Common Ground An Alternative to Partisan Politics
Making Government Work
Our elected representatives owe their loyalty to us, not to their political parties. Our government should work for everyone. It is up to all of us to make that happen.
Health Care Policy
Health is a public good. It is in our national interest to create a health care system that balances quality, access, and cost.
Primary & Secondary Education
Access to high quality education is a basic right of every child, regardless of family income. But top-down federal initiatives continue to fail us.
Helping people overcome poverty makes our nation stronger. Let’s focus our efforts on public education and on antipoverty initiatives that work.
Restoring Competitive Markets
Free markets only work when they’re fair. It’s time for government to shift focus from pro-business policies to pro-market policies.
Reducing Federal Debt
Uncontrolled growth in federal debt threatens both our economic stability and national security. We need a comprehensive, bipartisan, long-term plan to reduce the debt.
Today’s challenges, from terrorism and nuclear proliferation to cyberattacks and pandemic disease, don’t respect national borders. Resolutions are not possible without some degree of American leadership and international cooperation.
Open-ended foreign policy commitments and undisciplined spending have overextended the US military. Our military capabilities should reflect our foreign policy initiatives.
Immigration enforcement and counterterrorism are very different functions of government. For either one to be effective, both must be conducted separately.
Freedom of Religion
Gun ownership, religious freedom, reproductive rights, drug policy -- all are complex and deeply personal issues. They shouldn’t drive us apart.
Founder Howard Konar on Capital Tonight
Common Ground founder Howard Konar spoke to Capital Tonight’s Liz Benjamin about activating people to act as citizens in the public good, how our most important policy…
This #GivingTuesday, Support Organizations Working to Find Common Ground
Americans spend two days shopping after Thanksgiving — Black Friday and Cyber Monday — but on #GivingTuesday, we dedicate a day to giving back. Now in its…
Ask a Civics Teacher: Gerrymandering
Dear Civics Teacher, Can you explain how gerrymandering works? What’s a fairer way to draw district lines, and who decides what system we have? Sincerely, Sarah from…
ConCon or Not, New Yorkers Need to Vote
Every 20 years, our state constitution gives New Yorkers the opportunity to call for a Constitutional Convention, an opportunity to update our fundamental governing document. Groups supporting…