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 This year’s timely focus – “Political Punditry”

All free, public invited


The Capitol Steps Mike Luckovich Patrick Haggerty Tom Robotham Alan Ainsworth

THE CAPITOL STEPS began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom (“Don't quit your day job!”) and, taken together, the performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded 27 albums, including their latest, Springtime for Liberals . They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS and can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.


MIKE LUCKOVICH, prolific political cartoonist, began his career in 1984 at the Greenville News and the New Orleans Times-Picayune before finding his home at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1989. He has been syndicated in 150 newspapers (which makes him the most reprinted cartoonist nationally), has two published books of cartoons and appears frequently on CNN. Among his many other successes, he is also a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.


ALAN AINSWORTH is a poet, short story writer and critic whose prose and poetry have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The American Book Review, The New England Review, Western Humanities Review and ArtLies, among others. His poetry has been anthologized in TimeSlice: Houston Poetry 2005 and, most recently, in  The Weight of Addition: An Anthology of Texas Poetry. For two years, he served as poetry editor of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts and, since 1998, has chaired the English Department at Houston Community College, Central Campus. His anthology, 75 Arguments was published in 2006 by McGraw-Hill. Ainsworth received his BA from Rice University, and his MA and Ph.D from the University of Houston.


TOM ROBOTHAM, the editor of Port Folio Weekly since 1998, formerly worked as a freelance writer and video producer with clients in Norfolk, Washington, New York and Los Angeles. He began his career as an education reporter and music columnist for a daily newspaper in New York City, and over the years he has written for numerous newspapers and magazines. He has published five books, including a volume on 19th century American landscape painter Albert Bierstadt and a book on early photographs of American Indians. Robotham holds an MA in American studies from the City University of New York Graduate Center and a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York, Plattsburgh.





PATRICK B. HAGGERTY – whose experience as a speech coach landed him in the Borat movie as Borat’s speech/humor coach – is a political expert and humorist known for his “delightfully disrespectful Irish wit.” He will combine his humor and 30 years as a Washington, D.C. insider to discuss the presidential race – from how Democrat and Republican nominees earned their party’s nomination to the Virginia connection. His background includes 25 years covering Congress, the White House and federal agencies as a journalist, press secretary to two members of Congress, advisor to four presidential campaigns (he’s batting .500), advanceman for a successful U.S. Senate campaign,  political news consultant to Good Morning America and frequent guest on the Larry King Show.




Laurie White
Media Relations

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