IdeaLog

Please don’t reject messaging as “spin” or “manipulation”

Posted on May 22, 2019

As we go around the country giving messaging workshops, we’re nearly always asked whether our message framing is a gimmick. After all, conservatives make it seem like a cynical game. They refer to the...

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Don’t accept the normalization of hate speech

Posted on May 8, 2019

America is not really a nation of laws. Our statutes govern only the grossest of behavior. The way Americans behave toward each other day-to-day—attitude and etiquette, willingness and wariness, prejudice and tolerance—is governed mostly...

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How do you explain progressive economics?

Posted on April 24, 2019

As you know, conservatives have well-established concepts and language to explain their ideas about economics. And those talking points dominate any conversation with the public. The position themselves as defenders of a “free market” system...

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PLI Bulletin

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...

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Foam Containers, Economics, Progressive Philosophy and More

Posted on April 24, 2019

Foam Food Container Prohibition Act: Expanded polystyrene is a lightweight material often used as foam food containers. After use, they often break into small beads, absorb toxins, and make their way into waterways where...

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Five Words, Fifteen Podcasts, Advocacy Handbook and More

Posted on April 11, 2019

Prepare for an Aging Population Act: As the Baby Boom Generation ages, both state and local governments will need to respond with new programs and services. Shouldn’t we prepare now? The Prepare for an Aging...

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In the News

Anti-abortion website features PLI

Posted on March 21, 2019

The anti-abortion “news” website LibertyNation published a column attacking legislation in Maine that would allow duly-qualified advanced practice clinicians (APCs) to perform certain abortions, as allowed in other states. The column continues as follows:...

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PLI legislation in Handbook for a Post-Roe America

Posted on February 6, 2019

Handbook for a Post-Roe America by Robin Marty (2019, Seven Stories Press) Page 44 In 2016, the Public Leadership Institute released a number of proactive model reproductive rights and health bills for state use,...

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Will progressives prioritize election reform, asks Rewire

Posted on January 9, 2019

Congressional Democrats Came out Swinging on Voting Rights. Will State-Level Democrats Follow? It was no coincidence: Republicans, after dominating state legislative and gubernatorial races in the 2010 midterms, made sure to immediately pass a range...

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