Zephyr Teachout lives in Fort Greene and is running for governor.
Roughly 10% of New York voters have heard of the Fordham law professor who specializes in corruption, but she insists that she’s not campaigning out of vanity or to merely force Governor Andrew Cuomo to the left. “No, no, no, no, I’m running to win,” Teachout insists, adding that she thinks she needs around 300,000 to 350,000 votes in the Democratic primary to run in the general election.
Cuomo has $35 million to spend on reelection, mostly thanks to real estate developers, corporations, and rich people [PDF]. Teachout recently raised $50,000 in 24 hours, though she has well under $1 million in the bank.
But due in part to his Moreland mess, the governor’s 53% approval rating is as low as is ever been. Teachout is opposed to fracking, wants to remove Common Core, and supports the eventual legalization of marijuana, all issues where Cuomo has disappointed liberals.
As the attention of the world focused on Ukraine and Gaza, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) captured a third of Syria in addition to the quarter of Iraq it had seized in June. The frontiers of the new Caliphate declared by Isis on 29 June are expanding by the day and now cover an area larger than Great Britain and inhabited by at least six million people, a population larger than that of Denmark, Finland or Ireland. In a few weeks of fighting in Syria Isis has established itself as the dominant force in the Syrian opposition, routing the official al-Qaida affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, in the oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor and executing its local commander as he tried to flee. In northern Syria some five thousand Isis fighters are using tanks and artillery captured from the Iraqi army in Mosul to besiege half a million Kurds in their enclave at Kobani on the Turkish border. In central Syria, near Palmyra, Isis fought the Syrian army as it overran the al-Shaer gasfield, one of the largest in the country, in a surprise assault that left an estimated three hundred soldiers and civilians dead. Repeated government counter-attacks finally retook the gasfield but Isis still controls most of Syria’s oil and gas production. The Caliphate may be poor and isolated but its oil wells and control of crucial roads provide a steady income in addition to the plunder of war.
On Facebook’s diversity page, the company celebrates their gay users, proclaiming “we want you to feel comfortable being your true, authentic self.” Mark Zuckerberg himself has shown up to San Francisco’s Pride Parade, riding in a faux cable car down Market Street. However, when it comes to political donations, Facebook has no problem giving $10,000 to a man described as “the face legal opposition to marriage equality in America.” According to financial disclosures obtained by QSaltLake, Facebook’s growing lobbying arm donated $10,000 to Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes this past May. Reyes has irked LGBT activists for his aggressive stance against gay rights. After being sworn in as Attorney General this past December, the first issue he tackled was “the defense of marriage,” saying his office would be “willing to spend whatever it takes” to defend Utah’s gay marriage ban, which had been struck down by a US District Court earlier that month. Facebook’s shareholders have previously expressed concern over the company’s backing of anti-LGBT politicians. According to ThinkProgress, 41 percent of the company’s PAC money “went to politicians who voted against LGBT rights.” Shareholders have accused the social network of “supporting politicians whose voting records directly contrast the company’s stated public policy priorities, and may undermine the company’s business model.” Those shareholders have also called upon Facebook to adopt a “public political contributions policy” to improve transparency.
4. THE BEST OPTION FOR PUBLISHING MAY NOT BE THE ONE YOU THINK Most of the freelance editors I know, myself included, have worked with Big Five publishing houses, smaller publishers, and everything in between and still follow what’s going on in the industry. A good portion of my editorial business is publishing consulting and helping authors find the right publishing fit for their story. Once you have a great novel polished to a sparkly sheen, a freelance editor with great knowledge of the current publishing scene can help you figure out the best path for your individual story within your publishing life plan. If your goal is only to find an agent and be published by a traditional publisher, an editor will help you find ways to make your unique vision fit within the boundaries of the commercial fiction marketplace. But traditional publishing isn’t the best path for every author or for every book. An experienced and skillful editor can offer suggestions for alternatives to traditional publishing whether that be self-publishing, POD publishing, or dropping the project completely and moving on to something new.
Randy Credico, New York progressive gubernatorial candidate for the upcoming September 9 Democratic Primary, was cuffed and arrested in the subway for videotaping two white police officers arresting a black man, according to a campaign announcement. The comedian turned activist was on his way to a campaign interview in Westchester when he saw two white men forcefully stop a black man and began filming the incident. Unbeknownst to Credico, the two men in plain clothes were actually undercover transit police who didn’t take favorably to being videotaped and subsequently arrested him.