Instead of starting the weekend, this week’s Good News Edition is wrapping up the weekend, and – hopefully – putting a smile on your face as the new week starts. In addition to our usual batch of good news items, last week was chock full of happy election news from all around the country and up and down the ticket. So, without further ado, here’s a rather long list of headlines that should give you hope and, in some cases, a bit of catharsis and comic relief. Oh, and if I missed any wins (which I’m sure I did), I’m sorry! There were just so many. 😉
In local good news:
- Mass. House approves bill that ensures free birth control – the ACCESS Bill is one step closer to being law. Next step: the MA
- Senate.Senate passes criminal justice reform legislation after overnight debateSanctuary ordinance stands in Salem voting Sen.
- .Friedman joins Senate colleagues in passing legislation to curb college campus sexual violence
- Monsanto halts launch of chemical after users complain of rashes
- While we’re not pleased to be the only company left out of the Paris Agreement, we’re glad to see the other hold outs doing the right thing and making 45’s stand even more obviously wrong: Syria Joins Paris Climate Accord, Leaving Only U.S. Opposed
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
- Democrat Ralph Northam defeats Ed Gillespie in race for Virginia governor closely watched by national parties
- Democrat Larry Krasner Elected Philadelphia District Attorney – “This is what a movement looks like,” he said during a victory speech.
- NH: Dem ousts incumbent Republican in Manchester mayoral race
- Black Lives Matter activist in viral photo overwhelmingly wins Charlotte City Council seat
- Liberian Refugee Elected Mayor of Helena, Montana
- A politician cracked that women belong in the kitchen. A ‘furious’ woman just took his job.
- Attleboro: Diana Holmes for Ward 6 City Council
- Taunton: Carol Doherty, School Committee
- Weymouth: Rebecca, School Committee
- Taunton: Barry Sanders, City Council
- New Bedford: Dana Rebeiro, Ward 4 Councilor
- Christine Madore for Salem City Councillor – Ward 2
- Salem – Lisa Jean Baptiste Peterson, City Council
- Gloucester: At-large race: Holmgren, Cox in; Orlando, Ciolino out
- History made: Number of women equals number of men on legislature for first time ever
- Newburyport: Holaday re-elected mayor by clear margin
- Yvonne Spicer makes history as Framingham’s first mayor
- In addition to good election outcomes, we also have a number of GOP legislators who won’t be running for reelection: GOP Rep. LoBiondo to retire, Texas Republican Ted Poe won’t seek reelection in 2018,
- De Blasio Coasts to Re-election, as Second-Term Challenges Await
- In stunning Trump rebuke, Montana elects Liberian refugee as state’s first black mayor
- Delaware: Stunner! Dems win 1st-ever county offices, take 2 seats on County Council, 3 row offices
- Iowa: Mazahir Salih, Kinglsey Botchway, Susan Mims win Iowa City Council race
- Phil Murphy Is Elected Governor of New Jersey, in a Lift for Democrats
- Charlotte, N.C., elects its first female African American mayor
- Democrat Deborah Gonzalez wins district 117 state house seat
- St. Paul elects its first African-American mayor
- Election Day: Jonathan McCollar becomes Statesboro Mayor
- Justin Fairfax defeats Jill Vogel to become Virginia’s next Lieutenant Governor
- Women mayors to lead Framingham, Newton, and Salem
- Boston: City Council expected to set record for female members
- Andy Vargas Triumphs Over Shaun Toohey in Haverhill State Representative Race
- Thomas McGee Rolls to Victory in Lynn Mayor’s Race
- Democrats Fairfax, Herring win Virginia lieutenant governor, attorney general races
- Democrats In Washington State Win Full Control Of The Government
- Craig Beats 4-Term Incumbent to Win Manchester, NH Mayoral Race
- Democrats picked up 2 seats in the Georgia state legislature, too
- Democrats score wins in two NH House special elections – Connors flips GOP seat in Manchester; Democratic candidates win 8 of 10 special legislative elections in 2017
- Chris Hurst upsets Del. Joseph Yost in New River Valley race
- Meet Andrea Jenkins, the first openly transgender black woman elected to public office in the U.S.
- Democrat Vi Lyles makes history in Charlotte mayoral win
- Danica Roem of Virginia to be first openly transgender person elected, seated in a U.S. statehouse
- Ravi Bhalla wins Hoboken election, becomes N.J.’s first Sikh mayor
- Transgender candidate elected to Pennsylvania school board
- Gilday wins seat on Amesbury City Council
And, here are some great recaps:
- Rooting for All the Black Folk: 7 Cities in America Elected Their 1st Black Mayors Tuesday Night
- From Crooked Media, the latest episode of Pod Save America: “A good day”
- Election night brings historic wins for minority and LGBT candidates
- And here’s an encouraging opinion piece from the NYT: Virginia Rejects Your Hateful Politics, Mr. Trump
- And another: The G.O.P. Should Be Scared by Virginia
- Democrats have won 6 GOP-held seats in 2017. Republicans have won 0 Democratic seats.
And here’s what’s happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice front:
- Assault Weapons Not Protected by Second Amendment, Federal Appeals Court Rules
- In addition to lots os positive election results, there was also this: Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission Is Being Sued by One of Its Commissioners – Maine’s secretary of state says the commission violates federal law and he’s being kept in the dark about its activities.
- Voters in This Colorado County Just Sent Betsy DeVos a Helluva Message – The election of seven anti-voucher candidates to Douglas County’s school board means a likely end to its controversial school choice program.
- Maine Passes a Ballot Initiative to Expand Obamacare – In another blow to Trump, voters in the state approved Medicaid expansion.
- In Virginia, Ex-Felons Voted For The First Time After Regaining Their Rights
- Will Notre Dame Students Get Birth Control? The University Did A One-Eighty On The Policy
- Jeff Sessions’ DOJ Drops Prosecution Of Woman Who Laughed At Jeff Sessions – Desiree Fairooz was set to face her second trial in connection with her arrest for laughing during Sessions’ confirmation hearing for attorney general.
We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia investigation front:
- Trump Jr. Hinted at Review of Anti-Russia Law, Moscow Lawyer Says
- Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Failed To Disclose Ties To Vladimir Putin – The Trump Cabinet member shares business interests with the Russian president’s son-in-law.
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- The resistance to Trump is blossoming – and building a movement to last
- Here’s a great story about two college kids doing what Twitter either couldn’t or wouldn’t – helping identify Russian bot accounts
- It’s gotta hurt the toddler-in-chief that country stars Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley made 45 the butt of the joke with a parody of one of Underwood’s early hits. Hats off to you both!
- “They’re in a World of Shit”: Ivanka and Jared’s First Year in Washington Has Not Gone as Expected
- Ed Gillespie Lost an Election. Then He Was Pulverized.
“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