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  • Strip Mining Democracy: Ralph Nader Radio Hour

    October 14, 2021

    Ralph Nader Radio Hour On today’s program, we look at two ways that corporate lobbies and their political allies subvert democracy: “gerrymandering” and “preemption.” First, law professor Herman Schwartz breaks down the scourge of partisan gerrymandering. Then Mark Pertschuk, director of “Grassroots Change,” sheds light on how states and the …

  • September 30, 2021 Preemption Watch Newsletter

    October 1, 2021

    Extreme Preemption Stops Local Progress All but seven US states already preempt local authority over firearms and ammunition, so the pro-gun lobby has shifted to promoting ever more extreme forms of preemption. Also known as “super” (or “punitive”) preemption, the new wave of preemption typically imposes severe penalties on local officials …

  • August 18, 2021 Preemption Watch Newsletter

    August 22, 2021

    As state legislatures adjourn for the summer or the session, pressure from special interests builds to preempt local democracy, especially in the cases of firearms and Covid-19. All but seven US states already preempt local authority over firearms and ammunition, so the gun lobby has shifted to promoting ever more …

  • The 2021 Preemption Landscape with Mark Pertschuk

    March 8, 2021

    WEBINAR: DMO Municipal Mondays Democratic Municipal Officials, February 8, 2021 Derek Green (Councilmember At-Large, Philadelphia, DMO President) Mark Pertschuk gives presentation on 2021 preemption landscape. Ian Baltutis (Mayor, Burlington, NC) Lauren Kuby (City Councilmember & Vice Chair, Tempe, AZ)  

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In the Words of Our Partners

“Shortly after… Denton, Texas pass a ban on hydraulic fracturing, we faced the preemption onslaught from the state. The team at Grassroots Change offered us key advice, resources, and social networking opportunities. They’ve helped educate and empower us. It’s great to know they have our back in this difficult battle.”

Adam Briggle, Associate Professor, University of North Texas, Frack Free Denton

“Grassroots Change has been a valuable partner… for our organization and network to support our movement, especially in countering preemption... We found the Preemption Map so successful in informing our network, that we republished it to our network leadership.”

Ellen Bravo, Director, Family Values @ Work

“Grassroots Change is THE authority on preemption and movement building. Their website is my go-to resource... My students love their materials!”

Shannon Frattaroli, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Preemption Watch

Preemption Watch can help you better understand and counter preemption. We provide tools, research, and case studies to help you develop informed strategies to further your goals. Our bi-weekly newsletter provides timely coverage of state and fedearl threats.

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Cupertino Considers Ban on E-Cigarettes, Vaping Products

NBC Bay Area, Staff, February 4, 2020- Another Bay Area city is pushing a ban on e-cigarettes and vaping products in an effort to curb teen use. Cupertino city leaders will hear public comments on the proposal at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. In November, the city outlawed the sale …

Vaping legislation advances in New Mexico

New Mexico Daily Lobo, Lissa Knudsen, February 3, 2020- New Mexico is one step closer to establishing a licensure process for e-cigarette and other tobacco product retailers and raising the age of purchase of all tobacco products to twenty-one. Senate Bill 131, the Tobacco Products Act, sponsored by Sen. Linda Lopez …

Environmental Groups Support Latest Bag Ban Bill

EcoRI News, Staff, January 30, 2020- PROVIDENCE — Dave McLaughlin of Clean Ocean Access put it best when he described the latest bill for a statewide ban on plastic shopping bags: “It’s like a test. You want a 98 but you’ll take a 91,” he said after a Jan. 29 …

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