Can the public better sort out the divided politics of today?

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Chuck Slocum Attending a reception for a retiring legislator with whom I had worked on jobs and educational policy, I was pleased to see a mixed group of Republicans and Democrats have a good time together in saluting a fine person.Chuck SlocumWe were seated next to a couple who soon expressed a frustration over the rank partisanship in political campaigns and especially the so-called attack ads. These folks did not seem to us to be sophisticated insiders of great experience in politics of any kind. But they wanted to talk to someone and we were it; their tone lacked any kind of partisan invective.“We’d like to see campaigns actually spend their money in a way that benefits our nation,” one said to us, followed by the suggestion that...

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