What a day for a parade!! Sending joy and love and peace and PRIDE to everyone marching in Boston today in honor of and in support of the LGBTQ communities. The White House may be ignoring pride month, but that’s not going to slow down any of Massachusetts’ festivities. Can’t wait to see pics!
In local good news:
- Senator Bruce Tarr’s “Puppy Doe” bill (aka the PAWS Bill – Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety II) has been adopted by the Senate and is now on a path to reach the Governor’s desk after a conference committee.
- Baker-Polito Administration Awards $5 Million in Grants to Address Climate Change Impacts – MVP grants help 34 communities prepare for climate change and build resilience
- In convention upset, Zakim bests Galvin for Democrats’ endorsement
- India Announces ‘Game-Changing’ Single-Use Plastics Ban
- Florida’s ‘city of the future’ is first solar-powered town in America
- Hawaii Is Owning the Rest of Us On Climate Change
- No more formaldehyde in wood products sold in the U.S. – The new rules limit the amount of formaldehyde emitted from wood products produced domestically or imported from overseas
- We’re keeping our Paris climate change commitments and our economies are booming: Governors
- Michigan state regulators released a report that showing that the state’s worst air polluter of toxic sulfur dioxide, Consumer Energy’s J.H. Campbell coal power plant, reduced sulfur dioxide emissions nearly 62 percent from 2016 to 2017.*
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
- 26-Year-Old Wins Local Office in Georgia, Takes Her Oath of Office on Autobiography of Malcolm X
- Years After Defending His Lesbian Moms In Stirring Speech, Zach Wahls Wins Iowa Primary
- New Mexico’s Deb Haaland likely to be first Native American congresswoman
- Democrats win state Senate seat in Missouri, their 42nd red-to-blue flip of the cycle
- Rep.Thomas Garrett (R-Va.) announced he will not run for reelection.*
- Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) resigned amid a sexual assault – harassment- blackmail allegation and other charges.*
And here are a few good things happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice fronts:
- Betsy DeVos skipped town to escape participating in the first public “listening session” put on by the Federal Commission on School Safety (a commission which she chairs), but some kids were there to greet Ms. DeVos in Switzerland with a protest of their own.
- The White House may be ignoring Pride Month, but even McDonald’s is getting in on the action McDonald’s by giving its fries the rainbow treatment
- Major League Baseball and the NFL will participate in this year’s New York City Pride March for the first time ever.*
- If it’s good enough for the Queen … Trooping the Colour: Guardsman first to wear turban
- Students are fighting for LGBTQ rights across the country … and they are winning
- Mellody Hobson, one of the most respected and knowledgeable black business leaders, will move up to the role of vice chair at Starbucks when longtime chairman Howard Schultz steps down at the end of the month.
- Parkland shooting survivors to embark on a summer tour (More from NBC News)
- The Quiet Rage Of Mazie Hirono – Mazie Hirono used to be known as the “good girl” of Hawaii politics. She was seen as polite, never in-your-face, not a boat-rocker. But now, that view has changed. As one Hawaii columnist put it, she is a “badass.”
- Federal Judge Strikes a Blow Against the Trump Administration’s Separation of Families at the Border – Government’s conduct “shocks the conscience,” he wrote.
- Taking Migrant Children From Parents Is Illegal, U.N. Tells U.S.
- EU’s top court hands major win to same-sex couples
- NYC subway ads celebrating Pride month, combating bigotry are back – The colorful ad campaign designed by SVA faculty and students has made its return to subway stations across the city
- Cambridge Analytica director ‘met Assange to discuss US election’ – Brittany Kaiser also claims to have channelled payments and donations to WikiLeaks
- Judge in Brock Turner sentencing recalled – Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky had four years remaining in his term. He is the first California judge to be recalled in more than 85 years.
- Two men take knee during national anthem at Trump’s White House ceremony
- Miss America Will No Longer Have a Swimsuit Competition
- Mayor Kenney’s Statement on Eagles’ Cancelled White House Visit – “Disinviting them from the White House only proves that our President is not a true patriot, but a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend.”
- HHS loses another court battle over teen pregnancy prevention grant funding
- The Supreme Court limited the scope of police searches, ruling that officers must have a warrant to go through a vehicle parked at a home or on its surrounding property.*
- Pharmacy chain CVS Health said it will no longer donate to the pro-Trump nonprofit America First Policies.*
- DSW said it has dropped the Ivanka Trump fashion line.*
And, once again, here’s the latest batch of crazier-than-fiction headlines about the Russia/Stormy/Campaign Finance/etc. investigation:
- Mueller files witness tampering indictment against Paul Manafort and Russian citizen Konstantin Kilimnik
- Judge Denies Trump’s Secrecy Claim in Review of Cohen Documents
- Ivanka Trump Was In Contact With A Russian Who Offered A Trump-Putin Meeting
- Mueller asks witnesses to hand over their personal phones: report
- Manafort’s Dumbest Move Yet: Using a Former Russian Intelligence Officer for Witness-Tampering?
- Paul Ryan splits with Trump, says ‘no evidence’ FBI spied on president’s campaign
- A Judge Just Set A Deadline For Trump To Be Deposed In The “Apprentice” Defamation Case
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- In the Feel Good Story category: New Jersey Teacher Left $1 Million Gift to Students in Her Will
- France’s President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that the G-7 “doesn’t mind being six,” suggesting the group didn’t need the United States. (Ok – that’s not really something to celebrate, but we like seeing someone stand up to 45’s bullying tactics.)
- Bars can refuse service to Trump supporters, a New York judge says
- Robert De Niro Reportedly Tells NYC Teens That Donald Trump Favors “Bullsh*t” Over Truth
- The Story Behind TIME’s Trump ‘King Me’ Cover
- Conservative icon David Koch leaving business, politics
- Press aide who mocked McCain is out at the White House
- For the idiotRep Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), who thinks that coastline erosion is a major factor in sea-level rise: Here’s how big a rock you’d have to drop into the ocean to see the rise in sea level happening now
- Kentucky Crowd Cheers Valedictorian’s Trump Quote, Then Learns Obama Said It. Smart kid.
- Rudy Giuliani was soundly booed by Yankee Fans when celebrating his birthday at a Yankee game.*
And, here’s something silly, but funny:
“Mass State House Dome”: Photo Credit: twiga_swala Flickr via Compfight cc“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“I Voted”: standing8 Flickr via Compfight cc
“Blind Justice”: Government of Prince Edward Island Flickr via Compfight cc
“Russia Sickle”: AK Rockefeller Flickr via Compfight cc
“Snark Kitty”: Gratisography