News from the Community

The following news items are an aggregation of RSS feeds taken from over 60 websites across the web.  They represent member organizations from the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation, the Bridge Alliance, and supporting organizations of the Transpartisan Review.  Although not all items reflect transpartisan news and opinion, the following feed offers an interesting snapshot of the work of organizations who pursue a mission of sharing meaningful ideas and lasting solutions to our most pressing problems.

  • Support NCDD’s Fundraiser and Win One of Our Giveaways!
    NCDD is so very thankful to everyone who has donated, joined, and renewed their membership as part of NCDD’s End-of-the-Year Fundraiser! This week, we’re pulling out all the stops to help us meet our goal of raising $15,000 by the first week of January – by offering those who make a donation a chance to win a number of exciting giveaways! Everyone who donates $50 or more to NCDD this week will be entered into a drawing for one of the following 17 prizes from NCDD’s staff and some of our amazing members: NCDD Member Mark Gerzon has contributed 5 ... (Read More)
    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2018-12-18By Keiva Hummel
  • Let Gov. Bill Haslam know that we want Clemency for Cyntoia Brown NOW!
    Cyntoia Brown is a girl who our justice system failed.  A sex trafficking victim who after days of being abused and drugged by her captors, was sold to a 43 year-old armed child predator. She feared for her life. She defended her life.(1) This is Cyntoia’s story. The story of a victim who found the courage to fight back. The story of a victim whose courage and whose trauma was ignored by a system that was supposed to protect her.  A system that, instead of protecting, sentenced a child sex trafficking victim to life in prison because she defended herself. Cyntoia ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2018-12-17By Beatriz Beckford
  • Citizens Juries: Empowering (and Re-empowering) the Public
    Last Fall, we hosted the 3 weekend long Willmar Community Assembly, where a group of 32 citizens learned about the ins and outs of local government and discussed how the city could better reflect their priorities. At the end of last day, participants drafted a shared statement about what they were taking away from the… Keep Reading The post Citizens Juries: Empowering (and Re-empowering) the Public appeared first on Jefferson Center. ... (Read More)
    Source: Jefferson CenterPublished on 2018-12-17By Annie Pottorff
  • 12/17/18 – Ride-Hailing Apps Such as Uber and Lyft – Top 3 Pros and Cons - While 66% of Americans have heard of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft, just 15% say they have used the services (21% in major cities). Prior to the rapid increase of ride-hailing companies, riders would hail taxis on the street or by calling in to a central dispatch. ... (Read More)
    Source: ProCon.orgPublished on 2018-12-17
  • The primary problem with American primaries: lack of competition
    The following blog was released as a new FairVote report. Editor’s note: America's Primary Problem is a report principally authored by Paul Schimek PhD. FairVote advocates for different approaches to primary elections depending on the context, including eliminating them, as the report advocates, and keeping them with ranked choice voting, as was used in Maine. In all cases, our advocacy seeks to promote more fair and competitive elections. Lack of competition in the elections for the U.S. House has left many Americans with a bad taste in their mouths. An essential ingredient — competition — has been too often removed ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2018-12-17
  • Santa could bring fair representation to British Columbia this year
    While holiday hubbub has drowned out much of the electoral battlecries sounded during the midterm elections, the gift of electoral reform could come just in time for Christmas for parts of Canada. The single-winner plurality system plaguing American elections has also caused its fair share of damage across the border in the Canadian province of British Columbia. All but two of the last 17 governments - which is ruled by an 87-member legislative assembly akin to Congress - were “false majorities,” meaning the ruling party received less than 50 percent support among voters, according to reform group FairVote Canada (FairVote ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2018-12-17
  • The Dangers of “Mega-partisan” Identities in the US
    A Summary of the NCDD Listserv Conversation Entitled: Democrats are wrong about Republicans and Republicans are wrong about Democrats Listserv Contributors: Ken Homer, Tom Altee, Babara (last name masked), Peter Jones, John Backman, Bruce Waltuck, Rosa Zubizarreta, Dennis Boyer, Linda Ellinor, Dana Morris-Jones, Sarah Read, David Fridley, Kim Crowley, Steve Griffith, Chris Santos-Long, Terry Steichen, James Anest, Joan Blades, Kenoli Oleari, David Fridley, Deb Blakeslee, Britt Blaser, Eric Smiley, Howard Ward In July, NCDD member Ken Homer shared a news article by Perry Bacon Jr. in the “Secret Identity” column from which features articles discussing the role of ... (Read More)
    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2018-12-17By Annie Rappeport
  • “Honor Bush’s legacy by forgoing tribalism”
    Common Ground Committee co-founder, Bruce Bond, shares and memorializes the late President George H.W. Bush by urging readers to honor his legacy by forgoing tribalism and support candidates who do the same through civility and common ground methods. You can find this article in Houston Chronical opinion section The post “Honor Bush’s legacy by forgoing tribalism” appeared first on Common Ground Committee. ... (Read More)
    Source: Common Ground CommitteePublished on 2018-12-14By admin
  • Bruce Bond Interview with Chance Seales from Newsy “The Why”
    Earlier this month, our co-founder Bruce Bond joined Chance Seales on Newsy’s “The Why” to talk about how the new Congress can find common ground. During the nearly 4-minute interview, Bruce details Common Ground Committee’s mission, why the country still admires and wants civility, and some of the areas he thinks Democrats and Republicans can work together during the new session of Congress.   You can watch the full interview here. The post Bruce Bond Interview with Chance Seales from Newsy “The Why” appeared first on Common Ground Committee. ... (Read More)
    Source: Common Ground CommitteePublished on 2018-12-14By admin
  • This Is Not Your Father’s Congress
    By Brad Fitch, Congressional Management Foundation. Reposted from When I arrived on Capitol Hill in the summer of 1983 for my internship with a House member, I had never stepped foot in a congressional office building. I walked into the office, was led to a corner in the back and sat down in front of an IBM Selectric typewriter. (For younger readers, you can see examples at the Smithsonian.) A rather intimidating young woman with an impressive title, legislative correspondent, sat me down and handed me a giant tabbed notebook. It was organized by issue topic, each with a paragraph on ... (Read More)
    Source: Bridge AlliancePublished on 2018-12-14
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