Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., waves to supporters in Las Vegas on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, before a news conference celebrating her U.S. Senate race win. Cortez Masto beat Republican candidate Adam Laxalt, securing a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate.

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As the messy process of American democracy continues to slowly play out, the prospect of a divided Washington once again looms as a possibility.

Democrats have retained control over the Senate by gaining at least 50 seats, which would allow Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris to cast tie-breaking votes, if necessary. But control of the House remains in limbo, with neither party holding a majority at the time this is being written. Regardless of which party ends up controlling the House, the margins will be too small to call a mandate.

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Perspective: Congress is split down the middle. Is the country as well?

Some may say Americans have voted for gridlock. That implies some sort of intent, which is unlikely. Yes, national party politics, especially the role of a former president, loomed large in the outcomes, but the truth is that each race hinged, as well, on its own unique issues. That said, however, there is nothing inherently wrong with a divided government. 

For one thing, it keeps a check on extremes and one-sided legislation. 

Democrats have been talking about pushing another economic package, including health care measures. Adding additional federal spending to an economy already suffering from inflation would be a bad idea.

Republicans, for their …read more

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