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Alternate Realities Roundup 7/1


Two former treasury secretaries (one a Republican the other a Democrat) have teamed up to explain why Wall Street should be worried about the economic impact of climate change.

Top of the Alty World

“Now Wall Street Is Calling for Climate Sanity. Don't Expect the Right to Listen.”—Mother Jones

Planned Parenthood president Cecil Richards reacts to the Supreme Court's “Hobby Lobby” ruling allowing corporations' insurance to not have to cover contraception.—Democracy Now!

ProPublica gathers up all you need to know about the recent revelations about the NSA in one cartoon-filled chart.—ProPublica

New Mexico's self-described “most transparent Governor” was ordered by a Judge to describe how she handles public records requests made by the Santa Fe Reporter.—Santa Fe Reporter

Top of Alty Utah

Utah lawmakers call on federal delegates for meaningful immigration reform.—Utah Political Capitol

Utah legislators are taking part in a multi-state effort to push for the calling of a constitutional convention.—Utah Policy

New regime at the Utah Attorney General's Office prioritizes cracking down on business fraud.—Salt Lake City Weekly

Utah Political Capitol profiles Amy Morgan, the Democrat challenging GOP House Majority Leader Brad Dee.—Utah Political Capitol


The Atlantic argues the Hobby Lobby decisions isn't about religious freedom versus womens rights.

“But as John J. Dilulio Jr., the first director of the White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, over at Brookings writes 'Love it or loathe it, the Hobby Lobby decision is limited in scope.' It's about how the Religious Freedom Restoration Act applies to this particular objection from Hobby Lobby and other 'closely held' companies, or businesses that are mostly owned by a small group of people who also happen to run them. And the Court went out of its way to clarify that their ruling does not apply to other possible medical objections, like blood transfusions and vaccinations.

Most importantly, this ruling won't necessarily prevent women who work at Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood, or other religious companies from accessing birth control through their insurance plans.”—The Atlantic

The Long View

The O.C. Weekly looked at Boston millionaire Aaron Kushner's failed attempt to save not just the Orange County Register but journalism itself.

"They glumly marched into the third-floor newsroom of The Orange County Register's Santa Ana headquarters on June 9: editors, reporters, bureau chiefs, sales reps, the copy desk, photographers—almost the entire staff, gathering to hear their fate. Nearly two years to the day, Boston businessman Aaron Kushner had bought the paper and its parent company, Freedom Communications, and quickly made national news with a bold strategy: hire reporters instead of laying them off.

Increase page counts instead of cutting back. Focus on print instead of digital. Start new dailies and acquire others instead of shedding them. More than 350 new hires, including about 170 on the editorial side, signed onto his vision, invigorating the Register in a way that veterans say recalled the glory days of the 1990s, when Pulitzers were won and the Sunday edition was thick enough to crush a cat.

Kushner had long used the newsroom for town halls, instead of the in-house R.C. Hoiles Auditorium, as had previous publishers. It was a move to rally his troops, to show he was one of them. But June 9 would not be one of those days.”—O.C. Weekly