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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 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
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Twenty-five years ago this fall, George W. Bush began his successful campaign for governor of Texas. The rest, literally, is history.

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Ross Ramsey

Executive Editor of The Texas Tribune
Ramsey is the executive editor and co-founder of the Tribune, where he writes regular columns on politics, government and public policy. Before joining the Tribune, he served as editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly and as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Times Herald... Read More →

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Dan Bartlett

Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Walmart
Bartlett has served as executive vice president of corporate affairs for Walmart since 2013, overseeing government relations, corporate communication and social responsibility initiatives. He was previously the president and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies. Bartlett also served as... Read More →
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Mark McKinnon

Co-host of Showtime's The Circus
McKinnon has served as a commentator and a media adviser for numerous companies and candidates, including former Texas Gov. Ann Richards and former President George W. Bush. He is a cofounder of No Labels, an organization dedicated to promoting bipartisanship in politics. McKinnon... Read More →
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Karl Rove

Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff
Rove served as deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to President George W. Bush. He has served as a political strategist, advising numerous candidates including President Bush in his 1994 gubernatorial campaign. Rove is the co-founder of American Crossroads, a conservative super... Read More →
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Margaret Spellings

President of the University of North Carolina System
Spellings currently serves as president of the University of North Carolina System. She previously served as president of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, overseeing its economic growth, education and global health initiatives. Spellings also served as Secretary of Education... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom