IdeaLog

Messaging Lesson of the 2016 Election

Posted on November 22, 2016

When I worked as a campaign consultant, I found that most people only learn by losing an election. After a victory, people think they’ve mastered the craft and have nothing new to learn. In...

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Americans overwhelmingly support abortion rights

Posted on October 26, 2016

Political candidates, consultants and the media generally misunderstand the politics of abortion rights. They tend to believe either that most voters oppose abortion or that the anti-abortion base is larger than the abortion rights...

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How to answer ten tough questions

Posted on October 13, 2016

If you are politically active, you know you’ll have some difficult debates over the next four weeks. Sometimes you will have to defend a controversial position. When that happens, remember three messaging rules: (1)...

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PLI Bulletin

2016 Messaging, Protecting Immigrants, Ballot Victories and More

Posted on November 23, 2016

Don’t Ask Immigration Status Act: Every city and county should direct its employees—including police—not to inquire about anyone’s immigration status unless explicitly required to do so by federal or state law. That’s what the...

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Early Voting, Pay Gap, Housing Policy and More

Posted on October 26, 2016

Absentee and Early Voting Act: If you’re in one of the many states that still do not have a reasonable system of no-excuse-needed absentee and early voting, you must be feeling left out right...

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Voter Protection Act, Abortion Rights Poll, Right Wing Watch and More

Posted on October 13, 2016

Voter Protection Act: Too many Americans are prevented from exercising their right to vote because of voter intimidation or suppression, or by mistakes by election officials. The Voter Protection Act bans specific types of...

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In the News

News Story in The Hill

Posted on November 30, 2016

Abortion foes plot wave of legislation in the states Opponents of abortion rights are planning to push a raft of new rules and restrictions after their allies scored big wins in state legislative chambers...

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Reuters News Story

Posted on October 31, 2016

Abortion by prescription now rivals surgery for U.S. women American women are ending pregnancies with medication almost as often as with surgery, marking a turning point for abortion in the United States, data reviewed...

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Column in The Hill

Posted on October 13, 2016

Americans overwhelmingly support abortion rights by Gloria Totten, President, Public Leadership Institute Political candidates, consultants and the media generally misunderstand the politics of abortion rights. They tend to believe either that most voters oppose...

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