How To Detoxify The Way We Debate And Respectfully Disagree

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by Paul Hamlin Today’s political environment is corrosive and toxic.  There can be no question of that.  We are often motivated by fear and anger when we approach anyone that has a different opinion than we do.  We have allowed this anger and fear to create severe division and allowed the political parties to capitalize on those emotions and drive us further and further apart.  We have become so attached to our fear and anger that we have stoppered our ears to the arguments of others and worse, we have…

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My Trip To The Voting Station – A Fool’s Errand, And So Much More, Or Less …

North London polling station

by Richard Cameron   So, earlier this week, I went to the polling place with my California mail in ballot already filled out and tucked into the envelope. Our Jewish friends in the local community were kind enough to host the polling station at their temple – so now I can, without lying, state that I have been in a temple, though not for services. That’s always a possibility as well, though. I hand delivered it, together with my wife’s ballot, who (please don’t share this with anyone) considered it…

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Supreme Court’s Review Of Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case Could Lead To More Balanced Governance

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by Tony Wyman The U.S. Supreme Court is about to take up a gerrymandering case from Wisconsin that could have an enormous impact on American political elections for decades to come. The case, Gill vs Whitford, is under appeal after a lower court decided Wisconsin’s 2016 redistricting plan constituted an “unconstitutional partisan gerrymander” and gave the GOP an unfair advantage in future political races. What is gerrymandering? Wiki defines gerrymandering as, “in the process of setting electoral districts, gerrymandering is a practice intended to establish a political advantage for a…

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