These are challenging times for those of us who care about our democracy, who want our leaders to be ethical and our social contracts to be honored, who believe in government—of the people, by the people, for the people—as a force for good. Each week, we keep our spirits up by reviewing positive progress in the nation.
Biden’s historic presidency continues. You can read a summary of his achievements on the FridayAction page dedicated to his accomplishments. Click here.
DEMOCRATS MAKING OUR LIVES BETTER
Biden initiates an attempt to eliminate all lead pipes nationally in ten years, and to lower permissible levels of lead in the drinking water. AP News, The New York Times
The U S Economy continues to overperform—5.2% GNP growth in the third quarter. Home interest rates are starting to inch down and, while inflation is a global phenomenon, it is easing here as the US remains the strongest economy on the planet. U S Treasury Dept. CNBC
A political win for Dems, MI Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will sign a package of bills that will transition the state to 100% clean electricity by 2040, while providing more working class jobs and good wages. Huff PostWashington Post
DEMOCRATS FIGHTING FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE
Jaime Harrison, DNC Chair
Democrats nearly doubled Republicans in October fundraising. The DNC brought in $13.1 million last month, far outperforming the RNC’s $7.1 million. True in September too. The Hill
Cofounders Brian Derrick and Taylor Ourada
Grassroots Democrats are powering up. Social media star Brian Derrick is building out Oath, a venture-backed online platform that helps grassroots donors maximize their impact. Time
REPUBLICANS DOING THE RIGHT THING
Republican dignitaries organize a new society to stand for the rule of law, to protect the constitution and democracy, and combat the assault of right-wing extremism. George Conway, Michael Luttig and Barbara Comstock. Society for The Rule of Law, The New York Times.
Congress does a little House cleaning, expelling George Santos of New York after an ethics committee investigative report. 105 Republicans joined 206 Democrats for the rare action. BBCAP News
Cassidy Hutchinson urges voters to reelect Biden in 2024 “if they want our democracy to survive.” Her “door is completely shut to voting for Donald Trump.” Daily KosHuff Post
COURTS HOLDING THE LINE
Georgia’s Supreme Court will prevent a GOP commission from removing prosecutors, currently including Fanni Willis. Georgia’s law is one of multiple attempts nationwide by Republicans to control prosecutors they don’t like. The law, as written, will not stand. AP News ABC News
A federal court struck down the North Dakota gerrymandered legislative maps. The court ruled that Republican mapmakers violated the Voting Rights Act by diluting the voting power of Native Americans. Daily Kos
“Instead of looking for hope, look for action. Then, and only then, hope will come.”