Hear from the people, organizations, and movements that are working to reform American democracy into a more perfect union.
The National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers (NANR) is a member-led Association dedicated to structural election reforms in the public interest. We provide support to our member organizations through shared resources, best practices, and regular convenings.
What unites us is being pro-voter, not anti-party. We favor a robust competition of numerous political parties and independents, and a level playing field on which that can occur.
Building bigger bridges (with Debilyn Molineaux)
Debilyn Molineaux's name is synonymous with cross-partisan bridge building and the importance of civil dialogue in a democratic society. In this episode with visit with Debilyn about her path from advertising to being a candidate for public office to co-founding some of the most influential bridging organizations in the democracy ecosystem.
Gaining an outside perspective (with John Palmer and Bruce Goldberg)
John Palmer works in finance; his friend, Bruce Goldberg, works in health care. Although their careers have little to do with politics or political reform, over time they came to realize that American democracy was broken and the only way to save it was by reform the system. We sat down with John and Bruce to better understand why they believe reform is necessary and hear what their experience has taught them about the community.
Taking it back from the political machine (with Francis Johnson)
Francis Johnson, president of Take Back Our Republic, joins the show to share how his exposure to the political machine at an early age shaped his career in politics and, eventually, to a position of trying to reform democracy.
Changing the incentives (with John Pudner)
A reformed political operative himself, John Pudner founded Take Back Our Republic to work on reforming American democracy so that politicians are incentivized by good governance rather than foreign money and by fair representation rather than special interests. We visit with John about his roots as a paperboy in a diverse Richmond neighborhood to an education in journalism and a career in politics, including how he stopped helping candidates win and started creating a system worth winning.
Democracy: There's an app for that
Special guests technology gurus Sara Gifford and Victor Allis tell us about their app, ActiVote, which helps people increase their civic engagement by completing meaningful, daily actions.
What exactly do we mean by "open primaries?" (with John Opdycke)
From his run for class president in 3rd grade to forming a 3rd-party political party in New York state, John Opdycke is no stranger to disrupting the political system. In this episode we hear from John about the value of independent voters and how open primaries—in its many forms—can be a catalyst for improving not just our politics, but our government as a whole.
John Opdycke is the President of Open Primaries and is one of the country’s most visible and vocal advocates for primary reform. John grew up outside Chicago in Evanston, Illinois and later attended the University of Michigan. He began his career as a fundraiser and researcher for the Rainbow Lobby, which advocated for ballot access and debate reform in the United States and supported the pro-democracy movement in the Congo (Zaire).
In 1992, John joined Dr. Lenora Fulani's independent campaign for president as a regional fundraising director, and in 1994 he also assisted Dr. Fulani in her campaign against Mario Cuomo in the New York Democratic Party gubernatorial primary. That same year, John participated in the founding of the New York State Independence Party, a state affiliate of the National Reform Party. A few years later John became the director of development of Independentvoting.org, where he was incredibly successful.
John has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Cheddar TV, PBS, and NBC and his written commentary on the subject of independent politics and electoral reform has appeared in USA Today, Newsweek, The Hill, The Fulcrum and dozens of local publications.