Bipartisan Efforts to Reduce Government Gridlock and Reform Money in Politics

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) swears in the newly elected members of the first session of the 113th Congress on January 3, 2013 in the House Chambers in Washington, D.C.  - Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) swears in the newly elected members of the first session of the 113th Congress on January 3, 2013 in the House Chambers in Washington, D.C.

Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Bipartisan Efforts to Reduce Government Gridlock and Reform Money in Politics

Our panel, including former U.S. Sen Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and law professor Larry Lessig, discuss the new bipartisan efforts to reduce government gridlock and the influence of big donors.

Political gridlock has doubled since the 1950s, and a recent poll shows public approval of Congress is just 16%--an all-time low for a midterm year. This week, a bipartisan commission made up of former state and federal officials, business and academic leaders is out with more than sixty recommendations for how to fix the political process. The commission calls for holding one national primary, instituting a five-day workweek for Congress and appointing independent redistricting commissions to prevent gerrymandering. But critics say the recommendations don’t go far enough to address serious, campaign finance problems. Guest host Susan Page and a panel discuss new bipartisan efforts to reduce government gridlock and the influence of big donors.

Guests

Olympia Snowe

senior fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center and former U.S. Senator (R-Maine)

Daniel Glickman

senior fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center; former secretary of agriculture under President Bill Clinton; former Democratic congressman, representing Kansas

Lawrence Lessig

professor, Harvard Law School and director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He has founded the Mayday PAC" in support of campaign finance reform.

Mark McKinnon

Republican strategist who served as chief media advisor to President George W. Bush

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