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  • NJ Vote on Gay Marriage Could Shape Battles Ahead

    12/08/2009 10:19:01 PM PST · by Steelfish · 7 replies · 595+ views
    NYTimes ^ | December 08th 2009
    NJ Vote on Gay Marriage Could Shape Battles Ahead REUTERS December 9, 2009 TRENTON (Reuters) - The legalization of same-sex marriage faces a critical test in New Jersey this week that advocates on each side of the controversial issue argue will shape the fate of gay-marriage battles across the nation. If the proposal to legalize gay marriage passes the state Senate vote on Thursday, New Jersey could be on its way to joining five other U.S. states that allow gay couples to wed. Advocates hope to pass the bill in the legislature so Governor Jon Corzine, a supporter, can sign...
  • Gay marriage bill up for vote in NJ next week

    12/04/2009 1:50:34 PM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies · 831+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 12/4/2009 | Angela Delli Santi
    Gay rights activists in New Jersey pressing lawmakers to approve a same-sex marriage law while there is still a governor in office who would sign it won assurances Thursday that the legislation would be posted for a vote. Sen. Paul Sarlo, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he would keep a promise to gay marriage proponents by posting the marriage equality act on Monday. But, he said he'd vote against the bill, underscoring the proposal's uncertain outcome. Senate President Richard Codey said he'd bring the bill to the full Senate next Thursday — if it clears Judiciary. A similar...
  • Economic Misery Is Driving Voters Right

    12/01/2009 7:32:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies · 1,396+ views ^ | December 1, 2009 | J.T. YOUNG
    It seems simple to write off the four elections that got much of the attention last month in New Jersey, Virginia, New York and California. Democrats and Republicans each won two, so what really changed? They weren't indicative nationally and represented no more than local issues playing out locally, right? Wrong. They represented a conservative groundswell — ideologically and personally.The table below shows the four races. The first two columns indicate the percentages of the vote total gained by each party in the 2008 presidential election and the 2009 state and congressional elections. The third column shows the difference...
  • N.J. Dems move to prevent a Christie GOP appointment

    12/01/2009 2:35:12 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 58 replies · 1,967+ views
    The Hill ^ | December 1, 2009 | Aaron Blake
    Get ready for more appointment drama, because Democrats in New Jersey want to strip Gov.-elect Chris Christie (R) of the right to appoint a Republican to a Senate vacancy. The proposal is significant because 85-year-old Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) has five years left in his term (not to mention the fact that he has already retired once). Those close to Lautenberg insist he's as driven and vibrant as ever, but Democrats are privately worried it could put them in a situation where Christie would fill a vacancy with a member of the GOP. State assembly Majority Whip John McKeon (D)...
  • Gay marriage losing support in New Jersey: poll

    11/25/2009 10:50:10 AM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies · 672+ views
    al Reuters ^ | 11/25/2009
    New Jersey voters are split on whether to legalize gay marriage, but more people now oppose it than support it, a poll found on Wednesday. The Quinnipiac University survey found 49 percent of voters oppose a law allowing same-sex couples to marry, while 46 percent support such legislation, reversing an April poll that found 49 percent supported it and 43 percent opposed it. "When we asked about gay marriage in April, it won narrow approval. Now that it seems closer to a legislative vote, it loses narrowly with the public," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute....
  • Election Day Reverberations

    11/24/2009 4:25:12 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies · 704+ views
    NC Register ^ | November 24, 2009 | JOHN BURGER
    Supporters of a proposed New Jersey law that would allow men to “marry” men and women to “marry” women were gung-ho going into November’s election. Prospects looked good in the state legislature, and Gov. Jon Corzine had promised to sign the “marriage equality” bill whether he was reelected or not. Everyone expected to see the Garden State’s civil union law supplanted by a same-sex “marriage” bill by year’s end, and even after Corzine lost to Republican challenger Chris Christie Nov. 3, people still assumed the bill would get the signature of the lame-duck governor. But when legislators returned to Trenton...
  • Optimistic GOP Governors Want a Kinder, Gentler Approach to 2010

