common ground

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer made a peace offering to Republicans in her 3rd State of the State address Wednesday evening. That’s as Republicans have ramped up their resistance to her COVID-19 restrictions.

The speech was delivered from the quiet of Whitmer’s Capitol office instead of before a live audience.

The governor tried to quell opposition to her orders that closed schools and restricted gatherings and business activities. Whitmer defended her actions, but also looked to the year ahead.

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Understanding America’s political is one way to better understand the current divide challenging the country today. A group of experts gathered Friday, April 12th on Grand Valley State University’s downtown campus for a Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies event called, “Searching for Deeper Common Ground.”

“The polarization is so bad in this country I think we’re really risking the democracy itself.”

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Studies indicate Americans are increasingly lonely. Is that loneliness contributing to a growing political divide? There’s a centuries old prediction that this would be the case that begs to ask if our democracy at risk?

The search for political common ground has become a challenge for Americans. While it’s a frustrating challenge, Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University’s says we cannot avoid it.

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Studies indicate Americans are increasingly lonely. Is that loneliness contributing to a growing political divide? There’s a centuries old prediction that this would be the case that begs to ask if our democracy at risk?

The search for political common ground has become a challenge for Americans. While it’s a frustrating challenge, Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University’s says we cannot avoid it.