What We Learned From Iowa

Posted by Dane Sherrets on February 05, 2016 at 3:20 PM

On Monday residents in Iowa were able to cast the first votes in the 2016 presidential primary race. At the end of the caucus we learned that Ted Cruz defied the polling leading up to the caucus by defeating Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton clinched a victory over Bernie Sanders by the skin of her teeth. This week I wanted to take a look back at the strengths and weaknesses exhibited by the leading campaigns:

 

 

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Worst Kept Secret In Washington

Posted by Dane Sherrets on January 15, 2016 at 1:45 PM

Earlier this week President Obama delivered his final State Of The Union.  His speech touched on the successes and shortcomings his administration has had on issues ranging from national security to the economy. However, the President said that one of his biggest regrets was “that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better.”

The President argued that there are good people “who would like to see more cooperation, a more elevated debate in Washington, but feel trapped by the imperatives of getting elected, by the noise coming out of your base...It's the worst kept secret in Washington."

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Press Release: Appetite In Missouri For Independent Candidate

Posted by Dane Sherrets on January 11, 2016 at 1:45 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 8, 2015

jjonas@centristproject.org

 

Polling data shows Missourians are disappointed with parties and ready for Independent candidate

The Centrist Project today released the results of an online survey of 1200 likely Missouri voters in the United States Senate election in 2016 that shows 34.5% of voters would support an unnamed independent candidate, while 19.1% would support the Republican candidate and 19.9% would support the Democratic candidate. Twenty-six percent of voters said they would support “whichever candidate most closely aligns with their values.” The survey did not specifically name any potential candidates for the seat currently held by Sen. Roy Blunt (R).

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Centrist Project: What We Have Learned

Posted by Dane Sherrets on December 28, 2015 at 12:59 PM

The end of a year is an important time for reflection. In order for a person or organization to grow they need to continually ask themselves: What has gone well for me so far? What can I improve on? As the new year approaches we here at The Centrist Project wanted to take a look back at our experience thus far so we can take the lessons learned with us into 2016 and beyond. Here are a couple of the big ones:

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The Wedging of America and the Suppression of the Center

Posted by Erik Fogg on November 24, 2015 at 3:17 PM

The United States is made up of about 1/3 moderates and has more Independents than any other party affiliation. As a reader of the Centrist Project blog, you likely already know this.

Even within the Republican and Democratic parties, and among liberals and conservatives, there is a wide spectrum of policy opinions on issues ranging from economics to abortion.  It may seem obvious that Americans’ multifaceted and surprisingly centrist perspectives aren’t reflected in party candidates, but there is more afoot here.

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3 Times Leaders Went Against Their Party For The Greater Good

Posted by Dane Sherrets on November 19, 2015 at 1:10 PM

The 113th Congress was rated one of the least productive congresses in history, and the 114th is not shaping up to do much better. Things have gotten so bad that we consider it an achievement when our elected officials just agree to pay the bills instead of shutting down the government.

But things were not always like this. There have been points in U.S history when our leaders put down their party label and walked across the aisle to get things done. Here are just three examples:

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The Bumper Sticker Party

Posted by Charles Wheelan on November 04, 2015 at 3:16 PM

Last week's debate was an inevitable clash between two institutions in crisis: political journalism and the Republican Party. (The Democrats are stuck in the 1960s, so let's leave them aside for now.)

The embarrassing performance by the CNBC moderators is what happens when the "gotcha" journalism inspired by Watergate (and subsequent scandals) intersects with the "news as entertainment" genre born of the 24-hour news channels.

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Can We Call This A Democracy?

Posted by Dane Sherrets on October 21, 2015 at 4:37 PM

It is no secret that the two major parties in the U.S have actively worked to rig the election system for their own benefit and so they can drown out any independent voices. I was reminded of this fact earlier this year when the Florida legislature was unable to come up with a new district map after the previous one was found to be illegal. Inspired by my home state, I want to shed light on a few other obstacles the parties put in front of our democracy. Things like...

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The Democratic Debate Superlatives

Posted by Dane Sherrets on October 19, 2015 at 3:47 PM

Last week CNN hosted the first Democratic party debates. While the political analysts and talking heads are each offering up their take on who won and lost I think that each candidate gave a performance worthy of winning a debate superlative: 

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