Cocktails and Politics: Changing Dynamics of the Race – Jungle Primaries and Rank Choice Voting

6:00 PM 7:00 PM
Webinar via Zoom
30
Sep

Cocktails and Politics: Changing Dynamics of the Race – Jungle Primaries and Rank Choice Voting

6:00 PM 7:00 PM
Webinar via Zoom

Does our current two party political system reward those who are most extreme, leaving no room for moderate candidates? Join American Public Square at Jewell and our special guests as we explore Jungle Primaries and Rank Choice Voting in our September 30th installment of ‘Cocktails and Politics’.

Cocktails and Politics Featured Cocktail

We worked with a local KCMO bartender to create a featured cocktail for our virtual series ‘Cocktails and Politics’. We’re thrilled to share, ‘The Low Hanging Fruit’,  a light and refreshing drink to make and enjoy at home while you watch ‘Cocktails and Politics’. Use the hashtag #CocktailsandPolitics and tag @ampublicsquare to share your cocktail or mocktail creations. Watch a video of  ‘The Low Hanging Fruit’ being made here.

Panelists

Cara Brown McCormick manages our East Coast operations. For the last 11 election cycles, she has provided research to many of the toughest, closest, and hardest-fought elections in the country. In 1994, Cara was the lead researcher for Charles S. Robb in his campaign against Oliver North in Virginia. In 1996, she directed the research efforts for Senators John Kerry and Joe Biden, and in 2000 she helped Maria Cantwell in her first winning campaign for US Senate in Washington State. Cara directed comprehensive research efforts for the gubernatorial campaigns of Tim Kaine (VA) and Deval Patrick (MA). Cara has also served as a research consultant on four presidential races, including John Kerry’s 2004 primary and general election campaigns. She was part of the senior management team at Americans Elect from 2010-2012. In 2012, she served as a senior advisor to Angus King in his successful independent campaign for US Senate. Cara is currently working on several national projects to level the playing field for independent candidates. Cara has particular expertise in campaign planning and strategy, defensive research, crisis management, rapid response and debate preparation.

Dr. Greg Vonnahme is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Greg Orman BIO: Greg Orman is a businessman, entrepreneur, and strong U.S. political reformer. He is co-founder of ​the ​private equity firm Denali Partners LLC and Managing Member of Exemplar Holdings LLC. Six portfolio companies are included in Exemplar Holdings. They are: Combat Brands, Ripple Glass, Exemplar Medical, Exemplar Finance, Dragon Jacket, and an affordable housing subsidiary that invests in local, affordable housing communities.

Mr. Orman graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with an economics and finance degree. He started Environmental Lighting Concepts (ELC) shortly after graduating from college, then later sold most of the company to KCP&L. He then managed KCP&L’s energy services operation, where he became CEO of Custom Energy.

He ran as an Independent candidate for U.S. Senate in Kansas in 2014. In 2018, Mr. Orman ran for the office of Kansas Governor as an Independent. He authored A Declaration of Independents: We Can Break the Two-Party Stranglehold and Restore the American Dream in 2016 and has written for Real Clear Politics, The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, The Kansas City Star, and other news media.

Additionally, Orman serves on the advisory board of the National Police Foundation, has served on the board of directors at the Kansas City Zoo and chaired the Capital Campaign for the YMCA Youth in Government program, among other charitable activities. He also helped form the National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers and is on the board of directors at Unite America.

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