Morning Digest: June 20, 2013

Sources: Prieto, Schaer possible Oliver successors

As long as Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) makes a play for a third term in leadership, political insiders have the expectation, in the name of balance, of the north maintaining its hold on the speakership. PolitickerNJ



A boost for Booker

DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP – Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s U.S. Senate campaign received a boost Wednesday from Democratic officials representing seven southern New Jersey counties. PolitickerNJ


From the Back Room

Guadagno makes it official in Eck case

Secretary of State Kim Guadagno issued a final decision late today in which she affirmed on all counts the June 18 decision of Administrative Law Judge Edward Delanoy, ordering that Alieta Eck be placed on the ballot for the August 13th United States Senate special election primary. PolitickerNJ




Latest from State Street Wire

Civil service banding opponents make case to Committee

TRENTON  – The administration’s proposed Civil Service changes that have angered public workers and some Democratic lawmakers went before the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee Wednesday. State Street Wire

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Lawmakers near border security deal

WASHINGTON — After secretive talks, key senators expressed optimism Wednesday night that they were closing in on a bipartisan agreement to toughen the border security requirements in immigration legislation that also offers a path to citizenship to millions living in the country illegally. Huffington Post



Obama climate change strategy looms, adviser says

WASHINGTON, June 19 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will target carbon emissions from power plants as part of a second-term climate change agenda expected to be rolled out in the next few weeks, his top energy and climate adviser said on Wednesday. Reuters



Border security deal boosts immigration bill hopes

The Senate’s Gang of Eight and a pair of Republicans are near a deal that would beef up the immigration bill’s border security language and break a major impasse between the two sides, senators and aides say. Politico



House: Senate immigration bill DOA

Senators, powerful outside groups and the White House are working intently to ensure that the Senate produces an immigration bill that could glide through the Republican House.

Wait until it reaches the parallel universe of the House of Representatives. Politico



Cuomo wins casino deal in upstate New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reached a deal with lawmakers to license four Las Vegas-style casinos to boost the upstate economy, he said in a statement today. Voters will have the final say in November. Bloomberg



New marketing tactic for Revel

Atlantic City’s newest casino now acknowledges it is a casino.Townsquare News



South Jersey exchange program needs hosts

Mi casa, su casa.

An exchange program for Spanish teenagers is looking for families in Camden County who would like to host students for the month of July. Inquirer



Your tab for Ocean City sand: $40M

Contractors with the Army Corps of Engineers last month finished pumping more than 1.8 million cubic yards of sand onto the beach in Ocean City, N.J., which had been damaged by Hurricane Sandy. ProPublica



Christie: Gandolfini was N.J. treasure

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the death of “The Sopranos” star James Gandolfini has come as an awful shock to him. Associated Press



Syracuse chancellor to be named Rutgers-Newark head

Rutgers University will name Nancy Cantor, the outgoing chancellor and president of Syracuse University, as the new head of its Newark campus today, The Star-Ledger has learned. Star-Ledger



Hamilton schools official paid $80,000 while on leave in Bencivengo case

School business administrator Joseph Tramontana, placed on paid leave seven months ago during an insurance scandal, is still collecting pay while officials discuss whether he is tenured and can outlast his expiring contract. Trenton Times



Bergen native Gandolfini dead at 51

James Gandolfini once spent the entire time allotted for an interview trying to make the case that he was the least interesting story The Record could write about “The Sopranos.” The Westwood native then proceeded to name co-star after co-star who would make better copy.  Bergen Record



Bergen freeholders want state to pay for special election

The Bergen County freeholders agreed unanimously Wednesday to direct their attorney to seek a court order requiring the state to pay for the costs of the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat held by the late Frank Lautenberg. Bergen Record


Obama readies emissions limits on power plants

WASHINGTON — President Obama is preparing regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, senior officials said Wednesday. The move would be the most consequential climate policy step he could take and one likely to provoke legal challenges from Republicans and some industries. NY Times




Nursing initiative addresses shortage

An innovative experiment in proactivity is starting to pay off. Trenton Times


Karzai’s tantrum

Sadly, the latest diplomatic tantrum from Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, comes as no great surprise. After watching him for more than a decade, we have learned at great cost that his corruption is exceeded only by his ingratitude and incompetence. Star-Ledger

Morning Digest: June 20, 2013