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Finding Common Ground: Health Care

If only we had a handful of Centrist Independents in the U.S. Senate right now to be the catalyst for a more constructive debate over real health care reform. Health care does not have to be a hyper-partisan issue; sadly the Republicans and Democrats have turned it into one.

AK Gov. Bill Walker, Elected Independents Make Case for A New Way

Washington – Against the backdrop of dysfunctional government, widespread economic uncertainty, and a general failure of the two-party system to solve many of the nation’s most pressing challenges, a crop of Independent elected officeholders today came together to make the case that independent candidates for public office can get elected and bridge the political divide between Republicans and Democrats.

9News Feature: Colorado Centrist Project

Centrist Project Executive Director Nick Troiano and Senior Strategist Joel Searby were featured on 9NEWS Denver’s weekly “Balance of Power” segment on Sunday morning.  The pair highlighted our plans to recruit and support unaffiliated candidates for office in Colorado. Check out the interview here.

Independents Now Control Balance of Power in Maine State House

With two Democratic state representatives leaving their party last week, neither Democrats nor Republicans have an outright majority in the Maine State House –– making it the first legislature in the country where political independents control the balance of power. The chamber is now comprised of 75 Democrats, 71 Republicans, and 5 independents.

The Importance of Stepping Out of Your Echo Chamber

The internet is often referred to as the “wild west” because everything can be found, everyone can be connected, and there are very few rules. We can open our minds up to anything we want, good, bad, and otherwise. The internet could be a great tool to unite us, right? Sadly, that has not been the case.

The People’s Candidate: Margaret Stock

When was the last time you picked a candidate? And I mean truly picked, in that they represent everything you believe, not that he won the party’s nomination, so, “Hey, he’s gotta be better than the other one.”

Kicking Off The #BEHEARD Campaign

Whether it is work in the non-profit sector, athletic coaching, business leadership, or entrepreneurship, Richard believes in the power and strength of our community. Richard understands the power of collaboration, in business, in communities, in neighborhoods, and of course, at the State House. Richard is running for Iowa House District 19 as a centrist independent, representing his voters and not a party. Below his shares his story, his goals, and his experience as running as an independent. 

Media Coverage: "A group of centrists rise up"

At the end of March, we gathered Centrist Project staff, board members, supporters, former candidates, and partner organizations to chart the future of our movement. Jon Ward, Yahoo News' Senior Political Correspondent, had exclusive access to our Centrist Summit and offered a sneak peak of our plans for the 2018 election. 

Spotlight on an Independent: Parker Harris

As a result of the growing dissatisfaction with the major parties, passionate Americans all across the country are stepping up to run for office as an independent. Among these candidates is Parker Harris.   Parker has lived in Washington since 2011 and has worked as a energy efficiency engineer and as a teacher at The Attic Learning Community. We caught up with Parker after he announced his independent candidacy for Washington's 45th State Senate district and asked him about his...

The Two-Party System Is Destroying America

Coca-Cola or Pepsi? AMD or Intel? DC or Marvel? Android or iOS? Lucky Charms or Marshmallow Treasures? Republican or Democrat? It might be hard to face, but our two-party system is just one more of the false choices America is built upon. No matter how bad you think things are, they’re probably actually worse.