Schedule of Events

Agenda for the Lone Star Legislative Summit

Day 1

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Austin Hall, 4603 North St.

Scott Braddock, journalist/political analyst, Quorum Report Robert "Bob" Garrett, Dallas Morning News Chris Perkins, partner/pollster, WPA Opinion Research

Scott Braddock, Quoarum Report

Scott Braddock is a journalist and political analyst based in Austin, Texas.

He covers the Texas Legislature and politics in the Lone Star State by working with Austin legend Harvey Kronberg to produce the most successful political newsletter in Texas: The Quorum Report. In January of 2015, Scott became Quorum Report Editoras Mr. Kronberg assumed the role of Publisher and CEO. Scott served as the chief political reporter for the two biggest radio news operations in Texas: Newsradio 1080 KRLD in Dallas and Newsradio 740 KTRH in Houston. He has been honored with Edward R. Murrow and AP awards for investigative journalism and received recognition for excellence and fairness in political reporting from members of Texas’ Congressional delegation.

While in radio, he covered a broad range of issues with a special focus on education and immigration, two of the most important issues facing Texas and the nation.  He also reported on stories of national importance including Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill, the prosecution of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Andrea Yates’ release from prison, the death of Enron founder Ken Lay, and more.

Scott has moderated political debates of all kinds and has served as an analyst of Texas politics on TV, radio, and in print. His many television appearances include WFAA Channel 8 in Dallas/Fort Worth, KTVT Channel 11 in Dallas/Fort Worth, Fox 26 in Houston, and national broadcasts on CNN, Fox News Channel and others.

In honor of his many years of service to the Houston community, Houston Mayor Bill White declared April 11, 2008 as “Scott Braddock Day.” In 2013, Scott was named a “Rising Star” by the League of Women Voters of Houston Education Fund.

In 2012, Scott began advocating for the blue collar workers of Texas and the nation. His work at Construction Citizen is raising awareness about the plight of working men and women across the country and pointing to solutions that can be embraced by people of all political stripes

A product of rural Texas, Scott began his radio career at the age of 16 in Brenham spinning records (yes, records) and reading school lunch menus on the air.  From that point forward, Scott was hooked.  He developed a passion for broadcast communication.  He was a disc jockey in Bryan/College Station and later transitioned into news reporting in both Washington State and California.

Scott was born in Wharton County where he lived and worked on his family farm. His two beautiful children, Alex and Carolyn, attend Texas public schools and are the reason for everything he does.

Chris Perkins, WPA Opinion Research

Chris Perkins is Partner at WPA Opinion Research and runs the firm’s Texas office in Austin. WPA has been cited as among the most accurate polling firms in the country by independent statistical observers and 85% of clients that WPA conducted surveys for in the 2014 election cycle won their respective races. In 2013, the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) awarded Perkins and WPA a “Pollie” Award for Best Polling Technique for a successful US Senate election. WPA developed an adaptive sampling and predictive analytics methodology in a year where most Republican pollsters struggled with accuracy and proved to be spot on in relation to the final results. In the 2010 – 2014 election cycles, Perkins polled for 66 winning Republican candidates for the State Legislature, US House of Representatives, US Senate, Governor and other statewide offices. Perkins has conducted public opinion research in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Texas, South Carolina and Virginia. In Texas, Perkins was named the top pollster by Capitol Inside’s bi-partisan “Texas Power Consultants” rankings for both the 2012 and 2014 election cycles, and is widely recognized to have been the most accurate pollster conducting surveys in Texas since 2010. Perkins is an expert in quantitative and qualitative analysis having conducted and analyzed survey data for over a decade on behalf of Republican candidates and numerous corporate, trade association and non-profit clients. These clients have a distinct advantage over the opposition due to having WPA’s advanced analytics at their disposal and Perkins’ unique ability of formulating winning strategies based on the calculations of the data. In addition to his political work, Perkins has conducted quantitative and qualitative research on behalf of clients in the telecommunications, health care, gaming and energy fields. Among others, he counts Time Warner Cable, the Las Vegas Sands Corp., the American Society of Medical Doctors, the University of Iowa and the Texas Oil and Gas Association as his clients. Prior to joining WPA, Perkins ran the independent expenditure (IE) unit for the Republican National Committee, overseeing US House and Senate IE’s in multiple states. Understanding how IE’s work and operate is a necessary component in modern political elections and Perkins knowledge of the process and the necessary language needed to drive the message is key to IE clients. Before his time at the RNC, Perkins was the director of Americans for a Republican Majority PAC, the leadership PAC of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. While Director, Perkins help establish the PAC as the #1 leadership PAC on Capitol Hill for two straight election cycles, being strategically involved in virtually every targeted US House race for the 2002 and 2004 election cycles; cycles in which House Republicans made significant gains Because of Perkins’ deep Texas roots, he oversaw the historic 2003 Texas redistricting process which overturned decades of Democrat gerrymandering and helped make the Texas Republican Delegation the largest of any state in the country. Using various statistical methods, overseeing data research and analysis, as well as advising on the electoral implications of the data, Perkins was involved in every step of this winning process.

