The Purple Principle Featured in New York Times “Podcasts to Inform Your Vote” article, Sunday October 4, 2020

October 6, 2020 

Democracy depends on an educated citizenry. And we’re proud to report that Pheobe Lett for The New York Times highlighted the Purple Principle as one of four featured podcasts to educate citizens this chaotic election season. 

How did we get so partisan? How could we get less partisan? And can independent-minded Americans help bridge the divide?

These are the core questions behind each episode as we take a 360 degree tour of political partisanship with featured guests as far afield as neuroscience and comedy, politics and psychology, mediation and media. 

As the New York Times article has cited, America is at its most partisan point in decades. Read the article and tune into The Purple Principle for both insight on and remedies for our nation’s chronic case of polarization.  

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In 1986, 34 Democratic and 29 Republican Senators signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act, creating a citizenship path for illegal immigrants while making it a Federal crime to employ illegal workers. The House also voted in favor, 238 to 173. The bill was signed into law on November 6, 1986.

In 1972, 17 Republican Senators joined 35 Democratic Senators to override the Nixon Administration veto of the Clean Water Act, a landmark piece of environmental legislation. The House override vote was 247 to 23, including 96 Republicans and 151 Democrats in the majority.

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