Here's the news release from Forum Truth:
Forum Truth is pleased to announce that its first speaker of the 2010-2011 season will be TIME Magazine Editor-at-Large and senior political analyst Mark Halperin. Halperin will appear on Monday, October 4 at 7:30 pm at the Sarasota Hyatt Regency ballroom, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts. Tickets are $25 for Forum Truth members and $30 for non-members. Students 21 and younger are free with reservation.
“We are very excited to announce that Mark Halperin will be joining us on October 4,” remarked Irene Bandy-Hedden, chair of Forum Truth. “With the November elections coming up, there is no one better to present a clear picture of what is happening and where we might be headed.”
The title of Mark Halperin’s talk is “President Obama, the Republicans, the Midterms and Beyond,” all subjects of great concern as we approach the November elections. Some of the questions Halperin will address are:
• What will happen in Florida's critical Senate and gubernatorial races?
• What can President Obama do to try to save the Democratic majorities in Congress?
• What happens to our taxes, health care, and foreign policy if Republicans take over?
As Editor-at-Large and senior political analyst for TIME, Halperin covers politics, elections and government for the magazine and TIME.com. Halperin is also the creator and author of TIME.com’s “The Page,” a news and analysis tip sheet that gathers and edits the latest political stories, campaign ads, TV clips, videos and campaign reactions from every news source, along with Halperin’s own analysis.
Halperin is also a senior political analyst for MSNBC, where he appears regularly on "Morning Joe" and other programs on the cable channel.
Prior to joining TIME in 2007, Halperin’s journalism career covered politics. For 20 years, he worked at ABC News, where he covered five presidential elections and served as political director from November 1997 to April 2007. Additionally, Halperin founded and edited the online publication The Note on abcnews.com, which was characterized as the most influential daily tip sheet in American politics by publications including The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair.
Halperin is also the author of many New York Times best-selling books, including “Game Change” which he published in January of this year with New York Magazine writer John Heilemann. The book uses over 200 resources to report the inside story of the 2008 campaign.
“Mark Halperin is watching and reporting on every notable election coming up in November,” continued Bandy-Hedden. “Our timing for this presentation and discussion could not have been better planned. All of our forums include an open microphone following the talk where audience members can ask questions of our knowledgeable speakers. It is always an interesting interchange with lots to learn. October 4th will surely be a fascinating evening for all who attend.”
Forum Truth is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization that provides public forums on important issues without the influence of special interest groups. The meetings presented by the group provide reliable, in-depth and easily accessible information on issues of national importance. All presentations are open to Forum members and non-members alike. Since its inception in 2003, the membership group has brought over 75 nationally acclaimed, professional speakers to the Sarasota/Manatee area. To order tickets, become a member or for more information on Forum Truth, visit the website, www.forumtruth.org or call 941-349-8350.