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What Should The Next President Do?

Paralysis or a future of compromise? Here’s what the next president should do If voters are furious with Washington, D.C., now, they’ll be positively revolutionary in 2020 if none of the nation’s problems get addressed. By Morton Kondracke, Special to The Seattle Times Originally published November 5, 2016 at 8:05 am Updated November 8, 2016 at 9:01 pm  

Moderate and Mad as Hell

Steve Seibert's new essay, Moderate and Mad as Hell, provides an insightful look into the moderate mindset and centrist beliefs. Seibert draws from Centrist Project founder Charles Wheelan's book and outlines The Centrist Principles that underlie the work of The Centrist Project. As Seibert writes, "This is what Centrists believe. The Centrists are without a home and I believe there are a bunch of us." Excerpt: "The following is what I believe. I am a Centrist. Dr. Charles Wheelan, professor at Dartmouth...

The 24% Manifesto

...The closely divided Senate offers one of the best opportunities for a third party to develop. A small caucus of independents could shift the balance of power almost issue by issue and so negotiate for its own agenda. Mr. Orman calls this the “Senate Fulcrum Strategy.” It was laid out in 2013 by Dartmouth’s Charles Wheelan. His organization, the Centrist Project, endorsed Mr. Orman and three other unsuccessful independent Senate bids in 2014. It’s looking for new ones for 2016. Read more...

#NeverTrump, #NeverClinton lead to search for presidential alternatives

“Something unique is happening,” said Charlie Wheelan, a founder of the Centrist Project, a group that seeks to recruit and support independent political candidates. “What we don’t know is how the chapter ends.” Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article80387377.html#storylink=cpy

In Chaotic Election Year, Independents Look to Sneak Up the Middle

As Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and their armies of anti-establishment supporters denounce the U.S. political system as “rigged,” centrist independents who've long tried to disrupt the two-party duopoly see their best opening in years.   “Welcome to our world,” said Greg Orman, a Kansas businessman who made an unsuccessful independent Senate bid in 2014. The fact “that the primary process is biased has opened the eyes of voters.” Orman is now working with a group called the Centrist Project that wants to tackle Washington gridlock by...

Centrist Project, which backed Greg Orman in 2014, looks ahead

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A political action committee that backed independent U.S. Senate candidate Larry Pressler in 2014 is hoping that voters will be more open to shedding their partisan ties in 2016. The Centrist Project aims to empower a growing political middle by channeling the support of moderate Americans to a handful of key U.S. Senate hopefuls across the country. Read more at: http://cjonline.com/news/2016-01-03/centrist-project-which-backed-greg-orman-2014-looks-ahead

A push for the middle

RALEIGH - Just so you know, people and organizations are out there trying to put an end to the partisan politics that have left Congress incapable of moving the United States forward in any meaningful way on the most pressing issues of today – the national debt, economy, environment and immigration, to name a few. Will they get anywhere? Let’s hope. One such group is The Centrist Project, an organization hoping to help five – just five – independent candidates...

Boston.com Covers The Centrist Project Voice Portfolio of Endorsements

Boston.com, the website of The Boston Globe, covered The Centrist Project Voice's endorsement of five moderate Senate candidates. The Centrist Project Voice, the nation’s first political action committee supporting candidates ready to set aside partisan politics and focus on the core issues of critical importance to all Americans, today announced that it has endorsed the following candidates running for U.S. senate seats this fall: Susan Collins of Maine, Larry Pressler of South Dakota, Michelle Nunn of Georgia, Greg Orman of...

IVN Covers Our Portfolio of Endorsements

Independent Voter Network covered our announcement that the Centrist Project Voice was endorsing a portfolio of five moderate candidates for Senate. As the ideological divide between the two major parties widens, the definition of “partisanship” is shifting to the political extremes. Thus, an election system that encourages only the most partisan to participate is producing candidates who are less likely to compromise or work across the aisle. Members of Congress spend more time pointing fingers than working together to find real...

Larry Pressler Stopped By the Roll Call Book Club

Independent and Centrist Project Voice endorsed candidate Larry Pressler dropped by the Roll Call Book Club. "Former South Dakota Sen. Larry Pressler, who served in the House and Senate as a Republican and trying to return to the Senate as an independent, stopped by Monday night’s Roll Call Book Club at Hill Center, which happened to be discussing Charles Wheelan’s “The Centrist Manifesto,” a book arguing for the need to elect centrists not affiliated with the two major parties to Congress."...