Out d’Coup | AZ Teachers Walk; Koch Bros’ Antics; DCCC Leans on CO Progressive; Candy Man Can’t; PA GOP Staffers Jump Ship; Meek Mill; PASSHE Gets RAND; Colleen Bradley; “Swingo” de Mayo; Moon Push
Arizona teachers are the latest to walk off the job en masse to demand livable wages and full public school funding. More than 1,000 Arizona public schools were closed on Thursday as #RedforEd took to the streets and marched on the state Capitol. Arizona teachers were joined by their neighbors to the Northeast as Colorado teachers also walked off the job for better pay and full funding of public schools.
A new report, “Advancing White Supremacy Through Academic Strategy,” exposes massive campaign funded by the Koch Brothers and other right-wing billionaires to push alt-right agenda on college campuses.
The Intercept published secretly taped audio of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer trying to pressure a progressive candidate to get out of the race for Colorado’s 6th legislative district. DCCC had already picked a corporate lawyer and Army vet, Jason Crow, to back in the race. Republicans in Congress are now pursuing a technical strategy to dramatically roll back regulations. They want to use the 1996 Congressional Review Act to “defund the administrative state.”
Things still crazy in Trumplandia. Trump loses it on Fox and Friends; Michael Cohen has a burner phone collection; Dr. Ronny “The Candy Man” Jackson will not be the next VA Secretary; and, Scott Pruitt gets grilled on his improprieties. And, let’s not forget that the week started out with yet another white, male “sovereign citizen” killing four people in a Waffle House in Tennessee with an AR-15.
Meek Mill released from prison after spending five months in prison. Pennsylvania has the worst parole system in the country. Pennsylvania GOP sees staffers leave en masse and only have $16,000 in the bank for payroll. Right-wing PA Republicans got what they paid for Wednesday as their RAND Corporation commissioned study recommends dramatic changes for PASSHE universities. The one thing the study did not consider was properly funding PASSHE schools. Currently, PA ranks 47th out of 50 states in per-capita funding for public higher education. Kutztown University votes to implement new “Campus Support Fee” on students in the amount of $488 beginning next academic year.
The second part of Raging Chicken’s exclusive interviews concerning the Colleen Bradley whistleblower case is released. Kevin Mahoney interviews Bradley’s legal team, Daniel Kearney and Ed Mazurek, about the Constitutional implications of her case.
And in today’s last call, Sean has a weekend off for the first time in a long time. He contemplates buying a new camera lens. A racist golf club to hold a “Swingo de Mayo” celebration on the heels of owners calling police on a group of black women for Golfing While Black. In space news this week, NASA begins talking up the Orion missions to the Moon and plans for a Deep Space Gateway.