Digital Disinformation, Affordable Universities, Progressive Values and More

Posted on September 11, 2019

Access to Public Services for Non-English Speakers Act: The Access to Public Services for Non-English Speakers Act would require a city, county or state to take reasonable steps to make translations available so that individuals with limited English proficiency can interact with government. (This has nothing to do with the refugees at our southern border.)

Progressive values negate our negatives: Liberals, lefties, environmentalists, unionists, consumer advocates—all progressive types—suffer from negative stereotypes. By using progressive values, we address and reverse some pernicious assumptions held by persuadable Americans. Read about it in the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Digital Disinformation and the Threat to Democracy: Tuesday, September 17 from 8:30am to 1pm Eastern. Technology is being used by malicious outsiders to disseminate false and altered content with the goal of helping right-wing candidates and causes. The Chair of the Federal Elections Commission is hosting a symposium to help us understand and address the challenge. To watch all or part, livestream here.

Most state flagship universities are not affordable: Only six state flagship universities are affordable for students from low- or middle-income backgrounds, according to this report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy. See how your state university ranks.

That Assault Weapon Ban? It Really Did Work: Legislation signed by President Clinton banned semiautomatic assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines from 1994 to 2004. The gun lobby claims it didn’t work. A study from Stanford shows it did.

New edition of Preparing to Win: We invite you to read our new Second Edition of Preparing to Win: a guide for successful advocacy. Download a PDF copy here!


Rules of Persuasion, Protecting Immigrants, Gender Equity and More

Posted on August 28, 2019

Immigrant Tenant Protection Act: Based on a new law enacted in Illinois, the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act prohibits a landlord from disclosing or threatening to disclose, or attempting eviction, based on a tenant’s immigration...


Assault Weapons, Community Schools, Facial Recognition and More

Posted on August 15, 2019

Community Services 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...


New Preparing to Win, Taxes, Webinars and More

Posted on July 31, 2019

Tax Expenditure Sunset Act: Many states and cities have an inadequate system for reviewing and re-approving tax expenditures. The Tax Expenditure Sunset Act requires that all new tax expenditures automatically expire in five years...


New Voicing Our Values, Schools, Podcasts and More

Posted on July 17, 2019

Too Young to Suspend Act: In some schools, very young children—as young as pre-K—are suspended or expelled from school because they are defiant or disruptive. The Too Young to Suspend Act prevents such suspensions...


Human Rights, Sexual Harassment, July Fourth and More

Posted on July 3, 2019

Honor Human Rights Resolution: Since the Administration is turning the U.S. into a major violator of fundamental human rights, this is the time to introduce legislation to compel elected officials to take a side—for...


Internet Privacy, Crime Rate, Passive Voice and More

Posted on June 19, 2019

Internet Privacy Protection Act: Pushing back against a bad FCC ruling, several states have enacted laws to protect customers from Internet service providers, the most recent being Maine’s LD 946. The Internet Privacy Protection...


Abortion Rights Victories, Limiting Standardized Tests, Message Framing and More

Posted on June 5, 2019

Too Young to Test Act: Given their age, skills and abilities, it is developmentally inappropriate to administer standardized tests to students in prekindergarten through grade two, unless it is necessary for diagnostic screening. In...


Messaging Manipulation, Salary History, Community Schools and More

Posted on May 22, 2019

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...


Hate Speech, Teacher Pay, Tobacco Taxes and More

Posted on May 8, 2019

Tobacco Tax Act: Despite the fact that nearly all states have increased tobacco taxes in recent years, polls show that voters would gladly raise them again. The Tobacco Tax Act not only provides millions...