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New Jersey Political Buzz Index Early 2015
This is a continuation, and probably the conclusion, of the index begun as New Jersey Political Buzz Index 2012 and continuing with New Jersey Political Buzz Index Early 2013, New Jersey Political Buzz Index Late 2013, New Jersey Political Buzz Index Early 2014, and New Jersey Political Buzz Index Late 2014, continuing to cover those articles or sections of articles originally published at The Examiner through the end of our tenure in 2015, now relocated here. Because those publications ended before the middle of July, this index is being extended to cover the first pages released in that time.
Mr. Young has a Juris Doctore from Widener University School of Law, and as a voter is an independent from a family of independents, tending moderately conservative but with some stronger sympathies in both directions on particular issues.
Earlier articles on legal topics from MJYoung.net are indexed here, including analysis of the ten Internet regulations proposed by C-Net some years back.
Subjects addressed in 2015 included:
This indexing project got started at the end of the previous year, and continued mid-winter after an unscheduled hiatus.
New Jersey Political Buzz index late 2013, appeared 2/13/15: covering more articles on the 2013 senatorial and gubernatorial elections, church and state, marriage law, coalition government, and other miscellaneous topics including Trayvon Martin.
New Jersey Political Buzz index early 2014: continues the list of articles through the beginning of last year, covering articles on Church and State, Freedom of Expression, Presidential campaign, Health Care, Legislation, Discrimination, Gun Control, the 2014 Election, Marriage Law, and Drug and Alcohol Laws.
New Jersey Political Buzz index late 2014, appeared 2/27/15: continues the list of articles through the end of last year, covering articles on Drug and Alcohol Laws, Discrimination, Health Care, the 2014 Election including Candidate Interviews, Marriage Law, Intellectual Property, Gun Control, Taxation, Church and State, Classics and Indices, and International Law.
New Jersey Political Buzz index early 2015, appeared 7/3/15: continues the list of articles through the beginning of the final year, covering articles on Coalition Government, Broadcasting, Marriage Law Articles, Judiciary, Internet Law, Congress, Discrimination, Election Law, Search and Seizure, Presidential, Health Care, and several previous indices to earlier articles (revised to include materials from July 2015 as this article).
More indices will follow as more articles are published.
See also Presidential, Election 2014.
The divisiveness of our political system is inherent in the design, but that design requires that compromise occur at the pre-election level. These articles continue to look at some of that, a subject that has appeared repeatedly in previous years.
Mark Cuban and the Republican dilemma, appeared 2/17/15: examines the advice of billionaire investor Mark Cuban concerning a future Republican party focused solely on its economic message to the exclusion of other issues.
The Republican solution, appeared 2/24/15: suggests how the Grand Old Party can rebuild its strength without jettisoning its current supporters.
Re-election incongruity, appeared 3/3/15: explores why over ninety percent of incumbent federal legislators were re-elected when the federal legislature had an eight percent approval rating.
We will have more on this in the future, certainly.
See also Freedom of Expression.
The project to republish articles featured in the law section of M. J. Young Net began with a five-part edition of an early article raising the question of why cable and satelite television providers should pay to deliver free broadcast television to their subscribers. This article remains here in its entirety as Why Should Cable Television Carriers Pay to Deliver Local Broadcast TV?, without internal links, and so there are no links on the sections indicated below; the article covers it in one part.
Why Should Cable Television Carriers Pay to Deliver Local Broadcast TV? (1), appeared 3/6/15: Begins a discussion of a perceived injustice in the regulation of the television industry with a basic statement of the problem that regulations require cable and satelite television providers to pay for what their customers can receive free.
Why Should Cable Television Carriers Pay to Deliver Local Broadcast TV? (2), appeared 3/13/15: Continues the discussion of a perceived injustice in the regulation of the television industry with an examination of what is permitted and what is and is not permitted under the regulation.
Why Should Cable Television Carriers Pay to Deliver Local Broadcast TV? (3), appeared 3/20/15: Continues the discussion of a perceived injustice in the regulation of the television industry by presenting the poor legal basis behind the distinctions being made.
