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Constructive Compromise: Governance in our Polarized Political Environment

Updated April 19, 2024

Depictions of politics often highlight conflict between parties, strongly suggesting that nothing gets done in government while ignoring the bipartisan work taking place to improve communities and serve the needs of constituents. 

To combat this narrative, NC State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues and School of Public and International Affairs co-hosted “Constructive Compromise: Governance in our Polarized Political Environment” on March 28. This panel discussion featured four young adults who are involved in government at the local, state and national levels. They shared their experiences working across the aisle, and provided tips and insights for those who want to pursue a career in public service. 

Panelists included Rep. Kyle Hall (NC House, District 91), Rep. Charles Smith (NC House, District 44), Young Republican National Federation Co-Chair Catherine Whiteford and Office of Governor Roy Cooper Policy Advisor Ziev Dalsheim-Kahane.