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    Shifting Voter Demographics

    Panelists talked about population and demographic shifts in America’s suburbs and how this would affect future elections in America. They used slides to discuss the role demographics played in President Obama’s 2012 win over Republican nominee Mitt Romney and focused on Loudoun County as an example of how demographic shifts might favor the Democrats in the upcoming gubernatorial election in Virginia. Topics included how politial discourse had been fragmented.

    This was a presentation of the research brief The Shifting Suburbs: Changes in the Nation’s Political Fulcrum from American Communities Project of the American University School of Public Affairs. The event in Katzen Theater was the first in a series from the Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research and the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.

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    Vice Presidential Selection Process

    Participants talked about the process by which parties select vice presidential candidates. They examined the process from personal and historical perspectives and evaluated its usefulness as part of the democratic process. They also took questions from the audience of students. Mr. Reilly chaired the 1984 Democratic Vice Presidential Selection Committee.

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    Lobbying Profession

    The panelists had a discussion titled “Why Be a Lobbyist Today?” featuring expert lobbyists and political professionals from leading Washington lobbying firms, the media, and public affairs professions. Topics included the challenges and opportunities facing the lobbying profession at a time of increased scrutiny, skepticism, and reform.

    Co-organized by the Bryce Harlow Foundation and the Public Affairs Council, the panelists examined the status and prospects of the lobbying business and how it may be affected by reform efforts. They also reviewed the key skills needed to succeed in a competitive marketplace. They answered questions from members of the audience.

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    State of Political Consulting

    Mr. Carville spoke about the excitement involved in working in campaigns and the dedication and loyalty required to become a dedicated political consultant. He stressed that political consultants can be successful without become either famous or infamous. He also talked about many of his personal experiences while working on campaigns. After his remarks, he took questions from the audience of students.

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    Farm Bill Signing Ceremony

    In the wake of congressional action on the farm bill, President Obama traveled to Michigan State University to speak about the $956.4 billion package and signed it into law.

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    School Prayer: Lee v. Weisman

    Sandra Blanding, Counsel for Daniel Weisman outlined the salient features of the case Lee v. Weisman. She discussed how the Supreme Court has ruled on school prayer issues previously.

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    Presidential Pollsters

    Veteran pollsters Mark Penn, Ed Goeas, Stan Greenberg, and political analyst Bill Schneider discussed presidential polls and the effect of public opinion on presidents and their administrations. They talked about changes in polling strategies, how and why polling is still relevant, and how the American people can make their voices heard through polls. Mr. Walsh moderated. The panelists also responded to questions from members of the audience.
    “An Evening with the Pollsters General” was the inaugural lecture of the Society of Presidential Pollsters. It was hosted by the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management in the Jack Morton Auditorium.

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    2010 Census and Congressional Redistricting

    Kimball Brace talked about the 2010 Census and the redistricting process. He focused on the difference between reapportionment and redistricting, the role and influence of state legislatures, and significant demographic shifts over the past decade. He also responded to questions from the audience.

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    Electoral College Ballot Count

    Meeting in joint session, representatives and senators certified Electoral College ballots submitted by the states. Following the reading of the Florida vote, objections from several members of the Congressional Black Caucus were voiced but not heard due to lack of Senate support. After voicing their objections, several members walked out of the chamber in protest.