Good News

Good News

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.

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

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.

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

Feb.7th The Supreme Court blocked a Louisiana abortion law which required abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Opponents said it could have left the state with only one doctor in a single clinic authorized to provide abortions. The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joining the court’s four-member liberal wing to form a majority.

Feb.10th Adam Smith signs on to support the Green New Deal.

Feb. 12th  The Senate passed a sweeping public lands conservation bill, designating more than one million acres of wilderness for environmental protection and permanently reauthorizing a federal program to pay for conservation measures. The Senate voted 92 to 8 in favor of the bill.

Feb. 14th Despite pressure from President Trump, the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors voted to close a large coal-fired power plant.

Feb. 19th Educators in West Virginia, whose walkout a year ago inspired teacher revolts from coast to coast, succeeded in killing legislation that would have brought charter schools and private school vouchers to their state, successfully pressuring lawmakers just half a day into a strike.

Feb. 25th The Supreme Court placed limitations on policing for profit across the country in its ruling against civil asset forfeiture. Its unanimous decision for the first time prohibits all 50 states from imposing excessive fines, including the seizure of property, on people accused or convicted of a crime.

Feb. 26th Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced he will file a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Washington State challenging the Trump Administration’s “gag rule” that impacts federal funding for reproductive healthcare and family planning services.

Feb. 27th A federal judge has ordered Texas election officials to halt a planned purge of electoral rolls, calling their effort “ham-handed” and “threatening” and saying there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the state.

Feb. 28th The House passed a bill expanding federal background checks for gun purchases and transfers, the first major new firearm restrictions to advance in a generation. Although it is unlikely to be considered in the Senate, Democrats and gun-control advocates celebrated Wednesday’s vote as the first significant congressional movement on tightening access to firearms since the 1990s.

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.

November 2018

11/2 – U.S. top court rejects Trump administration bid to halt climate trial

11/8 – U.S. appeals court rules against Trump on DACA immigration program – rules that the program must continue

11/9 – Federal judge blocks Keystone XL pipeline, saying Trump administration review ignored ‘inconvenient’ climate change facts.

Midterms – so much winning!!

US mid-term election set record voter turnout, with Washington coming out on top with 69.4%!!!!

Women and LGBT candidates make history in 2018 midterms, including:

Record number of women to win seats in the House

First Native American women

First Muslim women

First openly gay man elected governor

First female senator from Arizona

All 19 Black Women Running for Judge in a Texas Race Won

11/30Democrats have 235 House seats to Republicans 199. Democrats gained 40 seats.

October 2018

10/27 –  Judge says Census citizenship trial can proceed (although it will be appealed in Supreme Court)  

August 2018

8/1 Trump’s order threatening to withhold funding from ‘sanctuary cities’ is unconstitutional, court rules

8/4 CREW Scores Major Court Victory Against Dark Money. A judge ruled that dark money groups that spend at least $250 in independent expenditures must report every contributor who gave at least $200

8/7 Incumbent St. Louis county prosecutor Bob McCulloch – a powerful Democrat known nationally for his handling of the 2014 grand jury decision to not prosecute Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Mike Brown – defeated by Wesley Bell, a black city council member from Ferguson

8/7 Two years ago today, Rashida Tlaib was kicked out of a Donald Trump speech in Detroit for asking him if he’d ever read the Constitution. Now, she’s on the verge of becoming the first Muslim woman elected to Congress.

8/9 Tribune withdraws from Sinclair merger, sues for $1 billion in damages over ‘breach’ of contract

8/17 Trump cancels military parade, blames local politicians as estimated cost balloons https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trumps-military-parade-estimated-cost-92-million/story?id=57218363

Zinke nixes Interior’s plan to possibly sell public land

8/21 Manafort convicted on 8 counts; mistrial declared on 10 others

Michael Cohen, Trump’s Former Fixer, Reaches Plea Deal Over Payments to Women – Says He Arranged Payments to Women at Trump’s Direction

8/24 Elections board takes less than a minute to reject proposal to close 7 of 9 polling places in majority-black county

8/25 A federal district judge in Washington struck down most of the key provisions of three executive orders that President Trump signed in late May that would have made it easier to fire federal employees.

