Wake-Up Call: Friday, June 27, 2008

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Time to lay off the corn?

With food prices soaring in the face of a federal mandate to increase production of corn-based ethanol, food producers and retailers yesterday called on Gov. Jon Corzine to petition the federal government to relax the ethanol requirement. (Dunstan McNichol, The Star-Ledger)


Political positioning

When most of his Democratic colleagues endorsed backyard darling Hillary Clinton for president over a year ago, U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9) cut from the pack and picked Illinoisan underdog Barack Obama. (PolitickerNJ)


Considering universal health care

New Jersey took an important step this week toward becoming one of the first states with universal health care when lawmakers approved a bill expanding a health insurance program for low-income families. (Adrienne Lu, Philadelphia Inquirer)


Zimmer's break from Congress leaves voters wondering

Twelve years after leaving Congress, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dick Zimmer is an unknown quantity to most New Jersey voters, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll re leased yesterday.

The survey showed four-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) leading Zimmer by 45 percent to 28 percent, with the rest undecided. (Robert Schwaneberg, The Star-Ledger)


Andrews shows strong commitment to transgendered rights

U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews underscored his commitment to civil rights Thursday by convening a hearing to examine job discrimination transgender people face. (Jessica Coomes, Gloucester County Times)


Gun control laws in New Jersey to remain intact

NEWARK — A gun control advocate says New Jersey's tough firearms laws are not threatened by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a handgun ban in the District of Columbia. (Associated Press)


Gas stations fight back against AG report

UNION — New Jersey gasoline retailers fired back Thursday at state Attorney General Anne Milgram, who had accused hundreds of stations of assorted wrongdoings, including overcharging. (Tom Baldwin, Gannett State Bureau)


NJ transit lead accused of sexual harassment

Five New Jersey Transit police officers, including the agency's first female lieutenant, have filed separate lawsuits over the past year accusing NJ Transit's top cop of harassment, discrimination and retaliation based on race, sex and physical disability.


Fuel prices could change everything

NEWARK — Throw out the planning models, scratch out the economic forecasts and be prepared to start over because the unprecedented rise in fuel costs has changed everything: Where people will live, work, travel and, perhaps, even grow their food. (Michael Daigle, The Daily Record)


Millionaire's amendment struck down

A federal campaign finance law inspired by Jon Corzine that was used against Sen. Frank Lautenberg this spring was struck down Thursday in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling written by Justice Samuel Alito. (Herb Jackson, The Bergen Record)


Search begins for new superintendent

Paterson – Governor Jon S. Corzine has announced the formation of a search committee for superintendent of Paterson schools and named Dennis Clancy as interim replacement for outgoing Superintendent Michael Glascoe. (The Herald News)


Mayor to eliminate prison labor on municipal projects

BRIDGETON – Prison labor doesn't come as cheap as it used to.

This city's mayor said he was told Tuesday that Trenton will no longer allow prison crews to work on municipal jobs unless towns and cities pay for the labor. (John Martins, Press of Atlantic City)


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