Climate Alliance, How to Answer Tough Questions, New Message Framing and More

Posted on January 17, 2018

Climate Alliance Membership Act: Climate change is one of the most urgent issues in the world. Because Donald Trump opposes the Paris Accord, it is absolutely essential for states and localities to tackle the problem. The Climate Alliance Membership Act would require a state to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, which works towards achieving the environmental goals of the Paris Climate Accord.

You are the vanguard of the progressive movement: As we begin this crucial year—one that may decide the direction of American politics for decades to come—let us be clear. We at the Public Leadership Institute are here to support you because you are at the forefront of the progressive movement. You—at the state and local levels—win or lose the issues that are most important for most people. How we hope to help you in 2018 is discussed in the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

How to answer twenty tough questions: RESCHEDULED for Wednesday, January 24 at 3pm Eastern, 2pm Central, 1pm Mountain, Noon Pacific. This session is about how to handle a wide range of hostile questions, from specifics like “Should we give special rights to gay people?” and “Do you favor prayer in schools?” to generalities such as “Are you a tax-and-spend liberal? and “Are you a Socialist?” To register, click here.

Terrific new message framing videos: PLI is collaborating with Progressive Labs on a new initiative to put our values-centered messaging into action. We’re doing this by using videos and the first one discusses the importance of using values to frame issues, especially when it comes to the value of freedom. That video is here, and please give us your feedback by emailing or

Maryland’s new “down payment option” for health insurance: What can states do after Congress abolished the ACA’s individual mandate? They can follow the lead of Maryland and institute a “down payment option.” This innovative legislation is explained here.

The Progressive Agenda for 2018: If you are looking for great legislation to sponsor in 2018, check out our brand-new Progressive Agenda for States & Localities which features 50 model bills and hyperlinks to 150 others.