Good News October 11

Good News from the Resistance: Our Kavanaugh hangover is finally over, and we hope yours is, too. Last week, while the television networks were airing the ulcer-producing moral depravity of the GOP, behind the scenes pollsters worked the phones and statisticians crunched numbers. The story that emerged from these activities (which were decidedly less camera-ready than Lindsey Graham auditioning to be Attorney General at the expense of Christine Ford) — provides the spiritual, psychic, and emotional purification of sage. Consider this issue of Good News your personal post-Kavanaugh smudge. Here’s some of our favorite recent numeric Good News:

Trump’s approval ratings have dropped in every state since the election. His biggest plunge has been in Utah, followed by New Mexico and Arizona. GOP vs. Dem turnout numbers in primaries leading up to the midterms are astonishing. On-line donors are throwing gobs of cash into Democratic Congressional campaigns: In August alone (pre-Kavanaugh) Democratic candidates raised $36.8 million (in small increments!), $30 million more than they raised in August 2016; ActBlue, the Democratic on-line giving platform, raised $10 million on October 5 and $9 million on October 6. Democrats are leading in 69 House districts won by Trump. 12 million more people are registered as Democrats than as Republicans – and that was before Taylor Swift came out as a Democrat and produced a Swift Bump.

How’s the GOP responding to all of this Good News? Ted Cruz is sticking his head in the sand, refusing to debate Beto (watch this anti-Cruz ad, it’s a riot); the GOP super-PAC has cut funds from candidates it now thinks will lose to Dems; and the White House has created a task force to prepare for the onslaught of investigations when we take back the House.

And don’t forget: Mueller is still at it. Last week Paul Manafort made good on his plea deal, sat down with prosecutors, and talked. Yes, there’s even more Good News from the Resistance:

 Sign Up. Show Up. Never Give Up.

WE THIS FORMER BANKER AND OBAMA OPERATIVE

He’s built an anti-GOP attack machine, and he’s kept it a secret … until now

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WE THAT BARBRA IS STILL GOING STRONG

And that she’s made a contribution to Resistance Music.

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WE TRUTHY PRO-PUBLICA

They’re doubling down on getting out the truth, and they’re training the next generation of journalists to carry the torch.

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WE WONDERING WHAT’S ON THE BOTTOM OF TRUMP’S SHOE

And knowing that the late, great Gilda Radner would, too.

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WE LOCKING ‘EM UP

Unlikely allies came up with a great idea – and they’re making a difference.

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WE THIS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT 

She didn’t like that her sex ed class was all about abstinence, so she decided to fight. And won.

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WE WHEN EDUCATION TRUMPS HATE

His parents are high-profile white nationalists, and he was on the rise. Then something stunning happened: He went to college.

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WE RUSSIA LEAVING US ALONE

Experts say there’s no evidence … yet .. of Russia meddling in upcoming midterms. Maybe our Russian Asset-in-Chief told them to stay away?

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WE WHEN HATE GROUPS CAN’T FIND A ROOM

Thanks to a Muslim advocacy group, Hyatt Hotels will no longer rent rooms to hate groups.

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WE TAKING ACTION: TURN ANGER INTO VOTES

There are a number of ways to help – phone banks, text banks, door-to-door. Figure out what you’re comfortable doing, sign up, and do it!

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