Why Should Cable Television Carriers Pay to Deliver Local Broadcast TV? (4), appeared 3/27/15: Continues the discussion of a perceived injustice in the regulation of the television industry looking at the supposed economic benefits and actual problems.
Why Should Cable Television Carriers Pay to Deliver Local Broadcast TV? (5), appeared 4/3/15: Concludes the discussion of a perceived injustice in the regulation of the television industry by finishing addressing the economic problems.
Although the subject of broadcasting regulation will probably recur, this is the end of the classic article on the subject.
Marriage Law Articles
See also Discrimination, Church and State, Freedom of Expression.
The Examiner editorial staff requested that political columnists address the issues surrounding the homosexual marriage debate. With some trepidation I began in 2012, and returned to the subject repeatedly throughout my tenure.
Eliminating legal marriage, appeared 3/10/15: explores the suggestion that the government cease to define "marriage" at all, and what ought to be done instead.
The Right side of history, appeared 4/21/15: looks at the charge that those who oppose homosexual marriage are "on the wrong side of history", and just how meaningless that accusation really is.
The topic seems unending, and more articles are anticipated ahead.
See also specific topics related to Supreme Court and other court decisions.
An article was forwarded to our attention about an organization that wanted to "fix" the Supreme Court; this short series was intended to address those concerns, beginning a new subject for us.
Fixing the Supreme Court: Oversight?, appeared 3/17/15: Introduces the issue of whether Supreme Court Justices ought to be responsible to someone else, and raises the question of to whom we might give that responsibility.
Fixing the Supreme Court: Personal bias?, appeared 3/24/15: Addresses what to do about the fact that Justices sometimes hold opinions on subjects on which they are called to make decisions.
Fixing the Supreme Court: Conflicts of interest?, appeared 3/31/15: Looks at the fact that the Justices do not live in a vacuum and might in theory be influenced by the personal interests of family and friends.
Fixing the Supreme Court: Public opinion?, appeared 4/7/15: Examines the final complaint, that the Court is often out of step with the opinion of the majority of Americans, and whether this is a valid objection.
The Judicial approach to changing the law, appeared 6/16/15: Examines liberal concerns that conservatives are trying to change the law through judicial fiat instead of legislative process, and observes that this is a familiar liberal tactic already.
As yet it is uncertain what else might go in this category, but there are several possibilities, particularly if one of our Justices is replaced.
See also Freedom of Expression.
The effort to republish the classic articles from M. J. Young Net turned to the largest single project there, the discussion of the laws proposed by C-Net near the beginning of the century for regulating the Internet, and the good and bad of each of them. These articles continue in their original forms and locations; they had been reformatted some for republication at The Examiner, but nothing of substance was changed and those changes are not found in these versions.
Thoughts on the Ten Internet Laws Proposed by C-Net, appeared 4/10/15: introduces the series with a description of the methodology and a brief introduction to the proposals, in preparation for a detailed discussion of each in turn.
C-Net's Proposed Law: Put Porno In Its Place, appeared 4/17/15: examines the proposal of restricting pornography to a dedicated top level domain (TLD), and finds the legal flaws in the notion.
C-Net's Proposed Law: Ban Spam, appeared 4/24/15: considers the form of their proposal to control unsolicited commercial e-mail, and finds it flawed in several respects.
C-Net's Proposed Law: Protect the Freedom to Link, appeared 5/1/15: looks at the suggested rule to keep the material on the Web open to the rest of the Web.
C-Net's Proposed Law: Mandate Privacy Policies, appeared 5/8/15: talks about the regulation of the use of personal information by websites.
C-Net's Proposed Law: Stop Domain Speculators, appeared 5/15/15: suggests that the proposal is both ineffective and disingenuous.
C-Net's Proposed Law: Unmask Mystery Webmasters, appeared 5/22/15: faults the recommended law as being unfair to the free speech of those who will only speak anonymously.
C-Net's Proposed Law: Protect Personal Information, appeared 5/29/15: considers the problem of whether websites should be able to make publicly available information more readily available.
C-Net's Proposed Law: Close Libel Loopholes, appeared 6/5/15: finds that the authors fail to understand the legal process when they attempt to make it impossible to file a lawsuit.
