Comments on: A working legislature, post informant life and Wal-Mart’s guns Steven Brill Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:30:28 +0000 hourly 1 By: FredFlintstone Thu, 17 Jan 2013 01:02:49 +0000 On the first question, states that appear to work, I’d suggest looking at Connecticut. We lived in Fairfield County for 5-6 years, a suburban/rural town of 20,000 or so, and loved the politics. The town was full of Democrats and Republicans with most everything debated face to face and through the two weekly papers, the letters to the editor section. People were always respectful despite strong differences of opinion in some cases. And people tended to argue their points from facts and be willing to listen.

I’ve also lived in NY, NYC, LA, SF, and AZ. The only place remotely similar, oddly enough, was LA during elections where we voted in people’s garages. As with CT, it was the face to face contact that enforced a minimum respect for people.