Join National Journal, Univision News, and ABC News to examine how growth in Hispanic voters and other key demographic trends are dramatically shifting U.S. policy and politics and the very nature of the GOP in tomorrow's America.
Ronald Brownstein, National Journal
Jorge Ramos, Univision
Diane Sawyer, ABC News
Whit Ayres is the president of North Star Opinion Research, chairman of the American Association of Political Consultants, and co-founder of Resurgent Republic. He was honored as the Republican Pollster of the Year for 2012 by the American Association of Political Consultants. In addition to periodically appearing as a guest on FOX News, CNN, and NPR, his comments and analysis appear
in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and numerous regional newspapers.
Before establishing North Star Opinion Research, Dr. Ayres served as senior executive assistant for budget and policy to South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell. He has also served as a tenured member of the political science faculty at the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Ayres earned a B.A. from Davidson College, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An active private pilot, he is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He is the Virginia State Racquetball champion in his undisclosed age division.
Ronald Brownstein, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns, is Atlantic Media’s editorial director, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for both National Journal and The Atlantic, and coordinates political coverage and activities across publications produced by Atlantic Media. Mr. Brownstein also writes for 2012 Decoded.
Prior to joining Atlantic Media, Brownstein was the national affairs columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He has also served as the Times' national political correspondent and the author of the weekly Washington Outlook column. Brownstein is a National Journal alumnus, having served as the magazine's White House and national politics correspondent from 1983-1986, and then as its west coast correspondent through 1989. He appears regularly on national television, including NBC, ABC, CBS, and MSNBC, and served as a political analyst for CNN from 1998 through 2004. His sixth and most recent book, The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America, was published by Penguin in November 2007.
Mario Rafael Diaz-Balart Caballero is the current U.S. Representative for Florida's 21st congressional district, serving since 2011. A member of the Republican Party, he was elected in 2010 to succeed his brother, Lincoln Diaz-Balart. The district includes the city of Hialeah, along with several of Miami's southwestern suburbs. He previously served Florida's 25th congressional district from 2003 to 2011.
Melquíades Rafael Martínez Ruiz, usually known as Mel Martinez, is a former United States Senator from Florida and served as Chairman of the Republican Party from November 2006 until October 19, 2007, the first Latino to serve as chairman of a major party. Previously, Martínez served as the 12th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President George W. Bush. Martínez is a Cuban-American and Roman Catholic. He announced he was resigning as Chairman of the Republican National Committee on October 19, 2007. He is an honorary initiate of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity through the Eta Rho Chapter at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
Ana Navarro is a Republican strategist and pundit for CNN.
Jorge Ramos Ãvalos is a Mexican Journalist, anchor for Noticiero Univision and host of the Sunday morning news talk show Al Punto.
Lila Diane Sawyer is the current anchor of ABC News' flagship program, ABC World News. Previously, Sawyer had been co-anchor of ABC News's morning news program, Good Morning America (GMA).
Mark Shurtleff is the attorney general of the state of Utah, United States, a position he has held since January 2001. Shurtleff is a member of the Republican Party.
Mark Shurtleff, Attorney General of Utah, details Utah's law enforcement procedure regarding illegal immigration. Drawing a contrast to Arizona's immigration law enforcement, Shurtleff declares that police only ask for identification from possible illegals if they are suspects of criminal activity.