Citizen and Legislative Efforts to Reform Redistricting in 2018
July 31, 2018: Grassroots and advocacy groups around the country are working to curb gerrymandering. Nine states currently have ballot initiatives or legislative efforts underway. Read the latest news on key citizen-driven and legislative efforts to reform the redistricting process.
Novel Experiment to Address Local News Media Crisis
July 30, 2018: New Jersey state lawmakers have embarked on a novel experiment to address a local news crisis: putting up millions of dollars in the state’s most recent budget to pay for community journalism.
What Duluth Can Teach America About Declining Political Civility
July 30, 2018: The decline of civility in political debate in Duluth ten years ago was alarming. Harsh rhetoric was getting in the way of resolving bitter disputes and turning young people away from political engagement. Civic leaders launched Speak Your Peace: The Civility Project. As debate improved, so did the process of addressing problems. The program continues to thrive.
Maine Adopts First-In-Nation Ranked Choice Voting Statewide
June 13, 2018: Maine became the first state to adopt the system in which candidates in all state and congressional primary races, as well as all congressional races in the general election, are ranked in order of preference.