Good News Edition – May 5th, 2018


Is it really May? How the heck did that happen?!? Hard to keep track of time when you can barely keep track of the political scandals. I get it. It’s a little overwhelming out there! But, at least there are still some Good Things happening in the world. Spring arrived, for one thing. Of course, in New England fashion, we took a quick detour into full-on, hot-and-humid summer (thanks, global warming); but seems like the weather is getting back on track for next week, so that’s a relief.

Also a relief is this week’s collection of happy headlines. I hope they buoy your spirits, tickle your funny bone, and remind you that it’s not all doom and gloom out there. Sure, we’ve got some big battles to fight; but we’re racking up small wins all over the place. Momentum is building in our favor.

Have a great weekend!

 

In local good news:

  • ATMA member Charise Rohm Nulsen was sworn in as a Topsfield Elementary School Committee member. Congrats!!
  • ATMA member Zillie Theodorou Bhuju was elected to Masco School Committee. Congrats to you as well!!
  • *** Do you have good news about other ATMA members getting involved or getting elected to local positions? Please share on the ATMA Facebook page with the hashtag #goodnews ***
  • In case you missed it on the Facebook page, the ERPO lobby day at the State House to encourage our legislators to support the Extreme Risk Protective Order gun control bill was a great success.
  • Chalk one up for the ladies: Non-elite women with breakthrough races in 2018 Boston Marathon will get prize money after all – “Given the nature of this year’s race, we want to recognize and celebrate some of the performances that made this year’s race special,” the BAA said.
  • Tospfield Town Meeting approves plastic bag reduction measure
  • Boston is renaming Yawkey Way by Fenway Park because it is named for the Red Sox owner who resisted integration of the league.*

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Planet Earth:

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There’s also some good news on the elections front.

  • Democrats in New York held on to two State Senate seats and flipped a State house seat that had been held by republicans for more than thirty years, making it the 40th legislative flip since the inauguration.*
  • While I’m not convinced they won’t raise their evil head again under a different name, I’m still glad to hear that Cambridge Analytica is shutting down amid scandal over use of Facebook data.
  • A Texas judge dismissed a lawsuit by the GOP to remove more than 80 Democrats from the November general election ballot.*
  • Arizona Democrats blocked Republican concocted plans to keep McCain’s seat in republican hands for two years without an election.*
  • Two NY State Senate Republicans announced they are not running for reelection, giving democrats a chance to really control the State Senate.*

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And here’s some of what’s happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice fronts: 

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We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia/Stormy/Campaign Finance/etc. investigation:

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And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:

 

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* Hat tip to What Went Right (WWR)
Hat tip to Jen Hofmann

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Photo Credits:

“Mass State House Dome”: Photo Credit: twiga_swala Flickr via Compfight cc“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“I Voted”: standing8 Flickr via Compfight cc
“Blind Justice”: Government of Prince Edward Island Flickr via Compfight cc
“Russia Sickle”: AK Rockefeller Flickr via Compfight cc
“Snark Kitty”: Gratisography