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Know the Issues - Political Perspectives from Both Sides of the Aisle

Know the Issues - Political Perspectives from Both Sides of the Aisle

Event Description

Curious to know more about political issues that affect your life, but turned off by the political theatre? Join us for this unique event presenting the two major party’s perspectives on 5 key issues, co-hosted by General Assembly, Levo League’s Denver Chapter, and AARP’s Take A Stand campaign.

Our top political consultants will present the two main sides of the following issues (subject to change):
- Healthcare (Amendment 69 and beyond)
- Minimum Wage & the Economy
- Energy & the Environment
- The Future of Social Security
- Student Loans & College Tuition

Our group of speakers come from top political consulting firms here in Colorado. More information on each below (more TBA).

Come learn about the issues as well as volunteer opportunities, networking, and contests with Levo branded prizes!

Food & beverages will be served! No cost to attend, but RSVP is required.

PLEASE RSVP ON GENERAL ASSEMBLY'S PAGE HERE: https://generalassemb.ly/education/know-the-issues-political-perspectives-from-both-sides-of-the-aisle/denver/28585

Details:

Tuesday, August 30th
6pm-8pm
General Assembly @ WeWork LoHi
2420 17th Street, Denver, CO 80202

MICHAEL DABBS

Michael brings a passion for public relations and public affairs management to his role as Creative and Communications Director at RBI Strategies and Research. He works on many of the firm’s accounts to develop messaging, media production, and campaign administration and strategy. In addition to his role at RBI, he is currently serving as an LGBT Outreach Advisor for the Hillary for Colorado campaign.

Previously, Michael has experience working with various nonprofits and public officials, namely Accelerating Market Driven Partnerships (AMP) in Washington, D.C., State Senator Wendy Davis of Texas, and as Communications Director for the Quick for Colorado campaign for CO Attorney General.

He has researched and written extensively on topics pertaining to women in politics, LGBT rights, and organizationally-social movements. His most recent work, titled "Long-term brands rule the US political cycle in 2016" and co-authored with Rick Ridder, is set for publication this month in the UK-based Journal of Customer Behaviour.
Michael holds a M.A. in international and intercultural communication from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and the School of Media, Film and Journalism Studies at the University of Denver. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in political science and strategic communication from Texas Christian University.

KEVIN STAY

Kevin Stay has a sucessful track record of survey research on a wide variety of projects in survey research, political polling, and political consulting. He has worked on projects ranging in scale from a district attorney's race in Southern-Middle Tennessee to national media polling for NBC News, the LA Times, and the BBC News.

Kevin recently returned to Denver to start Stay Current Strategies after working in Silicon Valley forSurveyMonkey. Prior to his time with SurveyMonkey, Kevin ran the survey research operations of RBI Strategies and Research, a Denver based political strategy and consulting firm.

Kevin has a B.A. in Political Science and earned his M.A. from the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International studies where he focused on public opinion research and quantitative research methods. At the University of Denver Kevin helped to found the Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research.

Kevin is a member of the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC), the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and its pacific chapter (PAPOR). At the 2015 PAPOR conference he co-authored and presented original research for an elections panel entitled: Trump's Beguiling Ascent, What 50 State Polling Says About the Surprise GOP Front-Runner.

KELLY SLOAN

Kelly Sloan is a government relations, public affairs, and communications consultant with ties in both Denver and the Western Slope.

He brings several years of experience in government relations, journalism, and public policy. As the Energy and Environmental Policy Fellow at the Centennial Institute, Kelly has produced policy papers on the environmental lobby’s legal assault on energy production, and on the costs of renewable mandates. He is an experienced journalist, who has written or served as editor for the Grand Junction Business Times, The Colorado Statesman, and oil and gas industry publications. His columns have appeared in the Business times, Colorado Statesman and the Denver Post. He has appeared on local, state and national media speaking on a variety of public policy issues.

Kelly was the policy director for Bob Beauprez’ 2014 gubernatorial campaign in Colorado, and has served in a communications and policy advisory role for several statewide campaigns. He has represented a broad range of clients at the Colorado State Capitol and at the federal level, and has extensive experience in policy issues ranging from oil and gas, to criminal justice, to business and regulatory issues. In the course of advocating for his client’s interests, Kelly has formed solid relationships with legislators at all levels, and on both sides of the aisle, as well as with various trade associations, industry groups, and issue organizations.

Kelly was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and graduated from Mount Royal University in 1994. He looks forward to providing your organization with the direction needed to navigate the complex world of public policy and communications.

JOE MEGYESY

A Colorado native and veteran Republican operative, Joe Megyesy was most recently a program officer with the Gill Foundation, focusing his efforts on advancing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights in traditionally conservative strongholds in the South and Intermountain West.

Joe previously served as communications director for U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, as well as press secretary for the Colorado Senate Republican Caucus. During his time serving these legislators, Joe developed deep relationships with members of the Colorado news media, particularly those journalists covering rural Colorado, since the majority of the State Senate Republicans represented areas not on the Front Range.

In 2012, Joe joined the Yes on Amendment 64 Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, where he directed the campaign's conservative outreach efforts. He also helped develop and implement the initiative’s communications strategy. Joe helped secure the support of former Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo and implemented an outreach plan for the Congressman. Tancredo was the most prominent politician supporting the Yes on 64 campaign and likely was responsible for the nearly 60,000 votes the initiative received in excess of President Obama. Joe was subsequently hired by the Marijuana Policy Project, the main backer of the legalization initiative, to work as a lobbyist on implementation of the law during Colorado’s 2013 legislative session.

In 2013, Joe led communications efforts for the successful Proposition AA statewide ballot initiative campaign to tax legal, adult-use marijuana in Colorado.

Joe has also been involved with several successful coalition-building efforts, including Vital for Colorado, which built a broad base of support for the natural resource industry and Texas Competes, which is coalition of businesses in support of LGBT rights in the Lone Star State.

In 2016, Joe managed media relations the successful launch of the Raise the Bar, Protect Our Constitution statewide ballot initiative.

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