Basics

Most of the issues facing our country are multi-faceted and extraordinarily complex. Insert politics into the equation, and the complexity increases exponentially. In order to understand these policy issues and the various perspectives around them, members of Congress, the public, industry and nonprofits must first have a basic knowledge that is rooted in fact. With our Basics series, Center Forward presents complicated issues in a non-partisan and easy-to-understand manner that provides decision makers with alternative viewpoints.


View the PDF verison. Overview The transfer of power from one Presidential Administration to the next is one of the most important processes in our American democracy. According to the Partnership for Public Services’ Center for Presidential Transition, “presidential transitions…

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View the PDF version. Overview Every four years, we revisit debates about the Electoral College. While there is a lot of confusion about this “college,” it is central to our system of electing the President and Vice President of the…

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View the PDF version. Overview The federal government, all states, and some local jurisdictions impose excise taxes on alcohol. Historically, alcohol excise taxes were one of the first sources of revenue for the United States government. For example, the first…

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View the PDF version. Overview The Supreme Court of the United States is the nation’s highest court. It ensures the American people the promise of equal justice under the law and “functions as a guardian and interpreter of the Constitution.”…

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Read more…. Overview Capital markets serve as an essential organized system for the free flow of capital, as raised through equity or debt. Markets provide diversified funding options by bringing participants together — buyers, sellers, investors, lenders, borrowers, and entrepreneurs…

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View the PDF version. Overview The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to impact the health and well-being of all Americans, especially seniors and people with disabilities. The transition of clinical services from in-person visits to video and audio-only telehealth visits continues…

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View the PDF version. Overview Just as the United States has adapted and evolved throughout its history, so have American Elections. In the midst of a global pandemic and as we approach a Presidential Election in November, it is important…

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View the PDF version. Overview The American economy has experienced economic recessions and downturns throughout history, and in some instances, the U.S. government has been forced to respond at varying levels. Some legislative responses have helped circulate money, while others…

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View the PDF version. Overview The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act more often referred to as Dodd-Frank, is major legislation that was signed by President Barack Obama in July 2010. Designed in the aftermath of the “Great…

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View the PDF version. Overview The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, more often referred to as Dodd-Frank, was signed by President Barack Obama in July 2010. Dodd-Frank was passed in the aftermath of the “Great Recession” of…

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View the PDF version. Overview In an age where technology is a staple of business and commerce, personal livelihood, entertainment, and global interconnectivity, encryption is a crucial component to the protection of users’ safety and privacy. Many consumers, often without…

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View the PDF version. Overview Oil prices are currently at roughly half of what they were at the beginning of 2020 due to a dramatic decrease in demand for gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. As states’ stay-at-home orders are ending…

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