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.

  • Medicaid is Not a Dirty Word – Let’s Start Talking About It
    Let’s face it – safety net programs like Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and the medical expenses deduction have a bad rap. For decades we have heard myths about undeserving “welfare Moms” and able-bodied young adults who could work but rely on government subsidies instead. We have been told over and over again that these lazy, unethical people are taking advantage of the system and needlessly placing an undue tax burden on working middle class families. As a result, millions of Americans who rely on these programs have been quiet about how ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2017-11-06By Jamie Davis Smith
  • Building Consensus for the 28th Amendment – November National Citizen Leader Conference Call
    As we head towards Veteran’s Day, a day honoring those who have served so bravely to defend and protect our democracy, we thank all of America’s veterans. And what better way to honor that service than to take part in that democracy by joining our monthly National Citizen Leader Conference Call on November 11th.Our special guest in November, Senator Nina Turner, comes from a family of service. Today, her son serves in the Ohio National Guard, and she knows well how important it is that citizens answer the call to serve. Please join Nina Turner, former Ohio State Senator and ... (Read More)
    Source: American PromisePublished on 2017-11-06
  • Corporate Tax Sellout
    Welcome to tax policy by conflict-of-interest. The Republican tax scheme is a plan made for billionaires – exactly like the one in the White House. – Rob Weissman, president, Public Citizen Yesterday, the House Republicans released bill text for their tax giveaway plan—and the details are just as cruel and morally backward as we’d expected: it takes from the needy to give to the rich, it showers tax breaks on campaign donors, and it lets tax dodgers off the hook while kicking open the door to accounting trickery that will lead to the type of tax base erosion the rest ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2017-11-06By Susan Harley
  • Virginia voters might have seen much less negative campaigning with ranked choice voting
    As the 2017 Virginia gubernatorial election comes to a close, the campaigning has become shockingly negative. Republican Ed Gillespie’s campaign has utilized anti-immigrant rhetoric and attempted to portray his Democratic opponent, Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, as responsible for the rise of the gang, MS-13. Meanwhile Northam depicts his opponent as hateful and an instrument of President Donald Trump, while evoking a connection between Gillespie and the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in August. This level of animosity may have turned some potential voters off of supporting either of the candidates. Recent polling suggests that neither of the candidates can expect much ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2017-11-06
  • Pentagon Nixes Release of Afghan Reconstruction Data—Again
    For the second time in two years, the Pentagon has classified information on the capabilities of the Afghan security forces that was previously reported to the public. Will the Pentagon stand by its shaky justification, or will it have a change of heart like the last time it tried to do this? ... (Read More)
    Source: POGOPublished on 2017-11-06
  • Nuggets Bilingues: Becoming a Bicultural/ Bilingual Family
    Passing down traditions, culture, and language was always something I envisioned myself doing as a mother. When I married my husband, it dawned on me that I would be the sole provider of my culture within our little family. His ancestors are Scottish and German but he has no strong cultural connection to these countries. When our daughter was born, we agreed to pick a name that was phonetically accessible in both languages. I can honestly say that I practiced yelling the name with a heavy Spanish accent, as if mad, to determine if the name made the cut or ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2017-11-06By Mariana Proske
  • #MilitaryMonday: Veterans and Hunger
    Our nation’s veterans have made innumerable sacrifices in service to our country. They have earned our gratitude and our support, and on Veterans Day our country formally honors them for that service. If we are to truly make meaningful the tributes that we pay to our veterans, then surely, we should make certain that they can live with honor and dignity not only on Veterans Day, but every day. At a minimum, this must mean that they have enough to eat each and every day. The harsh reality is that too many veterans in our country struggle without access to ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2017-11-06By Abby Leibman
  • Send a Letter to Your Local Paper Speaking Out Against the Tax Bill
    Something really scary happened recently! Scarier than those ghosts, witches, and ghouls that showed up trick-or-treating at your door the other night. Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bill today that would give $1.5 trillion (TRILLION!!) in tax cuts to the top 1% and wealthy corporations. And guess who they are trying to get to foot the bill?You and me!!! Seriously! Boo—that’s terrifying!**Will you join me in writing a Letter to the Editor speaking up for your family and against this scary tax bill? We made it super easy for you to do. Just click ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2017-11-06By Elyssa Koidin Schmier
  • Observations from China
      Thanks to the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the Chinese People’s Association for the Friendship with Foreign Countries,  I recently had the privilege of spending a week in this beautiful and fascinating country  with three others from SLLF, and fourteen state legislators from across the US. Now that I have returned home and have had time to get  readjusted (sortof) to the twelve-hour time difference, I thought I would offer some observations about China and its people. China is a very big country, with a lot of people. Okay, I know this one is obvious, but ... (Read More)
    Source: SLLFPublished on 2017-11-06By SLLF
  • Observations from China
      Thanks to the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries,  I recently had the privilege of spending a week in this beautiful and fascinating country  with three others from SLLF, and fourteen state legislators from across the US. Now that I have returned home and have had time to get  readjusted (sortof) to the twelve-hour time difference, I thought I would offer some observations about China and its people. China is a very big country, with a lot of people. Okay, I know this one is obvious, but it ... (Read More)
    Source: SLLFPublished on 2017-11-06By SLLF
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