Morning all - hope you enjoyed the lightning - be careful out there.
While Rosi visits the Whitehouse (send pictures!), someone has to round up the day's news. So, here goes ...
- Don't know if you heard, but the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was upheld by the United States Supreme Court yesterday.
- A flurry of Press Releases issued from NJ Legislators with their reactions to the SCOTUS decision. And, as always, NJ.com reported how ordinary Jerseyans react.
- Among the more notable legislative press releases came from Sen. Nia Gill, who is reintroducing legislation to create a New Jersey insurance exchange pursuant to the law, and saying we better hurry. Predictably, Gov. Christie would rather we drag our collective feet.
- Oh, and last but not least, please stop calling it Obamacare - because, as NJ politics alum Steve Kornacki points out, voters LOVE the Affordable Care Act, even while not so much loving "Obamacare." Words matter again!
Higher Ed Reorganization
- "Despite significant public opposition and incomplete cost estimates," both the Senate and Assembly approved the merger formerly known as Rut-Row with bi-partisan support, and over bi-partisan opposition (which alone would make it historic).
- True confessions: I think the reorganization plan has amazing potential. Truly transformational potential. But, kudos to Sen. Bob Smith, who represents the New Brunswick-Piscataway area and its large Rutgers community, for strongly objecting to the objectively objectionable process. Someone explain to me why the rush.
- Broken clock alert: did anyone else think Murray Sabrin made some good points here?
Our Busy Legislature
I'm sure I missed plenty, with these big stories dominating the news cycle, this oppressive heat, the weekend beckoning, and of course, Magic Mike opening tonight. (Oops, did I say that out loud?) So, tell me in the comments what else mattered, and maybe I'll promote it.