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New York state didn’t wait too long to respond to the Supreme Court rulings on gun control and abortion. On Friday, after Democratic Gov.

Kathy Hochul called a special session, the state legislature took major steps to shore up its concealed-carry law and enshrine reproductive rights in the state constitution.

The gun control measure responds to the court’s ruling that New York cannot restrict concealed-carry permits only to people who demonstrated a need, by imposing a 16-hour firearm training requirement and in-person interviews for all concealed-carry applicants instead. The effort to protect abortion rights will still require a longer timeline. As the New York Times notes: 

“Amending the State Constitution is a yearslong process in New York, requiring passage by two separately elected Legislatures, and then approval by voters in a referendum. By passing it this year, Democratic leaders hope that they can win approval next year and get it to voters in 2024, when a high turnout is expected in a presidential election year.”

This is a notable step for a large Democratic state whose lawmakers have often talked a better game than they’ve played when it comes to enacting progressive policies. For years, the bullying former Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo blocked liberal policies while helping Republicans maintain a veto on any legislation in Albany. The looming imperative to protect abortion rights in the state against a conservative Supreme Court was a significant talking point from his 2018 primary challenger, the actress Cynthia Nixon. Cuomo only took steps to change that after he won—and progressives went around him to flip the state Senate.

Last month, Hochul signed laws protecting the rights of out-of-state patients seeking reproductive care and barring state law enforcement officers from cooperating with other states’ investigations into patients who travel to New York. She also allocated $10 million in funding to help bolster security for abortion providers, and $25 million for an “Abortion Services Provider Fund,” which would support existing abortion providers whose services will face increased demand in a post-Roe landscape.

But to be a safe haven from reactionary governance, New York has a lot farther to go. How far? So-called crisis pregnancy centers, which peddle false information and exist to prevent women from getting abortions, currently outnumber abortion providers in New York City.

In a recent piece in The Atlantic, Jerusalem Demsas noted that “What blue-state politicians are not doing is ensuring that people in other states can find refuge in Democratic states.” Decades of inhospitable housing prices have made it ever more difficult to actually relocate to places like New York, and ever more difficult to stay there. As Demsas wrote:

The inhospitality of rich, liberal states to the poor and working classes is a problem at the international level as well. During the recent Afghan-refugee crisis, resettlements to coastal areas foundered on the lack of available affordable housing. When the State Department released a list of cities with potential homes for refugees, it left off America’s largest progressive cities: New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Refugees are actually not welcome here, it seems.

Or New York is laying out a welcome mat. But it doesn’t do much good if you can’t get in the door.

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Warriors Star Draymond Green Calls Out Young NBA Star

Getty Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors and Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Golden State Warriors haven’t gotten to where they are today by staying quiet and playing things safe. They traded Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks and kept Stephen Curry, even if that wasn’t completely their choice. They didn’t trade Klay Thompson for Kevin Love when they reportedly had the chance.

And most recently, Draymond Green has continued to speak out regardless of what the media has to stay about him. In fact, Green is a part of the so-called “New Media” that has been sweeping the NBA landscape. No matter how many times other people tell him he needs to stop, he keeps on going.

That’s not all he’s doing, though. During the latest episode of his podcast, Green was asked who in the NBA should be the next player to join the wave of the “New Media.” He answered very quickly, saying that Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards is the person for the job.

“Anthony Edwards. Because he has irrational confidence. He says whatever the hell comes to his mind, which I can appreciate. He’s funny, charismatic, and did you see Hustle? Like, he got it. He just got it. Like some people just got it. Like, he got it. So, Anthony Edwards,” said Green.

Hey @theantedwards_, come join The New Media

Signed, @Money23Green

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Edwards is an absolute star in the making. Last season with the Timberwolves, he averaged 21.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.8 assists on 44.1% shooting from the field and 35.7% shooting from behind the three-point line.

But Edwards isn’t the first young star Green has called out in recent days.

Green Calls Out Rival Point Guard

In that same episode of The Draymond Green Show, Green was asked which current young player reminds him of himself the most. After thinking a bit, he responded with Ja Morant, saying that he shares the same mindset as Green does.

“I’m going to have to go with, in a much different way, Ja Morant,” Green said. “I ain’t bowing down to none of y’all. I don’t care what you’ve accomplished before I got here. That has absolutely nothing to do with me. I believe in myself and my abilities. I’m going to show you that. I’m going to lead. I’m going to talk to you and let you know about it while I’m doing it. I’m gonna carry others with me, and most importantly, I’m gonna do it my way. And all of those things that I just named, I see Ja Morant do.”

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Morant and Green faced off in the playoffs this past season, and despite the two sides forming a rivalry, there’s obviously a level of respect there. Respect aside, though, the two teams are set to renew their rivalry this season on the big stage.

Warriors/Grizzlies Set for Main Stage

On August 13, leaks began to come out regarding the NBA’s Christmas-Day slate for the upcoming season. According to long-time NBA insider Marc Stein, the Warriors and Grizzlies will be facing off on the holiday.

“Memphis at Golden State is another Christmas Day game on the NBA’s preliminary schedule for the 2022-23 season that is on course to be made official this coming week, league sources tell me,” Stein tweeted.

Memphis at Golden State is another Christmas Day game on the NBA's preliminary schedule for the 2022-23 season that is on course to be made official this coming week, league sources tell me.

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— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 13, 2022

So, as Green continues to do his thing in the media, he’s making sure to lift up some of the NBA’s brightest young stars along the way.

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