Abortion Referenda, Child Privacy, Election Deniers and More

Posted on November 16, 2022

Honesty in Election Campaign Disclosures Act: It is essential for voters to be able to easily distinguish between paid election campaign communications from candidates and those from PACs or independent expenditure efforts. The Honesty in Election Campaign Disclosures Act specifies that authority lines on campaign ads must make it clear who has authorized those communications.

Start planning abortion rights ballot measures for 2024: There were six state referenda on abortion this year (CA, KS, KY, MI, MT, VT) and abortion rights won all of them. Proactive ballot measures not only enshrine good laws, they drive turnout and shape the debate. To explain what happened in 2022 and what ought to happen in 2024, see the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Why Democrats Beat Historical Trends in 2022: Democrats overwhelmingly won close races and did shockingly well in states like Michigan and Pennsylvania. The FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast wonkily reviews what happened.

Election Deniers in Key States Lose Secretary of State Races: Secretary of State candidates who openly deny the validity of the 2020 election were defeated in 2022, including in the key states of Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada, according to Governing Magazine. Pennsylvania is also protected from an election denier by Josh Shapiro’s victory for governor.

California’s New Child Privacy Law Could Become National Standard: A new California law protects children and teens on the Internet, according to Pew’s Stateline. It is based on a UK law and expands protections of federal law that currently only apply to children aged 12 and younger.

Abortion rights is a winning issue: Review PLI’s analysis of the issue in August. “Except for a handful of super-red states, abortion is a political winner.” It’s not too late to get on the bandwagon.