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 provisions for lower-wage workers. The Protection Against Unfair Non-Compete Clauses Act is similar to Illinois law.

How to talk about abortion rights now: Thanks to the Supreme Court, abortion has become one of the top political issues in America. If you’re involved in federal or state elections in any way, be ready. Even local officials will have to answer. For messaging advice, read the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Ban on leaf blowers: California and more than 100 cities have banned gas-powered leaf blowers, pushing people to use electric blowers instead. The Brian Lehrer Show on New York public radio talks about the issue.

Stream of stories about SCOTUS and abortion: Because of a leak, we know that the Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade. Vox has a good stream of stories about both the politics and policy of abortion.

Economic populism is the path to winning over more working class voters: All of this article is very good, but you might start several paragraphs down with the first of six conclusions about what Americans are thinking and feeling today.

Basics of polling: This is a chapter from our PLI advocacy guide, Preparing to Win. It’s a thumbnail guide to understanding and using polls.


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...


Direct Mail, Storytelling, Mass Incarceration and More

Posted on March 23, 2022

Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Act: A surprisingly large number of Americans qualify for free or very low-cost health insurance and yet are unenrolled. The Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Act, proven successful in Maryland, creates...


Russia Boycotts, Open Data, Praising Democracy and More

Posted on March 9, 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...


Wage Theft, 911 Systems, Declining Arrests and More

Posted on February 23, 2022

Wage Theft Protection Act: There is a pandemic of wage theft across our country. The victims, who are low-wage workers, are the least able to enforce their rights. The Wage Theft Protection Act is...


Voter Protection, Justice Denied, COVID Exhaustion and More

Posted on February 9, 2022

Voter Protection Act: Conservatives are gearing up to prevent Americans from voting through suppression, intimidation or supposed mistakes. The Voter Protection Act bans specific types of intimidation and suppression, establishes a Voter’s Bill of Rights, and...


Model Bills, Intimidation, Repro Rights and More

Posted on January 26, 2022

Register New Residents Act: Whenever people move, they should register to vote or update their preexisting voter registration. Seattle enacted a simple ordinance requiring landlords to provide information on voter registration and a registration...


Crime Wave, Worker Power, Progressive Agenda and More

Posted on January 12, 2022

Social Services Review Act: Almost every jurisdiction would benefit from a thoughtful assessment of current social services provided by governments and nonprofits. The Social Services Review Act launches such a review, including an assessment...


2021 Victories, Education Justice, Omicron and More

Posted on December 29, 2021

Protection from COVID-19 Act: Vaccination for COVID-19 is safe and effective, and residents should never be put at risk of infection because they’ve interacted with a public servant. The Protection from COVID-19 Act directs health...