New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Resigns Amid Sex Harassment Scandal

Amid an ugly sexual misconduct scandal, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned on Tuesday, August 10. “I’m a New Yorker, born and bred. I’m a fighter, and my instinct is to fight through this controversy because I truly believe it is politically motivated, I believe it is unfair, and it is untruthful. I believe it demonizes behavior that is unsustainable for society,” a defiant Cuomo remarked.

Governor signs Mitchell bill ending law’s misuse of the L word: Lynching

SB 629, a measure to correct an obsolete reference to the term “lynching” in California’s penal code, has been signed into law by Governor Brown. It takes effect January 1, 2016. “The Governor’s swift approval of my bill speaks to its obvious truth. It’s been said that strong words should be reserved for strong concepts, and ‘lynching’ has such a painful history for African Americans that the law should only use it for what it is – murder by mob – and not, especially given recent events nationwide, for an attempt, even if misguided, to free someone from police custody,”