University of Virginia Center for Politics to host 17th annual American Democracy Conference in Washington


On Thursday, Nov. 19, the University of Virginia Center for Politics will host the 17th annual American Democracy Conference in Washington, DC. The conference will feature leading journalists and political experts discussing the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries as well as the overall political outlook for 2016.

The conference will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center’s Atrium Ballroom, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW. It will begin at 10 a.m. and is free and open to the public with advance registration, and the press is invited to attend.

For more information or to register, please visit Tweet about the conference by using the hashtag #2015ADC.

The conference will also be livestreamed online at the following link:

The conference will feature:

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Panel I: The Democratic Presidential Primary

Moderator: Margie Omero, pollster with Purple Strategies


  • Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent for Slate
  • Maria Cardona, principal at Dewey Square Group
  • Mark Mellman, president and CEO of The Mellman Group
  • Dan Pfeiffer, former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama for Strategy and Communications
  • Hilary Rosen, managing director of SKDKnickerbocker

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS)

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.:

Panel II: The Republican Presidential Primary

Moderator: Kyle Kondik, Sabato’s Crystal Ball managing editor


  • Glen Bolger, co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies
  • Kellyanne Conway, president of the polling company, inc./WomanTrend
  • Tom Davis, former member of the U.S. House from Virginia
  • Mike Warren, staff writer at The Weekly Standard
  • Crystal Wright, principal at the Baker Wright Group and publisher of

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Panel III: The General Election Outlook

Moderator: Professor Larry J. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics


  • Alan Abramowitz, Sabato’s Crystal Ball senior columnist and Emory University professor
  • Kristen Soltis Anderson, co-founder at Echelon Insights
  • Robert Costa, national political reporter at The Washington Post
  • Josh Kraushaar, politics editor at National Journal
  • Jill Lawrence, columnist for Creators Syndicate and contributing editor at S. News and World Report
  • Steven Shepard, Caucus editor at Politico