The rules

 

Note: This article is a sidebar to this issue's feature story.

Colorado Lt. Gov. Gail Schoettler's ground rules for A-LP consensus:

* Don't attack; be positive.

* Work to develop a feeling of collaboration.

* No legal nitpicking (nervous laughter since more than half the people at the table are lawyers).

* Listen to each other carefully.

* Don't play issues out in the press or characterize another side to the press.

* Lay disagreements with people on the table.

* Develop group press releases.

* Break-out caucuses are OK.