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Polarization and the Pandemic

Organizer: Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget/FixUS

Prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic America's political polarization and dysfunction were cause for alarm. How will the COVID crisis impact our growing divides? Will it exacerbate our partisan environment, or serve to unite us and bridge our differences? What will a post crisis political culture look like?

Please join us for a FixUS online public event with thought leaders who will examine these and other topics regarding the nature of the crisis and its effects on America's polarized landscape. The event will feature a brief presentation of a new study "Polarization and the Pandemic: How COVID-19 is Changing Us" by Stephen Hawkins, Research Director of More in Common followed by an expert panel moderated by Michael Murphy, Director of FixUS.

Location: Webinar

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Americans much more unified because of the virus, poll finds

Times of crisis often bring people together. And American solidarity has grown in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, a new poll shows.

A vast majority of Americans feel the country has become more unified by its most serious public health emergency in a century, according to a survey released Friday by the nonprofit More in Common, which is focused on combating polarization. But most are also scared about their health and an impending economic depression.

Given how fractured and tribal the country's politics have become in recent decades, the survey offers the slimmest of silver linings: The electorate is capable of finding common ground — it just may take them first confronting a life-altering pandemic.

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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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