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Changing the Rules changes everything.

The purpose of politics, as a business, is the reelection of incumbents and the protection of the two national parties.  It operates by a set of rules, and these rules can be changed.

Public Opinion Doesn’t Matter.

A Princeton University study finds that since the 1990s, public opinion has no impact on U.S policy.

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Conservatives won’t get what they want

Long before Donald Trump, the very rules of political system ensure that conservatives won’t get a smaller government, a simplified tax code or free markets.

Only 14% matter

“14% of America, roughly half on the left and half on the right, consistently shouts, posts and voters, while the rest of us are left exhausted.”

Source: Hidden Tribes research report

The Disappearing

It is not just the last two election cycles. Moderates have been leaving both the House and the Senate for decades.


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Money in Politics: Pipe Dream or Tipping Point?

Money in Politics Part 2: Pipe Dream or Tipping Point?

In the first part of our Money in Politics blog series, we discussed the scope of the problem. In part two, we’ll highlight action happening today to reform the role of money in politics. We’ll also delve into whether these reforms mean we are at a tipping point or if...
Money in Politics: How Bad is the Problem?

Money in Politics Part 1: How Bad is the Problem?

Many voters recognize that only about 10 percent of the 435 congressional seats are actually competitive. Gerrymandering and the "business of politics" seem to be the major culprit. The same dynamic holds true for the 7,400 state legislative seats across the country....
Schulz Independent Presidential Candidate

Howard Schultz: Democratic Spoiler or Potential Election Reform Hero?

Based on the “spoiler” role that third-party candidates have played in Presidential elections, Democrats are rightly concerned that Howard Schultz, if he were to run as an Independent presidential candidate, could split the anti-Trump vote in 2020 and ensure a second...
Gerrymandering reform

The Two Tracks Toward Gerrymandering Reform

Many voters know that gerrymandering (extreme partisan redistricting) poses a threat to the integrity of our elections. By marginalizing large blocks of Republican, Democratic and Independent voters, it breeds mistrust, disfunction and public policies that don’t...
Why Are So Many Americans Non Voters?

Why Are So Many Americans Non Voters?

A record number of midterm voters participated in the congressional elections this November: 47 percent of the voting-eligible population. Yet what about the other 53 percent? We’re calling them the party of non voters.   Why Aren’t They Voting? Pew Research into the...
“Trump Counties” Support Midterm Election Reforms Too

Study: “Trump Counties” Support Election Reforms Too

We already know that the midterm results were positive for structural election reforms for our political system. A recent analysis by the Election Reformers Network shows that a majority of voters in counties that Trump won in 2016 supported these reforms by more than...
Former Senator: Our Political System is Rigged Against Compromise

Former Senator: Our Political System is Rigged Against Compromise

The voters that matter to politicians are the partisan activists that play a dominant role in the major party primaries. Ideological purity and negativity work for this narrow base. A type of “pseudo competition” has evolved in recent decades that avoids...
Where does political bias come from?

Why Changing the Rules is More Powerful than Arguing with Facts & Logic

On December 8, The Economist published a sobering piece entitled: “THE PARTISAN BRAIN: What psychological experiments tell you about why people deny facts.”  Cognitive scientists argue that reasoning did not evolve to “help individuals achieve greater knowledge and...
Structural Reform Wins Big in 2018 Midterms

Structural Reform the Big Winner in November

The midterms were great win for structural reform from the passage of anti-gerrymandering legislation and anti-corruption acts to the successful use of ranked choice voting. Furthermore, political reform at the federal level promises to the first piece of legislation...
Gerrymandering is the drawing of the boundaries of electoral districts to give one party an unfair advantage, such as spreading out opposition voters to help one party win elections.

The Role of Gerrymandering in the U.S.

When partisan state lawmakers redraw the congressional maps every 10 years, the bias can be so extreme as to “effectively nullify democracy.” For example, an independent study found that Republicans won as many as 22 additional U.S. House seats over what would have...

The Path from Closed Competition to Open Competition


Good News: Mid-term Voters Drew the Line on Gerrymandering

Go Deeper: Redrawing district lines to give an advantage to one party over another is called "gerrymandering." Here's how it works.

Presidential Debates

What will it take for third party candidates to be in the Presidential Debates?

The Path to Greater Participation

From Few Voters Matter to All Voters Matter

Shift to a National Popular Vote for President

Open All Primaries to Independent Voters

The Path to Finding the Proper Role for Money

Reducing the Role of Money

The momentum behind the passage of “Anti-corruption acts” is approaching a tipping point.

Exposure about how members of Congress serve as “cash cows:” for their party’s political machinery.

Former members of Congress and governors from both parties are working to reducing the power of money in politics.

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