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10 states where party planners can host (and avoid) representative primaries

Illinois should host the first presidential primaries if the goal is to pick a state that most closely matches the demographics of the country.

And Vermont, the home state of Democratic front-runner Bernie Sanders, should have minimal influence over the process because its makeup is least similar to the entire United States — meaning the results from that state would be hardly at all predictive of the nation's views.

Those are among the conclusions out Thursday from the personal financial services website Wallet Hub, which has been churning out a series of reports this winter hoping to point political leaders toward helpful data for picking candidates in a more democratically sustainable way.

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Game of Consensus | An Interactive Lunchtime Event

Organizer: Open Gov Hub

Finding common ground is hard, but is it worth the struggle? You could be on a date, in a work meeting, at a town hall event, or inside a spaceship full of hungry aliens. When multiple agendas mix, identifying a clear solution may seem impossible. Lucky for us, group tension also makes the perfect ingredient for a game. And a great tool as we head into the contentious election season in the U.S. Join Game Genius, creators of Consensus, for a fun workshop at Open Gov Hub where we'll tackle the issue of polarization through play and explore the flexibility of custom games.

Location: OpenGov Hub, 1110 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC

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Researchers conducted an experiment with people attending the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in September 2016. The result: Most people were were open to moderating their viewpoints.

If I describe you as a moderate, you'll believe me. (But you're not.)

Researchers from Canada and Sweden are offering the results of a newly published study as a sign there may be hope for easing the harsh political polarization that has left the United States and its governing institutions in perpetual gridlock.

All it takes is a little trickery and a little nudge.

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