#BlueStarBrief July 2019

2020 US Presidential Campaign Update

As we approach the U.S. presidential election in November 2020, we look forward to providing important updates and developments from the campaign trail.

The Democratic party's 24 primary candidates participated in two debates on June 26-27, as they compete for their party's nomination for president in 2020. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has announced it will hold a total of 12 debates extending into 2020.

Currently, 21 Democratic candidates have met the DNC's stricter threshold of reaching either 1% in national polling or 65,000 donors to qualify to participate in the second debate on July 30-31. Fourteen candidates have reached both levels, which guarantees their place in the July debate: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang. Qualifications to participate in the third and fourth debates in September and October will be raised and will require reaching both a polling and a donor level, not just one or the other.

On the Republican side, a few candidates have indicated they may challenge incumbent President Trump in a Republican party primary, with just one such candidate officially entering the race. The Democratic and Republican parties' political conventions will take place in July and August 2020, respectively, during which their presidential nominees will be officially elected.

The winner of the 2020 presidential election is scheduled to be inaugurated on January 20, 2021.

The coming months of 2019 will showcase a series of televised primary debates among Democratic party candidates, including:

  • 2nd debate: July 30-31 Detroit, Michigan (CNN)
  • 3rd debate: September 12-13 — Houston, Texas (ABC/Univision)
  • 4th debate: October Date and Location to be announced

Celebrating our 10th Year Anniversary

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of our firm, we hosted a special celebratory reception at The Army and Navy Club in Washington, DC.

Thank you to each of our valued clients, partners, friends, and families for their ongoing trust, support, and inspiration.

Karen Tramontano Hosts Annual Fairness Award

Karen Tramontano, who also serves as the Founder and President of the Global Fairness Initiative (GFI), hosted the annual Fairness Award ceremony, which honors exceptional leaders whose work and life have opened opportunity and access for poor and marginalized communities.

The 2019 honoree was Paula Moreno, a Colombian industrial engineer and founder of Visible Hands, an organization focused on the empowerment of communities in the margins to change power relations in Colombia and the world. She was introduced by Congressman Gregory Meeks of New York following GFI Board Chair and former President of Slovenia Danilo Türk's opening remarks.

Read Paula's Fairness Award Acceptance Speech.

Dan Erikson Analyzes Current Elections in Latin America

Dan Erikson posted analyses in the Latin America Advisor on Guyana’s early general election, and on Axios on Guatemala's runoff election.


Sally Painter Leads Discussions on Financial Reform and National Security in Washington, DC

Sally introduced speaker panels at the Atlantic Council focusing on financial reform and development with the Association of Cyprus Banks, and at the Truman Project's #TruCon19 focusing on Disinformation and Election Interference.

Welcome New Team Member

Blue Star Strategies welcomes aboard new team member Willa Lerner as an Associate in our Washington, DC office where her work focuses on research and analysis of Latin American political systems and economic development.

Willa recently graduated from Kenyon College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies. She completed a six month program at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile where she focused on the development of political gender quotas and mechanisms of transitional justice.

We are very happy to welcome Willa to the team.

Tips & Recommendations

What We're Reading...

Karen Tramontano recommends...

The Fair Labor Association: A Useful Tool For Investors, by Michael Posner, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

An important and timely reflection on a 20-year successful model that brings together multinational companies with universities and civil society—under a shared framework based on international human rights standards.
Artisan Washington, DC

Sally Painter recommends...

The Coffee Bar, an intimate neighborhood coffeehouse featuring pourovers, espresso drinks, and loose-leaf teas.

Order their affogato and enjoy deliciousness!

The Coffee Bar, two locations at 1201 S Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009, +1-202-733-1049; and 1200 17th Street at M Street, NW #150, Washington, DC 20036, +1-202-296-1090

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