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Charlie Davis
State Director of Victory 2008, the Louisiana Republican Party

Charlie Davis is the current State Director of Louisiana Victory 2008, the state’s Republican Party federal campaign arm. Charlie previously served as Finance Director, Political Director and Director of Technology for the Louisiana Republican Party during the 1990’s. He is also the creator of LAGOP.net, the social networking web site for Louisiana Republican activists to interact.

Charlie is a successful entrepreneur, political activist and consultant. He is active in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors and is currently the President of the Louisiana Children’s Education Alliance (LCEA) and Liquid Ventures, Inc. LCEA is a 501c3 organization that works to educate parents, community leaders, and policy makers about the positive benefits of providing educational options to parents and empowering them to choose the best education for their children.

Liquid Ventures is a business incubation and consulting firm that provides start-up companies with the knowledge and support that they need to grow. Liquid Ventures provides guidance on management, information technology, strategic planning and business development - as well as office space and financial support. Key clients include Prodigy Sports Group, FanTheFire.com, Varsity Vests and GatorWorks Web Design. Charlie also oversees the political consulting division of Liquid Ventures which specializes in helping clients implement effective programs in grassroots mobilization, earned media efforts and online campaigns.

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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m. (Taping Tuesday, October 25)

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

• Guest Host: Patricia Smith / Assistant to Dean of Political Science Dept., Southern University

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