C-Net's Proposed Law: No New Taxes, appeared 6/19/15: looks at the most popular of the proposals, and why it does not work.
C-Net's Proposed Law: Create a U. N. Net, appeared 6/26/15: concludes the series with the recognition that the final proposal is both necessary to the whole and impossible to do.
It is doubtful whether there would be more about these proposals, no longer available through C-Net's site, but Internet law will probably appear again.
See also Coalition Government Articles, Election 2014, Legislation, and Senatorial 2013.
The indictment of New Jersey's senior Senator Menendez opened a topic that did not fit elsewhere: consideration of the Senate and its members generally, apart from the elections.
The Menendez indictment, appeared 4/14/15: looks at some of the details of the criminal corruption charges brought against the controversial Democratic Senator, and the strengths and weaknesses of the case as it has so far been revealed.
There will most certainly be more on the subject in the future.
See also Church and State, Marriage Law Articles, Freedom of Expression, Health Care, Election Law.
There are of course articles in other categories that deal with discrimination; these are specifically aimed at that issue. There were several in 2014, and another in 2015.
Unequal representation, appeared 4/28/15: considers the flaw in measuring equality by the racial identities of elected officials.
I'm sure this section will grow over time.
See also Discrimination, and the article Election Day: Time to Vote.
In recent years several issues related to voting rights and regulations have arisen. One side wants to remove all obstacles to voting so that anyone can vote anywhere (does the slogan Vote Early--Vote Often mean anything?); the other side wants to address voter fraud by requiring stricter regulation of the voting process (perhaps in the process incidentally excluding persons not capable of obtaining legitimate identification papers). We have touched on the issue of who should vote before, but it looks as if it may become a recurring topic, so here's a new section.
Compulsory voting, appeared 5/5/15: discusses the suggestion that people who fail to vote should be fined.
One person, one vote, means what?, appeared 6/30/15: raises the issue of whether persons not eligible to vote should be counted for the purpose of establishing election districts, explaining the question involved in Evenwel v. Abbott.
One person, one vote, applied, appeared 7/7/15: continues the subject with a consideration of who we should or should not count, why, and how we make that work.
There is already more on this immediately anticipated in the weeks ahead.
Search and Seizure
See also Homeland Security Articles, Gun Control Articles, Drug and Alcohol Law.
There are quite a few articles on this subject, mostly related to drug searches, the use of dogs and technology, and other matters of Constitutional issues.
Search and seizure: Torrey Dale Grady, appeared 5/12/15: presents the U. S. Supreme Court case establishing that a requirement that a recidivist sex offender wear a global positioning system tracking device is unquestionably a search under the Constitution.
I'm sure this section will grow over time.
See also Gubernatorial 2013.
The rumor has been floating for a while that our New Jersey Governor Christie is one of the best candidates the Republican Party could field in the upcoming 2016 Presidential race. That of course does not mean that they will; but the race is going to be of interest in New Jersey whether Christie ever declares himself a candidate or not. So here's to considering the race.
We'll be looking at this well into 2016, so this will gradually become a relatively large section.
See also Discrimination.
We began looking at issues related to The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) in early 2014, and have continued since.
The Aging population problem, appeared 6/2/15: raises the issues concerning costs of social security and medicare, and calls for solutions.
The Intended future of health care, appeared 6/23/15: considers the possibility that the problems with the Affordable Care Act are part of a program to push us toward something else.
This is another hot issue bound to raise more points in the months and even years ahead.
Two more articles appeared at The Examiner; they have long existed here as one, Was John Brown a Hero or a Villain?, and continue to exist here under that title. The minor editing that was done to make them a two-part article at The Examiner has not been preserved here, but only separated the article into its two obvious parts.
Was John Brown a Hero or a Villain? (1), appeared 7/10/15: Provides the historic context of the famed Civil War precursor.
Was John Brown a Hero or a Villain? (2), appeared 7/17/15: Applies the story to the modern world.
That is the list of all articles published during our last calendar year as Political Buzz Examiner.
Future law and politics articles will appear sporadically, and the mark Joseph "young" web log will continue to cover such issues as they arise.