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The New Dem Dispatch -- "The View From The Vital Center" -- provides pithy news, commentary and analysis from the Democratic Leadership Council. You may subscribe by email on either an "as published" or weekly basis. You may also get the New Dem Dispatch Handheld Edition on your Palm Pilot, Visor, Pocket PC or web-enabled cell phone.
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DLC | New Dem Dispatch November 18, 2020
Idea of the Week: Respecting Science
At a time when the prosperity, and even the national security, of the United States increasingly depends on regaining our edge in science and technology, it's no time for politicians to blur the lines between science and religion.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch November 16, 2020
A Bipartisan Call For A Clear Iraq Strategy
Yesterday, the Senate overwhelmingly passed a resolution that represented a stinging, bipartisan rebuke to the Bush administration's "Just Trust Us" approach to the immediate and long-range future of our involvement in Iraq.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch November 10, 2020
Idea of the Week: Taking Suburbs Seriously
One of the most important ingredients of Tim Kaine's victory in Tuesday's Virginia gubernatorial election was his remarkable success in the high-growth suburbs of Washington, DC.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch November 9, 2020
Election 2005: The Shape of Things To Come?
Election night was a good night for Democrats and for anyone who doesn't like nasty and negative campaigns.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch November 4, 2020
Idea of the Week: Redistricting Reform
The right of voters to choose their representatives, instead of letting representatives choose their voters, is central to any reform agenda, and to any effort to restore public confidence in our democracy and our government.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch November 3, 2020
Cleaner Air: Affordable Cost, Priceless Benefits
Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency released its long-anticipated official cost and benefit estimates of the rival air pollution bills. DLC Vice Chair Sen. Tom Carper's (D-DE) bipartisan "Clean Air Planning Act" was shown to be vastly superior to the president's Clear Skies proposal.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch November 2, 2020
Casting (Sliced) Bread on the Waters
The Service Employees International Union is sponsoring a contest called "Since Sliced Bread" to generate ideas on ways to improve the lives of working men and women. Given the project's already impressive success, it's not hard to recognize some of the best ideas come from outside Washington.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch November 1, 2020
Bush Chooses To Divide
With the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court, this embattled president has once again decided to ignore an opportunity to unite rather than divide, and to distract from America's real problems rather than take them head on.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch October 28, 2020
Idea of the Week: Raising the Bar for Public Service
Those who fill positions of trust in our government ought to answer a higher calling than simply loyalty to any party or partisan aim.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch October 27, 2020
Bushonomics: The Debate the GOP Avoids
Bushonomics is based on avoiding all the issues raised in this week's DLC forum on fiscal responsibility, but the debate the administration refuses to acknowledge must be taken to the American people.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch October 21, 2020
Idea of the Week: Family-Friendly Tax Reform
The U.S. Council of Mayors has proposed a series of tax reforms that would greatly simplify the tax code for the vast majority of taxpayers while providing a new focus on helping middle-class families raise their kids, send them to college, own a home, and save for the future.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch October 20, 2020
Republican Budget Follies
While Democrats are rightly deploring the whole Congressional budget resolution mess, that's not enough: They should show clearly what they would do with the power of the purse.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch October 18, 2020
Don't Gut Environmental Protection to Boost Refineries
Temporary refinery logjams, like the one we are experiencing today, are the result of supply-and-price manipulation by OPEC, not regulatory restrictions on refinery construction. And the solution is not to gut environmental protections, but to finally embrace a national energy policy that both diversifies sources of oil and promotes alternative energy technologies.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch October 14, 2020
Idea of the Week: Building On Strong Neighborhoods
The practical sustainability and foundation in citizen involvement of San Jose's Strong Neighborhoods Initiative gives the program real staying power.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch October 12, 2020
Beyond Polarization
Bill Galston and Elaine Kamarck's The Politics of Polarization provides a solidly researched benchmark for where Democrats are today, and need to go to regain majority support in the country.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch October 7, 2020
Idea of the Week: Rules For Detainees
The debate over the McCain Amendment is not about which rules to apply for detainees; it's a debate about whether to have rules at all. And in the United States of America, there is only one defensible answer to that question.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch October 5, 2020
D.C.'s Charter Experiment: Mixed Grades, Great Promise
An important new report from the Progressive Policy Institute concludes that "the District of Columbia's charter school movement is strong, despite growing pains" and it could become a model for the rest of the nation.


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