Latino Voters, Tenant Rights, Ballot Measures and More

Posted on November 30, 2022

Tenants Right to Organize Act: For residential tenants, collective action is often the most effective, or only, way to solve legitimate grievances against the landlord. The Tenants Right to Organize Act, based on a District of Columbia statute, protects the right of tenants to form and operate an organization to advocate on their own behalf.

Ballot measures are trending progressive: Progressive ballot measures did quite well in 2022. In contrast, before the last decade or so, conservatives largely dominated ballot measures, using them to energize their base with an anti-tax, anti-labor and anti-LGBTQ agenda. To read how times have changed, see the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Rural voters, Latino voters defy easy narratives in midterms: In Pennsylvania, Democrats managed to turn out rural supporters while many rural Republicans stayed home. And the failure to engage Latino voters continues to stymie the party’s statewide hopes in places like Florida and Texas, explains the NPR Politics Podcast.

Three ways to improve constituent response: This blog from NCSL’s State Legislatures News describes how you can: (1) organize your email; (2) connect proactively and authentically; and (3) engage constituents more effectively.

Uninsured rate declined across the states from 2019 to 2021: According to a recent report from the U.S. Census, the uninsured rate declined in 28 states and there was only one state, North Dakota, where the uninsured rate went up. Both federal and state healthcare expansions contributed to this victory for public health.

Repro Rights Report: Over the past several weeks, abortion rights won the enactment of an important Los Angeles ordinance, three California state laws, and state referenda sweeping the country. Read about it in our latest Repro Rights Report.