Columbia Basin Badger Club: Citizens United – Free Speech or Democracy for Sale? – March 18, 2021

Virtual online event
From 12 pm. – 1:15 p.m.
Cost: $5 for nonmembers, while club members can join for free – must register online

Floodgates of money have poured into political campaigns since the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.

In that 5-4 ruling dominated by conservative judges, the court found the 2002 McCain-Feingold bill’s restriction of political spending by unions, corporations and other “associations” violated the free speech clause of the First Amendment. The ruling overturned long-standing precedents and rationales aimed at limiting the corrupting influence of corporate money.

The result of that ruling, as well as subsequent rulings based on Citizens United, has been mind-boggling amounts of money being channeled into political campaigns by corporations and wealthy donors. Much of that money is unlimited “dark money” contributed through Super PACs, which are not required to reveal donors.

Led by this dark money, the two 2020 U.S. Senate races that determined control of the Senate attracted about $450 million in campaign spending from both sides. Total spending in 2020 federal campaigns was nearly $14 billion – almost double 2016 spending – with $6.6 billion spent in the presidential race and $7 billion in congressional races.

Critics of the Citizens United ruling say it is judicial overreach that allows a handful of individuals and corporations to wield an undue and corrupting influence on political campaigns, state initiatives, and the legislative agendas at all levels of government – that the ruling in effect leaves ordinary citizens out of the picture.

The Columbia Basin Badger Club’s online forum “Citizens United: Free Speech or Democracy for Sale?” at noon on March 18 will examine how the Supreme Court arrived at this decision, and whether the ruling should be overturned by a constitutional amendment.

Our speakers are:
– Timothy Kuhner is a law professor currently at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He teaches classes on comparative constitutional law, anti-corruption law, and campaign finance.

– Cassidy Faber is the former Legislative Director of Wolf PAC Washington State. She lives in Seattle and volunteers as a political organizer around the state.

– State Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, will argue in favor of the ruling. He has served in the Washington Legislature for 23 years, the first 12 in House.
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Three Rivers Folklife Society (3RFS): Cloistered Celtic Concert – March 14, 2021

Sunday from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free · Duration: 3 hours

Since there won’t be too many live events to celebrate St Patty’s day, Join us for 3RFS Cloistered Celtic Concert which will livestream on the internet Sunday March 14, beginning at 6 p.m. This great concert features recorded sets from the around the Northwest and around the world including our great friends Harmony Ridge, Dan Maher, 4 Shillings Short, Dave Ingerson, and a transatlantic set from The Blow-ins. After the concert livestreams, it will remain up for the balance of the month and more to enjoy at your leisure. The link to will take you to the concert when it becomes available.

Tip Jar Links for our great performers can be found on the Facebook event info page.
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Columbia Basin College Virtual Play: The Sun is a Man – March 12 & 13, 2021

Virtual ZOOM Event
From 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. both evenings
Free – must register to obtain Zoom information

CBC’s Theatre Arts Program is proud to present the world premiere production of The Sun is a Man by Tri-City Native Firen Williams.

Directed by guest artist and Oregon Shakespeare Festival Alum, Vinecia Coleman, The Sun is a Man is an action-packed one-act, sure to delight and inspire new conversation about women in theatre. In the heat of the desert in 1865, two women from different worlds collide: a stagecoach bandit armed with her revolver and a southern belle armed with her fan. This clandestine meeting brings up important conversations about what it means to be a woman and how femininity in any form is powerful, important, and dangerous.
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