Activism Success: Students at Arkansas Tech Fight for Free Speech

Students at Arkansas Tech face some of the most restrictive unconstitutional free speech codes in the country. That didn’t stop students in Young Americans for Liberty. 

When officers approached the students, informing them they were in violation of the school’s speech code policy, the students recorded the incident.  The Students were told that the school's policy trumped the First Amendment right to free speech guaranteed in the Constitution.

Elections Have Consequences -- On Your Career

The Leadership Institute trains thousands of conservatives each year; many currently have jobs in campaigns and other areas of the public policy process. 

These energetic, ambitious individuals are committed to learning how to win and to spreading conservative ideas.  For some, however, particularly our younger graduates, there is only one concern at the front of their minds – their careers.

Today’s elections are sure to have a significant impact on the conservative job market, regardless of the outcome.  If individuals are seeking employment within the movement, if they work in the movement, and especially if they currently work on a campaign, they should be planning for all possible circumstances.  Elections have consequences.

Politics is a bumpy road, and individuals may have to find a new career path at any time.  

Activism Success: On-Campus Coalition WeRoar Fights Back
Activism Success: On-Campus Coalition WeRoar Fights Back

At Clemson University, conservative student groups have come together to form a coalition -- WeRoar -- to fight back.  The coalition consists of Clemson’s Turning Point USA and Young American for Liberty chapters, in addition to a conservative school newspaper, the Tiger Town Observer.

Co-founder Clayton Warnke describes the goal of WeRoar to “effectively target the encroachment of our liberties, especially as they pertain to the first amendment, by streamlining our collective efforts into a simple message to attract broad support from the student body and community alike.”

These conservative student groups mobilized their forces to tackle the unconstitutional...

Activism Success: Young Conservatives Start the Semester With Outreach and Activism
Activism Success: Young Conservatives Start the Semester With Outreach and Activism

A healthy conservative student group can be difficult to maintain.  With students naturally leaving every year, recruitment is key to your conservative group’s success.

Every semester thousands of new students come to campus, and your student group should make an effort to reach out to those students.

Halloween, Fear, and Public Speaking
Halloween, Fear, and Public Speaking

Halloween is fast approaching and everyone’s abuzz with excitement for the holiday -- costumes, haunted houses, and more!  For me, haunted houses and other such Halloween thrills rank on the same level as fear of public speaking.  

In fact, did you know that 75% of the world’s population fears speaking in front of an audience?  So, how can we help remedy this large and far-reaching...

Award winning month at Campus Reform
Award winning month at Campus Reform

The Leadership Institute's Campus Reform continues to be a roaring success as it celebrates an award-winning and record-breaking month. Three Campus Reform staff members received internal and external recognition of their excellent work.

The numbers alone are superb. So far in 2016, Campus Reform reports of liberal bias and abuse on college campuses created media pressure which resulted in 28 conservative campus victories.  Campus Reform staff and student contributors also discussed stories in television interviews 108 times, and...

New Overtime Rule is Dehumanizing

This op-ed was published on FoxNews.


Texas and 20 other states have announced a lawsuit to block the Obama Administration’s destructive overtime rules, which are slated to go into effect December 1, 2016. With less than 3-months to spare, victory in the case would save businesses and workers across the U.S. from this dehumanizing and economically damaging law.

According to the new rule, salaried workers earning below $47,476 per year must be paid time-and-a-half for work done in excess of forty hours per week. This is up from a previous salary threshold of $23,660. The rule promises more pay for working long hours, more money for lower-income employees and struggling families, and fewer hours for the same pay! Doesn’t that sound wonderful?  Unfortunately, that isn’t how it will work out in reality.

The Leadership Institute Welcomes Fall Class of Interns

Every fall interns from all across the world descend on Washington D.C. all looking to become the next generation of movers and shakers in the conservative movement.  

Many interns quickly realize the only moving and shaking they will be doing is from the office to the break room where they will shake the perfect amount of sugar into the bosses coffee.  While members of the Leadership Institute 99th Intern Class may be seen in the break room grabbing a cup of coffee, it's because they need all the energy they can get as they enter the battlefield and fight for conservative principles.

LI's 2016 Fall Field Representatives Deployed on Campuses in 38 States
LI's 2016 Fall Field Representatives Deployed on Campuses in 38 States

The Leadership Institute's 2016 fall field representatives are now deployed across the country on college campuses in 38 states.  This fall, they will work with students to build conservative coalitions on college campuses. They can provide your student group with everything from activism ideas to on-campus recruitment assistance. Be sure to...

Senator Jim Banks -- His Campaign's
Senator Jim Banks -- His Campaign's "Secret Weapon"

Jim Banks has shown a dedication to service throughout his life.  As a father of three, a state Senator, and a Navy Reservist, he has proven himself a strong and value-oriented leader.  

“There is a lot of pressure to go along with the majority sentiment, but I will not go back on the pledge I made to my constituents,” said Senator Banks.  

As the State Senator for the 17th district of Indiana, he has continually been a voice for conservative principles.  Next, he hopes to continue his service to Indiana as a member of Congress.  

While in the senate, Senator Banks has served on numerous committees, most notably the Senate Veteran Affairs and the Military committee.  He believes this experience, coupled with his military service, could provide a unique perspective to the Congressional Armed Services Committee if elected in the fall. 

Senator Banks fought in a hotly contested primary this spring due to the number of other well-funded candidates and the coinciding presidential nomination which drew in many more voters.  However, due to his knowledgeable volunteers (several Leadership Institute graduates) and lean campaign strategies, he was able get his message out and win the election. 

Another thing which helped now Senator Banks through the election was his family, which he referred to as the campaign’s “secret weapon.”

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