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Wednesday, January 9
 

9:30am

REGISTRATION OPENS

Welcome to the 2013 Policy Orientation!


Wednesday January 9, 2013 9:30am - 10:00am
6TH FLOOR PRE-FUNCTION

10:15am

THE MOVEMENT AND THE MEDIA SESSION I

“Big, Hot, Cheap, & Right: What America Can Learn from Texas”

 


Speakers
avatar for Erica Grieder

Erica Grieder

Senior Editor at Texas Monthly


Wednesday January 9, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
6TH FLOOR SALON F

11:15am

THE MOVEMENT AND THE MEDIA SESSION II

“What Went Wrong and How We Get it Right: Conservative Media in 2012 and Beyond”


Speakers
avatar for Ben Domenech

Ben Domenech

Research fellow for The Heartland Institute and editor of The Transom, a popular daily subscription newsletter for political and professional insiders.


Wednesday January 9, 2013 11:15am - 12:15pm
6TH FLOOR SALON G

12:30pm

OPENING LUNCH WITH U.S SENATOR TED CRUZ HOSTED BY CHUCK DEVORE

“Covering Texas Right: Reporting in the Lonestar Republic”

 


Moderators
avatar for Chuck DeVore

Chuck DeVore

Former California Assemblyman, Vice President of Communications for the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Speakers
avatar for Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz

U.S Senator from Texas


Wednesday January 9, 2013 12:30pm - 2:00pm
HILTON DOWNTOWN AUSTIN 500 E. 4th Street

2:15pm

CONCURRENT THE MOVEMENT AND THE MEDIA SESSION III

Live taping of WNYC’s nationally syndicated talk radio show “The Takeaway” 


Speakers
avatar for John Hockenberry

John Hockenberry

Radio host of the nationally syndicated program "The Takeaway".


Wednesday January 9, 2013 2:15pm - 3:15pm
6TH FLOOR SALON F

2:15pm

CONCURRENT THE MOVEMENT AND THE MEDIA SESSION III

“The American Caricature: A Cartoonist Looks at Politics”


Speakers
avatar for Michael Ramirez

Michael Ramirez

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner


Wednesday January 9, 2013 2:15pm - 3:15pm
6TH FLOOR SALON G

3:30pm

THE MOVEMENT AND THE MEDIA KEYNOTE
Speakers
avatar for Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg

Syndicated Columnist.


Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm
6TH FLOOR SALON G

5:00pm

THE MOVEMENT AND THE MEDIA SESSION IV

Special Screening of Rebel Evolution and Q&A with the film's makers


Speakers
avatar for Brandon Darby

Brandon Darby

Filmmaker of "Rebel Evolution"
AZ

Anna Zetchus Smith

Filmmaker of "Rebel Evolution"


Wednesday January 9, 2013 5:00pm - 7:00pm
6TH FLOOR SALON F

8:00pm

THE MOVEMENT AND THE MEDIA SESSION V

Encore presentation of Rebel Evolution and Q&A with film's makers.


Speakers
avatar for Brandon Darby

Brandon Darby

Filmmaker of "Rebel Evolution"
AZ

Anna Zetchus Smith

Filmmaker of "Rebel Evolution"


Wednesday January 9, 2013 8:00pm - 10:00pm
6TH FLOOR SALON F
 
Thursday, January 10
 

5:00am

“MORNING IN AMERICA with BILL BENNETT” LIVE

Complimentary breakfast buffet served from 7:00 am to 8:00 am

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Bill Bennett

Bill Bennett

Radio Host


Thursday January 10, 2013 5:00am - 8:00am
6TH FLOOR BALLROOM FGH

8:00am

OPENING KEYNOTE with GOVERNOR RICK PERRY

Special opening comments and introduction by Dr. Bill Bennett


Speakers
avatar for Bill Bennett

Bill Bennett

Radio Host
avatar for Rick Perry

Rick Perry

Governor of Texas.


Thursday January 10, 2013 8:00am - 8:50am
6TH FLOOR BALLROOM FGH

8:50am

"THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT AND THE MEDIA"

Discussion with syndicated columnist Jonah Goldberg.


Speakers
avatar for Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg

Syndicated Columnist.


