IdeaLog

Fake news versus real news

Posted on June 6, 2018

A democracy cannot function when truth is irrelevant to political debate, when facts are manufactured at will, when voter persuasion is no more elevated than a schoolyard shouting match. But we’ve sunk that low....

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Debate proactively!

Posted on May 24, 2018

Over the past twenty years, conservatives have generally trounced progressives at the game of message framing. The right wing identifies specific political goals and then its spokespeople conscientiously repeat poll-tested language—over and over—to shape...

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The housing crisis of 2018

Posted on May 9, 2018

Home prices are higher now than at the peak of the housing bubble in 2006. Since the bottom of the housing market in late 2011, the median price of new homes has increased by...

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PLI Bulletin

Subsidized Jobs Act, Progressive Narrative, City Energy Efficiency and More

Posted on June 19, 2018

Minimum Standards for Subsidized Jobs Act: Every year, cities and states award billions of dollars in subsidies to companies that create poverty-level jobs which, perversely, increase the need for government services, including public assistance...

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Time Off to Vote, Fake vs Real News, Pharmacists Gag Rule and More

Posted on June 6, 2018

Time Off For Democracy Act: Broad participation in elections is essential to a healthy democracy, obviously. The Time Off For Democracy Act guarantees employees a minimum amount of paid leave to vote on Election...

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Agency Diversity, Debate Proactively, Soda Tax and More

Posted on May 23, 2018

Public Agency Diversity Act: It is not unusual for officials in states and localities to find that particular government departments—often law enforcement agencies—lack diversity. The Public Agency Diversity Act requires a designated department, when...

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In the News

PLI quoted in Rewire about protecting Roe

Posted on March 22, 2018

New York Could Become the Latest State to Solidify ‘Roe’ Protections as Trump Looms by Auditi Guha The New York State Assembly passed the Reproductive Health Act passed last week, the latest step in a nationwide effort by...

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PLI quoted in New York Times story on stun cuffs

Posted on March 12, 2018

To Control Inmates, Some Counties Try the Threat of Electric Shock by Jacey Fortin Many of the electric shock devices used by law enforcement are meant to be out of sight, but every once in...

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Letter to the Editor in the New York Times

Posted on February 11, 2018

In the Sunday New York Times To the Editor: We should not encourage lawmakers to decide where they stand on critical issues based on political expediency. Yet David Brooks tells Democrats that they should...

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