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

October 16, 2017

Radio Iowa: ‘New Democracy’ group hosts Iowa discussion about Democrats’ message

Democrats gathered in Des Moines today for a discussion about the future of their party. The event was organized by “New Democracy” — a group that describes its mission as making an appeal to voters who are Republicans or not aligned with either of the country’s main political parties and “make Democrats.” Former Kansas Governor… View Article

October 16, 2017

McClatchy: Centrist Democrats’ biggest dilemma: Where are the big ideas?

“There are a lot of really big ideas and changes, and there need to be more,” said Will Marshall, who runs the new centrist Democratic group New Democracy. “We’re not at the end of this quest. We’re embarking on it.” Marshall’s group on Friday will host a conference of center-left Democrats in Des Moines, Iowa,… View Article

October 16, 2017

The Kansas City Star: Why are Democrats losing in the heartland? Here are some ideas

The seminar was sponsored by a think tank called New Democracy, founded by Will Marshall, who was a co-founder of the centrist “Third Way” Democratic Leadership Council that launched Bill Clinton. But this effort is not so much a group for centrists, though there were some in attendance. Instead, it’s dedicated to the idea that… View Article