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Hofstra Debate 2016 Event with David Axelrod

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
August 14, 2016

Yesterday, DAVID AXELROD was the Signature Debate Speaker on “The Evolving Media and Political Landscape” – a Debate 2016 event at Hofstra University, which is hosting the first presidential debate later this month, on September 26.

Hempstead, New York, USA. September 13, 2016. DAVID AXELROD, CNN Senior Political Commentator and Democratic strategist who served as Obama Senior Advisor, is the Signature Debate Speaker on The Evolving Media and Political Landscape, at Hofstra University, which will host the first Presidential Debate, between H.R. Clinton and D. J. Trump, scheduled for later that month on September 26. Hofstra is first university ever selected for 3 consecutive U.S. presidential debates; Hofstra; university; universities; college; colleges (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. September 13, 2016. DAVID AXELROD is the Signature Debate Speaker on The Evolving Media and Political Landscape, at Hofstra University, which will host the 1st Presidential Debate later that month.  (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Axelrod, a former senior advisor for President Obama and current senior political commentator for CNN, devoted time after his prepared remarks to answer questions from audience members.

Hempstead, New York, USA. September 13, 2016. Hofstra University Debate 2016 banner, in patriotic red white and blue, is one of many displayed on the campus of Hofstra University, which will host the first Presidential Debate, between H.R. Clinton and D. J. Trump, scheduled for later that month on September 26. Hofstra is first university ever selected for 3 consecutive U.S. presidential debates. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. September 13, 2016. Hofstra University Debate 2016 banner on South Campus is one of many displayed at Hofstra University, which will host first Presidential Debate on September 26. (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

My favorite Q&A exchange began when a student referred to Axelrod’s advice to vote for one of the two major party candidates, rather than casting a statement vote for a candidate with no realistic chance of winning. The student then said he did not want to vote for either the Democrat or Republican nominee and indeed would vote for a 3rd party candidate.

So Axelrod gave an example of when protest votes for a 3rd party candidate may have affected the outcome of the election:

In the 2000 presidential race in the pivotal state of Florida, Green Party nominee Ralph Nader received over 97,000 votes, and Democrat Al Gore received just 537 fewer votes than Republican George W Bush, who won the presidency.

Unswayed, the student once again said he’d be voting for a 3rd party candidate.

Axelrod began to say something, then abruptly stopped, glanced up and then back at the student, and asked if he was from New York. When the student said yes he was, Axelrod cheerfully told him to go and vote away. The student smiled as he returned to his seat; the audience clapped.

FYI from LI: The most recent Republican presidential candidate to win New York was Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Hempstead, New York, USA. September 13, 2016. Hofstra University Debate 2016 banner - tall vertical in patriotic red white and blue - is one of many displayed on the campus of Hofstra University, which will host the first Presidential Debate, between H.R. Clinton and D. J. Trump, scheduled for later that month on September 26. A high-rise residence hall is at right, also in North Campus. Hofstra is first university ever selected for 3 consecutive U.S. presidential debates. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. September 13, 2016. Hofstra University Debate 2016 banner is one of many displayed on the campus of Hofstra University, which will host the first Presidential Debate on September 26. (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Hofstra will be the first ever university to host three consecutive U.S. presidential debates.

ALL Hofstra Debate 2016 events, unless otherwise noted on Hofstra’s site, are free and open to the public. RSVP is recommended:

Event Calendar:  DEBATE2016 Hofstra University  (www.hofstra.edu/Debate/debate-event-calendar.html)

Hofstra Debate 2016 event, David Axelrod:  slideshow  |  gallery

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John Kasich Hosts Town Hall at Hofstra

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
April 8, 2016

This eventful week of presidential primary events on Long Island started off with John Kasich, Republican candidate and Governor of Ohio, hosting a Town Hall on Monday at Hofstra University.

