Coming soon to your state—voter harassment and intimidation

Posted on August 17, 2016

Last Friday (August 12), Donald Trump told a nearly all-white crowd in Altoona, Pennsylvania that he was concerned about voter fraud in their state. In dog-whistle language he said he’d “heard some stories about...


Notwithstanding Hillary, why aren’t more women in public office?

Posted on August 3, 2016

by Alexandra Didenko, PLI Policy Intern Nowadays we get used to hearing that women can do or be anything. In fact, that’s true only in theory. Certainly, the role of women has increased in...


Texas can’t get enough of harassing women over abortion

Posted on July 16, 2016

by Gloria Totten and Aimee Arrambide, Op-Ed in the Austin American-Statesman After last month’s milestone decision by the Supreme Court to strike down anti-abortion laws in Texas, there was a communal sigh of relief...


Our Courts Should Enforce the Constitution

Posted on July 3, 2016

by Aimee Z. Arrambide, JD Program Manager & Reproductive Rights Policy Specialist My father was an obstetrician-gynecologist in Texas. Shortly after Roe v. Wade, until he passed away ten years ago, my father performed...


Group identification, rather than policy, explains the 2016 election

Posted on June 22, 2016

Political activists have a notion that there is something beyond logic and self-interest that drives the choices of average voters. We know that low-income Whites often vote against their own economic interests. We know...


American Culture is Threatened by Hate Speech

Posted on June 5, 2016

America is not really a nation of laws. Our legislative system governs only the most egregious behavior. The way Americans treat each other day-to-day—attitude and etiquette, willingness or wariness, prejudice or tolerance—is driven mostly...


Now more than ever, we need to give voice to our progressive values

Posted on May 25, 2016

Americans who avoid politics are far more likely to pay attention in a presidential election year. This is our chance to persuade. I suspect you may want to talk about single-payer health insurance, a...


New poll illustrates confirmation bias, Trump less popular than lice

Posted on May 10, 2016

A just-released Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey found that Donald Trump supporters inhabit an alternate reality. They believe in obvious falsehoods. Why is that and what does it mean for political discourse? The poll,...


Both states and localities can curtail job piracy

Posted on April 26, 2016

Does anybody like job piracy? By that we mean tax breaks and subsidies to a few corporations for the supposed purpose of enticing them to move jobs from another jurisdiction. As Good Jobs First...


How to find logical fallacies in opponents’ arguments

Posted on April 13, 2016

Since Aristotle in the 4th century B.C., educated people learned the rules of rhetoric and how to identify opponents’ fallacies. Although Americans don’t often learn the intricacies of rhetoric today, political organizations and individuals...