Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist at The American Prospect, and editor of Clarion, the newspaper of Professional Staff Congress-CUNY, a New York City labor union. The views expressed here are her own.

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WEST ORANGE, N.J.--In an earlier post , I reported the mayor of Jersey City complaining that he was having trouble "getting our votes counted." Apparently, there were problems statewide with voters gaining access to the polls, according to the New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU-NJ), which reported that Hudson County, of which Jersey City is the county seat, was a special case. Even Gov. Jon Corzine was unable to vote at his Hudson County polling place in Hoboken because of problems with the voting machines, according to ACLU-NJ Executive Director Deborah Jacobs, and was not offered a provisional ballot, as required by the state's election law. Instead, Jacobs wrote in a press release, Corzine was sent to another polling place. "When both advocates and members of the press called the Hudson County Superintendent of Elections to ask about Gov. Corzine's experience," according to the press release, "staff members hung up on them." The ACLU-NJ conducted, in...


WEST ORANGE, N.J.--Here at the Obama campaign's primary results watch party at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, the crowd is upbeat, despite their candidate's loss of the New Jersey popular vote. Why? Because a couple of months ago, nobody much expected him to do anything but lose big here. Instead, it seems, according to projections reported by the Newark Star-Ledger , Barack Obama came within 10 points of Hillary Clinton 's 54 percent of the popular vote, and could walk away with half the state's delegates (due to a complicated apportionment system that makes the Electoral College look like the old math). Best line of the night came from Jersey City Mayor Jeremiah Healy , who, during the speechmaking portion of the program said, in all seriousness, "We're having trouble getting our votes counted in Jersey City." To those not in the know of Jersey's noble history, voting shenanigans are hardly new in J.C., or in the county of which it is seat, the long-benighted Hudson. To Healy's fretful...


WESTFIELD, N.J.--With the top five delegate-rich Super Tuesday states for Democrats having sizable and vocal openly LGBT populations, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are making their pitches. Yesterday, Hillary Clinton's campaign posted, on a lesbian social networking site run by supporter Hilary Rosen , a statement by the candidate titled, " A Message to LGBT Americans: "I Want to Be Your President ":


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--In a few hours, Barack Obama 's friends among the Left-Coast deadheads will line up for a concert by the surviving members of the Grateful Dead in support of the candidate. Here in Jersey, a whole different king of gathering just took place in an arena that is better known to Springsteen fans (though I did once see the Dead perform here). In many ways, it was what you'd expect -- a bunch of tough-talking Jersey pols with those marvelous, hard-vowelled accents -- extolling the virtues of their chosen candidate and imploring those present to turn out the vote.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Actor Robert De Niro just took the stage at the Izod Arena in the Meadowlands -- home to the New Jersey Devils, Bruce Springsteen concerts and, possibly, a pair of cement shoes belonging to Jimmy Hoffa -- to make a speech in support of Barack Obama , who has pulled even with Hillary Clinton in the polls for Jersey's Super Tuesday primary. DeNiro began his speech taking shots at Hillary Clinton 's claim of "experience" as her virtue. Obama "didn't have the experience" to cast the wrong vote for the war in Iraq or invite "corporate interests" to the government trough. Then he introduced Caroline Kennedy and Senator Ted Kennedy , who just took the stage to deliver a trademark barnburner. The crowd is chanting "Teddy, Teddy, Teddy." Stay tuned. Update: Thanks to commenter Jack, who straightened me out on where the Devils actually play these days: in Newark's Prudential Center. --Adele M. Stan