ELMIRA - Political Pundit Night is back for a third time now that we’re past the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Political Pundit Night Round 3 will be held from 7-9 p.m. May 22 at the Clemens Center, 207 Clemens Center Pkwy, Elmira. The event will be held in the Powers Theater which has more than 1,500 seats.
The event is free and open to the public. No tickets required.
And now, it’s an officially sanctioned event.
Corning City Mayor Richard Negri and Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan issued proclamations in support of Political Pundit Night that encouraged residents to attend.
“This event reflects the highest values of Corning and its concern for the direction of our government,” the City of Corning’s proclamation said.
“This event is a celebration of civic and community engagement which reflects the highest values of Hornell, its leaders, and its citizens,” Hornell’s proclamation stated.
The event also received praise from former Congressman Amo Houghton.
“I applaud efforts such as this,” he said. “It's a critical time in the history of our county and we have to be able to create forums to listen to each other's point of view. When we sit down and discuss challenging issues in a respectful way, everyone is the better for it.”
Both Negri and Hogan will be a part of the pundit panel. Political Pundit Night founder Dr. Stephen Coleman is calling this panel the “best yet.”
The other members of the panel include Elmira Mayor Dan Mandell; Family Life Radio Network journalist Bob Price; attorney and Ithaca College professor Jim Johnson; attorney and Trailblazers PAC President Leslie Danks Burke; attorney Christina Sonsire; conservative talk show host Frank Acomb, and political consultant Denise King.
Round 3 will weigh several questions following Trump’s first 100 days. For example, how is he doing so far? Is he what this country needs right now or does he present a threat?
“Will he succeed or fail as president?” Dr. Coleman said. “What does he need to do to succeed going forward? And furthermore, is the media biased against Trump or is it the other way around?”
Recent events could arise in discussion as well, such as the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
“I think that’s something that could come up also,” Dr. Coleman said.
Each person who attends will also receive two free tickets from Elmira Pioneers mascot Stitches to the Pios game on Saturday, June 3. Dr. Coleman will throw out the first pitch.