News Roundup for Friday, June 8, 2018

MIDTERMS / PRIMARY

DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee meets today, and appears heading to a decision to drastically change the Party’s superdelegate system, which played a significant role in Party elites providing a base of support for Hillary Clinton even before other candidates were in the race. House Democrats are furious that some of their control in the DNC’s less-than-democratic system is being challenged. Put in the Midterms section because how the Democratic Party itself is seen matters for both 2018 & 2020.

SO NOT NEW JERSEY

Oh I wish my parents were here to see this: Athens, Georgia’s new County Commissioner is sworn in with her fist raised, and her hand not on the Bible but a well-worn copy of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, held by her mother. Mariah Parker says she is a progressive who is openly queer, and she ran for office on a platform of economic justice, reducing poverty and discrimination, affordable housing, fair wage jobs, youth development, criminal justice reform and marijuana reform. She won by just 13 votes. Every. vote. counts. 

Milquetoast language from Nancy Pelosi, who says Medicare for All should be “evaluated” if the Dems win the House

NASA’s Mars Rover finds complex organic molecules in the Gale Crater on Mars. It’s 3.5 billion years old.

Our TV-addict president watches Jeannine Pirro’s Fox show. Could she be our next Attorney General? Or (gulp) Supreme Court justice?

Trump: ‘I have the absolute right to pardon myself.’

Chilly with a chance of storms: Things are not going well at the G7 summit, a gathering of ‘allies’ and it won’t surprise you to know Donald Trump is the problem. Allies are are furious with Trump’s trade policies, and he’s been indulging in a twitter war with French president Emmanuel  Macron (with which he had a bad phone call) and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau (who’d fight with him?) on the subject. Trump’s leaving the summit early, skipping sessions on climate change & environment, flying early to Singapore for his meeting with Kim Jong Un.

Lordy, this is mighty worrisome: What Happens a Bad Termpered Distractible Doofus Runs an Empire?

TRENTONIA

The timing was just … coincidental: Jeff Van Drew finally voted on those 6 gun bills, along with the rest of the Senate, that the Assembly passed two months ago. It went like you think it went. Welcome to the Swamp.

AROUND NEW JERSEY

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