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Fighting Political Gridlock: How States Shape Our Nation and Our Lives by [David J. Toscano, Mark R. Warner]

Fighting Political Gridlock: How States Shape Our Nation and Our Lives Kindle Edition

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As a state legislator from 'the other Washington, ' I've seen time and again how mine and other states have led the way on moving good policy forward. Whether it's ending discrimination, expanding health care access, or acting on climate, when states lead on big issues we bring the nation with us. --Laurie Jinkins, Washington State Speaker of the House

If the last few years have taught us anything, it's that state government has more to say about how votes are counted, how pandemics are addressed, how students are educated, and how guns and maternal health are regulated than any other entity. Yet we mostly ignore these laboratories of democracy--and the myriad ways in which they can be engines for civic engagement and public welfare. David Toscano brings his keen eye for state and local politics and his lawyerly analytic tools to this timely new look at how powerful states can fill in the broken spaces of current American democracy--and also work to tear it apart, if we decline to pay attention. --Dahlia Lithwick, author of Slate

There is a relationship between how well we govern ourselves and how much we are capable of trusting one another. David Toscano shows us not only how states shape the life of our nation, but why state actions are the key to saving our democracy. With the insights that come from 14 years of elected public service, David Toscano restores our faith in tomorrow by laying how we can make our states deliver better results today. --Martin O'Malley, Former Governor of Maryland

To truly understand our political process and how change occurs, one must understand the role and power of state legislatures. Toscano takes us through the pressing issues of our time and how we can see, time and time again, that states are the core of our political future. --Daniel Squadron, former New York State Senator

Unity of purpose is very difficult to achieve in a gridlocked era of bitter disagreement between liberals and conservatives. In a timely book, David Toscano has focused us on the path forward in this divided, polarized country--the states, where within a federal framework the laboratories of democracy can experiment with ideas and solutions. He shows us how the states can tackle a wide range of problems with perhaps more success than one-size-fits-all proposals from Washington, D.C. --Larry Sabato, Director of the Center for Politics

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.


It’s no surprise that a man who spent 14 years representing Charlottesville in Richmond thinks state government is important, but in his new book, Fighting Political Gridlock: How States Shape Our Nation and Our Lives, David Toscano makes a compelling case.

Fighting Political Gridlock... isn’t a memoir. You won’t find Toscano waxing poetic about the halls of the state capitol or spilling juicy secrets about his former co-workers. Nor is it a polemic, in which he argues on behalf of the issues he spent so long fighting for in the legislature. Fighting Political Gridlock is more of a civics lesson than anything, an effort "to show why states matter in this great nation of ours," he writes in the acknowledgments.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0934MR3FK
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Virginia Press (September 7, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 7, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 822 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 298 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0813946468
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