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Rich state or poor state?

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Which states have the best economic outlook in 2014? I’m not surprised to see states with lower taxes and limited regulation experience economic growth and job creation. (Congrats to Utah, South Dakota, Indiana, North Dakota and Idaho for earning the top spots!)

At American Majority we talk a lot about the need for state and local leaders to implement common sense fiscal reform because, frankly, the results speak for themselves. Over and over again.

Check out how your state ranks according to Rich States, Poor States, a report released this week by our friends at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Thanks for all you do (and Happy Easter)!

Why are you in the fight?

Why are you in the fight?

Whether it’s reading another report detailing how Obamacare has pushed thousands to part-time work, or how 6.7 percent unemployment is now seen as a successful economic record, each day I am reminded why I care about bringing fiscal sanity back to our nation.

As conservatives, we all have a reason to be in the fight for limited government and free markets.

What’s yours?

Will you take a moment to complete our one question survey on why you’re fighting to reclaim America?

Your answer will help us know how to serve you better as we work together to keep America free.

How Young Americans are Engaging in Politics Across the States

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I had the rare opportunity to go outside of Pennsylvania for the weekend to the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) State Convention in Kentucky. What an honor it was and a great place to be! I was very impressed with the level of engagement and interaction the YAL staff had with the college students and how many ways they offered their support. The students that were there were fun but very serious about their convections. 

I was so impressed with the specificity of questions that they asked on policy.  Anyone who has thought that much needs to be involved in the political process. I would love to hear the response when they get a minute with a representative.

Many asked me about what is the best way to enter the political arena! Oh, to have more young people like this spread throughout the country. They were thoughtful, serious, engaging, smart and just nice to be with! 

What a great job YAL is doing with supporting and growing the leaders of the future.

American Majority is partnering with Young Americans for Liberty to offer 12 one-day trainings and networking events across the U.S. this spring designed to build stronger state cooperation, improve our activists’ effectiveness, and inspire attendees to do even more to advance the cause of liberty. Find out more here.

44 American Majority Trained New Leaders Win Spring Elections

SPRING ELECTIONS

64% of American Majority Trained New Leaders Win

Following yesterday’s Spring General Election, 44 American Majority Trained New Leaders were elected.  With 69 Trained New Leaders on the ballot, the 44 winners make an impressive 64% American Majority win rate. This total includes 4 judges, 26 County Board Supervisors, 9 Municipal Level Leaders, and 5 School Board Members. The highlight of the night came in Kenosha, where Dan Wade came in first place in the Kenosha Unified School Board election and defeated an Incumbent who was part of the majority, which voted for an allegedly illegal union contract.

American Majority is actively building a farm team of New Leaders at all levels of government.  The local level of government is often where the most impact is felt directly by voters.  By building the farm team at this level, citizens can see the most change.  Over the last year, American Majority has worked with local leaders to build a farm team across the country and now has over 1,300 groups or individuals who have signed the New Leaders Pledge, and over 28,000 individuals trained throughout the states. American Majority will continue to train New Leaders to run for all levels of office.

Matt Batzel, the Executive Director of American Majority Wisconsin’s office, said, “Congratulations to all the winners! After yesterday’s election, we now have over 100 trained New Leaders who have been elected since opening our Wisconsin office in October 2010.  Last night, we saw the Kenosha Unified School Board and Menomonee Falls Village Board flipped from liberal majorities to conservative control and progress is being made across the state.”

American Majority Becomes Founding Group of Galt.io

Our team here at American Majority is always looking for ways to use new technology to support our mission. We want to let you know that we have joined Galt.io as a Founding Group and are excited at what it might do not just for us, but the larger mission of organizing for freedom.
We had a chance to sit down with the Galt.io founders at CPAC and get insight into what will be coming online soon. The Galt.io platform could be an extension of some of the things we have wanted to do and build at American Majority, but never made it high enough on the priority list. The combination of Galt.io, American Majority, and conservative activists and candidates could make this a game changer and we invite you to join us on this journey.
Galt.io will create a private exchange for causes that are bought and sold by members via a virtual currency they call Galtcoins (think stock market of ideas). Causes increase in value and pay out dividends based on shareholder involvement. Just like blogs and social media give everyone a media outlet, Galt.io will give members an even playing field to organize for freedom.
Galt.io will be exclusive to members once it launches, but right now, those who help with their crowdfunding effort, become founding members and start playing the game when it launches in less than a month. We’ll keep you updated about our involvement with Galt.io and how you can be a part of this exciting new launch with us!

