Alumnus Muse is Consultant in Congo Elections
Jul 31 2006 - 8:32am


Political Leaders Program Class of 2003 graduate Adisa Muse (shown here with former Lieutnenant Governor John Hager), has traveled to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) where he served as a consultant during the elections that were held there yesterday.

Muse is working with Dr. Oscar Kashala, one of over 30 candidates that stood for the Presidency yesterday-- the first free multi-party elections in the Congo in 40 years.

Muse reports in an email that results of yesterday's election might not be known for a couple of weeks-- at which time the top two vote-getters will compete in a run-off election for the Presidency.

Click here for more information and background on these historic elections

Click here for the latest news from the UN, which is helping to oversee the elections

MEDIA ALERT: O'Brien to Appear on WAMU at 12noon Today
Jul 31 2006 - 7:56am


MEDIA ALERT: Sorensen's Executive Director Sean O'Brien will appear live at 12 noon today on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU. Northern Virginia listeners can tune in at 88.5FM. The program will also stream live on the web.

Click here to listen live.

O'Brien will join Kojo for the "Virginia Politics Hour." Other guests will include  reporters Bob Gibson of the Charlottesville Daily Progress and Amy Gardner of the Washington Post, in addition to Delegate Joe May, Barbara Favola of the Arlington County Board, and Jim Burton of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

Sean O'Brien has been asked to join WAMU as a recurring guest to discuss politics and public policy in Virginia.

The Sorensen Report for Friday July 28
Jul 28 2006 - 1:28pm

Here's the Sorensen Report for Friday, July 28. The Sorensen Report is broadcast each week on the CBS affiliate, WCAV TV, in Charlottesville.

Click here to watch this week's Report.

This Week: "Up from the ground came a bubbling crude..."

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A Podcast of the Virginia Women in Politics Conference Now Available
Jul 27 2006 - 9:59am

A podcast of the Virginia Women and Politics conference, held last Friday July 21 at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond and sponsored by the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, is now available online.

The Sorensen Institute's Coy Barefoot joined UVA's Larry Sabato in making some introductory remarks. And Sorensen Board member and alumna Delegate Jennifer McClellan of Richmond also spoke at the conference.

Click here to listen to the complete podcast

Alumna Beirne Joins Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors
Jul 27 2006 - 8:31am

Terri Cofer Beirne, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1997, has accepted an interim appointment to the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. According to an article in today's Richmond Times Dispatch, "Beirne, a 39-year-old attorney who works as a government lobbyist for
farm wineries, last night was appointed as the board's interim
Midlothian District representative. Congratulations Terri!

Click here to read the RTD article.

Marc Johnson at the HSLP 2006 Graduation
Jul 26 2006 - 2:08pm

The Sorensen Institute's Marc Johnson addressed the audience gathered in Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda at the University of Virginia to conclude the High School Leaders Program Class of 2006 graduation. Marc is himself a graduate of Sorensen's College Leaders Program Class of 2003.


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Ellen Marsteller at the HSLP 2006 Graduation
Jul 26 2006 - 1:55pm


Ellen Marsteller of Manakin-Sabot was elected Class Chairman of the 2006 High School Leaders Program. She spoke  briefly about her experience this summer at the Sorensen Institute during the July 22 graduation ceremony.


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Program Managers at the HSLP 2006 Graduation
Jul 26 2006 - 1:40pm

Steven Jones, Laura Harris, and Christopher Wrobel were the utterly capable, reliable and indispensable Program Managers for the Sorensen Institute's 2006 College and High School Leaders Programs. They each took a turn to say a few words at the recent HSLP graduation on July 22.


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Carlos Quintela Receives "Spirit of Citizenship" Award
Jul 26 2006 - 1:06pm

Carlos Quintela (on the right in the picture below) received the "Spirit of Citizenship" Award from his classmates at the High School Leaders Program Class of 2006 graduation. In this podcast, Marc Johnson makes this announcement and explains exactly what the award means.


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Alia Stewart-Silver at the HSLP 2006 Graduation
Jul 26 2006 - 12:55pm

Alia Stewart-Silver of Charlottesville was the Graduation Speaker for the Class of 2006 High School Leaders Program.

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    Chip Harding

    Candidate Training Program

    Class of 2006

    A former Captain for the City of Charlottesville Police Department, Chip was elected Sheriff of Albemarle County in November 2007. Chip was recognized by Parade magazine as one of America's "Top Police Officers of 2007."