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.
Revitalizing Democracy: Our Common Purpose
A landmark report finds that civic life in America is dangerously polarized, and offers fresh ideas for revitalizing our democracy. August 30, 2020 Low trust in institutions….
Quiz: Consensus in America – Part 2
An August 2020 report we unveiled with our partners at Voice of the People detailed nearly 150 policy positions on which Republicans and Democrats agree. Do you know…
Quiz: Police Reform
Our partners at the Program for Public Consultation ran a policymaking simulation based on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which recently passed the House of…
Citizen Panels Go Online
We held our very first online Citizen Panel event last weekend in Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District. Covid-19 certainly hasn’t stopped citizens from making their voices heard. August…
Reclaiming Our Politics with a New Kind of Civic Discourse
January 13, 2021 – Legalocities podcast featuring Voice of the People Founder and President Steve Kull discussing how VOP and Common Ground Solutions are changing civil discourse…
Opinion: How Bucks County Found Common Ground on Police Reform
August 22, 2020 – By CGS Executive Director, Jillian Youngblood. From listening to the pundits, you would think that half of America wants to completely defund the police…
Bucks Residents Show Bipartisan Support For Police Reforms, Including Chokehold Ban
August 15, 2020 – A survey of hundreds of Bucks County residents has found bipartisan support for a list of police reform proposals.
Community Leaders, Editorial Board to Talk Police Reform in Bucks County
August 15, 2020 – Area leaders of minority communities will join the Bucks County Courier Times and The Intelligencer on Saturday to talk police reform in Bucks County…