Turning down the temperature on town halls


Turning down the temperature on town halls

July 7, 2017
—Louisiana’s Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy kicked off the July 4 recess with a town hall in Baton Rouge that, at times, veered into confrontation over the GOP health-care bill that’s now stalled in the Senate.  The congenial senator, a physician, tried to dissipate chants and interruptions by reminding folks to be “civil.” A constituent shot back: “I’m civil. I don’t think it’s civil to kill people,” according to a report by The Hill newspaper.There’s nothing quite as personal as health care to arouse the passions of voters. In the summer of 2009, angry tea …

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