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Feb
19
Fri
Clark County/Portland Weekend
Feb 19 @ 5:30 pm – Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm
Clark County/Portland Weekend

This IDF session focuses on Vancouver and Clark County, Washington and on transportation issues and Oregon politics in Portland. Friday evening will be spent in Vancouver, Saturday evening in Portland. This is an overnighter and hotels will be provided by IDF.

Mar
5
Sat
Current Issues/Central Puget Sound Weekend
Mar 5 @ 9:00 am – Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm
Current Issues/Central Puget Sound Weekend @ Bellevue | Washington | United States

This weekend focuses on current issues impacting Washington state or those issues that are on the radar politically. Generally we pick two or three broad issues impacting the state or national politics and hear from panelists and speakers on those issues. This session will be based in the Seattle area, likely at least partially in suburban areas.

Mar
18
Fri
Olympic/Kitsap Peninsulas Weekend
Mar 18 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 20 @ 9:00 pm
Olympic/Kitsap Peninsulas Weekend @ Shelton | Washington | United States

 

IDF will spend this weekend on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas, learning about the region’s resource economy, logging, environmental issues, ferry transportation, and military issues. Hotels will be provided both Friday and Saturday nights.

Apr
2
Sat
Campaigns & Elections Weekend
Apr 2 @ 9:00 am – Apr 3 @ 6:00 pm

This IDF session focuses on campaigns and elections. We will go over the tactics and strategies campaigns in Washington state employ on the campaign trail.  Official schedules will be emailed to the class about one week prior to the session. In past years, programming for this weekend has included the following:

  • Pollsters, political consultants, messaging strategists and other vendors
  • Candidates talking about how they won or what they learned
  • Breakout sessions on campaign activities
  • Media crisis simulations
  • Watch the State Labor Council’s COPE Convention and vote

This is a Seattle-based weekend for both Saturday and Sunday.

Apr
15
Fri
Northwest Washington Weekend
Apr 15 @ 5:30 pm – Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm
Northwest Washington Weekend

This IDF session focuses on the economics, politics and issues affecting Northwest Washington. Official schedules will be emailed to the class about one week prior to the session. In past years, programming for this weekend has included the following:

  • Skagit Valley Farmers and agricultural experts
  • Border patrol agents
  • Coal terminal advocates and opponents panel discussion
  • Conservationist presentation
  • Tour of the Tulalip reservation and discussion of Native American issues

This is an overnighter and hotels are will be provided by IDF both Friday and Saturday nights.

Apr
29
Fri
Long Beach Peninsula/Pacific County Weekend
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm – May 1 @ 9:00 pm
Long Beach Peninsula/Pacific County Weekend @ Shelton | Washington | United States

 

This weekend IDF will travel to Long Beach to learn about the rural, coastal region and its economy and politics. We will spend both Friday and Saturday nights in Long Beach, and IDF will provide hotels.

May
16
Mon
Washington DC Session
May 16 – May 22 all-day
Washington DC Session @ Washington | District of Columbia | United States

The Washington DC session is one of the highlights of IDF’s program. This is an optional trip, and missing it does not count against your attendance. Because of the content of the programming for DC, we HIGHLY recommend you attend, but understand it may be difficult for cost and work related reasons to participate.

We plan this session around Potlatch, an annual reception put on by the Washington State Society, which will be on Friday, May 20. The regular programming is scheduled for Thursday and Friday of the week we are in Washington, DC. There will be optional extended programming on Tuesday and Wednesday that costs an additional $150 (to pay for hotels).

IDF covers your Potlatch tickets and your hotels during your stay in DC. Plane tickets, transportation and food are your own responsibility. Monday (or Wednesday, if you don’t do the extended trip) and Sunday are travel days, and Saturday is a free day for participants to sightsee in DC.

In past years, programming for this ninth weekend has included the following:

  • Tour of the Pentagon
  • Meetings with our Democratic delegation in Congress
  • Think tank speakers and policy makers
  • Tour of the Democratic National Committee’s HQ
  • Meetings at the White House
  • Brown bag lunch with national consultants, lobbyists and policymakers
  • Tour of Embassies
  • Meetings with Department Directors, NGO staffers, and committee staff
  • Meetings with veterans organizations
Jun
2
Thu
Eastern Washington Weekend
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm
Eastern Washington Weekend @ Wenatchee | Washington | United States

This IDF session focuses on the economics, politics and issues affecting Eastern Washington.  Official schedules will be emailed to the class about one week prior to the session. In past years, programming for this weekend has included the following:

  • Tour of a winery
  • Tour of a wind farm
  • Tour of apple or cherry orchard
  • Meetings with cattle ranchers and migrant farmer advocates
  • Meeting with Spokane business and elected leaders
  • Discussion on water rights issues
  • Tour of a prison and talk with local law enforcement
  • Discussion of gun rights

Thursday evening after work, we will drive to either Wenatchee or Yakima for the evening, and we will spend Friday in Central Washington. Friday night and Saturday day will be in Spokane, and Saturday night and Sunday will likely be in Walla Walla. This is an overnighter wekend and hotels are will be provided by IDF. Transportation is NOT provided by IDF, and Thursday night/Friday are optional for those who cannot take off work.

Jun
18
Sat
IDF 2016 Graduation
Jun 18 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This is the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2016. We’ll have speakers, a little ceremony, some awards and mostly just good company as we bid each well in this final day of the Class of 2016.

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