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By inciting a riot, President Trump gave Democrats the chance to transcend the gamesmanship they helped to create, writes Salit.

More excessive partisanship will make wound from Capitol siege even worse

Salit is president of Independent Voting, which works to promote the political clout of unaffiliated voters, and the author of "Independents Rising: Outsider Movements, Third Parties, and the Struggle for a Post-Partisan America" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
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Best electoral advantage is party, not incumbency, new study underscores

Griffiths is the editor of Independent Voter News, where a version of this story first appeared.

A new report reinforces something political reform advocates and experts have been saying for years: Partisan identity is becoming the primary determinant in nearly every election.

The "Monopoly Politics" study, a biennial project of the electoral reform advocacy group FairVote, predicts the results of all 435 seats in the House long before Election Day. The 2020 version, released last week, predicted 357 "high confidence seats" with a 99.7 percent accuracy rate. The group bases its predictions on prior voting patterns, not on polling results, a methodology that has worked since FairVote began the project in 1997.

The predictions were made fully two years ahead of time, in November 2018, a startling reminder of how little competition there is in congressional contests and the consequence this has on the nation's politics. The authors say a central takeaway is the increasing role partisanship plays in the outcome of such elections.

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Report cites a dozen narrow issues where partisan gridlock could be broken

After an especially contentious election and with the coronavirus pandemic raging, American politics may feel as polarized as ever. A new study makes the case that there's still plenty of hope for bridging the partisan chasm on a dozen top-tier domestic issues.

Making government more transparent and trimming big money's sway over elections are the two good-government reforms on the list.

The 48-page report, released Thursday by three left-leaning advocacy groups focused on environmental policy, aggregates an array of research and polling by others before unveiling "a transpartisan agenda to rebuild trust and tackle America's biggest challenges."

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Virtual Screening of 'UnRepresented' and Panel Discussion

Organizer: Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget/FixUS

The pandemic and election exposed deep divisions among the public and raised serious questions about whether our political system is up to the task of addressing the major challenges we face. Please join us for an advance screening of "UnRepresented" — a new documentary about how to overcome these partisan frictions — and exclusive access to a panel discussion featuring the filmmakers and subject matter experts.

This award-winning documentary explores the driving forces behind political dysfunction and highlights some of the reforms that are gaining traction to restore a government that better serves the people. It features experts such as Professor Lawrence Lessig of Harvard Law School, and Maya MacGuineas of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and FixUS.

A link to view "UnRepresented" will be emailed to you on Monday, Dec. 14. You will have 48 hours to view the documentary.

Location: Webinar

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