Smartypants guide to the Civic Cocktail

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Just a day after what will be surely be a hotly contested election — some say it will be historic — comes the November Civic Cocktail. And the topic will be, what else? The elections!

Political consultants Christian Sinderman and John Wyble will join former Mayor Charlie Royer and moderator Joni Balter to talk about who won, the role of money, and the impact of Seattle’s new district elections. Sinderman is the head of Northwest Passage Consulting, the powerhouse firm that has represented Mayor Ed Murray, Sen. Maria Cantwell, Gov. Jay Inslee and cast of candidates that are seen as the Seattle Establishment. Wyble, on the other hand, represents Jon Grant and the voices of the far left , which seem to be growing louder by the day.

The second half of the program will feature Washington State Sen. Pramila Jayapal. She is the only woman of color in the Senate and has built herself a reputation as an outspoken advocate for minority communities. She recently garnered national attention for an article on the Black Lives Matter protestors that took the stage at a rally for presidential contender Bernie Sanders. She also recently scored a big success with the National Park Service supporting the idea of renaming Coon Lake as Howard Lake, a saga covered by Crosscut's Knute Berger.

The doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 4 at the Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom, and the program starts at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event, co-sponsored by Crosscut with Seattle Channel and Seattle City Club, are $20 for Crosscut or CityClub members, $25 for the general public and $25 at the door. You can register here. We hope to see you there, but if for some reason you can’t make it, you can catch the program later on the Seattle Channel.

Whether or not you can attend, here’s a quick guide to keep you well informed on this month’s hot issues and our popular guests.

2015 Elections:

Look at all this fucking money! The Stranger, Oct. 21

Can Pamela Banks topple the symbol of Seattle Socialism? Crosscut, Oct. 22

Tight council race exposes a divided West Seattle, Crosscut, Oct. 8

Council President Burgess gets a run for his money from a scruffy political outsider, Crosscut, Sept. 23

Seattle City Council Candidate alleges political shakedown by developer, Seattle Times, Oct. 12

Welcome to College, now pay attention to local politics, The Stranger, Sept. 23

The C is for Crank candidate interviews, The C is for Crank

The campaign to get money out of politics, Seattle Weekly, Sept. 1

Sen. Pramila Jayapal:

Why the Bernie Sanders rally left me heartbroken, Sen. Jayapal, Huffington Post, Aug 11

Park service comes around: racist name must go, Crosscut, Oct. 23

Mayoral ally Pramila Jayapal endorses Kshama Sawant, The Stranger, March 16

Big win for Pramila, but diversity in WA politics at a standstill, Seattle Globalist, Nov. 5 2014


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David Kroman

David Kroman

David Kroman is formerly a reporter at Crosscut, where he covered city politics.