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Post-Election Conference Archive

2016 Post-Election Conference

The 2016 Post-Election Conference analyzed one of the most fascinating and polarizing elections in U.S. history, as well as legislative elections in Kansas.

National Panel:

  • Alex Burns, Political Correspondent, The New York Times
  • Jai Chabria, Senior Advisor, Kasich campaign
  • Alan Cobb, Senior Advisor and Director of Coalitions, Trump campaign
  • Michael Glassner, Deputy Campaign Manager, Trump campaign
  • Todd Harris, Senior Advisor, Rubio campaign
  • Caitlin Huey-Burns, National Political Reporter, RealClearPolitics
  • Sarah Isgur Flores, Deputy Campaign Manager, Fiorina campaign
  • Sasha Issenberg, Contributor, Bloomberg Politics; Washington Correspondent, Monocle
  • M.J. Lee, National Political Reporter, CNN
  • Marlon Marshall, Director of State Campaigns and Political Engagement, Clinton campaign
  • John McLaughlin, Pollster, Trump campaign
  • Mary Meyn, Director of Research, Edison Research
  • Colleen McCain Nelson, White House Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal
  • Jennifer Palmieri, Director of Communications, Clinton campaign
  • Christina Reynolds, Deputy Communications Director, Clinton campaign
  • Jeff Roe, Campaign Manager, Cruz campaign
  • Symone Sanders, National Press Secretary, Sanders campaign
  • Luke Thompson, Special Advisor and Chief Empiricist, Right to Rise (Jeb Bush Super PAC)

Kansas Panel:

  • Clay Barker, executive director, Kansas GOP
  • Bob Beatty, professor of political science, Washburn University
  • Ann Gardner, former editorial page editor, Lawrence Journal-World
  • John Hanna, Topeka Bureau chief, Associated Press
  • Dave Helling, reporter, the Kansas City Star
  • Jeff King, Kansas state senator (R), District 15
  • Annie Kuether, Kansas state representative (D), District 55
  • Burdett Loomis, professor of political science, KU
  • Patrick Miller, assistant professor of political science, KU
  • Jason Probst, opinion editor, Hutchinson News
  • Joan Wagnon, former chair, Kansas Democratic Party


2016 Presidential Post-Election Conference – Democratic Primary Session
2016 Presidential Post-Election Conference – Republican Primary Session
2016 Presidential Post-Election Conference – General Election Session 1 
2016 Presidential Post-Election Conference – General Election Session 2
2016 Kansas Elections Conference

2014 Post-Election Conference

The 2014 Post-Election Conference returned for the midterm elections to examine the results of the elections and look ahead with early predictions for 2016.

National Panel:

  • Raul Alvillar: National Political Director, Democratic National Committee
  • Dan Balz: Chief Correspondent, Washington Post
  • Robert Collins: Executive Director, National Republican Senatorial Committee
  • Jen O’Malley Dillon: Partner, Precision Strategies
  • Alex Isenstadt: Political Reporter,
  • Nathan Klein: Polling & Analytics Director, National Republican Senatorial Committee
  • Joe Lenski: Executive Vice President, Edison Research
  • John McLaughlin: CEO/Partner, McLaughlin & Associates
  • Patrick O’Connor: Political Reporter, Wall Street Journal
  • Sean Trende: Sr. Elections Analyst,

Kansas Panel:

  • Kelly Arnold: Chair, Kansas Republican Party
  • Bob Beatty: Political Science, Washburn University
  • Mark Dugan: Campaign Manager, Brownback for Governor
  • Sean Fitzpatrick: Press Secretary, Sen. Pat Roberts
  • Dave Helling: Reporter, The Kansas City Star
  • Jim Jonas: Campaign Manager, Orman for U.S. Senate, JKJ Partners
  • Burdett Loomis: Political Science, University of Kansas
  • Bryan Lowry: Reporter, The Wichita Eagle
  • James Roberts: Campaign Manager, Paul Davis for Governor
  • Joan Wagnon: Chair, Kansas Democratic Party


2014 Post-Election Conference: National Panel, part one
2014 Post-Election Conference: National Panel, part two
2014 Post-Election Conference: National Panel, part three
2014 Post-Election Conference: Kansas Panel, part one
2014 Post-Election Conference: Kansas Panel, part two

2012 Post-Election Conference

  • Rich Beeson, National Political Director for Governor Romney
  • Jeremy Bird, National Field Director for President Obama
  • Brent Colburn, National Communications Director for President Obama
  • Nancy Dwight, 2012 Dole Fellow and Republican strategist
  • Katie Gage, Deputy National Campaign Manager for Governor Romney
  • James Hohmann, National Political Reporter for POLITICO
  • Joe Lenski, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Edison Media Research
  • Marlon Marshall, Deputy National Field Director for President Obama
  • Erin McPike, National Political Reporter for RealClearPolitics
  • Jerry Seib, Washington Bureau Chief of The Wall Street Journal
  • Jeff Zeleny, National Political Correspondent for The New York Times


Post-Election 2012: Part One

Post-Election 2012: Part Two

Post-Election 2012: Part Three


2010 Post-Election Conference

Campaign strategists, journalists, media consultants and pollsters came together to analyze the 2010 midterm election results at the third Post-Election conference hosted by the Dole Institute.  The conference consisted of two sessions with all panelists discussing the game-changing outcomes for both Democrats and Republicans and what the next two years may look like.


