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Political parties need to change — I’m voting for Question 3

Pat Hickey

“Memo from the Middle” is an opinion column written by RGJ columnist Pat Hickey, a member of the Nevada Legislature from 1996 to 2016.

It’s widely known that two wrongs don’t make a right. It’s also true that if someone who holds different views then you is “always wrong,” it doesn’t mean you’re “always right.” But, that’s politics for you in 2022.

It doesn’t seem to matter to some. It matters to me. And it’s the reason I’ll be voting yes on Question 3.

The current state of our polarized two-party political system has turned elections into a kind of bad “Game of Thrones” episode where warring tribes engage in endless partisan carnage. Such prime-time blood sport is now threatening our representative democracy. The fact that we binge on politics in the safe confines of our echo-chamber television sets and social media towers isn’t being lost on younger voters who are leaving political parties in droves.

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