Stop with the Ageism

Posted on January 9, 2024

The whole idea of fighting bigotry is that people should be judged on their individual characteristics not their group, such as race, religion, sex, or gender identity. And yet, Joe Biden is almost universally...


Poll explains what MAGA means

Posted on December 12, 2023

An NBC News poll found that 52 percent of Republicans consider themselves supporters of the MAGA movement and a Monmouth poll found it’s actually 66 percent. What does that mean for politics and governance?...


We can and must recapture freedom

Posted on November 29, 2023

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...


The 2023 election was a relief not a triumph

Posted on November 15, 2023

We ought to feel good about the 2023 elections results. But, at the same time, we must be realistic. Democrats narrowly won. It’s a relief but not the breakthrough that we need. In the...


The right-wing base is worse than you thought

Posted on November 1, 2023

A very reliable pollster, PRRI, just released a study finding that about half of Republicans support an authoritarian state, rather than one controlled by the rule of law. And most of them say “true...


Don’t say “conspiracy theory”

Posted on October 18, 2023

The MAGA movement is based on anti-minority and anti-science lies. The biggest and most pernicious of these lies are often called “conspiracy theories.” Don’t use that term. MAGA is a cult of white victimhood....


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...