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PAR Holds 2012 Annual Conference and Luncheon on April 27

Contact: Robert Travis Scott
(225) 926-8414, ext. 221

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) will hold its 2012 Annual Conference and Luncheon on Friday, April 27, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.

The keynote speaker for the luncheon is Andrea Seabrook, congressional correspondent for National Public Radio. She and fellow NPR reporter, Peter Overby, won the prestigious Joan S. Barone Award for the “Dollar Politics” series, which revealed the intense lobbying effort around President Obama’s health care legislation. She has covered Congress since 2003, with a break from 2006-2007 to host the weekend edition of NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

Prior to the luncheon, there will be a panel discussion focusing on the current legislative session and the challenges facing Louisiana. The panelists will be state Sen. Jack Donahue, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee; state Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, Senate President Pro Tempore; state Rep. Walt Leger III, House Speaker Pro Tempore; and John Maginnis, LaPolitics Weekly columnist. The panel moderator will be Shauna Sanford, news anchor for Louisiana Public Broadcasting.

The half-day conference is open to the public, and individual tickets are still available. The cost is $85 per person ($75 for PAR members). Lunch is included in the price. 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 luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m.

The presenting sponsors for the 2012 Annual Conference are All Star Automotive Group, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Chevron, Cox Communications, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and LUBA Workers’ Comp.

For more information, call (225) 926-8414 or visit PAR’s website at


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