Why create your own progressive agenda for 2024?

Posted on October 4, 2023

In every jurisdiction, progressive lawmakers and advocates should thoughtfully develop a package of about five to ten bills to introduce and promote in their 2024 sessions, with the idea of helping shape the debate...


Six reasons to fight for proactive policy even in red and purple states

Posted on September 20, 2023

If there’s one thing that the Public Leadership Institute stands for, it’s proactive strategy and policy. Instead of being mostly reactive and defensive, we urge lawmakers and advocates to create a strategic policy agenda...


Why do right-leaning Americans believe disinformation?

Posted on September 5, 2023

Recent polling shows that Republican primary voters believe Donald Trump over nearly anyone else. And yet, it’s more complicated than that. They hardly believe what anyone tells them, including Trump. Let’s look at the numbers...


The banality of evil in Georgia

Posted on August 23, 2023

The Georgia prosecution of a broad conspiracy against democracy, involving dozens of people on the national and state levels, serves many important purposes. One of them is to warn us all about the banality...


How to talk about the very latest Trump indictment

Posted on August 8, 2023

Finally, Trump was indicted for his illegal conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election. He and his allies responded with a flurry of excuses and lies. We’ll all be talking about this for the next...


Reject the anti-teacher narratives

Posted on July 26, 2023

If you listen to the advocates for decreased rights for teachers and increased standardized testing, you will hear a series of narratives or stories that underlie all their arguments. Although these stories are a...


Five new words to frame the right wing

Posted on July 12, 2023

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 and, sure, not everybody...


Five words that progressives should avoid

Posted on June 27, 2023

Too often, progressives argue a right-wing or both-siderism frame, repeating that language. Here are five examples that you should avoid using because they obscure the truth. (1) Don’t say “ethics” when talking about the...


How to talk about the latest Trump indictment

Posted on June 14, 2023

Trump’s been indicted and MAGA is struggling to defend him. But there’s no way to argue he’s innocent. So instead, the MAGA arguments are designed to change the subject. These arguments are logical fallacies....


Six-step program to enact legislation

Posted on May 31, 2023

Nearly always, it takes years to pass important legislation. So why don’t more progressive lawmakers and advocates prepare multi-year plans? Part of the reason is they only know the same-old methods of organizing and...