Unconventional: RNC, DNC, and the 2016 Election

"The parties are mattering less and less, but this isn't necessarily a reversible process." Susan Page
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A Panel Discussion

For months, Americans have watched the number of presidential hopefuls from major political parties dwindle from 23 to three.  Party leaders and their presumptive nominees are now planning their respective debuts at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions to be held in July.


What can we expect out of both the RNC and DNC? With arguably two of the most unpopular presidential candidates in history, what could happen during the general election? Will we see the emergence of a third major political party?


Join us for a conversation with national leaders on the upcoming Republican and Democratic National Conventions and on what is becoming one of the most unconventional presidential elections in American history.


Panelists include:

Jim Gilmore, former Chair, Republican National Committee

Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today

David Wilhelm, former Chair, Democratic National Committee


This conversation will be moderated by John C. Green, Ph.D., Director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at The University of Akron.


Tickets: $20 members/$35 nonmembers

Community Partners:

Akron Press Club          Ua Bliss

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    The League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland is pleased to be a community partner in sponsoring the July 15 City Club panel discussion about this very unconventional presidential election year. Although the League never supports candidates or political parties, we are actively involved in political activities at all levels of government and will certainly be closely watching both parties’ conventions this summer. The primary mission of the League of Women Voters dates back to our formation in 1920, just a few months before women finally gained the right to vote in the United States. Being able to vote and protecting our right to vote, we felt then and feel now, is of utmost importance. But we also want to encourage women voters—and all voters—to be informed about the candidates and issues on their ballot, to actively participate in their government, and to understand major public policy issues. Over the years since our founding, we have worked to educate voters about those issues and to advocate for policies that we have closely studied and believe to be of utmost importance. During this year and next, the League of Women Voters of the United States is concentrating on a program we’ve titled “Making Democracy Work for All.” We’ll be working on registering voters, protecting every citizen’s right to vote, informing voters about candidates and issues on their ballots via our Vote411.org online voters’ guide, and mobilizing voters to get to the polls. Related issues we’ll be tackling include fair, nonpartisan and reasonable redistricting; and reforming the role of money in politics—hoping to decrease its influence while promoting increased disclosure and the formation of a new congressional public financing system. Some of you may remember that the League of Women Voters sponsored the U.S. presidential debates in 1976, 1980 and 1984. We can’t help thinking we would make the debates much more enlightening for the public, especially this year, if we could run them this fall. We do continue to sponsor candidate debates across the country at congressional, state and local levels. Meanwhile, we will be registering voters at Willard Park during the Republican National Convention next week. And we urge all of you to join the League to help democracy work for all.

  • Vincent Lombardo

    This was a terrific forum, very informative, provocative, and stimulative. I particularly appreciated what Gov. Gilmore had to say about the negative affects of the primaries and cable TV on the presidential nominating process. I,too, often think that we might be better off going back to the "smoke-filled rooms", only now I would want them to be both more inclusive and smoke-free!