Morning Digest: Jan. 25, 2013

Among state Senate campaign accounts, who has the most cash?

Sen. Dick Codey (D-27) has the most cash on hand among the state’s 40 senators, followed by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), Sen. Shirley Turner (D-15), and Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean (R-21), according to reports filed with the Election Law Enforcement Commission. PolitickerNJ

http://www.politickernj.com/62586/among-state-senators-who-has-most-money-bank

 

Sources: Baraka shows up at Jeffries’ house to try to talk him out of Newark mayor’s race

South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka wants former Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries out of the mayor’s race, but Jeffries shows no signs of budging. PolitickerNJ

http://www.politickernj.com/62589/sources-baraka-shows-jeffries-house-try-talk-him-out-mayors-race

 

Christie issues warning to dune holdouts

SEASIDE HEIGHTS – Gov. Chris Christie said he would seek a legislative remedy to prevent dune projects from being held up due to a handful of property owners failing to give permission for such reasons as view obstruction.  PolitickerNJ

http://www.politickernj.com/62602/dune-project-holdouts-beware-christie-warns

 

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Feds tell schools to include disabled students in athletics

WASHINGTON — Breaking new ground, the U.S. Education Department is telling schools they must include students with disabilities in sports programs or provide equal alternative options. The directive, reminiscent of the Title IX expansion of athletic opportunities for women, could bring sweeping changes to school budgets and locker rooms for years to come. Associated Press

http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/Feds_tell_schools_to_include_disabled_kids_in_athletic_programs.html

 

Embattled Westwood schools superintendent resigns

The Westwood Regional school board on Thursday night unanimously accepted the resignation of Superintendent Geoffrey Zoeller, who was widely criticized for taking a district-owned generator to power his home after superstorm Sandy. Record

http://www.northjersey.com/topstories/westwood/Embattled_Westwood_schools_superintendent_resigns.html

 

Cooper Health System to pay $12.6M to end whistleblower suit

The Cooper Health System in Camden has agreed to pay $12.6 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging that it made improper payments to doctors in an effort to build its cardiology business, the U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey said Thursday. Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20130124_Cooper_Health_System_to_pay__12_6M_to_end_whistle-blower_suit.html

 

Pennsauken schools fail to respond to bias suit

CAMDEN — Pennsauken school officials are asking a judge to accept a late assignment.

But in this case, the school district risks more than a bad grade. Camden Courier-Post

http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20130125/NEWS01/301250058/Pennsauken-district-fails-respond-bias-suit

 

Senate OKs modest filibuster limitations

WASHINGTON — The tradition-laden Senate voted Thursday to modestly curb filibusters, using a bipartisan consensus to make it a bit harder but not impossible for outnumbered senators to sink bills and nominations. Associated Press

http://www.courierpostonline.com/viewart/20130125/NEWS05/301250036/Senate-OKs-modest-restrictions-filibusters

 

Senate sets vote on Sandy aid

The Senate plans a Jan. 28 vote to complete congressional action on a $60.2 billion aid package for Hurricane Sandy victims three months after the storm hit the U.S. Northeast, Majority Leader Harry Reid said. Bloomberg

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-25/senate-sets-vote-on-60-2-billion-hurricane-sandy-plan.html

 

Governors push bigger reliance on sales taxes

WASHINGTON — Republican governors are moving aggressively to cut personal and corporate income taxes, including proposals that would increase reliance on state sales taxes, setting up ambitious experiments in tax reform that could shape what is possible on a national level. Associated Press

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/25/us/politics/republican-governors-push-taxes-on-sales-not-income.html?ref=politics&_r=0

 

Analyst calls internet gambling one of Atlantic City’s last lifelines

With Gov. Chris Christie nearing a decision on whether he will sign a bill legalizing Internet gambling, an industry analyst issued a research note Thursday calling the legislation a desperately needed “lifeline” for Atlantic City. Atlantic City Press

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/breaking/analyst-calls-internet-gambling-one-of-last-lifelines-for-atlantic/article_c5cf0894-6688-11e2-93e1-001a4bcf887a.html

 

NFL, N.J. prep for Super Bowl in 2014

The Super Bowl is coming to New Jersey in 2014 and the state is already preparing for the game and the cold.Governor Christie and the National Football League today announced a series of activities and events that will take place as we await the big day. 101.5 FM

http://nj1015.com/nj-preps-for-super-bowl-xlviii/

 

Why Reid defused nuclear option

He could have gone nuclear. He could have forced senators to talk their mouths off. And he could have virtually dismantled the potent stalling tactic.

But in the end, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to pull the trigger. Politico

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/filibuster-reid-democrats-nuclear-threat-86704.html?hp=l1

 

Christie decries Obama manifesto

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was willing to reach out to offer President Barack Obama congratulations after he won reelection in November, but after hearing the president’s second inaugural address this week, the governor says he has concernsabout the next four years. Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/24/chris-christie-obama_n_2544725.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

 

Opinion

Filibuster flop: Reid’s fake reform

When children are taught about democracy, the first principle is that the majority rules. They get the idea right away. Star-Ledger

http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2013/01/filibuster_flop_harry_reids_fa.html

 

Christie’s gun-control strategy: Wait

The former federal prosecutor, who once hunted down out-of-state gun traffickers, had a chance to make a blunt, compelling case for tighter gun laws last week. But Governor Christie took a pass. Stile, Record

http://www.northjersey.com/news/opinions/188166701_Stile__Christie_passes_on_chance_to_take_stand_on_gun_control_strategy_on__gun_control_is_to_wait.html

 

"He evolves like any other politician who knows how to flip a foe into a friend when necessary. He’ll do whatever it takes to survive."
—Bergen Record columnist Charles Stile, on Gov. Christie's sudden embrace of the way unemployment data is collected