Disinformation, Mainstream Values, Early Warning Systems and More

Posted on March 10, 2021

Protection Against Guns in State Buildings Act: Hate groups are threatening legislatures and government offices across the nation. The Protection Against Guns in State Buildings Act makes it illegal, with a few exceptions, to bring guns or explosives into government buildings.

The coming battle of extreme versus mainstream: The 2022 Republican primary elections will be a bloodbath. The resulting Marjorie Taylor Greene sound-alikes will push the party even further toward authoritarianism, but also present an opportunity for mainstream candidates in the general election. For more, read the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

A Safety Net for American Children: Inside the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief legislation, there is a provision that is revolutionary in the way it begins to provide a guaranteed income for families with children. The New York Times’ The Daily explains in this podcast.

Misinformation, Disinformation and What Government Can Do About Them: Disinformation is the intentional spreading of misinformation, a tactic that subverts the foundations of democracy. Governing Magazine describes the problem and offers some solutions.

Early Warning Systems Can Help States Identify Signs of Fiscal Distress: This is wonky, but timely. The Pew Charitable Trusts commissioned a study of existing early warning systems of fiscal stress in local governments. As a result, new indicators of stress are recommended.

Hundreds of model bills available to you: The latest edition of PLI’s policy handbook is now online. The Progressive Agenda highlights 50 model bills for the current year and hyperlinks to nearly 150 others.