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Press  For Democracy covers current political news from a transpartisan viewpoint. In other words, putting the country before the party. Extra emphasis on Money in Politics issues.
Tonight: Are You Transpartisan? Is the Coffee Party?
Since its inception, The Coffee Party’s mantra has revolved around transpartisanship. Its mandate was to create a safe place where voices from all parties and all political philosophies could meet to discuss and find workable solutions to our common problems.
To accomplish this lofty goal, our membership make-up needs to include Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Tea Partiers, Greens, Libertarians, Constitutionalists, Socialists, and others. Today we're asking for your help in determining our progress. But to do so, we need your help. Please reply to the following questions:
To do so, please reply to the following questions:
What political party do you belong to? (if any)
Do you regularly engage members of other parties in civil, fact-based political dialog?
If you do, what topics do you agree on?
If you don’t, what’s stopping you?
Tonight, on Press  for Democracy, we’ll analyze our results and see what conclusions can be drawn. We’ll also look for ways to improve such exchanges where needed. Listen live on line or call in and be heard at (646) 929-2495. 9 PM EST/7 PM CST/6 PM PST
The Trans- Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a convoluted and controversial subject. Those against it are easy to find, but those who support it are a little more subdued.
For example, there are electoral ramifications: how much longer do we wait for Hillary to make her views known; what do we do if she supports it or remains evasive; where do other major party candidates, like Rand, Ted, and Marco, stand. Green Party Candidate Jill Stein has already announced that she is against passage of the TPP for example. How do we mobilize if it passes?
Let's bring it on! Guest co-hosts Jeanene Louden and Tim Danahey will lead the discussion.
Political and media analyst John Henry from JohnHenry.US fills in for J'Neane on this weeks "Lunch with Louden" broadcast featuring a discussion of electoral reform with former Reform Party presidential candidate and author Robert Steele.
Links and information discussed during the show:
http://tinyurl.com/OpenPower The Open Source Activist Tool-Kit by Robert Steele, a set of tools YOU can use to reclaim your voice in government!
http://amzn.to/1FnZ3bu - Rober Steele's author page at Amazon.Com
Gary Hart: Dynastic Politics Should Frighten!
Michael Maxsenti: The Centrist Project - Michael ended up "co-guesting" on today's show. Thanks, Michael!
http://amzn.to/1artQ9M - Robert mentioned Will Durant's "Philosophy and the Social Problem." This is a link to Durant's author page at Amazon.
Thanks Robert and Michael for being great guests, and Debilyn for stepping in when it looked like I wasn't there. You all made it a great show!
Why would religious freedom NEED to become breaking news? There is a powerful public and civic response to a rash of so called religious-freedom-laws. And, the fact that this wave of legislation has all the trappings of an organized movement has people asking who is behind it all and what purpose these laws serve.
What problem do these laws address? What problems do these laws create? Is there a "man behind the curtain" or is this a change whose time has come?
Guest Bob Woodburn and LUNCH with LOUDEN will offer some findings, some opinions, and the opportunity for you to weigh in on your support for or concerns about the trending conversation about religious freedom in this republic's democracy.
See articles we call "homework" at the LUNCH with LOUDEN Facebook page and follow all the Coffee Party news, views, and radio shows on the JOIN THE COFFEE PARTY MOVEMENT Facebook page or website.
How Republicans Captured Congress but Surrendered the White House. Once the party of presidents, the GOP in recent elections has failed to pull together convincing national majorities. Republicans have lost four of the last six presidential races and lost the popular vote in five of the last six. In their lone victory, the party incumbent won—during wartime—by the slimmest of margins. In this fascinating and important book, Thomas Schaller examines national Republican politics since President Ronald Reagan left office in 1989. From Newt Gingrich’s ascent to Speaker of the House through the defeat of Mitt Romney in 2012, Schaller traces the Republican Party’s institutional transformation and its broad consequences, not only for Republicans but also for America. Here is Schaller’s message: as the GOP became more conservative, it became more Congress-centered, and as its congressional wing grew more powerful, the party grew more conservative. His belief is that this “dangerous loop”, unless broken, may signal a future of increasing radicalization, dependency on a shrinking pool of voters, and less viability as a true national party. It’s a thought-provoking idea that we invite our Coffee Party USA members to consider by reading the book and joining us for a discussion with the author. A link for purchasing the book can be found on our Coffee Party USA website.
