow regulations for surgical care; mandating that clinic physicians have admitting privileges at local hospitals; requiring women to get ultrasounds before terminating a pregnancy.
July 15, 2013 |
CAIRO - Islamist lawmakers in Egypt's disbanded upper house of parliament demanded Saturday that the army reinstate ousted President Mohammed Morsi, and called on other legislatures around the world not to recognize the country's new military-backed leadership. Morsi's supporters, including his Islamist allies, remain steadfast in their rejection of the military's toppling of the president nearly two weeks ago after millions took to the street to demand his ouster. They have staged a series of mass protests in Cairo to push their demands, and are vowing to stay in the streets until he is returned to office.