Despite the ongoing ugliness coming out of the Republican party and right wing media personalities, this week was dominated by President Biden’s unexpected yet historic trip to Kyiv and the Democrats’ strong turnout in off-cycle elections.
Try as they might to distract the American people from the unmistakable symbolism and show of U.S. strength and standing in the world as Biden strolled OUTSIDE with President Zelenskyy, without any American military presence in the country, reporters around the world understood how important this trip was on a number of different levels. Biden and his administration are pros when it comes to foreign diplomacy and I am incredibly grateful for that.
As for this week’s elections, I’ve got the great results in the Good News section below, but also want to point out that across all of the elections, our Democratic or liberal (in the nonpartisan judicial race) candidates overperformed what the expectations were for turnout based on previous elections. That’s a big win!
And now, the rest of the good news from this past week:
Even the National Review, a conservative publication very critical of President Biden, admitted this about the president’s surprise visit to Ukraine: “This trip took guts.”
Minnesota became the latest state to restore voting rights to ex-felons once they are released from prison
Multiple diplomats reported that the U.S. had successfully managed to forestall a controversial U.N. Security Council resolution that would have sparked a crisis between Israel and Palestine Source
Hakeem Jeffries is proving to be a terrific fundraiser, like Pelosi before him. The DCCC raised $8.1 million while the Republicans’ NRCC took in only $4.5 million in January
A Jan. 6 rioter who threatened Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on social media after participating in the attack was to 38 months in prison
The general consensus about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to not speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is that it makes him look weak and that he’s afraid of Trump & his supporters
Right-wing provocateur James O’Keefe was forced out of Project Veritas, the disgraceful group he founded, which is primarily known for using hidden cameras and editing footage to embarrass liberal organizations and candidates
House Republicans had hoped to pass a narrow border security bill within the first two weeks of their new majority but a three-page bill from conservative Texas Rep. Chip Roy has run into fierce opposition from moderates
Steve Bannon’s cryptocurrency, which he named $FJB, has lost over 95% of its value in the last 13 months
The Alaska House of Representatives voted almost unanimously Wednesday to reprimand Rep. David Eastman (R) for speculating the state could financially benefit if child abuse victims died of their abuse
The Supreme Court again declined to hear a lawsuit from a trio of Utah brothers seeking to kick President Joe Biden out of the White House and return Donald Trump to the presidency
Democrats did really well in this week’s elections: Dems flipped a state legislative seat in New Hampshire, Jennifer McClellan (D) won the Virginia 4th district seat to make her the first Black woman to represent VA in Congress, and liberal judge Janet Protasiewicz advanced to the general election (April 4) in Wisconsin’s state Supreme Court race where the left has a chance to flip the ideological majority of the court
Senator Jon Tester (D) decided to run for re-election in Montana
Elections This Week
Connecticut voters — You have 3 state legislative seats, all previously held by Democrats, with elections on Tuesday 2/28. Click HERE to see which districts are affected, and please spread the word around the state!
This is all great news, thanks for keeping our attention pointing in the right direction, and away from the feeling that we are devolving into a dystopian nightmare.
Please less commentary, more cartoons!
Karen, perhaps you’ll be happier at this site: https://www.gocomics.com/comics/political
Thank you so much for doing what you do.