Progressive Values 101

Posted on September 1, 2014

It is an exaggeration to say that today’s progressives don’t have a philosophy. Progressives have a fairly consistent agenda–we know what we stand for. The problem is, we don’t have an effective framework to...


Are today’s progressives bad at message framing?

Posted on August 19, 2014

Looking back, without expensive consultants or focus groups, liberals of the 60s and 70s brilliantly framed their federal programs as the Peace Corps, Head Start, Model Cities, Fair Housing, Equal Employment Opportunity, and the...


D.C. School Test Results Reflect Utter Failure of “Reform” Policies

Posted on August 2, 2014

If this isn’t failure, what is? The latest results of the DC-CAS, the District of Columbia’s high-stakes standardized test, show that the percentage of public school students judged “proficient” or better in reading has...


Why Progressive Values Work

Posted on July 18, 2014

Liberals, lefties, environmentalists, unionists, consumer advocates—all progressive types—suffer from negative stereotypes. Some of these stereotypes were invented by the right-wing messaging machine, and others are self-inflicted. By using values, we address and reverse some...


Freedom Is Free

Posted on July 9, 2014

The Fourth of July is a time for both well-meaning and evil-intending people to misuse the word “freedom.” As a political concept, the only workable definition of “freedom” is that it’s the absence of...


Minimum wage wins, even in a conservative-controlled jurisdiction

Posted on June 24, 2014

Can progressives win a minimum wage hike even in conservative-controlled state? Yes, by playing smart, aggressive politics. A few weeks ago, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation to raise that state’s minimum wage from...


A Populist Platform for 2014

Posted on June 10, 2014

Want a policy platform for your candidacy or organization? Here is a one-page statement that reflects American values and includes economic policies that are all wildly popular: A Populist Platform for 2014 For the...


Economic populism is crucial this year

Posted on May 27, 2014

2014 is not a year for subtlety. Pollsters expect older, whiter, more conservative Americans to show up at the polls in November while younger voters and people of color, who are more likely to...


Nine Tips for Fundraising

Posted on May 2, 2014

Nine Tips for Political Fundraising We all do fundraising. But do we do our best? Here are Nine Tips: 1.       Begin with the right attitude. When you approach someone for a donation, you’re giving...


Non-verbal communication can negate what you’re trying to say

Posted on April 22, 2014

How do you spend most of your time when preparing to give a speech? If you are like most advocates and policymakers we’ve worked with, your answer is content or the words. You might...