Center Co-Hosts Free Seminar for D.C. Media April 4 On “Delegate Rules and Covering Political Conventions”

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

In Washington on Monday, April 4, the Indiana University Center on Representative Government is co-hosting a free Capitol Hill Issues Briefing to help journalists cover the 2016 Republican and Democratic presidential nominating contests.

This free briefing features a full morning of on-the-record sessions that will delve into the details of the delegate count and the rules and logistics of the presidential nominating conventions in July.

Veteran journalists and other experts will discuss how delegates are counted, how the rules will play out in Cleveland (site of the GOP convention July 18-21) and Philadelphia (where Democrats convene July 25-28), and what the last contested convention looked like. 

Register below.

Time and Place:
Capitol Hill Issues Briefing: Delegate Rules and Covering Political Conventions
Monday, April 4, 2016, 8:45am – noon
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
4th Floor Conference Room
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

Speakers will include:

Carl Leubsdorf — Dallas Morning News columnist who covered the 1976 contested convention
Stephen Ohlemacher — AP’s delegate count expert
John Mulligan — Senate Press Gallery and former Providence Journal reporter
Terry Murphy — will direct C-SPAN’s convention coverage
George Condon — National Journal, White House correspondent, has covered 15 conventions
Tracie Mauriello — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Washington Bureau Chief, covered her first convention in 2012

This Issues Briefing program is presented by the IU Center on Representative Government, the National Press Foundation, and CQ Roll Call. There is no fee to attend, but space is limited and reservations are required. Continental breakfast will be provided. Register online at

The Capitol Hill Issues Briefing series aims to help reporters bring more depth and perspective to their coverage of congressional involvement in timely subjects. Topics for past briefings have included financial regulation legislation; energy and climate legislation; the public’s opinion of Congress’ performance; the debt limit dilemma; the “fiscal cliff”; cyber security; immigration policy; reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration; and the papal visit to America.