Thursday January 10, 2013 8:50am - 9:30am
6TH FLOOR BALLROOM FGH

9:50am

CONCURRENT POLICY PANEL SESSIONS I

"Getting the Best for Texas in Health Insurance" Room 410

Health Insurance needs further reform even if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. What are the options most Texans have when choosing affordable coverage?

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Joel Allumbaugh

Joel Allumbaugh

Director, Center for Health Reform Initiatives
avatar for Rep. Michael Fisher

Rep. Michael Fisher

Vermont House of Representatives
avatar for Dr. John Goodman

Dr. John Goodman

President and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis


Thursday January 10, 2013 9:50am - 11:00am
4TH FLOOR

9:50am

CONCURRENT POLICY PANEL SESSIONS I

"Unleashing the Texas Energy Colossus" Room 412

Texas is in the midst of an oil and gas boom of unprecedented proportions. New technologies have opened up vast stores of new reserves which have the potential to radically change the nature of energy production and consumption in our state and in the nation as a whole. Come and hear our panel discuss the implications of this new boom to Texas.

 


Speakers
avatar for Commissioner Christi Craddick

Commissioner Christi Craddick

Texas Railroad Commission
avatar for Rep. Myra Crownover

Rep. Myra Crownover

Texas House of Representatives
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John Hays

Attorney at Law


Thursday January 10, 2013 9:50am - 11:00am
4TH FLOOR

9:50am

CONCURRENT POLICY PANEL SESSIONS I

"Giving Victims a Voice in the Criminal Justice Process" Room 408 

This panel will examine the ways in which the criminal justice system often does not fully serve victims, which include not providing sufficient opportunities for victim input, not including any performance measures relating to victims such as victim satisfaction, not offering restorative 

 


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gordon Bazemore

Dr. Gordon Bazemore

Professor of Criminology
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Tim Dunn

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Texas Public Policy Foundation
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Ellen Halbert

Director of Victim Services at the Travis County District Attorney's Office


Thursday January 10, 2013 9:50am - 11:00am
4TH FLOOR

11:10am

CONCURRENT POLICY PANEL SESSIONS II

"Getting a Grip on Government Spending" Room 412

Even in Texas, government spending has risen at an unsustainable rate. Since fiscal 1990, expenditures have grown well over 300 percent whereas population growth plus inflation has only grown by 115 percent. Changes need to be made to make sure that government is sustainable. Join us as our panel of experts discuss ways to improve the state’s tax and expenditure limit to ensure the sustainability of state and local government spending.

 

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Rep. Bill Callegari

Rep. Bill Callegari

Texas House of Representatives.
avatar for Rep. Garnet Coleman

Rep. Garnet Coleman

Texas House of Representatives
avatar for Rep. Phil King

Rep. Phil King

Texas House of Representatives
avatar for Sen. Dan Patrick

Sen. Dan Patrick

Texas State Senator


Thursday January 10, 2013 11:10am - 12:20pm
4TH FLOOR

11:10am

CONCURRENT POLICY PANEL SESSIONS II

"New Kid on the Block Grant: An Answer to the Medicaid Problem" Room 410

To discuss the pros and cons of block grants and lay out a path forward for improved health outcomes at a lower cost to the taxpayer.

 


Speakers
avatar for James Capretta

James Capretta

Fellow at the Ethics in Public Policy
avatar for Anne Dunkelberg

Anne Dunkelberg

Associate Director for Health Care at the Center for Public Policy Priorities
avatar for Commissioner Kyle Janek

Commissioner Kyle Janek

Texas Health and Human Services Commission


Thursday January 10, 2013 11:10am - 12:20pm
4TH FLOOR

11:10am

CONCURRENT POLICY PANEL SESSIONS II

"Should Texas Sunset the Sunset Commission" Room 408

Has the sunset review process shifted away from its original mission of identifying and eliminating waste, duplication, and inefficiency in government? This panel will examine ways to reform and improve the sunset review of state agencies.

 


Speakers
avatar for Rep. Rafael Anchia

Rep. Rafael Anchia

Texas House of Representatives
avatar for Sen. Brian Birdwell

Sen. Brian Birdwell

Texas State Senate
avatar for Rep. Dennis Bonnen

Rep. Dennis Bonnen

Texas House of Representatives
avatar for Sen. Robert Nichols

Sen. Robert Nichols

Texas State Senate


Thursday January 10, 2013 11:10am - 12:20pm
4TH FLOOR

12:30pm

LUNCHEON DEBATE: "IMMIGRATION THE TEXAS WAY"

A debate and discussion on immigration reform drawing on the lessons of Texas.


