Four bright spots in this election

that we aren’t talking about enough

The miraculous story of Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Photo by Washington State Senate Democrats

Honestly, it only takes a few bullet points to show how much of a rockstar Congresswoman Jayapal is:

  • Raised in Indonesia and Singapore, she immigrated to the United States at 16 in pursuit of a college degree
  • With hardly any money and no family in the States (necessary Iggy Azalea reference here), she earned a BA from Georgetown University and MBA from Northwestern University.
  • Jayapal then founded Hate Free Zone and successfully sued the Bush Administration’s Immigration and Naturalization Services — preventing the deportation of over 4,000 Somalis
  • After that, she got involved in Washington-state politics — negotiating a $15 minimum wage in Seattle and starting a pre-apprenticeship program for women and people of color

Jayapal is a part of the record number of women of color— 38 — elected to serve in Congress in 2016. Check out her awesome ad on representation:

Tipping the scales: Judge Michael Morgan

In early May, Michael Morgan couldn’t be sure of how the election process would wok. But that only pushed him to join the race.

The North Carolina Supreme Court was hearing a case on the legality of a 2015 law that would let incumbent judge Robert Edmunds run before any new candidates stood for election.

TL;DR: Morgan became the best comeback kid story this cycle.

The court split 3–3 on the issue and he still won by a large margin for the battleground state — 54.45 percent. His spot on the bench secures a 4–3 Democratic majority, and he’s pretty happy about it:

Photo by The Charlotte Observer

Make that money — minimum wage ballot measures

All four states with minimum wage initiatives on the ballot approved them in 2016. Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington each voted to raise the wage to $12 an hour by 2020.

On a more random note, South Dakota, a typically conservative state, voted down a measure to lower the minimum wage for teenagers.

Adios, Sheriff Joe Arpaio

After 24 years, a surge in Latino voter turnout helped Arizona replace Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Proclaiming himself to be “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” Arpaio is nationally recognized for his hardline stance on immigration and racial profiling of Latinos.

More infamously, Arpaio mandated prisoner’s wear pink underwear and live in tents (in the deserts of Arizona during the summer.) Not to mention the laundry list of accusations/investigations launched against him regarding: abuse of power, misuse of funds, failure to investigate sex crimes, improper clearance of cases, unlawful enforcement of immigration laws, and election law violations.

Feeling on his being replaced by Democrat Paul Penzone?