    11/20/2009 7:11:51 PM PST · by Dajjal · 81 replies · 2,398+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | Nov. 20, 2009 | Melinda Henneberger
    AUSTIN – Here's what I did not hear at the annual confab of Republican governors held here this week: The words socialist, extremist, or government takeover. With the focus on jobs, jobs and jobs, the only red meat was the Texas barbecue. And by design, there was no Obama-bashing. [snip] Barbour cautioned Republican candidates to refrain from attacking the president, period: "People want the president to succeed; good Lord, they want the country to succeed, and particularly the first African-American president has a lot of goodwill. . . . We need to be careful, we need to treat the president...
  • GOP Governors Push for 2010 Party Rebirth

    11/20/2009 7:27:03 AM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies · 773+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 11/20/2009 | Liz Sidoti
    Thrilled with twin victories this month, Republican governors are looking to lead a party-wide resurgence in 2010 and shape the GOP for years to come. Republicans boast of a strong crop of gubernatorial candidates who could be future party leaders, $25 million in the bank a year before the elections and a difficult environment for Democrats, particularly in financially ailing swing-voting states like Ohio and Iowa. "Next year's going to be a good year for Republican governors," predicted Haley Barbour, Mississippi's governor and chairman of the Republican Governors Association. "In states where there are Republican governors, people can see if...
  • Are Asian voters swinging Republican? (analysis from NJ/VA results)

    11/18/2009 7:40:06 AM PST · by heiss · 23 replies · 1,020+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov 17, 2009 | Michael barone
    Asian voters switching to Republicans? ... All this evidence strongly suggests that Republicans made gains and Democrats suffered significant losses among Asian, and specifically among Indian-American voters, in Middlesex County. This upscale group, ready enough to vote for John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008, seems to have been repelled by New Jersey’s high taxes and big government under Jon Corzine. There should be some lessons here for Republicans generally—and for Democrats as well.
  • Are Asian voters swinging Republican? (Indian Americans tired of Democrats?)

    11/18/2009 2:14:25 AM PST · by cold start · 10 replies · 1,074+ views
    Washington ^ | 17th November 2009 | Michael Barone
    Asian voters switching to Republicans? Prowling through the election returns in the governor races two weeks ago, I was surprised to find that Middlesex County, New Jersey, voted for Republican Chris Christie over Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine by a 48%-44% margin, almost exactly the same as Christie’s 49%-45% statewide margin. Middlesex County has been a Democratic county for as long as I have been studying election returns (going back to the 1960 election). In close elections it voted 58%-42% for John Kennedy in 1960, 46%-43% for Hubert Humphrey in 1968 (when he failed to carry New Jersey), 51%-47% for Jimmy...
  • RJC: Christie won 38% of Jewish vote in NJ gubernatorial race

    11/17/2009 10:37:56 AM PST · by freespirited · 21 replies · 1,368+ views
    Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matthew Brooks commented today on a post-election poll done by McLaughlin & Associates in New Jersey on November 3 and 4, 2009: "Recently released post-election poll results from New Jersey show that Republican Chris Christie won 38% of the Jewish vote this year in his run for governor. We are pleased by Christie's strong showing in the Jewish community in a very close race. [Click here to download a memo of the poll results.] "The Jewish community was a key battleground in this election, with both Republicans and the Democrats actively campaigning for Jewish support....
  • What White Women Want, Surprisingly the GOP

    11/13/2009 9:55:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies · 2,527+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 13, 2009 | David Paul Kuhn
    This week, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat, told reporters the GOP offers a "back-of-the-hand treatment to women." Later she said two conservative female representatives only serve to further "repulse women." You see, Schultz said on MSNBC, Republicans "don't really get very many women when it comes to elections." The week before, in Virginia, the Republican gubernatorial candidate won women. And in blue New Jersey, the Republican lost women but won white women by 18 percentage points. Last year, John McCain won a majority of the white female vote. They sum to more than 25 million women. Democrats, so...
  • Unwritten story: New VA & NJ governors are strong Catholics

    11/13/2009 10:50:33 AM PST · by ikeonic · 15 replies · 713+ views
    American Papist ^ | 11/13/09 | Thomas Peters
    ...two Catholic candidates won elections this year to state-wide office without compromising their pro-life, pro-family principles. The world didn't end, and once they are in office, they won't conduct witch hunts against those who disagree with them on these issues - but they will use their office to promote these central values, which transcend any one religion or political party. Catholics aren't pro-life and pro-family, after all, only because the Church tells them to be so, but rather, they are encouraged to hold true to these commonsense principles because of the witness and encouragement of their Catholic faith. You read...
  • Where NJ must cut

