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Election analyst Charlie Cook to speak at 2012 GAC
WASHINGTON (11/16/11)--One of Washington, D.C.'s most-trusted voices on all-things political, Charlie Cook, is scheduled to address the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) 2012 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), which will be held here March 18-22 at the Washington Convention Center.

Cook, with an encyclopedic knowledge of the political landscape and a keen eye for the broad implications of the latest political changes, has also made a name for himself as a political journalist. Known for penning a twice-weekly column for Roll Call, Capitol Hill's renowned newspaper, before joining the National Journal Group in 1998, Cook currently writes a weekly column for both the National Journal magazine and the Washington Quarterly.

Cook serves as editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report, providing premier, non-partisan political analysis on elections and campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, state governors and the president of the United States.

Cook also is regularly featured as a political expert on national media outlets including: ABC, CBS, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Nightline, Meet the Press, This Week, CNBC, MSNBC, C-Span, and National Public Radio. Cook has also served as an election night analyst for CBS News, NBC News and CNN.

In his March 20, 11 a.m. (ET) GAC address, Cook will discuss today's political environment, the balance of power on Capitol Hill, and how it all could be affected by the coming November elections. He will use poll numbers, economic indicators and historical data to forecast the fortunes of each party in a balanced, non-partisan manner and provide attendees with the concrete information they need to prepare for 2012 and beyond.

Cook will join former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and journalistic duo, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, as keynote speakers for the 2012 GAC.  Registration and housing information can be found using the resource link below.

CUNA's GAC is the credit union movement's premier political event and its largest national conference, each year providing more than 4,000 credit union executives and board members an opportunity to hear influential leaders from Congress, the Administration and the federal regulatory agencies.

Capitol Hill visits, when attendees meet face-to-face with their members of Congress and staff to discuss issues that concern the credit union movement, will take place the afternoon of Wednesday, March 21, and the morning of Thursday, March 22.

Recognized as the key conference to attend for political impact, credit union networking and industry updates, the GAC also offers a wide array of educational breakout sessions, the industry's largest exhibitor showcase, guest/family programs to tour Washington's sights, and special entertainment including an opening concert and the closing Gala Reception and Dance. And this year, the whole event will be kicked off by American Idol star Taylor Hicks, who will perform at the opening concert, sponsored by the CUNA Councils.

Hicks and his band will take the stage on Sunday night, March 18, at 8:30 p.m. (ET), after the grand opening of the Exhibit Hall.  Hicks, the fifth-season winner of American Idol in 2006, is known for his gritty, soulful, southern vocals and engaging live performances.

Additional speakers and session topics will be announced in the weeks to come.

Use the resource link for more information.


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