What’s Good, May 21 to June 3
Roseanne: Now you see her, now you don’t. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Good News from far and wide
- Irish citizens voted decisively to repeal the nation’s constitutional prohibition of abortion. The pro-choice Repeal camp took more than 66 percent of the vote.
- Democrats continued to see diverse primary candidates triumph, as gubernatorial primaries in Idaho, Georgia, and Texas were won by a Native American woman, the first Black woman to win any major American party’s nomination for any state governorship, and an openly gay Latina, respectively.
- A major automobile manufacturer trade group sent a letter to the White House stating that “climate change is real” and objecting to a planned rollback of car fuel efficiency standards, which “would be inefficient and disrupt a period of rapid innovation in the auto industry.”
- A key investor withdrew from the controversial Pebble Mine megaproject, which threatens indigenous communities and fisheries in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Shares in Northern Dynasty Minerals, the largest remaining partner in the project, subsequently dropped by 38%.
- Facing bad PR as well a rebellion by its employees, Google has decided not to renew its contract on a Pentagon project that uses AI to enhance military drones’ targeting capabilities.
Good News from the courts
Good News from The Swamp
Good News from America’s statehouses
Bad News for NRA & Friends
- Parkland survivors, in coordination with the youth civic engagement organization HeadCount, are aiming to hold voter registration drives at 90 percent of the nation’s high schools before the school year ends, with the goal of electing lawmakers who support gun reforms.
- The pace of new voter registrations among teens and 20-somethings in crucial states is accelerating, suggesting that the anger and political organizing produced by the wave of school shootings this year will have a nationwide impact at the ballot box in November’s elections.
- Pop star Kelly Clarkson refused to hold a requested moment of silence for the Santa Fe (Texas) High School shooting victims at the Billboard Music Awards, and instead called for “a moment of action… a moment of change. Why don’t we change what’s happening? Because it’s horrible.”
- Publix Super Markets, which had been supporting an NRA-loving GOP candidate for Florida governor, suspended all political donations after protesters held “die-ins” at two Florida Publix supermarket stores.
- Dick’s Sporting Goods, which provoked the NRA’s wrath earlier this year by stopping selling assault weapons, destroying their existing assault weapon inventory, and raising their minimum age for firearms sales from 18 to 21, announced bumper first-quarter results. Dick’s shares are up 28% so far this year, and the company plans to open 19 new stores in 2018.
And lastly, a few chaser shots of 150-proof Neener Neener and random acts of kindness to make the Good News go down smoother
- Trumpkin actress Roseanne Barr’s resurrected eponymous sitcom fell even more quickly and spectacularly than it had risen: ABC summarily cancelled it in response to a series of racist and Islamophobic tweets by Barr. The talent agency representing Barr also dropped her.
- Unfazed by his third-place finish in West Virginia’s Republican Senate primary, coal magnate and convicted felon Don Blankenship announced plans for a third-party run for Democrat Joe Manchin’s US Senate seat.
- Since Blankenship ran to the right of the Republican nominee and will presumably take most of his votes from there, anyone hoping to see Manchin hold onto his seat should wish Blankenship the best of luck with his kamikaze campaign.
- Kentucky’s State House majority leader was unseated in his primary election by a math teacher running as a first-time candidate, despite the benefits of incumbency, a 10-fold fundraising advantage, and the support of both state and national Republicans.
- Trump attorney and spokesman Rudy Giuliani received a hearty and prolonged booing at a New York Yankees game he attended on his birthday.
- A Michigan credit union awarded $950,000 in raises to 186 of its 187 employees, including an 18% increase in the company’s minimum wage to $13 per hour. The one employee not receiving any raise was the CEO, who approved the raises.
- The family of a late Nobel Prize-winning Harvard economics professor auctioned his Nobel medal for $187,500– which they donated to the anti-hate organization Southern Poverty Law Center, per his request.
- And lastly, enjoy this markup of a mistake-filled White House letter from Trump to a retired Georgia teacher, which the recipient marked up as if it were a (very grammatically challenged) student’s homework.