Election 2016: The Senate, Wal-Mart Moms, and Centrists

By Pam Peak on August 12, 2016

Election 2016: The Senate, Wal-Mart Moms, and Centrists

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It's been a whirlwind few weeks. ICYMI: new developments in the 2016 elections and implications for our political future.

Food for Thought: Constitutional Convention 2.0

Reflecting on the party conventions, Centrist founder Charlie Wheelan ponders how a Constitutional Convention in modern times could help our political system. In this US News piece, Wheelan notes that “A new Constitutional Convention may be fantasy, but making the system work better is not. One good way to begin restoring our faith in politics is to improve our political institutions so that they more accurately reflect the broad will of the electorate.” And we thank you – our Centrist Community – for your dedication to the cause. Onward! 

Outlook: Senate Elections 2016

The NYT is out with a new analysis of the Senate seats up for election this year and questions if there will be a “Trump Effect.” View the latest rundown here. Alaska is in play as well with Centrist endorsed candidate, Independent Margaret Stock (margaretforalaska.com) Rather than focus on who “wins” the Senate majority, we call on the media to pen more articles on the ideas and effectiveness these Senators have for solving America’s problems.

 

Speaking of Senators Solving America’s Problems…

This week Maine Senator Susan Collins penned a strong Op-Ed in the Washington Post about the reasons she will not support Trump, her party’s nominee. At the core: his character. The Centrist Project supported Collins in her 2014 re-election bid for her long track record of breaking with extreme party hardline stances to support common-sense reforms for the country.

 

The New Demographic to Watch: “Wal-Mart Moms”?

According to NPR, pollsters consider "Wal-Mart Moms" as women predominantly between the ages of 18 and 44, who have kids under 18 living at home and who shop at Wal-Mart stores at least once a month. They are emerging as a swing coalition, with a nearly 50/50 split on traditional party alliances. Among the findings that raised eyebrows: how eager and interested the moms were in finding out more about third-party candidates; and how nearly all described the system as “corrupt.” The group said the debates will be critical to determining their support…stay tuned.

 

With the potential for a historic shift in our political system, it’s more important than ever to grow The Centrist Project community. Reach out to 5 people this week and ask them to join us on email, FB, or Twitter. 2 PARTIES. ZERO RESULTS. IT'S TIME TO FIX THE EQUATION. #BREAKTHROUGHPOLITICS VIA CENTRISTPROJECT.ORG AND @CENTPROJ