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Press Room / PRESS RELEASE

National Journal and The Atlantic Update Slate of Events for GOP, Dem Conventions

August 16, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 16, 2012 -- National Journal LIVE and Atlantic LIVE will team up for a slate of thought-provoking events at the Republican and Democratic conventions in Tampa and Charlotte. From its unique and centrally located headquarters in each convention city, National Journal and The Atlantic will provide a panoramic perspective on the world of American policy and politics during this pivotal election year.

Headquarters
TAMPA - Carne Chophouse @ El Centro Espanol (Ybor City)
CarneChopHouse.com
Ybor City is a historic neighborhood in Tampa founded in the 1880s by cigar manufacturers. The neighborhood has been designated as a National Historic Landmark District, and 7th Avenue, the main commercial thoroughfare in Ybor City, was recognized as one of the “10 Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association. A central aspect of life in Ybor City were mutual aid societies built and sustained by citizens from each of the district’s different ethnic groups. The first was the El Centro Espanol, located in the heart of the district and the setting for Carne, a highly-anticipated new Tampa restaurant. The venue is 1.8 miles from the St. Pete Times Forum.

CHARLOTTE - McColl Center for Visual Art
McCollCenter.org
McColl Center for Visual Art is a nationally acclaimed contemporary art center. Located in Uptown Charlotte, McColl Center is housed in a historic gothic-revival structure that formerly served as a Presbyterian church. Built in 1926, the church closed in the mid-1950s, fell into disrepair and was reduced to a shell by a 1984 fire. Offering a compelling symbol of the renaissance of Center City, the property was acquired by Bank of America in 1995 for the sole purpose of establishing an urban artists’ community. McColl Center is .6 miles from Time Warner Cable Arena. It is approximately a 3 minute drive or a 10 minute walk to the security perimeter.

Events
Below is an updated slate of National Journal/Atlantic events for the conventions. Events will be held at the National Journal/Atlantic Convention Headquarters, except where noted, and will be live-streamed online at NationalJournal.com and events.theatlantic.com. Please note, doors will open 30 minutes before each listed start time for all events. Events are open to the public, except where noted as "invitation-only." Members of the media may request press passes for invitation-only events. Additional speakers will be confirmed in the coming days.

DAILY BRIEFINGS
TAMPA: DAILY, AUGUST 27-AUGUST 30, 9:30-11:00AM
CHARLOTTE: DAILY, SEPTEMBER 3-SEPTEMBER 6, 9:30-11:00AM**
**Monday, September 3 timing in Charlotte: 1:30-3:00pm**
National Journal and The Atlantic, along with CBS News, will hold live briefings each morning featuring informed insight on the latest convention developments with incisive analysis from leading reporters from all three organizations.

  • The Digital Campaign and Social Media’s Impact in 2012 (Monday)
  • The Election in Numbers: A Conversation with Leading Pollsters (Tuesday)
  • Down Ballot: The Top Senate and House Races of the Cycle (Wednesday)
  • View from the Top: A Conversation with Campaign Managers and Senior Strategists (Thursday)

Moderators:
Ron Brownstein, Editorial Director, National Journal
John Dickerson, Political Director, CBS News
Jennifer Duffy, Editor, Senate and Governors, Cook Political Report
Ron Fournier, Editor-in-Chief, National Journal
Garance Franke-Ruta, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
Major Garrett, White House Correspondent, National Journal
Norah O'Donnell, Chief White House Correspondent, CBS News
Bill Plante, Senior White House Correspondent, CBS News
Beth Reinhard, Political Correspondent, National Journal
Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News
David Wasserman, Editor, House, Cook Political Report
Reid Wilson, Editor-in-Chief, National Journal Hotline

Featured Guests (Tampa):
Daniel Sieberg, Spokesperson, Google Politics & Elections
Zac Moffatt, Digital Director, Romney Campaign
Adam Sharp, Head of Government, News and Social Innovation, Twitter
Kellyanne Conway, Founder and President, the polling company™, Inc.
Whit Ayres, President, North Star Opinion Research
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chair, National Republican Congressional Committee
Rob Jesmer, Executive Director, National Republican Senatorial Committee
Guy Harrison, Executive Director, National Republican Congressional Committee
John Brabender, Brabender Cox
Sara Fagan, Partner, DDC Advocacy
Terry Nelson, FP1 Strategies
Katie Harbath, Manager for Policy, Facebook

Featured Guests (Charlotte):
Daniel Sieberg, Spokesperson, Google Politics & Elections
Adam Sharp, Head of Government, News and Social Innovation, Twitter
Joel Benenson, Founding Partner and President, Benenson Strategy Group
Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners
Robby Mook, Executive Director, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Guy Cecil, Executive Director, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Stanley Greenberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner
Peter Hart, Chairman, Peter D. Hart Research Associates
Maria Echaveste, Partner, NVG, LLC
Laura Quinn, Chief Executive Officer, Catalist
Adam Conner, Manager for Policy, Facebook
John Anzalone, Partner, Anzalone Liszt Research

