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Tired of political incivility? So are Butch Otter & Walt Minnick, and they hope you can help in Idaho

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Four differing Idahoans — the longest serving Republican governor, his former Democratic challenger, the last Democrat to represent the Gem State in Congress, and an Olympic athlete — are joining forces to tackle the incivility and partisanship plaguing national politics.

Former Republican Gov. Butch Otter and former Democratic U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick are co-chairing a statewide board along with Olympic three-time gold medalist Kristin Armstrong and about two dozen other political, business and community leaders in the state.

Helming the endeavor is Keith Allred, who challenged Otter in 2010 and is the new director of The National Institute for Civil Discourse, which was formed following the 2011 shooting of then-U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords. The organization’s mission addressing the incivility and dysfunction in American life, and repairing American democracy.

By Cynthia Sewell

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