Immigration, Discrimination, How to Win and More

Posted on July 12, 2023

Don’t Ask Immigration Status Act: Both authorized and unauthorized immigrants are less likely to report violations of law when they fear they may be harassed by immigration authorities. The Don’t Ask Immigration Status Act prohibits law enforcement and other agencies from inquiring into immigration status unless the inquiry is required by federal law.

Five new words to frame the right wing: In politics, we’re always looking for new ways to express our opinions, preferably using words that both grab attention and frame the message. Here are five suggestions for your consideration, explained in the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

How to Win podcast: This is an interview with Simon Rosenberg, one of the very few progressive commentators who got the 2022 elections right. He talks about how to grow the center-left coalition from Biden’s 51.4% in 2020 to 55% in 2024.

Getting Elected Is the Easy Part: This is a just-published guidebook to help newer lawmakers and activists navigate the state legislative process. Written by Washington State Senator Karen Keiser (a longtime national leader for states), the book is full of advice about how to meet legislative goals and achieve real change.

SCOTUS Has Opened the Door to Discrimination. Here’s How States Can Slam It Shut: A UC law professor explains that the Colorado law protecting the LGBTQ community which was overturned (and 20+ state laws like it) can be fixed the way Kentucky altered its law when a county clerk refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses: require the business owner to assign the job to a worker who does not object or refer the customer to a business that will handle it.

Basics of polling: This is a chapter from our PLI advocacy book, Preparing to Win. It’s a thumbnail guide to understanding and using polls.