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Future of higher ed and fall midterm elections focus of Civic Cocktail, April 2
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
5:30 pm

The Palace Ballroom
2100 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
The direction of higher education and a look ahead to the November midterm elections are on the agenda for the April edition of Civic Cocktail, 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 2 at the Palace Ballroom, 2100 5th Ave.

Host Joni Balter will interview University of Washington President Michael Young about the future of higher education in the state and how to fund it successfully and the push to grow the UW’s culture of entrepreneurship by moving discoveries with commercial potential from the university’s labs to the marketplace in the form of new businesses.

The second half of the audience-fueled conversation will feature a panel discussion on the November midterm elections, when all 435 voting seats in the U.S. House of Representatives will be up for election as well as one third of the seats in the U.S. Senate. Will the unpopularity of ObamaCare and its rollout combined with the sinking poll numbers of the president combine to bring both houses of Congress under GOP control in January 2015? Will Democrats survive the November contest? What’s the local political strategy? We will hear from Susan Hutchison, the new chair of the state Republican Party, on the GOP’s game plan. Reid Wilson, of the Washington’s Post’s GovBeat, will join us from the other Washington to spot national trends and forecast state elections. Other panelists to be announced.

Providing analysis from the media will be Essex Porter, who covers government and politics for KIRO TV, and Benjamin Anderstone, a Seattle-based political consultant and writer for Crosscut.

Civic Cocktail offers an evening of networking, civic conversation Tom Douglas appetizers and no-host bar. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 6 p.m. Advance registration is recommended. Register at or call 206-682-7395. Advance ticket prices are $10 for CityClub and Crosscut members and $12 for non-members. Tickets are $15 at the door. Admission includes appetizers and program. No-host bar available.

Seattle Channel presents Civic Cocktail in partnership with Seattle City Club and Crosscut. The conversation is rebroadcast on Seattle Channel cable 21 and is available online at

Sponsors are Puget Sound Energy and Tom Douglas Catering & Events.