Grassroots Ground Game Helps Secure Historic Win in PA

When it comes to winning a write-in campaign, a candidate’s chances are extremely slim from the start. Running a successful write-in campaign against a political machine decreases the chance of success even further! So how is it that newly elect Scott Wagner was able not only to win a seat in the Pennsylvania State Senate, but to win by a considerable margin of 47.7 percent? It all comes down to the planning and grassroots organization.

Messaging played a large part in Scott Wagner’s campaign. The Wagner campaign avoided engaging in the nasty mudslinging that was coming from the opposition and focused on getting a positive message out. In order to accomplish the task at hand, winning the primary, Wagner needed a small army of volunteers. Scott Wagner was able to draw many volunteers to his message and organize them in the most effective manner, building his army.

The campaign gained national attention, quickly bringing more energy to Wagner’s campaign. With the help of Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania, hundreds of volunteers flocked to his campaign and hit the streets to help spread information on how to write-in Wagner’s name at the polls correctly. On election day, Wagner also had the help of a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the standards of living in Pennsylvania by restoring the Constitutional principles of limited government, economic freedom, and personal responsibility. Wagner’s well executed election-day operations and effective ground game brought about his victory.

Scott Wagner is the first candidate to ever win a write-in campaign for a Senate seat! His historic win is proof that if you have the heart, drive, and well-organized ground game you can beat the odds.

Winning. Duh.

What does it take to win a local election?

Political candidates who run in local races for the first time are often unaware of what strategies work in their area. How can I get the best exposure? What is the best way to fundraise? How do I reach my voters?

The American Majority team decided to pave the way for these local candidates by giving them insight from past campaigns similar to their own. Over 50 candidates and campaign managers filled out our Survey for Success in Local Campaigns with insight from their own campaigns. The findings are extremely practical. For example, 76% said the most effective way to reach voters was by knocking on doors. I want to share just a few of the winning takeaways with you now. We asked:

“What one thing should a candidate/campaign manager do in order to run a winning campaign?”

From real candidates, to real candidates:

  1. Have a plan that starts with Election Day and works backwards.
  2. Be honest!! People are agitated with rumor and vagueness.
  3. Be the positive candidate…don’t run against your opponent, let folks know what you bring to the table.
  4. Participate on local talk radio frequently.
  5. Have good lists! Know the people in your district and know who votes and who doesn’t.
  6. Know how many votes you need to win, where they are going to come from, how you are going to get them, and how much it will cost.
  7. Worry less about what the opponent is doing and worry more about what your campaign can and should do.
  8. Stay humble but confident.
  9. Have a reason for everything you do – don’t fly blind or create busywork.
  10. Appreciate and respect the time of volunteers.

Look for more results on our blog throughout the next few weeks! We’re excited to include these insights in our in-person trainings this year as we help conservative individuals make an impact in their neighborhoods.

Senator Rand Paul Wins NE Presidential Straw Poll

Congratulations to Senator Rand Paul for his presidential straw poll victory over the weekend at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference. Paul edged out northeasterner and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie 15% to 13% at the Nashua, NH event.

The win comes on the heels of a convincing win by Paul at the Conservative Political Action Conference and shows he has some real mojo going on outside of the beltway.

Paul’s win is even more impressive at the NH event since he did so with no presence there. The win shows that he does have some real upside opportunity in what is generally considered a more liberally-minded Northeast.

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What’s Your Lucky Number? Ours is 28K.

What’s your lucky number? Ours is 28,000.

Today, I’m excited to announce that American Majority has now trained over 28,000 new leaders over the past six years. These individuals have gone on to impact their communities in a myriad of ways — some stepping up to run for office while others have worked as activists to bring fiscal sanity to their hometowns and states.

As we highlighted last month, our trained new leaders this year include representatives at all levels of local governmental offices. American Majority works to build a farm team of new leaders at all levels of government. The farm team builds from the most local level of government where citizens often feel the most impact. These leaders are also the folks who will hopefully take the next step to run for higher office down the road, creating a pipeline of conservative public service.

We’re proud of our trainees: men and women who don’t equate economic growth with big government, who work to keep taxes low, and who refuse to let over-regulation strangle their states and communities. We look forward to training thousands more this year and in the years to come!

Your Conservative Cheat Sheet


Conservative Cheat Sheet
We’ve all been there—waiting for a speaker to step on stage, anticipating an energizing presentation. Then the speech begins and we cringe inwardly, avoiding eye contact with the speaker. The longer it runs, the more strongly we feel that we should have stayed home.

