“The Myth of Political Polarization”

[I]f people would simply look beyond the federal arena, they would see a very different picture. Although state campaigns can unquestionably get nasty, there is a spirit of pragmatism in state government that is not seen at the federal level.
Governors such as Mark Warner and Mike Huckabee have worked successfully with legislatures controlled by the opposite party. Republicans such as Bill Owens of Colorado have supported tax increases, while Democrats like Phil Bredesen of Tennessee have enacted cuts in social programs, even though these actions contradicted the typical stances of their parties.

The Myth of Political Polarization,” by Josh Goodman, 13th Floor, December 1, 2005

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