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It’s Micale and Dani for Ridgewood Board of Education

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Ridgewood NJ, it’s Micale and Dani for Ridgewood Board of Education . The teachers union push clearly made an impact , taking out current Board of Education President Mike Lembo , but Trustee Saurabh Dani held on to retain his seat.

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Most Arizona Voters Believe ‘Irregularities’ Affected the Outcome of the Election

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Phoenix Az, the razor-thin outcome of last year’s Arizona gubernatorial election has made most voters in the state suspicious of the result.

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Ridgewood Councilwoman Lorraine Reynolds Endorses Susan Knudsen and Jim Van Goor

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This is for my Ridgewood friends. We vote for 2 council people on Tuesday, November 8th.
This election season reminds me of the election of 2012. People were blissfully unaware of what was to come. Residents were fooled by smooth talking candidates with lots of promises, and a hidden agenda. Ridgewood paid the price with years of fighting the overdevelopment applications that ensued.
Let’s prevent a repeat of that by re-electing Susan Knudsen, and electing James Van Goor.
I believe in actions, & that’s how I am voting.

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15 Candidates are Running for Five Seats on the Hackensack Council in the Election being held on Tuesday, May 11

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Hackensack NJ, Do you know 15 candidates are running for five seats on the Hackensack Council in the election being held on Tuesday, May 11?  Find out more about these candidates and their positions on some key issues with the League of Women Voters’ handy voting resource tool, Vote411.org.

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US Supreme Court Justice Alito Orders Pennsylvania to segregate and secure “ballots received by mail after 8:00 p.m. on November 3”

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Washington DC, Justice Alito Orders Pennsylvania to segregate and secure “ballots received by mail after 8:00 p.m. on November 3rd.

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Gottheimer Attack Ad Uses 2019 Photos Against GOP Candidate Pallotta

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Mahwah NJ, In a recent TV commercial, Josh Gottheimer’s campaign for Congress used an image of Republican candidate, Frank Pallotta standing with a supporter (face blurred), to showcase how Pallotta “refuses to wear masks.” However, the image was taken in 2019, almost a year before the first case of COVID-19 was contracted in the U.S.

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The Governor Doesn’t Have the Authority to Unilaterally Alter General Election by Executive Order

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Trenton NJ, Senator Michael Doherty said the New Jersey Constitution doesn’t authorize Governor Phil Murphy to issue an Executive Order that unilaterally changes the manner in which voters will cast their ballots this November.

Doherty pointed to Article II, Section I of the New Jersey Constitution, which says: “General elections shall be held annually on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November; but the time of holding such elections may be altered by law.”

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Reader says ,”Voting by an electronic device in person is pretty much effective in being fraud-free “

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“Voting by an electronic device in person is pretty much effective in being fraud-free.
Voting by mail involves so much that is susceptible to fraud. The main two are:
1. Who knows if the mail-in ballot was completed by the person on the form?
2. The form is opened by a election official. Who know if that official is honest? Who knows if they discard or alter any forms that don’t go with the party/candidate that they favor?

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N.J. Senate votes 23-11 to keep Trump off the 2020 ballot unless he releases tax returns

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River Vale NJ , Assemblywomen Holly Schepisi :

“Thursday the New Jersey Senate is voted on a bill that would prohibit President Donald Trump from being placed on the New Jersey Ballot unless he releases a copy of his tax returns. While we can debate whether a Presidential candidate should release his tax returns, the law is clear that the New Jersey proposed legislation would be UNCONSTITUTIONAL. “

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Guadagno Proposes Full-Scale Audit on New Jersey’s Finanaces

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Ridgewood NJ, Kim Guadagno the Republican candidate for governor has proposed conducting a full state audit of New Jersey’s finances or lack there of  as part of her 8 point plan to right a sinking ship . Neighbors are fleeing New Jersey because of excessive taxes and the sky high cost of living, yet Trenton dose not seem to understand how dire the situation is for New Jersey families.

1)Conduct Full-Scale Audit
On day one, Kim will order a complete audit of state government finances, operations and programs to root out waste, abuse and inefficiencies in all areas of state government. Savings realized from the “Audit Trenton” initiative will be given back to the taxpayers in the form of property tax relief.

2) Support An Independently Elected Attorney General
New Jersey is one of only a handful of states that allows the governor to appoint its top law enforcement official. A Guadagno administration would support a proposal to establish an independently-elected attorney general, or commission an independent special prosector in the event the governor or lieutenant governor is under investigation. This will ensure the state’s top law enforcement agency in the state is accountable only to the people of New Jersey to root out potential corruption and abuse.

3) Use Zero-based Budgeting
The first budget proposal presented by the Guadagno administration will utilize “zero-based budgeting” techniques, forcing all state spending to be justified based upon need and cost. Kim will also nominate Cabinet officials who understand that finding savings for taxpayers ranks second only to protecting our citizens’ health, safety, and welfare.

