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.

  • Letter: Politically diverse parent group addresses polarization in Edina
    To the editor: We are a group of Edina parents who came together because we are concerned about polarization in our community about how our schools deal with political and social issues. Five of us identify as leaning conservative and five lean liberal. Caroline Correia, Maggie McCracken, Tracy Lumpkin, Jennifer Wood, Karen Gabler, Dierdre Van Nest, Sue McHugh and Orlando Flores joined Ray Douglas and Michael Cavanaugh Blaes, the signers of this letter. Using a process designed and facilitated by the nonprofit Better Angels, we worked to better understand each other’s perspectives and find common ground for moving forward. Using ... (Read More)
    Source: Better AngelsPublished on 2019-02-13By Better Angels
  • Victory in the Wyoming House
    The 28th Amendment got a major boost in Wyoming last week when the Wyoming House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 8, calling on Congress to pass an amendment to get big money out of politics. The Free and Fair Elections Resolution now heads over to the Wyoming Senate.     If the resolution passes the Senate, it would make Wyoming the 20th state to formally call for the 28th Amendment. Nineteen states have already formally called on Congress to pass an Amendment, with many more poised to join the list.   Wyoming Promise, the American Promise Association in ... (Read More)
    Source: American PromisePublished on 2019-02-12
  • Social Emotional Health and our Immigration Issues
    My heart sinks every time I watch the news or read my Twitter feed. How did we get here? Our country has become so polarized when it pertains to our immigration system that we have lost the ability to feel empathy for those who seek assistance. As a mental health professional, I am alarmed that our government is dividing families. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is currently separating migrant children from their parents at the border and reneging on their past promises of safety to DACA recipients. These are unnecessary policies that will cause more trauma to already traumatized ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2019-02-12By Lina Acosta Sandaal
  • GENERATION CITIZEN: The Power of Youth in Our Politics, a new book by Scott Warren
    PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY “Insightful, inspirational . . . A useful resource for aspiring political activists.” Rebekah Kati Library Journal GENERATION CITIZEN: The Power of Youth in our Politics by Scott WarrenPublished by Counterpoint America is at a crossroads. We are alienated from civic engagement, and our democracy is in doubt. Yet there is a new energy in the air. Young people are again taking up the role they’ve often held: as leaders ... (Read More)
    Source: Generation CitizenPublished on 2019-02-12By Chelsea Schuster
  • Does Unlimited Political Spending Support Democracy? Why We Don’t Think So
    Reposted from A strong majority of American citizens support an amendment to authorize limits on the influence of big money on our political system—an influence that has exploded since the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. Whatever their beliefs on specific issues, Americans see how unlimited political spending is undermining representative democracy, distorting our economy and undermining public trust—and they want it to change. But, what do the opponents of the amendment believe? What were the arguments that led five Supreme Court justices to decide in favor of Citizens United? Their primary argument was that unlimited ... (Read More)
    Source: Bridge AlliancePublished on 2019-02-12
  • Today’s leaders should ask themselves: What would Lincoln do?
    By David Blankenhorn, Los Angeles Times Abraham Lincoln, who was born 210 years ago today, was president during an era even more rancorous and polarized than our own. Yet he managed to navigate it – not in a way that pleased everyone or made him popular, but rather by keeping the good of the country always in his sights. His path has lessons for today’s leaders. Lincoln’s political philosophy consisted of only a few ideas, and he believed that America itself was based on these ideas. He said in 1861 that he had “never had a feeling politically that did ... (Read More)
    Source: Better AngelsPublished on 2019-02-12By Better Angels
  • Creating Visuals that Inspire Real-Time Conversation
    We are thrilled to share the following piece written by Lydia Hooper on the powerful way that graphic recordings can both capture a conversation in real time, and as folks saw first hand at NCDD2018, can be a motivator of conversation as well. We were fortunate to work with Lydia during the 8th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation in Downtown Denver this last November (view her work here!) and she helped create and facilitate an interactive graphic recording project over the course of the three days. She describes it more in the post below… By Lydia Hooper How many conversations ... (Read More)
    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2019-02-12By Keiva Hummel
  • HUGE Win! New Yok Closes LLC Loophole
    Since our inception, Take Back Our Republic has identified New York’s LLC loophole as one of the more egregious and non-sensical in the campaign finance arena. Now, the loophole is awaiting the governor’s signature and poised to be no more. Thanks to overwhelming support in the state legislature- inspired by citizens like Take Back Our Republic Regional Coordinator Paul Lichstein(pictured below)- A776, aimed at treating LLCs like corporations for campaign finance purposes, is on the verge of becoming law. Lichstein had the following to say about the closing of the LLC Loophole. “Almost all of the donors who have used ... (Read More)
    Source: Take Back Our RepublicPublished on 2019-02-11By Admin
  • Hoping the debate moves to a more realistic discussion
    We, as Americans, cherish the freedom and right to disagree—which we do, often deeply about important issues that need resolution. But polarization undermines that freedom by tightening prejudices rather than opening thought, thus diminishing the chances for finding resolutions and moving forward.  So while polarization may feel like a righteous champion of freedom and right, it is in fact just the opposite—a stick jammed in the spokes of the democratic discourse of ... (Read More)
    Source: Better AngelsPublished on 2019-02-11By Greg Munford
  • Ranked ballots could debut in 2020 presidential primaries
    First it was 20, then 30, and now, predictions for the Democratic presidential nomination have become less about how many candidates will run than just few will not. And with each exploratory committee announcement, a new wave of worry washes over the upcoming elections, reinvigorating talk of vote-splitting, wasted votes and ‘spoiled’ results. It’s the same storyline that swamped the 2016 nomination for the Republican party. The crowded contest split supporters such that many of the most significant state primaries and caucuses were won by the smallest of margins and often by a candidate without widespread support, evidenced by FairVote ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2019-02-11
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