Voting snafus in Texas primary show what may be on the way for other states

BY: - March 2, 2022

HOUSTON — Standing outside a polling location in the historically Black neighborhood of Kashmere Gardens on Election Day, lieutenant governor candidate Carla Brailey predicted that Texas’ performance in 2022’s first primary would gain national attention — no matter the outcome. Texas is already a model for other Republican-controlled states for its new law that makes […]

N.J.’s school segregation lawsuit returns to court this week

BY: - March 2, 2022

A lawsuit hinging on a study that found New Jersey schools are some of the most segregated in the country will return to the courtroom this week, with plaintiffs hoping for a major shift in state policies regulating where children attend school. The lawsuit claims New Jersey’s requirement that public school students attend schools in […]

Biden in State of the Union urges ‘unmistakable’ support for democracy in Ukraine

BY: and - March 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden used his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night to reassert America as a leading global voice for democracy and condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin for starting an “unprovoked” war in Ukraine.  “Throughout our history we’ve learned this lesson – when dictators do not pay a price for […]

Lawmakers revive long fight to let New Jersey drivers pump their own gas

BY: - March 1, 2022

In a state oft-maligned for its traffic, taxes, and more, the list of uniquely Jersey perks is short but persuasive. Wherever you go, you’re within 100 miles of the ocean. You might run into Bruce Springsteen at any time. And you never have to pump your own gas. But several lawmakers are looking to upend […]

Biden OKs release of 30 million barrels of oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve

BY: - March 1, 2022

President Joe Biden authorized on Tuesday the release of 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, part of an international boost to the global oil supply that has been disrupted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The reserve is a complex of four sites with deep underground storage caverns in salt domes along […]

Crowds race to apply for immigrant worker fund before deadline

BY: - March 1, 2022

With hours left before applications for the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund closed, dozens of people lined a sidewalk on South Warren Street in Trenton, documents in hand. One by one, they made their way to a community organizer who helped them fill out an application for their last chance at some of the millions set aside […]

Senate panel advances tax cut bill, but worries remain

BY: - March 1, 2022

The Senate Budget Committee advanced a series of bills aimed at making New Jersey more affordable in largely bipartisan votes Monday, but a proposal to tie New Jersey’s tax brackets to inflation faces an uncertain path amid silence from Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration. The bill, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Steve Oroho (R-Sussex) and Sen. […]

Marjorie Taylor Greene spoke at an event led by a white nationalist and has no regrets

BY: - March 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — Georgia Republican U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is doubling down on her decision to give a speech at a far-right conference with ties to white supremacists over the weekend.  In a statement released Sunday night, Greene argued that she went to talk to audience members about “America First” policies. “We’re going to focus […]

White House builds on Russia sanctions, OKs more military aid for Ukraine

BY: - March 1, 2022

Tensions between the Biden administration and Russian leaders ratcheted up yet again Monday as Russia continued its unrelenting assault on Ukraine. President Joe Biden authorized an additional $350 million of security assistance to Ukraine over the weekend, bringing the total aid over the past year to $1 billion, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said […]

Here’s what you will hear Biden talk about in his debut State of the Union

BY: - February 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address is set to focus significantly on the economy, with the former member of the U.S. Senate calling on Congress to pass much of the agenda stalled in the so-called Build Back Better bill.  During the Tuesday night speech, which begins at 9 p.m. ET, […]

N.J.’s school mask mandate to stay in place until next week

BY: - February 28, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy is not lifting his mask mandate for schools early, despite new guidance from the federal government that says students in places like New Jersey may not have to wear masks indoors. The Murphy administration said Monday it will keep March 7 as the end date for required masking in schools and child […]

Lawmakers move to block state investments in Russia, Belarus

BY: - February 28, 2022

Senate lawmakers moved to level further economic anguish on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine by approving a bill that would bar Russian and Belarusian businesses and those with investments in the two countries from winning public dollars. The bill, which cleared the Senate Budget Committee Monday in a unanimous vote, orders state agencies and local governments to […]