E-Cigarettes, Progressive Defeats, Affordable Housing and More

The Public Leadership Institute is a nonprofit educational group that helps turn state and local elected officials, advocates and grassroots activists into progressive champions. To join, click here.

E-cigarette Smoke-Free Act: E-cigarettes are a significant public health concern and they mostly go unregulated. The E-cigarette Smoke-Free Act would amend existing state or local smoke-free workplaces laws to include vaping. Some jurisdictions are also prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

This year’s top progressive defeats in states and localities: Conservatives won a lot of battles this year, especially in state legislatures, and particularly involving abortion, guns, education, labor rights and social services. Read about it on IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

TODAY—Creating Affordable Housing in Your Community: Tuesday, July 21 @1:30pm Eastern, 12:30pm Central, 11:30am Mountain, 10:30am Pacific. Our friends at Local Progress are hosting a great discussion about inclusionary housing policy featuring experts from Cornerstone Partnership and some lawmakers who have successfully fought this battle. Register here.

Belief in science-based policies is largely, but not entirely, a question of partisanship: The Pew Research Center has released some polling data about people’s views on hot-button scientific issues and factors such as ideology, age, religion and education. The results are interesting and important, although kind of depressing.

How government contractors hide public records: States and localities that have “sunshine” laws often find that government contractors—when they assume control of public services—block access to vital information. This report from In The Public Interest explains how contractors hide information from the public and what you can do about it.

Going to the National Conference of State Legislatures, August 3-6 in Seattle? The Public Leadership Institute will passing out copies of the Progressive Agenda and Voicing Our Values in the Exhibition Hall, booth 1205. Come visit with us!