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Hans Johnson
Hans Johnson is President of Progressive Victory, a political consulting firm that guides organizations and coalitions in winning strategies for advocacy, policy, civic participation, and elections. Based in Los Angeles, he has worked on campaigns in nearly every state of the union and on ballot measures in more than 20 states.

He is a past board chair of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center Foundation and past vice chair of the board of the National LGBTQ Task Force. He also served two terms as elected chair in his local of the United Auto Workers (UAW).

A native Midwesterner, Johnson in 2008 created a scholarship at his Ohio alma mater, the College of Wooster, to recognize and incentivize contributions to a more welcoming environment for LGBT people. His commentary appears on daily oped pages throughout the country. He can often be heard on The Young Turks and public radio.

Entries by Hans Johnson

Crime-Tracking Service Wrongly Calls Abortion 'Murder'

(8) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 11:07 PM

A government contractor that police departments across the country pay to track crime reports and issue maps of crime data includes in some definitions of homicide "murder by abortion."

The term appears in all homicide listings in the city of Los Angeles shown on the service,...

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Ending the "Gay Exception": The Marriage Ruling and a Fight to Make Ohio and America Whole

(4) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 1:22 PM

When the Supreme Court ruled June 26 that the right of same-sex couples to marry is protected by the Constitution's 14th Amendment, it did more than recognize a fundamental freedom and rebuff a bid for state-sponsored discrimination.

The court rejected a four-decade political crusade to mislabel as "special rights"...

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Must Sadism Be Cleared to Gather Signatures?

(3) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 2:24 PM

The wrestling match now unfolding in California over a proposed ballot measure aimed at exterminating gay people is actually a teachable moment, and not only about religious extremism and violent hate. It calls attention to the value of a simple screen test for the subjects of initiatives and constitutional amendments....

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Hobby-Nobbing: Company Men and Republicans Attack Privacy This Election

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 3:39 AM

More than half of Americans support privacy, including women's right to choose abortion, and say stronger limits against government intrusion should be a priority for lawmakers. Many Republicans, gunning for complete control of Congress, make appeals to liberty, individual rights, and undoing a federal health care...

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Golden Opportunity From the Golden State

(3) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 3:54 PM

Enrollment of more than 7 million Americans in health insurance isn't the only recent milestone for the Affordable Care Act. Beginning this month, following sustained legal pressure, the state of California will conduct what may be the largest voter-registration mailing in U.S. history. It will reach more than 4 million...

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New-jitsu Politics and the Power of the Far Right

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 2:11 PM

Gasps and lunges coming out of Washington, D.C., these days aren't just about the prospect of a federal government shutdown or Republican attempts to kill Obamacare. For the first time in 15 years, the frame for a national election cycle is coming to focus on the dangers of the extreme...

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The Lincoln Moment in America

(17) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 9:00 AM

Nothing makes 150 years fall away quite like seeing the blood of Abraham Lincoln. Visiting a friend in rural northeastern Pennsylvania a few years back, I was ushered to the local historical society in the town of Milford. A dark patch on the 36-star wool flag displayed there...

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Robert Bork Leaves Legacy for Right and Left

(4) Comments | Posted December 23, 2012 | 8:40 AM

This piece was co-authored with William N. Eskridge, the John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School.

The death of influential former judge Robert Bork marks the conclusion of a career in conservative advocacy, on and off the bench, and the closing of an era in American politics.

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Karl Rove's Haircut: Triumph of the Demographic Party

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 12:32 PM

Call it the defeat of the bullying style in American politics. Election 2012 marked a turning point when the Republican Party strategy of stigmatizing various groups of voters as outsiders and rallying majority sentiment against them finally met its demise. Instead of winning through wedge politics, the GOP faced payback...

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Our Daughters, Moms, and Sisters: Republican Attacks on Women's Choice Should Also Mobilize Men

(24) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 12:27 PM

There are rare episodes when legislative debate in America is both personal and profoundly political at the same time. One happened last month in Michigan, where a maneuver smacking of chauvinism, repression, and hypocrisy showcased the right-wing war on women, and the stakes of the Nov. 6 election.

Insistence by...

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Republicans to Veterans: No Thanks

(4) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 1:31 PM

Seniors, Disabled, Those Who Fought for Voting Rights Face New Hurdles to Voting

For more than two years, the far-right Tea Party and its cast of Republican admirers have wrapped themselves in the trappings of patriotism. Along with eagles and flags, conservatives have made liberal use of the image of...

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Demands of Aid to Religion Endanger Schools, Anger Moderates

(2) Comments | Posted August 12, 2011 | 11:43 AM

Tight federal and state budgets at a time of heightened reliance by low- and middle-income families on available services would seem to make every taxpayer dollar for public education more precious these days. But this isn't the message received by many on the far right.


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The Bullying Style in American Politics

(9) Comments | Posted March 3, 2011 | 4:21 PM

A music teacher in rural Wisconsin, my cousin Becky can hardly be mistaken for a shirker or a cheat. Warm and outgoing, blessed by a smile as open as a cornfield on a spring morning, she exudes competence and care for her students, the very image of a trustworthy educator...

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Repeal, Redemption, and Ripple Effects

(2) Comments | Posted December 29, 2010 | 2:30 PM

Any talk of redeeming acts in public life tends to focus on individuals. Character and career are the arcs of this familiar story line, punched up by celebrity and smudged, perhaps, by cynicism. So unaccustomed are reporters and players in national politics to an act of collective redemption that it...

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Wave of Voter Anger Leaves Damage, Opportunities

(6) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 6:50 PM

It is often the least of these who have the most at stake in elections. Nov. 2, 2010, was a night of reckoning for advocates of working people, immigrants, and civil rights for gay people, who faced many hard-fought losses. As the altered landscape became clearer for Democrats, a few...

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Extremism, the Makeover, and Election 2010

(20) Comments | Posted September 3, 2010 | 3:18 PM

Not long ago, a passing familiarity with Bible verses, a flair for rhetoric, and hunger for a following could be enough to land someone in a small-town pulpit. Today, it seems, they are the right stuff for a top-tier Republican candidacy, perhaps even for President.

This defining downward, and...

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Life, Liberty, and Ending Inequality

(7) Comments | Posted July 2, 2010 | 9:32 PM

Four years ago, Seattle designer Charlene Strong lost her wife of 10 years, Kate Fleming. A world-renowned narrator of audio books, Kate drowned in her basement recording studio in their home during a tragic flash flood.

Two injustices compounded the loss: that a spouse would be barred from seeing her...

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Blocked Content Puts Focus on Corporate Power

(3) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 12:46 AM

Call it a case of Googling while gay. In late February, Khadija Tribble brought her appetite and her laptop into a Denny's restaurant in northeast Washington, D.C. As she had in past visits, she took a seat, placed an order, and, like other patrons, logged into the diner's Wi-Fi network....

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Facing History, and Arizona

(17) Comments | Posted May 11, 2010 | 4:31 PM

It is easy to be cowed by mere numbers in the immigration debate. More than 12 million undocumented people reside in the United States. But whether you are a conservative who insists on small government, a progressive who prizes due process and nondiscrimination, or someone who steers by all these...

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Prom Flap Highlights Alliance of Pride and Growing Power

(4) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 3:45 PM

April is the cruelest month, wrote poet T.S. Eliot. Some students and their parents in Mississippi recently did their best to prove it. The dust-up highlights an alliance that has deepened in the past two decades while changing American politics.

Earlier this month in Itawamba County, a lesbian teen sought...

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