Texas Politics Project, Texas Tribune Explain “What Just Happened” in Elections

Nov. 3, 2010

Event: Reporters, politicians and political consultants discuss the causes and implications of Tuesday's election results.

Thursday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Where: Texas Capitol Extension Auditorium at the Texas Capitol building

Background: After the polls close, the political community will try to make sense of what happened in the mid-term elections and what it means for Texas when the legislature convenes in 2011. The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Politics Project teams with The Texas Tribune to sponsor two panels to analyze the results of Tuesday's elections.

The first panel at 10 a.m., will be moderated by Evan Smith, chief executive officer and editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune. It will include:
· The Honorable Pete Laney, former speaker of the House of Representatives
· Corbin Casteel, partner at Casteel, Erwin & Associates
· Jim Dow, executive director of Texas 20/20
· Arlene Wohlgemuth, visiting research fellow from the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Center for Health Care Policy Studies and a former state representative

The second panel at 2 p.m., will be moderated by Jim Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project and a lecturer in the Government Department. The focus is on reporting of the election and expectations for the legislative session and includes journalists:
· Elise Hu-Stiles, The Texas Tribune
· Gromer Jeffers Jr., The Dallas Morning News
· Harvey Kronberg, Quorum Report
· Ross Ramsey, The Texas Tribune
· Jay Root, The Associated Press

This event is free and open to the public. The panelists will field questions from the audience after the moderated discussion.

For more information, contact: Gary Susswein, Office of the President, 512-471-4945; Jim Henson, 471-0090, j.henson@austin.utexas.edu