  • Jon Cohen- director of polling, Washington Post
  • Rich Cohen- reporter for Politico
  • Linda DiVall– president of GOP polling firm, American Viewpoint
  • Sam Feist– political director and senior executive producer of political programming, CNN
  • Peter Fenn– president of Fenn Communications Group and Dole Fellow
  • Major Garrett– Congressional correspondent for National Journal and former Fox White House correspondent
  • Karen Hanretty– Republican strategist and former communications director for the Republican Campaign Committee
  • David Kensinger– campaign manager Sam Brownback for governor, 2010; Pat Roberts for Senate, 2008
  • Anne Kornblut– White House correspondent, Washington Post
  • Joe Lenski– executive vice president & co-founder, Edison Media Research
  • Jim Margolis– senior partner of GMMB and Democratic media strategist

Political insiders to discuss midterm election at Dole Institute

2008 Post-Election Conference

One month after Election Day 2008, 15 campaign officials and political journalists converged on the Dole Institute to give frank commentary on the 2008 political season, all kept in check by 4 moderators.

Four sessions focused on each aspect of the presidential election: The Republican nomination contest, the Democratic nomination contest, and the General Election.

The 2008 Post-Election Conference was the Dole Institute’s second, following a smaller conference in 2006. The 2008 Post-Election Conference earned the Dole Institute national media attention, including a prominent mention in The New York Times.


  • Geoff Earle, journalist for the New York Post
  • Mo Elleithee, senior spokesman for Hillary Clinton for President
  • Christian Ferry, deputy campaign manager for McCain-Palin 2008
  • Chris Henick, senior advisor for Rudy Guiliani Presidential Committee
  • Steve Hildebrand, deputy campaign manager for Obama for America
  • David Kurtz, managing editor of Talking Points Memo
  • Joe Lenski, executive vice president of Edison Media Research
  • Beth Myers, campaign manager for Romney for President
  • Adam Nagourney, chief political correspondent for The New York Times
  • Kelly O’Donnell, Capitol Hill correspondent for NBC News
  • Ed Rollins, national campaign chair for Mike Huckabee for President
  • Matt Rodriguez, West regional director for Obama for America
  • Nate Silver, creator of
  • Sarah Simmons, director of strategy for McCain-Palin 2008
  • Joe Trippi, senior advisor for Edwards for President


  • Jonathan Earle, associate director of the Dole Institute
  • Joe Gaylord, president of Chesapeake Associates
  • Bill Lacy, director of the Dole Institute and campaign manager for Fred Thompson for President
  • Ray Strother, co-founder Strother-Duffy-Strother 

Dole Institute to sponsor presidential election recap
New York Times Adam Nagourney’s Coverage Nate Silver’s Coverage
LJWorld Coverage – Thurs. Sessions

Photo Journal
Biographies of Panelists
Post Election Program Handout

The Dole Institute presented its first post-election conference on December 8-9 in 2006. A panel of prominent national journalists and a bi-partisan slate of pollsters and political strategists reflected on the 2006 midterm election in which Democrats regained control of Congress. The regional session panel of state legislators, regional media reporters, and political practitioners analyzed the Kansas and Missouri election results.

National Panelists:

  • Dan Balz, national political correspondent for The Washington Post
  • Peter Brown, Assistant Director, Polling Institute at Quinnipiac University
  • Bill Burton, Communications Director, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • Chris Esposito, Emily’s List, Dover Strategy Group
  • Joe Gaylord, President, Chesapeake Associates and Republican strategist
  • Joe Lenski, executive vice president Edison Media Research
  • Scott Reed, Chairman, Chesapeake Enterprises and Republican strategist
  • Alan Secrest, President, Cooper & Secrest Associates Inc. and Democratic pollster
  • Jerry Seib, bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal
  • Ray Strother, Principal, Strother-Duffy-Strother and Democratic media strategist
  • Jill Zuckman, chief congressional correspondent The Chicago Tribune

National Moderators:

  • Jonathan Earle, associate director of the Dole Institute
  • Bill Lacy, director of the Dole Institute

Regional Panelists:

  • Barbara Ballard, Kansas State Representative and associate director of the Dole Institute
  • Bob Beatty, Associate Professor of Political Science, Washburn University
  • John Hanna, Correspondent, Associated Press Topeka
  • Gregg Keller, Campaign Manager, Talent for U.S. Senate
  • David Kensinger, President, Kensinger and Associates
  • Steve Kraske, political correspondent Kansas City Star
  • Fred Logan, political analyst KCTV-5
  • Michael Mahoney, reporter KMBC Channel 9
  • Derek Schmidt, Kansas Senate Majority Leader
  • Roy Temple, Partner, the Feldman Group, Washington-based polling firm

Regional Moderators:

  • Burdett Loomis, professor of political science at the University of Kansas
  • Steven Jacques, Director of Programming & Communications at the Dole Institute

Program Handout
Press Release
LJWorld Coverage

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