8/28 Nineteen House Republicans voted against raising taxes to increase teacher pay. After Tuesday’s primaries, only four remain.

8/30 The Kinder Morgan Candian “Trans Mountain” pipeline was stopped

July 2018

7/2 Carbon fee initiative 1631 headed for Washington’s November ballot

7/3 Court slaps down attempt to keep gun measure I-1639 off Washington state ballot

7/5 E.P.A. Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns Under a Cloud of Ethics Scandals 

7/19 White House Withdraws Appeals Court Nominee Who Deplored Multiculturalism
The administration moved to avoid an embarrassing defeat for Ryan W. Bounds for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after Tim Scott, the Senate’s only black Republican, said he would oppose the nomination.

June 2018

6/1 – Google to drop Pentagon AI contract after employee objections to the ‘business of war’

6/4 – A federal judge ruled that President Donald Trump may not legally block Twitter users from his account on the social media platform based on their political views.

6/6 – A federal judge ruled that the American Civil Liberties Union’s legal challenge to the Trump administration’s practice of forcibly separating asylum-seeking parents and young children can proceed.

6/6 – Judge Aaron Persky from the Brock Turner rape case has been recalled from office by vote

6/8 – A federal judge blocks Indiana law allowing state to remove voters from the rolls based on match from Interstate Crosscheck program, a system run by Kansas SoS Kris Kobach. It’s important to note that Indivisible Chicago was instrumental in demonstrating the unreliability of the Crosscheck system, based documents they obtained through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Indivisibles helped bring this down.

6/11 – Net Neutrality ended on 6/11, but due to HB 2282, remains active in WA state

6/12 – Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of State Kim Wyman are partnering to increase the number of young people who vote through a voter registration challenge aimed at students in Washington’s colleges and technical schools.

6/13 After Wisconsin’s Walker tried to block election, Dems flip a GOP seat The latest Democratic special election victory came in a Wisconsin district Donald Trump won by 17 points during his successful presidential bid.

6/14 – NY AG Barbra Underwood sues Donald Trump and family for illegal misuse of funds of the Trump Foundation. Important because it establishes a pattern of misconduct for personal gain, and a legal recourse.

6/18 – London Breed elected mayor of San Francisco. First black female mayor, only second woman since Dianne Feinstein.

6/18 – Judge strikes down Kansas voter ID law, orders Kobach take legal classes. A federal judge on Monday permanently struck down Kansas’s proof-of-citizenship voter registration law, handing down a blistering ruling against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, one of the country’s most vocal advocates

6/18 Decrying the direction of Republican Party, AZ State Sen. Worsley withdraws from 2018 race calling family separations at the border “unacceptable behavior.”

6/19 Couple Wanted to Raise $1,500 for Immigrant Families at the Border. They Got Over $20 Million for RAICES.

6/20 Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending – In a 48-50 vote, senators failed to discharge the measure from committee.  

6/21 ICE Shuts Down Its Portland Office As Protests Over Family Separations Continue

Protesters want Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy to end. 6/29 Kentucky’s requirement that Medicaid recipients must work is blocked by a federal judge

May 2018

5/1 Indivisible Kirkland’s Gun Safety Resolution adopted by Kirkland City Council

5/7 Postage on King County ballots will be pre-paid

5/10 Washington Department of Licensing director Pat Kohler resigns after controversy over info-sharing with immigration officials

5/15 Representative-elect Helen Tai won a special election for Pennsylvania House District 178

5/15 Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of State Kim Wyman jointly announced they had secured funding for statewide ballot return postage in the 2018 Primary and General Elections.

5/16 The Senate passed resolution to overturn the FCC net neutrality rollback.

5/18 Farm bill with SNAP work requirements fails to pass the House

5/22 – NY Governor Andrew Cuomo reinstated voting rights for over 24,000 people on parole.

5/23 – From Indivisible email: Stacey Abrams ran an impressive campaign and will vie to become the first woman elected governor of Georgia, and first Black woman elected governor in any state. In Texas’ runoff, Lupe Valdez became the first Latina and openly LGBTQ Texan to serve as a major party’s nominee for governor, and half a dozen Democratic women across the state advanced to the midterms. And last night, two more IndivisiCandidates — Josh McCall (GA-09) and Paul Walker (KY-01) — won their Democratic primaries!