Pertinent Background Over a decade of experience in campaign strategy, grassroots and message development Significant background in corporate, non-profit and external coalition building Expert in quantitative and qualitative data research and analysis

Credentials Has traveled to train over 1000 activists in 15 of the Top 25 media markets Guest lecturer at the Leadership Institute’s “Grassroots Activist,” “Campaign Management,” and “Future Candidate” schools Frequent speaker at trade associations and Fortune 500 company conferences about targeting, messaging and expectations for upcoming election results.

Currently Perkins teaches ‘Polling and Targeting’ for the Annette Straus Institute’s New Politics Forum at the University of Texas at Austin, which provides UT students a bi-partisan look at the way modern political campaigns are conducted. By formulating data to put together a specifically targeted message for each constituency, Perkins’ clients win.

Bob Garret, Dallas Morning News

Bob Garrett has been a reporter in the Austin Bureau of The Dallas Morning News since 2002. He writes about health care policy, social programs and Texas’ state budget. He also covers state politics and, during legislative sessions, is the paper’s lead reporter in the Texas House. A native of Fort Worth, he worked for the old Dallas Times Herald and then covered politics in Kentucky, Washington, D.C., and California before his return to Texas. He has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and was a John S. Knight Fellow in journalism at Stanford in 1993-1994.

Day 2

Thursday, March 3, 2016

222 Vista Dr., Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Twilight Ballroom

A Vision for Public Education in Texas

Speaker: Mike Morath, Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency

Diversity and Race in Texas: Who were We, who are We, and who do We want to be?

Panelists: Sen. Charles Perry, Rep. Craig Goldman, Rep. Jason Isaac, Rep.Oscar Longoria, Rep.Senfonia Thompson, Rep. James White, Rep. Tony Rose
Moderator: Dr. Scott Sosebee, Associate Professor of History at SFASU and Executive Director East Texas Historical Association

Educating 21st Century Texans: Remembering the Alamo and Shooting for the Stars

Panelists: Sen. Larry Taylor, Rep. Trent Ashby, Rep. Marsha Farney, Rep. Ken King, Rep. John Zerwas
Moderator: Dr. Steven Bullard, Interim Provost at SFASU

300 Years Later - Still "Gone to Texas!"

Panelists: Sen. Brandon Creighton, Rep. Jim Murphy, Rep. Chris Paddie, Rep. Tan Parker, Rep. Ron Simmons, Rep. Larry Gonzales
Moderator: Tracye McDaniel, President & CEO of the Texas Economic Development Corp.

A Report on the Texas Economy from the State's CFO

Speaker: Glenn Hegar, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Healthy, Wealthy & Wise - The Future of Healthcare in Texas

Panelists: Chris Traylor, Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Sen. Sylvia Garcia, Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, Rep. Donna Howard
Moderator: Scott Street, CEO of Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital

Roots, Boots, Blues and Rock: How Music Shapes Us as Texans

Panelists: Brendon Anthony, Director of the Texas Music Office, Office of the Governor, Sen. Kirk Watson, Rep. Kyle Kacal, Rep. Poncho Nevàrez, Rep. Richard Raymond
Moderator: Brad Maule, SFASU

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