The lines of communication between Washington and the rest of the country have broken down. In this increasingly polarized political era, the United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection poll is intended to provide a reliable, sophisticated and objective source of information about the nation's priorities for Washington- and its assessment of the policies Washington is pursuing.
Timed to coincide with a new poll release in October, this National Journal event will explore attitudes on the deficit and debt ceiling debate. Panels will include interviews with Members of Congress, pollsters and analysts who are experts in the ongoing debate over how to fix our national debt.
Jared Bernstein joined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in May 2011 as a Senior Fellow. From 2009 to 2011, Bernstein was the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, executive director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class, and a member of President Obama’s economic team.
Ronald Brownstein, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns, is Atlantic Media's Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for the National Journal, contributes to Quartz, and The Atlantic, and coordinates political coverage and activities across publications produced by Atlantic Media.
Douglas Holtz-Eakin has a distinguished record as an academic, policy adviser, and strategist. Currently he is the President of the American Action Forum and most recently was a Commissioner on the Congressionally-chartered Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Since 2001, he has served in a variety of important policy positions.
Dan Judy joined North Star Opinion Research as a Research Analyst in early 2001, and became Vice President in 2009. In 2012, Campaigns and Elections magazine named him a “Rising Star” in the political consulting industry. He works on a wide variety of political, non-profit, and corporate projects from questionnaire development, to fielding, to strategic analysis and presentation, and is also a skilled focus group moderator, having conducted groups on a wide range of topics in cities across the country.
Dan has helped the winning campaigns of U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Lindsey Graham, and Marco Rubio, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, numerous members of the U.S. House, and state and local officials across the country. His public affairs work has focused on transportation (for clients including the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Transit Planning Board in his home state of Georgia), the environment (for The Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land, and Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition), and health care (for America’s Health Insurance Plans, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, and PhRMA). Other clients include the Boy Scouts of America, The Federalist Society, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Dan often offers commentary on polling and the political issues of the day, and his analysis has appeared on network television stations across the country, BBC World TV and Radio, NPR’s Morning Edition, Sirius XM, and in the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, The Hill, and National Journal. He has also served as a panelist at national conferences including ALEC, the American Association of Political Consultants and the Hispanic Leadership Network.
Dan graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a degree in political science and history, and developed an interest in politics while interning for House Speaker Newt Gingrich and the late Senator Paul Coverdell. He is a member of the American Association of Political Consultants and the American Association for Public Opinion Research.
Dan is a passionate fan of the Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Braves, and Atlanta Falcons. He has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia, run two marathons, climbed numerous 14,000-foot peaks in the United States, and reached the summit of Mexico’s Pico de Orizaba, at 18,701 feet the 3rd-highest mountain in North America. He and his wife Caroline live in Old Town Alexandria.
Kristin Roberts is news editor for National Journal. In this role, she leads a team of managing editors and guides National Journal’s coverage of the biggest stories. Before joining National Journal in November 2011, Ms. Roberts was news editor and deputy bureau chief for Reuters’ Washington bureau. She spent 11 years at Reuters, with positions in New York, Miami, and Washington. Ms. Roberts covered Wall Street while in New York and then led Reuters' coverage of housing and banking policy and regulation from Washington. In 2006, she shifted to Pentagon coverage, reporting on war policy and traveling with Defense Secretaries Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates. Ms. Roberts received her Bachelor’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University, Master’s degree in security studies from Georgetown University and Master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Gene B. Sperling is Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Upon his appointment on January 7, 2011, Mr. Sperling became the first person to serve as NEC Director and principal economic policy advisor for two presidents: first under President Clinton from 1997 to 2001, and now under President Obama.
In the Obama Administration, Sperling has played a key role representing the White House in budget negotiations with Congress as well as in designing several of the President’s economic initiatives including the American Jobs Act, the extension of Transition Adjustment Assistance, the universal dislocated workers program, and the small business tax credit. He also serves as the White House point person on several of the President’s top priorities including manufacturing policy, housing, and economic assistance for veterans.
During his eight years at the White House in the Clinton Administration, Sperling helped negotiate the 1993 and 1997 Deficit Reduction Acts and the increase in the earned-income tax credit and a champion of Saving Social Security First, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit and the Direct Student Loan program.
Mr. Sperling’s work extends beyond economics. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Mr. Sperling was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution where he focused on education in poor and conflict-affected nations. He was the founder and Director of the Center for Universal Education at the Council on Foreign Relations and co-authored a book entitled What Works in Girls’ Education: Evidence and Policies from the Developing World.
Mr. Sperling was also Senior Fellow for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress, where he authored The Pro-Growth Progressive: An Economic Strategy for Shared Prosperity.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Sperling served as Counselor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In that role, Mr. Sperling served as a lead policy advisor on fiscal, budget, tax, job creation and small business issues.
Mr. Sperling graduated from the University of Minnesota and Yale Law School, and attended Wharton Business School. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his parents still live.
Dan Judy, Vice President of North Star Opinion Research and Guy Molyneux of Hart Research discuss whether the government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff will create ambivalence or motivation amongst voters.