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.

  • 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
  • Event: Advocacy Leaders Network – Modern Congress, Modern Advocacy
    In the first months of this new Congress, we've seen legislators bombarded with messages from constituents. And what method has gotten the most media attention? Phone calls (delivery device invented 1875). But in 2017, is using 19th century technology really the most effective? Organizations may have a veritable treasure trove of potential advocates and tools to connect them to lawmakers, but if they use what is "easy" to contact Congress, instead of what's "effective" what impact will it have? ... (Read More)
    Source: CMFPublished on 2017-03-17
  • Updates From the Movement
    New Mexico Open Primaries (NMOP) made history last week after SB 205 and HB 206, for open primaries, both passed through a committee in their respective chambers. Even with the political establishment standing in their way, and one state senator dead set on obstructing the progress of SB 205, the team at NMOP persisted. Through the power of grassroots activism -- and with the aid of hundreds of volunteers and a Common Cause poll indicating that 71 percent of New Mexicans support open primaries -- NMOP, and its founder, Bob Perls, came within striking distance of passing this much-needed reform ... (Read More)
    Source: OpenPrimariesPublished on 2017-03-16
  • Los Angeles City Election Turnout Projected to Hit Record Low. Would RCV Help?
    Voter turnout in many city elections is hitting all-time lows. While there  is no single reason for such declines, evidence strongly suggests ranked choice voting (RCV) does not lead to lower turnout despite some claims to the contrary, and may even provide a solution for cities like Los Angeles looking to boost turnout when paired with other common sense reforms. Indeed, adoption of RCV has allowed cities to avoid primary and runoff elections that almost always had far lower turnout than the general election. Take last week’s record-low mayoral election turnout in Los Angeles. As the Los Angeles Times reports, ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2017-03-16
  • The Atlantic Makes ReConsider Great Again
    by Xander Snyder and Erik FoggThe Atlantic’s April 2017 issue just came out, and it has a doozy of an article: “Making Athens Great Again.” It’s a powerful read that speaks at length about the faltering and subsequent renewal of Athens following the execution of Socrates and Plato’s creation of the Academy. It discusses why a nation with a sense of exceptionalism must include self-criticism and self-questioning to be worthy of itself. It is an article recounting an ancient history with contemporary relevance.But it has some problems.We actually took on Athens back in January 2016, with our podcast episode, “Demagogues ... (Read More)
    Source: ReConsiderPublished on 2017-03-16By Erik Fogg
  • How to Get Elected to Congress With Only 50,595 Votes
    In the 2016 U.S. House election, Jim Bridenstine (OK-1) won reelection in a race with just 62,655 votes cast (or 8.1% of the district’s 2010 census population), Bridenstine won 50,595 of those votes, meaning he could have turned out less than half of his support base and still won handily. Meanwhile, Ryan Zinke (MT-AL) won his 2016 re-election bid with more than  507,000 votes cast, and earned more than five times as many votes as Bridenstein on his way to a victory that was (relatively) close. How can this be? Enter the complicated world of apportionment, demographics, and competition. How ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2017-03-15
  • Trust, Authority, and Institutions: A Way Forward (Part II)
    By: Josh FeigelsonIf, as I wrote last week, our minds are hardwired for connection and social knowledge, and yet many of the major forces in our society move us toward independence and suspicion of authority, what’s the way forward? At bedrock, it comes down to trust. And the funny thing about trust is, in order for it to exist, someone has to start trusting. Over the last six years, Ask Big Questions has trained thousands of college students as facilitators of community conversations, and this lesson about trust is one I find myself teaching a lot. In doing so, I often ... (Read More)
    Source: Ask Big QuestionsPublished on 2017-03-15By Sara Mandell
  • Updates From the Movement
    I was raised in a Republican household. Both sides of my family had been party members as long as anyone could remember. When I finally reached the age of eighteen, there was no question what I would register as. I reached political maturity watching the unfolding of the Watergate scandal and the aftermath. Over time, I became more informed and critical of the party line. By the time of George H.W. Bush I was mistrustful of the conservative wing taking over the GOP. I was a moderate in the stamp of the by-now-disappearing Rockefeller Republican. I felt like a stranger ... (Read More)
    Source: OpenPrimariesPublished on 2017-03-15
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