4) Ensure Education Dollars Get To Classrooms
New Jersey taxpayers currently spend an average of $19,600 per student, but that amount varies widely district to district and a large portion never gets to the classroom. Before we can ask taxpayers to fork over another penny for schools, we must ensure that the education funding formula is fair and our tax dollars are actually being used to improve student performance. That’s why a Guadagno administration will immediately call on the State Department of Education to conduct an audit of the state’s 586 school districts to ensure we’re spending the money on improving educational outcomes for students.

4) Fix School Procurement And Construction
School district procurement rules and practices often get in the way of getting the best product at the lowest price. We must review and change these rules and develop benchmarks for districts regarding smart purchasing practices. Like collective bargaining, we should establish a uniform, statewide procurement policy and system that will allow for the leveraging of statewide bargaining power to secure the best possible price for school goods. New Jersey must also bring fairness to school construction by requiring the SDA districts to pay the same percentage on capital improvements as they do for their entire district budget.

5) Sell Surplus State Assets
A Guadagno administration would sell buildings and other assets no longer needed by the state. This would yield the two-fold benefit of producing income that could be used to reduce debt and would put these properties back on the local tax rolls to help municipalities reduce property taxes. This proposal would not affect parks, beaches or environmentally sensitive properties owned by the state.

6) Take The Politics Out Of Road Building
In New Jersey, it is no secret that it costs too much and takes too long to build roads and other infrastructure projects. Yet instead of fixing the problems, Trenton insiders created a politically-appointed panel of four to control how our transportation dollars are spent and demand everyday New Jerseyans pay more at the pump through higher gas taxes. A Guadagno administration will demand better and work to bring efficiency and common sense to road construction. This includes auditing the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), eliminating political appointees, disbanding the panel of four politically appointed bureaucrats and ensuring infrastructure projects are funded based upon need, congestion and economic impact.

7) Oppose New Long-Term Debt
New Jersey’s state debt is about twice the national average and threatens to further erode the state’s declining credit rating. As governor, Kim will close the loophole that allows New Jersey’s Economic Development Authority to take on new debt without voter approval. In fact, Kim will oppose any plan that adds additional long term debt to the state’s balance sheet without getting voter approval via a referendum.

8) Scrap Plans To Build ‘The Palace Of Versailles’
At a time when we have the highest foreclosure rate in the nation, New Jersey cannot afford to turn the State House into the Palace of Versailles. Instead of spending $300 million on renovating the State House, Kim believes we should set up a charitable foundation to raise funds from private sources to make any necessary repairs to the aging building. This effort can be assisted by making charitable contributions tax deductible.

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The stoned minority might help elect the next New Jersey governor

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Marijuana legalization is coming close to happening in New Jersey.

By Jeff Edelstein, The Trentonian

POSTED: 06/08/17, 11:08 AM EDT | UPDATED: 1 DAY AGO

And just like a puff of smoke (drifting out of a dorm room and blown through a empty paper towel roll with a dryer sheet stuffed in the end), marijuana prohibition in New Jersey is wafting away.

It feels almost ridiculous, knowing this, but it’s true: Democratic candidate Phil Murphy favors full, Colorado-style legalization, and he’s also the presumptive favorite to win the governor’s seat. (For the record, Republican candidate Kim Guadagno has stated she’s in favor of considering decriminalizing small amounts of pot, which is nice, but isn’t the full kettle.)

Anyway, I posited on Wednesday that marijuana might end up being a key issue in the race for governor. After all, nearly 400,000 adult New Jerseyans smoke weed at least once a month, according to a study done by New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform and New Jersey Policy Perspective. That amount of people could tip an election.

The question than becomes: Am I nuts, or could this really happen? Could the stoned minority be the difference-maker in the 2017 New Jersey governor’s election?

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Joe Piscopo — ‘It’s time for the people’s politician’

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By Bill Spadea March 21, 2017 9:40 AM

Entertainer, radio host and maybe our next governor? Could Joe Piscopo be the next governor? If so, he has laid out his gameplan for his road to the statehouse.

Piscopo — ‘More serious than ever’ about run for governor

Joe called into the show this morning to discuss his announcement that IF he decides to run for governor, he will run as an Independent. While he respects both sides of the aisle with friends in the NJ Republican and Democratic parties, “I think it’s time for the people’s politician, Bill,” Piscopo stated.

Piscopo also said that if he were to announce that he is going to make a run for the governor, now that he won’t be affiliated with any specific party, “I’m pro union member and you have to fight for the working men and women of the state and I support the union members.”

Would you be more inclined to vote for an Independent candidate?

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US MOVE TO SECURE ELECTION SYSTEMS MEETS CRITICISM

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A last-minute decision by the Obama administration to designate election systems as critical infrastructure drew intense criticism from state and federal elections organizations on Monday.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced the move Friday with 30 minutes’ notice to the National Association of Secretaries of State and U.S. Election Assistance Commission, an independent bipartisan federal agency that develops voluntary voting guidelines and certifies voting systems.

Officials at both agencies are criticizing the department for what they said was a failure to work with state officials to fully answer their questions about the designation before making the change.

“We’re having trouble understanding exactly what they’re going to do, that we’re not already doing,” Connecticut Secretary of State Denise W. Merrill, who heads the national secretaries association, told The Associated Press. “States were already doing much of this (security work) themselves using very different products.”

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