Intimidation, Homelessness, Extreme Heat and More

Posted on November 29, 2023

Stop Intimidation of Public Officials Act: In recent years, there has been a steep increase in the number and severity of threats against public officials. The Stop Intimidation of Public Officials Act makes it a felony to intimidate any public official in an attempt to influence that official’s vote, decision or other official action.

We can and must recapture freedom: Over the past 40 years, conservatives have tried to equate their policies with freedom, from economics to military policy. But the MAGA wing has made a huge mistake, trying to use the word freedom to mean the very opposite. To recapture freedom, read the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

The decline of the American Dream: This podcast from the Niskanen Center is a discussion by David Leonhardt, a senior writer for the New York Times, about the critical factors of political power, corporate culture and government investment broke down after 1980.

How Houston Cut Its Homeless Population by Nearly Two-Thirds: Houston has created a real system to address homelessness, aligning city, county and nonprofit efforts, explains Governing Magazine.

Some states and cities have acted to protect residents from extreme heat: Two years of record-breaking heat have inspired a wide variety of jurisdictions to adopt policies to protect residents, Stateline describes.

Once again, the pundits are wrong: Columnists just love to scream “the sky is falling.” Remember exactly two years ago when they all said that progressives and Democrats were going to lose the 2022 elections? Read this IdeaLog post to remind you that we are not toast.