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How To Run for Office Without Being an A**hole

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox and Vermont state Sen. Becca Balint on staying above the fray.

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Episode Notes

We all know the country is deeply fractured right now, and that’s especially true in our politics. There is vitriol, bitter partisanship and an expectation that in order to succeed you need to beat up on your opponent. So is it possible to fight for your beliefs, remain civil and still win elections? On this episode of How To!, we brought together two politicians from either side of the aisle who are living proof that we can practice politics with humanity. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox and Vermont state Sen. Becca Balint share how they resist negativity, meaningfully work with the other side, and stick to their values even when they are forced to stand up to their own party.

If you liked this episode, check out “How To Get Things Done in a Divided Nation, with Samantha Power

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Podcast production by Derek John and Rosemary Belson and Katie Shepherd.

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What if Dear Abby were an investigative reporter? Each week, Amanda Ripley (bestselling author of High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out) takes on listeners’ toughest problems and, with the help of experts, finds the answers to questions you’ve always wanted to ask but couldn’t. Until now.

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