At least one recent positive trend is the move, however tentative, away from mass incarceration and a rethinking of the whole "war on drugs," which worked about as well as Prohibition. The latest example is recent legislation from neighboring Kentucky in an effort to deal with its heroin problem.
In another surprise good move, the US House passed bipartisan legislation what will among other things preserve the Children s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). WV's own delegation, which ain't what it used to be, actually voted to preserve CHIP. It may need a nudge in the Senate.
Off topic, I sooo want to see this movie.