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Grateful to be a liberal Democrat brought up in the business world

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Written by Norm Cohen Tuesday, November 20, 2012 06:23 pm

It’s time for the annual Thanksgiving column.

What a year it has been, but we have much to be thankful for. Sandy spared our home and our family is doing well. Many people in South Jersey lost everything during Superstorm Sandy and perhaps are thankful only that they are alive. But Americans are resilient and will find their way back.

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Republicans must leave women and families’ personal choices alone

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Written by Seth Grossman Monday, November 12, 2012 05:49 pm

Last week Democrat Obama defeated Republican Romney for president in a very close election (50.5 percent to 47.9 percent). Republicans lost two seats in the U.S. Senate but kept their majority in the House of Representatives, the branch of the federal government responsible for spending, taxes and borrowing.

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It’s time for action to replace gridlock

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Written by Norm Cohen Monday, November 12, 2012 05:49 pm

So the results are in. President Obama was re-elected to a second term by a large margin in the Electoral College, but by a small margin in the popular vote. Obama squeaked through thanks to a number of factors, including a high turnout of his base: Latino and African-American voters in the forefront.

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Welcome to the Divided States of America

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Written by Harry Hurley Monday, November 12, 2012 02:05 pm

Many people – half of the people to be exact – want to know how Barack Obama won a second term as president Nov. 6.

It's a great question. The Obama four-year record was so abysmal that surely he was destined to be a failed one-term president, right?

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Give Christie his due

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Written by Norm Cohen Tuesday, November 06, 2012 01:56 pm

This column was written Friday, and with the situation still very much in flux some of what I'm writing here may have been overtaken by events. So like last week's column, I'll just do my best. My post-election column will be for next week.

This columnist has been rough on our Gov. Chris Christie, calling him a bully, and opposing many of his actions as governor.  Hurricane Sandy showed him in a new light.

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Staying was neither stupid nor selfish

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Written by Seth Grossman Tuesday, November 06, 2012 01:52 pm

“There are a handful of towns that have not reached the 90 percent evacuation level and that it may be difficult to get people out as conditions worsen. They are in harm’s way … these decisions are both stupid and selfish.”

- Gov. Chris Christie, Monday, Oct. 30, 2012

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McGovern was a man ahead of his time

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Written by Norm Cohen Tuesday, October 23, 2012 12:10 pm

Last Sunday, George McGovern, former U.S. senator from South Dakota and Democratic candidate for president in 1972, passed away at the age of 90.

 I was a McGovern campaign staff member during the spring and fall of 1972. I ran the door-to-door canvass in Atlantic County in the spring and summer, as well as a voter registration campaign at the University of Pennsylvania and at Temple University in the springand fall of 1972.

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Hiring public employees is no cure for unemployment

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Written by Seth Grossman Monday, October 22, 2012 04:38 pm

“About 61,200 ‘public-sector’ (i.e. government) jobs were lost from the beginning of the recession through the end of 2011 … If these jobs were not lost, New Jersey’s 2011 unemployment rate would be more than a full percentage point lower – 8 percent, instead of the current 9.3 percent. Support to maintain or replace public jobs … should come from the federal government, since New Jersey clearly lacks the financial resources.”

-- N.J. Policy Perspective Report of October 2012.

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Romney’s arrogance no substitute for details

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Written by Norm Cohen Tuesday, October 16, 2012 12:31 pm

I want to take a moment to congratulate fellow columnist Harry Hurley for transforming radio station 1450 AM from an ESPN radio station to an all talk format (WPG radio). It seems that when it comes to talk radio, Harry is like the Energizer Bunny, always on the move to bigger and better things, and never letting setbacks get in the way.

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College bond act would be paid back with higher taxes, tuition hikes

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Written by Seth Grossman Monday, October 15, 2012 04:36 pm

Public Question 1: Building Our Future Bond Act

“Do you approve the ‘Building Our Future Bond Act’? This bond act authorizes the state to issue bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $750 million to provide matching grants to New Jersey colleges and universities. Money from the grants will be used to build, equip and expand higher education facilities for the purpose of increasing academic capacity.

Yes____  No_____.”

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Debate impacted unemployment report

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Written by HARRY HURLEY Wednesday, October 10, 2012 04:59 pm

The top 25 economists in America evaluated employment numbers for September 2012 and concluded that 113,000 jobs were created and that the unemployment rate rose from 8.1 percent to 8.2 percent.

However, when the federal government released the official September jobs report, it declared that 14,000 jobs were created and that the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent.

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What did they fight and die for?

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Written by DANIEL J. DOUGLAS Wednesday, October 10, 2012 04:58 pm

We honor our veterans with parades, we remember those who give the ultimate sacrifice – and then, many of us don’t bother to vote. So what did they fight and die for?

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‘Progressive’ policies tear down what made families successful

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Written by SETH GROSSMAN Wednesday, October 10, 2012 04:57 pm

This week’s column states my personal views only. LibertyAndProsperity.org is an educational organization that cannot endorse candidates.

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Peace vigils mark 11th anniversary of Afghan war

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Written by NORM COHEN Wednesday, October 10, 2012 04:55 pm

Last Sunday, Oct. 7, marked the beginning of the Afghanistan War 11 years ago. We now enter our 12th year of war – the longest United States war in history.

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Democrats and Republicans gave New Jersey its spiraling taxes

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Written by Seth Grossman Tuesday, October 02, 2012 12:51 pm

Last week, my fellow columnist Harry Hurley asked, “Why does New Jersey consistently elect Democrats?”

In 1965, I was a sophomore at Atlantic City High School. At that time, New Jersey was the best state in the country to live and work. We had no state sales or income tax, and no state debt. But my public school education was second to none. Rutgers and most state colleges charged less than $800 per year for tuition, room, and board – less than what I and most teenagers earned working on the Boardwalk in a single summer. We also learned as much about what really matters in life from those summer jobs as we did in school.

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Keep fracking waste out of New Jersey

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Written by Norm Cohen Tuesday, October 02, 2012 12:10 pm

Many of you have seen the commercials on television trying to sell us on the safety of fracking, the name for drilling for natural gas deposits deep beneath the ground.

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Why America’s producers feel like suckers

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Written by Seth Grossman Tuesday, September 25, 2012 02:01 pm

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what… who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That it’s an entitlement… These are people who pay no income tax… My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives…”

– Republican Candidate for President Mitt Romney

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Why does New Jersey consistently elect Democrats?

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Written by Harry Hurley Tuesday, September 25, 2012 01:05 pm

Why do New Jersey voters consistently vote for Democrats to lead this state? 

If actual results mattered, this would certainly not be the case. The Democrats have led this state into millions and even billions of dollars in structural problems. 

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It’s not for LoBiondo to decide who’s worthy of facing him

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Written by Norm Cohen Tuesday, September 25, 2012 12:30 pm

Please allow me to start this week's column with a couple of updates to recent columns.

Pressure on Congressman LoBiondo to debate Democratic candidate Cassandra Shober produced a response from the LoBiondo campaign, according to a recent Press of Atlantic City article. LoBiondo's spokesman said that Shober was not a serious candidate, implying that it would be a waste of time for the congressman to debate.

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‘Frankfacts’ website tracks LoBiondo's voting record

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Written by Norm Cohen Tuesday, September 18, 2012 04:51 pm

The Shober for Congress Campaign has unveiled the Frank Facts website, saying it “will expose the truth about Congressman Frank LoBiondo's voting record."

His Democratic opponent, Cassandra Shober, is running as good a campaign as she can on the usual financial shoestring that LoBiondo's opponents find themselves in.

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