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Monday, November 16, 2009

Mayor-Elect McGinn and Gov. Gregoire, this Thursday!

Posted by on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 1:16 PM

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 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.


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Will in Seattle 1
Plus, they always have tasty brews and a nice live auction of useful stuff there.

Wonder how they'll deal with the FACT that Seattle is BACK?
Posted by Will in Seattle on November 16, 2009 at 1:30 PM · Report this
make a bet.... how long before Democrats will distance themselves from Mayor Moonbeam. I say by March. Worse yet, Mayor Moonbeam will be in Republican ads next year as a club to attack Democrats with.
Posted by West Seattle Waiter on November 16, 2009 at 1:42 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3
@2 - who, the Powers That Be? nah, not going to happen.

Party on Friday after Jeannie's excellent party on Thursday! Cary Moon, Heidi Wills, Rob Holland - Seattle is BACK!
Posted by Will in Seattle on November 16, 2009 at 2:51 PM · Report this
Yeah! This year's event will be super-fly, so be sure to come out. Everyone is welcome, donations are gratefully accepted but not required.

RSVPs also appreciated - email

First drink is on us. See you there!
Posted by McKenna on November 16, 2009 at 3:32 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 5
and bring your checkbook for the auction
Posted by Will in Seattle on November 16, 2009 at 3:45 PM · Report this
NaFun 6
Dammit, I work til 6. And I'd so love to go to this.

Posted by NaFun on November 16, 2009 at 6:03 PM · Report this
Is the "fundraiser" the auction part of it. Or will it cost just to get in the door?
Posted by d.p. on November 17, 2009 at 5:40 AM · Report this
Um that Governor-McGinn interaction already happened at Equal Rights Washington's event last week. She congratulated him as they sat next to each other at the event. Ours was the first event McGinn appeared as Mayor-elect. Of course that wasn't covered by our friends in your office..:)
Posted by Thomas Pitchford on November 17, 2009 at 2:55 PM · Report this
@ #7, no cost to get in. The silent auction is the fundraiser that benefits the 36th LD Democrats and we'll also be accepting donations for Sen. Kohl-Welles' re-election campaign.
Posted by McKenna on November 18, 2009 at 8:37 AM · Report this

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