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.

  • Make a difference
    Has this election been a wake-up call for you to stop thinking about getting involved and start doing something? We’ve been hearing from a lot of people who want to use their energy, skills, and time to make a difference. They want their effort to be meaningful, but don’t know where to start so that their work has some real impact. First, kudos on taking the first step into action. Next, decide what drives your passion. What issues are important enough to sustain your interest to see a project thrive and have an impact? Finally, don’t go it alone. One ... (Read More)
    Source: Center for Civic DesignPublished on 2016-11-17By Whitney Quesenbery
  • House Oversight Committee Takes Aim at Improper Payments
    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report detailing ineffectiveness of current improper payment system. ... (Read More)
    Source: POGOPublished on 2016-11-17
  • The Future of Our Democracy
    Regardless of your feelings about its outcome, this election has brought the divides in our country into sharp relief – divisions that threaten the health and vibrancy of our shared democracy. Together, our country faces serious challenges. These challenges take different forms in different communities. We know, though, that communities have the capacity to address … Continue reading The Future of Our Democracy ... (Read More)
    Source: Jefferson CenterPublished on 2016-11-17By Kyle Bozentko
  • New Rule: Even the Appearance of a Conflict of Interest Should Be Avoided for Government Employees
    The Office of Government Ethics finalized a rule governing the solicitation and acceptance of gifts to government employees from outside sources. The new rule is intended to “advance public confidence in the integrity of Federal officials” by advising government employees that they should avoid accepting gifts that create an appearance that their integrity or ability to act impartially is compromised. ... (Read More)
    Source: POGOPublished on 2016-11-17
  • IVP Showcases ‘Other Side’ Documentary
    The Business and Leadership Policy Conference hosted annually by the Independent Voter Project in Maui, Hawaii, exists to bring legislators, policy advocates, and industry professionals together to exchange ideas and have substantive discussions on the greatest issues affecting California lawmakers, businesses, and state residents. Though the discussion tends to focus on California, legislators and business professionals from other states are invited to share and learn. Legislators who attend the conference every year include both Republicans and Democrats and their goal is simple: work together to figure out what the best solutions are for California and their constituents. So there may ... (Read More)
    Source: Independent Voter ProjectPublished on 2016-11-17
  • Support for Trump Fed by Near-Universal Frustration that Government Ignores the People
    While there is much post-election interest in a small demographic of voters who shifted from voting for Barack Obama to Donald Trump, an in-depth study conducted in the midst of the election finds that Trump’s victory was buoyed by a broad-based, nearly universal crisis of confidence in how the federal government makes decisions.   The […] ... (Read More)
    Source: Voice Of the PeoplePublished on 2016-11-17By client
  • How Reformers Beat Koch Bros. in South Dakota   
    Sioux Falls –Time and again, opinion polls tell us that 70%, 80% and even 90% of Americans believe our political system is broken but think there’s nothing We the People can do about it. Perhaps a progressive state like California or Massachusetts might pass an isolated reform, but the political cognoscenti regard the rest of the country as hopeless because billionaires, corporations, and special interests have such a strong lock on power. But this year, the improbable happened in South Dakota, a solid Red state where the deck is heavily stacked against reform. A band of prairie populists, undeterred by ... (Read More)
    Source: ReclaimPublished on 2016-11-16By hedrick
  • There is Something About Prescription Drug Costs You Don’t Know
    Health care prices are always on the minds of consumers. This is no surprise since Americans now spend more of their disposable income on health care than at any other point in U.S. history. Scandals like the surge in EpiPen prices add fuel to a perpetual fire over rising health care prices in the United States, including the cost of prescription drugs. However, during the Independent Voter Project’s annual Business and Leadership Policy Conference, professionals in the biotech industry explained that patients are often denied the right information about the cost of their prescription drugs, including who all controls these ... (Read More)
    Source: Independent Voter ProjectPublished on 2016-11-16
  • Shared Purpose
    Dear Friends, We in the climate action community have been deeply affected by the events of the last week. We are acutely aware of the multifaceted risks of climate change, as well as the urgent need for global action. The election of President-elect Donald Trump, who has called climate change a “hoax" and threatened to roll back hard-won progress, has left many people understandably frightened. Having said that, our community is also privileged to be able to turn our concern into action. This is our commitment at DEPLOY/US. We have spent the past two years working with an extraordinary network ... (Read More)
    Source: Deploy UsPublished on 2016-11-16
  • GAO Finds Shrinking Oversight of Capitol Complex Caretaker
    Oversight activity at the Architect of the Capitol Office of Inspector General has plummeted in recent years, putting the billions of taxpayer dollars spent to maintain Capitol Hill buildings and grounds at increased risk of waste and fraud. ... (Read More)
    Source: POGOPublished on 2016-11-16
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