The Council for Responsible Nutrition's (CRN) annual conference, due to take place a month before the nation's general elections, will see political editor Stuart Rothenberg address industry members on the political outlook and what it means for their business. Rothenberg, who is editor and publisher of The Rothenberg Political Report, a biweekly newsletter that reports on and analyzes governmental developments that affect the country today, will speak about the likely results of the presidential elections. He will also focus on key congressional races, and discuss the potential impact of the 2008 national and state election results on the balance of power in Washington DC. "Rothenberg has been speaking to corporate and association audiences around the country for more than a decade, and helping people identify and better understand political trends," states his biography. He also writes a column in Capitol Hill's Roll Call twice a week, and often contributes op-ed pieces to the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Orlando Sentinel. Keynotes Rothenberg will address conference attendees on October 4, the third day of the four-day event. The first day of the event, which will be held in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, will be limited to the group's scientific advisory council and its board. The conference will officially kick off on Friday October 3, with a keynote address from the FDA's David Acheson, who will speak about protecting the nation's food supply. Other keynote addresses include a session entitled "Complementary and Alternative Practices in the Context of Rigorous Science", to be presented by Josephine Briggs, director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and "Visual Thinking for the Business World", by Dan Roam , author of The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures. Supplement market The first day will also host a panel discussion entitled "Who is the dietary supplement consumer", with speakers including Mary Ellen Molyneaux of the Natural Marketing Institute, and Thom Blischok of Information Resources Inc. Other sessions include "Science hot topics" and "Industry leaders forum on the supplement industry". For more information, click here.