Divided stateOLYMPIA, Wash. – “Governing Washington in Polarized Times” will be discussed by a panel in a free, public presentation at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in the Cherberg ABC Meeting Room at the Washington State Capitol. The event is hosted by the Washington State University Foley Institute with Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office.

Panelists will be Lilliana Mason, professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland; Washington Rep. Eric Pettigrew; Washington Sen. Ann Rivers; Boris Shor, visiting assistant professor at Georgetown University; and moderator Austin Jenkins of the Northwest News Network.

Panelists will discuss research about partisan polarization in state legislatures, the effects on legislative behavior and governance, and personal insights about the atmosphere in the Washington Legislature.

The Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service is a nonpartisan public policy institute focused on hosting world class speakers, supporting student internships in public service and supporting scholarly research about public policy and political institutions.