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Keynote Speaker: David Wasserman
The Cook Political Report's Road Map to the 2020 Elections
Monday, March 2, 2020
After two turbulent "change" elections in 2016 and 2018, what will 2020 bring? David Wasserman cuts through the spin and uses fascinating facts, figures and maps to take audiences on an entertaining and strictly non-partisan tour of the next presidential race. Drawing on his extensive research on cultural, demographic, and voting patterns, Wasserman highlights the six states that will decide President Trump's fate and previews where 2020's top House and Senate races are headed. In 2016, David drew praise for forecasting Trump's path to winning the Electoral College, and in 2018, he was among the first to predict Democrats would take back the House.
About the Speaker
David Wasserman is the U.S. House editor and senior election analyst for the non-partisan Cook Political Report. Founded in 1984, The Cook Political Report provides analyses of presidential, Senate, House, and gubernatorial races. The New York Times called the Cook Political Report “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative.”
Wasserman analyzes the current political environment in lively and entertaining presentations that he can tailor to his audiences’ specific interests or locales. His data-driven forecasting looks at both national and local trends (if requested, he can even do a district-by-district outlook), the relationship between consumer brand loyalty and voting, and what the future holds for American elections.
Highly-Praised Expertise. Nate Silver of ESPN's FiveThirtyEight.com has written: “Wasserman’s knowledge of the nooks and crannies of political geography can make him seem like a local,” and the Los Angeles Times recently called Wasserman “whip smart” and a “scrupulously nonpartisan” analyst whose “numbers nerd-dom was foretold at a young age.” Chuck Todd, host of NBC's Meet the Press, recently called David "pretty much the only person you need to follow on Election Night."
In 2016, Wasserman drew wide praise for his accurate pre-election analysis, including his uncanny September piece entitled, “How Trump Could Win the White House While Losing the Popular Vote.” Leading Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson recently concluded, “Nobody of my generation knows American politics as well as Dave Wasserman.”
Political Intelligence. Wasserman served as an analyst for the NBC News Election Night Decision Desk in 2016, 2012, and 2008 and has appeared on NBC Nightly News, ABC World News, C-SPAN Washington Journal, CNN, and NPR. He is a frequent contributor to FiveThirtyEight.com and his commentary has been cited in numerous outlets including POLITICO, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, and RealClearPolitics. In 2018, his groundbreaking interactive collaboration with FiveThirtyEight, the "Atlas of Redistricting" took top prize for News Data App of the Year at the Global Editors Network's Data Journalism Awards.
An enthusiast for data and maps, Wasserman served as a contributing writer to the 2014 and 2016 editions of the Almanac of American Politics. A frequent speaker and guest lecturer, he has shared insights into the latest political trends with audiences at Harvard's Institute of Politics, the Dole Institute of Politics, and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. In 2014, Twitter awarded Wasserman “Best of Twitter” honors for his real-time election coverage.
Prior to joining the Cook Political Report in 2007, Wasserman served for three years as House editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a widely respected political analysis newsletter and website founded by renowned University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato. In that role, Wasserman led the publication to correctly predict Democrats would score a gain of 29 House seats in November 2006.
A native of New Jersey, Wasserman holds a BA in government with distinction from the University of Virginia and was awarded the 2006 Emmerich-Wright Outstanding Thesis prize for his study of congressional redistricting standards.
For the most up-to-date meeting schedule, please refer to your pocket schedule located behind your name badge. Previously issued schedules may no longer be current.
Sunday, March 1, 2020
First Board of Directors Meeting
(Board members only)
Third Party Certification Committee
Fire Sprinkler PLC Meeting
Code Policy Committee Meeting
Technical Steering Committee
Monday,March 2, 2020
Monday Breakfast Presentation Keynote Speaker: David Wasserman
CPVC PLC Meeting
Conduit PLC Meeting
Polyolefin Pipe PLC Meeting
ABS PLC Meeting
TIPS PLC Meeting
Diego Rivera 1
Cements PLC Meeting
Diego Rivera 1
Final Code Policy Committee Meeting
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Tuesday Breakfast/PPFA Business Meeting
PVC PLC Meeting
Task Force Meetings (As needed)
Diego Rivera 1
Final Board of Directors Meeting
La Quinta Resort
Activities & Networking
Mountain Course, La Quinta, California
On Tuesday afternoon, PPFA will host its semi-annual golf tournament on the La Quinta Resort & Club Mountain Course.
All rates are subject to an applicable sales tax, currently set at 14.24%, and a tourism fee & tax of 1.24%. The resort fee has been waived. Resort amenities include unlimited use of the gym, in-room coffee service, complimentary high speed internet access in guest and meeting rooms, shuttle to PGA West Golf Course, use of driving range including balls, golf bag storage, lawns games, complimentary self and valet parking.
Guest check in time: 4:00 pm
Guest check out time: 12:00 pm
The discounted PPFA hotel rates are available from Thursday, February 27 - Thursday, March 5, 2020. Members are encouraged to take advantage of the discounted room rate on the dates before or after the meeting for some much needed R&R.
Indicate that you are with the PPFA 2020 Spring Meeting to obtain the discounted rate. Please note: A 7-day cancellation is required for a refund of this individual deposit.
The cut-off date for reservations is Thursday, February 6, 2020. Reservations made after this date will be made on a space and rate available basis.
Product Line Committees: Attendance at these meetings is open to PPFA members that manufacture the applicable product or related product(s). If a member does not manufacture the applicable product or related products, permission must be received from the appropriate PLC chairman to attend the meeting. Non-member guests at PPFA meetings must manufacture the applicable product or related product(s) AND must receive permission from the appropriate PLC chairman to attend a PLC meeting.
Code Policy Committee: The Code Policy Committee meetings are open only to PPFA members and Code Policy Committee delegates and alternates unless permission is granted to others by the Chairman.
General Membership Session: At each semi-annual PPFA meeting, there will be at least one general membership session where Association business is conducted. At these sessions, only Association members in good standing are allowed to participate. At the Spring Meeting, Association business will be conducted on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
What to Wear
All PPFA meetings and events are resort casual. The following attire may be worn:
Men: slacks, open neck, banded color or polo shirts, sweaters, walking shorts. No ties or jackets are necessary.
Women: slacks, skirts, blouses, sweaters, walking shorts, open neck, banded collar or polo shirts are appropriate.
Meeting rooms tend to be cooler than the outside temperature. A light jacket may be necessary for your comfort.
IRS guidelines limit the deductibility of certain food and beverage costs to 50% of their actual cost. For the purposes of this meeting, 57% of the total registration fee is estimated to be food and beverage cost.
La Quinta Resort & Club
Early Bird Registration Saves Money!
Once again, PPFA offers you the added value of Early Bird Registration savings.
Register on or before Monday, January 13th deadline:
To register by mail or fax: Please complete and submit the PPFA 2020 Spring Meeting registration form. Include additional registration fees and handicaps if you and/or your spouse/companion are playing in Tuesday’s golf tournament.
Mail or fax your meeting registration with check or credit card payment to PPFA. Payments may be submitted separately for faxed registrations.