Moderators
avatar for Stephen Moore

Stephen Moore

Editorial Board member at The Wall Street Journal

Speakers
avatar for Brad Bailey

Brad Bailey

President and Co-Founder of The Texas Immigration Solution
avatar for Joaquin Castro

Joaquin Castro

U.S Congressman from Texas
avatar for Brian Kennedy

Brian Kennedy

President of Claremont Institute


Thursday January 10, 2013 12:30pm - 1:50pm
6TH FLOOR BALLROOM FGH

2:00pm

CONCURRENT POLICY PANEL SESSIONS III

"We're the Feds and "We're Here to Help: The Trojan Horse of Federal Assistance" Room 408

As the Supreme Court regognized in its ObamaCare decision, federal conditional assistance programs can be severely coercive of state governments, limiting the flexibility that state legislators have in responding to constituents' preferences. The primary impact is felt in health care, education, and the overall state budget. This PO will introduce legislators to the problems that the Texas legislature faces from conditional federal grants, what could be accomplished if we didn't face those constraints, and what we could do to escape the federal straight-jacket.

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Kay Ghahremani

Kay Ghahremani

Associate Director for Medicaid and CHIP at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission
avatar for Mario Loyola

Mario Loyola

Director for the Center of tenth Amendment Studies at the Texas Public Policy Foundation
avatar for Commissioner Tom Pauken

Commissioner Tom Pauken

Commissioner for Employers at the Texas Workforce Commission


Thursday January 10, 2013 2:00pm - 3:10pm
4TH FLOOR

2:00pm

CONCURRENT POLICY PANEL SESSIONS III

"Less Crime for Less Money: Building on Texas' Criminal Justice Reforms" Room 410

Panelists will highlight Texas’ recent success in simultaneously reducing both the crime and incarceration rates. Despite Texas’ falling incarceration rate, operational challenges such as prison health care for an aging inmate population and staff retention cloud the fiscal horizon. The panel will examine solutions that can be pursued in the next session to further reduce crime and control costs.

 

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Sen. Rodney Ellis

Sen. Rodney Ellis

Texas State Senator
avatar for Ryan King

Ryan King

Research Director for Public Safety Performance Project
avatar for Rep. Ralph Sheffield

Rep. Ralph Sheffield

Texas House of Representatives
avatar for Rep. James White

Rep. James White

Texas House of Representatives


Thursday January 10, 2013 2:00pm - 3:10pm
4TH FLOOR

2:00pm

CONCURRENT POLICY PANEL SESSIONS III

"Local Control in Texas Education: Efficency from the Ground Up" Room 412

In an uncertain time for Texas education, parents and local voters need as many opportunities as possible to ensure that the schools in their community are meeting of the needs of their students. This panel will discuss options for expanding local control in Texas public education, including home-rule district charters, parent-trigger laws, and campus charters.

 


Speakers
avatar for Rep. Dan Huberty

Rep. Dan Huberty

Texas House of Representatives
DR

Doug Rogers

Executive Director of the Association of Texas Professional Educators
avatar for Dr. Thomas Wallis

Dr. Thomas Wallis

Superintendent of Bryan Independent School District


Thursday January 10, 2013 2:00pm - 3:10pm
4TH FLOOR

3:20pm

CONCURRENT POLICY PANEL SESSIONS IV

"School or Scandal? Measuring Student Learning" Room 408

Higher education is still reeling after the 2011 publication of the landmark national study, Academically Adrift. The research documents the alarming fact that 36% of students surveyed nationally demonstrate little to no increase in learning after four full years in college. How might American higher education respond to this crisis in student learning?

 


Speakers
avatar for Roger Benjamin

Roger Benjamin

President of the Council for Aid to Education
avatar for Dr. Rob Koons

Dr. Rob Koons

Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas- Austin
avatar for Dr. Julian Vasquez-Helig

Dr. Julian Vasquez-Helig

Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Planning at the University of Texas-Austin


Thursday January 10, 2013 3:20pm - 4:30pm
4TH FLOOR

3:20pm

CONCURRENT POLICY PANEL SESSIONS IV

"Curtailing the Criminalization of Capitalism: Overcoming Criminalization" Room 410

Texas has more than 1,700 criminal offenses on the books, including 11 felonies relating to harvesting oysters. Nearly all of these offenses are outside of the penal code, many of which relate to ordinary activities of individuals and businesses which have not traditionally been considered to be criminal. The panelists will examine legislative approaches for streamlining Texas’ criminal laws to ensure they focus on conduct that is blameworthy and harmful and do not undermine individual liberty and economic freedom.

