Good News 2019

Good News 2019

note: Some of the older items may have new information not tracked here. It’s a record of what was uplifting at the time, not the current status.

December 2019

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May 2019

  • May 2 Facebook bans extremist leaders including Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos for being ‘dangerous’ The bans are a sign that the social network is more aggressively enforcing its hate speech policies under pressure from civil rights groups.
  • May 3 ICE flights will no longer use Boeing Field. A week after King County announced it would seek to ban flights from Boeing Field that carry detained immigrants, a company that has serviced those flights is making the county’s wish a reality sooner than expected. While ICE flights can technically take off and land at the airport, they need the services of a company there to operate.
  • May 3 Federal judges declare Ohio congressional map unconstitutional. The decision, similar to rulings in other states, comes as the Supreme Court considers whether courts even have a role to play in gerrymandering cases.
  • May 3 Court delays block Keystone XL pipeline construction in 2019  An executive for the company proposing the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada’s oil sands into the U.S. says it has missed the 2019 construction season due to court delays. TransCanada says it won’t be doing any construction work on the Keystone XL pipeline in 2019, because of court delays. Plans to begin construction of the long-delayed pipeline got blocked last November when a federal judge in Montana ordered additional environmental reviews of the project.
  • May 11 Rudy Giuliani cancels his trip to the Ukraine, blaming Democrats ‘spin’. Facing withering attacks accusing him of seeking foreign assistance for President Trump’s re-election campaign, Rudy  Giuliani canceled a trip to Kiev in which he planned to push the incoming Ukrainian government to press ahead with investigations that he hoped would benefit Mr. Trump. The trip raised the specter of a lawyer for Mr. Trump pressing a foreign government to pursue investigations that his allies hope could help him win re-election. 
  • May 28 Texas secretary of state resigns after botched voter purge. Acting Texas Secretary of State David Whitley (R) resigned after his office wrongly questioned the U.S. citizenship of nearly 100,000 people. Whitley’s office early this year launched a botched review of the state’s voter rolls, saying officials had discovered as many as 95,000 non-citizens registered to vote and sending lists of names to county elections officials for review and purge. Within days, the secretary of state’s office backtracked on the announcement after discovering that its original list was not properly vetted and included thousands of citizens.
  • May 20 Judge rules against Trump in fight over president’s financial records President Trump on Monday lost an early round of his court fight with Democrats after a federal judge ruled the president’s accounting firm must turn over his financial records to Congress as lawmakers seek to assert their oversight authority.  “It is simply not fathomable,” the judge wrote, “that a Constitution that grants Congress the power to remove a President for reasons including criminal behavior would deny Congress the power to investigate him for unlawful conduct — past or present — even without formally opening an impeachment inquiry.”
  • May 30 Business-software giant Salesforce instituted a new policy barring retail customers from using its technology to sell semiautomatic weapons and some other firearms.  The Silicon Valley tech giant has delivered a different message to gun-selling retailers such as Camping World: Stop selling military-style rifles, or stop using our software
  • May 30 New Hampshire abolishes death penalty after lawmakers override governor. Lawmakers in New Hampshire voted Thursday to abolish the death penalty, overriding a veto from the state’s Republican governor and making it the 21st state to abandon capital punishment.
  • May 31 Missouri’s Last Abortion Provider Wins Reprieve, As Judge Rules Against State A Missouri judge has blocked the state’s attempt to close down Missouri’s last abortion provider. Missouri Circuit Court Judge Michael Stelzer granted a request to temporarily prevent state officials from revoking the license of a clinic operated by a St. Louis Planned Parenthood chapter, as the state’s health department had sought to do.
  • May 31 New baby orca seen in endangered pod Whale watchers spotted a new orca calf in the J pod of the endangered southern resident killer whale population Thursday. If confirmed, it would be the second orca calf born since January in a population that many scientists fear is at risk of extinction. The new orca calf raises the population to 76 whales.

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January 2019

  • Jan. 14th A federal judge in Pennsylvania blocked the Trump administration from implementing a rule allowing employers to decline to offer contraceptive coverage on moral or religious grounds.
  • Jan.14th The House GOP stripped Steve King of his committee posts over his white supremacy comments.
  • Jan. 15th A federal judge has ruled against the Trump administration’s addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, marking the first major ruling in a controversy that has pitted states and cities against top administration officials and is likely to come before the U.S. Supreme Court. The New York case is the first of three high-profile trials around the country that are challenging the question.
  • Jan. 17th A federal judge struck down controversial restrictions on early voting in Wisconsin that were passed during the state Legislature’s lame-duck session in December. The restrictions limited early voting in Wisconsin to the two weeks before an election. Former Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed the new restrictions into law roughly three weeks before he was to leave office and be replaced by Democrat Tony Evers.
  • Jan. 28th The King County Council passed an ordinance that puts a six-month moratorium on new fossil fuel infrastructure. The measure can’t prohibit federally-regulated pipelines or rail lines but its aim is to update zoning and permitting to prevent new fossil fuel storage, processing, or compressor facilities.
  • Jan. 31st Washington State has announced plans to regulate federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers to cool hot water and help salmon. The state Department of Ecology has initiated a public comment period on proposed new regulations on federal dam operations. Ecology’s goal is to for the first time initiate work toward meeting state water-quality standards, including temperature, at federal dams on the Columbia and Snake.

Good News 2018