Wisconsin and New Jersey are Among the States Looking To Copy Minnesota Model Of Using Federal Funds To Lower Insurance Premiums

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by Evie Fordham   Several states including Wisconsin and New Jersey are seeking to copy Minnesota’s model of federal reinsurance program funding that contributed to a 13-percent drop in premium rates in the state from 2017 to 2018. The Minnesota legislature adopted the program, which uses mostly federal funds to…

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Conservatives Team Up with Immigrants to Tackle Costly New Jersey ‘Hair Braiding’ Regulation

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by Elias Atienza   The New Jersey state chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is helping West African immigrants lobby the New Jersey legislature to change cosmetology requirements. West African immigrants, usually women, operate hair-braiding businesses that are essentially illegal, since state regulations require these workers to get a license, WNYC reported Monday.…

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New Jersey State Senator to Hold Hearings on Marijuana Legalization’s Negative Effects

TRENTON — One of New Jersey’s longest-serving state Senators said he plans to hold public hearings to question the next governor’s push to legalize marijuana next year. Sen. Ronald Rice, D-Essex, announced Monday he would use his authority as chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus to call public hearings to…

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New Jersey Sues Big Pharma CEO For Illegally Pushing A Deadly Fentanyl Drug

Officials are in New Jersey are expanding the focus of their lawsuit against a top manufacturer of a fentanyl-based medication to include the company’s CEO. New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino announced Friday that the state is amending its current consumer fraud and false claims complaint against Insys Therapeutics, an…

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Refs Walk Off in Protest After Players Kneel During Anthem at New Jersey Football Game

Two high school football officials walked off the field in protest Friday night after players from Monroe High School in Somerset County knelt during the national anthem before the team’s game against visiting Colts Neck. The officials, Ernie Lunardelli, 54, and his son, Anthony Lunardelli, 27, stood for the anthem…

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Trial of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and the Medicare-Milking Doctor Shows Flaws of Single-Payer System

I don’t know how the federal corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez will turn out, but after following the case for almost four years I do know this: Medicare is guilty. Guilty of not having a “gate-keeper” that is. In health-care parlance, a gate-keeper is an administrator who decides…

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PHOTOS: Governor Christie, Family Soak Up Sun on New Jersey Beach He Closed to Public

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP — People hoping to visit Island Beach State Park this holiday weekend were not allowed in because of the state government shutdown Gov. Chris Christie ordered amid the state budget standoff in Trenton. But there was one family there: Gov. Chris Christie’s. They are using the summer beach…

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