We’ll get to the speech in a moment. But first, good news! Seriously. With the news dominated by a sociopathic, narcissistic megalomaniac, we need something to counter the insanity. So I’d like to start each show with some good news. I’ll need your help in coming up with five good news stories to share each day, so please email me your good news stories..
- Buoyed by Anti-Trump Activism, Democrat Wins Delaware Special ElectionMIDDLETOWN, Del. ― On Saturday, in a state Senate district in Delaware that stretches from Middletown to Newark, the voices in the streets turned into votes in the ballot box. In the most expensive special election in Delaware history ― a contest to decide which party controls the state Senate ― Democrat Stephanie Hansen was on track to annihilate her Republican rival on the back of extraordinary turnout.The last time her opponent, John Marino, ran in this district, in 2014, he lost by just 2 points. Hansen’s 58-42 percent victory over Marino on Saturday ensured that Democrats will maintain control of the state Senate. It also notched a big Donald Trump-era win for a new generation of Democratic activists shocked into action by the November election.
- Not only are the Oscars no longer “So White,” Viola Davis Just Became The First Black Woman To Win An Oscar, Emmy And Tony For Acting (Whoopi Goldberg is an EGOT winner– Emmy, Grammy, Oscar & Tony– but her Tony was for producing, not acting).
but she won her Tony for producing, not acting.)
- Speaking of the Oscars, Gary Alan Coe — now known to the world as “Gary from Chicago” after he joined the Oscars telecast with a group of purported tourists — was released from prison just two days before appearing on the show. In fact, his release is so recent, he’s still listed as an inmate at a California prison.It’s unclear what crimes led to his imprisonment. His attorney, public defender Karen Nash, posted on Facebook that he had received a life sentence in 1997 for stealing perfume. In California, offenders convicted of multiple crimes can face harsher sentencing. However, voters approved a ballot measure in November that made some inmates eligible for parole once they completed their base terms. Coe, 59, won his freedom earlier this year and was released Friday, according to Nash’s post. When contacted by the Tribune, Nash confirmed she represented Coe but said she could not discuss his case further without his permission. She described him as a “very special human being.”
- Dramatic Reduction in Teen Suicide Attempts After Same-sex Marriage Legalization The implementation of state laws legalizing same-sex marriage was associated with a significant reduction in the rate of suicide attempts among high school students – and an even greater reduction among gay, lesbian and bisexual adolescents.The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers estimate that state-level, same-sex marriage policies were associated with more than 134,000 fewer adolescent suicide attempts per year. The study compared states that passed laws allowing same-sex marriage through Jan. 2015 to states that did not enact state-level legalization. A Supreme Court decision made same-sex marriage federal law in June of 2015.
I thought I had five… Oh well.
Joel Silberman joined me today to weigh in on President D’ump’s first address to a joint session of Congress. He wrote about it here, but we went into much more detail on the show. As always, I hope you’ll listen!