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9th Annual American Democracy Conference

Elections are the seminal event in the life of our democracy. Not only do they set the direction of our republic, campaigns and elections help to shed light on America’s state of political health. It is altogether fitting then, that an examination of our democracy and its current state take place in conjunction with those elections. Each year, shortly after the November elections, the University of Virginia Center for Politics, in partnership with National Journal’s The Hotline, presents the annual American Democracy Conference. Growing from the first National Post Election Conference in 1998, these gatherings now not only examine the last election cycle, but also attempt to discuss the state of American democracy and its prospects for the future.

This year the Center for Politics brings the 9th Annual American Democracy Conference to the nation’s capital. The conference, co-hosted with National Journal’s The Hotline, will bring leading journalists, Beltway insiders, and academics together to examine: “The 2006 Midterm Elections and the 2008 Presidential Election.” The event is free and open to the public with advance registration, and it will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on Thursday, November 30, 2006.

More information will soon be available about the topics, panelists and moderators, sponsors and other details. Check the American Democracy Conference section of the Center for Politics website ( regularly for updates. For those who cannot attend the conference, C-SPAN usually covers all or part of the keynote and panels either live or in the days following the event. Check their website ( closer to November 30 for details.


Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006

9:00am – 1:15pm

  • 9:00am – 9:45am Welcoming Remarks and Keynote Address
  • 9:45am – 10:45am Panel I: Midterm Election Recap – Moderated by Larry J. Sabato
  • 10:45am – 11:00am Break
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm Panel II: The 2008 Republicans – Moderated by Chuck Todd
  • 12:00pm – 12:15pm Break
  • 12:15pm – 1:15pm Panel III: The 2008 Democrats – Moderated by John Mercurio
  • 1:15pm Conference Closing Remarks

Panelists and discussion topics will be updated regularly; please check the ADC page often for new information.


The 2006 American Democracy Conference is free and open to the public with advance registration.

Click here to open the online registration page in a new window.

For any other information, please contact Joshua Scott ([email protected] or 434-243-3540).


  • Wrinkle in Time Foundation

If you are interested in helping sponsor the 9th Annual American Democracy Conference, either as an individual or a corporation, please contact Tara Saylor ([email protected]) or 434-982-5706).