How to talk about abortion rights now

Posted on May 4, 2022

Thanks to the Supreme Court, abortion has become one of the top political issues in America. If you’re involved in federal or state elections in any way, be ready. Even local officials will have...


Vacant offices bring major policy problems

Posted on April 20, 2022

Among workers whose jobs can mostly be done at home or another remote location, about 60 percent now prefer they not come back to the office. The coming transition of millions of jobs away...


Five most common mistakes in political persuasion

Posted on April 6, 2022

Progressive activists generally know how to talk to each other. That’s what we do every day! But the language and approaches we use with each other don’t work on persuadable Americans. 1) Don’t let...


Top ten rules of direct mail

Posted on March 23, 2022

In a political or referendum campaign, you want to dominate the dominant medium.* In large campaigns that’s often television/video. But in most state and local contests, the dominant medium is direct mail. How can...


Let us praise democracy

Posted on March 9, 2022

Twelve score and six years ago, our founding fathers created a new nation with a new form of government—not rule by kings or dictators, not by the rich or the strong, but of, by...


Frame the debate – or lose

Posted on February 23, 2022

On February 15, three members of the San Francisco School Board lost a recall election. Numerous pundits say this means that Democrats have gone too far to the left, or alternatively, they have become...


Justice delayed is justice denied

Posted on February 9, 2022

In 2016, candidate Trump famously said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay?” Two recent news stories suggest he wouldn’t be prosecuted...


New model bills to address current politics

Posted on January 26, 2022

As the right wing attacks progressives on issue after issue, it’s bad politics to only play defense. Here are five new model bills that allow you to get proactive and reframe hot political issues....


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...