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First Lady Hosting Panel on Partisan Politics

State of Tennessee Press Release; June 14, 2010:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte will host a panel discussion on Monday, June 21, at 6 p.m. CDT at Conservation Hall at the Tennessee Residence. The event, entitled “Left? Right? Where’s the Middle?” will feature a panel discussion focused on the hard-hitting world of partisan politics and its impact on society and governing.

The event is open to the public at no cost; however, seating is limited and reservations are required.

“I think most people recognize politics is a tough business,” said Conte. “But I believe it’s also important to recognize the steady erosion of civil discourse we’ve seen in politics over the past two decades and consider the effect that has on respect for the governing process and, more importantly, personal respect for those willing to offer themselves for public service.”

Dwight Lewis, editorial page editor and columnist for The Tennessean, will moderate the discussion. Participating panelists include:

* Dave Cooley, Cooley Public Strategies

* Tom Ingram, The Ingram Group

* Dr. Carol Swain, Professor of Law and Political Science, Vanderbilt University

A reception will precede the panel discussion at 5:15 p.m. The program will begin promptly at 6 p.m.

Parking is available at Judson Baptist Church, which is located at 4900 Franklin Pike. A shuttle service will begin at 5 p.m. Parking will not be available at the Residence.

To make a reservation, please call (615) 741-7846 or send an email to by June 18. The First Lady’s Series is a monthly event hosted by Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte.

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