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Coleman to deliver keynote at conservative conference

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Norm Coleman will be joined by Phyllis Schlafly, Rush Limbaugh's brother, and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's son - a Roman Catholic priest - at a gathering this week in St. Louis for a conference on conservative principles.

Coleman will be the keynote speaker for the Conservative Heartland Leadership Conference, which began Wednesday and concludes Thursday at the Millennium Hotel in St. Louis.

       Coleman's U.S. Senate term expired in January but he is still contesting the results that tipped the race to Democrat Al Franken by a few hundred votes.

       Coleman is scheduled to speak Thursday at a luncheon with an introduction by political commentator and author David Limbaugh, brother of talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.

       Underwriting the event is the conservative American Issues Project, a nonprofit group that has aired political ads, including one linking candidate Barack Obama to 1960s radical William Ayers.

       St. Louis attorney Ed Martin Jr. is the conference founder and organizer, and AIP's board president. He said he hopes to make the Midwest conference an annual event.

       He hopes it will serve to educate on conservative principles and practice, provide networking opportunities, and recognize public servants who practice core conservative principles.       

The Rev. Paul Scalia, a Catholic priest of the Arlington, Va., diocese and the Supreme Court justice's son, will host a prayer breakfast featuring Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America; Joe Ortweth of Missouri Family Council; and Don Hinkle of the Missouri Baptist Convention.

      Former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent will speak on national security.      

Kris Kobach, a candidate for Kansas secretary of state who has helped draft laws sanctioning illegal immigration, will discuss judicial selection in Kansas. Kobach is an attorney and University of Missouri law professor.