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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. 

Friday, September 28 • 9:45am - 10:45am
Puddle, Wave, Tsunami, Sharknado

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Which will it be? A frank conversation about the building up and tamping down of Democratic expectations.

Supported by Lobby Days

Moderators
avatar for Abby Livingston

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
avatar for Ali Lapp

Ali Lapp

President of the House Majority PAC
Lapp founded the House Majority PAC in 2011, a super PAC aimed at supporting Democratic U.S. House candidates. She previously served as campaign director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and deputy director of the committee’s independent expenditure during the... Read More →
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Chris Perkins

Partner at Ragnar Research Partners
Perkins is a pollster at Ragnar Research, and is an expert in quantitative and qualitative analysis, having conducted and analyzed survey data for over a decade on behalf of Republican candidates. He was named the top pollster by Capitol Inside’s bipartisan “Texas Power Consultants... Read More →
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Dave Wasserman

U.S. House Editor for the Cook Political Report
Wasserman is the House editor for The Cook Political Report, providing analysis of presidential, Senate, House and gubernatorial races. He has served as an analyst for the NBC News Election Night Decision Desk since 2008 and is a frequent contributor to FiveThirtyEight.com. Wasserman... Read More →
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David Weigel

National Political Correspondent for The Washington Post
Weigel is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where he covers Congress and grassroots political movements. He previously helped launch Bloomberg Politics and worked as a reporter for Slate, where he authored the political blog Weigel and hosted an interview... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
Central Presbyterian Church 200 E. 8th St., Austin, TX 78701