Hempstead, New York, USA. April 4, 2016. JOHN KASICH, Republican presidential candidate and governor of Ohio, speaks at the Town Hall he hosts at Hofstra University David Mack Student Center in Long Island. The New York primary is April 19, and Kasich is the first of the three GOP presidential candidates to campaign in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and is in third place in number of delegates won. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. April 4, 2016. JOHN KASICH, Republican presidential candidate, speaks at the Town Hall he hosts at Hofstra University. (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Maureen O’Brien, of Bethpage, brought a colorful, handmade “GO JOHNNY GO” poster, which I spotted while sitting on the floor near her front row seat.

Hempstead, New York, USA. April 4, 2016. MAUREEN O'BRIEN, from Bethpage, holds a 'GO Johnny GO' sign she brought to Town Hall hosted by JOHN KASICH, Republican presidential candidate and governor of Ohio, at Hofstra University David Mack Student Center in Long Island. O'Brien is a registered Republican and supports Kasich. The New York primary is April 19, and Kasich is the first of the three GOP presidential candidates to campaign in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and is in third place in number of delegates won. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. April 4, 2016. MAUREEN O’BRIEN, from Bethpage, holds a ‘GO Johnny GO’ sign she brought to Town Hall hosted by JOHN KASICH, Republican presidential candidate, at Hofstra University.  (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

When I gave Ms. O’Brien a heads up I might need to grab the back of her chair later on when I stood up, she offered to switch places with me.  I thanked her for such generosity, but ended up staying on the floor.

Hempstead, New York, USA. April 4, 2016. JOHN KASICH, Republican presidential candidate and governor of Ohio, speaks at the Town Hall he's hosting at Hofstra University David Mack Student Center in Long Island. Audience includes senior citizens from Long Island AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) wearing red shirts with message 'Does Your Candidate Have A Plan For Social Security?' on back, . The New York primary is April 19, and Kasich is the first of the three GOP presidential candidates to campaign in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and is in third place in number of delegates won. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. April 4, 2016. JOHN KASICH, Republican presidential candidate and governor of Ohio, speaks at the Town Hall he’s hosting at Hofstra University. Several Long Island members of AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) wore red shirts with message ‘Does Your Candidate Have A Plan For Social Security?’ (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Since I had my sweatshirt under my knees when kneeling, I could comfortably focus on capturing the governor speaking – without notes – to the audience, which frequently applauded and cheered.

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Guantanamo Bay Courtroom Artist Janet Hamlin at Hofstra

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
December 27, 2013

After hearing an NPR interview (WNYC) with Janet Hamlin, the only courtroom sketch artist allowed to depict Guantanamo Bay military tribunals from 2006-2012, I was excited to learn Hamlin was coming to Hofstra to discuss her work and new book “Sketching Guantanamo.”

Hempstead, New York, U.S. 12th November, 2013. Janet Hamlin, a courtroom artist covering the military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay since 2006, shows her charcoal drawings and discusses her work at Hofstra University. Much of the time she was the only journalist providing a visual record of the events at the United States naval base in Cuba, and her new book "Sketching Guantanomo" is a collection of her images. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, U.S. – Nov., 12 2013. Janet Hamlin, a courtroom artist covering the military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, at Hofstra University. (©2013 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

Seeing several of Hamlin’s original large sketches on brown paper and hearing the challenging – and, at times, surprising – restrictions placed on her Guantanamo work, were highlights of the artist’s visit, which ended with a book signing.

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Photo gallery –  Janet Hamlin “Sketching Guantanamo” Courtroom Artist

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On Edge of Fiscal Cliff

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
December 30, 2012

For America to avoid going off the “fiscal cliff” of broad tax hikes and spending cuts starting to phase in on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, the Senate and House must agree on a bipartisan bill before then.

