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Reclassifying Proposal as Pilot Project Could Help Offshore Wind Get Under Way

The state’s first proposed offshore wind farm three miles from Atlantic City isn’t winning many plaudits from New Jersey’s regulators, but it could receive an unexpected boost from legislators.

But today, the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee, may amend a bill (A-1384) to reclassify the proposed project as a pilot project, a designation that may allow it to move forward, despite questions about projected costs, according to the chairman of the committee.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Youth Vote Could Seal GOP’s Minority Status

We may well be at a political tipping point that could mark a dramatic change in American politics.

After decades of Democratic Party dominance that began with the formation of the New Deal coalition, Ronald Reagan ushered in an era of relative party parity. But a deep fracture in the GOP, combined with crucial demographic changes — among Hispanics and Asians, of course, but even more importantly among younger voters — could be about to change that.

If that change is under way, it would confirm the analysis of the late journalist and political analyst Samuel Lubell, who wrote in his award-winning book “The Future of American Politics” (1952), “We find relatively few periods when the major parties were closely competitive, with elections alternating between one and the other. The usual pattern has been that of a dominant majority party, which stayed in office as long as its elements held together, and a minority party which gained power only when the majority coalition split.”  Click here to continue reading this story.

The Republicans’ Primary Problem

Having just lost an election, many Republicans are anxious to remake our party in the image of Democrats. The theory seems to be that whatever we’re doing isn’t working, so we better change everything.

But in fact, whatever Republicans did in 2012 — other than an overly long primary fight — worked amazingly well, given the circumstances.

In a detailed analysis of the 2012 election, William A. Galston, a fellow with the liberal Brookings Institution, makes a number of fascinating observations that Republicans would do well to consider before embracing amnesty, abortion, gay marriage and Beyonce.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Supreme Court Won’t Weigh In Yet on Obama NLRB Appointments

The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to intervene, at least for now, in the simmering legal dispute over President Barack Obama’s contested appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.

For the second time in three days, the high court rejected a request from a nursing home company that had asked the justices on Monday to block an NLRB order against it. The company, HealthBridge Management, argues that the agency’s order should be blocked because a federal appeals court ruled Jan. 25 in a separate case that Obama unconstitutionally appointed three members to the NLRB last year, stripping the board of the quorum it needs to conduct business.

The Jan. 25 ruling, issued by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, has sparked much speculation that the Supreme Court will get involved in the dispute over the appointments. In a two-sentence order on Wednesday, however, the justices indicated that the HealthBridge appeal would not be the one that draws them in.  Click here to continue reading this story.

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