The backlash in Arizona over the anti-LGBT bill sitting on Jan Brewer's desk has fully formed this week, with both of the state's Republican U.S. senators urging her to veto it and the state's business community coming out en masse against the bill. Fascinating stuff.
The first thing you need to know about the battle in the Arkansas legislature to fund Medicaid expansion is that getting it done requires a whopping 75-percent supermajority. The second thing you need to know is that Democrats were willing to give Republicans just about anything to get those votes -- and Republicans obliged.
I grew up in Middletown, and return a few times a year to see family and friends. It's true that it's a reasonably (though not overwhelmingly) Christie-friendly town. Middletown has a lot of people who work in finance; it lost more residents than any other town in the state on 9/11, and built a memorial garden next to the train station. It also continues to have a large (if shrinking) working class population. The two communities send their kids to different high schools and are actually, literally separated by the train tracks that run through town.
Interesting contrast between this story about how cardinals are scaling back their sartorial splendor in deference to Pope Francis' more ascetic approach and this one about a New Jersey archdiocese building out a fancy retirement home for its archbishop.