October 6, 2011
Politicians have learned to speak in sound bites or attack their opponents to assure they get noticed by the media. The situation has deteriorated to the point that all civility in government seems to have been lost with many of us suspicious of most everything that comes out of Washington. What if our politicians remembered that, if you want to accomplish something, you have to work with other people and figure out what they want and how they can be accommodated, and that the best legislation is that which is shared across the aisle?
Dialogues In Democracy is part of a series of panel discussions attempting to inject civility back into the discussion of politics and policy. The series aims to re-introduce informed deliberative thought, civility and respect into our public discourse. It seeks to tap into the frustration and fatigue of the majority of Americans who believe better outcomes to our greatest challenges can best be achieved by listening before we speak, or drawing conclusions before we think.
Robert A. “Bob” Butterworth, Atkinson, Diner, Stone, Mankuta & Ploucha, P.A.
As Florida’s Attorney General, Robert A. “Bob” Butterworth received national recognition for his success in enforcing victim and consumer protection, environmental, civil rights and anti-trust laws. He was a leader in the multi-state litigation against the tobacco industry, bringing $11 billion to the state, and was voted the top Attorney General in the nation by his peers.
Sen. Walter G. “Skip” Campbell, Krupnick Campbell Malone Roselli Buser Slama Hancock McNelis Liberman and McKee
In 1996, Skip was elected to the Florida Senate, where he served the communities of the western portions of central and northern Broward County. He sponsored and supported numerous bills in the areas of crime fighting, education, consumer rights and safety, and the protection of the quality of health care.
Carlos Lacasa, Managed Care of North America, Inc.
Carlos served in the House of Representatives from 1994 to 2002 and chaired the appropriations committee between 2000 and 2002. With more than 20 years of experience as an attorney with expertise in the insurance industry, Carlos was recently appointed Chairman of the Board of Governors for Citizens Property Insurance Corporation.
MODERATOR: John P. Hart, Hart Consulting Group, LLC
Former Broward County Commissioner, Hart founded Dialogues in Democracy with his wife, Elizabeth.
SPONSOR: Berger Singerman, Attorneys At Law