When it’s your turn to take the stage, how can you maintain a connection with your audience? Don’t allow your cause to crumble around your communication skills. Gain the skills you need, including in-person communication, social networking, and media relations.

This week we’re releasing a new Conservative Cheat Sheet with tips for success that include: 

  • How to communicate your message
  • The art of making news
  • Checklist for effective voter canvassing
  • How to use campaign technology
  • Best ways to stand out as a top conservative online

If you think it’s time to get things done in your community—whether that means running for office or making change happen as an activist—download the Conservative Cheat Sheet today!

A New Beginning in Vermont

A New Beginning in Vermont

Last week saw some significant victories by American Majority in normally liberal Burlington, VT. Three of four candidates who worked with the organization in January and ran in Burlington won their races.

This included Scot Shumski who attended American Majority’s candidate training in Burlington on January 18th and ran for the school board. He successfully ousted the incumbent school commissioner by a 2 to 1 margin. Shumski who ran for the school board last year and lost, saw his vote total triple from last year and was the top vote getter on election day this year.

Shumski had this to say, “I was the top vote getter in the entire city. Thank you American Majority!”

How to Make Political Action Happen: American Majority at CPAC

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This week we will be roaming the aisles of the exhibition hall at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) in Washington D.C., chatting it up with friends and colleagues, and listening in on speakers hailing from Texas to Europe.

We want to meet you! Stop by American Majority’s booth (#424) in the exhibition hall. Pick up some awesome giveaways and tell us about your community and what you’re doing in it. Our goal is to enhance your CPAC experience by giving you the tools to make meaningful political action happen this year.

Also, Ned Ryun, our founder and CEO, is moderating a panel at 3:30pm on Friday, 3/7: Social Media 3.0: The Next Revolution Will Start on Your Phone (Let’s Hope Conservatives Don’t Miss It). Don’t miss it!

Hope to see you there!

How to Communicate Principles Worth Promoting

American Majority partners with the Allen West Foundation to educate and inspire the next generation of conservatives among the minority and veteran communities. The Allen West Foundation has been doing fantastic work. They not only care about minority and veteran communities – but they’re doing something about it.

Here’s a note from Allen West as posted on the Allen West Foundation blog, linking to a video we think you’ll enjoy:

“We need to start talking about the principles that make this country great: Faith, family, individual responsibility… These are the principles that our communities need – the values that must be cultivated in our youth. I’m determined to get this discussion started. Check out this video from a recent Allen West Foundation event where I talk about these very principles and how they impact our youth.”

Allen West Foundation Video: Principles Worth Promoting

With a shared vision for education and activism, we look forward to training conservatives and distributing timely resources to those interested in becoming more engaged in their communities and considering a run for public office. Contact American Majority at team@americanmajority.org to bring in a training to your area.

American Majority Joins Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) Across the States

American Majority is partnering with Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) to train, educate, and network hundreds of college students and young professionals all across the country this spring.

We are excited to train at YAL’s state conventions — one-day training events designed “to build stronger state cooperation, improve activists’ effectiveness, and inspire attendees to do even more to advance the cause of liberty.”

Register online through Young Americans for Liberty. If you have any questions, please contact team@americanmajority.org.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the 12 YAL State Conventions happening this spring. For more information, visit Young Americans for Liberty online

Young Americans for Liberty

 

All 66 American Majority Trained New Leaders Advance to April

American Majority Helps Change the Shape of Local Boards

Mequon,WI- Over the last several months, American Majority Wisconsin staff has been training new local leaders across the state who then decided to take the challenge and run for office. After yesterday’s primary election, all 66 of these American Majority trained leaders have advanced to the general election on April 1.

American Majority works to build a farm team of new leaders at all levels of government. Our trained new leaders in the Spring 2014 election include representatives at all levels of local governmental offices.  The farm team builds from the most local level of government where citizens often feel the most impact.  These leaders are also the folks who will hopefully take the next step to run for higher office down the road, creating a pipeline of conservative public service.

Matt Batzel, the Executive Director of American Majority Wisconsin’s office, said “Since opening our office in October 2010, we have trained 60 new leaders who’ve gone on to victory in general elections. We are proud of our trained leaders’ successes after encountering American Majority, and look forward to congratulating a next round of winners this April. Conservatives who step forward and sacrifice to run for office are making a difference to improve their communities.”

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