One year after the election of Donald Trump, both major U.S. political parties find themselves facing daunting challenges. For Republicans, despite a surprise victory last November, the party has faced numerous high-profile defections and criticism from many of its former standard-bearers. Democrats, for their part, continue to struggle to understand why they lost in 2016 and what path they should follow in the run up to 2018 and 2020.
In this series, voters on both sides of the aisle take stock of how their party has changed over the past year and provide input on where it should head. The series features interviews from former Vermont Governor and DNC Chairman Howard Dean and Congressman Jason Chaffetz.
The article in the special series are listed below, in order of publication.
- Interview with Governor Howard Dean: Rebuilding the Democratic Party by Liz Hanson, an MPP at HKS committed to working across sectors to improve the sustainability of communities.
- The Musings of a Woke Black Republican by Addison P. Berry, a Harvard MPP candidate who also graduated from the Howard University School of Law and Florida State University.
- How Can We Save the DNC? A Call for Primary Reform by James Pagano, an MPP student who previously worked at Democracy International and the National Democratic Institute.
- The Republican Party Must Return to Christian Values, by Steven Brandt, a student at the Kennedy School who grew up in rural communities across Christian America.
- Interview with Congressman Jason Chaffetz: The Future of the Republican Party by Dina Montemarano, an MPP student who previously managed advocacy and communications projects focused on HIV and reproductive health.
- The Democratic Party Must Commit to African Americans by Bob Payne, an MPP candidate at Harvard and the former Research Director for the Lina Hidalgo for Harris County Campaign.
- Democrats Need A Multiracial Green New Deal Coalition by Jeff Rousset, a community organizer and MC-MPA candidate at Harvard.
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