Quick Takes

* A couple of weeks ago I suggested that, as we headed into a group of “closed” primaries, we would add a discussion about open vs closed primaries to the ones already underway about superdelegates and caucuses. We’re especially likely to hear about that from Sanders supporters because it is their candidate who will be impacted the most. Emily Atkin is the first I’ve seen to weigh in with an article titled: New York’s Upcoming Primary Is ‘Closed Shut’ To Certain Voters.

More than 3 million people — about 27 percent of the state’s voters — were registered outside the Republican and Democratic parties as of April. In a presidential campaign marked by popular non-establishment candidates and high independent voter turnout, those voters could swing the primary results significantly.

* I’m not sure this qualifies as a “fun” fact, but it sure is one worth pointing out.

* Senator Elizabeth Warren has been busy lately. As Martin pointed out earlier today, she wrote a blistering editorial in the Boston Globe about Senate Republicans obstructing President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. But in a fascinating pairing, she co-authored an article in Huffington Post with Sen. Cory Booker lauding the Obama administration’s new rule that raises the standards for investment advisors. The article itself didn’t break much new ground. But this photo of the two senators with Labor Secretary Tom Perez packs quite the political punch.

* I’m assuming that this is exactly the kind of thing Vice President Joe Biden was talking about when he said that Obamacare was a BFD.

* Finally, the folks of Greensboro, NC are the latest to feel the effects of Republicans in their state passing a law about “bathroom and shower management.” Here is a statement released today by Bruce Springsteen.

As you, my fans, know I’m scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday. As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are referring to as the “bathroom” law. HB2 — known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments. Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.

As The Boss says, “We Take Care of Our Own.”

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.