Yes, lots of good news. And not just Mitt Romney losing all four of his home states and Paul Ryan losing Wisconsin. (Um, conservatives? I don’t want to hear any more gloating about how Al Gore lost Tennessee, ‘mm’kay?) Or the fact that Karl Rove just blew a couple hundred mil of his best friends’ money, the kind of thing that usually ends one on adrift on an ice floe in a climate change-rising sea. Buh-bye, Karl. Also, buh-bye Joe The Plumber.
But there were a lot of other important votes Tuesday night. In addition to gay marriage and pot legalization there was some other progress made, as well. Not everything was good news — I can’t believe California didn’t approve that GMO labeling bill, that was stupid. Don’t cry for me when your kids grow up to be Teenage Mutant Ninja Children. But whatever.
Here’s a roundup of some other good stuff:
• A record number of women were elected to the U.S. Congress.
• Montana voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative banning corporate personhood.
• California voters overwhelmingly voted to raise taxes, with money going toward schools and to get their fiscal house in order.
• Liberal Florida firebrand Alan Grayson won his House seat back.
• Florida’s Amendment 4, a massive property tax reduction which would have drained local government coffers, was defeated. A whole bunch of other wingnutty constitutional amendments also failed in Florida, including an anti-Obamacare measure, one lifting a ban on public funding of religious groups, and a measure limiting abortion rights.
• The town of Longmont, Colorado voted to ban fracking.
• Los Angeles County passed a measure mandating condom use in porn films.
• Michigan voters repealed the fascistic Emergency Manager Law and also said no to Proposal 5, which would have required a two-thirds legislative supermajority to increase taxes.
• Also in Michigan, the homophobic Tea Party mayor of Troy was recalled after just one year in office.
• Voters in Puerto Rico voted for statehood. I love this. Where will we put the extra star on the flag? Can you imagine the wingnut freakout if President Obama gets to redesign the flag? The conspiracy theories and the tortured angst? Oh, what fun that will be!
• Voters in three municipalities voted to increase the minimum wage.
In Non-Election News:
• Nakoula Basseley, aka Sam Bacile, the “Innocence Of Muslims” filmaker, has been sentenced to one year in prison for probation violations unconnected to his film.
• The largest solar neighborhood in the Southeastern United States has been built in a former Hurricane Katrina-ravaged New Orleans neighborhood.
• Three 14-year-old schoolgirls in Nigeria have invented a generator that runs on urine.
Good News, Tennessee Edition:
• Knoxville is a finalist for the Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge.
• After coming to national prominence over the struggle she faced trying to get her Voter ID, 97-year-old Dorothy Cooper was able to cast her ballot in Tuesday’s election. What an inspiration.
• Former Tennessee State Senator Andy Berke, a pro-choice Democrat, has officially picked up qualifying papers to run for the office of Mayor for the City of Chattanooga. There will be an event in Chattanooga next week to kick off his campaign. If Mayor of Chattanooga doesn’t sound like a big deal, well, remember that was the last gig held by current U.S. Senator Bob Corker.
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