May 17, 2016

Imagine boarding a plane after a week away from home at meetings in another city. You’re looking forward to getting home to your family and sleeping in your own bed. You settle into your seat and close your eyes, happy to take a long-delayed nap. You sigh and breathe in …

November 17, 2015

In November 2014, we posted our state preemption predictions for the 2015 legislative sessions. We based our predictions on the history of state preemption strategy and on trends in preemption legislation filed or adopted in 2014 and earlier. We also considered past experience with industry lobbyists and front groups, as …

November 11, 2015

Maintaining local authority is essential to both preserving democracy and protecting public health and safety. To that end, we’ve updated our state preemption map to document the growing threat of preemption in six areas:  smokefree laws, e-cigarettes, nutrition, factory farms, paid sick days and guns. Click on any of these six issues, or on your own state, …

January 30, 2015

By Mark Pertschuk One of the questions I get most often about grassroots movements is: “How do events (usually tragedies) transform into effective movements for change?” I wish the answer were simple, but like so many aspects of building successful social change movements, the solutions are not always straightforward or …