Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
EQUALLY POLARIZED: Both President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney are engaging in very polarizing campaigns, which will result in a more polarized country. "Their victory is likely to reinforce, not change, the fundamental dynamic of American politics," writes Michael Gerson. We need elected officials in Washington who are not afraid to focus on the issues rather than the flaws of their opponents:Michael Gerson for The Washington Post: A campaign that is polarized to a draw
PERSONALITY BEATING PARTISANSHIP? He plays bingo with seniors. He goes door-to-door to hear what voters have to say rather than tell them why they should vote for him. And surprisingly, Republican Adam Hasner poses a real threat to take the 22nd congressional district of Florida, widely considered a Democrat district. Hasner is proving what voters are drawn to his personality, not tied to their party line: Joshua Miller for Roll Call: South Florida Race Tests Partisanship Against Personality
LISTEN NOW: "Congress has not been paying its bills on time and that is why America is in financial trouble," No Labels supporter Rep. Jim Cooper says. Cooper was on America's Radio News talking about the No Budget, No Pay Act and breaking gridlock in Washington. Click here to listen to the full interview.
COMMON GROUND: With the elections in full swing, American voters are hearing a lot about how different the two parties are. However, neither side of the aisle is really bringing up where the parties have similar positions. Issues include aiding start-ups, avoiding the fiscal cliff and the debt ceiling, tax and regulatory simplification, oil drilling, Iran sanctions and the future of Fannie and Freddy are good places for both sides to stop fighting and start fixing: Annie Lowrey for The New York Times: What Do Democrats and Republicans Agree On?
FROM THE FIELD: Citizen leaders Linda Peterson, Laurence Reszetar, and Mike Malone are organizing a No Labels Minnesota meeting on Monday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hennepin County Library in Ridgedale, MN. This meeting will feature guest speakers Nate Garvis and former Representative Jim Ramstad. This is a great example of supporters working together to help grow this movement.
THE DAILY BREAK: As the robotic vehicle Curiosity explores Mars, some are wondering what mankind's future with Mars will be. This cosmologist believes it will be a bright one: Martin Rees for The Daily Beast: Doing Donuts on Mars: The Possibilities of NASA’s Curiosity
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STAT OF THE DAY: The federal government just found $8 billion in its couch cushions, thanks in part to a warming up housing market. Normally, this is a good thing, right? However, the parties in Congress and the President are now getting ready to fight over how to spend or invest the newly discovered money: David Rogers for POLITICO: $8 billion surprise grist for new spending fight