What a list!
I do wish Ardern had come out in favour of legalizing cannabis, that would probably have swayed the vote.
Makes no difference to me, I don't smoke, but such a waste to criminalise those who do.
Love it! I read so much about the US that feels like they are stuck in a downward spiral where the GOP are trying to push them into a new dark age. It’s great to read that positive change is possible.
Minnesota, the shining light among American states. Let's be Minnesota and definitely let's not be Florida or Texas.
Thank you for sharing this uplifting article. there is so much we could do.We are in Europe at the moment visiting a few cities as a retirement gig. Frankfurt, Munich and Milan so far and all of which have amazing public transport systems. We HAVE to bite the cost bullet and stop kicking this can down the road - roads indeed are no longer the answer! I still grieve that ChCh didn’t boldly decide on light rail post earthquakes.
Wouldn’t it be great to give all kids lunch at public schools too. Then no one stands out for needing it.
Good news rules on this Sunday!
So good! Thanks for sharing David - this might be a good piece to open up to free subscribers so it can be shared wide?
Be bold! A fantastic exemplar for our representatives.
It's likely the 10 percent floaters who don't even know if they are on an electoral roll who will decide the looming election. Nor do they, generally speaking, have the time, money or inclination or all 3 to read columns such as these. I've been there and know about voter apathy and how it let in past NZ maverick governments. The reforms around voting in Minnesota sound good to me
Fabulous David. A real good news story from Minnesota! A reminder for us all to stay positive and that we can make positive change happen.
Thank you for an uplifting start to the second day of the Labour Party Congress - as we look forward to Chippy's first speech to the Party as leader. There is much to fight for at this election.
Of course the best way to process our desire for progress is to become an active participant in the Labour or Green campaigns. Maximising the progressive ground game is the only way we can counter the massive budgets that Nats'n'Act have to play with.
There is a definite bias in MSM toward conservatism. Maybe it started life as wariness of wild unsubstantiated stories from wherever/whoever. But its grown to be part of the make up of the media as a whole. At times it serves a purpose, the recent insanity around covid was maybe one of those times. But then it spawned a rash of idiot podcasts masquerading as media and they just wont go away. Maybe some of them got a taste for being mouthpieces and cant give it up.
But then braindead morons like Damien Grant, Bryce Edwards and the Mikes & Kates of the world keep turning up and churning out risible nonsense. And why do these twits keep getting exposure? Are their bosses so mentally lazy they cant be bothered to read & digest the crap they come out with?
Or are their bosses as stupid as them? Which is probably closer to the truth.
And its not free speech in action. it seems more like propaganda to feed to the masses. That alone is an indictment of their continued existence in their present form.
It must be worse in the US. Maybe it will be destroyed from within, like Elon idiotface has knackered Twitter.
Stunning, there seems to be hope yet for america.
This made me cry a little, David! Equal parts frustration and hope x
Gosh, that's so very good! Thank you!
it was better, politically and morally, to choose good things over nothing.... change it to present tense and we have something to demand as the starting line.
what a balm. Thanks David!
And Minnesota gave us Bob Dylan.