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Policy Matters Lecture Series: Why Gridlock Rules Washington


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Why Gridlock Rules Washington And How We Can Solve the Crisis
With Fmr Congressmen David Jolly (R) and Patrick Murphy (D)

April 10, 2018 | Registration 6:30 pm | Presentation 7:00 p.m.

Davis College of Business, Jacksonville University
2800 University Blvd. N, Jacksonville, FL 32211

Come early and join us for a Public Policy Institute Open house from 5:30-6:30.

Space is limited; please RSVP for the open house and/or the lecture to Fowler Martens at (904) 256-7053 or ppi@ju.edu

In today’s hyper-partisan world of politics, entrenched gridlock in Washington, and endless tense exchanges on cable news networks, should Americans believe that we can in fact find common ground on the most pressing issues we face as a nation? And is there still time for today’s elected leaders – Republicans & Democrats - to inspire all generations, from millennials to retirees, with a spirit of thoughtful, hard-fought, consensus-driven bipartisanship?

Former Members of Congress David Jolly (R) and Patrick Murphy (D) believe so. And they’re setting out on a tour of Florida to pull the curtain back on how we got here, to shine a light on the inside reasons why Washington has fallen into stalemate and dysfunction. Along the way, Jolly and Murphy will discuss opportunities for bipartisanship leadership, how to build political consensus, and to demonstrate that even in times of disagreement on solutions to our country’s most divisive issues, those disagreements need not divide us as a people.

During their years in Congress, Democrat Murphy had the privilege of representing a Republican-leaning district in South Florida, while Republican Jolly represented a Democrat-leaning district on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Together they found ways to work together on seemingly intractable issues of responsible debt reduction, climate change and the environment, community policing and public safety, federal firearm policies, and campaign finance reform. And for a year, they faced off as opponents in a U.S. Senate race. Now out of elected office, these friends and former opponents are embarking on a statewide conversation with voters in the nation’s 3rd largest state, notoriously purple and always pivotal in today’s national elections.