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Laboratories of Democracy

October 21, 2021

Former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously said that states are the laboratories of democracy. Since our nation was founded, individual states have tested out…

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Reconciliation Nation

October 21, 2021

Congress is considering a multi-trillion dollar bill, referred to in the news as the reconciliation bill. It would help Americans out with childcare costs, provide…

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“Getting It Done” Replay

October 7, 2021

You don’t have to be a big organization or a Washington DC lobbyist to change things for the better. We’ll talk to three people who…

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Quiz: Elections – Who’s in Charge?

September 30, 2021

With particularly acrimonious elections last year and more coming up next year, how much do you know about who manages and certifies elections? Take the…

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Podcast: Liberty & Justice For Some: Two Centuries of Independent Black Leaders & Movements

September 21, 2021

Forty percent of American voters today identify as independents. While some experts argue that few are truly independent – three-quarters of them lean toward one…

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The Perception Gap

September 15, 2021

It’s easy to assume that people with different political philosophies are impossibly far away from where we stand, or even dangerously radical. Certainly that’s true…

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Built to Last: Congress Takes on Infrastructure

September 2, 2021

Congress is considering major action to address our nation’s infrastructure, and our elected officials have made real progress toward a bipartisan agreement – one that…

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Common Ground on Infrastructure

When it comes to infrastructure, Americans across the political spectrum have a lot of common ground. Here are a few highlights: Downloads Shareable graphics PDF…

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Issue Brief: Infrastructure

American infrastructure hasn’t had a major facelift in a while. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, there’s a water main break somewhere in…

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