Conservative Leadership Conference

U.S. Senate Debate


February 15, 2020

Marriott Shoals Conference Center

10 Hightower Place

Florence, Alabama



Exhibits Open and Conference Begins


"Taking Your Message to New Audiences"

Americans for Prosperity - Grassroots Leadership Academy

This presentation will equip activists with the knowledge and skills to take their message to new audiences and connect with people on a personal level before connecting on a political level.  Activists will better understand how to tailor their message to their intended audience.


"Overview of Criminal Justice Reform"

Americans for Prosperity - Grassroots Leadership Academy

This presentation will provide an overview of criminal justice reform at the federal and state level.


"The Bible and The Constitution"

Foundation of Moral Law

This presentation will feature Judge Roy Moore of the Foundation of Moral Law as he explains the Biblical influence on the forming of the United States of America Constitution.


"Vision of a Free Society"

Americans for Prosperity - Grassroots Leadership Academy

This is an open-ended and engaging conversation about the Vision of Americans for Prosperity Foundation and the role we see political  action and engagement play in our society, particularly across four key institutions of business, community, education, and government.  Participants will be empowered to identify barriers that prevent people from realizing their potential and consider how to break those barriers to empower people to be free.



Opening Remarks

Nathaniel White, Executive Director of the Conservative Leadership Council


Criminal Justice Panel

This panel will discuss the criminal justice system, its challenges, and opportunities for systematic improvements.

Judge Mary Windom, Presiding Judge for the Court of Criminal Appeals

District Attorney Chris Connolly, Lauderdale County DA - 11th Judicial District

State Senator Cam Ward, Alabama's Prison Reform Bill Sponsor

Rich Anderson, Alabama Deputy Attorney General


Campaign Finance Panel

This panel will discuss state and federal campaign finance policies as well as ideas of reform.

John Pudner, Executive Director of Take Back Our Republic

Clay Helms, Director of Elections with Alabama Secretary of State Office

Rep. Matt Fridy, Campaign Finance Attorney and Member of the House Campaign Finance Committee


Media in Politics

This panel will be an exciting and in-depth discussion on how the media plays a role in modern politics and the political landscape.

Jeff Poor, Host of The Jeff Poor Show, Yellowhammer News, and Breitbart News

Mark White, Host of The Mark White Show

Shannon Moore, Host of Politics and Moore

Will Hampson, Host of The Will Hampson

Rep. Andrew Sorrell, Extensive Local and State Campaign Experience


A Vision of Liberty

This discussion will expand on the afternoon session of Vision of a Free Society and highlight the importance of empowering individuals to pursue their own destiny when advancing human progress and flourishing.  

Matthew Hurtt, Director of External Relations with Grassroots Leadership Academy

Sean Grehalva, Grassroots Trainer and Curriculum Specialist with Grassroots Leadership Academy


VIP Reception

The VIP Reception will provide a heavy hors d'oeuvres style dinner, complimentary libations, and a relaxed setting for attendees to mingle with speakers, panelists, sponsors, and candidates. Complementary professional pictures will be provided by Butler Photography Studios.


Open Reception & Seating

Available to all, attendees may peruse exhibit tables, enjoy cash bars, and socialize prior to the evening events.


Speaker Session

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill

Senator Rick Santorum


U.S. Senate Debate

Moderated by Senator Rick Santorum and Mr. David Black, this is a traditional style debate with candidates having the opportunity for rebuttals and direct comments.