Presidential primaries often create a flurry of new policy ideas and proposals as candidates jockey with each other to stand out from the crowd. 2020 was no different as the literally dozens of Democratic candidates for president released their campaign platforms. Candidates like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren staked their candidacy on their policy vision.

With so many candidates and so many ideas being floated, there was a tidal wave of new progressive policy to digest. Think NC First doesn’t take a position on these federal policy proposals, but we do recognize that candidates and elected officials in North Carolina may be questioned about them. 

As a resource, Think’s policy fellows have written the following summaries of the new policy ideas generating the most buzz, praise or controversy – depending on who you talk to.

Medicare For All

Free College

Green New Deal

Slavery Reparations

Universal Basic Income

Wealth Tax

Democratic Socialism