Heat Deaths, Smoking Economy, AR-15 and More

Posted on November 1, 2023

Prohibit Contingency Fees for Economic Development Act: State and local governments need to discourage corruption or the appearance of corruption. The Prohibit Contingency Fees for Economic Development Act bans the practice of lobbyists receiving a percentage of an economic development grant as compensation for their work.

The right-wing base is worse than you thought: A very reliable pollster, PRRI, just released a study finding that about half of Republicans support an authoritarian state, and most of them say “true American patriots may have to resort to violence….” For more detail, see the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

The True Story of the AR-15: As again an AR-15 is used in a mass killing, this time in Maine, WAMC Northeast Public Radio interviews the authors of a new book, American Gun: The true story of the AR-15.

US economy delivers blockbuster performance in third quarter: Your local newspaper probably didn’t mention this, but the Biden economy is smoking. It grew nearly 5 percent in the third quarter while inflation continued to diminish, explains Reuters.

After Hottest Summer on Record, Local Governments Are Underreporting Heat Deaths: The Earth just experienced its hottest summer in more than 125,000 years but we have little idea how many Americans died because of it. An article in Deceleration describes why the data doesn’t exist.

How to generate successful calls and letters: To be effective, activists need direction. This short chapter in our advocacy book, Preparing to Win, explains how to organize the effort.