IdeaLog

Five really stupid laws enacted in 2021

Posted on July 28, 2021

This year, right wingers have been busy in conservative controlled legislatures, enacting an agenda that is so extreme that it often sidetracks to pure stupidity. It’s at least partly a reaction to Donald Trump’s...

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Don’t say nationalist, populist or authoritarian

Posted on July 14, 2021

Political labels tell a story about politicians or constituent groups. Unfortunately, the media and even progressive activists often use the wrong label. The audience, as a result, gets the story wrong. Let’s focus on...

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Don’t start with facts, engage emotions

Posted on June 30, 2021

The conservative movement has abandoned virtually all public policy direction and is, instead, spending its energy feeding grievance and outrage. The question is, how do we respond? Unfortunately, our usual refutation of facts won’t...

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PLI Bulletin

Agency Diversity, Anti-Vaxxers, Stupid Laws and More

Posted on July 28, 2021

Public Agency Diversity Act: Due to many factors, employees in public agencies tend to be disproportionately white and male. The Public Agency Diversity Act requires government offices, when hiring, to reach out to underrepresented...

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Nationalists and Populists, Ransomware, Racial Impacts and More

Posted on July 14, 2021

Racial Impact Statements Act: Nine states have developed methods for lawmakers to consider the impact of pending legislation on historically disadvantaged populations. The Racial Impact Statements Act creates such a procedure for state or...

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Engaging Emotion, Justice in Travel, Banning Yoga and More

Posted on June 30, 2021

Justice in Government-Funded Travel Act: A number of states are now overtly engaged in discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Justice in Government-Funded Travel Act prohibits or limits government-financed travel to...

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In the News

Network Director Dave Woodward featured in Politico

Posted on June 21, 2021

“The Man Who Remade Oakland” (Part II) In 1998, when Dave Woodward was elected to the state House at age 22, one of the things that immediately separated him from other young win-it-now political...

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Gloria Totten on The Great Battlefield podcast

Posted on March 16, 2020

Developing Progressive Leaders with Gloria Totten of Public Leadership Institute The Great Battlefield podcast interviews Gloria to talk about her career in politics from Political Director at NARAL to founding Public Leadership Institute where...

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PLI in new book, “All Politics Is Local”

Posted on November 20, 2019

A new book, All Politics Is Local: Why Progressives Must Fight for the States, discusses the challenges and opportunities for progressives in state legislatures across the nation. It’s a great book and the Public Leadership...

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