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.

  • Guest Blog: Innovative Process Helps Voters Make Better Decisions
    Chip Taylor attended the California CIR Demonstration at Pepperdine University on March 5-7, 2017. As many Coloradans know, I am a big fan of helping county commissioners make informed decisions. It should come as no surprise that I also think it is beneficial if voters make informed decisions on the ballot initiatives that are placed before them. This week, I was invited to observe a demonstration of an initiative review process intended to help voters make better-informed decisions. It was adopted by the Oregon legislature in 2011 and has been piloted in several other states, including Arizona and Massachusetts last ... (Read More)
    Source: Healthy DemocracyPublished on 2017-03-20By Chip Taylor
  • The Electoral College: A Compromise Never Meant to Last
    The Electoral College: A Compromise Never Meant to Last The Signing of the Constitution  (Photo by GraphicaArtis/Getty Images) For the fifth time the Electoral College, the constitutional compromise principally forged to get slaveholder states to sign the constitution, elected the candidate with fewer actual votes than the popular vote winner.  Again questions are being raised about why the framers came up with scheme. Is it time to do what all 50 states and every other democracy does – directly elect the president through the popular vote? Having the loser of the popular vote win has never been the only, or ... (Read More)
    Source: Nonprofit VotePublished on 2017-03-20By George Pillsbury
  • You’re Invited
    By Kathryn PetersA few weeks ago, a new civic nonprofit asked me if I’d come talk about problem-solving through technology. So one early Tuesday morning, I found myself in drizzly Chicago, talking about the importance of invitation and the challenge of welcoming would-be voters into American democracy. (image via https://scatter.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/making-voter-pie/) I’m sure many of you have seen variations on this chart: this is how American adults voted. It's not even close: the plurality of eligible voters just... didn't.It's true, this election brought out more alienation and disapproval than usual. And we might see that more people opted out ... (Read More)
    Source: Democracy WorksPublished on 2017-03-20By Kathryn Peters
  • You’re Invited
    By Kathryn PetersA few weeks ago, a new civic nonprofit asked me if I’d come talk about problem-solving through technology. So one early Tuesday morning, I found myself in drizzly Chicago, talking about the importance of invitation and the challenge of welcoming would-be voters into American democracy. (image via https://scatter.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/making-voter-pie/) I’m sure many of you have seen variations on this chart: this is how American adults voted. It's not even close: the plurality of eligible voters just... didn't.It's true, this election brought out more alienation and disapproval than usual. And we might see that more people opted out ... (Read More)
    Source: Democracy WorksPublished on 2017-03-20By Kathryn Peters
  • Here’s How Politics Really Works: “If You’re Not At The Table, You’re On The Menu”
      I recently heard this pearl of Washington wisdom from a Congressman. He was explaining why it's so important for mainstream citizens to get involved in politics. Sure, we can keep pointing fingers right and left, but that will never get us at the decision-making table, and therefore off the plate.   ... (Read More)
    Source: Big Tent NationPublished on 2017-03-20
  • What’s Trump Hiding?
    In his short White House tenure, Donald J. Trump has set some kind of record for histrionic temper tantrums against the media — whether CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times or, most recently, MSNBC for revealing his 2005 tax return. He’s actually pursuing a well-worn path of American presidents blaming the press for their problems. Five decades of reporting have taught me that whenever a president starts screeching about the media, it’s a sure sign he’s in hot water and fearing revelations about some policy disaster, damaging mendacity or political villainy. Even popular presidents with reputations for charming ... (Read More)
    Source: ReclaimPublished on 2017-03-20By hedrick
  • The Border Adjustment Tax: Why This Trillion Dollar BAT Shouldn’t Fly
    The Border Adjustment Tax is poised to raise $1.2 trillion in the name of revenue neutrality, but is this really necessary? (Photo: Jaguar Freight) US House Republicans have proposed a tax reform plan as part of their Better Way Forward initiative called “The Blueprint,” which, for one, modifies the corporate income tax into what is called a “destination-based cash-flow tax,” or DBCFT. In a nutshell, this means both domestic goods and foreign imports will be subject to a tax on all sales made within the United States, while US exports are exempted. The plan drops the tax rate on business ... (Read More)
    Source: Tax Revolution InstitutePublished on 2017-03-18By Philip Schlosser
  • The Border Adjustment Tax: Why This Trillion Dollar BAT Shouldn’t Fly
    The Border Adjustment Tax is poised to raise $1.2 trillion in tax revenue, but is it really necessary?The Border Adjustment Tax is poised to raise $1.2 trillion in tax revenue, but is it really necessary? (Photo: Jaguar Freight) US House Republicans have proposed a tax reform plan as part of their Better Way Forward initiative called “The Blueprint,” which, for one, modifies the corporate income tax into what is called a “destination-based cash-flow tax,” or DBCFT. In a nutshell, this means both domestic and foreign firms alike will be subject to a tax on all ... (Read More)
    Source: Tax Revolution InstitutePublished on 2017-03-18By Philip Schlosser
  • Stand with Montanans – Letter from AP Council member Jim Nelson, Justice (Ret) Montana Supreme Court
    Prepared by James Nelson, Justice (ret.) Montana Supreme Court March 3rd, 2017  We, the people of Montana, have an unusual, unique and important opportunity to help shape the path of our nation and improve our democratic electoral processes.  For only the third time in our history, Montana faces a special Congressional election to fill the vacated seat of Ryan Zinke, the newly appointed U.S. Secretary of the Interior.  In the election, there will be debate and different views on many issues. However, all candidates, of all parties, and all Montanans can come together on one overarching, urgent issue. Our next Representative can ... (Read More)
    Source: American PromisePublished on 2017-03-17
  • Stand with Montanans – Letter from AP Council member Jim Nelson, Justice (Ret) Montana Supreme Court
    Prepared by James Nelson, Justice (ret.) Montana Supreme Court March 3rd, 2017  We, the people of Montana, have an unusual, unique and important opportunity to help shape the path of our nation and improve our democratic electoral processes.  For only the third time in our history, Montana faces a special Congressional election to fill the vacated seat of Ryan Zinke, the newly appointed U.S. Secretary of the Interior.  In the election, there will be debate and different views on many issues. However, all candidates, of all parties, and all Montanans can come together on one overarching, urgent issue. Our next Representative can ... (Read More)
    Source: Published on 2017-03-17
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