Civic Cocktail February 8 - State of Our Democracy - Part 1: Next Steps for Republican Party

Posted: 01/27/2021, 16:26 PM
Company: Seattle CityClub
Author: teresamoore

What’s ahead for Republicans, Democrats and independents when it comes to civics in our country and community? How can we work together when parties are often divided themselves? This February Civic Cocktail is the first of what we intend to be a multi-part, multi-party series. This virtual program explores a few – but certainly not all – of the varying viewpoints within the Republican Party. 

With the national election behind us, we start by exploring some of the next steps for the Republican Party. After the departure of a one-term president who commanded a deeply loyal following among a large number of Republicans, as well as challenged a number of others, the party is left without a clear, national standard bearer. Will the Republicans maintain a cohesive theme to unite the diverse perspectives within their ranks nationally? What is the local impact and future of the Party here in Washington? 

Host, Joni Balter, will discuss what can be expected with Bill Bryant, former Republican candidate for Washington State Governor, and Rick Wilson, co-founder of the Lincoln Project on Monday, February 8, at 6pm PST. This is the first of what is intended to be a multi-part, multi-party series. 

Who: A discussion with former Republican candidate for Washington State Governor Bill Bryant and The Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson, moderated by journalist Joni Balter. More information about all speakers is available at this link. 

  • Bill Bryant is the founder and chairman of Bryant Christie Inc., a twice-elected King County Port Commissioner, and was the Trade Policy Coordinator at DOC International Trade Commission under President Reagan.  
  • Rick Wilson is a seasoned Republican political strategist, frequent political commentator, and New York Times bestselling author.   
  • Joni Balter is an editorial advisor for KCTS 9, regular guest on KUOW, and professional-in-residence at Seattle University 

When: Monday, February 8, at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual event hosted in partnership with Seattle Channel and Town Hall Seattle. Details at this link 

Cost: Free for youth under 22; General Admission: $5; Household Admission (3+ viewers): $15  

About Civic Cocktail: Civic Cocktail offers a lively look at big events and important issues facing the Puget Sound region, connecting community leaders with residents for engaging conversation. The program’s conversational format features elected officials, community organization leaders, journalists, political pundits, news-makers, and local residents. Civic Cocktails are held each month from February to June and October to November.