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Being our semi-regular weekly survey of what’s goin’ down in the several states where, as we know, the real work of governmentin’ gets done, and where it’s hot down there and you can’t be overdressed.
We begin this week with our Hot Spot Spotlight, which falls on California, where events have contrived to produce a nearly perfect balance between set-up and punchline. There was a meeting of school principals to discuss reopening their institutions. That’s the set-up. From :
More than 40 school principals in the San Francisco Bay Area are in quarantine after being exposed to the coronavirus during an in-person meeting last month to discuss reopening campuses. A person who attended the June 19 meeting by administrators of the Santa Clara Unified School District tested positive a few days later. Superintendent Stella Kemp confirmed the exposure to the school board during an online meeting. Some board members questioned Kemp’s decision to hold an in-person meeting. The superintendent insisted the meeting was necessary, adding that everyone who attended was tested, and as far as she knows no one else tested positive.
im电竞官网-This is going to happen a lot as the summer of aquarium life grinds on. Unruly collisions of logic and impatience are a fundamentally American phenomenon. Sometimes, they work out. This one won’t.
We move on up to Colorado, where the voters of the Third Congressional District have been presented with a choice between a Democrat and a gun-totin’ QAnon ball of nuts. From the :
Lauren Boebert, who won nearly 55% of the primary vote against Tipton, is a mother of four boys in Rifle who first drew , whose waitresses open-carry guns. In the spring, she when she reopened Shooters in violation of public health orders related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Apparently, an open-carry restaurant is a thing in a town called Rifle, and the sound you hear is Zane Grey spinning under the turf. Once the dark times pass, the Republicans have a fckton of crazy to wring out of their party, and I don’t see anyone at the moment who is up to that job.
im电竞官网-We move on to South Dakota, where Governor Kristi Noem is planning a big wang-dang-doodle at Mount Rushmore to celebrate the Fourth of July at which she will be entertaining the president*, and which the odds are only 60-40 that the big fireworks display will cause entire state to burn down. In addition, Noem is not going to allow any silly Nanny State safety precautions to harsh the president*’s mellow. From :
"We will have a large event at July 3rd. We told those folks that have concerns that they can stay home, but those who want to come and join us, we'll be giving out free face masks, if they choose to wear one. But we will not be social distancing," Noem, a Republican, said in an interview Monday night on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle.”
I myself will be social distancing by half a continent. I’m funny that way.
Meanwhile, here in the Commonwealth (God Save It), we find upon our arrival that some things never change—Old North Church, Fenway, institutional racism. From the :
The white “testers” in the study posing as would-be renters, on the other hand, easily secured tours of properties, were wooed with discounts, and got preferred treatment — such as the opportunity to view additional units — when looking at apartments. In subtle and overt ways, Black renters experienced discrimination by real estate brokers and landlords in 71 percent of the cases tested in the study by Suffolk University Law School, titled “Qualified Renters Need Not Apply: Race and Voucher Discrimination in the Metro Boston Housing Market.”
The results indicate that whites paying market rent were able to arrange to view apartments 80 percent of the time. Similarly situated Black market-rate testers seeking to view the same apartments were able to visit the property only 48 percent of the time, the study said. Whites were frequently informed about other apartments available, offered more incentives such as free parking and rent discounts, and were given more positive feedback about a unit or property they were seeking, the study says.
im电竞官网-And now, of course, there’s an eviction tsunami on offer, the pandemic is still raging, and the president* intends to bring his to fair-housing regulations. (It should be noted that like Paul Revere on all these issues.) And, also, at a time when all of our carefully retooled mechanisms for racial segregation seem to be coming undone, the opportunity to do something about housing discrimination takes on added urgency.
We conclude, as is our custom, in the great state of Oklahoma, the voters of which happily this week demanded that the state accept the FREE MONEY offered by the federal government through the Affordable Care Act, whence Blog Official Chuckwalla Early Warning Director Friedman of the Plains warns his fellow Sooners not to relax, even given what the voters decided on Tuesday. From :
Gov. Kevin Stitt led the opposition to the state question. He was joined by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, Americans for Prosperity and the 1889 Institute. During a COVID-19 news conference Tuesday afternoon, Stitt continued to voice concerns about the measure being carved into the state constitution and how the state would come up with the required 10% in matching funds. “The question is how are we going to pay for it,” Stitt said. “We don’t have an extra $200 million sitting around,” referring to one estimate of the annual cost. Stitt said that since he opposes a tax increase to pay for the state’s share of the program, the only other option will be agency budget cuts.
im电竞官网-The 1899 Institute lushly funded . In its mission statement, the Institute, which gets its name from the year Oklahoma blessed the Republic by becoming a state, says:
The 1889 Institute analyzes and develops state public policy for Oklahoma based on principles of limited and responsible government, free enterprise, and a robust civil society.
There truly is nothing funnier that hearing people from Oklahoma talking about the evils of big government, without which, of course, there would be no Oklahoma. That can be said about any state west of Pennsylvania, but Oklahoma is a particularly .
This is your democracy, America. Cherish it.