By Jordan Anderson / FSU News – As part of their “Shared Spaces Series,” Village Square and Power of WE invited two former Congressmen, Republican David Jolly and Democrat Patrick Murphy, to talk about the political gridlock that rules Washington and bipartisan cooperation. Jolly and Murphy’s bipartisan efforts were evident from the time they stepped into Congressional office. They both represented […]

By Danny McAuliffe / Florida Politics – Frustration over the American political process has brought together strange bedfellows: two former Florida congressmen of competing parties. David Jolly, a Republican, and Patrick Murphy, a Democrat, left office in 2017. They’ve since embarked on a tour, titled “Why Gridlock Rules Washington,” to share their less-than-ideal experiences in the nation’s capital. […]

By Patrick Murphy – Historians have written that among George Washington’s many achievements, one of his longest-lasting was the decision not to run for a third term as president. As the most popular figure of the post-Revolutionary War period, he could have ruled like a king and stayed in office for decades. The peaceful transfer of power Washington […]

By Adam Smith / Tampa Bay Times – Let’s try to talk about Washington dysfunction without focusing on Donald Trump. Trump, after all, would not be president but for the vast public disgust with the status quo that preceded his candidacy and likely will succeed it. Complaints about Congress are nothing new, though the scope […]

By the Editorial Board / Gainesville Sun – Our electoral system tends to reward politicians who pander to the extremes. Legislative districts are drawn to favor a particular political party rather than be competitive. Closed party primaries give further incentive for candidates to appeal only to base voters. Campaign contributions from special-interest groups help push […]

By the Editorial Board / Tampa Bay Times – Outside Washington, Democrats and Republicans actually talk to each other and often can find common ground on issues that paralyze Congress. Now two former House members, Republican David Jolly of Belleair Bluffs and Democrat Patrick Murphy of Jupiter, have joined together to begin a public conversation […]

By Stephanie Akin / Roll Call One of the first millennials elected to Congress will head to Georgetown University this fall to help students understand political issues unique to their generation. As a fellow with the Institute of Politics and Public Service at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy, Former Rep. Patrick Murphy, 34, will […]