Interested in Getting a Job in the 112th Congress?
October 19, 2010
Interested in Getting a Job in the 112th Congress?
The Heritage Foundation and the Leadership Institute invite you to attend a free informational meeting on Thursday, October 21st in SVC 201-00 on Capitol Hill from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. to learn more about how you can use ConservativeJobs.com to be considered for important jobs on Capitol Hill.Whether you're looking to be a staff assistant or chief of staff, or you're looking to hire staff for your office, you will not want to miss this event.Free Chick-fil-A will be provided by the Heritage Foundation. To attend, please RSVP to ConservativeJobs2011@gmail.com.>
Brigham Young University Student Praises LI’s Youth Leadership School
Lauren Hart
October 18, 2010
Brigham Young University Student Praises LI’s Youth Leadership School
October 18, 2010, Arlington, VA— Brigham Young University sophomore political science major from Lebanon, Tennessee Taylor Bambas learned much from the October 15th Leadership Institute's Youth Leadership School in Provo, Utah. Taylor Bambas wrote, “I just got home from an intense two-day Youth Leadership School put on by the Leadership Institute in Orem. The Leadership Institute is an awesome non-profit organization which trains young conservative political leaders. Since LI was founded by the conservative legend Morton Blackwell in 1979, they have turned out conservative political leaders left and right. If you're conservative and at all interested in a political career you NEED to check it out. I gained more practical knowledge about political activism in 2 days at LI than I have in 3 semesters as a political science student. It is a perfect complement to my college education. I feel empowered and ready to go! Anybody need a campaign manager?!? Just kidding. Though I'm not on a political campaign currently, I'm hoping to apply the principles I've learned to a local advocacy group, the Girl Effect, which I'm trying to start here in Provo.” The Leadership Institute wishes Taylor well in her studies at Brigham Young and in her future career. The Leadership Institute's mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this mission, the Institute identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. LI has trained more than 90,000 people since its founding in 1979 and currently offers 40 program courses. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org -30-
LI Volunteer Faculty Member Wins Congressional Primary
August 6, 2010
LI Volunteer Faculty Member Wins Congressional Primary
Vicky Hartzler, Leadership Institute graduate and volunteer faculty member, won the Republican primary for Missouri's 4th Congressional District on Tuesday, August 3rd. She credits "the grassroots partnership of people across this district" for her win. Hartzler, former state representative from Harrisonville, MO, defeated eight opponents, and now faces current Congressman Ike Skelton in the November general election. To read more about Vicky's primary win and congressional race, read the Kansas City Star's article with all the details.>
Everyday Citizens Encouraged to Hold Elected Officials Accountable
August 3, 2010
Everyday Citizens Encouraged to Hold Elected Officials Accountable
On Monday, August 2, 2010, the Leadership Institute and Liberty Central announced the launch of www.LibertyCentralTraining.org, a FREE online training initiative to provide everyday citizens the tools they need to hold their elected officials accountable.“Liberty Central has declared that August is ‘Accountability Month,' so we hope the resources available at LibertyCentralTraining.org will encourage, educate, and empower everyday Americans to meet, question, and generate a dialogue with their representatives,” said Sarah Field, Director of Policy and General Counsel of Liberty Central.As many representatives attempt to set a more conciliatory tone for their return home during this year's August recess, the citizens they represent are still concerned about unrestrained government in Washington. David Fenner, Vice President of Training Programs at the Leadership Institute says, “The mission of the Leadership Institute is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists in the public policy process. The tools available at www.LibertyCentralTraining.org will equip average citizens with the tools they need to impact their government.”For more information about Liberty Central Training, powered by the Leadership Institute, please visit www.LibertyCentralTraining.org. >
Independent Institute Launches New Initiative
July 29, 2010
Independent Institute Launches New Initiative
