The Battle for Congress: Q&A on the 2012 Elections
Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Thursday, Jun. 7 3:00 PM
Ends: Thursday, Jun. 7 4:15 PM
Room: Ballroom B
The editors of Daily Kos Elections invite you to join them for an in-depth Q&A about the 2012 elections. Thirty-three Senate seats and all 435 seats in the House are up for grabs (plus 11 governorships). We’ll take questions on all topics: polling, fundraising, redistricting, who’s in, who’s out and who’s likely to win. If you want to know more about what’s going to happen in November—and what it will mean for Democrats, Republicans, and the entire country—come to this panel!
David Nir is Political Director of Daily Kos. David is responsible for the site’s elections coverage, polling operations, race ratings, and candidate endorsements. Prior to joining the full-time staff at Daily Kos in 2011, David ran the Swing State Project, a blog focused on elections, under the pseudonym DavidNYC. He also practiced patent litigation. David, born in 1977, is a lifelong New Yorker, Democrat, and Mets fan.
Laura Clawson is the labor editor at Daily Kos. Previous. she was senior writer at Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO. She has a PhD in sociology from Princeton University and has taught at Dartmouth College and the Princeton Theological Seminary. She is the author of “I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah: Community, Spirituality, and Tradition among Sacred Harp Singers.”
Arjun Jaikumar has been a Contributing Editor at Daily Kos since December 2007, focusing primarily on electoral politics. From 2009 to 2010 he worked as Netroots Outreach Director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and is currently pursuing a J.D. at Columbia Law School. Having lived in the districts of Barney Frank, Jan Schakowsky, Bob Menendez, Carolyn Maloney, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Michael Capuano, Ed Markey, and Charles Rangel, Arjun has never been represented by a Republican in the House.
Jeffmd is a soon-to-be law student, but also, more relevantly here, an Editor of Daily Kos Elections. Jeff focuses on quantitative analysis and data presentation, much as he did for its predecessor, Swing State Project. Redistricting, specifically, holds a special place in his heart, after being saddled with a particularly odious Representative after the 2002 remap in his home state of Maryland (to which the ‘md’ in his nom de blog refers). When not pondering the subtleties of the placement of a given set of precincts, Jeff can usually be found reading about, watching TV about, or thinking about the Washington Nationals, his fantasy football team, or food.
Steve Singiser has been a contributing editor at Daily Kos since 2009. Though most of his work can be found at Daily Kos Elections, he also can be read from time to time at Daily Kos Labor. Steve has been a teacher and coach in the Los Angeles area since 1997, and he makes his home there with his wife Kristina and their children Cody and Makenzie. After losing nearly 100 pounds, he developed a love for distance running, and will break into the sub-21 minute bracket in the 5K, or collapse heading in that direction.