What’s Good, September 17 to September 30
Editor’s note: with the Kavanaugh confirmation circus sucking up all the media oxygen in the room, it’s been a slow couple of weeks for Good News– or any other kind of news, for that matter. But as a brief respite before the circus resumes, here is a baker’s dozen of 100% Kavanaugh-free Good News.
- A 2,000-foot-long experimental floating boom designed to round up plastic debris littering the Pacific Ocean set out on its test voyage. If successful, a fleet of several dozen such devices will be deployed to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
- Six of the eight members of New York’s Independent Democratic Conference— a renegade group of nominal Democrats who had caucused with Republicans to stymie progressive legislation in the state senate for years– lost their primary elections.
- Letitia James won the four-way Democratic primary for New York Attorney General, becoming the first black woman to win any major statewide party nomination in New York.
- The Supreme Court let stand a federal judge’s ruling that the donors behind certain kinds of contributions to dark-money political nonprofit groups must be disclosed.
- The NRCC pulled the plug on its planned ad buys for Rep. Keith Rothfus, the Republican running against Democrat Rep. Conor Lamb in the upcoming incumbent-on-incumbent election for the recently redrawn PA-17 House district.
- A federal judge restored Endangered Species status to the Greater Yellowstone grizzly bear, overruling a US Fish and Wildlife Service decision that had “arbitrarily and capriciously” delisted the species. The judge’s ruling also means that Wyoming and Idaho’s plans to allow trophy hunting of Yellowstone grizzlies cannot proceed.
- Texas has registered 1.6 million new voters since the 2014 midterm elections, including 400,000 new voters since March of this year alone.
- An all-female broadcast team, the first in any major men’s team sport, will provide the commentary for Amazon’s “Thursday Night Football” stream this season.
- A greentech company announced that its zinc-air rechargeable battery technology is now able to store power at a fraction of the cost of traditional lithium-ion batteries.
- The Maryland Zoo teamed up with a LEGO enthusiast to create a custom wheelchair for an injured turtle.
- A Tennessee man drove a school bus into South Carolina ahead of Hurricane Florence to pick up dozens of dogs and cats from animal shelters in the hurricane’s path and deliver them to safety.
- Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant’s wedding ring, which he lost 30 years ago, was found inside an old couch that had been left at the roadside for disposal.
- And lastly, enjoy this ad by the Democrat challenger to Rep. Paul Gosar (R AZ-04), in which six of Gosar’s nine siblings ask the audience to vote their brother out of office.
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