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Thursday, October 8
 

8:00am

Registration
Thursday October 8, 2015 8:00am - 6:00pm
Outside Ballroom

8:30am

An Introduction to Leadership by Design
Speakers

Thursday October 8, 2015 8:30am - 12:00pm
Ballroom C

12:00pm

Lunch Roundtable Discussion

Lunch and Roundtable Discussion for RLC Regional Directors and State Leaders. Discussion topics include what has worked and not worked for states, membership growth and retention strategies, and PR strategies. Special presentation by RLC of Florida on how to host a successful Constitution Day Dinner.


Moderators
avatar for Matt Nye

Matt Nye

Chair, Republican Liberty Caucus
Matt Nye is National Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC), a 527 voluntary grassroots membership organization dedicated to working within the Republican Party to advance the principles of individual rights, limited government and free markets (www.rlc.org).In addition to his role as National Chair, Nye has taken on a number of leadership roles in local and national political and non-profit organizations. He is the Founder and Immediate... Read More →

Thursday October 8, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Trafalgar A&B

2:30pm

Leadership Institute Workshop - Communications

Part 1: Intuition and Reasoning: Understanding how people judge and choose

Effective communications are built upon an understanding of the values driving the decision-making of individuals in the target audience.  Unlike issues, values are deep-rooted and comparatively stable.  Effective communicators understand the values driving individual decision making, then construct communications to tap into those values.

Part 2: Developing a Communications Strategy

A campaign’s communication strategy serves to achieve defined goals and compliments the campaign’s general strategy.  This presentation provides insight in the classic elements of successful communications programs and step by step guidance in implementation. 

Part 3: Relationship Building

In this training you will find out what motivates individuals to participate in politics and how to leverage those passions to create an effective political team.

 


Speakers
avatar for Robert Arnakis

Robert Arnakis

Senior Director of Domestic and International Programs, Leadership Institute
Robert Arnakis is the Senior Director of Domestic and International Programs for The Leadership Institute, the nation’s premier public policy training organization.  Robert oversees divisions which provide political education and training to tens of thousands of activists, elected officials, and political staffers. Robert's 15 years of grassroots organizing, campaign, fundraising, and communications... Read More →
avatar for Sandi Belzer

Sandi Belzer

Sandra Belzer Brendale has been working at the nexus of the liberty movement and the Republican Party for more than 20 years. She’s been involved with presidential campaigns, state legislature races, municipal ordinance debates, Party leadership votes—and everything everywhere else that affects public policy. Specifically, Sandi has served as Chairman of the RLC/WA, which she built into an influential part of the Washington State... Read More →
avatar for Travis Korson

Travis Korson

Director - DC, Madison Strategies
Travis Korson a veteran of politics with years of experience in campaigns, communications and public policy. Recent roles and affiliations include Director-DC of Madison Strategies, Communications Director for Special Projects at Frontiers of Freedom, and Virginia Field Director for the Faith and Freedom Coalition (2013). Travis has also served in the Bush White House and has spent time at various conservative organizations and government... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom A/B
 
Friday, October 9
 

7:00am

Breakfast & Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Matt Nye

Matt Nye

Chair, Republican Liberty Caucus
Matt Nye is National Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC), a 527 voluntary grassroots membership organization dedicated to working within the Republican Party to advance the principles of individual rights, limited government and free markets (www.rlc.org).In addition to his role as National Chair, Nye has taken on a number of leadership roles in local and national political and non-profit organizations. He is the Founder and Immediate... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 7:00am - 8:00am
Ballroom B/C

7:00am

Registration
Friday October 9, 2015 7:00am - 6:00pm
Outside Ballroom

8:00am

RLC Biennial Business Meeting

Biennial Meeting Agenda

  1. Call to order, Invocation, and Pledge
  2. Approval of minutes of last meeting
  3. Chairman’s Report
  4. Vice Chairman’s Report
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Secretary's Report
  7. Committee Reports
  8. Voting of Officers
  9. Voting on Bylaws Amendments
  10. Old Business
  11. New Business
  12. Meeting Adjourned

Friday October 9, 2015 8:00am - 12:30pm
Trafalgar A

9:00am

Ted Cruz Presentation
Speakers
avatar for Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz

Presidential Candidate


Friday October 9, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Ballroom B/C

1:00pm

Liberty and The Media Panel

Examines how the U.S. media are controlled by a handful of corporations exercising extraordinary political, social, and economic power. Discussion topics to include media, censorship, and how news and information can be manipulated and skewed. Is it investigative journalism or controlled self-interests by media?

