Why we need a binding caucus by Sen. Gary Stevens


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Finding common ground in the legislative process is crucial. There are 60 members of the Alaska Legislature. It is always difficult to find agreement. This has always required compromise. Compromise is not a bad word as it gets us to a conclusion. There are often strongly held views on virtually every issue.

Some members will not budge an inch. They believe they are right. They believe in ‘my way or the highway.’

This reminds me of a Dr. Seuss story about a character, the Zax, who refused to compromise. He meets another individual like himself who has his mind made up and will not change. They stand facing each other forever. Never moving to the left, never moving to the right, as the rest of civilization moves on. You can see the story told here.