It is not always enough to be right -- as in correct -- candidates have to know how to win. It takes preparation.
Since 1979, future candidates have attended Leadership Institute trainings. At LI, they learn the tools to win -- persuade voters, effectively fundraise, and get-out-the vote.
Because they graduated from LI training, many winning candidates in 2014 understood how to effectively run and win.
"Thanks to you Morton and LI staff, there are countless conservatives making a difference in public policy across the country," said soon to be Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell. "As one of your earliest students, I know firsthand what a wonderful foundation the Leadership Institute’s education provides for someone involved in public service."
Here are some of the many LI and Morton Blackwell trained candidates who won accross the United States in 2014...
Prepared candidates do not panic. They have a plan.
The Leadership Institute (LI) identifies, trains, and places conservatives who are prepared, and they win races.
“I am so proud of the work Morton Blackwell has done over the past fifty years to build a winning conservative movement,” said David Fenner, Vice President of Programs at the Leadership Institute. “Last night, Leadership Institute trained candidates, staff, and volunteers worked hard and smart in local, state, and federal campaigns in all fifty states. Despite staying up most of the night, Morton...
Paula Bolyard knew something was wrong.
An Ohio native and Toledo graduate, Paula got her start in online activism with her work on education. Following a series of articles bashing homeschooling published in a large local newspaper, Paula began educating others on homeschooling through emails, message boards, and blogs.
“Homeschooling crosses all demographic lines and there is also an incredible amount of variety and diversity in the education styles we see in homeschooling families,” Paula said.
After receiving nationwide attention, Paula launched her own blog, primarily focusing on homeschooling and education.
Eventually, the exposure she generated led to...
As I write this, there is exactly one week left before the 2014 election. In the spirit of the season, it is time for predictions.
Yet rather than make any new predictions, I will simply repeat two predictions about this year’s elections, which I made last year (December 2013 to be exact).
Ten months ago I made two bold predictions. The first was...
Robert Stuber has known the value of hard work since his childhood.
Currently the Director of Development and Direct Marketing at Americans for Prosperity (AFP), Rob began his career on a farm in Louisville, KY, when he was 12. He and his father decided to grow extra tomato plants and sell them on the side of the road. After two years of success, Rob recalls, “We were going to become rich and planted hundreds of plants and worked our butts off, but so did everyone else and the price of tomatoes collapsed to almost nothing. I learned a lot about free markets…and never ate a tomato again.”
Since that early entrepreneurial experience, Rob has continued working hard to help the conservative movement thrive. He was elected...
Be the change you want to see.
As press secretary for Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Mikayla Hall is doing just that.
Mikayla’s earliest political memory is of accidentally voting for Bill Clinton in 1996 during a mock election at her elementary school.
“I went home and cried because I thought my fake vote made him win,” she said.
Born in Minnesota, Mikayla also considers Washington state one of her home states, having spent a decade in both.
While studying Communication at the University of Washington, Mikayla joined Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) as a freshman after being recruited by a Leadership Institute (LI) field rep. Eventually, she became YAL’s first Northwest Regional Director, organizing students in 10 states.
“LI is a toolkit. You can use its material to build yourself the steps to a career in politics, with opportunities to practice through their internship and field program,” she said.
For Army veteran Larry Provost, the call to action, “Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country” was all it took for him to feel the need to get involved.
This military veteran wasn’t always a conservative. In fact, his mother was liberal. It wasn’t until Ronald Reagan became president in the 1980’s that Larry began to see what conservatism was really about.
“As time went on I saw that, on an overall scale, government policies were hurting, and slowly, almost imperceptibly, taking away the dignity, freedoms, and prosperity of the very people they were supposed to help. Reagan was the first President I remember, and he shaped my idea of what a President could be,” Larry said.
In addition to his previous work in the U.S. Army, Larry also serves as an advisor to several conservative groups, and as a Chaplain for the American Legion in Washington, DC.
His enthusiasm for helping the conservative movement is something to be admired. Larry battles the left by contributing to conservative blogging sites like Townhall.com. Many of his articles share his view on what makes this country great and how to preserve it.
He lives in New York City, grew up on the West Coast, and went to college in California, but Oliver Darcy isn’t your typical liberal journalist – he works for Glenn Beck.
“Oliver Darcy is a viral – twitter, facebook, social media – genius,” said fellow journalist Josiah Ryan, who worked with Oliver at the Leadership Institute’s CampusReform and now at Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze.
In just one month this year, Oliver drove 25 million page views to TheBlaze.
“My interest in writing was reignited while at the Leadership Institute when I started writing...
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Chelsi Henry doesn’t view herself as a politico; she's an advocate.
“I’ve always had an interest in being able to serve others and be an advocate for others. Since I was a young girl, I knew that I wanted to be an attorney and be able to use my skills to help people in the public sector,” said Chelsi.
And she has definitely succeeded.
Chelsi uses her voice to advocate for others through prayer, entrepreneurship, and political involvement. Chelsi stays busy promoting conservative values within...