Oct. 15, 2012 - Hempstead, New York, U.S. - At left, former White House Chief of Staff ERSKINE BOWLES (Democrat), and, at right, former Senator ALAN SIMPSON (Republican), co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, speak at Hofstra University about ?America's Debt and Deficit Crisis: Issues and Solutions,? with (at center) moderator PATRICK SOCCI, Dean of Hofstra's Zarb School of Business. This event with the Simpson-Bowles non-partisan U.S. fiscal debt reduction plan co-leaders, was part of "Debate 2012 Pride Politics and Policy" a series of events leading up to when Hofstra hosts the 2nd Presidential Debate between Obama and M. Romney, the next night, October 16, 2012, in a Town Meeting format. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Oct. 15, 2012 – Hempstead, New York, U.S. – (L) ERSKINE BOWLES and (R) Sen. ALAN SIMPSON speak at Hofstra University about America’s Debt and Deficit Crises. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

On October 15, 2012, Former White House Chief of Staff ERSKINE BOWLES (Dem), and former Senator ALAN SIMPSON (Rep) – co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and co-founders of the Campaign to Fix the Debt – spoke at Hofstra University about “America’s Debt and Deficit Crisis: Issues and Solutions,” with moderator PATRICK SOCCI Dean of Hofstra’s Zarb School of Business. They discussed the seriousness of the fiscal debt, and the Simpson-Bowles non-partisan U.S. fiscal debt reduction plan to decrease it and avoid the looming fiscal cliff.

Oct. 15, 2012 - Hempstead, New York, U.S. - Man attending Simpson and Bowles event at Hofstra puts on red shirt that Fix the Debt Campaign gives free to anyone who puts in on right there in lobby and wears it to event at Hofstra University's John Cranford Adams Playouse., The campaign's co-founders, Simpson and Bowles, speak in the auditorium about ?America's Debt and Deficit Crisis: Issues and Solutions.? This event with the co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and co-leaders of Simpson-Bowles non-partisan U.S. fiscal debt reduction plan, was part of "Debate 2012 Pride Politics and Policy" a series of events leading up to when Hofstra hosts the 2nd Presidential Debate between Obama and M. Romney, the next night, October 16, 2012, in a Town Meeting format. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Oct. 15, 2012 – Hempstead, New York, U.S. – Man attending Simpson and Bowles event at Hofstra puts on red shirt that Fix the Debt Campaign gives free to anyone who puts in on there and wears it to event at Hofstra University’s event.  (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

After Bowles and Simpson spoke, the audience of students and other members of the Long Island community had a chance to ask them questions, on the night before Hofstra hosted the 2nd Presidential Debate between Obama and Romney.

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Woodward & Bernstein on 40th Anniversary of Watergate

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
November 18, 2012

Riding past the Watergate Hotel in 1973, during the summer I spent job hunting in Washington, DC, I stared at the curved buildings as if enough willpower would summon a recreation of the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters there a year earlier.

March 20, 2012 - Hempstead, New York, U.S. - BOB WOODWARD (left) and CARL BERNSTEIN (right), investigative journalists, speak on 40th Anniversary of the Watergate political scandal, at Hofstra University. The lecture was about their investigation, while Washington Post reporters, into the break-in, and its cover-up, of the Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Wash. DC, which lead to the resignation of Pres. Nixon. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

March 20, 2012 – Hempstead, New York, U.S. – BOB WOODWARD and CARL BERNSTEIN speak on 40th Anniversary of  Watergate political scandal, at Hofstra University.  (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

In 1974 President Nixon resigned after investigations spearheaded by Washington Post Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists BOB WOODWARD and CARL BERNSTEIN revealed break-in cover-up attempts that led all the way to the White House. And in 1976 the Academy Award-winning movie based on their non-fiction book All the President’s Men vividly brought to life the events that both brought down a president and profoundly altered the perception of the institution of the American presidency.

Forty years later, on March 20, 2012, Woodward and Bernstein spoke about the Watergate legacy at Hofstra University, which the Commission on Presidential Debates chose as the site of its October 16, 2012 Presidential Debate. It was to be the first of a long series of outstanding Hofstra Debate 2012 Signature Events – all open and free to the public – that I covered this year.

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