After every general election, Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36) hosts a forum for political wonks at the Hale's Brewery in Ballard. The panelists have been folks like Dem Chair Dwight Pelz, newly-elected Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-36), blogger David Goldstein, and state Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown (D-3). My favorite panelist was Lynne K. Varner of the Seattle Times, who argued in a roomfull of hardcore Democrats for fiscal discipline in Olympia after the 2008 election. Or maybe my favorite exchange was when David Goldstein of horsesass.org excoriated a the local elected Dems for not trying hard enough to beat Dan Satterberg in the King County Prosecutor race in 2007. Either way, this years panel is going to be pretty kick-ass:
Jeanne Kohl-Welles, state senator from the 36th District, will host her 16th annual post-election analysis fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 19 at Hale’s Ales Brewery and Pub.
Gov. Christine Gregoire, Seattle Mayor-Elect Mike McGinn, King County Executive-Elect Dow Constantine, Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown and House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler will speak on the election results.
It'll be fun to see the Governor publicly meet and greet McGinn, the guy she didn't endorse for mayor. Will McGinn challenge the Governor over the viaduct? I expect McGinn to shy away from the big issue from the campaign and instead focus on 520, transportation mobility, and the state's obligation to Seattle's public schools. I also expect that Gregoire will be the wet blanket for the roomfull of Democrats who will be hot for pledges of new taxes to soften the blow of further budget cuts.