As federal government spending continues to spiral out of control, the Independent Institute has created a new interactive website to help you understand where your tax dollars go each month, each year, and over the course of your lifetime. MyGovCost.org features a personal cost calculator so you can can see how the government spends your hard-earned money. Visit MyGovCost.org today to see what Washington DC is really costing you!>
LI Holds Comprehensive Online Activist School
July 28, 2010
LI Holds Comprehensive Online Activist School
The Leadership Institute hosted over 50 students on Monday for its Comprehensive Online Activist School. In conjunction with the Institute's International Leadership Training Seminar, students from the United Kingdom, France, Bolivia, and the United States learned effective online strategies to promote their campaign or organization. Topics included online fundraising, blogging, online video, and social networking. For more information on the Leadership Institute's Internet trainings and workshops, please visit www.leadershipinstitute.org/training/department.cfm?department=30>
LI Faculty Member Writes Fundraising Book
July 26, 2010
LI Faculty Member Writes Fundraising Book
One of the Leadership Institute's most popular faculty members, Nancy Bocskor, has written a book on fundraising. Go Fish: How to Catch (and Keep) Contributors is a practical guide to fundraising. In her book, Nancy addresses the most important aspect of fundraising: relationships. If you want to exceed your fundraising goals, visit www.nancybocskor.com and order your copy of Go Fish today!>
Tea Party Patriots Step Beyond High-Profile Protests and Directly into Public Policy Battle
July 6, 2010
Tea Party Patriots Step Beyond High-Profile Protests and Directly into Public Policy Battle
For Immediate Release – July 4, 2010 Contact: Eric Slee (703) 247-2000, ESlee@LIMail.usTea Party Patriots Step Beyond High-Profile Protests and Directly into Public Policy BattleOnline Training to Transform Passionate Tea Party Protesters into Grassroots Leaders Arlington, VA (July 4, 2010) – Jenny Beth Martin, Co-Founder and National Coordinator of Tea Party Patriots, in partnership with the Leadership Institute, today announces the launch of www.TeaPartyTraining.org, an online grassroots activist training initiative.A growing number of Americans feel that their interests are no longer represented by those in public office. Tea Party Patriot members are ready to go beyond their participation in high-profile protests to become actively involved in shaping public policy. Mark Meckler, Co-Founder and National Coordinator of Tea Party Patriots, says, “The training that the Leadership Institute now offers our members will accelerate the process of reclaiming this country according to our three core principles of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets.”Founded in 1979, the Leadership Institute is one of the nation's largest and most experienced political training organizations and is uniquely equipped to handle the challenge of offering training to the country's largest Tea Party group. David Fenner, Vice President of Training Programs at Leadership Institute says, “The partnership between the two organizations is a natural fit. The Patriots bring fresh passion and dedication and the Leadership Institute offers over 30 years of political training experience.”For more information on Tea Party training powered by the Leadership Institute please visit www.TeaPartyTraining.org.###About Leadership InstituteAn educational foundation founded in 1979 by its president, Morton C. Blackwell, the Leadership Institute's mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this mission, the Institute identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. For more information on the Leadership Institute please visit www.LeadershipInstitute.org.About Tea Party PatriotsTea Party Patriots, Inc. ("TPP") is a non-partisan, non-profit social welfare organization dedicated to furthering the common good and general welfare of the people of the United States. TPP furthers this goal by educating the public and promoting the principles of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets. Tea Party Patriots has not endorsed candidates for public office. For more information on the Tea Party Patriots please visit www.TeaPartyPatriots.org. >
Leadership Institute and Tea Party Patriots to Launch Online Activist Training July 4th
July 2, 2010
Leadership Institute and Tea Party Patriots to Launch Online Activist Training July 4th
