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 the applicant for a license is not rejected for a criminal conviction unless it is directly related to the occupation for which the license is sought.

Abortion rights is a winning issue: Recent polls confirm that Americans overwhelmingly support abortion rights and oppose the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade. This is a powerful issue for progressives and Democrats in virtually every 2022 campaign. See the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Pod Save America: Former Obama aides Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor host a high-quality political discussion twice a week. Pod Save America interviews journalists, activists, entertainers and political leaders.

Teacher pay is low everywhere, but some states are much worse than others: Colorado, Oklahoma, Virginia, Arizona and Alabama are the five worst states for teacher pay compared to college-educated peers. A new EPI report shows alarming trends in teacher pay from 1979 through 2021.

State Attorneys General United Against Robocalls: All 50 state attorneys general have formed a task force to compel US telecom companies to block robocalls originating overseas. As Pew Stateline reports, coordinated action is probably the only way to stop illegal foreign-based calls.

We are not toast: Last December, IdeaLog argued there were five reasons Democrats could win in 2022: (1) SCOTUS reversing Roe v. Wade; (2) Trump indicted or something like it; (3) the GOP having super-awful nominees; (4) a strong economy by the fall; and (5) horrifying new revelations about Trump and MAGA. Have you seen a better prediction?