 

Moderators
avatar for Whitney Neal

Whitney Neal

Marketing Director, Bill of Rights Institute
A former Public Relations professional, department director, and middle school History teacher, Whitney holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration with an emphasis in Education Policy.  After spending two years as the Director of Grassroots for FreedomWorks, she currently serves as the Director of Marketing for the Bill of Rights Institute... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christine Baratta

Christine Baratta

Communications Director, Allegiance Strategies
Christine Baratta is a communications and media specialist with experience in broadcasting, politics and public relations. She has worked as a talk radio producer in Boston for over 10 years and covered the 2008 New Hampshire First-in-the-Nation Primary and Presidential Election for Bloomberg News. Christine’s political experience includes serving as the Communications Director for the New Hampshire Republican Party and as the... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Bates

Suzanne Bates

Suzanne Bates is the Director of Policy and Legislative Outreach at the Hartford based Yankee Institute for Public Policy, where she has studied and written about taxes, transportation, education, energy policy, and more. Before her work with Yankee, Suzanne was a journalist and researcher for more than a decade. Highlights from her career include covering the Wyoming state legislature for the Associated Press, reporting on the 2008... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Gagnon

Matthew Gagnon

"I flirted with the Libertarian Party but eventually came to believe that the best vehicle for the promotion of what I believed in was within the Republican Party. So I joined the Republican Liberty Caucus — an organization devoted to libertarian principles within the GOP." (http://goo.gl/5Tz9M6) | | Matthew Gagnon is the Chief Executive Officer of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, Maine's premier conservative policy think tank... Read More →
avatar for Wayne Allyn Root

Wayne Allyn Root

Author and Entrepreneur, Cool Hand Root
Wayne Allyn Root is a former Presidential candidate and Vice Presidential nominee of the United States. He is a CEO, serial entrepreneur, bestselling author, national media personality and host of the most popular conservative talk radio show in Las Vegas "WAR Now: The Wayne Allyn Root Show" on 790 Talk. Wayne has been Donald Trump's opening speaker at many Trump events. He's the fiercest defender of Trump all over the mainstream media. His... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom

2:00pm

Rand Paul Presentation
Speakers
avatar for Rand Paul

Rand Paul

Presidential Candidate


Friday October 9, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom B/C

2:30pm

Panel: U.S. Budget and Debt
The focus is on the breakdown of the federal budget process and possible solutions that could put the country on a more responsible fiscal path. Discussion topics include past problems with the budget process, the federal debt limit, mandatory spending programs, enforcement mechanisms, and other ways to promote a long-term focus as elected officials develop tax and spending plans. 

Moderators
avatar for Justin Vélez-Hagan

Justin Vélez-Hagan

Justin Vélez-Hagan is the founder and executive director of The National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, Inc., an economic policy researcher at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and former adjunct professor of economics within the University System of Maryland. His work has been featured in numerous national publications, including: Forbes, Fox News Latino, Politico, The Hill, Politic365... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Dennis

John Dennis

John Dennis is a former three-time candidate in America’s toughest congressional race; running as a Republican against Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco. A two-time former chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of California, Mr. Dennis was born in Jersey City, N.J. in a public housing project. The son of a longshoreman and city hall clerk, he graduated from Fordham University and... Read More →
avatar for Michael Smigiel

Michael Smigiel

Candidate for US Congress, Smigiel For Congress
Michael D. Smigiel Sr., is a current United States Congressional Candidate in Maryland’s 1st Congressional District, and a former Maryland State Delegate serving 12 years in the Maryland Statehouse. Elected from 2002 through 2014, Michael held significant leadership positions including seven years as the Republican Parliamentarian, sole Republican member of the Chairman’s Committee “in the backroom”, as a member of the House Judiciary... Read More →
avatar for Clifford Thies, Ph.D

