Politics & Government Good News

Ways that people, organizations, and governments are fighting to strengthen democracy in the United States and around the world

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Meet the Documenters: The people who actually attend — and keep a record of — your city's meetings

A network of newsrooms and community organizations, the Documenters train and pay hundreds of people to attend under-reported public meetings and publish the results.
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Meet the startup that wants to make it easier to be an informed citizen

This Oregon-based startup aims to make civic engagement a lot more easy and enjoyable — for voters, candidates, advocacy organizations, and businesses alike.
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How To Feel Good About Voting When Things Are Looking Bad

Experts say U.S. voters are feeling disillusioned about the upcoming election. They also say there's hope.
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Why Rep. Maxwell Frost Is Hopeful About Gen Z's Future in Politics

The first Gen Z member of Congress on organizing from a place of love — and advocating for the need to make running for office more accessible for young people.
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Hope in the heartbreak: First responders bravely kept cars from Baltimore bridge moments before collapse

This morning, Baltimore, Maryland's Key Bridge was struck by a passing cargo ship and collapsed — but first responders kept the situation from being much worse.
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Good News This Week: March 23, 2024 - Parks, Turbines, & AI

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Women veterans are receiving more benefits, care from VA than ever before

Progress is attributed to legislative measures and ongoing initiatives such as the PACT Act and the new Women's Health Research Collaborative.
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CDC honors John Green for his efforts to eliminate tuberculosis

Author John Green has been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control as a Tuberculosis Elimination Champion.
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UK lawmakers strike down anti-trans bill by... talking about ferrets?

The "Ferret Filibuster" has made the animal a symbol for trans resistance, as MPs delay a ban on gender-affirming care.
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John Green announces $1M annual donation to fight his (least) favorite disease

YouTuber and author John Green has just announced a major investment in the fight to end tuberculosis in the Philippines.
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A rebooted community solar program provides support for for lower-income Minnesotans

A new state law is ushering in several changes to the state’s community solar program, with developers seeing new rules and requirements, as well as new opportunities.
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Good News This Week: March 2, 2024 - Park, Trees, & Free Tuition

Your weekly roundup of the best good news worth celebrating...
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