Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
NO ONE LIKES THE GRIDLOCK: Polls continue to show that most Americans do not approve of Congress. Some nine out of 10 Americans disapprove of Congress, according to a new Gallup poll. Before 2007, the disapproval rating topped 80 percent only twice. The Gallup report says, “Americans' distaste for the institution is entirely bipartisan. Only 11 percent of independents, 10 percent of Republicans, and 9 percent of Democrats approved.” Voters need to remember the poor job Congress has done and vote problem solvers into office this November: Bill Knight for Tri-State Public Radio: Bi-Partisan Disapproval of Congress
SUPPORT FOR PROBLEM-SOLVERS: While many problem solvers are supporting the Simpson-Bowles plan as a starting point for deficit reduction, the two leaders are starting to return the favor. Recently, Bowles endorsed No Labels supporter Gov. Angus King for Maine's open Senate seat, along with appearing at a 'fiscal summit' with No Labels supporter Sen. Joe Manchin: Laura Litvan for Bloomberg: Simpson-Bowles Supporters Get Campaign Backing in Return
CASUALTIES OF GRIDLOCK: Within the last three years, Congress has lost 23 members due to gridlock. “The tragedy here is that everybody I know who comes to the United States Senate comes to get something done, and that’s the real reason they come here, and yet people are sort of pulled apart by this process,” said Sen. Joe Lieberman of his decision to retire from Congress. As Lieberman points out, well-intentioned elected officials are becoming yet another casualty of gridlock. Check out the No Labels Blog for a graphic showing the members of Congress who have cited gridlock as the reason for their retirement: No Labels Blog: Casualties of Gridlock
UNWANTED ATTENTION: Sesame Street's Big Bird has been in the news a lot recently after being referenced in the presidential debate by Gov. Mitt Romney. While the extra attention can be good, organizations do not want their products in the middle of a campaign. "[Organizations] seem more wary that appearances of supporting one side or the other could alienate a huge segment of the country, potentially costing them customers, members or even influence on Capitol Hill," writes Mike Lillis. One solution is for the candidates to focus on discussing the issues instead of using public figures for one liners: Mike Lillis for The Hill: Big Bird joins list of unwitting – and unwilling – campaign props
PROBLEM-SOLVERS SEAL: Recently, No Labels has awarded candidates or legislators the Problem-Solver's Seal of Approval. The Problem-Solvers Seal is awarded to candidates or legislators who agree to join No Labels’ emerging “Problem-Solvers Bloc,” a group of lawmakers who are dedicated to working across the aisle to discuss effective, principled and pragmatic solutions to our country’s problems. These members will be unveiled at the No Labels Meeting to Make America Work! in New York City on January 14. Today, No Labels Co-Founder Lisa Borders will be awarding the seal to candidates Bill Bloomfield and Gary DeLong at press conferences in California.
VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE: Check out Mashable's live blog of the Vice Presidential debate tonight with No Labels Co-Founder Bill Galston.
FROM THE FIELD: Tonight at George Washington University, Dan Hoffmann will be speaking on behalf of No Labels in front of College Democrats and Republicans, who will be meeting to discuss how our country's problems can be solved using bipartisanship.
THE DAILY BREAK: Check out the Muppets and Sesame Street characters who have been involved in politics before: Andrew Kaczynski for Buzzfeed: Muppets Who Have Run For President
ACTION OF THE DAY: Sen. Joe Manchin is excited about No Labels, and he wants to talk to supporters like you. Join him on a call on Monday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m. eastern time.
STAT OF THE DAY: According to an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the entire fiscal obstacle course (their term for what is usually referred to as the fiscal cliff), if allowed to occur, could account for eliminating 3.7 percent of GDP next year and cost over 4 million jobs: Ezra Klein for The Washington Post: The fiscal…something