The smartypants' guide to Civic Cocktail

Crosscut's monthly conversation series takes on elections, health exchanges and the shutdown this month. A reading guide for civic know-it-alls.
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Politics, the media and community mix together for a Civic Cocktail. Join us Nov. 6th.

Crosscut's monthly conversation series takes on elections, health exchanges and the shutdown this month. A reading guide for civic know-it-alls.

Crosscut co-hosts Civic Cocktail, a happy hour celebration of civic nerdery, on the first Wednesday of each month with CityClub and the Seattle Channel. This month we'll tackle elections (Who won, what does it mean?), the healthcare exchanges and the government shutdown (Lingering effects, lasting consequences). Join us Wednesday, November 6, from 5:30- 7 p.m. for a televised bout of drinks and discussion. Register here.

There's a lot to cover next Wednesday and not much time, so put on your civic expert hat and start reading.

Healthcare Exchanges: Why the Washington state site eclipsed D.C.'s, Crosscut, Bill Schrier

Washington Healthplanfinder: Oh, the healthcare you can buy, Crosscut, Adrian Servetnick is busted. These four state exchanges aren't. Washington Post, Sarah Kliff

FAQ: All about health insurance exchanges and how to shop for coverage, NPR 

Promised fix for health site could squeeze some users, New York Times, Robert Pear and Sharon LaFraniere 



Election 2013: The Crosscut smart guide, Crosscut 

The Mayoral Race

Well-hidden: The real differences in the Seattle mayor race, Crosscut, David Brewster

Homestretch: Soda tax question provides fizz in Murray-McGinn debate, Crosscut, Bill Lucia

Seattle City Council 

Shaking up Seattle's City Council, Crosscut, Knute Berger

Seattle's Proposition 1: A video primer, Crosscut, Robert Mak

City Council district elections: Is a city divided stronger or weaker? Crosscut, Bill Lucia

Infographic: Hey dude, where's my district?, Crosscut, Bill Lucia and Kate Thompson

GMO Labeling

The ABCs of GMOs, Crosscut, Kim O'Donnel

The 411 on 522, Crosscut, Berit Anderson

Infographic: Big Ag GMO spending shatters Washington record, Crosscut, Berit Anderson

GMO Fact Check: Will labeling hurt small farmers? Crosscut, Berit Anderson

You've got the wrong guy: PCC's misguided attack on GMOs, Crosscut, Dick Nelson

Own it, don't hide it: The pro-GMO backlash, Crosscut, Eric Scigliano

The 26th District Race 

Money and moderation: The battle for a key state senate seat. Crosscut, John Stang

Seattle School Board

Seattle School Board's District 4: On the campaign trail with the two Sues, Crosscut, Alison Krupnick

Bellevue City Council 

Bellevue elections: A city at a turning point, Crosscut, Celina Kareiva


Post-Shutdown Government

Downward deficit: Negotiating Patty Murray's next budget crisis, Crosscut, Greg Shaw

City looks at making up for federal cuts, Crosscut, Bill Lucia


Shutdown stops long-planned UW arctic research, Crosscut, Bill Lucia

Citing shutdown, IRS says tax season will start late, New York Times, Annie Lowrey

Obama adviser Furman says U.S. shutdown cost 120,000 jobs, Bloomberg


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