Lara Putnam

Rust Belt in Transition

What has happened in Pennsylvania’s, and the entire Rust Belt’s, “Middle Suburb” counties, and can it be reversed?

Iowa and Democratic Funders' Delusions

Iowa’s App-pocalyse was typical of a system that squanders resources on actors far from the action. There’s a better way to spend that money.

There Is No Civil War

Centrists in the suburbs and progressive upsets in the cities? This is what (local) democracy looks like.

Who Really Won PA 18?

Grassroots women and organized labor pulled voters together in support of Conor Lamb. Conversations made it work.

Middle America Reboots Democracy

We spent months talking with anti-Trump forces—and they're not who pundits say they are.