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Legislative Town Hall Workshop

Organizer: FairVote Washington

Have you ever wondered what lobbying looks like, or how to persuade a legislator to support your agenda? Town halls are one of the most effective ways to engage with your legislators. Join our legislative team for an interactive workshop to learn how to be effective as a citizen lobbyist at town halls and campaign events. During this workshop, you can expect to learn:

  • How to craft a great town hall question
  • How to read your audience and adjust your message to resonate with the person you're trying to persuade
  • How to find upcoming events with your legislators

Location: Virtual

Balance of Power
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Democracy reform advocates sent a letter to those assembling former Vice President Joe Biden's platform, asking them to put reform proposals front and center.

Democracy reform groups to Biden: Don't you forget about us

Democracy reform advocates have gone public with a concern they've been harboring privately for months: Joe Biden and the Democrats are not making fix-the-system proposals a big enough part of their campaign.

A coalition of 29 groups pressed the party's platform committee on Monday "to adopt a sweeping pro-democracy set of reforms, and make their passage and implementation a top priority in 2021."

Although Biden is viewed as a reliable supporter of items on the group's agenda — expanding voting rights, curbing money's sway over campaigns, bolstering government ethics and calibrating the balance of power — the former vice president is seen by advocacy groups as giving such desires insufficient notice. With the campaign now galvanized by the coronavirus pandemic and its crippling of the economy, the ability of other issues to break through could prove extremely difficult.

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Crystal Canney ran for Maine state Senate in 2018.

Claim: One of Bloomberg's former state directors is a registered lobbyist for Saudi Arabia. Fact check: True

On June 15, Crystal Canney filed a short form registration statement with the U.S. Department of Justice as a political consultant to render services to the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia.

Canney is the former Communications Director for Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, and in January was Maine's state director for the Michael Bloomberg campaign.

In November, Saudi Arabia's Washington embassy signed a one-year, $1.5M contract with the Des Moines-based Larson Shannahan Slifka Group.

In her filing, Canney describes her services for Saudi Arabia as providing strategic and government affairs advice including public relations and communications services. She will also engage in outreach and engagement with the public and media groups as well as have oversight of other consultants.

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