Primaries in 8 States, Spotify Rolls Back Conduct Code, and More!


This is the transcript for the news segment on The Morning Brew for June 5, 2018. The show airs Monday-Friday at 10:30 AM EST.

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Primaries are in Eight States Today

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The mid-terms are right around the corner, and eight states are having primaries today:

Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota.

This could lead to a swing in the control of the House and Senate. Here is what’s going on in some of the primary states today.

The Democrats must win 23 seats to reclaim a majority.

California

They are not having party primaries. Instead, all the eligible candidates are on one ballot and the top two recipients of the vote will be on the ballot in November. This could have problems for the candidates in both parties in the form of being left out of a handful of Southern California races. Being left off the ballot could mean not being able to retake the House. There are seven seats in the state coming up for contention.

Montana

Jon Tester, incumbent, will have to wait until the fall to find out who his contender is, with the likely nominees being State Auditor Matt Rosendale and Russ Fagg, a retired judge.

New Jersey

The shoo-in for nominee in the state is Senator Bob Menendez. However, he will have to fight off the challenger in the primaries.

California

Senator Dianne Feinstein is still the favorite for re-election, but is being challenged by state Senate leader Kevin de Leon. This could lead to a two-Democrat match in November.

Alabama

Republican Representative Martha Roby could be at risk of a run-off for taking back her endorsement of Trump after the tape of the locker banter was released. (Grab her by the p***y.) The Trump backers in her district have long memories, which could mean Bobby Bright may have a chance to edge her out.

South Dakota

United States Representative Kristi Noem and Attorney General Marty Jackley are fighting for a gubernatorial nomination. This has opened the House seat will be a three-way race, which has garnered out-of-state spending. The candidates are Dusty Johnson, Shantel Krebs, and Senator Neal Tapio, who has called for an end to the Native American reservation system.

New Mexico

They are picking the successors to the gubernatorial seat.

More information on primaries will be researched and reported on the blog.

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The Colorado Cake Caper SOLVED

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On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled the Civil Rights Commission was unfairly dismissive of Philips’ religious beliefs, citing religious bias. They avoided the larger issue as to whether or not people can avoid offering their services to same-sex weddings due to religious beliefs. This was one of many cases involving professionals in the wedding industry who declined service to same-sex couples. Philips, the owner of the cake shop, was the first such professional to make it to the Supreme Court.

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Fuego Claims 69 Lives; Toll Expected to Rise

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In the aftermath of Volcano Fuego, there has now been a total of 69 confirmed deaths, with more expected to be added to the toll. This is due to remote mountain villages having little to no warning before the eruption to get to safety. Emergency workers dug through debris, mud, and smoldering terrain using backhoes and shovels while much of the molten rock was still hot enough to melt the soles off of shoes.

Identification of the deceased has been a daunting task as many of them had lost features and fingerprints. They will be resorting to DNA testing to properly ID the dead.

Even thought the volcano has been registering minor eruptions over the course of many years, the scientists had reported the volcanic activity had been decreasing, which lead to the prevention of evacuation orders.

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Spotify to Roll Back “Hateful Conduct” Policy

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The policy, that stated they would be taking down hateful lyrics and the catalogs of artists accused of conduct unbecoming is now being rolled back. The problem with the new conduct policy, much like YouTube’s policy, is vague and “created confusion and concern”. They also went on to say they “didn’t spend enough time getting input from our own team and key partners before sharing new guidelines.”

After the new code was implemented, they pulled R. Kelly’s catalog and the catalog of rapper XXXTentacion, two artists who have been accused of misconduct in the eyes of the law.

Artists, their labels, and management were swift with their backlash, accusing Spotify of racial bias in the enacting of their policy.

The company announced they would be walking back the policy. CEO Daniel Ek said the policy was “rolled out wrong” in an interview.

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Stories were edited and the show is produced and directed by Maddy. Merlin was ill this day.

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