On Saturday, the Windle campaign hosted supporters for a hike and a cook-out in the parking lot at Alpental near Snoqualmie Pass. The weather was spectacular. The event became larger as hikers returning to their cars saw the Windle for Congress signs. Seeing the words “Independent Ideas” on the signs, people did not need a lot of encouragement to engage on politics. The partisan gridlock was a hot topic. A lot of people wanted to know how the political parties actually worked inside of the U.S. House of Representatives. Having worked recently in Congress and taught a graduate course on Congress, James explained the current state of politics inside the House. The discussion turned into a interesting back and forth on problems and solutions.