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Conservatives Learn to “Harness Legislative Hearings Effectively to Promote Their Principles”
Conservatives Learn to “Harness Legislative Hearings Effectively to Promote Their Principles”

Over the past two days, the Leadership Institute (LI) successfully completed the launch of its new Effective Legislative Hearing Training.  

“Liberals push their big government ideas using congressional hearings,” Morton stated before the training in an email.  “Conservatives must learn to harness legislative hearings effectively to promote their principles.”

This new school adds to the already impressive diversity of LI’s forty-four political trainings.

Day 1

Morton Blackwell, the President of LI, spoke during the introduction, asserting conservatives must...

Tech Wizard:  Nick Argyle
Tech Wizard: Nick Argyle

"The employee of the quarter award goes to Nick Argyle, our Director of Systems and Network Operations," said Leadership Institute President Morton Blackwell during LI's all-staff meeting this week.

"Technology staff often go unrecognized because much of the work they do is behind the scenes, but that is not the case this time," said Morton.  "Nick provides excellent support for IT related issues, he maintains numerous servers, applications, and network services that the Leadership Institute depends on every day of the year."

Nick attended Western Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studied Information Systems.  He manages the server and networking infrastructure of the Leadership Institute.

"Nick’s most recent work included developing a customized tablet application for CPAC.  This customized tablet application was... used to sign-up almost 1,000 individuals during the Activist Boot Camp and the Job Fair at this year’s CPAC," Morton said.  "This is the same application he initially created for the Campus Leadership Program’s field program and has been used to collect tens of thousands of...

The Leadership Institute Continues the Reagan Revolution, Says Former White House Staffer
The Leadership Institute Continues the Reagan Revolution, Says Former White House Staffer

“People used to say to me, Morton Blackwell is the guy who will continue the Reagan Revolution and he’s going to do it through the Leadership Institute.”

That’s what coworkers told John Shosky about Leadership Institute (LI) president, Morton Blackwell, years ago.

John Shosky is the president of Roncalli Communications, a professional speech writer, trainer, and author of almost 3000 speeches for government officials, political candidates, and public interest advocates.

John first heard of Morton Blackwell in 1988 while working in White House public affairs on a collection of President Reagan’s accomplishments called The Reagan Record.

Do You Want to be a National Convention Delegate?

In early 1961, I decided to try to be a Goldwater delegate to the 1964 Republican National Convention.  When Barry Goldwater beat the party establishment and won the G.O.P. Presidential nomination, I was his youngest elected delegate at San Francisco's Cow Palace.  And I've been deeply involved in politics ever since.

In 1975, I wrote an article for the Young Americans for Freedom magazine New Guard entitled, "So You Want To Go To A Convention?"

Oklahoman Steve Antosh read the article and followed my advice.  The next year, at age 19, Steve was elected a Reagan delegate to the 1976 G.O.P. national convention.  Four years later, in 1980, Steve was the National Director of Youth for Reagan.