Constitutional Rescission Resolution, Hold a Press Event, House Health Plan and More

Posted on March 15, 2017

Constitutional Convention Rescission Resolution: As a recent article from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explains, the right wing is (perhaps) only six states short of successfully calling a federal constitutional convention—and they’re lobbying eleven states right now. There is no guarantee that such a convention would not trash the entire U.S. Constitution; in fact, that’s what the right wing desires. This model Constitutional Convention Rescission Resolution is based on legislation in Maryland where, like most states, such resolutions were passed decades ago.

How to meet with a lawmaker: When a skilled advocate meets with a lawmaker, it’s mostly an intelligence gathering mission. Every legislator is different; every one of them might have a different concern about the policy. How do you do your best to prepare and what are you trying to get out of the meeting? This is explained on IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

How to hold a great press event: Wednesday, March 22 at 3pm Eastern, 2pm Central, 1pm Mountain, Noon Pacific. ProgressNow—one of the leading progressive communications organization in the country—will present a highly practical session showing step-by-step how to hold a very effective press event. If you can’t make it, send staff! To register, click here.

Texas Rep. Jessica Farrar “breaks the Internet”: In less than 36 hours, Rep. Jessica Farrar got more than 100 news stories and reached at least 1.6 million people on social media by introducing an abortion rights “satire” bill called the “Man’s Right to Know Act” that would fine men for “masturbatory emissions outside of a woman’s vagina [as] an act against an unborn child….” Read more here.

Objective information about the ACA and the House health plan: There is a lot of complicated (and sometimes conflicting) data out there about what the Ryan plan does and how people perceive it. A great source for credible and objective information is the Kaiser Family Foundation website.

PLI’s Repro Rights Report: Our updated Repro Rights Report describes and hyperlinks to the very latest legislation and media about 98 proactive abortion right bills in 28 states and localities.


Student Assessments, Long-Term Advocacy, Women’s Agenda and More

Posted on March 2, 2017

Student Assessments for Deeper Learning Resolution: The federal Every Student Succeeds Act, enacted in 2016, empowers states to develop their own accountability systems. In order to give teachers the freedom to encourage deeper learning...


Resolution Strategy, Hate Speech, Rx Pricing and More

Posted on February 15, 2017

Prescription Drug Fair Pricing Act: A coalition in Maryland has developed the strongest state prescription drug pricing legislation in the nation. It’s divided into two bills, one that prohibits price gouging and another that...


The 100th Edition of the PLI Bulletin

Posted on February 1, 2017

Presidential Candidate Tax Return Disclosure Act: States decide the minimum qualifications for whether a candidate can appear on the ballot. Obviously, it is essential for presidential and vice-presidential candidates to make their tax returns...


Protecting Obamacare, Fighting Privatization, Resisting the Radical Right and More

Posted on January 19, 2017

Health Care for All Assessment Act: Because of the right wing’s determination to repeal the Affordable Care Act, 32 million Americans are in danger of losing access to health insurance, with 18 million likely...


New Progressive Agenda, Sex Education, Protecting Immigrants and More

Posted on January 5, 2017

Prevent Extortion of Immigrants Act: Because of Trump’s promise to deport millions of immigrants, they will be particularly vulnerable to extortion. You can sponsor or support the Prevent Extortion of Immigrants Act, which specifies that...


Hate Crimes, Fighting the Right, Environmental Toolkits and More

Posted on December 21, 2016

Hate Crimes Prevention Act: Since the November election, we have seen a wave of violence and threats against anyone who disagrees with the Radical Right. This will likely get worse. Right now, 45 states...


Election Recounts, School Vouchers, Juvenile Justice and More

Posted on December 8, 2016

Juvenile Justice Stop Solitary Act: Earlier this year, the Obama Administration banned solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons. But the vast majority of prisoners are in state and local facilities—and that’s where we...


2016 Messaging, Protecting Immigrants, Ballot Victories and More

Posted on November 23, 2016

Don’t Ask Immigration Status Act: Every city and county should direct its employees—including police—not to inquire about anyone’s immigration status unless explicitly required to do so by federal or state law. That’s what the...


Early Voting, Pay Gap, Housing Policy and More

Posted on October 26, 2016

Absentee and Early Voting Act: If you’re in one of the many states that still do not have a reasonable system of no-excuse-needed absentee and early voting, you must be feeling left out right...