Thursday, May 5, 2016
TIME: 11:30 am – Bar opens; 12:15 pm – Lunch served;
1-2 pm –Presentation and Q & A
PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only
EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon
There’s much more to U.S. policy and politics than the White House, Congress, and the Supreme Court. State governments–often conceived of as “laboratories of democracy”– also play a crucial role. Yet there are troubling signs that democracy in the states faces serious challenges, as our panelists will discuss.
Michele Jawando of the Center for American Progress will tackle structural issues like ballot access, the strength of representation in state government, and political influence.
Susan Liss of Justice at Stake will discuss the dangerous movement to undermine the independence of state judicial systems.
Carolyn Fiddler of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee will survey some of the activity — the hopeful and horrendous — coming from state governments and underscore why state governments matter. Join us as we explore the salient issues in state-level democracy and consider a blueprint for reform.