On Monday, March 30 at 8:30pm EST, you will have your chance to ask Professor Schaller about his take on the direction of the Republican Party and what it means for all of us as we host him on our special monthly BlogTalk Radio program event. Mark you calendar now!
Like most in America, my neighborhood back in Marietta, GA is a political hot-box, with folks whose beliefs range from staunch conservative to ultra-progressive, and everywhere in between. But on most summer days, they can be found down at the neighborhood swim and tennis center, where parents converse about local issues such as schools, the proposed new mall, or the fact that police patrols had stepped up nicely after a string of vandalisms were reported. Still others abandon politics for a while in favor of a doubles match against their longtime rival subdivision’s team. And for those hours, these political opposites are caught up in solving common problems; whether how to fund the school's ailing arts program or how to break the guy with the one hundred mile per hour serve. In short, the swim and tennis center provides fertile ground in which transpartisan* values are born and advanced. The questions are, can we apply those same principles to issues with larger geographic reach? And can we make those in Washington understand and promote our goals and our objectives? Tonight, we want to hear your transpartisan success stories and ways to apply those same process to the bigger issues that are facing the vast majority of Americans today. Please join host Dan Aronson as we seek transpartisan solutions to our common problems. Listen in live here here starting at 10PM EST / 7PM PST, or call in to voice your opinion at (646) 929-2495. And when you do, remember to Press  for Democracy.
I'm back from my three month hiatus and ready to hear what you have been up to and what is calling you to action today. I will open with Coffee Party news and then let THE PEOPLE steer our conversation. Given current events I could talk all day myself, but I know everyone would like to hear YOUR voice. Don't forget to share your events in your community.
Is the transpartisan strategy the way forward?
There was once a man who set off to change the world, then discovered he didn’t have enough power to change the world. So he decided to change the country...but again failed. So he decided to change his own community with no more luck. He returned home to change his family, who resisted all attempts. He decided to change himself...and succeeded!
As a result, his family was transformed, and that spilled out into his community. His community became a role model for other communities in the country, which was positively changed. And as his country shifted priorities and policies, the world was changed.
We started this conversation three weeks ago in Transpartisan Nation Part 1. Questions we asked on that show included, “Can we let go of the point-scoring, win/lose paradigm? Can we trust each other, provide compassion instead of competition and control our fear long enough to be the change we seek?”
In our blog and today's show, we explore how does one become “transpartisan” and what does this really mean?
I have recently found myself in the inquiry - do we have what it takes to be a transpartisan nation?
Assuming that We The People have the same goal of an efficient and accountable government, what will it take for us to move beyond the blame game of “how we got here” and focus on making our shared goal a reality? Can we let go of the point-scoring, win/lose paradigm? Can we trust each other, provide compassion instead of competition and control our fear long enough to be the change we seek?
Today’s LUNCH w LOUDEN invites you to join in this important conversation. If we are to make sytemic and sustainable change in our political structure, it will take a strong majority of citizens with skills that promote respect, dignity and collaborative action. We’d like to hear your stories from the field. Are you the change? Or are you locked in identifying the problem?
Health care is a key issue for many Americans today. The Affordable Care Act has prompted debate. Some think it goes too far, and others think it does not go far enough: citizens across the nation are calling for health care for all.
In Oregon there is a movement afoot to move to universal health care. Led by Health Care for All-Oregon (HCAO), groups and citizen supporters "will descend on the Capitol steps in Salem on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., to rally and call on state legislators to act, drawing their attention to the fact that far too many Oregonians still lack affordable health care."
HCAO proposes a health care system that covers everyone living or working in Oregon-no exceptions-with no co-pays and no deductibles.
Our guests today will be Lee Mercer, President of Health Care for All - Oregon, and one of the "Mad as Hell Doctors". They will talk about the rally as well as the facts and philosophy behind their movement.
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