Clarkin drops out, Trish/Matteson to run as a team

Sean Clarkin of Vernon has dropped out of the Democratic Assembly race following an announcement that Gina Trish and Kate Matteson plan to run as a team. They will be competing with Michael Pirog in the June 6 primary.

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Frelinghuysen approves guns for veterans deemed “mentally incompetent”

When it comes to honoring our veterans, the U.S. is big on talk and parades, and less enthusiastic about ponying up to provide jobs, housing and physical and mental health care.

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State may have to pick up more education costs

New Jersey’s public schools serving low-income students—in rural and suburban as well as urban areas—stand to lose services and programs if Donald Trump’s proposed budget becomes reality.  The only questions are 1) how much? and 2) How committed will our state legislature and local governments be to making up for the damage?

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Comment: The Time is Now to Make a Difference

The deadline for filing a petition to appear on the ballot for most town council seats is Monday, April third. That’s only about two weeks away, but there remains sufficient time to collect the necessary signatures for your petition.

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Sussex County Republicans vote against candidate transparency

As evidence by the fact that Donald Trump not only got elected, but months into his presidency the American people still know nothing about where his financial interests lie, the bulk of the GOP thinks its no big deal if the U.S.’s top executives have interests that conflict with the good of the nation—possibly including even large debts to hostile governments.  Count Sussex County’s own trio of GOP representatives to the State House among them.

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Frelinghuysen: Trump should cut Medicare, Medicaid

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, a Republican whose district includes five Sussex County municipalities—Byram, Hopatcong, Ogdensburg, Sparta and Stanhope—is concerned about the budget Trump is proposing. For progressives in the 11th district who have been concerned about the congressman’s steady drift to the absolute right, this might seem like good news.  But there’s a catch ...

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Please help safeguard our Democracy

The Sussex County Board of Elections is looking for poll workers for the upcoming primary election on June sixth. Training begins in April. Please consider serving your community in this honorable role.

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Sussex County chooses Phil Murphy for governor

The Sussex County Democratic Committee on Sunday voted for Phil Murphy, largely thought to be the frontrunner in the Democratic race, as its candidate for governor.

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Candidates Learn the Ropes

The SCDC hosted a Candidates’ Workshop for people interested in running for local elected positions. We thank all those who attended, encouraged by us to serve their communities. If you missed the event, here are some notes.

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Mr. Gas Tax Argument Falls Apart

Senator Oroho’s plan to provide the funding needed for New Jersey’s roads and bridges was built upon a scheme to shift that financial burden from New Jersey’s wealthiest citizens to those who have long commutes. Recent reports show that Oroho’s claims to support his position were bogus.

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