Tuesday, May 28, 2024

A Veteran Politico Faces Messy Primary Battle

Dan chats with lifetime South Jersey political operative Jeff Land about the battle waging among Republicans in Cherry Hill and some other parts of New Jersey. 
Why does the GOP subject itself to these squabbles while the Dems seem so united? And what can be done about this?

OMG! Meanwhile, In San Francisco Today . . .


Gallup: Biden At 27% Among Young Voters!

GALLUP: President Biden Job Approval

Approve: 39% [+1] Disapprove: 56% [-2] — • Male: 33-63 • Female: 46-49 • Ages 18-34: 27-68 • Ages 55+: 48-48 • College: 48-48 • No college: 31-62 • Dem: 82-17 • GOP: 2-98 • Indie: 34-56 [+/- change vs April] — #35 (2.5/3.0) | 1,024 A | 5/1-23 | ±4% news.gallup.com/poll/645413/bi

NJ Legislators: Say 'NO!' To Tax And Fee Increases

New Jersey State Senator Carmen Amato, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblyman Greg Myhre are calling on their legislative colleagues to withdraw support for the 41 taxes and fee increases that supporters hope will generate more than $2.7 billion in additional tax revenue for increases in state spending. 

The 9th District Delegation issued the following statement:

“Unquestionably, the imposition of more than 40 tax and fee increases will have serious repercussions, most especially for taxpayers and businesses who have already reached their financial limits with soaring costs. They don’t want and can’t afford for their state government to double down on failed policies of tax and spend. 

“We are warning constituents and letting them know that our delegation continues to fight against these fee and tax increases well in advance of the finalized state budget bill being prepared. 

“Proposed tax and fee increases include a corporate transit fee that would lead to businesses paying $1 billion more in taxes, the costs of which will surely be passed down to consumers. Payroll taxes are set to increase by more than $800 million while an increase on HMO assessment would generate a whopping $83 million in tax revenues for Trenton’s already extreme spending policies.

“Commuters are set to pay more than $67 million more for toll hikes and $84 million in gas taxes. Our constituents are incensed by Trenton’s over-reliance on toll and gas tax increases which blatantly targets commuters in our area of the state where state public transportation has little to no presence. 

“Gun owners are targeted for nearly $4 million in new firearm fees. Like many of our constituents who support the Second Amendment, we find it unconscionable that Trenton would use a citizen’s basic constitutional right as means to generate excess tax revenue.

“There’s no mistaking that supporters of the tax and fee increase see it only one way: How much tax revenue is generated for government spending while conveniently ignoring the very real financial hardships for those who actually have to pay.

“Our Delegation is committed to serving the interests of our constituents needing tax relief, not more taxes, fees and politicized spending. So much for making New Jersey more ‘affordable,’ as some Trenton officials claim to support but yet, at the same time, are more than willing to reach further into taxpayers’ wallets”.

New Poll Shows Biden Job Approval Tanking!

CIVIQS: Biden Job Approval (5/26)

🔵 Approve: 35% 🟠 Disapprove: 57% — • Arizona: 31-62 (-31) • Nevada: 32-61 (-29) • Georgia: 31-59 (-28) • Pennsylvania: 33-60 (-27) • Michigan: 34-59 (-25) • Wisconsin: 41-53 (-12) civiqs.com/results/approv

For Trump, Things Just Get Better With Time

 CIVIQS POLL: Do you have a Favorable or Unfavorable opinion of Donald Trump?

• Jan. 27, 2023: 34-59 (net: -25) • Jan. 26, 2024: 38-57 (net: -19) • May 26, 2024: 41-55 (net: -14) Trump's highest net favorability rating since November 24, 2021

Senator Mike Testa On Weekend Boardwalk Unrest


Monday, May 27, 2024

In The Battleground States, Trump Emerges!


No Warnings, No Guardrails, No Cushions, All Fun!

Once upon a time kids were allowed to be risk takers. They weren't raised in a bubble. And if their parents couldn't afford something such as this, well -- they improvised. They made scooters out of empty wooden boxes, discarded lumber and old roller skates, etc. They used their imagination. They invented playthings and games. Sometimes they fell or got hurt. It was all okay. They learned, they grew, they survived and were better for it.

Memorial Day: How Much Do You REALLY Know?

 Think you know all about Memorial Day? 

Think again!

It's Memorial Day weekend and we hope you're  having a great time.
This year Memorial Day is observed three days before the day's actual, traditional observance day, May 30.
This year, we hope that you take time to remember those who have protected us and who have made (and continue to make) our freedom possible. Because Memorial Day is all about those who gave their lives defending our country.  They made the ultimate sacrifice. In this way Memorial Day differentiates itself from Veterans Day which honors all veterans.

Now, let's get to the business at hand:

1) Not everyone will spend the long weekend at the Jersey shore. The media would have you believe that everyone is headed to the shore but that's just an easy way for the media to not report real stories over the weekend while at the same time nurturing the myth of the Great Shore Exodus. In fact, people enjoy the weekend in many different ways at many different places. We know we do -- and will.

2) Summer doesn't begin on Memorial Day. Summer begins on June 20, the summer solstice. And summer doesn't end on Labor Day. Summer ends on September 22 when autumn begins. The media and the travel industry concocted the idea that summer lasts from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It doesn't.

3) As we noted, Memorial Day is actually May 30. Congress changed the day around to make it a three-day weekend in another attempt to rob a fine holiday of its true meaning. So, Memorial Day is now the last Monday in May which means it can come as late as May 31 or as early as May 24. Leave it to the government to mess things up.

4) Memorial Day didn't become Memorial Day until 1966 when President Johnson officially renamed it. Prior to that it was widely known as Decoration Day - the day when Americans decorated the graves of the fallen. At it's core it's a somber day.

5) The artificial boundaries of Memorial Day and Labor Day mean absolutely nothing even though many people perceive these boundaries to coincide with the school year or with the summer season itself. Most children go to school well past Memorial Day. Many children (particularly in southern states) return to school well before Labor Day. Others return several days after Labor Day.

6) This year Memorial Day actually arrives close to the traditional date and Labor Day (the first Monday in September) is September 2. So, the stretch between the two is a bit less than average -- not the best news for vacation and travel vendors.

But, remember: Memorial Day isn't when people say it is. The summer hasn't begun - yet. It won't end on Labor Day. Many people will get through the whole summer without ever going to the Jersey shore. They will have a wonderful time nonetheless.

The Memorial Day and Labor Day boundaries are totally imaginary!

So, there you have it.
Enjoy what's left of spring.
And don't say "Happy Memorial Day" as the day is actually a solemn day set aside to remember and honor those who died defending our freedom. Pause. Reflect. Pay homage.
Then, go ahead and enjoy summer all the way through till September 22.
In fact, enjoy each day as a blessed gift. Savor every day, no matter the season.
Don't be cheated.