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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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Friday, September 28 • 8:00am - 9:00am
Counting Every Texan

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Is the U.S. census going to give us an accurate tally of  our population? What are the consequences if it doesn’t?

Read more about the Tribune’s coverage on the 2020 census.

Presented by the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Moderators
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Alexa Ura

Demographics Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Ura covers politics, demographics, with an emphasis on the state’s surging Hispanic population, and voting rights issues at the Tribune, where she started as a reporting fellow in 2013. Ura is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Speakers
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César Blanco

State Representative, D-El Paso
Blanco, D-El Paso, has represented House District 76 since 2015. He serves as vice chairman of the House Defense & Veterans’ Affairs committee and sits on the Land & Resource Management Committee. He also serves on the Transportation Policy Board of the El Paso Metropolitan Planning... Read More →
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Cathy Lacy

Regional Director of the U.S. Census Bureau
Lacy has served as regional director of the Census Bureau’s Denver office since 2007, where she oversees administration and public relations for the bureau in 12 states. She previously served as chief of the Census Field Division’s Decennial Administrative Branch, overseeing staff... Read More →
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Michael Li

Redistricting and Voting Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University
Li serves as senior counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, where he focuses on redistricting, voting rights and elections. He is also the author of txredistricting.org, a widely cited redistricting blog. Previously, he practiced law at Baker Botts LLP in Dallas and... Read More →
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Steve Murdock

Former Texas State Demographer and Former Director of the U.S. Census Bureau
Murdock is currently a sociology professor and director of the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University. He served as director of the U.S. Census Bureau from 2007 to 2009 and as the first Texas State Demographer from 2001 to 2007. Murdock was also the director of the... Read More →