A series of six critical discussions on the potential outcomes of the election at the national and state level; moderated by noted national commentator and Folio Board Secretary Mort Kondracke.

May 26, 2020 

Election 2020: Overview


David Domke, Director of Fieldwork & Learning at Common Purpose kicked off the series with a discussion about the effects of the pandemic on voter registration and turnout, the importance of making it easier for every voter to participate and the 2020 presidential candidates.

June 25, 2020

Donald Trump’s Place In Presidential History 

Bob Merry, author of Where They Stand: American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians, discussed how Donald Trump is likely to go down in history - and why?

July 6, 2020

Foreign Policy Issues In The 2020 Elections—And After 

Dan Chirot of the Jackson School of International  Studies will be joined by Gary Locke and Barry McCaffrey and former AP and Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent Carol J. Williams. The panel examined foreign policy as a campaign issue and the main challenges the next president will face.

August 13, 2020

Race, Protests and Politics 

Marilyn Strickland, former Mayor of Tacoma, Ron Sims, former King County executive, Charles Douglas III of the political activist group Common Power and political consultant Sandeep Kaushik explored the political fallout of the protests and the renewed focus on racial inequality across the board.

September 21, 2020

The Economy As An Election Issue

The fifth conversation of the series features Doug Ericksen, member of the Washington State Senate for the 42nd District in Whatcom County since 2011, and ranking Republican on the Energy, Environmental and Telecommunications Committee; Stanford University Political Science Prof. Margaret Levi, formerly of UW, who's developing a model US economy for the the coming Artificial Intelligence/robotics era, UW Political Science and Statistics Prof. Christopher Adolph who studies the politics of economic policy and health policy, and William Galston, former White House domestic policy adviser to President Clinton, founder of the bipartisan group No Labels and author of nine books, the latest Anti-Pluralism: The Populist Threat to Liberal Democracy.

October 26 - Who's Going To Win?

Who's going to win the Presidency this year, take control of the US Senate and prevail in Washington State races? Our panel of experts, John Lapinski, director of the Elections Unit of NBC News, David Domke, director of CommonPower, a national vote mobilization group based in Seattle,  Sandeep Kaushik, Folio board member and political consultant and Heather Weiner who has more than 25 years of experience in strategic management of election-related projects preview possible outcomes of the national and Washington State elections