Happy Memorial Day weekend. May your remembrances be filled with love and respect.
And happy unofficial beginning of summer. It’s hard to believe that the new season is almost upon us. We’re that much closer to the mid-term elections and – hopefully – flipping the House. No time to slow down now. We need to keep the pressure on so that come this November, we’ll have plenty of cause to celebrate and breathe a collective sigh of relief.
In the meantime, here are a few happy headlines to help you keep your chin up. Enjoy and have a beautiful holiday weekend!
In local good news:
- Gun control laws in Mass. are poised to become more strict
- Two big wind farms to rise off coast of Martha’s Vineyard (More on the contract)
- Related: To See Offshore Wind Energy’s Future, Look on Shore – in Massachusetts – A former whaling port has been retrofitted to serve the wind industry, a blade-testing center is up and running, and the state has an offshore wind power mandate.
- New Jersey just became the latest state to unlock the benefits of solar for more people.
- New York may join other cities in banning plastic drinking straws
- Grand Canyon uranium mining ban upheld, court sides with Havasupai
- Landmark lawsuit claims Monsanto hid cancer danger of weedkiller for decades – In June, a California groundskeeper will make history by taking company to trial on claims it suppressed harm of Roundup
- Bee crisis: EU court backs near-total neonicotinoids ban
- Costa Rica to ban fossil fuels and become world’s first decarbonised society – New president embraces ‘titanic and beautiful task’ of complete renewable energy transition
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
- Aisha Yaqoob creates history, wins Georgia House District 97 Democratic primary
- Environmental voters are getting a ground game and taking on climate change
- Abortion rights group launches $5 million campaign to flip the House
- Facebook and Twitter are cracking down on political ads with new requirements and labels (More from the NYT)
- Lupe Valdez becomes first openly gay and first Latina candidate to win a major party nomination for Texas governor
- Newcomer finishes first in Miami-Dade as Higgins and Barreiro advance to June runoff
- Amy McGrath, Once a Fighter Pilot, Wins Democratic Primary for Kentucky’s 6th District
- Stacey Abrams wins Georgia ‘Battle of the Staceys’ in bid to become first black female governor in U.S. – And in a stunning upset in Kentucky, a high school math teacher ousted one of the state’s most powerful politicians after a wave of protests to education cuts.
And here are a few good things happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice fronts:
- Publix halts political contributions ahead of Parkland students’ ‘die-in’ protest
- Jury rules security company must pay $1 billion to Georgia woman raped by guard they hired
- Rape Culture Is on the Ballot in California – Inside the movement to recall Judge Aaron Persky.
- Harvey Weinstein to Surrender in New York Sex-Crimes Case
- Sweden passes law defining sex without consent as rape
- Time’s up, Bill Cosby – The jury in Bill Cosby’s retrial found the TV icon guilty of all three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in a Philadelphia suburb in 2004.
- Jets Owner Christopher Johnson Says He Will Pay Players’ Anthem-Related Fines
- It’s about time: Sandy Hook Families Sue Alex Jones, Conspiracy Theorist
- Transgender Student in Bathroom Dispute Wins Court Ruling
- Too little, too late, jerk: ‘I Am Not Racist’: Lawyer Issues Apology One Week After Rant (And here’s the Latin Party at Racist Aaron Schlossberg’s UWS Apartment)
- Republican infighting over immigration spills over with farm bill collapse
- Senate approves bipartisan resolution to restore FCC net neutrality rules … now, the House …
The pieces of Mueller’s puzzle also seem to be falling into place on the Russia/Stormy/Campaign Finance/etc. investigation:
- Trump’s nonsensical ‘Spygate’ conspiracy theory ends with a whimper
- At Trump Tower, Michael Cohen and Oligarch Discussed Russian Relations
- Roger Stone Sought Information on Clinton From Assange, Emails Show
- Russia ‘turned’ election for Trump, Clapper believes
- Pompeo Affirms, Reluctantly, That Russia Tried to Help Trump Win
- Mueller moves to sentence Papadopoulos, signaling key step
- Trump lawyer ‘paid by Ukraine’ to arrange White House talks
- Michael Cohen’s Business Partner Agrees to Cooperate as Part of Plea Deal
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- Not at all snarky, this is an inspiring story about one young woman’s fight against gun violence in a small, conservative Wyoming town. This is how change happens.
- And here’s another inspiring story about boots-on-the-ground work around elections: Brandon and Davis Save the World- How Two Fairfax Dems in Trump Country (Almost) Flipped the Virginia House
- Also not snarky, after all the hubbub of the royal wedding, here’s one piece that stays in my heart, The Profound Presence of Doria Ragland from The New Yorker
- This – total snark: Robert De Niro Bans Trump From Every Nobu Restaurant
- Trump’s Blocking of Twitter Users Is Unconstitutional, Judge Say
- Ummm … yes, please: Obamas Sign Deal With Netflix, Form ‘Higher Ground Productions’
- Heroic Sinkhole Opens On White House Lawn, Expressing Public Sentiment #TimeToCallTheSlayer
- BBC Takes Epic Dig At Trump By Tweeting Royal Wedding-Inauguration Crowd Size Comparison
“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