RSVP at http://njatlanticdailybriefings.eventbrite.com
Tampa Underwriters: Alliance to Save Energy, Credit Union National Association, Pfizer, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, United Technologies, and Vote4Energy
Charlotte Underwriters: Credit Union National Association, Pfizer, United Technologies, and Vote4Energy



NIGHTLY WATCH PARTIES
TAMPA: NIGHTLY, AUGUST 27-AUGUST 29, 7:30-10:30PM
CHARLOTTE: NIGHTLY, SEPTEMBER 4-SEPTEMBER 5, 7:30-10:30PM
National Journal and The Atlantic will host festivities each night in Tampa and Charlotte that offer a relaxed atmosphere to view the convention speeches and meet other enthusiastic convention stakeholders. NOTE: The Nightly Watch Parties are invitation-only events.

Tampa Underwriters:  Credit Union National Association, Pfizer, United Technologies, American Gas Association, National Retail Federation, and Public Notice
Charlotte Underwriters: Credit Union National Association, Pfizer, United Technologies, American Gas Association, Public Notice, and Vote4Energy



BUILDING HEALTHY CITIES
TAMPA: MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2:00-3:30pm
CHARLOTTE: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 3:00-4:30pm
Join National Journal and The Atlantic as we explore how investment in community health can be optimized through partnerships between the public and private sector, spotlighting innovative care delivery models that can improve health outcomes for all citizens.

Featured Guests (Tampa):
Michel Nischan, CEO & President, Wholesome Wave
Michael Robinson, General Manager, United States Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft
Ginny Ehrlich, CEO, Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media
 
Featured Guests (Charlotte):
Samuel R. Nussbaum, Chief Medical Officer, WellPoint
Dr. David Satcher, Former Surgeon General of the United States
Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen, Associate Professor of Nutrition, UNC
Ginny Ehrlich, CEO, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

RSVP at http://njatlantichealthycities.eventbrite.com
Underwriters:
Johnson & Johnson and AFT



POWERING THE CITY
TAMPA: MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 4:00-5:15PM
CHARLOTTE: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 5:00–6:15PM
The Atlantic and National Journal will convene a panel of key voices from the nation’s cities and leading industries to discuss strategies for reducing energy consumption, increasing efficiency and powering the cities of the future.

RSVP at http://njatlanticpoweringthecity.eventbrite.com
Underwriter: Advanced Energy Economy Institute



R+D AND AMERICA'S ENERGY OUTLOOK
TAMPA: TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 9:30-11:00AM
Mise en Place Restaurant, 442 W. Kennedy Blvd. Suite # 110, Tampa
CHARLOTTE: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 9:30-11:00AM
National Journal/Atlantic Convention Headquarters (McColl Center)

National Journal and The Atlantic will examine the emerging technologies and development opportunities the United States should pursue in an effort to make the way we work, move, and power our economy more reliable, affordable, and efficient. 

Moderators:
Coral Davenport, Energy and Environment Correspondent, National Journal (Tampa)
Amy Harder, Energy and Environment Correspondent, National Journal (Charlotte)
 
Featured Guests (Tampa):
Jerry Taylor, Senior Fellow, CATO Institute
Michael Howard, CEO, Electric Power Research Institute
James Lucier, Managing Director, Capital Alpha
Richard Caperton, Director of Clean Energy Investment, Center for American Progress
 
Featured Guests (Charlotte):
Michael Howard, CEO, Electric Power Research Institute
Michael Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations
Charles Ebinger, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution

Underwriter:
Southern Company



PATH TO POWER LUNCHEON
TAMPA: TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 12:30-1:30PM
CHARLOTTE: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 12:30-1:30PM
With political strategists and advisors from each side, this event will take a broad look at the next four years of presidential leadership on a host of issues. NOTE: The Path to Power Luncheons are invitation-only events.

Moderators:
Ron Brownstein, Editorial Director, National Journal
David Gregory, Host, Meet the Press (NBC)
Major Garrett, White House Correspondent, National Journal
 
Featured Guests:
Vin Weber, Partner, Clark & Weinstock (Tampa)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Democratic Leader (Charlotte)
Melody Barnes, Former White House Domestic Policy Director (Obama Administration) (Charlotte)
Bruce Reed, Chief of Staff, Vice-President Joe Biden (Charlotte)

Underwriter:
Bank of America



COMPARE THE CANDIDATES
TAMPA: TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 3:00-4:30PM
CHARLOTTE: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 3:00-4:30PM
Join National Journal and The Atlantic as we examine the clash of policy ideas in the presidential campaign, each candidate’s vision for America, and a broad range of public policy issues destined to define the 2012 general election cycle.

