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Only members of CommonSense American can rate the promise of the proposals on the 2019 Issues List for which our staff will develop full policy briefs. If you are not yet a member of CommonSense American, please join. If you’re already a member, we invite you to review the 2019 Issues List and rate the proposals you find most promising.

AN AMAZING START

We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from both the American people and Congress.

We recently began inviting Americans to join with the hope of having 1,000 members to take our first step.  We’ve vastly exceeded our goal and are now an impressive and balanced group of over 4,500 members that reflects our great country. We’ve also attracted the interest of several congressional committees who’ve come to share our conviction that the Four Step Process will make it easier to pass commonsense solutions in Congress.  These committees are hungry for our results.

Membership

9375
Total Members

Balanced Geographically

AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY DC

Balanced Politically

Democrats

23%

Independents

46%

Republicans

25%

WHAT WE’RE DOING RIGHT NOW

Together, we are taking the first step.

Picking our issues to brief is the first of our four steps to identify and champion solutions wise enough to attract broad, cross-partisan support.

1. IDENTIFY ISSUES

Our Members identify solutions with the greatest promise of attracting broad, cross-partisan support.

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RATE ISSUES

2. DEVELOP BRIEFS

Our staff develops a thorough policy brief on each issue.

These are policy briefs, not position papers.  Our staff doesn’t draw conclusions about what the right answers are, but works hard to make the strongest case for each competing perspective.

3. WEIGH IN

Each member reviews the brief to which they’ve been randomly assigned and weighs in on the policy questions.

Members commit to spend 90 minutes each year reviewing the brief to which they are randomly assigned.  Members review the brief online on their own schedule.  Random assignment ensures that we don’t replicate the partisan and special interest problems we aim to address.

4. ADVOCATE

We champion the policy solutions that gain a two-thirds consensus among our members in the Congress and at the White House.

Whenever a two-thirds consensus emerges on a policy question, our members–even those who may disagree with this strong majority–commit to sharing their own views with their U.S. Congressman and Senators.

HERE ARE THE ISSUES WE ARE CONSIDERING

2019 Issues List

Our Members are choosing among eight topics to identify the issues for which we will develop CommonSense American’s first briefs.

Ready to Take the First Step?

Only members of CommonSense American can rate the promise of the proposals on the 2019 Issues List for which our staff will develop full policy briefs. If you are not yet a member of CommonSense American, please join. If you’re already a member, we invite you to review the 2019 Issues List and rate the proposals you find most promising.

Members of CommonSense American have until September 3, 2019, to identify the three issues for which our staff will develop full policy briefs.

Identify Issues

Frequently Asked Questions about the First Step

How long do we have to take this First Step?

Members have until September 3, 2019, to identify the issues they consider most promising.

What will CommonSense American do with member responses?

We will compile member ratings in order to identify the three issues members consider most promising. CommonSense American staff will then prepare briefs of these three issues and the policy proposals they include. Six of the eight are substantive policy areas. Two of the eight are democratic reform areas. We’ll pick two of the six substantive policy issues and one of the two democratic reform issues. We ask you to rate the two most promising proposals we could find under each of the eight issues. The three briefs we choose will include particularly promising proposals beyond the two described.

Do we have to review the list all at once or can we return to it as needed?

We can return to the list as needed through the September 3rd deadline.

How did CommonSense American compile the 2019 Issues List?

We talked to our members, think tanks, policy area experts, and elected officials to identify issues that can attract broad support across our political divides.

What does the 2019 Issues List include?

The list features six substantive policy areas including Healthcare Costs, College and Professional/Technical Training Accessibility, Veterans, General Upward Mobility, Infrastructure, and Environment and two democratic reform areas including Congressional Reform and Executive Reform. In each of these areas, we outline two specific policy proposals.

How will members evaluate how promising each specific policy proposal included in the 2019 Issues List is?

We will rate each policy proposal on a 5-point scale of Not Promising, Somewhat Promising, Promising, Very Promising, and Extremely Promising. We ask that you rate no more than three proposals as “Extremely Promising” so that we all share the hard work of identifying the issues our staff will brief.

What do we mean by a “promising” policy proposal?

By promising, we mean ideas that are both achievable and meaningful. A proposal is achievable if there is a decent chance that our members’ input could make the difference between it passing or not passing. A proposal is meaningful if passing it would make a real difference in people’s lives. Proposals that would make a huge difference in people’s lives but have virtually no chance of passing aren’t that promising; neither are proposals that are almost certain to pass but wouldn’t impact people’s lives. We’ve tried to identify policies that are the best combination of both and hope that, as a whole, we will identify the three most promising.

How did we get here so quickly?

We’re as amazed as you are! When we set our initial membership goal of 1,000 members with 10 members in each state, we had no idea that we’d meet that goal within two months. Now we have over 4,500 members. We’re balanced geographically, with strong membership north, south, east, and west and with more than 10 members in every state. We’re also balanced politically: 25% are Republicans, 23% are Democrats, 46% are Independents, and 6% are Other.

Why is it important that we take our First Step: Identify Issues now?

As we built the 2019 Issues List, we attracted the interest of several congressional committees who have come to share our conviction that this Four Step Process will make it easier to champion commonsense solutions in Congress. These committees are hungry for our results. The sooner we identify the issues, the sooner our staff can develop full policy briefs. Then we can share our informed views with Members of Congress and help bring common sense to American politics.

Thank you for taking this First Step: Identify Issues with us!

Ready to Take the First Step?

Only members of CommonSense American can rate the promise of the proposals on the 2019 Issues List for which our staff will develop full policy briefs. If you are not yet a member of CommonSense American, please join. If you’re already a member, we invite you to review the 2019 Issues List and rate the proposals you find most promising.