Morning Digest: May 7, 2013

Gordon supports gun magazine restriction

Sen. Bob Gordon (D-38) wants restrictions on allowable gun magazine capacity reduced from 15 to five, and has sponsored legislation to that effect. But the fact that Senate President Steve Sweeney’s gun legislation doesn’t further restrict magazine capacity won’t stop Gordon from supporting Sweeney’s controversial package. Politicker


Fulop foe Epps prime target in campaign

The Fulop Campaign is hitting Team Healy’s Ward A council candidate, former Schools Superintendent Charles Epps. Politicker


From the Back Room

National Plumbers union fills GOP coffers

Tucked into the latest campaign finance filing from the Republican state committee is a surprising entry that won’t sit well with the campaign of gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono. Politicker


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Burzichelli says Christie recommendations on CV’d bill appear reasonable

Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-3) of Paulsboro, said he hasn’t seen all the details of the conditional veto of the password protection bill regarding social media accounts he sponsored. State Street Wire

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Pair of men indicted in 9/11 bogus charity

A pair of Jersey Shore men have been indicted by a state grand jury on charges of operating a fraudulent charity, which used a pickup truck painted with the Twin Towers and the names of police and firefighters who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11, authorities said. Asbury Park Press



GOP opponents plan immigration bill attack

WASHINGTON — Republican opponents of legislation to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws are readying an offensive intended to hijack the newly released bill as the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday begins a review that will offer the clearest sign yet of how difficult a path the legislation faces.  NY Times


Gun control ads worry Dems

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s aides met recently with staffers of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to warn them: Targeting vulnerable Democrats like Arkansas’s Mark Pryor on gun control could backfire on the party, several sources told POLITICO. Politico


Drone wars hit the states

Drones could soon be entering the airspace above you — and privacy-minded state lawmakers, banding together in an unusual left-right political alliance, are in a dogfight with law enforcement groups across the country as they move to put protections in place for those on the ground. Politico


Three women missing a decade ago found alive

CLEVELAND — Three women who went missing separately about a decade ago, when they were in their teens or early 20s, had been tied up but were found alive Monday in a residential area just south of downtown, and three brothers were arrested, police said. Huffington Post


Red state Dems bucks Obama

WASHINGTON — The majority of Senate Democrats running for reelection in 2014, including three running in red states, have broken with President Barack Obama and are opposing his effort to cut Social Security benefits, imperiling the austerity project known as the “grand bargain.” Huffington Post


Harry to visit storm-wracked town

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. – The mayor of a storm-wrecked Jersey shore town said Monday that England’s Prince Harry will visit next week before heading to a news conference nearby. Associated Press


N.J. warns of Sandy-related vehicle fraud

The vehicle identification numbers of a 1951 Rolls-Royce, a 2012 Jaguar, and eight Ferraris are among the 30,000 that appear on an official New Jersey website to warn consumers about vehicles damaged by the monster storm that hit the coast last fall. Inquirer


Lauryn Hill heads to prison over tax returns

Over the weekend, Lauryn Hill released the song “Neurotic Society Compulsory Mix” on iTunes, her first in several years. Star-Ledger


Opponents of ‘gay conversion therapy’ bill invoke Sandusky’s name

In a move that outraged gay rights advocates, opponents of a bill to outlaw “conversion therapy” intended to turn gay children straight today sought to associate the measure with a convicted child molester. Star-Ledger


Menendez yet to keep pledge on tainted cash

Sen. Bob Menendez promised a year ago while running for reelection that he would donate $18,800 to two charities after a Franklin Lakes insurance broker pleaded guilty to using “straw donors” to make illegal payments to the senator’s campaign. Record


Crowd in Passaic hears mayoral candidates make pitches

Hundreds of people turned out Monday night to hear three of the five candidates for mayor bash each other while promising that better days are ahead for old industrial city. Record


State starts to shy away from subsidizing natural gas plants

The state has no interest in sponsoring new natural-gas power plants at this time, even as one of the two projects scheduled to receive lucrative ratepayers subsidies is facing a difficult decision whether to move forward with its proposal. NJ Spotlight


Atlantic City revenues fall 8 percent

ATLANTIC CITY — Things are looking up for most of the nation’s commercial casinos, as gambling revenue increased by nearly 5 percent last year and jobs held roughly steady. Associated Press




Intervention in Syria: some questions

WASHINGTON — For all the armchair generals advocating U.S. military intervention in Syria, I have a few questions. Robinson, Camden Courier-Post


Newark charter scam on schoolchildren

Here’s what we know about Fredrica Bey, founder of Adelaide L. Sanford Charter School in Newark:

She has consistently taken money intended for kids in order to enrich herself and her organizations. Star-Ledger


Morning Digest: May 7, 2013