Stories about a “crime wave” are a lie

Posted on January 12, 2022

Over the past few months, the right-wing media has gone hog wild lying about the crime rate. And the mainstream media hasn’t been much better. Here’s the truth: U.S. crime rates for both violent...


Ten really good laws enacted in 2021

Posted on December 29, 2021

In July, we presented “Five really stupid laws enacted in 2021” and two weeks ago gave you five more awful laws. This week, let’s highlight ten laws that you might want to push in...


Five more really stupid laws enacted in 2021

Posted on December 15, 2021

In July, we presented “Five really stupid laws enacted in 2021” describing some of the right-wing legislation that has become so extreme it often sidetracks into self-satire. Here are five more examples: 1) Outlawing...


Are we toast in 2022?

Posted on December 1, 2021

Pundits across the nation warn that progressives and Democrats will likely lose in 2022. That might be true if the election were today, but November is still a long way off. Here are five...


Lessons from the 2021 elections, part two

Posted on November 17, 2021

We should use election results to understand the political moment. Like opinion polls, elections are a snapshot of how voters feel at a given time. The questions, then, are why did voters feel that...


Three lessons from the Virginia elections

Posted on November 3, 2021

The 2021 election results must be seen as a wake-up call for progressives. At this point, we have the most information about Virginia. While there’s a lot to say about the respective campaigns, here...


The education tragedy you haven’t heard about

Posted on October 20, 2021

Last week, an agency of the Department of Education reported that, for the first time since testing began in the 1970s, nationwide scores dropped for all categories on the National Assessment of Educational Progress...


The conservative excuses for selfishness

Posted on October 6, 2021

What are conservatives thinking when they say, with colossal irony, “my body, my choice”? How do they justify going unvaccinated and maskless when vaccines and masks are extremely protective and practically free? The answer...


Vaccine mandates represent winning politics

Posted on September 22, 2021

More than 73 percent of adults, including 86 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of Republicans, have taken at least one shot of the COVID vaccine. Only about 40 percent of children over 11...


How to talk about abortion rights

Posted on September 8, 2021

According to the latest polling (Sept. 4-7 by YouGov – see page 101), by a margin of 50 to 28 percent, Americans want the Supreme Court to uphold Roe v. Wade. Gallup, which asks...