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Toothless tiger

Petty crooks are being scapegoated rather than the worst offenders who brought the global economy crashing down on middle class workers. Glen W. Albanese, 43, of Manalapan, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to an information…

Cash is king as democracy dies

Candidates must spend huge sums to get elected, and once they do, well-funded interests spend huge sums to influence how they vote. Campaign finance laws are being struck down, and money is rushing into outside groups that don’t have to…

Dirty Money, Dirty Water

Polluters buy influence in North Carolina judicial elections By Billy Corriher and Sean Wright North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed a bill on August 12, 2013, that created a voter ID requirement, cut early voting, ended same-day voter registration, and eliminated…

Big outside money triumphed

Republicans routed Democrats in America’s midterm elections, seizing the majority in the Senate and building their lead in the House even as fewer donors participated in the process and more of the dollars came from secret sources, according to the…

Superfund sites in New Jersey

For decades it was standard practice to dump waste on the ground, in rivers or to leave it out in the open. As a result, thousands of uncontrolled or abandoned contaminated sites were created. Some common contaminated sites include abandoned…