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Common Ground, Common Good Government shutdown? Here's an example of working together at the state level

Last year I broke ranks with majority Democrats to work with Republicans on the Washington state budget. I got angry emails and the cold shoulder, but I helped produce a historic bipartisan budget. To find common ground, you first have to find the courage to step onto it.

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The shutdown of the federal government has left many Americans scratching their heads. It’s hard for outsiders to understand why the political parties can’t just work together. My own experience as a lawmaker at the state level might provide a valuable lesson in overcoming political gridlock.