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...


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...