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At the Institute: Washington Update with former Congressman Vin Weber

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On Thursday afternoon, former six-term Republican Minnesota U.S. Representative Vin Weber will be speaking at the Humphrey Institute in a lively discussion on the current political climate in Washington, the nation's pressing domestic and foreign challenges, and the upcoming midterm elections.

The conversation will be moderated by Professor Lawrence R. Jacobs of the Institute's Center for the Study of Politics and Governance.

Washington Update with Vin Weber
Thursday, September 9th, 2010
4:00-5:15 PM
Humphrey Forum, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis

From the Center's press release:

"Join the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance for a presentation by Vin Weber, managing partner of Clark & Weinstock, who will offer his insights and viewpoints on the current political climate in Washington and other affairs. Conversation will be moderated by Professor Lawrence R. Jacobs.

Vin Weber is a senior fellow at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. He is also actively involved in the Humphrey Institute Policy Fellows program. He served in Congress from 1981 to 1993, representing Minnesota's Second Congressional District. He is a partner at Clark & Weinstock, a consulting firm that provides strategic advice to institutions with matters before the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Prior to opening Clark & Weinstock's Washington office in 1994, Weber was president - and co-director with Jack Kemp, Jeane Kirkpatrick and Bill Bennett - of Empower America, a public policy advocacy group. From 2001-2010, he served as chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a private, nonprofit organization designed to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts. Weber is a regular commentator on National Public Radio and is often sought as a political analyst for network programs such as CNN's Capital Gang."

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