Moderator:
Major Garrett, White House Correspondent, National Journal
 
Featured Guests (Tampa):
Lanhee Chen, Policy Director, Mitt Romney 2012 Presidential Campaign
Byron York, Chief Political Correspondent, The Washington Examiner
 
Featured Guests (Charlotte):
Jackie Calmes, National Correspondent, New York Times
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress

RSVP at http://njatlanticcompare.eventbrite.com
Underwriter:
Society for Human Resource Management



THE REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC PARTIES IN TOMORROW'S AMERICA: THE HISPANIC SURGE AND THE NEW LANDSCAPE OF AMERICAN POLITICS
TAMPA: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 10:00-11:30AM
University Club of Tampa, 201 N. Franklin Street, Suite 3800, Tampa
CHARLOTTE: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 12:00-1:30PM
National Journal/Atlantic Convention Headquarters (McColl Center)

Join National Journal, Univision News, and ABC News to examine how growth in the Hispanic community and other key demographic trends are dramatically shifting U.S. policy and politics. NOTE: The Tomorrow's America events are invitation-only.

Moderators (Tampa):
Ronald Brownstein, National Journal
Jorge Ramos, Univision
Diane Sawyer, ABC News

Moderators (Charlotte):

Ronald Brownstein, National Journal
Maria Elena Salinas, Univision
George Stephanopoulos, ABC News



CONVERSATIONS WITH THE NEXT GENERATION
TAMPA: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 3:00-4:30PM
Improv Theatre, Ybor City, 1600 East 8th Avenue, Tampa
CHARLOTTE: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 3:00-4:30PM
Discovery Place, 3D Theatre, 301 North Tryon Street, Charlotte

National Journal
and The Atlantic will host “Conversations with the Next Generation” Town Halls that will bring together top leaders from politics, media, business, and social policy for a dialogue on critical issues with students and America’s young and emerging workforce. NOTE: The Conversations with the Next Generation Town Halls are invitation-only events. Students interested in attending either Town Hall should contact Katie Lovett at events@theatlantic.com.

Moderators:
Chuck Todd, Chief White House Correspondent, NBC
Chelsea Clinton, Special Correspondent, NBC
Chris Frates, Correspondent, National Journal (Charlotte)
Jim Tankersley, Correspondent, National Journal (Tampa)

Featured Guests (Tampa):
George P. Bush, Partner, Pennyback Capital, LLC
MaryEllen Elia, Superintendent, Hillsborough County Public Schools
Brian Goff, Student Body President, University of South Florida-Tampa
Andrew Jenks, Correspondent, MTV’s Power of 12, and Documentary Filmmaker
Michelle Rhee, Founder and CEO, StudentsFirst
Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL), U.S. Representative
Matthew Segal, President and Co-Founder, Ourtime.org
Lisa Stickan, Chairman, Young Republican National Federation

Featured Guests (Charlotte):
Ronald Carter, Ph.D., President, Johnson C. Smith University
Charles Hauser
, Student, Johnson C. Smith University
Andrew Jenks
, Correspondent, MTV’s Power of 12, and Documentary Filmmaker
Kal Penn, Actor and Former Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement
Michelle Rhee, Founder and CEO, StudentsFirst
Matthew Segal, President and Co-Founder, Ourtime.org
Rod Snyder, President, Young Democrats of America

Underwriter: Microsoft



THE  VOICE OF OUR NATION COMES FROM THE HEART OF OUR PEOPLE: A HEARTLAND MONITOR POLL REVIEW
TAMPA: AUGUST 30, 12:00-1:30PM
CHARLOTTE: SEPTEMBER 4, 4:00-5:30PM

National Journal and The Atlantic will assemble leading figures from the worlds of politics, media, business, and academia to discuss valuable insights gleaned from the Allstate-National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll series and their importance to the 2012 presidential race. Our events will provide the opportunity to have thoughtful conversations about what we have learned from these groundbreaking surveys, as well as how those insights might help leaders to better understand the views and needs of Americans. NOTE: The Heartland Monitor events are invitation-only.

Moderators:
Ron Brownstein, Editorial Director, National Journal

Featured Guests:
Alex P. Gage, CEO and Founder of TargetPoint Consulting (Tampa)
Anna Greenberg, Sr. Vice President, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (Charlotte)

Underwriter: Allstate

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Media Contacts:
Taylor West
National Journal
twest@nationaljournal.com

Natalie Raabe
The Atlantic
nraabe@theatlantic.com

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