Eric Cantor

At democracy forum, a conversation about relationship between executive, legislative branches

At democracy forum, a conversation about relationship between executive, legislative branches

How do Americans get past the dysfunction of today’s political climate? People from both sides of the divide, between legislative and executive branches of government, agree it just might start with a handshake.

That’s because it is tougher to slip into political rancor when you think of your political opponent as a person, not a caricature conjured by social media trolls and partisanship, said Toi Hutchinson, a Democratic Illinois state senator and president of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

“What’s missing in our body politic is, if I know you, if I know how long it takes you to get to the capital and I know who just had a new baby and I know who just had new...

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