New Orleans power couple and rival political consultants James Carville and Mary Matalin will host the third annual Bipartisan Policy Center Summit, "Taking the Poison Out of Partisanship," Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Tulane University. The annual event brings a gaggle of current and former elected officials, national political strategists and Beltway power brokers from both parties to town to discuss ways that Democrats and Republicans can work together in Washington's long-polarized environment. This year's summit also will feature discussions of issues facing New Orleans.
Participants this year include Mayor Mitch Landrieu, former Bill Clinton advisor-turned-Democratic strategist Paul Begala, Newsweek columnist John Avlon, former George W. Bush advisor-turned-consultant Dan Bartlett, Hollywood producer R.J. Cutler, Matthew Dowd, Anita Dunn, Dan Glickman, CNBC's John Harwood, former TIME and CNN executive (and New Orleans native) Walter Isaacson, former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), Kiki McLean and others.
The event is free and open to the public but requires an RSVP via www.bipartisanpolicy.org/nola2011. It begins at 10 a.m. in Tulane's Lavin-Bernick Center (6329 Freret St.).
The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) was founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell. The nonprofit group seeks to drive "principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation, and respectful dialogue," according to a press release. The BPC takes on projects in multiple issue areas by combining "politically balanced policymaking with strong, proactive advocacy and outreach." — DuBos