At Monday evening’s conference meeting, the Bloomfield Council authorized the Engineering Department to issue an RFP for improvements to the Six Points, which is the intersection of Broad Street, Bloomfield Avenue, Washington Street and Glenwood Avenue.
Last night President Barack Obama gave his first State of the Union address of his second term. Below are some talking points:
On “sequester” planned spending cuts: “In 2011, Congress passed a law saying that if both parties couldn’t agree on a plan to reach our deficit goal, about a trillion dollars’ worth of budget cuts would automatically go into effect this year. These sudden, harsh, arbitrary cuts would jeopardize our military readiness. They’d devastate priorities like education, energy, and medical research. They would certainly slow our recovery, and cost us hundreds of thousands of jobs. That’s why Democrats, Republicans, business leaders, and economists have already said that these cuts, known here in Washington as “the sequester,” are a really bad idea.”
Shanta Gyan’s family weren’t the only locals who attended the Presidential Inauguration. Nicky Mesiah, Montclair owner of the delectable Miss Nicky’s Toffee had a ticket to the Inauguration Ceremonies too.
President Barack Obama’s second inauguration and surrounding festivities produced many dramatic images and noteworthy moments: from First Lady Michelle Obama’s ruby gown and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s black hat, to the President’s speech–a paean to progressive values. What did you think of the day?
After months of threats that the country was about to fall off a “fiscal cliff” because of a budget stalemate, the House last night passed legislation averting that disaster. The bill was opposed by many Republicans, but passed overwhelmingly in the Senate early yesterday morning.
The House voted 257-167, with 172 Democrats and 85 Republicans–including House Speaker John Boehner and former Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan–supporting the measure.
Political journalism in the 21st Century is inextricably bound to the media. More than 66 million people tuned in to watch network news coverage of the elections according to Nielsen ratings. But social media is the new way people follow and discuss coverage. 306 million people used Facebook to talk about the election, with “Obama” being the top term used overall according to Facebook. And more than 11 million used Twitter, which clocked 31 million tweets about the election alone on Election Day. This tweet is now the most popular tweet of all time.
It’s a whole new ballgame and certainly has an impact on politics and campaigning.
Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media will examine its impact on Monday, November 12, at 7:30 pm by bringing together four leading, distinguished (and local) political analysts and journalists to discuss and debate the development of political journalism in the 21st Century and the impact of the media’s coverage on the 2012 presidential campaign. Panelists include:
President Obama retains the presidency with a decisive electoral vote of 303 to 206. The popular vote was tighter: 50% for Obama to 48% for challenger Mitt Romney.
In state contests, Democratic Senator Robert Menendez handily beat Republican Joe Kyrillos, 58% to 40%. In the House of Representatives race, Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen trounced Democrat John Arvanites, 59% to 40%.
Both local ballot questions passed easily: a $750 million higher education bond issue, and changes to judicial benefit packages.
The mood is relaxed and optimistic at Just Jakes in Montclair, where Essex County’s Brendan Gill and other local Democratic politicos are watching tonight’s returns. The TV is tuned to MSNBC, and about 50 people are drinking Coors and soda, and dining on chicken wings. “Even though we aren’t hitting the 2008 numbers, we’re very happy with turnout,” said Gill. “Especially considering that half of the town is still without power, including me, and many people are focused on taking care of family first.” Continue Reading
Montclair State University students voting at Mount Hebron Middle School.
Some Montclair State University students and professors say a flyer mailed to Little Falls residents by a local Republican group is bigoted.
The ad, which is illustrated with pictures of mostly non-white women–some wearing Muslim veils, and a few non-white men, states: “Warning…Thousands of students have been registered to vote.” They could “change the outcome of the election.”
“Let’s send the democratic machine a clear message! NOT IN OUR TOWN! Leave our local politics and government to our town residents who know the issues and candidates, not part-time residents,” reads the advertisement.
“Their reaction doesn’t make sense,” said an MSU student voting at Mount Hebron Middle School this morning. “Earlier this year the school passed out voter registration cards, because how else are we going to vote when we’re far away from home?
Yianni Floropoulos, professor of political science and law at MSU, described the ad as offensive toward women and minorities. He believes the flyer violates state and federal laws against voter harassment and intimidation, and has reported the incident to the New Jersey elections board.
Asked about the advertisement, MSU spokeswoman Suzanne Bronski told NorthJersey.com:
“On Election Day, voters across the nation will have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote, one of the most important and fundamental rights afforded to us in our democracy. College students throughout New Jersey have the option to register to vote from their college addresses.” She declined to elaborate.
The advertisement was removed from the Little Falls Republicans website yesterday. Baristanet has contacted the Little Falls Republicans for comment and will update the story as needed. Here’s the flyer: