Cleveland Lawmaker Calls For Restoring Civility To American Politics
Says negativity turns voters off from political process

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today joined Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, retired American astronaut Mark Kelly, and elected officials from across the country at a press conference to call for a restoration of civility to American politics and public discourse.

“As an elected official and Ohio voter, I am disappointed that the real issues and challenges American families face are taking a back seat to negativity and partisanship in the public arena,” said Howse. “I look forward to promoting a more positive, constructive public dialogue in order to reengage the many American citizens that have tuned out of the political process.”

This morning’s press conference follows the launch of the Revive Civility Campaign by the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD), which outlines standards of conduct for civil discourse, including clear guidelines for candidates, media and citizens to follow.

Based at the University of Arizona, NICD is a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting healthy and civil political debate. NICD is supported by bipartisan National Advisory Board, which includes former Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and others.

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