We recently spoke with former Republican Congressman Mickey Edwards, who had some ideas about how to fix the gridlock in Washington:
- Hand over redistricting to independent boards
- Change primaries so that they function as endorsements, so the primary would not determine who gets on the ballot
- Limit political donations to individuals
After that conversation we got an email from listener Roberta Palmer, who suggested increasing the size of the House — so that a representative is responsible for fewer constituents — and increasing House term limits from two years to four years, to end the process of an unending campaign.
We run the ideas by Stanford professor Jack Rakove.
- Jack Rakove, the William Robertson Coe professor of History and American Studies and professor of political science at Stanford University.
This segment aired on October 22, 2013.