WebEd: Battle for Congress Part 1 – The Midterm Elections

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The stakes are high for the country’s top two political parties this November with control of Congress on the line. Will Americans give Democrats continued control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, or will they usher in a Republican majority in one or both chambers as a check on the party in power?

Join Jim Ellis, a 30-year veteran of politics who is currently the publisher of Ellis Insight Publications, and David Ashinoff, AGC of America's Director of Political Affairs, for an in-depth discussion on the upcoming midterm elections. They will share their insights and take questions on the:

  • Latest political developments and polls
  • Top Senate races in states like Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin
  • The possibility of a November red wave and the impact on House races
  • Effects of redistricting and recent Supreme Court decisions


David Ashinoff
Director of Political Affairs
The Associated Contractors of America

As the Director of Political Affairs for the Associated Contractors of America, David Ashinoff’s goal is to drive awareness of the political and public policy processes within the construction industry. In this role, he directs the day-to-day operations of the association’s political action committee (AGC PAC), spearheads fundraising efforts for the Construction Advocacy Fund, interviews candidates running for Congress, promotes member engagement with elected officials, and encourages participation in midterm and presidential elections. Before joining AGC, David worked for another construction association and the Republican Governors Association. He received his B.A. in Government from the College of William & Mary and resides in Arlington, VA.

Jim Ellis
Senior Political Analyst
Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC)

As creator of the Ellis Insight publication and Senior Political Analyst for the Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), Jim Ellis analyzes electoral politics and reports upon trends, characteristics, and tendencies in American elections. He is a 35-year veteran of politics at the state and national levels. He specialized in corporate grassroots lobbying, campaign management and coalition building as President of the Ramhurst Corporation of North Carolina and as a manager of the Public Issues Department of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in Winston-Salem, NC. Additionally, he formerly provided political consulting services to the House Republican majority through 2006, has run two national political action committees, and managed successful political campaigns. Jim earned a B. A. in Political Science from the University of California at Davis in 1979. Outside of politics, he is a high school football official and resides in northern Virginia.

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