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How Healthy Conflict Can Strengthen Nation


Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, a Democrat, recently joined former Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell, a Republican, to participate in a conversation regarding ways “healthy conflict can unite us, improve communities, and strengthen the nation.” The event was hosted on the campus of the University of Hartford, home to the Governor M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service, which was established after Rell’s gubernatorial tenure to help promote integrity in government and responsible participation in public life.

Connecticut Public’s Lucy Nalpathanchil moderated the panel discussion, “A Bipartisan Conversation with Governor Ned Lamont and former Governor Jodi Rell,” as part of an ongoing series Connecticut Public is leading to help foster conversations focused on how individuals and lawmakers can encourage civility in public discourse.

During the event, Governors Lamont and Rell spoke about the incivility impacting the United States, the role of policymakers in civil discourse and ways all citizens can learn to bridge divides regardless of political affiliations. The Governors also spoke about the importance of healthy collaboration between political parties, noting their working relationship and participation in the panel discussion as an example of how Republicans and Democrats can come together and engage in…

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