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Two Americas: Retiring Montana politicians say civility needed at Montana State Capitol



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MISSOULA — Democrats and Republicans agree more effort could be put into being “civil” during these politically turbulent times.

In our “Two Americas” series, MTN’s Dennis Bragg reports four leading Montana lawmakers finishing their terms even agree on the steps that could be taken to resolve the division.

GOP lawmakers Frank Garner of Kalispell, and Doug Kary of Billings and Democratic lawmakers Mary McNally of Billings and Diane Sands of Missoula reflected on “Maintaining Civility in an Age of Division” during a recent seminar sponsored by The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center. The Montana State Capitol in Helena Even with different political perspectives, there was a feeling that civility at the State Capitol is in decline.
“Right now, I think our society isn’t really in agreement about who we are as a country or how we should operate and how we should treat each other. And I think that is fueled by a number of things, including our social media, a different perception of what reality is,” noted Montana Sen. Diane Sands (D-Missoula). “And certainly, our willingness with the anonymity of things like social media […]

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