Ryan White, Kaci Hickox, and the Lessons We Still Haven’t Learned

By: Saturday November 1, 2014 9:15 am

As I have watched the unfolding story of Kaci Hickox in New England, I can’t help but feel as if I’ve seen this movie before. Does the name Ryan White ring a bell? How about Korematsu v. United States?

Yes, I’m old. But it’s the job of the old to remember these things, so that we don’t repeat them yet again.

Now get off my lawn.

 

Video: Republican Climate Deniers in 2014 Election

By: Tuesday October 28, 2014 7:14 pm

This video is a mixture of painfully-awkward, hilarious, and infuriating at the reality of the political system in which we are supposedly represented. Courtesy of Lee Fang, for Republic Report and Huffington Post.

And there’s more out there, if you can bear it. I promise that the end of this blog will not be as pessimistic as what follows.

Is Forced Quarantine for Ebola Legal?

By: Monday October 27, 2014 10:18 am

New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Florida this week instituted mandatory confinement for certain people exposed to ebola.

Is it legal for a state (or the federal) government to detain and quarantine you against your will for health reasons? Yes. Has this sort of thing been done before? Yes. Will it be effective? No. Is it just a political ploy to garner votes from a panicked public? Oh my yes.

States Revisiting Ebola Quarantines After Backlash From Medical Community, White House

By: Monday October 27, 2014 6:59 am

After both Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey and Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York imposed strict quarantines on Friday for those who came into contact with the Ebola virus, the White House and medical officials pushed for a less rigid policy. The quarantines in New York and New Jersey were imposed after a doctor in New York City, Craig Spencer, tested positive for the Ebola virus after returning from West Africa on a trip with Doctors Without Borders.

Governor Christie Says GOP Needs to Win in Order to Control ‘Voting Mechanisms’

By: Thursday October 23, 2014 12:25 pm

Just in case it was not clear how the GOP plans to win elections despite having a shrinking demographic, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie decided to remove any doubt – rigging the vote. In an amazingly honest speech to the US Chamber of Commerce Governor Christie said that the GOP had to control the voting process if they were to succeed in 2016.

After Pay To Play Accusations Christie Administration Sells Stake In Venture Firm

By: Tuesday September 16, 2014 1:22 pm

The New Jersey Pension Fund has now sold a stake in a venture capital firm tied to one of Governor Christie’s campaign contributors according to The Bergen Record. The investment by the NJ Pension Fund in General Catalyst Partners became a scandal when it was revealed that one of the beneficiaries of that investment, Charles Baker, had contributed to Governor Chris Christie’s reelection campaign, arguably in violation of New Jersey’s pay to play law.

Bridgegate: Port Authority Police Stopped From Reopening Lanes on Bridge

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 2:14 pm

According to documents reviewed by The Bergen Record, some Port Authority police officers believed it was necessary to reopen the illegally closed lanes on the George Washington Bridge. In interviews given to New Jersey lawmakers the officers recounted how the closures were creating “hazardous conditions” on the streets of Fort Lee.

One officer who wanted to reopen the lanes due to the hazardous conditions was told to “Shut up” for bringing up the issue on an open radio channel.

Under Chris Christie Fees to Wall Street Tripled

By: Thursday August 28, 2014 11:30 am

According to a report by David Sirota for the International Business Times, fees paid out to Wall Street by the State of New Jersey have tripled under the administration of Governor Chris Christie, costing the taxpayers $3.8 billion. Governor Christie was already under scrutiny for the way he managed the pension system when it was revealed that he had given a multimillion dollar contract to a campaign contributor arguably in violation of New Jersey’s pay to play law.

Governor Chris Christie’s Office Bills Taxpayers $6.5 Million For Bridgegate Legal Fees

By: Monday August 18, 2014 12:12 pm

It was apparently not enough for Governor Chris Christie’s staff to shut lanes down on the George Washington Bridge violating state and federal law, now the taxpayers of New Jersey are having to pay massive legal bills as Christie and company try to prevent details from the lane closures coming out.

Chris Christie Administration Facing Inquiry Over Actions On Second Bridge

By: Tuesday June 24, 2014 12:05 pm

While New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is already shoulder deep in the investigation of illegal lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, another scandal is growing over a second bridge under his authority – the Pulaski Skyway. The Pulaski Skyway is an elevated roadway that connects the New Jersey cities of Newark and Jersey City and, according to the New York Times, is the subject of an inquiry by the Manhattan district attorney and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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