It’s the Economy, Criminal Records, Robocalls and More

Posted on December 4, 2019

Protection Against Robocalls Act: Americans everywhere are subjected to innumerable unwanted robocalls and telephone scams. Earlier this year, the State of Maine enacted legislation to do something about it. The Protection Against Robocalls Act, based on the Maine statute, bans most automated and prerecorded robocalls and prohibits telemarketers from using false or misleading caller IDs.

For average Americans, it’s still the economy, stupid: James Carville famously made economics central to Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, insisting “It’s the economy, stupid!” Contrary to news coverage, for average Americans, the economy is now worse than it was in 1992. And it’s absolutely essential for progressives to understand this real-world kitchen table economics. Read more in the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Automatic Criminal Record Sealing: Pennsylvania and Utah became the first two states to automatically seal criminal records for people who are eligible, so those records cannot affect their chances for employment, education and housing. The program is called “Clean Slate” and it is described and discussed in this podcast.

States with the weakest gun laws have the highest gun death rates: Gun death rates are highest where there are weak gun laws, as demonstrated in a new analysis by the Center for American Progress. The five most dangerous states are: Alaska, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Montana. The five safest are: Hawaii, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.

Municipal Equality Index for 2019: Municipalities are exceeding inclusion standards to protect LGBTQ people, according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. A record 88 cities earned HRC’s highest score, up from 78 cities in 2018 and only 11 in 2012.

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Sick Leave, Urban Greening, 2020 Narrative and More

Posted on November 20, 2019

Paid Sick Leave Act: Millions of Americans do not have access to a single paid sick day if they become sick or need time to take care of a sick child or elderly parent....


Minimum Wage, Popular Bills, Free Markets and More

Posted on November 7, 2019

Fair Minimum Wage Act: With the exception of a few states and cities that have really dealt with the issue, like IL, NJ, NY, MA, MD, Seattle and Washington, DC, it is both good...


Basic rules, Credit Checks, Tobacco Control and More

Posted on October 23, 2019

No Credit Checks in Employment Act: It has become fairly routine for employers to check the credit history of job applicants and employees, even though it has nothing to do with job performance. The...


Climate Solutions, Ransomware Attacks, Media Lies and More

Posted on October 10, 2019

Safe Schools Act: The Safe Schools Act, which could be enacted by states, counties, localities or school boards, would deter harassment, intimidation and bullying in K-12 schools by creating laying down clear educational policies....


White Supremacy, American Democracy, Repro Rights and More

Posted on September 25, 2019

Resolution Condemning White Supremacy: Just two days ago, the city of Boise, Idaho unanimously adopted a Resolution Condemning White Supremacy and denouncing bias and hate in all of its forms. If Boise can do...


Digital Disinformation, Affordable Universities, Progressive Values and More

Posted on September 11, 2019

Access to Public Services for Non-English Speakers Act: The Access to Public Services for Non-English Speakers Act would require a city, county or state to take reasonable steps to make translations available so that...


Rules of Persuasion, Protecting Immigrants, Gender Equity and More

Posted on August 28, 2019

Immigrant Tenant Protection Act: Based on a new law enacted in Illinois, the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act prohibits a landlord from disclosing or threatening to disclose, or attempting eviction, based on a tenant’s immigration...


Assault Weapons, Community Schools, Facial Recognition and More

Posted on August 15, 2019

Community Services Ombudsman Act: At the city, county and state levels, nonprofit organizations provide a great deal of the social services that residents need. The Community Service Ombudsman Act creates an office of ombudsman whose job...


New Preparing to Win, Taxes, Webinars and More

Posted on July 31, 2019

Tax Expenditure Sunset Act: Many states and cities have an inadequate system for reviewing and re-approving tax expenditures. The Tax Expenditure Sunset Act requires that all new tax expenditures automatically expire in five years...