August 23, 2017

Dallas Morning News: Can Democrats overcome the left wing?

Several prominent Democrats underscored that point recently in organizing a group called New Democracy, based on the premise the party needs to broaden, not narrow, its appeal. “We have to expand this party and make it a bigger tent,” said Will Marshall. A veteran of similar efforts to moderate the party in the 1980s that… View Article

August 17, 2017

The Daily Beast: How Democrats Can Take Back Middle America

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SARAH ROGERS/THE DAILY BEAST By: WILL MARSHALL Having been gobsmacked not once but twice by Donald Trump, Democrats at last are moving beyond “resistance” to confront their core challenge—reviving the party’s competitiveness across middle America. First, Democrats were flabbergasted by how easily Trump wrested the Republican presidential nomination from a least a dozen more qualified contenders, even though… View Article

August 15, 2017

The Nation: Medicare-for-All Isn’t the Solution for Universal Health Care

Within the broad Democratic coalition, it’s pretty clear that the discussion of health care has shifted to the left. Mainstream figures like Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a potential presidential candidate in 2020, are embracing single payer. Representative John Conyers’s Medicare-for-All bill currently has 115 Democratic co-sponsors in the House. And Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer recently said that… View Article

August 15, 2017

The Atlantic: Progressive Values Can’t Be Just Secular Values

New polls suggest liberals have an increasingly negative view of religion, despite the fact that most Democrats—and Americans—are religious. By CHRIS COONS For a generation, the Democratic Party of which I’m a member has steadily moved away from communities of faith. Today, according to a recent Pew study, more than one-third of Democrats—including 44 percent… View Article

August 15, 2017

FiveThirtyEight: The Congressional Map Has A Record-Setting Bias Against Democrats: And it’s not just 2018.

When Democrats think about their party’s problems on the political map, they tend to think of President Trump’s ability to win the White House despite losing the popular vote and Republicans’ potent efforts to gerrymander congressional districts. But their problems extend beyond the Electoral College and the House: The Senate hasn’t had such a strong pro-GOP bias since the… View Article

August 12, 2017

The Washington Post: I can’t sketch a platform for Democrats. This man can.

As I was running out of space in my column last Sunday, I suggested without elaboration that the Democrats need an “honest, hopeful” approach to future campaigns. Some readers — quite reasonably — found that glib. But I’m the wrong person to sketch a platform for Democrats, because, as an independent, I’m not one. (Admittedly,… View Article

August 10, 2017

The Washington Post: Centrist Democrats begin pushing back

The high-profile stars of the Democratic Party’s populist wing have steered the agenda their way on Capitol Hill this year, but the fight over the party’s direction is far from settled. As the party faces great expectations of big gains in the 2018 midterms, Democratic centrists are increasingly worried that the disproportionate share of attention… View Article

August 09, 2017

Florida Politics: Stephanie Murphy, Darren Soto join ‘New Democracy,’ to win back middle-class voters

Two Central Florida first-year members of Congress — Stephanie Murphy and Darren Soto — are joining former U.S. Rep. Jim Davis and a group of Democrats determined to extend the party’s reach to centrist voters. In what reads like an update of the earlier center-leaning Democratic Leadership Council, New Democracy has the explicit mandate to… View Article

August 09, 2017

AP: Democrats launch group aimed at Republican strongholds

Dissatisfied with Democratic fortunes in the era of President Donald Trump, a group of prominent Democrats is forming an organization outside the formal party structure, with the goal of winning again in Republican-dominated middle America. Calling itself New Democracy, the group includes sitting and former governors, former Cabinet members, mayors and lawmakers from Congress to… View Article