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.

  • Where has supportthevoter.gov gone?
    “We have got to fix that.” On Election Night in 2012, six words by newly re-elected President Obama set a chain of events in motion. He was talking about the long lines at many polling places. A little over a year later the Presidential Commission for Election Administration (PCEA) presented their recommendations to help local and state elections officials improve all voters’ experience in casting their ballots. Home page of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration’s supportthevoter.gov There were many amazing things about the PCEA. That it existed at all. Most of the time, the roughly 8,000 election administrators around ... (Read More)
    Source: Center for Civic DesignPublished on 2017-01-29By Whitney Quesenbery
  • The Incredible Story of Jason Grenn (I-AK)
    If there is any silver lining to the divisive 2016 election, his name is Jason Grenn. When I first spoke to him earlier this week, I instantly knew his story was worth sharing far and wide. ... (Read More)
    Source: The Centrist ProjectPublished on 2017-01-29
  • The Incredible Story of Jason Grenn (I-AK)
    If there is any silver lining to the divisive 2016 election, his name is Jason Grenn. When I first spoke to him earlier this week, I instantly knew his story was worth sharing far and wide. ... (Read More)
    Source: Centrist ProjectPublished on 2017-01-29
  • How to Prevent Gun Deaths? Where Experts and the Public Agree
    To make progress when an issue is emotionally charged it is crucial to find “low-hanging fruit” – solutions that are palatable to both sides and are likely to have a positive impact. This piece from the New York Times does just that on the issue of how to prevent gun deaths.  It lays out 29 gun control ideas in a way that shows how popular they are among the public and the degree to which experts in the field believe those ideas, if implemented, would be effective.  Ideas with high popularity and high effectiveness are great “low-hanging fruit” possibilities.  We applaud ... (Read More)
    Source: Common Ground CommitteePublished on 2017-01-29By Common Grounder
  • The Work Ahead
    This past weekend we witnessed the pageantry of the Inauguration followed by protest marches across the world—each symbolizing timeless democratic values as well as the uncertain times we live in. We know that this election was divisive and different. Many wonder if we can come together as a country and find ways to bridge our differences. We believe that now more than ever this must be done and we remain committed to doing our part. On Sunday, after the crowds for the Inauguration and the march had cleared out, I ventured downtown to give friends a tour. After driving by ... (Read More)
    Source: ConvergencePublished on 2017-01-27By Ben Carter
  • Rob Fersh on The Work Ahead
    This past weekend we witnessed the pageantry of the Inauguration followed by protest marches across the world—each symbolizing timeless democratic values as well as the uncertain times we live in. We know that this election was divisive and different. Many wonder if we can come together as a country and find ways to bridge our differences. We believe that now more than ever this must be done and we remain committed to doing our part. Read the entire message. ... (Read More)
    Source: ConvergencePublished on 2017-01-27By Ben Carter
  • Government Financials a Mess, Improper Payments Rise Again
    The Government Accountability Office released its financial audit of the federal government for fiscal year 2016, again unable to provide an opinion due to long-standing deficiencies and citing concerns regarding improper payments. ... (Read More)
    Source: POGOPublished on 2017-01-26
  • INTERNSHIP: TurboVote Summer Associate
    Democracy Works is an authority in civic technology. We believe voting should fit the way we live. To that end, we build technology for both voters and election administrators that simplifies the process and ensures that no voter should ever have to miss an election.TurboVote, our first service, tracks an individual voter’s elections. We provide all the materials and information they need to get registered, stay registered, and cast a ballot in every election, from municipal to national—and we’ll even mail forms with an addressed, stamped envelope for the local election office. Our second tool, Ballot Scout, helps local election ... (Read More)
    Source: Democracy WorksPublished on 2017-01-26By Brandon Naylor
  • INTERNSHIP: TurboVote Summer Associate
    NOTE: As of March 13, 2017, we are no longer accepting applications for this position.Democracy Works is an authority in civic technology. We believe voting should fit the way we live. To that end, we build technology for both voters and election administrators that simplifies the process and ensures that no voter should ever have to miss an election.TurboVote, our first service, tracks an individual voter’s elections. We provide all the materials and information they need to get registered, stay registered, and cast a ballot in every election, from municipal to national—and we’ll even mail forms with an addressed, stamped ... (Read More)
    Source: Democracy WorksPublished on 2017-01-26By Brandon Naylor
  • Government Gag Orders Put Public at Risk
    If the White House is issuing gag orders to prevent employees at federal agencies from communicating with Congress and the public, it could be illegal and represent a serious threat to public health and safety. ... (Read More)
    Source: POGOPublished on 2017-01-26
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