July 13, 2018

U.S. News: Coons: Democrats Need To Abandon ‘Wild-Eyed’ Race to Left

SEN. CHRIS COONS OF Delaware called on the Democratic Party on Thursday to move beyond the politics of grievance and abandon its “relentless race to the left” that’s been triggered by Donald Trump’s presidency. “If we as a Democratic Party are going to move from a minority at every level that is dedicated to resistance,… View Article

July 13, 2018

USA Today: Moderate Democrats push back against ‘wild-eyed’ leftward lurch of the party

A group of moderate Democratic lawmakers sounded the alarm Thursday over the party’s shift to the left, saying the embrace of ultra-liberal policies could endanger their efforts to capture Congress in the November midterm elections and the White House in 2020. “The next two years is just a race to offer increasingly unrealistic proposals, to… View Article

July 10, 2018

Axios: 1 big thing: Centrist Dems’ new climate advice

Ahead of the midterms: A centrist Democratic group says the party has botched its climate and energy strategy for many years — with dire political consequences — and should offer vision that embraces the nation’s fracking boom alongside renewables and efficiency. New manifesto: The group, New Democracy, has a new paper today that says President Trump… View Article

January 30, 2018

VOX: The math is clear: Democrats need to win more working-class white votes

Following the noteworthy Democratic successes in the 2017 elections, we’re once again hearing that Democrats can achieve their electoral goals without any greater success among the white working class. Indeed, some on the left seem to feel that Democratic gestures toward the white working class would not only be ineffective but are politically suspect. “There’s… View Article

January 10, 2018

Hope from the Heartland: How Democrats Can Better Serve the Midwest by Bringing Rural, Working Class Wisdom to Washington

By Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) and Robin Johnson To download “Hope from the Heartland” in a printable PDF, click here. Executive Summary Democrats’ national level of support has seen better days. Much better. By the numbers, Democrats are at their lowest in nearly 100 years. While the party had a successful night in off-year elections on… View Article

December 19, 2017

CNN: Democrats have a new Southern strategy

by Ron Brownstein With Doug Jones’ upset victory in last week’s Alabama US Senate race, Democrats are solidifying a new model for rebuilding their tattered competitiveness in the South. Jones benefited from the unique vulnerabilities of his opponent, Republican Roy Moore, who was a deeply polarizing figure even before he was besieged by allegations that… View Article

November 20, 2017

In Oregon, You Can Now Save for Retirement. Unless You Object.

“People are 15 times more likely to save, and save more, with payroll deductions,” said Tobias Read, Oregon’s state treasurer and chairman of the Oregon Retirement Savings Board. The plan, Mr. Read said, was built on the ideas of Richard M. Thaler, the winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize for economics, who advocates payroll savings… View Article

October 17, 2017

ICYMI: Coverage of New Democracy’s “Winning Back the Heartland” Public Forum

New Democracy hosted a gathering of Midwest Democrats Oct. 13 in Des Moines to take up the challenge of Winning Back the Heartland. This public forum featured former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, Kansas City Mayor Sly James,… View Article

October 16, 2017

The Des Moines Register: Are Iowa Democrats dead to voters who lack college degrees?

National Democrats gathered in Des Moines last week to try to wrap their heads around why their party got shellacked in the 2016 elections. One conclusion: Democrats have been treating rural and small-town voters like “idiots.” The next day, a headline in the New York Times read, “Iowa’s Swing to Republicans is a Matter of… View Article

October 16, 2017

The Des Moines Register: Tom Vilsack, Democratic leaders plead for the party to reconnect with rural voters

Democrats must win back the trust of rural America if they want to win elections in Iowa and nationwide, party leaders and operatives said Friday at a forum aimed at pushing the party in a “radically pragmatic” direction for 2018 and beyond. That means, first and foremost, campaigning outside of reliably liberal city areas and… View Article