Given how divided and polarized our politics are today, it’s easy to become cynical, frustrated or decide to just completely give up on the prospects for bipartisan progress and cooperation. Every time we turn on our TV or thumb through social media, we are reminded of the extreme divisions in our politics. We now have 24-hour news cycles, entire networks and multiple websites and social platforms all dedicated to one viewpoint or another. The days of true facts and unbiased news reporting are now just a distant memory. The national news events and commentary seem to dominate — or infect — even the local political landscape.