 


Speakers
avatar for Rep. Bill Callegari

Rep. Bill Callegari

Texas House of Representatives.
avatar for Shannon Edmonds

Shannon Edmonds

Director of Governmental Relations for the Texas District and County Attorneys Association
avatar for Norman Reimer

Norman Reimer

Executive Director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Thursday January 10, 2013 3:20pm - 4:30pm
4TH FLOOR

3:20pm

CONCURRENT POLICY PANEL SESSIONS IV

"Free to Choose, Free to Learn: School Choice for Texas" Room 412

At present, there are no private school choice options in Texas. This panel will discuss whether Texas should follow in the footsteps of states that have taken this route, and how it should go about doing so.

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Joseph Bast

Joseph Bast

President & CEO of the Heartland Institute.
avatar for Steve Carter

Steve Carter

Louisiana House of Representatives
avatar for Sen. Dan Patrick

Sen. Dan Patrick

Texas State Senator


Thursday January 10, 2013 3:20pm - 4:30pm
4TH FLOOR

5:00pm

CONCURRENT MOVIE SCREENINGS

"Last Ounce of Courage" Room 410

"Atlas Shrugged Part II" Room 408


Thursday January 10, 2013 5:00pm - 6:15pm
4TH FLOOR

6:30pm

PLENARY PROGRAM: AN EVENING WITH U.S SENATOR JOHN CORNYN

A discussion with the United States Senator, moderated by Stephen Moore.


Moderators
avatar for Stephen Moore

Stephen Moore

Editorial Board member at The Wall Street Journal

Speakers
avatar for John Cornyn

John Cornyn

U.S Senator from Texas


Thursday January 10, 2013 6:30pm - 7:30pm
6TH FLOOR BALLROOM FGH
 
Friday, January 11
 

8:00am

INVITATION ONLY VIP BREAKFAST WITH THE HONORABLE NEWT GINGRICH

The former Speaker will break bread with VIP invites.


Speakers
avatar for Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich

Former Speaker of the House and Presidential Candidate


Friday January 11, 2013 8:00am - 9:15am
6TH FLOOR SALON K

9:30am

CONCURRENT POLICY PANEL SESSIONS V

"In the Crosshairs: A Look at For-Profit Providers of Higher Education" Room 412

For-profit higher education is under intense political scrutiny. On the one hand, critics seek to impose ever-greater regulation of the for-profit sector in order to address the abuses committed by some in the industry. On the other hand, free-market champions argue that the unduly burdensome regulation of the for-profit sector strangles in their cradles new entrants to the field and therewith stifles much-needed innovation

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ann McGlashan

Dr. Ann McGlashan

Baylor University professor and President of the Texas State Conference of the American Association of University Professors.
avatar for Dr. William Pepicello

Dr. William Pepicello

President of the University of Phoenix
avatar for Jeff Sandefer

Jeff Sandefer

Master Teacher at the Action School of Business & Member of the Board of the Directors for the Texas Public policy Foundation


Friday January 11, 2013 9:30am - 10:40am
4TH FLOOR

9:30am

CONCURRENT POLICY PANEL SESSIONS V

"Defeating Delinquency: Slowing the Flow into Texas' Juvenile Justice System" Room 408

Texas has about a third of the juveniles in state lockups as it had in 2005 while juvenile crime has plummeted over this period. Yet, many challenges remain, which range from the front-end of the system where more than 600,000 out-of-school suspensions every year contribute to high drop-out and delinquency rates to the back end of the system where security and programming remain uneven in state institutions. The panelists will provide insights on steps that can be taken in the next session to continue Texas’ progress in right-sizing its juvenile justice system.

 


Speakers
avatar for Carl Reynolds

Carl Reynolds

Senior legal & policy advisor to the judicial center at the Council of State Governments.
avatar for Rep. Mark Strama

Rep. Mark Strama

Texas House of Representatives member.
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Ryan Turner

General Counsel and Director of Education at the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center.
avatar for Chief Jeff Ward

Chief Jeff Ward

San Antonio Independent School District Police Department.


