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The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival is upon us! Join us Sept. 27-29 in downtown Austin for two days of unique perspectives, thoughtful conversation and networking — all in the shadow of the Texas Capitol. 

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Saturday, September 29 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
The Blue Team

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Leading Democrats running for Congress on the politics of the moment, the issues of our time and what the next two years might look like.

Watch the Tribune’s Split Decision series featuring candidates in key 2018 election races. 

Moderators
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Abby Livingston

Washington Bureau Chief for The Texas Tribune
Livingston joined the Tribune in 2014 as the lead reporter in Washington, D.C., and won the 2017 National Press Club Award for Washington Regional Reporting for her work. She has covered political campaigns, House leadership and Congress for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper... Read More →

Speakers
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Colin Allred

Democratic Candidate for Texas' 32nd Congressional District
Allred is the Democratic nominee for Texas' 32nd Congressional District in North Dallas. He is a civil rights lawyer and a former special assistant in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of General Counsel under Secretary Julián Castro. Allred also served... Read More →
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Lizzie Pannill Fletcher

Democratic Candidate for Texas' 7th Congressional District
Fletcher is the Democratic nominee for Texas’ 7th Congressional District in Houston. She has worked as an attorney in Houston since 2006 at the international law firm of Vinson & Elkins and currently as a partner at AZA. Fletcher is a co-founder of Planned Parenthood Young Leaders... Read More →
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MJ Hegar

Democratic Candidate for Texas' 31st Congressional District
Hegar is the Democratic nominee for Texas' 31st Congressional District in North Austin. She is a retired Air Force officer and recipient of the Purple Heart. In 2012, she successfully sued the Department of Defense to repeal the Ground Combat Exclusion Policy, which prevented women... Read More →
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Gina Ortiz Jones

Democratic Candidate for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District
Ortiz Jones is the Democratic nominee for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, challenging Republican incumbent Will Hurd. She served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force for 12 years and as a senior adviser for trade enforcement under President Barack Obama. Ortiz Jones... Read More →
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Joseph Kopser

Democratic Candidate for Texas’ 21st Congressional District
Kopser is the Democratic nominee for Texas’ 21st Congressional District. He is a U.S. Army veteran and tech entrepreneur serving as president of Grayline, an advisory and analytics firm. Kopser also served as a board member of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and as co-founder... Read More →