Charlie Cook,  dubbed the “Picasso of election analysis,” by The Wall Street Journal, is slated to speak at  the National Chicken Council’s 58th Annual Conference scheduled October 10-11 at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington D.C.  He is the editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, a columnist for the National Journal, and a political analyst for NBC News.  Cook, armed with an encyclopedic knowledge of American politics and a quick wit, will analyze the important upcoming elections and address today’s political and legislative environment in his usual balanced, nonpartisan way.

For more than two decades, Cook has been one of Washington’s most trusted and most accurate voices on all things political, whether it is the outcome of a presidential, congressional, or gubernatorial election.  He produces the sharpest political handicapping in the business, serving as the one-man, go-to-source for those who want to be truly informed.  “The Cook Political Report is a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative,” The New York Times said and is the “bible of the political community,” said Bob Schieffer of CBS News.  In 2010, he was a co-recipient of the American Political Science Associations’ prestigious Carey McWilliams Award to honor a “major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.”

To hear Cook’s fascinating analysis of the elections, plan to attend NCC’s Annual Conference.  If you have not yet registered online, visit the conference website at  Click on “Register Now,” located on the right-hand side of the home page.  You will be asked to log in with your user name and passcode.  Your user name is your business email address on file with NCC.  If you do not remember your passcode, you can recover it via the log-in page.  If you need assistance, contact Maggie Ernst, NCC’s senior director of meetings & member services, via email at [email protected].

Please note that conference participants are required to make their own hotel reservations at the Mandarin Oriental hotel no later than September 18.  After that date, hotel accommodations cannot be guaranteed and discounted group rates will not be available.  Hotel room rates for the National Chicken Council are $315 per night, plus tax.  Online hotel reservations can be made now by clicking here and choosing “attendee” as the guest type.  You may also call the hotel at 1-888-888-1778 to make reservations by mentioning NCC.  The Mandarin Oriental hotel is in close proximity to the National Mall and some of Washington’s most iconic monuments and museums.

A preliminary schedule of events is as follows:

Wednesday, October 10

1:30-5:00 p.m.    Board of Directors Meeting (open to NCC board members, allied leader representatives, and invited guests only)

6:00-7:30 p.m.    Cocktail Reception

Thursday, October 11

7:00-8:00 a.m.    Conference Continental Breakfast

8:00-11:45 a.m.   Morning General Session

11:45-1:30 p.m.    Conference Luncheon

1:30-4:00 p.m.     Afternoon General Session

5:00-6:30 p.m.    Cocktail Reception