Group pushes to bring civility back to Ohio politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group of Ohioans wants to bring civility back to politics as part of a national effort to return respect and reason to leaders’ daily discourse.

The group is allied with the National Institute for Civil Discourse and has unveiled Revive Civility in its campaign to rid name-calling and polarization from politics.

Former U.S. Rep. Zack Space says the current environment is keeping people from talking reasonably with those they disagree with. He says citizens need to hold candidates responsible and demand common decency.

Doug Oplinger, managing editor of the Akron Beacon Journal, says journalists have a role to play in the effort and need to restore trust with their consumers.

He says reporters need to call out candidates who use attack ads and mislead the public.