Morning Digest: July 11, 2013

Oliver dings opponents in fundraising email

Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34) wants money for her U.S. Senate campaign. PolitickerNJ



State Dems relying on Obama-style data

A key member of the Democrats’ 2011 legislative redistricting team is back in the state this election season to defend the map he helped build. PolitickerNJ



From The Back Room


McGreevey won’t follow Spitzer, Sanford, Weiner back into breach

With the entrees of once down-and-out politicians Eliot Spitzer, Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner back into politics, the Washington Post yesterday took a look at other once prominent politicos that could be poised for a comeback. PolitickerNJ



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Sales tax commission turns thumbs down on proposals

TRENTON – The Sales and Tax Review Commission on Wednesday voted to not recommend several bills for further review. State Street Wire


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Dems struggle to crawl out from Booker’s shadow

Newark Mayor Cory Booker dabbed sweat beading his forehead, standing outside a Vailsburg home in New Jersey’s biggest city this week as he called for action to ease foreclosures. Then the three other Democratic contenders in a shortened U.S. Senate primary each got a chance to speak. Bloomberg



Hagel outlines deep cuts of $52B ahead

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today that if faced with $52 billion in automatic cuts next year, the Pentagon would do its best to “seek management efficiencies and controls on compensation growth before making cuts to force structure, modernization and readiness.” Bloomberg



N.J. advances demolition of Sandy-hit properties

NORMANDY BEACH, N.J. – It’s not hard to see why they call Sandy the “Wicked Witch of the East” here in northern Ocean County. Inquirer



Public speaks out about natural gas terminals

More than 100 residents, environmental groups, and other state-based organizations — many wearing anti-LNG stickers and signs — packed the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center tonight to express their opinions about the proposal of a Canadian company to build a liquefied natural gas terminal 24 miles off the coast of Long Branch. Star-Ledger



Role reversal: GOP lawmakers dispense ‘Obamacare’ advice

Republican lawmakers have spent the past three years blasting Obamacare, but now they have a new role: helping people sign up for it. Politico



‘Motorcycle’ abortion bill set for full vote

WASHINGTON — The North Carolina House is set to vote on a controversial anti-abortion bill on Thursday, one day after its provisions were attached to unrelated motorcycle safety legislation without advanced notice to the public or Democratic lawmakers. Huffington Post



Student loan vote fails in Senate

WASHINGTON — A Senate vote to restore low interest rates temporarily on some new federal student loans failed to advance Wednesday, increasing the odds that college students will rack up additional debt due to Washington inaction. Huffington Post



Christie to let teens help with rebuilding

TRENTON, N.J. — Teenagers not allowed to rebuild the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy soon will be able to work with their hammers. Asbury Park Press



Dems’ delay of court overhaul highlights Statehouse feud

Gov. Chris Christie has long pressed to change the makeup of New Jersey’s Supreme Court, and a major ruling on affordable housing Wednesday drove home why the Republican governor continues to try to steer the court in a more conservative direction. Record



Birdsall era comes to an end in Bergen

The Birdsall era quietly came to an official end in Bergen County on Wednesday night when the freeholders stripped the last remaining contracts from the disgraced engineering firm. Record



Hints of missed chance to avert Boston bombing

WALTHAM, Mass. — It was the most brazen crime in the memory of this Boston suburb: three men murdered with knife slashes to their throats in a second-floor apartment at 12 Harding Avenue; each corpse precisely positioned, stomach down, head turned a quarter to the right, marijuana sprinkled on top. NY Times



House GOP resists immigration overhaul

WASHINGTON — Meeting for the first time as a group to hash out their approach to immigration, House Republicans on Wednesday came down overwhelmingly against a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, putting in jeopardy the future of sweeping legislation that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. NY Times



Jersey City mayor working to address shootings

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop promised public safety will be a top concern for his new administration at an anti-gun-violence rally held last night at the spot on Lexington Avenue where two men had been shot the day before. Jersey Journal



Rutgers board to consider tuition rates

Rutgers University’s Board of Governors is set to consider tuition for the upcoming school year. 101.5FM



Booker media blitz a study in tactics

On Monday, Cory Booker rolled out a plan to end child poverty.

On Tuesday, he released a new TV commercial. Star-Ledger



Could McGreevey make a comeback?

The drug addicts he works with these days call him “Jim,” but in his glory days he had a fondness for the full title,  Moran, Star-Ledger


Applause for Newark’s new police transparency

Two short years after the Justice Department began investigating Newark police for abusing suspects and citizens, New Jersey’s largest city is promising new openness that will set a national standard. Star-Ledger




Morning Digest: July 11, 2013