Clifford Thies, Ph.D

Eldon R. Lindsey Chair of Free Enterprise and Professor of Economics and Finance at the Byrd School of Business of Shenandoah University. Previously on the faculties of the University of Baltimore and the University of Montana. | | 1982 Boston College PhD in Economics. | | Author, co-author, contributor or editor of 95 books, encyclopedia articles and articles in scholarly journals. Most recently, a co-authored article on Warren Harding... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Trafalgar B

2:30pm

The Center for Election Science
Speakers
avatar for Andy Jennings

Andy Jennings

Chair, The Center for Election Science
Andy was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. He did his undergraduate work in mathematics at Arizona State University. Andy continued at Arizona State when in 2010 he completed his Ph.D. in mathematics. Given his strong interest in voting theory, Andy did his dissertation on the concepts of monotonicity and gaming in both ordinal- and cardinal-class voting systems.   Andy continues to live near his roots in Mesa, Arizona. He is also the... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Amphitheater

2:30pm

Workshop: Precinct Projects Presentation: Working Within Your Local GOP
This Precinct Project presentation underscores the effort to take back the political process.  Join Lois to find out how you can have more influence in your community to take your government back!

Speakers
avatar for Lois Kaneshiki

Lois Kaneshiki

Chairman, Republican Liberty Caucus of Pennsylvania
Republican Liberty Caucus of Pennsylvania Chairman and Precinct Project expert.   Lois is the state chair of the RLC in Pennsylvania, which chartered in 2013,  president of the local council of the National Federation of Republican Women,  and a founding member of the Blair County (Pa) Tea Party.  After joining the Libertarian Party in the mid-90’s as a political novice and holding various leadership roles in the... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Ballroom Parlor A

3:15pm

Coffee Reception and Speakers
Speakers
avatar for Whitney Neal

Whitney Neal

Marketing Director, Bill of Rights Institute
A former Public Relations professional, department director, and middle school History teacher, Whitney holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration with an emphasis in Education Policy.  After spending two years as the Director of Grassroots for FreedomWorks, she currently serves as the Director of Marketing for the Bill of Rights Institute... Read More →
avatar for Michael Smigiel

Michael Smigiel

Candidate for US Congress, Smigiel For Congress
Michael D. Smigiel Sr., is a current United States Congressional Candidate in Maryland’s 1st Congressional District, and a former Maryland State Delegate serving 12 years in the Maryland Statehouse. Elected from 2002 through 2014, Michael held significant leadership positions including seven years as the Republican Parliamentarian, sole Republican member of the Chairman’s Committee “in the backroom”, as a member of the House Judiciary... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Hunt Club

3:30pm

Panel: Immigration:Commerce & Security

Impact of immigration on commerce and security. Discussion topics include economic issues.


Moderators
avatar for Dave Nalle

Dave Nalle

Director, Texas Liberty Foundation
Dave Nalle is Executive Director of the Texas Liberty Foundation, Chairman of the Center for Foreign and Defense Policy, South Central Regional Director for the Republican Liberty Caucus and an advisory board member at the Coalition to Reduce Spending and the Republican Reason Caucus. He has worked as Texas State Director for the Gary Johnson Presidential campaign, as an adviser to the Ted Cruz senatorial campaign and as Communications... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sandi Belzer

Sandi Belzer

Sandra Belzer Brendale has been working at the nexus of the liberty movement and the Republican Party for more than 20 years. She’s been involved with presidential campaigns, state legislature races, municipal ordinance debates, Party leadership votes—and everything everywhere else that affects public policy. Specifically, Sandi has served as Chairman of the RLC/WA, which she built into an influential part of the Washington State... Read More →
avatar for Will Coley

Will Coley

National Director, M4L (Muslims for Liberty)
William Coley is a native of Lenoir City, Tennessee. | As National Director for Muslims 4 Liberty, Coley has spent the last five years as a visible political activist within the Muslim community. Mr Coley worked as co-host of America's first Tea Party radio show "Tea Party Patriots Live" on WORL, 660 Orlando. During his time as co-host of TPPL he and show co-host Phil Russo brought to light an obscure campaign to unseat two activist judges on... Read More →
avatar for Chip Jones

