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.

  • Media round-up for Dec. 14, 2018
    Press hits Judge rejects GOP lawmaker’s lawsuit over Maine’s new voting system The Hill A federal judge tossed a lawsuit from Rep. Bruce Poliquin that included constitutional challenges of Maine's ranked-choice voting (RCV) system and a request for a new election. Federal judge denies Poliquin’s challenge to Maine’s ranked choice voting law Maine Public Radio More detail on judge’s rejection of ranked choice voting lawsuit in Maine and the slim chances that an appeal would hold up in court. Ranked choice voting litmus test in Maine could pave the way for other states FOX News Decision in Maine lawsuit has ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2018-12-14
  • Top #5Actions of the Past Week: December 14, 2018
    Greetings! Today we remember everyone affected by the tragedy at Sandy Hook. We will never give up the fight to protect our communities from gun violence. We're also celebrating two wins in Congress, directly fueled by your incredibly parent power. First: the U.S. Congress approved a Farm Bill that protects SNAP (food stamps). And the U.S. House and Senate both passed the groundbreaking Preventing Maternal Deaths Act. Thank you for all of your calls, signatures and stories on these and every issue. Together we are powerful.   Let's keep that momentum going. Please see our latest list of top, urgent and ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2018-12-14By Karen Showalter
  • How Many Gifts to Give Young Children During the Holidays?
    Every December at my center parents ask me how to not spoil their children and how to manage the gift-giving frenzy of the holidays.  The following are the answers to the most popular parent questions during the holiday: How many gifts should we give our kids? There is no magic number but if the kids are under five years old it is important to keep the number of gifts to a minimum. More than four gifts is excessive, especially if we take into account the gifts that the extended family will give to the child.  If we think carefully many gifts ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2018-12-14By Lina Acosta Sandaal
  • Get to Know a Civvys Winner: First Vote NC
    In October, we celebrated the winners of the 2018 American Civic Collaboration Awards - or "the Civvys" - in a ceremony at the National Conference on Citizenship in Washington, D.C. While all of our nominees and finalists do inspiring work to better their communities and strengthen the fabric of the nation, this year's winners represent exemplar cases of high-impact, truly collaborative initiatives.  We asked our winners to answer a few questions about the role of civic collaboration in what they do. This week, meet our winner in the Youth category, First Vote NC. Hunter Buxton accepts the Youth award on behalf of ... (Read More)
    Source: Big Tent NationPublished on 2018-12-14
  • AllSides Updates: New Students Website & Is Civility Bogus?
    In an era when the mainstream media is hyperpolarized, it is vital to our societal and democratic well-being to have access to news sources with more balanced viewpoints. AllSides provides news sources from across the center-left-right spectrum and works to improve civil discourse, and they just announced exciting news and posted a great article exploring civility! The new website, AllSides for Schools, offers resources for students to improve their media literacy, build empathy, and have tools for engaging in civil discourse – read more about it in the post below! Listen to the archive of our TechTuesday here featuring AllSides’ student-focused programming, Mismatch.  ... (Read More)
    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2018-12-14By Keiva Hummel
  • The ALL INsider – Issue 31
    The post The ALL INsider – Issue 31 appeared first on ALL IN Challenge. Is your campus ALL IN? ... (Read More)
    Source: All In ChallengePublished on 2018-12-13By Shelby Harold
  • The ALL INsider – Issue 31
    The post The ALL INsider – Issue 31 appeared first on ALL IN Challenge. Is your campus ALL IN? ... (Read More)
    Source: All InPublished on 2018-12-13By Shelby Harold
  • Ohio Considering Raising Standard to Approve Constitutional Amendments
    Legislators in Ohio are considering changes to how the Buckeye State approves constitutional amendments. With reform measures increasingly gaining traction at the ballot box, this movement is certainly worth watching. Most notably, the bill would raise the needed vote to approve a constitutional amendment to 60%, joining Illinois and Florida at that threshold. New Hampshire requires a 2/3s majority vote. Proponents of this change would cite the difficulty in amending the U.S. Constitution and argue that state constitutions should be similarly tough to alter and require strong consensus. Opponents would argue that the will of the people should be respected ... (Read More)
    Source: Take Back Our RepublicPublished on 2018-12-13By Admin
  • Ranked choice voting reaffirmed in latest court challenge
    U.S. District Court Judge Lance Walker became the latest in a string of judges to consider and uphold the constitutionality of ranked choice voting, with a new judgement Thursday that affirmed its use in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race. When it became apparent that incumbent U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin would lose to challenger Jared Golden in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, he filed a lawsuit in federal court arguing that Maine’s new use of ranked choice voting meant that he should be declared the winner instead. The lawsuit made a variety of claims, including one that has come up in court ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2018-12-13
  • Bay Area Student Changemaker Address
    Stephanie, an 8th grader from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, on her action project to address neighborhood violence. Stephanie delivers her Changemaker Award speech at Civics DayThis speech was delivered at Bay Area Civics Day on December 7, 2018. Good afternoon, my name is Stephanie. I’m from San Francisco and I attend Martin Luther King Jr. middle school. I’m in 8th grade and I’m 13 years old. I want to tell you about the issue my class worked on — neighborhood violence. Neighborhood violence puts everybody’s life on the line — families worried about losing their children, people in our community worried about losing ... (Read More)
    Source: Generation CitizenPublished on 2018-12-13By Bandon Klugman
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