Afternoon! We’re celebrating Pride month with a large cover feature on the Albany drag scene. Katie Cusack dives deep into the personalities and artistry that fuels the community.
It’s going to be a busy week. We’ll have a booth at Alive at Five tomorrow. Hope to see you all at the Capital Pride Parade on Sunday. We’ll also have a booth at Art on Lark on Saturday–we’d love to meet you.
Before we forget–we’re launching two contests today. You can win tickets to Ween and Foster the People at Brewery Ommegang by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Luke Stoddard Nathan @lukestdnathan
NY spends $8B each year on job programs. So where are the jobs?—Democrat & Chronicle
The USA Today Network, continuing the work of the Investigative Post and ProPublica published earlier this year, has released a pretty comprehensive package on economic development spending in the Empire State.
Bill Cosby’s Trial Begins, With The World Barging In—The New Yorker
Jia Tolentino is filing stories from the Bill Cosby trial, where the disgraced entertainer faces charges of sexual assault.
“Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a centrist Democrat, had been elected two years earlier promising to veto any gerrymandered lines. But he had reversed himself in slow motion, and was extracting a major legislative package — legalization of full-fledged casinos, the reduction of pension benefits for new state workers and redistricting reform that will take effect in 2022 — from lawmakers in exchange for the ability to control their own destiny.”
Jaya Sundaresh @jayaist
The Massachusetts Democratic Party just unveiled the most progressive platform ever in a state, and it has a lot to do with OR (Our Revolution) — the Sanders-inspired organization that emerged after the election.
New plan from Cuomo to unseat six vulnerable GOP leaders, including John Faso and Elise Stefanik. No word from him on how he wants to deal with the IDC.
America’s Hidden HIV Epidemic — New York Times Magazine
Longread from the NYT Magazine about the horrific rates of HIV infection amongst black gay men and transgender women in this country.
The Unexpected Afterlife of American Communism — New York Times
In the NYT’s essay series “the Red Century”, about the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Sarah Jaffe (a renowned labor journalist) writes an important piece on the legacy of American communism.
“It Will Feel Like Bernie Winning the Election” — The New Republic
Sarah Jaffe again with an interview with Labour’s Paul Mason, about Jeremy Corbyn’s stunning rise in the UK polls. The election is tomorrow.
Katie Cusack @katiecusackk
Senate Republicans outline new health care plan-– Fox Business
Senate Republicans begin rethinking their health care bill but a few have reservations about the disregard of pre-existing conditions (like maternity service and mental health care) and community rating regulations, “which disallowed health insurance companies from charging different premiums regardless of geographic area, age, gender or health status.”
The New York state governor is struggling to gain favor with conservative and progressive reps.
Existing climate efforts expected to keep US goals on track — New York Times
“New York, California and 11 other states representing nearly 40 percent of the U.S. economy, mayors of about 200 cities, and leaders of business giants including Amazon, Apple and Target have signed pledges to keep reducing their fossil-fuel emissions.”
The title caught me at first, because I couldn’t believe it to be true. While reading and listening along, I’ll admit it’s visual. However it is not the most poetic song written on the planet Earth. I do recommend a listen of their take on “House of the Rising Sun”– a building, very Alt-J representation.
David Howard King @davidhowardking
State and local issues intersect as AG Eric Schneiderman looks into the death of a man in Schenectady police custody.
The “snowflakes” over at Fox News are we’re really upset by high schoolers.
Cuomo has a history of non engagement and of attacking rival Democrats.
The sanctuary movement expands thanks to a church in Saratoga.
Was police shooting victim armed? Authorities still mum — Daily Gazette
Answers still being sought in police shooting that was streamed on Facebook