Nancy Pelosi (D-California) is the House Democratic Leader and has represented San Francisco in Congress for 25 years. She was the first woman in American history to serve as Speaker of the House and the first woman to lead a major political party in Congress. This Wednesday, she announced plans to reintroduce the Violence Against Women Act in the 113th Congress.
Howard Dean is the former Governor of Vermont and Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Dean told the Burlington Free Press that he thought President Obama's second inaugural address "was very different from his [first] inaugural, where he was talking about that everybody was going to work together and so on...I think he means to get things done whether the Republicans want to work with him or not."
Kristen Soltis is a Republican pollster and Vice President at The Winston Group, a DC-based polling and consulting firm. Soltis is a regular contributor to various media outlets and recently blogged for U.S. News and World Report about the changing attitudes on abortion in the 40 years since Roe v. Wade.
David Avella is the president of GOPAC, an organization dedicated to "nurturing a new generation of Republicans leaders by providing them a platform for promoting their ideas and conservative policies."
Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) will join the panel mid-show. He has served in the U.S. Senate since 2006 and was recently quoted by Montana's Beartooth NBC telling state legislators, "I support overturning Citizens United because like most Montanans I see it as a kick in the teeth to democracy."