Guide to Civic Cocktail: State GOP to talk future of party


What should Washington State Republicans do in the wake of Trump’s nomination? What will the party look like in years to come, and will it deviate from the national party? Also, how can nonprofits reduce inequality and make our communities healthier through philanthropy? Learn about these issues at the last Civic Cocktail before the summer.

Washington State Republican Party Chair Susan Hutchison and Former State Attorney General Rob McKenna will talk about the rise of Trump and the best way forward for their party given the current presidential race. Then, Seattle Foundation President and CEO Tony Mestres will talk about how organizations like his can make our community more healthy and equal.

Local journalist Joni Balter will question McKenna, Hutchison, and Mestres along with a panel of journalists including Crosscut’s Tom James. Crosscut, Seattle CityClub and the Seattle Channel will sponsor the event.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on June 1 at the Tom Douglas Palace Ballroom in Seattle. Seattle City Club, KCTS9, and Crosscut members get in for $20. Others pay $25. You can sign up here, or watch it later on the Seattle Channel.

In the meantime, here are some past articles about this month’s guests.

Republicans and Trump

Rob McKenna finds a path to Obama voters” – Crosscut, Oct. 7, 2012.

State GOP chair Susan Hutchison cites ‘war on women’ in pay-raise spat” – Seattle Times, Nov. 20, 2013.

Why a blue state elects a purple government” – Crosscut, Jan. 11.

Trump is ‘toxic’ at UW, say college republicans” – Crosscut, May 5.

Republican Senate candidate, former head of state party, renounces Trump” – Crosscut, May 5.

The Seattle Foundation

"Your official GiveBIG cheatsheet" - Crosscut, May 3.

The GiveBIG Donation Platform is Apparently Almost Sort of Actually Working For Some People… For Now” – The Stranger, May 3.

Local organizations to benefit from Seattle Foundation’s Give big day” – Snoqualmie Valley Record, May 2.


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Chetan Sharma

Chetan Sharma

Chetan is an editorial intern at Crosscut. He is a senior at the University of Washington studying Civil Engineering and Urban Planning. He's previously worked as a journalist at KUOW and an engineer at the Kiewit corporation, and is interested in stories about public policy and politics. Find him on twitter at @C_hi_tainiya.