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Bipartisan Discussion Series #3

Passionate about politics? Open to understanding how the other side thinks? Please join us for the third installment of our professor-led Bipartisan Discussion Series:

“Brexit, Nationalism, and Trump,”
Professor Peter Rutland
Wednesday April 12th, 12:15-1:15 PAC 422

*Co-hosted by Wesleyan Republicans & Wesleyan Democrats*

Date: Wednesday, April 12
Time: 12:15-1:15 PM
Place: PAC 422
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Democratic Debate Watch Party

From Christina Sickinger ’18:

Interested in politics? Want to watch the latest Democratic debate with others who have been following the campaigns? Join Arcadia Political Magazine, WesDems, and WesRepubs this Thursday night to watch the Democratic debate.

Bring your friends, and feel free to come and go as you please! This event is part of a series of all the primary debates this semester.

Here’s the schedule: http://www.uspresidentialelectionnews.com/2016-debate-schedule/

Sponsored by:
Arcadia Political Magazine
Wesleyan Republican Committee
Wesleyan College Democrats

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1680949408840878/

Date: Thursday, February 11
Time: 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Place: Tischler Hall (Exley 150)

Wesleyan Democrats meeting


From Ben Florsheim ’14:

Join us for the first WesDems meeting of the semester, where we’ll be eating pizza and talking politics with Middletown Mayor Dan Drew. Come learn about campaigns, policy advocacy, voter registration, and everything else we do.

I mentioned the free pizza, right?

Date: Wednesday, Sept 18
Time: 8-9 pm
Place: PAC 002

Conversation with Senator Blumenthal on Gun Violence

A heads-up from Ben Florsheim ’14 and the Wesleyan Democrats on how to spend Good Friday in Memorial Chapel:

Richard Blumenthal (D), the senior United States Senator from Connecticut, will speak on the issue of gun violence in the United States this Friday, March 29, at 5 pm in the Wesleyan Memorial Chapel. Doors open at 4:30. There will be time at the end of the talk for audience-submitted questions.

Before winning election to the Senate in 2010, Senator Blumenthal served twenty years as Connecticut’s Attorney General. As senator, Blumenthal has taken the lead on attempts to enact meaningful gun control legislation in the wake of the Newtown tragedy.

Senator Blumenthal’s speech will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Logan Dancey, Assistant Professor in Wesleyan’s Department of Government.

When: Friday, March 29 @ 5 pm (doors open at 4:30)
Where: Memorial Chapel
Facebook: here
Submitting questions: you can either write your question(s) on the FB event wall or on slips of paper that will be provided to the audience during Blumenthal’s speech

Election Special Argives: “Gore Criticizes Bush in Campaign Stop at Freeman”

No, not in 2000. The article’s from 1992, when Al Gore was the Democratic vice presidential candidate, and the headline refers to the elder Bush, then running for reelection. If you’re confused as to why Gore would bother campaigning in the middle of Connecticut, consider that this was 1992; the red/blue state divide as we know it today wasn’t quite in place, and Connecticut swung right for Bush in 1988 and for Reagan in both 1984 and 1980.

So, on October 30, 1992, the VP candidate made his way to the relatively new Freeman Athletic Center, where he spoke for 35 minutes, “mostly criticizing President Bush, but also highlighting the ticket’s stance on the environment, healthcare, jobs and the Head Start program.” According to the piece, Gore spent the bulk of his speech attacking Bush in light of claims that the president knew about and was involved in the 1986 Iran-Contra Scandal. (Why these charges didn’t play a greater role in the election, I can’t say.)

Not all in the audience were solidly on board, though. The Argus article notes that a few Bush/Quayle supporters were physically ambushed when they registered their dissent:

College Democrats of Connecticut Convention

To all ye Democrats, a message from “King of the Dems” Ben Florsheim ’14: the College Democrats of Connecticut are hosting their yearly convention right on our home turf this Saturday, September 29th! Here’s the scoop:

The CDCT Annual Convention will be a great way for students to learn valuable campaign skills and to meet / hear from other Democratic students and elected officials. Among other things, there will be a “Campaign 101” training session, various speakers (such as local and state officials, campaign workers, etc.) and then door knocking for Chris Murphy, Connecticut’s Democratic candidate for US Senate.

Additionally, if you are interested in running for a leadership position in CDCT, such as President, Vice-President, Secretary or Treasurer, email Ben for more information. And last, but certainly not least: free lunch and dinner will be provided for all attendees!

  • When: Saturday, Sept. 29, 12PM – 5ish PM
  • Where: Woodhead Lounge, Exley 184
  • Misc: FREE FOOD

First Wesleyan Democrats Meeting

Do you want to keep Mitt Romney out of the White House help President Barack Obama get reelected in November 2012? Care about issues like women’s rights and maintaining a progressive platform? Hoping to get some job experience, such as internships on a campaign? Perfect, because Michael Linden ’15, President of WesDems, has news for you: the Wesleyan Democrats are having their kickoff meeting tonight! In his own words:

This will be a kickoff / informational meeting about everything we plan on doing this Fall to support the Democratic ticket, from the President down to the local Democratic candidates. We will discuss our planned efforts in Connecticut, potential trips to swing states, opportunities for students to work on political campaigns this Fall, and more. And as a special bonus, former Wes student and current Connecticut State Rep. Matt Lesser will be joining us!

Date: Tuesday, September 18
Time: 8:00 pm
Place: PAC 125
Why: because WesDems don’t want these guys in the White House

So get your game face on, peeps — it’s sure to be an intense election season!

WesDems Semester Kick-off Meeting

Ryan Smith ’11 is ready to help you ditch the reds of Wesleyan for the blues of the Democrats:

Come join the Wesleyan Democrats, as well as candidates and activists from around the state, as we work this fall to put folks in government who will champion the issues that matter most. Information on official positions in Dan Malloy’s campaign for Governor of CT will be available to those who attend!

  • Date: Wednesday, Sept. 15
  • Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Place: Woodhead Lounge (SCIE 184)