Political Headlines January 30, 2013: Senators Again Call for Bipartisan “Date Night” Seating at State of the Union Address

POLITICAL HEADLINES

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 113TH CONGRESS:

THE HEADLINES….

Senators Again Call for Bipartisan “Date Night” Seating at State of the Union Address

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-30-13

For the third straight year, Senators Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, called for bipartisan seating during the president’s State of the Union address on Feb. 12, a so-called “date night” as it has been informally dubbed in the past.

Rather than Republicans and Democrats sitting en masse together on their respective sides of the aisle during the president’s address to a joint session of Congress, the senators call for members of Congress to team up with a member of the opposite party sitting as “dates” together.

This is a tradition the senators started in 2011, in the wake of the shooting of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. The simple idea, aimed at projecting a greater sense of unity and civility in politics, was continued on in 2012, yet without the matching depth of participation as the first time around….READ MORE

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