2020 Election, White Supremacy, Education and More

Posted on November 18, 2020

Resolution Condemning White Supremacy: Unfortunately, such legislation is important once again. Boise, Idaho adopted this resolution in 2019, so you can too. The Resolution Condemning White Supremacy describes the rise of white supremacy in the U.S. and around the globe, provides a place to acknowledge local history, and calls for a series of steps to bring us closer to justice.

Sex, lies and the 2020 election: Because persuasion seems out of the question, our elections have become almost entirely about turnout. For the same reason, progressive slogans like “defund the police” and “green new deal” do not seem to harm our side. But clearly, the other side’s media and social media operations are killing us, as described in the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

What A Biden Presidency Could Mean for Education: Joe Biden recently said, “For American educators, this is a great day for you all. You’re going to have one of your own in the White House.” He meant his wife, an English professor. National Public Radio has a short podcast about Biden and education policy.

State + Local Decarbonization Policies for the South: This report from the Southern Economic Advancement Project, while aimed at states and localities in the South, seems equally applicable to the rest of the nation. It covers policies on electricity, buildings, transportation, agriculture and more.

State Tobacco Activities Tracking & Evaluation System: The federal Centers for Disease Control has a new interactive application that presents current and historical state-level data on tobacco use prevention and control.

Voicing Our Values: The Public Leadership Institute’s messaging guide is both readable online and downloadable as a PDF.


Three Lessons, Early Voting, Ballot Initiatives and More

Posted on November 4, 2020

Vote by Mail Act: In 2020, CA, CO, HI, NV, NJ, OR, UT, VT, WA and the District of Columbia very successfully employed vote by mail. The Vote by Mail Act requires that all registered voters...


Firearms Arsenals, Teacher Shortages, Protecting Democracy and More

Posted on October 21, 2020

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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...