Bernie-Portland ME


Bernie Sanders spoke to a crowd of 7,500-9000 (depending on who’s doing the reporting) in Portland, ME, in the largest crowd gathered for any candidate in the 2016 cycle in New England thus far, with the closest rally numbering around 850 potential voters. Watch out, we’re Berning!

Since Friday was the legal holiday for the Fourth of July, we saw the classic news dump on Thursday afternoon last week, as the DoJ announced its final settlement with BP. Oil industry expert/author/journalist Antonia Juhasz wrote about the settlement for Rolling Stone:

BP will agree to pay $18.7 billion in fines over the next 15 years to the U.S. federal government and the state governments of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

The federal government had originally sought $18 billion in Clean Water Act (CWA) fines alone. Yet, the $18.7 billion settlement includes not only these fines, but also those meant to address all natural resource damages and restoration, as well as economic losses incurred by state and local governments.

The settlement provides for:

—$5.5 billion in total Clean Water Act fines;

—$7.1 for ecological and wildlife harms and restoration, referred to as “natural resource damages” (in addition to the $1 billion BP had already committed);

—$5.9 billion to settle claims by state and some 400 local governments for economic damages; and $600 million for other claims, including claims for reimbursement of Natural Resource Damages Assessment (NRDA) costs and other unreimbursed federal expenses due to Deepwater Horizon activity.

Read the rest of the article here, and check out for more.

Every Tuesday morning, we spend the second hour with GottaLaff. Today, we talked about these stories and more:

Security camera catches 19-year-old Florida State quarterback punching woman at a bar

South Carolina senate votes to remove Confederate flag from statehouse grounds

‘It’s the Right Thing to Do’: South Carolina Senate Votes to Remove Confederate Flag From Capitol

NYC to pay $330,000 to settle pepper-spray Occupy lawsuits

Bill Cosby said in 2005 lawsuit he gave Quaaludes to women for sex

Si Robertson, ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star, Says Atheists Don’t Exist.. OK

And then, there was this:

I’ll be back tomorrow with another dip into the Oy FloriDUH files, and whatever else the day brings our way, radio or not!