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Sen. Patty Murray and Gary Locke at May Civic Cocktail

Get ready for a wide-ranging discussion at the May Civic Cocktail. A census citizenship question, the crippling cost of child care, world trade and more are on the agenda, 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, at Palace Ballroom, 2100 Fifth Ave.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) will join host Joni Balter to discuss her proposed Child Care for Working Families Act, a bill designed to make child care more affordable for working families. A former preschool teacher, Murray will discuss her push for increased federal investment in early education, along with the the slate of issues Congress is tackling.

Former ambassador to China and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke will weigh in on the upcoming 2020 Census and the decision to add a controversial citizenship question to forms for the upcoming national headcount. Locke will also discuss international trade, including the new China trade guidelines.

Featured journalists Natalie Brand, of KING 5, and Essex Porter, of KIRO 7. will join the conversation.

Advance tickets to Civic Cocktail are $25. Register via Seattle CityClub. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Civic Cocktail will premiere on Seattle Channel (cable 21),
8 p.m., Thursday, May 3, and will also be available online.

Civic Cocktail — presented in partnership with Seattle CityClub — offers a night of networking, civic conversation, Tom Douglas appetizers and a no-host bar. Thanks to media sponsors KUOW and Crosscut.