Video: Cooper Nye for Congress

Today, I’m happy to share the official video for my independent campaign for U.S. House (MI-11). I’m proud because it’s nothing like most political videos. I didn’t pay any pollsters, speechwriters, or actors because I have my message, I know how to say it, and real people are ready for a new way forward. You can watch the new video …

Op-Ed: The Biggest Myth in America

Forget Paul Bunyan. There’s a bigger American myth that needs to be busted, and you know it all too well: America is divided. Pick a tribe. Stop thinking. That’s an idea only Karl Marx could love. It’s opposed to liberty, offensive to human dignity, and plays fast and loose with the facts. One problem is its vague insistence on a …

Study: Congress Serves Elites, Not Citizens

If there’s one study on politics every American should see, this is it. It’s proof for what most voters already know: D.C. doesn’t serve them. Professors Martin Gilens (Princeton University) and Benjamin Page (Northwestern University) wanted a robust answer to a simple question: Who does Congress serve? Their study compared 20 years of public opinion survey data to the laws …

Poll: Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Fed Up With Political Parties

A Suffolk University/USA Today survey of unregistered and unlikely voters found nearly two-thirds of Americans will avoid voting in 2018 because “they have given up on the political parties and a system that they say is beyond reform and repair.” That might sound like a bummer, but don’t miss the beauty of it. The survey turns the dominant media narrative—that Americans …

Independent Voter News: Candidate Gets Candid About DC Corruption

(Interview published by IVN on April 23, 2018) “Hollywood for ugly people.” It’s not a phrase coined by Michigan independent congressional candidate Cooper Nye. However, Nye says he can see why some people have come to view Washington, DC this way after working in the nation’s capital. Cooper Nye is running in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, which is currently represented by …

VIDEO: Cooper Speaking at Congressional Candidate Forum

Yesterday, Cooper joined six candidates onstage in Royal Oak where they shared their views with an audience of more than 200. Today, Cooper’s campaign can claim some serious momentum. Cooper was honest. He told the largely progressive crowd that he was a conservative, but his ideas resonated with voters across the spectrum. Here’s the proof: The post-event poll surprised everybody. Out …

EVENT: MI Congressional District 11 Candidates Forum

Tomorrow, Cooper will be on stage alongside the other candidates for Michigan’s 11th Congressional district. The forum will feature a rapid-fire question section (10-15 second answers), an interactive trivia section quizzing the audience on the candidates, a long-form question section (1-minute answers), and closing statements from each candidate. The civic event, hosted by the progressive group Indivisible MI District 11, …

5 Principles That Can Repair Our Politics

If you wish election day ballots had better options, you’re not alone. Sixty-one percent of Americans, and 71 percent of millennials, believe a third party is needed for better representation. Democrats and Republicans should note this, and hear Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R). “We may be beginning to see the end of a two-party system, ” said Gov. Kasich. “I don’t think either …

MLive: Millennial candidate wants to bring independent perspective to Congress

Today, MLive covered the unique perspective Cooper seeks to bring to government. The questions covered his experience in communications and digital strategy,  key issue areas, and the strategy for breaking through the noise. When asked why he was running, Cooper said 2018 was ripe for an innovative approach. “We’re seeing the success of people like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, …

Detroit Free Press: Who’s running for Congress in Michigan?

David Trott (R-Birmingham) will not seek re-election. His district, Michigan’s 11th Congressional, has leaned Republican historically—but in 2018 its a tossup. The uncertainty surrounding the open seat has provoked a feeding frenzy. To date, 12 candidates have declared their candidacy, including 6 Republicans and 5 Democrats. Cooper Nye, the only independent, is the latest to join the fray. The Detroit Free Press notes: …