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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The negativity of politics and the nastiness of campaigning has pushed some people to push back.

That's what prompted the National Institute for Civil Discourse three years ago to set up roots in Tucson.

Two people credited with inspiring the creation of the institute were there, including former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and captain Mark Kelly.

The couple arrived at the institute's headquarters downtown before the speakers began talking about the areas they've focused on changing the way things work: mainly congress and the media.

The institute will be turning to the public this next election for them to vote on social media which political ads they find the most offensive and which seem to give information voters need.

Captain Kelly said that a future focus is to stop gerrymandering so that districts aren't fully to the left or to the right of the aisle on matters, which makes getting anything done in Washington even harder.

"Whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, the best way to keep your job as a member of congress is to be all the way on the left and avoid a primary or all the way on the right and avoid a primary.  So, what you don't have, is you don't have the people that are in the middle as Gabby was."

The institute says it is making a name for itself and played a big role in the aftermath of Sandy Hook shootings to have a national discourse on mental health.

They've also held workshops for journalists.

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