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Teen politicos forge respect, friendship across the aisle

As many decry the breakdown of civil discourse in politics, two South Carolina teens are proving that disagreement doesn't have to equal disrespect.

Lauren McDowell, who describes herself on Twitter as a "queer feminist," volunteers on a Democratic congressional campaign and advises candidates on LGBTQ-related issues. In her junior year, McDowell founded a chapter of South Carolina High School Democrats at Blythewood High School, a public school about 20 miles (32 km) north of Columbia.

Politically active since middle school, Will Galloway volunteered for Republican Rick Santorum's 2016 presidential campaign. At Blythewood, he started an affiliated chapter of...

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