Wake-Up Call: Tuesday, August 26, 2008

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Jersey politics taught Obama campaign manager David Plouffe

DENVER — Barack Obama's national campaign manager, David Plouffe, says there's no better way to prepare for a presidential campaign than working a few years in New Jersey politics. (Josh Margolin, The Star-Ledger)


New Jersey delegation has non-traditional take on race

DENVER — Questions of color and race that often tore apart the Democratic Party in the past have different meanings now — and that's obvious in the make-up of the New Jersey delegation. (Robert Braun, The Star-Ledger)


Newark superintendent is Jersey's top-paid school official

Newark's newly hired school superintendent, Clifford Janey, will be paid a $280,000 salary this year and possibly another $21,000 in performance bonuses, cementing him as the highest-salaried school official in the state. (John Mooney, The Star-Ledger)


N.J. congressman helps girls stranded in Georgia

When Russian troops invaded the Republic of Georgia this month, two girls from New Jersey visiting their grandparents there were stranded behind a series of checkpoints. (Associated Press)


Jersey loves Clinton, aims for party unity

DENVER — For some time now, die-hard Democrats expected the presidential nomination at the 2008 Democratic National Convention to be historic. For most top New Jersey Democrats though, that's because they believed a former first lady would be the nominee. (Gannett State Bureau)


Adventures in registration

We are not here just to have fun, we have a job to do. On Saturday we went to the Inverness Hotel where the New Jersey delegates were registering. (Bridgeton News)


Reconciliation complete?

DENVER — New Jersey's delegates who backed Sen. Hillary Clinton won't harbor ill will toward presumptive nominee Barack Obama, the state's top Democrats said this morning, urging party unity this week. (Gregory J. Volpe, Asbury Park Press)


Jersey NAACP slams foes to affordable housing rules

The chairman of the New Jersey NAACP's housing committee yesterday charged that prejudice against minorities and the poor is one reason 34 higher-income towns have gone to court to oppose new affordable housing rules. (Tom Hester, The Star-Ledger)


Battleship New Jersey wrestles with state budget cuts

With its bristling 16-inch guns, the Battleship New Jersey has faced down many enemies over the last 65 years – from World War II through combat actions in Korea, Vietnam, and Beirut, Lebanon. (Edward Colimore, Philadelphia Inquirer)


New Jersey delegation draws from outside the mainstream

Democratic national conventions always draw the party's elite, and there is certainly no shortage of congressmen, senators, legislators, mayors and county chairmen this year. (Herb Jackson, The Bergen Record)


Union City's new plan unveiled

UNION CITY – If you want to compare Union City's new Master Plan to the old one, you'll have to dust off some old record book. (Charles Hack, The Jersey Journal)


Camden to offer settlement to parents

CAMDEN — The city's school board is expected to vote on a proposed settlement tonight that offers $200 to 14 families who filed a civil lawsuit against the school district for improperly collecting fees for field trips at H.B. Wilson Elementary School, plaintiffs and officials said. (Joseph Gidjunis, The Courier-Post)


State: No more leniency for jail

The Passaic County Jail faces the same overcrowding that led to conditions that a federal judge called "shameful" last year. (Paul Brubaker, The Herald News)


Denville board OKs $69.5 million vote

DENVILLE — The school board Monday night voted unanimously to hold a $69.5 million referendum to build a new middle school and other projects, despite opposition from residents who attended a public hearing on the plan. (Rob Jennings, The Daily Record)


Prosecutor's office to lose veteran leader

Chief of Detectives Sam DeBella has literally left his mark on the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office, which he says goodbye to this week after more than a quarter century in law enforcement. (Ralph R. Ortega, The Star-Ledger)


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Wake-Up Call: Tuesday, August 26, 2008