News Archive: 2009

Conservative Hawaiians say ‘Enough!’ to the status quo

The Leadership Institute continues its fifty-state strategy by bringing grassroots training to the 50th state. Politicians, activists, and community leaders came together this week in Hawaii in a show of solidarity with the clear message, "Less Government, More Liberty.” 

LI Trains over 50 Activists in Texas

On Saturday, October 24, 2009, LI trained over 50 activists at the Doss Heritage and Cultural Center in Weatherford, Texas. While most of the students hailed from the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area, there were a few that made the trek from places much farther away, including two eager college students from St. Louis, Missouri.

Campaign Manager School Set for December

Hit the ground running in 2010:  Attend the Leadership Institute’s Campaign Manager School, the premier training program for campaign managers.  To put it simply, this school teaches you how to manage campaigns and win.  With a strong emphasis on grassroots organization and effective media strategy, the school is led by experts who know campaigns and have run them successfully.

Gun Rights Supporters to March in D.C. in April

Second Amendment March, a grassroots organization of gun-rights supporters, is organizing a series of marches next year around the country, culminating in a national march on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on April 19, 2010. 

Organizers are seeking state coordinators to organize the local marches in all fifty states.  Help is also needed in promotion of the event.  You can spread the word by joining the march’s Facebook group and following them on Twitter.  The Twitter page is

Campaign Draws Attention to National Debt

The national debt.  It seems so abstract.  You hear the numbers.  You know it’s not good, but it doesn’t seem to affect you directly.  But it does. is a new multi-media campaign designed to educate Americans on the size, scope, and dangers associated with America’s rapidly soaring debt.  The group is running ads on cable television and in newspapers around the country.  The group’s website also offers an easy-to-understand explanation of how large the debt is and why the nation’s debt matters as well as how it personally impacts your life.

IHS Awards Fellowship Recipients up to $12,000

The Institute for Humane Studies is accepting applications for its 2010-2011 Humane Studies Fellowships from undergraduate and graduate students interested in the “principles, practices and institutions necessary for a free society.”  Fellowship recipients will receive up to $12,000 each. 

37th Annual CPAC Set for February 18-20 in Nation’s Capital

Conservatives will convene at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C. for the 37th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference February 18-20, 2010.  The event features addresses from top conservative leaders and media personalities as well as smaller break-out training sessions.

2009 Balance in Media Fellowship recipient Josiah Ryan describes his experience interning for the Jerusalem Post in Israel.

One important principle I have tried to take as a mentee of some of the Jerusalem Post’s best writers while reporting on a Leadership Institute Broadcast Journalism Fellowship, is that in tough conditions tenacity and patience are the reporter’s race. The last man standing often brings the story home to his newspaper.

LI Trains over 40 Texans at Latest Youth Leadership School

Over the weekend of October 17-18, 2009, the Leadership Institute held a Youth Leadership School in College Station, Texas. Forty-three students attended from colleges such as Baylor, Texas State, TCU, Texas A&M.  Fernando Trevino of Del Rio, Texas, stated “I honestly feel that I learned more this weekend than I had in the time I spent as a congressional intern, county co-chair, and volunteer.” 

LI graduate and faculty member named rising star

Princella Smith, a graduate of the Leadership Institute’s Grassroots Activist School, was named a rising GOP star by Politico.  In an article dated September 30, 2009, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is quoted calling Princella “one of the most talented people I’ve met.”  Mary Matalin calls her “the total package” whose “greatest gift is the passion she brings to conservatism.”

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