Energized Republicans Anxious to Start Governing

The election season was one unlike any in recent memory. The separation between the candidates, though great, was nothing compared to the division of their respective supporters. Reason and rationality were often lost to passion and anger. Even now, with the election over (save Jill Stein’s attempt to make a name, and a little money,…
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Republicans’ Poverty Plan a Perfect Pitch to Young Voters

Young adults have been caricaturized as the “me, me, me generation.” We, apparently, are a group who suffers from higher levels of narcissistic personality disorder, believes we always deserve a promotion, are developmentally stunted, and are quite simply, lazy. That characterization is pure fiction according to our research. In 2013 we found that young Americans…
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House Republicans Lay out a “Better Way” to Fight Poverty

More millennials believe that wealth is achieved through luck than hard work. That’s one of the findings of our latest report—Growing Up GOP—which seek to better understand young voters and how the GOP can communicate with them effectively. It’s little surprise then that our focus groups also found that, when asked to “build” the ideal…
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GOP Candidates Trade Ideas, Not Barbs, At Poverty Forum

It’s easy to think of the Republican primary race as a gladiator-style, winner-take-all, bloodbath in which attacks ads are the norm and debates are decided based on who landed the most zingers. But what’s often forgotten amidst that media-friendly narrative is that these candidates have big hearts and big ideas, and what may come as…
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Conservatives are Fighting to Win the War on Poverty

Republicans have created a messaging monster. Not too long ago we were known as a party that fought poverty, promoted opportunity and ensured everyone had an opportunity to succeed. The spread of the American Dream was our goal and capitalism and free markets were our tools. But somehow, over the course of the past decade…
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GOP Governors’ Push for Criminal Justice Reform Would Tackle Inner-City Issues Head-On

There is no doubt that law enforcement in some cities needs to examine their relationship with the communities they serve. But there is also no excuse for the paroxysm of violence, dressed up as a “protest,” that is gripping Baltimore. As President Obama said, “I think there are police departments that have to do some…
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New Census Report Shows Young Adults Continue to Struggle Economically

Today’s young adults came of age during one of the most difficult economic periods in recent history. The Great Recession hit our generation hard, driving unemployment rates up to historic levels and pushing wages down to unsustainable amounts. Last week’s jobs report provided a glimmer of hope that these trends could begin to rebound, but…
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Paul Ryan Brings Much-Needed Ideas to Poverty Problem

Just a few short years ago the Republican Party was widely thought of as simply “The Party of No,” which is to say they had no concrete policy proposals other than merely saying “no” to any expansion of the federal government’s role in solving policy problems. Democrats, on the other hand, were at least thinking…
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Poverty is a Problem, But Big-Government is Really Bad at Solving It

Democrats already know what happens when they attempt to run on Obamacare. They tried that in 2010 and the results were disastrous—one of the most significant electoral swings in American history. It’s a mistake they’re not apt to make again, especially since the law’s rollout has been rockier than even the most pessimistic conservative could…
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