New Hampshire lawmaker: We’re in a civil war

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, June 7, 2012 20:51 EDT
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New Hampshire Rep. Jacqueline Cali-Pitts (D) on Thursday lamented the partisanship in the state’s legislature.

“In New Hampshire I believe we are in a civil war,” she told PBS Newshour. “And we are all brothers, and we are fighting each other needlessly. It never used to be this way and it shouldn’t be this way. We need to look at the entire people of New Hampshire… We need to stop the foolishness. It is suicide.”

A poll recently released by the Pew Research Center found Americans had become increasingly partisan over the past 25 years. The greatest surges in partisanship occurred recently, during the presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

“In recent years, both parties have become smaller and more ideologically homogeneous,” the research firm noted. “Republicans are dominated by self-described conservatives, while a smaller but growing number of Democrats call themselves liberals. Among Republicans, conservatives continue to outnumber moderates by about two-to-one. And there are now as many liberal Democrats as moderate Democrats.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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