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Tue January 24, 2012
Group "No Labels" Promotes Political Civility

Tenn. Reps. Take "Dates" to President's Address

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Three of Tennessee's congressional representatives have signed up to take "dates" to tonight's State of the Union speech.
 
The political action group No Labels is sponsoring the initiative that asks representatives to arrange to sit with members of the opposite political party at the president's speech to promote political civility.
 
No Labels launched the dates program at last year's State of the Union address, shortly after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot at a political event in Arizona.
 
More than 80 representatives have now signed up to sit with members of the opposite party during the president's address, including Tennessee representatives Democrat Jim Cooper of Nashville, Democrat Steve Cohen of Memphis and Republican Stephen Fincher of Frog Jump.
 
No labels says the dates initiative comes in response to a climate where, as the group says on its website, "political games and pettiness increasingly drive the decision-making of our leaders."