The policies of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio have resulted, among other things, in racist profiling against Hispanic people and the death of Marcia Powell, a 48-year-old sex worker who died from heat exposure after being put in a cage for four hours in the sun. Always eager for the spotlight, Arpaio is famously proud of an outdoor tent city specifically constructed to house inmates in extreme heat. He’s also notorious for making prisoners wear pink underwear (The Influence recently covered a dystopian summer camp that Arpaio hatched to give kids the full “Tent City” experience).
The latest atrocity in Arpaio’s arsenal is ostensibly a celebration of America’s Independence Day. The more than 8,000 prisoners in the Maricopa County jails will be wearing uniforms adorned with the good-old Stars and Stripes. An official statement from the Sheriff’s office said: “Sheriff Arpaio ordered the new look out of respect for our nation’s heritage and with the aspiration of adding the respect each wearer will hold for themselves.”
Arpaio himself said, “The American flag is a symbol of freedom and liberty … My hope is that incarcerated inmates feel a sense of pride and honor when wearing the flag.” According to local media, the sheriff’s department is unwilling to disclose the price of Arpaio’s weird prison fashion show.
Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race
Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.
With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.
Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)
New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits
President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.
The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.
Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’
Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke — who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.