The last couple months have shown the depths of congressional dysfunction. Many think the problem isn’t so much the people who serve there. It’s a process that funnels all power to party leaders, stifling debate among the ranks.

In 1988, Colorado voters recognized a similar issue in their state legislature. The remedy was something called the GAVEL Amendment--an acronym for Give A Vote To Every Legislator. The story of how it passed, and what happened afterward, shows there likely isn’t any easy way to repair a place as seriously messed up as Congress. But you gotta start somewhere.

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