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DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 23, 2007
A New Dem in The Big Apple
By David Yassky
Even New Yorkers have a pragmatic political sense. They want solutions that work.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | January 4, 2007
A New Democratic Majority [if we can keep it]
By Al From and Bruce Reed
Democrats seized the center with good candidates and sound strategy. But to sustain a majority, they must reject polarization and speak directly to the forgotten middle class.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | January 4, 2007
Clinton Politics vs. Bush Politics
By Mark Halperin and John F. Harris
In their new book, "The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008," Halperin and Harris describe two strains of presidential politics practiced in the past two decades. One is a Clinton Politics of centrist inclusion, the other a Bush Politics of polarization. The big question, they write, is which will prevail in 2008?


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | January 4, 2007
Ideas, Not Ideology
By Harold Ford Jr.
Voters want a government that works. Democrats must offer ideas for meeting today's challenges -- and shaping the nation's future.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | January 4, 2007
Lieberman Comes Back
A campaign insider tells the real story of how the politics of problem-solving trumped the politics of polarization.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | January 4, 2007
Polarize This!
By Will Marshall
Voters have had enough of destructive partisanship.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | January 4, 2007
Results Matter
By Rep. Artur Davis
Democrats won in 2006 because voters prefer problem-solvers to ideologues.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 22, 2006
Expand the Base!
By Ed Kilgore
To build a majority coalition, Democrats must appeal to more voters outside cities.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 22, 2006
Proven Formula
By Al From and Bruce Reed
Democrats have a winning governing philosophy they can offer the country. It's called Clintonism.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 22, 2006
Why Americans Vote Their Values
By Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger
In a post-material era, people seek status, purpose, and happiness -- and cast their ballots accordingly.


DLC  | Blueprint Magazine | July 22, 2006
Generation 9/11
By Rachel Kleinfeld and Matthew Spence
For today's young adults, the fall of the Twin Towers was the formative foreign policy event. Their outlook may revive the Truman-Kennedy tradition of tough-minded internationalism.


DLC | Policy Report | May 24, 2006
Growing the Vote
By Ed Kilgore
While careful attention to demographic challenges and opportunities is always important, and mobilization drives are invariably critical, expanding the Democratic base by persuasion must assume a more central place in future Democratic strategy.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | February 9, 2006
How I Won
By Gov. Tim Kaine
Building on the popularity of Gov. Mark Warner, Kaine offered voters a compelling personal story, a shrewd suburban strategy, and a clear vision for Virginia's future. He won strong in a red state.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | February 9, 2006
Moment of Opportunity
By Al From
Bush and the GOP have put the country on the wrong track. But Democrats can only make big gains with the right agenda.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | February 9, 2006
Reform or Die
By Bruce Reed
The moment a party in power starts believing it will live forever usually coincides with the moment it is about to be declared brain-dead.


Al From and Mark Penn | Memo | December 18, 2005
A Chance To Rebuild Our Democratic Majority: If We Take It
By Al From and Mark Penn
Democrats have an opportunity to recapture the vital center and to make gains in Congressional and gubernatorial elections in 2006 and to recapture the White House in 2008. But that will not just happen automatically. Democrats need to forge a coalition of core and swing voters -- of liberals and moderates -- that is large enough to prevail.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch | December 2, 2005
Idea of the Week: Opening Up Primaries
In Oregon, there's a bipartisan effort underway to eliminate that state's closed primary system. In our opinion, creating more open primary systems is not just good for democracy, it's good for Democrats as well.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | October 21, 2005
Center Party
By Peter Ross Range
The moment for turning the Democratic Party into the Center Party may be near.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | October 21, 2005
The Sensible Center
By Mark Warner
A red-state Democratic governor explains how Democrats can win again with a positive agenda for the future.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 23, 2005
How America Can Win Again
By Al From and Bruce Reed
The nation is under challenge on nearly every front. It's time to summon our strength of character and make America great again.


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