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La Pietra Dialogues´s annual dialogue on U.S. politics this year will focus on the outcome of the recent U.S. midterm elections, what the results mean for the concluding years of the Obama presidency, what we can expect in the upcoming presidential elections and who the likely primary and general election candidates will be. Top U.S. Republican and Democratic political consultants and advisors, like President Obama´s pollster Joel Benenson and 2012 Mitt Romney presidential campaign manager Kevin Madden, will join The New York Times political correspondent Jonathan Martin, CNN contributor Stephanie Cutter, and former ABC News chief capitol hill correspondent Linda Douglass, for a conversation that takes students inside the current political situation. 

LPD´s annual politics dialogue has become an important meeting point for an in-depth discussion of high level experts and actors from both sides of the aisle and the Atlantic, who meet at NYU Florence´s La Pietra campus to engage with eachother and NYU Florence students. In the lead up to next week´s conference, this page will feature highlights from past years. We are looking forward to another important conversation at this critical juncture in American politics. The conference will be live streamed here.

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NOVEMBER 13

10.00 Conference Opening
Ellyn Toscano, Executive Director, New York University Florence

10:10 The Media’s Role in Voter Decision-Making
What role does the media play in driving voter decision-making? The 24-hour news outlets trend more toward entertainment and prognosticating than actual reporting. How does this influence the decision of the voter?
Moderator: Linda Douglass, Former ABC News Chief Capitol Hill Correspondent, former Director of Communications for the White House Office of Health Reform in the Obama administration
Jonathan Martin, National political correspondent, The New York Times
Betsy Fischer Martin, President of Fischer Martin Media and former Senior Executive Producer and Managing Editor of NBC News political programming
Stephanie Cutter, Founding partner of Precision Strategies, CNN contributor, and former Deputy Campaign Manager for Obama 2012
Todd Harris, Media and communications strategist for Senator Marco Rubio and other top Republican elected officials
David Kochel, Founder of Redwave Communications and Redwave Digital and Senior Advisor to the 2008 and 2012 Romney for President campaigns

11:15 Coffee Break

11:30 The Midterm Results: What Can We Learn?
What were the biggest surprises during the 2014 election cycle? As expected, the Republicans gained control of the Senate and picked up seats in the House. However, the media and pollsters misjudged the decisiveness of the Republican victory and completely missed covering some close races altogether. Was this a “wave” election? Was this midterm similar in result to other midterms in a second term presidency?
Moderator: Steve McMahon, Co-founder of Purple Strategies, LLC and Democratic strategist and public affairs consultant
Maria Cino, Vice President for the Americas, Government Relations, Hewlett-Packard CompanyTodd Harris, Media and communications strategist for Senator Marco Rubio and other top Republican elected officials
Kiki McLean, Leading public affairs and political strategist and veteran of six presidential campaigns including the historic 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign
Stephanie Cutter, Founding partner of Precision Strategies, CNN contributor, and former Deputy Campaign Manager for Obama 2012

1:00pm Lunch

2:15 Money and Messaging in the Wake of the Supreme Court Campaign Finance Ruling
Money in politics is nothing new. In light of the Supreme Court ruling Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission, third party groups are having a growing impact on the outcomes of elections. What effect does money have on the coherency of campaign messages? Is this dynamic here to stay? How can candidates overcome this dynamic and advance messages or themes? What are the prospects for campaign reform?
Moderator: Dale Hemmerdinger, Chairman of Atco Properties and of The Hemmerdinger Corporation
Kevin Madden, Partner at Hamilton Place Strategies in Washington D.C., Senior Advisor to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign
Joel Benenson, Founder and CEO of Benenson Strategy Group and Democratic political strategist and pollster serving Presidents Obama and Clinton
Stephanie Cutter, Founding Partner of Precision Strategies, CNN contributor, and former Deputy Campaign Manager for Obama 2012
Betsy Fischer Martin, President of Fischer Martin Media and former Senior Executive Producer and Managing Editor of NBC News political programming
David Kochel, Founder of Redwave Communications and Redwave Digital and Senior Advisor to the 2008 and2012 Romney for President campaigns

3:45 Legislating: Is There Hope for Bi-Partisan Compromise in a Republican Controlled Congress?
Will the Republican and Democratic parties be able to work together to legislate? President Obama has already signaled a willingness to use executive orders to advance his agenda. How will Congress react? What is the legislative outlook for the next two years?
Moderator: Lynne Brown, Senior Vice President for University Relations and Public Affairs, New York University
Maria Cino, Vice President for the Americas, Government Relations, Hewlett-Packard Company
David Kochel, Founder of Redwave Communications and Redwave Digital and Senior Advisor to the 2008 and 2012 Romney for President campaigns
Kiki McLean, Leading public affairs and political strategist and veteran of six presidential campaigns including the historic 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign
Steve McMahon, Co-founder of Purple Strategies, LLC and Democratic strategist and public affairs consultant
Betsy Fischer Martin, President of Fischer Martin Media and former Senior Executive Producer and Managing Editor of NBC News political programming