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-style-parent:""; line-height:115%; font-size:11.0pt;"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-"Times New Roman";} Who: Jenny Beth Martin, Co-founder and National Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, the largest Tea Party organization, along with the Leadership Institute, one of the nation's oldest and most experienced political training organizations. What: Tea Party Patriots, in partnership with the Leadership Institute, will announce, to the attendees of the 38th Annual National Conservative Fourth of July Soiree, the launch ofwww.TeaPartyTraining.org, an online and on-demand grassroots activist training initiative designed to equip members of the Tea Party Patriots with the information they need to move beyond high-profile protests and actively shape public policy.When: Sunday, July 4, 2010.Where: Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA 20121.Interview Opportunities: Jenny Beth Martin, Co-founder and National Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots. Morton Blackwell, President, Leadership Institute.David Fenner, Vice President of Training Programs, Leadership Institute. About Leadership InstituteFounded in 1979 by its president Morton C. Blackwell, the Leadership Institute's mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this mission, the Institute identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. For more information about Leadership Institute please visit http://www.LeadershipInstitute.org. About Tea Party PatriotsTea Party Patriots, Inc. ("TPP") is a non-partisan, non-profit social welfare organization dedicated to furthering the common good and general welfare of the people of the United States. TPP furthers this goal by educating the public and promoting the principles of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets. Tea Party Patriots has not endorsed candidates for public office. For more information about the Tea Party Patriots please visit http://www.TeaPartyPatriots.org. >
LI-trained Angle wins Nevada Primary
July 1, 2010
LI-trained Angle wins Nevada Primary
Sharron Angle, a four-term member of the Nevada assembly and graduate of LI's Campaign School, recently won the Republican nomination for US Senator from Nevada. A committed conservative, Angle was endorsed by Tea Party Express. She will challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in November's election.
LI Intern Ben Mason honored in Northville Observer
June 18, 2010
LI Intern Ben Mason honored in Northville Observer
Leadership Institute summer intern Ben Mason was honored in his hometown newspaper, the Northville Observer. He was selected to intern for the Youth Leadership School, the Institute's flagship program. Ben will spend his summer working at LI with eleven other interns from five states and two countries. LI's Intern Program, recognized as Washington's best, provides free housing, a stipend and access to training and opportunities to meet conservative leaders. Click here to read the story.>
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy wins SPNovation Award
June 8, 2010
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy wins SPNovation Award
It's not often that an online database generates interest and stirs passion, but the January posting of Michigan school districts' school employee health insurance costs did just that. Through FOIA requests, the Mackinac Center assembled the health insurance plans for more than 95 percent of the state's school districts into their School District Health Insurance Database. Some of the findings were eye-popping. For instance, the average cost of a family plan premium for a teacher is $15,800, which is 29% higher than the state average for the same type of plan. The database received extensive media coverage, and Lansing officials took notice as well. Several legislative offices contacted the Mackinac Center after hearing about the database, including that of the Senate Majority Leader who two weeks later introduced legislation that would require government employees to pay a greater share of their health care premiums."The Mackinac Center's innovative program to counter the 'gimme gimme gimme‘ demands of public school employees is a model other think tanks can apply in their states. By conducting careful and thorough research, and combining that with skilled advocacy in the court of public opinion, Mackinac may achieve the seemingly impossible:create a requirement for public school employees to pay a greater shareof their health care premiums. Taxpayers across Michigan should stand up and cheer," said John Kramer, SPNovation Judge and Vice President for Communications at the Institute for Justice.For more information on SPNovation Awards or to nominate a member organization, please visit www.spn.org/spnovation.>
Carroll George Runs for Freedom
April 20, 2010
Carroll George Runs for Freedom
