Ed Martin (above) of the American Issues Project is the force behind the Conservative Heartland Leadership Conference. The conference kicked-off this evening at the Millennium Hotel in downtown St. Louis. There was a cocktail reception followed by a dinner.
The dinner featured a panel discussion on transparency in government finances. Michael Quinn Sullivan of Empower Texans emceed the event. The panel included Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, former Governor Matt Blunt, and Nebraska's State Treasurer Shane Osborn. Shane Osborn is was the least recognizable name of the panel participants, but you have heard of him. In early 2001, he was flying a Navy EP-3E when a Chinese J-8 collided with his aircraft leading to the Hainan Island incident.
I interviewed Katie from the American Issues Project and Ed Martin. I'm in the process of prepping that video for upload. I'll be attending part of tomorrow's events and hope to get interviews with Bill Hennessy (Saint Louis Tea Party), Jim Hoft (Gateway Pundit), and other bloggers.
Above I'm speaking with former Governor Matt Blunt and below is a picture of Jim Hoft and Bill Hennessy. Jim's got a lot more at Gateway Pundit.