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.

  • Smerconish Interview
    On April 26th, 2017 Centrist Project Executive Director Nick Troiano sat down with radio host Michael Smerconish to give his take on the growing independent movement.  ... (Read More)
    Source: The Centrist ProjectPublished on 2017-04-26
  • Smerconish Interview
    On April 26th, 2017 Centrist Project Executive Director Nick Troiano sat down with radio host Michael Smerconish to give his take on the growing independent movement.  ... (Read More)
    Source: Centrist ProjectPublished on 2017-04-26
  • Guest post by Dr. Lee Norman, Panelist, “Eat, Drink and Be Healthy: Public Health Services” on May 9
    Lee A. Norman, MD, MHS, MBA Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer The University of Kansas Health System Lieutenant Colonel, Kansas Army National Guard State Surgeon of Kansas     Public Health Services This may sound odd, coming from a physician, but I believe that the general public and, in particular, public policy makers, place too much emphasis on medical care and too little emphasis on the other determinants of health.  I believe that a country as productive and wealthy as ours should be able to provide a basic level of medical care for all – there are ... (Read More)
    Source: American Public SquarePublished on 2017-04-26By Sami Dowd
  • The Judy Company
    By: Josh FeigelsonLast summer my dad moved out of the office he had worked in for 40 years. My dad is the kind of person who keeps a lot of things, so when he moved out there was a lot to discover. Among the things he found was a bunch of old merchandise from the Judy Company, which my grandfather (his father-in-law), Hy Berman, founded and ran for close to 40 years himself. Hymie (he asked us to call him Hymie) died ten years ago this month, at the ripe old age of 97. And, in one last alignment of the ... (Read More)
    Source: Ask Big QuestionsPublished on 2017-04-26By Sara Mandell
  • Americans Favor Raising SNAP Benefits, But Not Allowing Them for Candy and Soda
    A study finds that eight-in-ten voters favor boosting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as ‘food stamps.’ Very large majorities also backed proposals for not allowing SNAP benefits to be used for candy and sodas, and for providing incentives to encourage SNAP beneficiaries to eat more fruits and vegetables.  The results were released […] ... (Read More)
    Source: Published on 2017-04-26By client
  • Americans Favor Raising SNAP Benefits, But Not Allowing Them for Candy and Soda
    A study finds that eight-in-ten voters favor boosting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as ‘food stamps.’ Very large majorities also backed proposals for not allowing SNAP benefits to be used for candy and sodas, and for providing incentives to encourage SNAP beneficiaries to eat more fruits and vegetables.  The results were released […] ... (Read More)
    Source: Voice Of the PeoplePublished on 2017-04-26By client
  • Update on Nevada SJR 4
    The Nevada state senate just passed SJR 4 urging Congress to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution to allow the regulation of independent political expenditures by corporations. It will now go to the Assembly. If it passes, Nevada will become the 19th state to support the 28th Amendment. Below is a statement from American Promise:   “Americans are tired of big money corrupting our government and we’re fighting for our right to be represented as equal citizens. We’re fighting for a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to get big money out of politics.  Thanks to the citizens of Nevada and the ... (Read More)
    Source: Published on 2017-04-25
  • Update on Nevada SJR 4
    The Nevada state senate just passed SJR 4 urging Congress to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution to allow the regulation of independent political expenditures by corporations. It will now go to the Assembly. If it passes, Nevada will become the 19th state to support the 28th Amendment. Below is a statement from American Promise:   “Americans are tired of big money corrupting our government and we’re fighting for our right to be represented as equal citizens. We’re fighting for a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to get big money out of politics.  Thanks to the citizens of Nevada and the ... (Read More)
    Source: American PromisePublished on 2017-04-25
  • Democracy and the Art of Conversation, Part 2
    In Part 1 of this post, I reviewed sociologist Sherry Turkle’s 2015 book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, in which she makes the case for face-to-face conversation as a building block for empathy and constructive problem solving. Take a look at Part 1 for more details. But if we’re having a hard time talking to each other, then what do we do now? Well, here are a few of our best ideas. Technology and “all the wonders it brings,” as Turkle writes without sarcasm, should not be rejected – far from it. What a futile effort that would be, ... (Read More)
    Source: Healthy DemocracyPublished on 2017-04-25By Linn Davis
  • Shifts in Incumbency Advantage in the US House
    infogram_0_us_house_incumbency_bumps_1996_2016U.S House Incumbency Bumps, 1996-2016//e.infogr.am/js/dist/embed.js?bTCtext/javascript   Despite strong anti-establishment sentiment, which contributed to Donald Trump’s election and Bernie Sanders’ strong primary performance, more than 98% of U.S. House members won re-election in November. Not only were most incumbents re-elected, they were re-elected by significantly more comfortable margins than in 2014. The “incumbency bump” -- our measure of the strength of congressional incumbents -- rebounded from a 20-year low of 2.55% in 2014 to 3.2%. In other words, incumbents earned an average of 3.2 percentage points more of the vote than the partisanship of their district suggests they would earn. While ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2017-04-25
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