Both Political Parties Talk About Post-Election Compromise

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The political landscape after the election looks a lot like it did before the election with a divided congress and no change in the White House.

It has people wondering if the parties will be able to come together.

“If you are the leader of a legislative group, you have to consider both sides of an issue,” said Jo Ann Davidson, former Ohio House Speaker.

Davidson said voters sent a message to lawmakers to debate the issues but prepare for compromise.

“You cannot solve problems when both sides come to the table and say ‘This is my position and I'm not giving an inch.’  Unfortunately, in today's world, too many people come in with that attitude,” said Davidson.

Davidson, along with senate minority leader Eric Kearney and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, spoke about the election results at a post-election conference in Columbus.

“I got a lot of questions from the national media about whether Ohio would be the next Florida.  Well, Florida is the next Florida.  Things ran great here in Ohio,” said Jon Husted, Secretary of State.

For Republican Husted, there have been compliments, and criticisms, aimed at his handling of the election.

“In terms of execution I think the secretary of state did a good job.  I think in terms of clarity, there's a lot of work to be done on the front end,” said Democrat Eric Kearney.

Kearney said the first test for bipartisanship will be soon as state lawmakers prepare for a lame-duck session.

Ohio activists are also looking for more cooperation.

“Many in the non-profit communities, we feel the same way.  Ohioans don't wake up and ask ‘Do we live in a red or blue state?’  They could care less,” said Jack Shaner, executive director of the Ohio Environmental Council.

It's a message Husted believes was heard by both parties.

“It's still about what the folks in the center want to see from their government that decides elections.  It's not the political left or political right,” said Husted.

The Impact Ohio conference is co-sponsored by the Ohio Republican Party and the Ohio Democratic Party, as well as other statewide organizations.