Moon Suit Narcissism, Hate Crimes, MeToo Reforms and More

Posted on October 7, 2020

Hate Crimes Prevention Act: Since the 2016 election, we have seen a wave of violence and threats against anyone who disagrees with the radical right. At present, 45 states have some version of a Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Our model helps ensure that your jurisdiction protects the full range of hate crimes targets and includes civil litigation. Uniquely, our model covers hate crimes against abortion providers and patients, and against immigrants.

Right wing “moon suit” narcissism: Recently, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), one of three Senators who’ve tested positive for COVID-19, said he would go to the Capitol “in a moon suit” to vote for Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. This is emblematic of the right wing’s do-anything-for-power tactics, as discussed in the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

How local governments should respond to financial crisis: This podcast, sponsored by Engaging Local Government Leaders (GovLove), discusses how to prepare for and deal with financial crisis.

2020 Progress Update on MeToo Workplace Reforms in the States: Three years after #MeToo went viral, legislatures have been enacting dozens of new protections. This report from the National Women’s Law Center describes progress in 2020.

Recent state policy updates on abortion rights: The Guttmacher Institute tracks and analyzes state policy changes on a broad range of reproductive rights. They’ve just published abortion rights updates for 2020.

How to talk about the issue of public safety: Conservative attacks over “law and order” raise the question of how progressives should talk about public safety. Are you using the best messaging? Read this chapter from PLI’s messaging guide.

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Supreme Court, COVID Hotspots, Reproductive Rights and More

Posted on September 23, 2020

National Popular Vote Agreement Act: Because of states’ winner-take-all systems of selecting who votes in the Electoral College, the popular vote loser was chosen as President of the United States in two of the...

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Campaign Theme, Absentee Ballots, Reinventing School and More

Posted on September 9, 2020

Register New Residents Act: Whenever people move, they should register to vote or update their preexisting voter registration. That’s why Seattle enacted a simple ordinance that requires landlords to provide information on voter registration...

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Voter Protection, Mail-In Ballots, Anti-Vaxxers and More

Posted on August 26, 2020

Voter Protection Act: Donald Trump has threatened to send law enforcement agents to the polls in November. The Voter Protection Act bans voter intimidation and voter suppression, establishes a Voter’s Bill of Rights, and...

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Rules for Persuasion, Mask Wearing, Small Business Relief and More

Posted on August 12, 2020

Access to Public Services for Non-English Speakers Act: More than 60 million Americans speak a language other than English at home. No one should be denied public services or protections because of a limited...

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Fiscal Relief, Stopping Evictions, Opening Schools and More

Posted on July 29, 2020

Health Enterprise Zones Act: Based on a model that proved successful in Maryland, the Health Enterprise Zones Act enables localities and nonprofits to propose plans for underserved geographic areas where health care practitioners may...

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School Reopening, Police Reform, Vote by Mail and More

Posted on July 15, 2020

Vote by Mail Act: We need to increase voting by mail as much as possible to prevent coronavirus infections and save lives. The Vote by Mail Act requires that all registered voters be mailed a ballot...

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White Supremacy, Neck Restraints, Coronavirus Surge and More

Posted on July 1, 2020

Neck Restraint Prohibition Act: Many police departments still allow the use of neck restraints of the kind that led to the deaths of George Floyd, Elijah McClain and many others. The Neck Restraint Prohibition...

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Do Lives Matter, Demilitarization of Police, Revenue Shortfalls and More

Posted on June 17, 2020

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...

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Food Prices, Police, The Virus of Racism and More

Posted on June 4, 2020

Fair Prices for Food Delivery Act: In many cases, excessive charges for food delivery by Internet-based services are killing local restaurants. The Fair Prices for Food Delivery Act prevents third-party food delivery platforms from...

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