5/30 – Virginia voted to expand Medicaid, following several Republican losses in state legislative elections. Elections matter! Voting matters!

5/31 – Louisiana House Bill 265 passed which restores voting rights to some people convicted of felonies

5/31 – Federal prosecutors Thursday dropped their cases against seven people charged with rioting during President Trump’s inauguration after a D.C. judge determined that the government intentionally misrepresented information and withheld evidence from the defense.

April 2018

4/11 Florida GOP Congressman Dennis Ross is retiring

4/11 Zinke ‘expresses doubt’ that offshore drilling will happen off Washington Coast

4/12 Zinke backs out of dramatically raising entrance fees at 17 National Parks

4/11  Paul Ryan will not seek re-election next term

4/17 Charlie Dent retirement

4/18 Kris Kobach –  Found in contempt of court for a 2016, order for Kobach to fully register thousands of Kansas voters who had registered at the DMV but had failed to provide proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or passport, as required by a Kansas law that Kobach crafted.

4/18 170 Lawmakers sign resolution calling for EPA Chief Scott Pruitt’s Resignation

4/19 Appeals court rules against Trump administration over ‘sanctuary cities’

4/19 Arizona teachers decide to strike, following the lead of their colleagues in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Colorado to protest salary and pension stagnation.

4/23 Another Democratic Victory As Six-Term GOP Congressman Doug Lamborn Is Kicked Off Ballot In Colorado

4/24 Third federal judge issues strongest order yet backing DACA
The order gives the administration 90 days to come up with better reasons to scrap DACA — or the judge will reinstate it in its entirety.

March 2018

3/8 compromise I-940 signed into law (but rejected by WA State Supreme Court 8/28/18)

3/13  Conor Lamb Wins Pennsylvania House Seat

3/15 Washington’s coast saved from drilling (for now)

3/15 Centralia coal mine to be site of major solar project.

3/19 Jay Inslee signs a package of voter access bills (pre-registration for 16 and 17 year olds, same-day registration, option for automatic registration when applying for an enhanced license or when registering for State’s health benefit exchange.) Start date for most measures is June 2019.

3/22 2020 census received much more funding than advocates had anticipated

3/28 Washington State becomes latest state to ban gay ‘conversion therapy’

February 2018

2/1 Republicans give up on ACA Repeal

2/19 Florida GOP Rep. Tom Rooney retiring  

2/23 #BoycottNRA

2/26 King County passes ordinance preventing the use of its funds for federal immigration enforcement:

2/27 Supreme Court declines to hear appeal of DACA ruling:

Jared Kushner’s security clearance is downgraded:

WA State legislature passes bump stock ban:

2/28 Washington state passes Net Neutrality Bill

January 2018

1/3– “Election Integrity” Commission is dissolved!

1/8 – Senator Murray signs onto resolution seeking to overturn the FCC’s horrid net neutrality decision – timing coincided with pressure stemming from an Indivisible Eastside Facebook member’s post!

1/9 – Federal judge says DACA can’t end while lawsuit is pending

1/10 California Rep. Darrell Issa to retire joining a record breaking 30 House republicans who won’t seek re-election.

Pennsylvania’s congressional map has been thrown out by the state supreme court – gerrymandering. Ordered to come up with a new one.

1/20 Women’s Marches around the world!

1/20 Penn. Rep. Patrick Meehan to retire

1/22 Montana becomes first state to add Net Neutrality rules after repeal

1/24 LNG Permit put on hold pending Greenhouse Gas Report

1/25 New York joins Montana in enforcing Net Neutrality rules

1/27 Washington to no longer require residents give birthplace to get driver’s license

1/29 Gov. Inslee rejects permit for oil-rail terminal. Another link for above from  a really good resource for research and information for the PNW

1/29 Rodney Frelinghuysen from New Jersey, chairman of the Appropriations Committee, is retiring abruptly in a very competitive New Jersey district.