Wake-Up Call: Monday, August 25, 2008

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Menendez may speak at convention

DENVER – Members of the New Jersey delegation are button-holing hard the Obama campaign to get U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-Union City) a speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention this week. (PolitickerNJ)


How Hillside became a township asunder

In a small Union County town where lawsuits between public officials are flying like so much Route 22 litter, where the mayor and the council have barely spoken in years, and where the cogs of municipal government are frozen by politics, perhaps the most baffling thing about what has become known as the Hillside Stalemate is this: (Brad Parks, The Star-Ledger)


Primary hurt still lingers in Obamaland

DENVER – It was one of those unlikely big event introductions: the governor of New Jersey revving up the crowd before he rolled out U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-Fair Lawn). (PolitickerNJ)


Obama organizers make Denver debut

DENVER – They were a scrappy, grassroots group of no-name organizers when Peter Brown and Julie Diaz sat in a diner bull-dozed up to the side of a Jersey highway months ago. (PolitickerNJ)


Obama looks to convention for national boost

As his party's convention begins today, Sen. Barack Obama is under pressure to sharpen his image, better define his positions on major issues, and demonstrate that he is clearly in charge if he is to regain momentum lost during a surprising summer slump. (John Farmer, The Star-Ledger)


Calm cops perplex protesters at Democratic convention site

DENVER — Glen Spagnola marched at the head of a crowd of some 2,000 protesters right to the entrance of the Pepsi Center, the site of the Democratic National Convention — and then couldn't figure out what to do. (Bob Braun, The Star-Ledger)


To find the New Jersey delegation, go past Alaska

DENVER — It's not surprising that the New Jersey delegation did not get front-row seats for the Democratic National Convention. They went to the home states of Sen. Barack Obama (Illinois) and running mate Joseph Biden (Delaware) and the host state of Colorado. (Bob Braun and Josh Margolin, The Star-Ledger)


A delegate's inside look at the trip to Denver

If, as they say, getting there is half the fun, this is going to be a wild week. (The Jersey Journal)


Obama to Jersey on September 5

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is expected to celebrate the end of his rival's convention next week — Jersey-style. (Josh Margolin, The Star-Ledger)


Mixed reaction over Biden

DENVER – Sen. Barack Obama's New Jersey supporters praised newly selected running mate Joseph Biden on Saturday, citing his foreign policy credentials and strong ties to South Jersey, but backers of Hillary Clinton remained upset. (Herb Jackson, The Bergen Record)


Young delegate has politics in his blood

DENVER — Who says today's youth is apathetic? (Michael Rispoli, The Courier-Post)


Parties to party aronund the clock

Democrats and Republicans will show why they are called "parties" over the next two weeks as special interests serve up drinks and entertainment to national convention delegates in Denver and the Twin Cities. (Herb Jackson and Charles Stile, The Bergen Record)


Jersey Dems ready to rally

The television image of a handsome young senator from Massachusetts with a shock of thick hair and gleaming white teeth still lingers in Mayor Douglas H. Palmer's memory. (Joyce J. Persico, The Trenton Times)


Obama's ascent aspires all

The first time Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman met Barack Obama in July 2004, she didn't introduce him as a state senator from Chicago, which is what he was, or even a future U.S. senator from Illinois, which is what he was campaigning to be. (Lisa G. Ryan, Asbury Park Press)


Who's that?

Katie Johnson awoke Saturday to important news about an unfamiliar name. (Heather Haddon, The Herald News)


Connectiong New Jersey to Colorado

DENVER — New Jersey is two time zones and 1,700 miles away — and a mile down below. (Tom Baldwin, The Daily Record)


Unsigned pension bill causes questions

In the final days before the Legislature recessed, lawmakers fought for the passage of three heavyweight bills, all of which were approved after tough negotiations between legislators – and even then by slim margins. (Trish G. Graber, Gloucester County Times)


Ex-Ancora chief loses another state job

Gov. Corzine said yesterday that the former head of the troubled Ancora Psychiatric Hospital would not be allowed to lead a unit that investigates assaults in New Jersey's mental institutions. (Troy Graham, Philadelphia Inquirer)


Hamilton offers $92 million budget

HAMILTON — Want to help spend $92 million?

The township administration has already decided how it would like to spend that much in public money this fiscal year, but the budget is not quite set in stone. (Ryan Tracy, The Trenton Times)


Tax rate drop not as good as advertised

VINELAND – If it seems too good to be true…

The Cumberland County Administrator's office on Friday announced the nearly 8-cent decrease in the county tax rate approved in June was in fact a clerical error. (Jason Laday, Bridgeton News)


City ordered to reduce taxes on townhouses

When the Baker Companies, of Pleasantville, N.Y., built 160 two-bedroom townhomes in downtown Bayonne, then-Mayor Joseph V. Doria Jr. hailed the project as an example of the city's real estate boom and rising property values. (Ronald Leir, The Jersey Journal)



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