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Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, joined the call for greater civility in public discourse during this fractious campaign season.

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords was back in Washington Thursday with her husband, Mark Kelly, calling for a more civil public discourse during a campaign season filled with what Kelly called “kind of historic poor rhetoric.” Read more» 2

Washington state Rep. Sherry Appleton, a Democrat, talks as colleagues Rep. Chad Magendanz, a Republican, Rep. Ruth Kagi, a Democrat and Rep. Hans Zeiger, a Republican (left to right) listen at a ‘civil discourse’ workshop. The workshops are aimed at improving relationships across the aisle.

More than 200 state legislators have participated in workshops aimed at improving civil discourse and building bipartisan trust. Read more» 1

The Friday Focus spotlights Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer, head of UA-based National Institute for Civil Discourse. Then, it's the Reporters' Roundtable features Sarah Garrecht Gassen, editorial writer for the Arizona Daily Star, and Dan Shearer, editor of the Green Valley News. Plus, Matt Russell has the Weekend Watch. Read more»

A statewide discussion of three ballot initiatives Thursday will include a session at Pima Community College. Covered will be Prop. 115, on judicial selection; Prop. 204, on renewing a sales tax for education; and Prop. 121, on restructuring Arizona's primary elections. Read more»

Today on Buckmaster - We kick off the show with the Friday Focus interview with a conversation with Jane Prescott-Smith, managing director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse. Read more»

We talk civility in political discourse with Brint Milward, Director the UA-based National Institute for Civil Discourse. Read more»