Persuasion, Presentation, Demilitarization and More

Posted on May 15, 2024

Demilitarization of Police Act: Many police departments have and use military equipment like machine guns, armored vehicles, night-vision scopes, camouflage fatigues and flash-bang grenades. The Demilitarization of Police Act requires law enforcement agencies to disclose and justify the need for such equipment they own or seek to own.

Updated Rules of Persuasion: Because confirmation bias makes it difficult or impossible to change people’s beliefs, you must use beliefs already in their minds to persuade them that you are on their side. For the three basic ways to do that, see the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

CitiesSpeak Podcast: This is a monthly 30-minute podcast sponsored by the National League of Cities which highlights ideas and information for cities and towns.

Detailed argument for abolishing cash bail: Last fall, Illinois became the first state to abolish cash bail through the Pretrial Fairness Act. This discussion from the Center for American Progress explains how and why the Illinois law works.

Is a Four-Day Work Week Realistic? The answer is yes, according to this article from the Albuquerque Journal, highlighted in Governing Magazine.

How to improve nonverbal presentation: An audience decides whether it likes and trusts a speaker based much more on nonverbal cues than on what is said. This chapter in Voicing Our Values explains nonverbal persuasion.


Abortion Access, Corporate Crime, Confirmation Bias and More

Posted on April 30, 2024

Grow Your Own Teacher: There are both short- and long-term problems with teacher recruitment and retention. The Grow Your Own Teacher Act is one solution. It provides college scholarships to worthy low-income public school graduates who...


ShotSpotter, E-scooters, Targeting and More

Posted on April 17, 2024

Community Schools Resolution: This resolution promotes community schools as a way to improve student achievement by providing services and programs that address out-of-school barriers to learning. The Community Schools Resolution can be adjusted to apply to...


Crime Decline, Election Practices, Progressive Agenda and More

Posted on April 2, 2024

Tenants Right to Organize Act: For residential tenants, collective action is often the most effective, or only, way to solve legitimate grievances against the landlord. The Tenants Right to Organize Act, based on a District...


Partisan Gap, Security Cameras, Subminimum Wage and More

Posted on February 7, 2024

Fairness In Taxation Act: Affluent households pay a disproportionately low share of the tax burden. The Fairness in Taxation Act, based on the Massachusetts constitutional amendment enacted in 2020, would add an additional tax...


Fundraising, Poll Workers, Body Cameras and More

Posted on January 23, 2024

Poll Worker Investment Act: Poll workers are increasingly older and new ones are difficult to recruit. The Poll Worker Investment Act would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to serve as precinct officials under the supervision...


Ageism, Police Killings, How to Win and More

Posted on January 9, 2024

Online Disclosure of Crime Statistics Act: State and local law enforcement agencies often do a poor job disclosing crime statistics to the public. The Online Disclosure of Crime Statistics Act requires state/local law enforcement...


Wages, Crime, MAGA and More

Posted on December 12, 2023

Wage Transparency in Job Postings Act: Withholding pay information in employment ads leads to inequality in pay, usually with white males earning more than females and people of color. The Wage Transparency in Job...


Intimidation, Homelessness, Extreme Heat and More

Posted on November 29, 2023

Stop Intimidation of Public Officials Act: In recent years, there has been a steep increase in the number and severity of threats against public officials. The Stop Intimidation of Public Officials Act makes it...


Book Bans, Police Reform, Easy Enrollment and More

Posted on November 15, 2023

Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Act: Maryland was the first state to enact a system to use information from state income tax returns to help uninsured residents obtain health care coverage. The Easy Enrollment Health Insurance...