New Voicing Our Values, Schools, Podcasts and More

Posted on July 17, 2019

Too Young to Suspend Act: In some schools, very young children—as young as pre-K—are suspended or expelled from school because they are defiant or disruptive. The Too Young to Suspend Act prevents such suspensions or expulsions where students are quite young and they pose no danger to other students.

Brand-new Fourth Edition of Voicing Our Values: Politics is the art of persuasion. But persuasion is hard and getting harder. Today, facts are rationalized away and lies are ubiquitous. Without a grasp on objective truths, how can we get Americans to even comprehend what’s in their self-interest, much less what’s best for our nation? For more, see the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Watch sixteen podcasts at your leisure: There are sixteen segments about messaging on the PLI website covering a wide range of issues from economics and civil rights to health care and public safety. Listen to them by clicking here.

CBO Report on the effects of raising the minimum wage: The Congressional Budget Office, which is considered nonpartisan, has a new report that lays out the economic benefits of increasing the federal minimum wage to $10, $12, or $15 per hour.

National League of Cities report on the housing crisis: The Housing Task Force of the National League of Cities recently issued its report. It analyzes the causes of the housing crisis, provides case studies and makes recommendations.

See us in the Exhibition Hall at NCSL: If you’re coming to the National Conference of State Legislatures Summit in Nashville, August 5-8, please visit us in Exhibition Booth #726.

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Brand-new Fourth Edition of Voicing Our Values

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This is the Introduction to our brand-new edition of Voicing Our Values: Politics is the art of persuasion. But persuasion is hard and getting harder. Today, facts are rationalized away and lies are ubiquitous....

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Why we celebrate the Fourth of July

Posted on July 3, 2019

This year, Donald Trump is twisting the traditional nonpartisan “Capitol Fourth” celebration in Washington, D.C. into a grotesque partisan rally featuring himself and military weaponry. This is wrong on so many levels. The Fourth...

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Avoid the passive voice

Posted on June 19, 2019

Richard Nixon and his press secretary were famously ridiculed for saying “mistakes were made.” And yet, the same phrase has been used by Democrats and Republicans ever since. To many people, the passive voice...

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Don’t repeat the opponents’ frame

Posted on June 3, 2019

In his book Don’t Think of an Elephant, Professor George Lakoff provides the most basic principle of framing: “Do not use their language. Their language picks out a frame—and it won’t be the frame...

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Please don’t reject messaging as “spin” or “manipulation”

Posted on May 22, 2019

As we go around the country giving messaging workshops, we’re nearly always asked whether our message framing is a gimmick. After all, conservatives make it seem like a cynical game. They refer to the...

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Don’t accept the normalization of hate speech

Posted on May 8, 2019

America is not really a nation of laws. Our statutes govern only the grossest of behavior. The way Americans behave toward each other day-to-day—attitude and etiquette, willingness and wariness, prejudice and tolerance—is governed mostly...

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How do you explain progressive economics?

Posted on April 24, 2019

As you know, conservatives have well-established concepts and language to explain their ideas about economics. And those talking points dominate any conversation with the public. The position themselves as defenders of a “free market” system...

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Five Words the Media Should Stop Using

Posted on April 11, 2019

Language matters. When the media (or sometimes progressives) use language that indirectly supports the right-wing narrative, it obscures truth and impedes political persuasion. Here are five egregious but common uses of language by the...

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What We Stand For: Twelve Words

Posted on March 27, 2019

Most Americans are progressive on most issues. By margins of at least two to one, our fellow citizens agree that the U.S. economy is rigged to benefit the rich and powerful; think wealthy individuals and corporations pay too little...

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