Civil Politics For a Shared Future
A representative democracy cannot sustain itself without active citizenship. Americans are imbued with certain fundamental rights as citizens, and those rights carry responsibilities.
Making Government Work
Our elected representatives owe their loyalty to us, not to their political parties. Our government should work for everyone. It is up to all of us to make that happen.
Health is a public good. It is in our national interest to create a health care system that balances quality, access, and cost.
Immigration enforcement and counterterrorism are very different functions of government. For either one to be effective, both must be conducted separately.
Access to high quality education is a basic right of every child, regardless of family income. But top-down federal initiatives continue to fail us.
Free markets only work when they’re fair. It’s time for government to shift focus from pro-business policies to pro-market policies.
Uncontrolled growth in federal debt threatens both our economic stability and national security. We need a comprehensive, bipartisan, long-term plan to reduce the debt.
Helping people overcome poverty makes our nation stronger. Let’s focus our efforts on public education and on antipoverty initiatives that work.
Today’s challenges, from terrorism and nuclear proliferation to cyberattacks and pandemic disease, don’t respect national borders. Resolutions are not possible without some degree of American leadership and international cooperation.
Open-ended foreign policy commitments and undisciplined spending have overextended the US military. Our military capabilities should reflect our foreign policy initiatives.
Gun ownership, religious freedom, reproductive rights, drug policy -- all are complex and deeply personal issues. They shouldn’t drive us apart.
Divided We Fall
Lincoln famously said that “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” A new documentary finds both division and connection. June 14, 2020 Over the past 30 years,…
Reopening Public Spaces: Is It a Partisan Issue?
May 10, 2020 This week, we spoke with with Ryan Hagen, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in Sociology at Columbia University who focuses on risk and organizational resilience. He…
COVID-19 Hits Home: The Local Perspective
Local newspapers offer windows to see the true impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our communities. May 3, 2020 The coronavirus pandemic arrived in our country at…
Online Misinformation: Call It Out
An exciting project by the National Conference on Citizenship is making the internet a safer place for truth. April 26, 2020 Anyone who’s spent time on social…
Survey Data from NJ-07 on Government Reform
March 6, 2019 via Common Ground Solutions – New survey data shows that New Jerseyans, like Americans across the country, agree across party lines on ideas to…
News Release: Majorities of NJ-7 Residents From Both Parties Agree on Reforms to Address Money in Politics, Gerrymandering
March 3, 2020 via Common Ground Solutions – In a unique survey of 478 residents of New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, majorities of Republicans and Democrats agreed…
‘Common Ground’ Project Brings Together Divided Voters
March 2, 2020 via WIVT PBS39 – A survey conducted in U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski’s 7th Congressional District revealed majorities of Republicans and Democrats actually agree on…
Seventh District residents find common ground on campaign finance reform, national issues
March 2, 2020 via Echoes Sentinel – At a time when the chasm between political parties seems too wide to breach, 7th Congressional District residents appear to…