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PAR Holds 2010 Annual Conference and Luncheon on April 30

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) will hold its 2010 Annual Conference and Luncheon on Friday, April 30, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available for reservation now.

Charlie Cook will be the luncheon keynote speaker. His presentation will focus on the Obama presidency and the 2010 midterm elections. Cook is the publisher of The Cook Political Report and political analyst for the National Journal Group, where he writes weekly for National Journal magazine and CongressDailyAM. He also writes a regular column for the Washington Quarterly, published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and is a political analyst for NBC News.

The morning panel discussion will feature an update of the current legislative session and will be moderated by Beth Courtney, president/CEO of Louisiana Public Broadcasting. Panelists include Lanny Keller, editorial writer, The Advocate; Robert Travis Scott, state bureau chief, The Times-Picayune; Robert Mann, Manship chair and professor/senior fellow, Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs at LSU; and Buddy Roemer, former governor of Louisiana and U.S. congressman, currently president and CEO of Business First Bank.

The half-day conference is open to the public, and the cost is $85 per person ($75 for PAR members). Lunch is included in the price. Reserved sponsorship tables for 10 are also available at a cost of $1,000 for gold tables and $750 for silver tables. PAR’s membership and Board of Directors will meet at 9:30 a.m., and the panel discussion will begin at 10 a.m.

The presenting sponsors for the 2010 Annual Conference are: All Star Automotive Group, Chevron, Cox Communications, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and Kleinpeter Farms Dairy.

For more information or to register, call (225) 926-8414 or visit PAR’s Web site at

Conference registration forms are available.


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