Plagiarism from WABC?

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Plagiarism from WABC?
by: jmelli
Tue Jun 12, 2007 at 03:46:55 PM EDT
I don’t know if nj.com and WABC have a sharing agreement or not, but if they don’t, this looks like blatant plagiarism and lazy journalism to me. Joe Donahue from the Star Ledger originally published this piece I referenced earlier at 12:39pm:
Gov. Jon Corzine and legislative leaders have reached an agreement on the state budget, administration and legislative sources close to the talks said today.
The agreement — one of the earliest in recent history — comes one year after a bitter budget fight forced a week-long shutdown of state government. With casinos, the lottery and state parks closed last year, legislative leaders and Corzine didn’t get a deal until July 7, and the actual budget wasn’t signed until the evening of July 9 — the latest in state history.

The accord was reached this morning in a meeting between Corzine, Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex) and Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts (D-Camden) at Drumthwacket, the governor’s mansion in Princeton.

Corzine in February proposed a $33.3 billion spending plan. Details of the final accord will be released later today, officials said. Lawmakers expect two public hearings — including one this week — before final passage of the budget a week from Thursday.

The state’s constitutional deadline to sign a budget is July 1.

The story below appeared later on WABC’s site. It is almost a carbon copy of Joe Donahue’s blurb, plus it claims copyright (Copyright 2007 WABC-TV) on it:

WABC story

WABC added a dateline (Princeton – WABC, June 12, 2007) and changed the word “today” into “Tuesday” in the first paragraph. They also changed four dashes into commas and removed (D-Essex) and (D-Camden) after Codey and Roberts’ names.

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Corzine & Legislative Leaders Reach Early Budget Deal
by: jmelli
Tue Jun 12, 2007 at 01:43:36 PM EDT
Just a day after Roberts and Codey teamed up to give Corzine a big FU by voting to possibly dedicate the full sales tax penny towards property tax credits, it sounds like the three may be ready to kiss and make up. The Star Ledger doesn’t provide much detail:
Gov. Jon Corzine and legislative leaders have reached an agreement on the state budget, administration and legislative sources close to the talks said today. […]
The accord was reached this morning in a meeting between Corzine, Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex) and Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts (D-Camden) at Drumthwacket, the governor’s mansion in Trenton.

Corzine in February proposed a $33.3 billion spending plan. Details of the final accord will be released later today, officials said. Lawmakers expect two public hearings — including one this week — before final passage of the budget a week from Thursday.

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“I’m the 24 Percenter!”
by: jmelli
Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 08:38:49 PM EDT
If politics were golf, President Bush would dominate. Sporting an already impressive 28% approval rating, Bush sunk a triple-eagle during his recent field trip to the Garden State two weeks ago. New Jersey rewarded him with an all-time best 24% approval (and 68% disapproval) score.
For those of you thinking he may have hit rock bottom, keep in mind that just a year ago, Bush had a 36% approval/58% disapproval rating in New Jersey. Only the spectacularly deluded could still be “very excited” about this sinking ship.

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Quote of the Day
by: jmelli
Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 12:45:52 PM EDT
This morning was the rainbow flag raising over Newark’s City Hall as part of Newark Essex Pride 2007. Newark Councilwoman Dana Rone was on hand for the flag raising and contrasted it with her experience 15 years ago while trying to set up a program for people with HIV:
She walked into Newark City Hall asking for demographics on the city’s gay and lesbian population and was told there were three people.
“I was like, ‘well I’m one of those, now I’ve got to find the other two,'” she said.

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Rudy Supporters Make Liberal Majority
by: jmelli
Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 11:10:22 AM EDT
Asked who they will support for president in 2008, 52% of New Jersey respondents to a Fairleigh Dickinson University / Public Mind poll chose a social liberal. 10% selected other Republican candidates, and 37% still don’t know.
FDU, May 29-June 3. MoE +/- 4%
Next year will be elections for President of the United States. I know it’s early, but which candidate would you be most likely to support?
Hillary Clinton 19%
Rudy Giuliani 17%
Barack Obama 11%
John Edwards 5%
John McCain 5%
Mitt Romney 3%
Fred Thompson 2%
Don’t Know 37%

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Obama Picks up Another NJ Endorsement
by: jmelli
Thu Jun 07, 2007 at 11:28:22 AM EDT
Assemblyman Neil Cohen today announced he is endorsing Senator Obama for president:
“We need a strong, principled leader who is committed to undoing the tremendous amounts of damage this nation has suffered under the Bush administration since 2001,” said Cohen. “Senator Obama’s record of success, his energy, and his vision proves that he is that leader.”
Cohen (D-Union) said his decision to endorse stems from Senator Obama’s sincere desire to tackle the problems plaguing our country both at home and abroad.

“Senator Obama understands that the U.S. has to adjust its strategy in dealing with the global community,” said Cohen. “He is the best hope of stabilizing our volatile relationships with the Middle East. And he will be instrumental in establishing critical economic and humanitarian partnerships with developing nations as we move into the 21st Century.”

