American Culture Is Threatened by Hate Speech

If we allow Donald Trump to radically alter our national culture, to make the unacceptable acceptable, it will be nearly impossible to change it back. Crudeness and bigotry will become mainstream—the new normal.

Can We Talk About Assault Weapons?

We all know that some guns should be banned or severely restricted. What about assault weapons like the AR-15 used to murder 14 in San Bernardino, Calif.? There is more reason to ban this weapon than almost any other.

What Can We Do About Guns?

Americans favor—and have always favored—strong legislation to oversee and restrict gun ownership. So why are politicians afraid of promoting gun laws and what can we, as a practical matter, do about it?

Time to Kill the Death Penalty

On the surface Americans still favor the death penalty by a margin of two to one. And yet, progressives should now feel comfortable on this issue, especially in a primary election.

The Flag That Offends 100 Million Americans

The horrific massacre at the Emanuel AME Church signals that It's long past time to take down the Confederate flag. If the Charleston murderer understands that that flag represents his racist cause, why doesn’t everyone?

The Right-Wing Surge in the States

In state legislatures, 2015 is the right wing's best chance to enact the most extreme legislation. The right has made clear three overarching goals: weaken labor unions, suppress voting, and satisfy their religious extremists.

The Science of Political Persuasion – Part One

When deciding whether to agree with you, people rely on emotion and ingrained beliefs far more than facts. Let us explore why people’s brains work this way and use the information to restructure our arguments to make them more effective.

Progressive Wedge Issues for Cities and States

For years, conservatives used “wedge issues” to split moderates from progressives. It's time to promote some progressive wedge issues and our best opportunities for both publicity and passage are in states, cities and counties.

The State of the States and Localities

Due to the ghastly 2014 elections, the GOP controls more state legislative bodies than at any time since the 1920s. The best defense is a good offense; progressives need to go on the offensive with smart, populist legislation.

Top 10 Legislative Victories of 2014

While legislative efforts to advance economic and social justice were thoroughly frustrated in Congress, there were true progressive victories in states and localities across America. Here are the Top 10 for 2014.

Hope Is in the Cities and States

Over the next two years, Washington will be a horror show. But that doesn’t mean we can’t win progressive victories in 2015. We can dramatically change policy by focusing on cities and states.