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Not Our First Rodeo: What Texas Can Learn from NJ's Hurricane Sandy Survivors

Hurricane Harvey is hammering the people of Texas right now and the rainfall that will continue for days is set to push the boundaries of catastrophic flooding to levels our nation has never seen. Tens of thousands are already in shelters, countless more are in need of evacuation, billions of dollars of damage has already occurred, and sadly, this saga is just beginning for the people of the Lone Star State.

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#Keady4Congress: Thoughts on "Getting out the Black Vote"

In one of the online grassroots activists groups I follow on Facebook, a discussion popped up this morning about “getting out the black vote.” It was sparked by an article
“As Democrats Keep Chasing Trump Voter Waterfalls, Will They Ever Listen to Their Actual Base: Black People?” (The article is worth a read.)

As I read the comments in response to this article, I noted that the discussion was focused on doing “
more GOTV in predominately black neighborhoods.” It was simply about votes, votes, votes.

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A teaching moment in light of NJ's current government shut down

BELMAR, NJ - OCTOBER 29: A man is removed by security guards while he shots slogans to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during a public event in Belmar, two years after Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2014 in Belmar, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy was recorded as the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. It caused over $68 billion in damages, and hundreds of people were killed along the path of the storm in seven countries. Today marks when its storm surge hit New York City and the surrounding area which flooded streets, tunnels and subway lines and cutting power in and around the city. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
In one of the grassroots political groups I follow on Facebook, a member posed the following question in light of the recent NJ government shut down and specifically about Governor Christie...

"This may be a loaded question, but what has NJ done to deserve 8 years of this man? We need everyone actively engaged in voter registration and voter turnout efforts in the future!"

I thought it was an important question to ask and I answered with the following:

An honest answer to this question...

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Pride Reflection: The LGBT+ Community in NJ04 needs new leadership in Congress


As Pride month comes to a close today, I would like to take the time to both reflect and lay out a call to action for NJ’s LGBT+ community and their allies with regard to the Congressional leadership in NJ’s Fourth Congressional district.

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We Need Reasoned Discourse On Syria, Not Political Cheap Shots

The United States has launched more than 50 Tomahawk missiles into Syria. The intended target was the airbase from which it is believed that the Assad regime launched their heinous chemical weapons attack on civilians this week, including the horrific killing of many children.

I know that emotions are high and will remain so in the coming hours and days. I encourage everyone reading this to consider that now is a time for very measured, reasoned, and sober political discourse. It is not a time for cheap political shots. This is as serious a situation as our nation and global community has faced in some time.

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