Canvassing Tips, Social Media, Lessons of Kansas and More

Posted on August 10, 2022

Vote By Mail Act: The 2020 election, and those since, have proven that voting by mail is extremely popular and makes the ballot box more accessible to qualified voters. The Vote by Mail Act requires that all registered voters be mailed a ballot and that they can vote by returning that ballot by mail, by voting at an early voting center, or by voting at a polling place on Election Day.

Ten tips for canvassing door-to-door: Door-to-door canvassing is the lifeblood of politics. Done right, it is the most effective method of political persuasion. But how is it done right? Read the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

The Axe Files: David Axelrod, formerly Barack Obama’s chief political strategist, is now Director of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. His weekly podcast, The Axe Files, offers great interviews with a wide variety of political figures.

Why Kansas Abortion Amendment Failed Even in Rural Counties: This is an excellent analysis from the Kansas City Star (via Governing Magazine). It provides important lessons for abortion rights advocates in particular, and progressives in general.

New and improved Good Jobs First website: Valuable policy tools from GJF have become more accessible through their new website. Check out their corporate violation tracker, tax break tracker, subsidy tracker, and more.

When and how should you argue on social media? This archived IdeaLog essay is still just as important today. People hate to be told they’re wrong, but sometimes you’ve got to do it.


Climate Change, Cannabis Policy, Ballot Measures and More

Posted on July 27, 2022

Living Wage Act: Cities, counties and states hire contractors to perform innumerable services for the government. Yet, many of the jobs created pay sub-poverty wages and do not lead to a self-sufficient workforce. The...


Campaign Theme, Rx Cutbacks, Rightwing Language and More

Posted on July 13, 2022

Community Service Ombudsman Act: At the city, county and state levels, nonprofit organizations provide a great deal of the social services that residents need. The Community Service Ombudsman Act creates an office of ombudsman whose job...


Abortion Unknowns, Mass Transit, Digital Ads and More

Posted on June 29, 2022

Community Schools Resolution: This resolution promotes community schools in order 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 states,...


Who’s Persuadable, Firearm Arsenals, Cybersecurity Grants and More

Posted on June 15, 2022

Firearms Arsenal Disclosure Act: Hundreds of thousands of people own huge arsenals of firearms without any disclosure or regulation. The Firearms Arsenal Disclosure Act requires individuals to disclose to law enforcement when they personally own an...


Gun Policy, Voter Suppression, Police Reform and More

Posted on June 1, 2022

Salary History Anti-Discrimination Act: Both cities and states are banning employers from requesting a prospective employee’s salary history. The reason is that salary history unjustifiably perpetuates wage discrimination, most often against women and people...


Dealing With Inflation, Gun Violence, Abortion Rights and More

Posted on May 18, 2022

Fair Estate Tax Act: The estate tax is traditionally the most progressive of taxes, but only 17 states have one. Politically, and based on commonsense fairness, it would make sense to establish or increase...


Abortion Messaging, Economic Populism, Basic Polling and More

Posted on May 4, 2022

Protection Against Unfair Non-Compete Clauses Act: There is widespread abuse of non-compete clauses in employment contracts—even fast-food workers, personal care aides and janitors are being forced to sign them. Several states now prohibit such...


Media Coverage, Corporate Taxes, Vacant Offices and More

Posted on April 20, 2022

Qualified Providers of Abortion Act: Both medication and aspiration abortion procedures are extremely safe. The Qualified Providers of Abortion Act allows Advanced Practice Clinicians—nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physician assistants—to perform such abortions. Anticipating...


Common Mistakes, STAR Program, Calculated Insanity and More

Posted on April 6, 2022

Fair Minimum Wage Act: Nearly every progressive ought to be making the minimum wage a centerpiece of debate in 2022. An increase is always popular, and now more than ever it’s sorely needed since...