I am running behind today, sorry kids. I thought July would be less busy but, sadly, no. Here’s some good news I compiled across the web. Enjoy!
• A judge has ruled California’s death penalty is unconstitutional.
• Insurance giant UnitedHealthcare announces plans to sell policies on the Obamacare exchanges next year:
Broad participation by UnitedHealthcare will increase competition and should help keep premiums down, according to theory and research. A recent paper by economists Leemore Dafny, Jonathan Gruber and Christopher Ody found that if UnitedHealthcare had sold policies through the exchanges this year in every state where it already does business, premiums would have been 5 percent lower.
• Our Awesome Hippie Pope says immigrant children should be “welcomed and protected” at America’s border. I’m sure this will be yet another Papal utterance American conservatives choose to ignore while they silently wish the Vatican would go back to talking about gays, abortion and birth control.
• In response to a class action lawsuit, Remington will redesign and replace the triggers on its most popular hunting rifle.
• Hey, gays! You can get married in the Florida Keys starting next week.
• Related: an appeals court has upheld a lower court’s ruling which overturned Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriages.
• This isn’t so much good news as just .. I dunno, irony or whatever? But the idea of a bunch of charter school teachers trying to unionize is just so delicious.
• Washington & Lee University is removing the Confederate flag display which has stood on campus for over 80 years.
• Volkswagen has named its top labor official to the board of directors of Volkswagen Group of America. Watch out, Chattanooga.
• A man in Southern California is retrofitting classic VW Beetles and transforming them from ICEs to EVs. That sounds like a sweet ride.
Good News, Tennessee Edition:
• Three days after the UAW establishes its presence at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant, VW announces Chattanooga will produce its new SUV Meanwhile, Gov. Haslam says the $160 million in state incentives offered to VW won’t be tied to any deal the car maker strikes with the UAW.
• A former police officer, gun advocate and lifetime NRA member speaks out against Tennessee’s new guns-in-cars law.
This week’s video: How not to clear your gun.