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LI’s Future Candidate School Trains Emerging Conservative Candidates
LI’s Future Candidate School Trains Emerging Conservative Candidates

You don’t have to be seasoned politician to win.  With proper training and a plan in place, anyone can learn the tools to win.

Most beginners struggle with the basics and make common mistakes.  There are ways to avoid these mistakes, but it takes learning from the veterans who have been through it all before.  It takes training.

Bill Taylor has been a South Carolina State Representative since 2010 and credits Leadership Institute’s (LI) training for his campaign success.  “I defeated the eight-year incumbent 57% to 43%,” Bill said.  “My campaign success was fueled by...

LI’s Sacher Multimedia Center Gets a Makeover
LI’s Sacher Multimedia Center Gets a Makeover

For more than 15 years, the Leadership Institute’s Sacher Multimedia Center has been a resource for the conservative movement.

In 2015, the studio team upgraded the space to include a brand new studio classroom and lobby. The Sacher Multimedia Center now features the Norma Zimdahl Master Studio, a control room, a dedicated edit suite, and the new multi-purpose James Fishback Boreham Studio Classroom.

See the newly completed studio and all LI has accomplished already since the rennovation. 

Fighting for the Farm
Fighting for the Farm

 

How did a small family-farmer transform into a national headline? 

Why did she join the 2015 Congressional Property Rights Caucus Roundtable, and become The Property Rights Foundation of America’s “Nation’s Grassroots Property Rights Leader”?

It started with a young girl’s childhood dream...

Sen. Cruz About LI: “A Training Ground for the Conservative Movement”
Sen. Cruz About LI: “A Training Ground for the Conservative Movement”

“The Leadership Institute is a training ground for the conservative movement,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz said.

“LI does a fantastic job taking young conservatives from all across the county and helping give them the tools to defend free market principles, to defend the constitution, and to explain the principles our country...

LI Grad Adapts to the Rise of Political Technology
LI Grad Adapts to the Rise of Political Technology

Since 2008, the rise of technology in politics has turned elections into a whole new ball game, and no one knows this better than Rachel Kania.

Rachel currently serves as the Senior Field and Technology Strategist for Rand Paul’s presidential campaign.  But she didn’t just fall into the position.  

Rachel is a firm believer in starting at square one and working your way up the ladder.

Rachel grew up in an apolitical household in Spring Hill, FL.  Her passion for politics didn’t come right away.  In fact, it wasn’t until 2007 that she became drawn to political philosophy and seeking out a candidate with strong principles.  

While perusing through YouTube videos, Rachel discovered...

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 Blackwell, the President of LI, stated 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 spoke during the introduction, asserting...

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.

Building the Young Conservative Movement
Building the Young Conservative Movement

Leadership Institute partners with TeenPact to train Christian high school youth

Seventy dedicated Christian youth aged 14-19 spent five days at the Leadership Institute to train for a lifetime of activism and leadership.

With a strong commitment to advancing faith and freedom through community and civic engagement, these students came from 41 states for their annual adventure known as ‘Back to DC’ – a program run by TeenPact.

Founded in 1994 and based out of Richmond, Virginia, TeenPact is a dynamic, hands-on leadership school for Christian students.

TeenPact works to train youth to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend their Christian faith, and engage the culture.  The Leadership Institute has partnered with TeenPact for 19 years to help these students achieve those goals.

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