Civic CocktailSmart talk with a twist
About Civic Cocktail
A civic conversation with a twist, Civic Cocktail occurs the first Wednesday of every month. A panel of pros discusses a range of topics and then the audience poses questions.
March Civic Cocktail
Special guest Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will discuss his 2015 priorities with host Joni Balter. The second half of the program will feature a panel of experts discussing Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed energy-related taxes and environmental policy initiatives.
Budget battles in Olympia's divided state Legislature, what's next for WSU and the reaction to UW President Michael Young's surprise departure were among the topics of discussion at Civic Cocktail. State Rep. Ross Hunter (D-48th) and Sen. Steve Litzow (R-41st) weigh in on top budget issues including K-12 funding, class size and prospects for a state transportation plan. The Cougs comprised the second half of the program with Washington State University Vice President of Development John Gardner discussing WSU's plans to build the state's second publicly funded medical school, branch campuses and more. Host Joni Balter moderates an audience discussion with analysis from a journalist panel.