Daily Primer 6/9/17

Daily Primer 6/9/17

Happy Friday! We hope to see you all at Art on Lark on Saturday and at Capital Pride in Albany on Sunday! 

Right now, we’re going to return to trying to figure out what the heck this was all about: 

Luke Stoddard Nathan @lukestdnathan

For Second Time, Legislature Sends FOIL Penalty Bill to CuomoGotham Gazette

“A bill that would greatly strengthen New York’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), already vetoed once by Governor Andrew Cuomo, has again passed both houses of the Legislature.”

Mayor de Blasio’s Symbolism, Plastic-Wrapped in ArroganceThe New York Times

A columnist found a few other gym options for the New York City mayor. 

Churchill: Killing affordable housing at Leonard Hospital no victory for TroyTimes Union

 Neighborhood opposition defeated an affordable housing project in Troy. Now the mayor says the city will likely issue $2.5 million in bonds to pay for a long-abandoned hospital’s demolition. 
Perhaps not the most urgent question to ask after Thursday’s public hearing, but nonetheless one that many people couldn’t help but to ask. 


Jaya Sundaresh @jayaist 

In India Slight Rise in Temperatures is Tied to Heat Wave Deaths — New York Times

 In this day of intense news out of Congress and the UK, it’s important to pay attention to the smaller stories that may, in the long run, have more impact. Another story about the toll that climate change has taken and will take on the Global South.

 House votes to kill Dodd-Frank. Now What? — CNN

 While everyone is distracted by the Comey hearings, it can be hard to remember that this Congress has real power, and that elections (however illegitimate you think the last one was) have consequences. In one fell swoop, Republicans have undid the regulatory framework that was keeping us from another ‘08 financial crisis.

States Challenge Scott Pruitt’s Decision to Keep Pesticide Linked to Brain Damage in Food Supply — TruthOut

Elections have consequences. The Trumpian EPA deciding dangerous chemicals should be allowed back into our ecosystems is a particularly bad one.

When building your business means hiding that it’s black-ownedChicago Tribune

An important addition into the discourse about black capitalism and what it means to be a black entrepreneur and a scorching indictment of the business world for failing to move past racism.

Comey Confessions: the Russia Hysteria Fails to Deliver The Observer

Michael Saintano with a scornful op-ed; Democrats have been caught up in the optics at the expense of a real focus on policy, he argues.

Katie Cusack @katiecusackk 

Man busted with over 1,000 fake drugs at Bonnaroo: ‘I’m doing God’s work’ — The Tennessean

Bonnaroo has only just begun, but the police already arrested one man carrying a massive amout of counterfeit molly, shrooms, acid tabs, cocaine and “an incense stick made to look like black tar heroin.”

An LGBT group says it was barred from a Pride parade because it supports TrumpCNN

“Deplorable Pride” gets cut from the Charlotte parade. The group’s leader believes it is due to their affiliation with Trump.

US officials are starting to treat opioid companies like Big Tobacco — and suing themVox

Lawsuit cases to fight false advertising and exaggerated marketing as well as the diversion of prescriptions.

‘I Love NY’ signs costing state $8.1M are illegal, says federal governmentFox News

Fox has picked up a story on obstructive New York highway signs that was first published in Capital Confidential in mid-February.

10 Musicians Look Back on the Albums They Don’t Remember RecordingSpin

Read along as Steven Tyler hears an Aerosmith song on the radio, digs it and suggests to the band that they do a cover. The response? “That’s us, fuckhead.” Rock n’ roll.



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