On Saturday, April 17, 2010, the Leadership Institute co-sponsored the first DC Freedom 5K, a project of this year's Koch Associate Program. The race was held in Rock Creek Park at 8 am on Saturday morning. Almost 200 runners came out for the event, including a long-time supporter of LI, Mr. Carroll George. At 90 years old, Mr. George was the oldest runner and finished the race in about 40 minutes. He was presented with the "Freedom Fighter" award and gave an impromptu acceptance speech in which he praised the Leadership Institute and the work LI does. >
Wake Up Right with LI on April 7th
April 1, 2010
Wake Up Right with LI on April 7th
Join Leadership Institute staff, faculty, and graduates at the April Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast next week. On Wednesday, April 7th Virginia Thomas, founder of Liberty Central, will talk to the crowd about "activism for liberty." Breakfast begins at 7:30 am and the program kicks off at 8. Registration is only $15 per person, which includes breakfast. For more information or to register, please click here.>
LI Takes Campaign School to Tennessee
March 31, 2010
LI Takes Campaign School to Tennessee
On Saturday, March 27, 2010, the Leadership Institute brought their world-renowned training to the volunteer state, conducting a campaign school in Nashville, TN. Over 100 candidates, party activists, and movement conservatives learned how to win elections. The audience included multiple congressional candidates as well as a many state legislative and local candidates. Training was provided by LI staffer Robert Arnakis and faculty member Joel Mowbray. Campaign school attendee Denise Burnett of Springfield, TN had this to say about the training: “Excellent & highly informative. I will definitely recommend this to anyone who is considering volunteering in a campaign or working for a conservative cause.” State House Candidate Darrell Woodcock of Hendersonville, TN said “This class has made my decision to run for an office less frightening. I have a ton more confidence then when I entered the class.” >
The Heritage Foundation's Own Becky Norton Dunlop Addresses LI Staff and Interns
March 30, 2010
The Heritage Foundation's Own Becky Norton Dunlop Addresses LI Staff and Interns
On Friday, March 26, 2010, Becky Norton Dunlop of The Heritage Foundation spoke at a luncheon for LI staff and interns. Mrs. Dunlop's topic was American energy policy. She addressed the necessity of the US to attain energy security in order to have economic security. To view Mrs. Dunlop's entire speech, please click here.>
LI Graduate Makes a Splash in St. Louis
March 29, 2010
LI Graduate Makes a Splash in St. Louis
Jonathon Burns, an LI graduate and former field representative, is gaining recognition in St. Louis as he fights a proposal to raise the sales tax in St. Louis County. STLToday.com ran a story about Mr. Burns' battle in the March 28, 2010 issue. The article highlights how Mr. Burns is rallying Tea Party activists to fight the sales tax bump with him. He has even debated a local mayor on the subject. For more information on Mr. Burns' activities and his organization, Citizens for Better Transit, click here.
Patriots Gather in Georgia for Grassroots Training
March 1, 2010
Patriots Gather in Georgia for Grassroots Training
The Georgia chapters of Tea Party Patriots and FreedomWorks hosted a Grassroots Activist Workshop on Saturday, February 27. 2010 in the shadows of the State Capitol Building as they prepared to take to the steps once again for the one-year anniversary of the country's first tea parties. Over 65 patriots joined together to learn how to build coalitions, recruit more volunteers, and effectively communicate their message to the masses.For more information on LI's Grassroots Activist Workshops, please click here.>
Morton Blackwell Named One of the Most Influential Conservatives in America
January 14, 2010
Morton Blackwell Named One of the Most Influential Conservatives in America
The London Telegraph named LI President Morton Blackwell the 54th most influential conservative in the United States in 2010. In the article published on January 13, 2010, Morton is termed 'a quietly influential background figure' who has trained 'probably more activists than any other conservative'. To read the article in its entirety and see who else made the list, please visit the London Telegraph's website.>
LI Grad Matt Lewis on Hannity
January 6, 2010
LI Grad Matt Lewis on Hannity
LI graduate and faculty member Matt Lewis appeared on the Hannity Show as part of the Great American Panel on Monday, January 4, 2010. Along with two other panelists, Matt discussed the recent airline bombing attempt and national security. To view the entire segment, please click here.From 1999-2003 Matt Lewis was a grassroots trainer the Leadership Institute. He is currently a columnist for Politics Daily. Matt also lectures at several LI schools including the Writing Workshop.>
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