The Blueprint: How Democrats Won the Election, and Why Republicans Should Care

  • Tuesday, April 20, 2010
  • 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM
  • The Brown Palace Hotel


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In four short years, Colorado Republicans experienced one of the most stunning reversals of political fortune in American history. It was, in the words of former Colorado governor Bill Owens, “a wake-up call for national Republicans.” In Colorado, Democrats believe they have found the blueprint for creating a permanent political infrastructure across the nation. At a time when political stakes are higher than ever, the direction of the nation may turn on how well Democrats across the country replicate the model…and how well Republicans can respond to it.

Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer, the authors of the newly released book The Blueprint, will take City Club members inside the smoke-free backrooms of progressive politics, where megadonors and savvy strategists created a plan to turn the tide of American elections. With unprecedented access to players on both sides of the aisle, they offer what Netroots Nation chairman Adam Bonin calls “an essential, behind-the-scenes take” on the powerful but often invisible groups that are shaping public policy in state capitols from coast to coast, and the successful blueprint that they have developed. Featuring up-to-the-minute analysis, including the upcoming midterm elections, this is our must-attend political event of the season. Come and hear about The Blueprint…it’s coming soon to an election near you…

Adam Schrager covers politics for KUSA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Denver. In twenty years in the business, he has won numerous broadcast journalism accolades, including more than fifteen Emmy awards. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University. Schrager’s first book, The Principled Politician: The Ralph Carr Story, chronicles former Colorado governor Ralph Carr’s defense of Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor, and has been praised by historians and politicians nationwide. Schrager, his wife, and their two children live in the Denver area.

Rob Witwer is a former member of the Colorado House of Representatives. He has successfully managed several local campaigns and has served as legal counsel to the Colorado Republican Party, the governor of Colorado, and several legislative, congressional, and gubernatorial candidates. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Amherst College and a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. Witwer practices law in Denver and lives in Golden with his wife and four sons.

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