    11/10/2009 4:01:52 PM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 18 replies · 1,137+ views
    New York Post ^ | 11/10/09 | Eileen Norcross
    In his election-night acceptance speech, New Jersey Gov.-elect Chris Christie aimed straight at the Garden State's entrenched political class, vowing to "turn Trenton on its head." As his victory suggests, many residents would welcome such dramatic reform. He has the opportunity to harness popular anger with the previous administration and make real reforms. Christie inherits a state that's in arguably the worst financial condition in its 233- year history. Last year's $7 billion shortfall, closed with stimulus dollars and tax hikes, has resurfaced at an even larger $8 billion for 2010. Residents face crippling property taxes (an average of $7,000...
  • The President Whose Words Once Soared

    11/10/2009 3:39:21 PM PST · by Ben Mugged · 86 replies · 2,991+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 7, 2009 | PETER BAKER
    As the most gifted orator of his generation, President Obama finds speechmaking perhaps his most potent political tool. It propelled him to national prominence in 2004 and to the White House in 2008. And whenever he needs to calm economic fears or revive stalled health care legislation, he takes to the lectern. It may be too soon to reach such conclusions. The Democrats who lost last week, after all, had fatal flaws all their own. But the results do suggest that Mr. Obama’s addresses these days may not resonate quite the way they did. Speeches that once set pulses racing...
  • Interview with the President: NY-23 Special Election is “Important Signal” for Democrats

    11/09/2009 3:08:32 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 13 replies · 878+ views Punch ^ | 11/09/09 | Jake Tapper & Sunlen Miller
    Obama said the main message he took from last week’s election results – with Republicans winning gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia – was that Americans are “nervous, and they’re worried and they’re anxious.” “I don't think there's any denying the fact that people are worried out there,” he said in an interview with ABC’s Jake Tapper today. Obama said Democrat Bill Owens victory in the special election in New York’s 23rd congressional district, the one bright spot for the president’s party last Tuesday, “sent an important signal.”
  • Learning the Right Lessons From Tuesday’s Results (Finally, Scozzafava is called a liberal.)

    11/09/2009 11:43:06 AM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 737+ views
    Roll Call ^ | Nov. 9, 2009 | Stuart Rothenberg
    Everyone and his brother has opinions about what happened on Tuesday, but not all assessments are equally correct, just as not all of the descriptions of the contests, while they were in progress, were equally on the mark. What were some of the mistakes and mischaracterizations during the campaigns and after the voting? One of the worst, I thought, was the widespread characterization of Dede Scozzafava, the Republican nominee in New York’s 23rd district, as a moderate. I realize that those of us in the media use that term to distinguish certain Republicans and Democrats from their more ideologically consistent...
  • How Obama Saved The Massachusetts GOP (and the rest of NE, too!)

    11/05/2009 3:50:17 AM PST · by suspects · 20 replies · 1,120+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | November 5, 2009 | Michael Graham
    How’s that “hope and change” working out for you? I can’t speak for the Democrats, but Republicans - particularly New England ones - are loving it. After a year of defeat and dire predictions, Massachusetts conservatives have renewed hope for 2010. There’s definitely change on the way, and in a state whose legislators are about 90 percent Democrat, change can only be good for Republicans. And who can we thank for this new conservative spirit of hopeful-changeyness? The Republican Party’s new hero: Barack Obama. One year ago today, pundits were writing off the American right for the next election cycle,...
  • Freewheeling young voters scare both parties

    11/08/2009 5:09:30 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 27 replies · 967+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 8, 2009 | Michael Barone
    In November 2008, 658,000 Americans under 30 voted in New Jersey and 782,000 did so in Virginia. In November 2009, 212,000 Americans under 30 voted in New Jersey and 198,000 did so in Virginia. In other words, young voter turnout this year was down two-thirds in New Jersey and three-quarters in Virginia
  • Gay-Marriage Fight Heads to New Jersey

    11/07/2009 6:58:29 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 7 replies · 593+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11-07-09 | KEITH J. WINSTEIN
    The battle over gay rights will move to New Jersey and the federal government, advocates said, after Tuesday's narrow rejection of same-sex marriage by Maine voters in a hard-fought contest. The Democrat-controlled legislature in New Jersey, which currently recognizes same-sex couples in civil unions, is under pressure to pass a bill authorizing gay marriage before Gov. Jon Corzine ends his term in mid-January.