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

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.

TAMPA - Carne Chophouse @ El Centro Espanol (Ybor City)
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
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.

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 and 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.

**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)

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

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