Insights

News and research from around the country that shines light on the future of progressivism and the New American Demos


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Candidates and Voters of Color Drive Progress in 2018 Midterms

Democrats’ taking back the House and making critical gains in the states with strong popular vote majorities—fueled by high midterm turnout among people of color—were crucial steps in pushing back against our nation’s slide towards authoritarianism and building a more inclusive democracy. 


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Responding Effectively to the GOP’s Dog Whistle Closing Argument for 2018 Midterms

A memo from Demos Action with guidance on responding to the dog-whistle racism of the right in the final days of the 2018 midterms. Effective counters explicitly call out the tactic for what it is: an effort to divide the working class, preventing us from achieving an America that works for all people, not just the wealthy few.


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‘Something has actually changed’: Women, minorities, first-time candidates drive Democratic House hopes

A flood of women, minorities and first-time candidates is poised to radically alter the composition of Congress next year after winning Democratic primaries in record numbers in 2018.

By Elena Schneider in Politico


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Andrew Gillum’s Upset Reveals a Winning New Progressive Strategy

The results of Florida’s gubernatorial primary should serve as a lesson for the Democratic establishment.

By Demos Partner Andrea Cristina Mercado in The Nation


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How a 'Race-Class Narrative' Can Work for Democrats

New research from Demos suggests talking overtly about race can help progressives sell their message to persuadable voters.

By Elaine Godfrey in The Atlantic


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Young voters and voters of color are key to climate policy

From crises in Puerto Rico and Flint, to movements from Standing Rock to This Is Zero Hour, it’s people of color and young people (and young people of color) who are leading the environmental movement and strongly supporting environmental policies.

By Ayana Elizabeth Johnson in The Hill


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Analysis of black women’s electoral strength in an era of fractured politics

The Brookings Institution and the Higher Heights Leadership Fund collaborated to create a database comprised of elected officials at the federal, state, and municipal levels, as well as aspirant candidates. Information regarding their districts was also collected and analyzed to pinpoint predictors of electoral success.

By Andre M. Perry at Brookings.edu