Political dysfunction is always a moral tragedy, and often a political farce. It has been cited as the biggest problem facing the country, surpassing even the economy (Gallup, Oct. 2013), and it is both the cause of great suffering and a scapegoat for entirely avoidable failures. Political dysfunction is offered as proof of the opposition’s lack of good faith, and it destroys the public’s faith in government. We all complain about it, but basic questions about it remain very difficult to answer:

What does real government dysfunction look like?
And what does an ethical response to it demand of politicians, public officials, political advocates, the media, and the public?
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Featured Speakers

Former Sen. Snowe
Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe served as a U.S. Senator for Maine from 1995 to 2013 and as a Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979 to 1995

Alderman Antonio French

Alderman Antonio French is serving his second term as the Alderman of the 21st Ward and gained national recognition for his work
covering the unrest in Ferguson.

Former Speaker Catherine Hanaway

was first elected to the Missouri House of Representatives representing the 87th District 1998. in 2002 became the first female Speaker of the Missouri House, serving until 2004.