ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) – Missouri’s governor says civil discourse is becoming a lost art in politics and the media.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon spoke Tuesday in St. Charles at the first of a series of meetings aimed at fostering bipartisan and friendlier discussion on issues. About 200 people attended the session at Lindenwood University.

The event was organized by St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann, a Republican, and Circuit Judge Ted House, a Democrat.

Nixon says the lack of civil discourse threatens efforts to reach common-ground solutions to the nation’s problems. Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is expected to address the next session later this year.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press


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