by Lorien Nettleton ~ January 24th, 2012
Alaska’s Legislative delegation made an effort to diffuse the air of incivility that has come to be a prominent aspect of national politics when they participated in bipartisan seating during President Obama’s State of the Union Address.
Senator Lisa Murkowski co-authored an editorial with Senator Mark Udall, a Democrat from Colorado, criticizing partisan dysfunction that has national legislators isolating themselves from members of the other party. They continued, saying that the traditional seating by parties during the State of the Union address is a type of “boarder rivalry” that belongs in a sporting arena, not in congress.
Murkowski and Udall hope this symbolic step towards improving communication and relations across the aisle becomes a permanent tradition during the State of the Union address.