Latino Voters, Tenant Rights, Ballot Measures and More

Posted on November 30, 2022

Tenants Right to Organize Act: For residential tenants, collective action is often the most effective, or only, way to solve legitimate grievances against the landlord. The Tenants Right to Organize Act, based on a District of Columbia statute, protects the right of tenants to form and operate an organization to advocate on their own behalf.

Ballot measures are trending progressive: Progressive ballot measures did quite well in 2022. In contrast, before the last decade or so, conservatives largely dominated ballot measures, using them to energize their base with an anti-tax, anti-labor and anti-LGBTQ agenda. To read how times have changed, see the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Rural voters, Latino voters defy easy narratives in midterms: In Pennsylvania, Democrats managed to turn out rural supporters while many rural Republicans stayed home. And the failure to engage Latino voters continues to stymie the party’s statewide hopes in places like Florida and Texas, explains the NPR Politics Podcast.

Three ways to improve constituent response: This blog from NCSL’s State Legislatures News describes how you can: (1) organize your email; (2) connect proactively and authentically; and (3) engage constituents more effectively.

Uninsured rate declined across the states from 2019 to 2021: According to a recent report from the U.S. Census, the uninsured rate declined in 28 states and there was only one state, North Dakota, where the uninsured rate went up. Both federal and state healthcare expansions contributed to this victory for public health.

Repro Rights Report: Over the past several weeks, abortion rights won the enactment of an important Los Angeles ordinance, three California state laws, and state referenda sweeping the country. Read about it in our latest Repro Rights Report.


Abortion Referenda, Child Privacy, Election Deniers and More

Posted on November 16, 2022

Honesty in Election Campaign Disclosures Act: It is essential for voters to be able to easily distinguish between paid election campaign communications from candidates and those from PACs or independent expenditure efforts. The Honesty...


Safeguarding Elections, False Claims, Turnout and More

Posted on November 2, 2022

Safeguard Fair Elections Act: Right now, extremists are trying to destroy our democratic system by compelling election officials lie about election results. This is manifestly unAmerican. The Safeguard Fair Elections Act blocks efforts to...


Gun Bans, Test Scores, Political Messaging and More

Posted on October 18, 2022

Background Checks for All Firearms Act: Americans are justifiably scared of gun violence in their communities. The Background Checks for All Firearms Act requires that firearms cannot be sold or transferred without a prior...


Violent Crime, Crypto Markets, Voter Protection and More

Posted on October 5, 2022

Voter Protection Act: Too many Americans are prevented from exercising their right to vote because of voter intimidation or suppression. The Voter Protection Act bans specific types of intimidation and suppression, establishes a Voter’s...


One-on-One Persuasion, Sick Leave, Intimidation and More

Posted on September 21, 2022

Stop Intimidation of Public Officials Act: There has been a steep increase in the number and severity of threats against public officials, especially those working on election administration, public health and public education. The...


Election Lies, Nonverbal Cues, Semi-Fascism and More

Posted on September 7, 2022

Grow Your Own Teacher Act: There are both short- and long-term problems with teacher recruitment and retention. The Grow Your Own Teacher Act is one solution. It provides college scholarships to worthy low-income public...


Teacher Pay, Abortion Polling, Robocalls and More

Posted on August 24, 2022

Fair Chance Licensing Act: More than 70 million Americans have a criminal record that may prevent them from obtaining a license to work in a wide variety of industries. The Fair Chance Licensing Act ensures that...


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...


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...