NOVEMBER 14

10:00am Issues and Polling: What Will Matter to Voters Between Now and 2016?
With a divided government and a presidential election cycle beginning what issues are likely to be addressed? The midterms were dominated with talk of ISIS and Ebola, changing the conversation from issues like the economy, healthcare and immigration. How did this effect the outcome of the 2014 midterms and what can we expect in 2016? Was the polling data reliable? Were there indicators that may lead to changes in how campaigns organize for 2016?
Moderator: Joshua Tucker, Professor of Politics, New York University, co-Director of NYU Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP) lab, and co-author of The Monkey Cage blog at The Washington Post
Kevin Madden, Partner at Hamilton Place Strategies in Washington D.C., Senior Advisor to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign
Maria Cino, Vice President for the Americas, Government Relations, Hewlett-Packard Company
Steve McMahon, Co-founder of Purple Strategies, LLC and Democratic strategist and public affairs consultantJonathan Martin, National political correspondent, The New York Times
Joel Benenson, Founder and CEO of Benenson Strategy Group and Democratic political strategist and pollster serving Presidents Obama and Clinton

11:15 Coffee Break

11:30 The 2016 Presidential Election: Who Will the Likely Candidates Be?
What does the field look like for 2016 and what will be some factors that determine who runs and who doesn’t? Who are the likely Republican candidates and are there Democrats who will challenge Hillary for the nomination? What happens if Hillary doesn’t run? Will the tea party play a prominent role in picking the Republican candidate?
Moderator: Joe Pichirallo, Chair of Undergraduate Film and Television at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, former reporter for The Washington Post
Todd Harris, Media and communications strategist for Senator Marco Rubio and other top Republican elected officials
Kevin Madden, Partner at Hamilton Place Strategies in Washington D.C, Senior Advisor to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign
Jonathan Martin, National political correspondent, The New York Times
Kiki McLean, Leading public affairs and political strategist and veteran of six presidential campaigns including the historic 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign
Joel Benenson, Founder and CEO of Benenson Strategy Group and Democratic political strategist and pollster serving Presidents Obama and Clinton

12:45pm Lunch

 
 
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PHOTOGALLERY  
Students meet U.S. Ambassador to Italy John R. Phillips. Ambassador Phillips was introduced by Lynne P. Brown NYU Senior Vice President for University Relations and Public Affairs and joined by Executive Director of NYU Florence Ellyn ToscanoNYU Florence Executive Director Ellyn Toscano introduces the Inside American Politics conferenceLinda Douglass former ABC News Capitol Hill correspondent moderates the first panel The Media´s Role in Voter Decision-MakingWith David Kochel, Stephanie Cutter, Jonathan Martin, Betsy Fisher Martin, and Todd HarrisAmbassador Phillips and U.S. Consul General Abigail Rupp listen to the morning´s panelNYU Florence sophomore Kevin Ditzler talks to Kevin Madden during the coffee breakSteve McMahon moderates our second panel The Midterm Results: What Can We Learn? with Kiki McLean, Todd Harris, Maria Cino, Stephanie Cutter and Joshua TuckerNYU Florence Professor Bill Klein asks a questionStudents have lunch with Kevin Madden, Partner at Hamilton Place Strategies in Washington D.C., Senior Advisor to Mitt Romney´s 2012 presidential campaignDale Hemmerdinger moderates the panel Money and Messaging in the Wake of the Supreme Court Campaign Finance RulingWith Joel Benenson, Betsy Fischer Martin, David Kochel, Stephanie Cutter and Kevin MaddenMaria Cino asks a questionNYU Florence freshman Opheli Garcia Lawler asks a questionSteve McMahon makes a pointJoe Pichirallo, Chair of undergraduate film and television at NYU´s Tisch School of the ArtsAfter the day´s last panel democratic strategist and public affairs consultant and co-founder of Purple Strategies Steve McMahon talks to students about study away and internship opportunities at NYU´s Washington D.C. campus NYU´s Joshua Tucker, Professor of Politics and co-Director of NYU´s SMaPP lab, moderates the Friday morning panel on ´Issues and Polling: What Will Matter to Voters Between Now and 2016?´
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