A group of Iowa legislators who are under the age of 40 have formed an “Iowa Future Caucus” to show bipartisan cooperation is possible. Twenty-nine-year-old State Senator Zach Wahls — a Democrat from Coralville — is one of the group’s co-chairs.
LISTEN: On May 2, Steven Olikara, President of Millennial Action Project, joined Professor Jeremi Suri for Episode 37 of his podcast series “This is Democracy”
New Profit, a venture philanthropy organization that funds social entrepreneurs, recognized this issue. Through a new grant program specifically for organizations addressing democracy issues called Civic Lab, New Profit selected seven nonprofits trying to build trust across communities and reengage people in democratic processes.
Steven Olikara, who heads the Millennial Action Project, tells me, “As we anticipated, we saw the highest-ever Millennial turnout for a midterm election in 2018. Millennial Action Project’s polling found that our generation was not voting reflexively as partisans, but rather voting on issues."
LISTEN: Michael Steele talks with guest Steven Olikara about the rising power of millennials in American politics, discusses the Mueller Report, and the 2020 election.
Before spending money and lending support to candidates during this year’s elections for state Senate and House of Delegates, Unite America wants to recognize models of bipartisanship in the General Assembly.