Daily Primer 6/13/17

Daily Primer 6/13/17

Happy Tuesday! It was great to see everyone at Capital Pride on Sunday. We hope you’ll join us for Illuminate Albany at The Fuze Box on Thursday for an interview with Elizabeth Sobol, president and CEO, of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and a performance by avant-garde jazz group KBT3. 

Here are the stories we’re paying attention to today: 

Jaya Sundaresh, @jayaist

Legislators seek law to ensure prison visits are available seven days a weekTimes Union

Legislators are trying to ensure that no one can play politics with prisoners’ visitation rights ever again, the way Cuomo tried to do earlier in the year, when he tried to reduce visitation from 7 days a week down to 3, at the states’ maximum-security prisons.

Foes of breakaway Democrats allege charter school ‘pay-to-play’Times Union

A damning story from the Times Union and the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE). Alleges that the IDC took money from charter school lobbyists in order to betray public schools.

Why the highly coveted visa that changed my life is now reviled in AmericaCNN

An intensely personal story from Moni Basu that is both well-researched and highly nuanced. About the pitfalls of the H1B visa program that has changed the face of Indian-America, that has displaced millions of American workers, and that has created incredibly exploitative working conditions for millions of Indian workers.

The U.S. Government has become the ultimate extension of Donald Trump’s for-profit brand.
The Intercept

Naomi Klein bringing the heat.

Under Pressure: Liberal Societies, Immigration, and IntegrationRaddington Report

Shadi Hamid with an important, nuanced argument: we should insist on American-style integration for the rapidly expanding Muslim minority of the Western world, rather than French-style assimilation, which doesn’t quite work.


Katie Cusack, @katiecusackk

Winning climate strategy demands details — ScienceDaily

Examining everything from sunshine to soil moisture will give a more in-depth perspective on how our climate is changing. “That information is crucial when countries are setting policies aimed at growing food, protecting water supplies and the environment and stemming disease outbreaks,” the article states.

‘We’re So F-cked!’ Inside the Industry’s Long, Slow Embrace of Streaming Music— Rolling Stone

The ongoing push and pull of purchasing digital streaming and physical copies of music.

Norway Plans to Ban Face Veils in Schools and Universities New York Times

Norway follows suit with France, Bavaria, Belgium and the Netherlands to ban the burqa and niqab in kindergartens, schools and universities. Employees of the institutions who continue to wear the face veil could lose their jobs, students would face expulsion.

New York City to make some minor offenses fines, not crimesReuters

Officials believe rolling back charges for offenses such as public drinking may sway immigrant deportation–whose information upon arrest is distributed to federal law enforcement.

‘Seductive names’ make vegetables more appealing — BBC

Stanford researchers come to the groundbreaking conclusion that if you call vegetables “dynamite” “tangy” or “glazed”, they will be more appealing than boring, old “carrots.”

Luke Stoddard Nathan, @lukestdnathan

Jeff Sessions personally asked Congress to let him prosecute medical marijuana providersThe Washington Post

An ominous sign from Washington for New York’s nascent industry.

Think FOIA is a Paper Tiger? The New York Times Gives it Some BiteThe New York Times

The paper’s longtime FOIA attorney reflects on the longstanding transparency law.

Tesla: SolarCity’s Buffalo Deal Has Lots of Crooked Bends in the RiverSeeking Alpha

A detailed overview of the Buffalo Billion deal.

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