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IMAGE Spring Forward and Change Your Batteries on Sunday
Monday, 02 March 2015
PHOTO: County Fire Marshal Henry Stryker III remind residents that the spring and fall time changes are perfect reminders to test this equipment and, if your detectors are battery operated, you should change the batteries as well. Semi-annual... Read More...
County Health Department to Offer Cancer Screenings
Monday, 02 March 2015
Cancer screenings and mammogram clinics offered through December FREEHOLD, NJ – Preventative care is essential to maintaining good health. To promote preventative measures, the Monmouth County Health Department (MCHD) is offering several cancer... Read More...
Keansburg Amusement Park Rebuilding Historic Old Heidelberg Inn
Monday, 02 March 2015
Keansburg, NJ – Keansburg Amusement Park is currently rebuilding the historic Old Heidelberg Inn after it was completely destroyed by Hurricane Sandy more than 2 years ago.   Dating back to the early 1930’s Keansburg Amusement Park is... Read More...
IMAGE Freeholders Honor County High School Football Teams
Sunday, 01 March 2015
Five teams won NJSIAA State Championship titles for 2014 season FREEHOLD, NJ – On Thursday, Feb. 26, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized the five MonmouthCounty high school football teams who took home State Championship... Read More...
Mabrey, Laffey Win Kerwin Award
Sunday, 01 March 2015
West Long Branch, NJ -  The James J. and Margaret M. Kerwin Memorial Award winners were announced for the 2014 - 2015 season are Marina Mabrey, senior guard from Manasquan and Jack Laffey, senior guard from Christian Brothers... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Bullers Went from Journalist to Advocate
by Daniel J. Vance
Sunday, 01 March 2015
Last week, I featured long-time journalist and disability advocate Finn Bullers of Kansas City, Kansas. I'm now featuring him again because of the... Read More...
IMAGE Monmouth Republicans Have a Bright Future
by Jack Archibald
Sunday, 01 March 2015
If last weekend was any indication, the Monmouth County Republican Party is in very good shape. In the dead of winter, the Monmouth GOP held two... Read More...
IMAGE Poetical License and Truth
by George Hancock-Stefan
Friday, 27 February 2015
Our Monmouth County neighbor Mr. Brian Williams from NBC was suspended for telling a story about his time in Iraq that was not completely... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - February 27, 2015
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 27 February 2015
Are you on you phone reading this eating a free sample at Whole Foods now?Then you may run into one of these people: http://bit.ly/1aiquX5 First... Read More...
IMAGE Cold Temperatures Create a Frozen Estuary
by Joe Reynolds
Monday, 23 February 2015
It was nothing safe to walk on, but much Sandy Hook Bay and Raritan Bay was locked up in ice this weekend. Several weeks of teeth-chattering,... Read More...

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Berkeley, California  - On a recent episode of "Meet the Press," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid threw his support behind advancing legislation to curb online piracy. Both chambers of Congress have drafted legislation to address online piracy from foreign websites, but both bills have faced strong public outcry that has put their chances of passage in doubt without significant changes.

The Senate is considering the Protect IP Act ( S 968), known as PIPA, while the House is considering the Stop Online Piracy Act ( HR 3261), known as SOPA. The Senate is expected to vote on PIPA on Jan. 24, and Reid has indicated there could be significant changes that would make the bill a "winner for everyone, not just for the content people."

MapLight has conducted an analysis of campaign contributions from key industry groups to members of the U.S. Senate (July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2011) and found that:

  • Entertainment interest groups that support these bills gave 7.2 times as much ($14,423,991) to members of the U.S. Senate as Internet interest groups that oppose these bills ($2,011,332). 
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has received 4.8 times as much from entertainment interest groups that support these bills ($571,500) as from Internet interest groups that oppose these bills ($118,050).

Opponents of these two bills, such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook, eBay, and Twitter, fear the measures as currently drafted will grant the U.S. government power to curb free speech online and, with it, snare otherwise innocuous third-party sites. The bills' supporters, such as Disney, Time Warner, Comcast, CBS, and the Recording Industry Association of America, hope to be able to use the expanded authority to shut down websites trafficking in pirated content. Drafting language that appeases both sides has been difficult and may result in Congress's choosing one side over the other.

A link to this data release can be found here.

MapLight is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that reveals money's influence on politics.