North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory announces an executive order purporting to "fix" the problems -- problems other people perceive, of course -- with his state's notorious bathroom bill, HB 2. His announcement is about what you'd expect -- comprises a bunch of actions that don't actually do anything, and whines a lot about the "selective outrage" of the opposition, which includes a lot of his buddies in the business sector. Is this a civilized way to run a government?
Maya Schenwar, writing at TruthOut, says "(t)he legacy of many of history's 'prison reforms' is, simply, more prison," and cites a "prison reform" bill recently passed in the Alabama Senate as a case in point. The Alabama bill would ultimately wind up incarcerating more folks by demolishing some old, bad PR-tinged prisons and building new "state-of-the-art" ones, this despite crime rates falling all across the land (and incarceration rates, er, not). This is always a danger when progress becomes inevitable: that reactionaries will put a flower on their dung pile and call it "progress."
San Francisco public library hires a full-time social worker to make sure homeless folk get services. San Francisco has a lot of homeless folk, as you know, and a lot of them find sanctuary in libraries, so this is a creative work-around. It is only a work-around, though -- putting people up in small homes is a better work-around, and reversing the me-first-and-only economic policies of the last 35-plus years will do the most to actually fix the problem. Thing I did not know but should have known: approaching homeless folk inside a safe space is actually a bit more delicate than approaching them on the "neutral territory" of the street.
MorningConsult.com projects that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz would lose decisively to Hillary Clinton -- but that Mrs. Clinton would lose just as decisively to John Kasich. It could happen -- Mr. Kasich is easily the best of the three Republicans remaining, which might be true even if that weren't such a low bar to clear -- and I can see him winning Ohio, Wisconsin, Colorado, Maine, and New Hampshire. I'm less convinced he can win Michigan, even less convinced that he could win Minnesota or Pennsylvania, and not at all convinced he can win Oregon. Caveat: this model has lots of undecideds everywhere -- Mr. Kasich doesn't even clear 50 in Ohio yet, and Mrs. Clinton barely clears 50 in New York. (They do not appear to have tested Bernie Sanders against the Republicans; I can see Mr. Sanders beating all three, though perhaps not with 300 electoral votes, and again Mr. Kasich would be the toughest opponent.)
Finally, Hillary Clinton, at a fundraisers, jokes with New York City Mayor Bill Di Blasio that "it took you long enough" to endorse her, and he jokes that he's late with his endorsement because he's on "CP time" (a.k.a., "colored people time"). Worse, it looks like it was a joke they all planned, with Mrs. Clinton explaining to her black co-star that Mr. Di Blasio really meant "cautious politician time." That's how he ran, after all! Mr. Di Blasio doesn't get a pass because he has a black wife and son -- even if they're all OK with saying "CP time" to each other, such a contract certainly wouldn't automatically extend to the public sphere. Democrats: so smart, they're stupid.