Civility in Arizona's 8th district?
June 11th, 2012
04:20 PM ET

Civility in Arizona's 8th district?

By Susanna Capelouto, CNN

(Tucson) – Voters in Arizona's 8th Congressional District will decide Tuesday who will serve out the remainder of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's term. The race is being viewed by politicos as a test for the fall and by observers as taking the temperature of the nation's political discourse.

After the tragedy, controversy erupted over speculations that divisive political rhetoric may be to blame. And at a memorial service, President Obama asked for more civil discourse.

“I don’t think anybody thinks incivility caused the tragedy,” says Kate Kinski who teaches government and communications at Arizona State University. “Nevertheless, it presented an opening for us to talk about the dissatisfaction with the way we talk about politics.” FULL POST