Register by Wednesday, Nov. 28, for AP Day at the Capitol

The agenda for 2012’s AP Day at the Capitol is complete: the Dec. 6 program features a talk with U.S. Sen.-elect Tim Kaine, lunch with Gov. Bob McDonnell and panel discussions on uranium mining, state and national elections and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

 AP Day is organized by Virginia AP Managing Editors, the Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association and the Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia Pro chapter.

 Here is the agenda, with a list of featured speakers:

 9 a.m. – registration and coffee.

 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Uranium mining.

 Moderator: Steve Szkotak, The Associated Press


  • Del. Donald W. Merricks, R-Pittsylvania
  • Paul Locke, director, doctor of Public Health Program at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, chairman of National Academy of Sciences panel on Uranium Mining in Virginia.
  • Patrick Wales, project manager, geologist and principal spokesman for Virginia Uranium, Inc.
  • Cale Jaffe, senior attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center

 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. – U.S. Sen.-elect Tim Kaine.

 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – An analysis of state and national politics.

 Moderator: Bob Lewis, The Associated Press


  • Democratic political strategist Mo Elleithee.
  • Republican political strategist Chris LaCivita
  • Jonathan Martin of POLITICO

 12:30 to 1:30 – Lunch with Gov. Bob McDonnell

 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Health care and the Affordable Care Act.

 Moderator: Michael Martz, Richmond Times-Dispatch


  • Bill Hazel, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources
  • Del. John O’Bannon, R-Henrico
  • Sen. Ralph Northam, D-Norfolk
  • Susan Rash, vice president of BB&T Benefit Consultants
  • Doug Gray, executive director and chief lobbyist for the Virginia Association of Health Plans.

 The registration deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 28. The registration fee is $15 and includes lunch. You can register by contacting Patti Baker at Include the name of your news organization and the names and titles of everyone attending from your staff.


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