Cohen, an Assembly Deputy Speaker and chairman of the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, also said that the senator’s strong desire to implement a truly universal health care plan – as outlined in his ‘Plan for a Healthy America’ – coupled with his desire to advance cutting-edge medical made his decision to endorse Senator Obama a simple one.

Cohen’s endorsement comes on the heels of endorsements by Newark Mayor Corey Booker and Jersey City Mayor Jeremiah Healey – the mayors of New Jersey’s two largest cities.

In conjunction with his endorsement, Cohen also announced today that he will join the “Obama Policy Committee on Healthcare,” the senator’s national health care advisory group.

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Menendez May Throw a Wrench in Immigration Debate
by: jmelli
Wed Jun 06, 2007 at 10:05:38 PM EDT
Earlier today the Senate was scheduled to vote on an immigration amendment introduced by Senator Menendez that would have made it easier to reunify families. Some Senators threatened to block the amendment through a procedural maneuver:
Menendez noted a potential roadblock to progress on the floor late yesterday, referencing a desire by some senators to raise a budget point of order against one of his amendments. Such a move would require 60 votes to pass.
“If, in fact, we are going to go down that slippery slope,” Menendez said, he would raise a budget point of order against the entire immigration compromise.

And that is exactly what happened. The vote was 53-44 in favor of the amendment, though 60 were needed to pass. Menendez responded in a statement released after the vote:
“Republicans overwhelmingly voted to take away the right of American citizens and legal residents to legally reunify their families. It’s too bad they didn’t put their votes where they say their values are.
“Families would have won if given a fair up-or-down vote, but Republicans had to use procedural tactics. I am deeply disappointed that they cherry picked this well-intentioned, family-values amendment to block.

Menendez also reiterated that he may reciprocate by invoking the same rule on the entire legislation:
“Opponents of the original backlog amendment may have started us down a slippery slope by using a procedural tactic to block this family-values amendment. Just as a budget point of order was raised in this case, one can be raised in regard to the entire immigration deal. That is an action I will consider.”
In the end, the legislation will need 60 votes for cloture, so I’m not sure what effect, if any, this move might have.
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Real Bergen Democrats Sweep Bergenfield, Englewood
by: jmelli
Wed Jun 06, 2007 at 12:54:41 AM EDT
The Real Bergen Democrats slate of candidates scored some key victories tonight. In Bergenfeld, Timothy Driscoll – who two years ago had his signature forged on a resignation letter in an attempt to disqualify him from voting in a tight special election – defeated Dolores Butler, the candidate of the same people who tried to disenfranchise him.
His running mates – Barry Doll and Councilman Bruce Carlson – defeated BCDO candidates Carlos Aguasvivas and John Person.

In Ward 2 of Englewood, Council President Charlotte Bennett Schoen defeated BCDO candidate Marvin Anault.

In Fort Lee, Councilman Michael Villano – the Real Bergen Democrats mayoral candidate – lost to the current mayor Jack Alter.

Bergen County Sheriff Leo McGuire (BCDO) held on to his seat by defeating Allen Gailes, Jr (RBD).
Bergenfield

Mayor
Timothy Driscoll (RBD) 623
Dolores Butler (BCDO) 529
Council
Bruce Carlson (RBD) 644
Barry Doll (RBD) 588
Carlos Aguasvivas (BCDO) 511
John Person (BCDO) 468

Englewood, Ward 2
Council
Charlotte Bennett Schoen (RBD) 411
Marvin Anault (BCDO) 335
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Oopsie!
by: jmelli
Tue Jun 05, 2007 at 08:17:57 PM EDT
After the media frenzy over Sandra Cunningham’s campaign supposedly endangering people by sending a convicted child molester door-to-door to gather petition signatures, the truth finally comes out. Sort of. The Saturday edition of the Jersey Journal ran this in tiny print (my emphasis):
A story in the May 19 edition incorrectly reported the number of petitions that volunteer Russell Wallace collected in an effort to get state Senate candidate Sandra Bolden Cunningham on the ballot. According to court documents, he collected only six signatures, not hundreds as was incorrectly reported. There is also no evidence that Wallace went door to door collecting any petitions either on his own or at the behest of Ms. Cunningham.
Everyone gets things wrong from time to time. But they got it 100% completely wrong, and rather than inform their readers, they ran an itty bitty correction that nobody will ever see. Classy.
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Cheesy Quote of the Day
by: jmelli
Mon Jun 04, 2007 at 10:01:48 AM EDT
Alfred Doblin’s cheese-themed column about Republican Assembly candidate John Ginty has the great title Pungent neo-homophobe on a Ritz cracker. To get an idea for how ridiculous Ginty’s views are, Doblin manages to make homophobe Steve Lonegan sound moderate when stacked against neo-homophobe Ginty. What is a neo-homophobe, anyway? Someone who can’t even dress up their hate in libertarian code?
From the same column, this is the quote of the day:

Yes, Karl Rove proved it was possible to win elections by peddling hate. But Guy Talarico is no Karl Rove. This cheese stinks.
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