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Wesley Clark, Cindy McCain and Yo-Yo Ma to headline national legislative conference in Minneapolis

State legislators and staffers from around the country will be in town for the Aug. 19-22  summit.

State legislators from around the country will be in Minneapolis Aug. 19-22 for an annual summit of the National Conference of State Legislators. Speakers will include retired Gen. Wesley Clark, Cindy McCain and Yo-Yo Ma.

About 5,000 legislators and staff members are expected for the conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Some of the highlights:

Aug. 19

Gen. Clark, the retired four-star general and ex-NATO commander, will discuss how to promote a secure, sustainable and prosperous energy future in a keynote address.

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Sir Ken Robinson will discuss “A New Education Revolution” and call for a new approach that allows creativity and individual talents to flourish.

Aug. 20

Cindy McCain and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar will discuss solutions to human trafficking. McCain is co-chair of the Arizona Governor’s Council on Human Trafficking and  Klobuchar sponsored sex trafficking legislation modeled on Minnesota’s Safe Harbor laws. 

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, will discuss ways that arts education can have a dramatic impact in the country’s lowest-performing schools.

Aug. 21

Pollsters Neil Newhouse and Geoffrey Garin discuss “Polls, Politics and What Americans Really Think.” 

Aug. 22

Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, managing editors of Bloomberg Politics, will discuss the interplay between the economy, Wall Street and Washington; the forces that shape American politics; and what the elections may mean for Republicans and Democrats.