Friday January 11, 2013 9:30am - 10:40am
4TH FLOOR

9:30am

CONCURRENT POLICY PANEL SESSIONS V

"The Future of Texas Electricity: Markets or Mandates?" Room 410

Since Texas began the march to competition in the electricity market over 15 years ago, increased competition and efficiency in the marketplace has made profits harder to come by. When the growing burden of regulation is added to this, it is no wonder that many companies are taking their capital to other states, rather than building new generation in Texas. This panel will examine how to get government out of the way and let the Texas electricity market continue its unprecenedneted success.

 


Speakers
avatar for Commissioner Ken Anderson

Commissioner Ken Anderson

Texas Public Utility Commission
avatar for Robert Michaels

Robert Michaels

Daniel P. Hann Distinguished Scholar in Law & Economics at California State University, Fullerton
avatar for Samuel Newell

Samuel Newell

Principal of the Brattle Group


Friday January 11, 2013 9:30am - 10:40am
4TH FLOOR

10:50am

CONCURRENT POLICY PANEL SESSIONS VI

"Cities held Hostage by State Statue" Room 408

The sustainability of municipal public pension plans are a major issue for cities all around the state, and the problem has only been made worse by the fact that many of these cities are unable to make any major corrections to these plans because they’re in state statute. Join us as our panel discusses the issue of cities being held hostage by public pension plans that have been codified in state statute, and what these localities can do to address the problem.

 


Speakers
avatar for Pete Constant

Pete Constant

San Jose City Councilman.
avatar for Craig Mason

Craig Mason

Chief Pension Executive for the City of Houston, Texas
avatar for Mayor Betsy Price

Mayor Betsy Price

Mayor of the City of Fort Worth, Texas.
avatar for Larry Reed

Larry Reed

Trustee of the San Antonio Fire & Police Pension Fund.


Friday January 11, 2013 10:50am - 12:00pm
4TH FLOOR

10:50am

CONCURRENT POLICY PANEL SESSIONS VI

"Can the Free Market Protect the Environment?" Room 412

While much attention has been given to the economic harms associated with environmental regulations, there has been less focus on ways in which free markets can themselves solve environmental problems. What is the conservative approach to environmental protection, and how can it be implemented. Come and see our panel of experts lay out their vision for a free market, conservative approach.

 


Speakers
avatar for Becky Dunlop

Becky Dunlop

Vice President of External Relations at the Heritage Foundation.
avatar for Robert Gordon

Robert Gordon

Senior Advisor for Strategic Outreach at the Heritage Foundation.
avatar for Dr. Bryan Shaw

Dr. Bryan Shaw

An associate professor in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department of Texas A&M University (TAMU)


Friday January 11, 2013 10:50am - 12:00pm
4TH FLOOR

10:50am

CONCURRENT POLICY PANEL SESSIONS VI

"The Classroom of the Future: Improving learning Through Technology" Room 410

As learning technologies become increasingly prevalent across both K-12 and higher education, Texas should examine the possibility of removing barriers to growth in this expanding industry. This panel will discuss ways that such technologies could be used to enhance K-12 education in Texas, and how as much might be used to streamline the path into secondary education.

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bergland

Jennifer Bergland

Texas Computer Education Association.
avatar for Susan Patrick

Susan Patrick

President of the International Association for K-12 Online learning.
avatar for State Senator Howard Stephenson

State Senator Howard Stephenson

State Senator from Utah.


Friday January 11, 2013 10:50am - 12:00pm
4TH FLOOR

12:15pm

CLOSING LUNCH WITH THE HONORABLE NEWT GINGRICH

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich breaks bread with attendees in a closing lunch.

Indroductory remarks by Lt. Governor David Dewhurst.


Speakers
avatar for David Dewhurst

David Dewhurst

Lt. Governor of Texas
avatar for Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich

Former Speaker of the House and Presidential Candidate


Friday January 11, 2013 12:15pm - 1:45pm
6TH FLOOR BALLROOM FGH

2:00pm

BOOK SIGNING WITH THE HONORABLE NEWT GINGRICH

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich mingles and autographs copies of his book for interested attendees.


Speakers
avatar for Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich

Former Speaker of the House and Presidential Candidate


Friday January 11, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
6TH FLOOR BALLROOM FGH