Chip Jones

Managing Partner, Asymmetrical Political Solutions, LLC
We have developed an innovative political consulting company that focuses on the "retail" aspects of political campaigns using up-to-date cutting edge technological theory to drive balanced activity. As political operatives from a "Blue State", we have learned to build campaigns using innovative approaches and to "steal the playbook" of the progressive operatives and find new ways of making them work conservatively. | | Personally, I am a... Read More →
avatar for Bob Quasius

Bob Quasius

Bob Quasius is the founder of Café Con Leche Republicans. Bob has been a Republican activist for over 20 years, in NJ, CT, CO, MN, NE, and IA, as a candidate, a county Republican treasurer, and now president of Cafe Con Leche Republicans. Originally Bob, like many conservative Republicans, did not support immigration reform. After navigating the legal system to bring his wife Aida to the U.S., and learning more about our broken... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Ballroom Parlor D

3:30pm

Workshop: Educational Opportunity
TBA

Speakers
avatar for Kate Baker

Kate Baker

Network for Educational Opportunity
Kate Baker is Executive Director of the Network for Educational Opportunity (NEO), the first organization to implement the New Hampshire Education Tax Credit Scholarships. Kate grew up in Manchester and graduated from the University of New Hampshire, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Following graduation she directed operations at a friend's small business, and... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Levell

Michelle Levell

Director, School Choice for New Hampshire
Michelle Levell has been active in state-level public policy, particularly education issues, since moving to New Hampshire in 2005. She is the Director of School Choice for New Hampshire and has served on several diverse boards, including the Educational Choices Foundation, Liberty Harbor Academy, the New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition, the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance (NHLA), and the Pelham-Windham Razorbacks youth football and cheer... Read More →
avatar for Jody Underwood

Jody Underwood

Senior Managing Learning Scientist, Intelligent Automation, Inc.
Jody S. Underwood has a background in education, computer science, and artificial intelligence, and specializes in the use of technology for learning and assessment. She has spent the last 25+ years doing research and development of intelligent tutoring systems, e-learning environments, embedded assessment design in games and simulations, and effective feedback. Dr. Underwood received her B.S. in Computer Science from Hofstra University in... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Trafalgar A&B

6:00pm

Friday Dinner
Speakers
avatar for Wayne Allyn Root

Wayne Allyn Root

Author and Entrepreneur, Cool Hand Root
Wayne Allyn Root is a former Presidential candidate and Vice Presidential nominee of the United States. He is a CEO, serial entrepreneur, bestselling author, national media personality and host of the most popular conservative talk radio show in Las Vegas "WAR Now: The Wayne Allyn Root Show" on 790 Talk. Wayne has been Donald Trump's opening speaker at many Trump events. He's the fiercest defender of Trump all over the mainstream media. His... Read More →
avatar for Jim Rubens

Jim Rubens

Jim Rubens
Jim Rubens is a serial small business entrepreneur who lives with his family in Hanover. His makes his living investing commercial real estate and New England technology and healthcare start-ups. He attended Dartmouth College, studying chemistry and electronic music. | | Over the past 20 years, Jim has been involved in every facet of New Hampshire politics. In his first run for office he successfully primaried the sitting GOP Senate... Read More →
avatar for Mark Skousen

Mark Skousen

Presidential Fellow, Chapman University
Dr. Mark Skousen is a professional economist, financial advisor, university professor and author of more than 25 books on economics, personal finance, and investing. His works include  Economic Logic, A Viennese Waltz Down Wall Street, The Making of Modern Economics, and The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin. He writes an award-winning financial newsletter, Forecasts & Strategies, produces the annual FreedomFest conference... Read More →
avatar for Michael Steele

Michael Steele

Frmr. Chairman, RNC, The Steele Group
When he was elected Lt. Governor of Maryland in 2003, Michael Steele made history as the first African American elected to statewide office; and again with his subsequent chairmanship of the Republican National Committee in 2009. | As chairman of the RNC, Michael Steele was charged with revitalizing the Republican Party. A self-described "Lincoln Republican," under Steele’s leadership the RNC broke fundraising records (over $198 million... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Ballroom
 
Saturday, October 10
 

7:00am

Registration
Saturday October 10, 2015 7:00am - 6:00pm
Outside Ballroom

8:00am

Breakfast/General Session
Speakers
avatar for Michele Fiore

Michele Fiore

Assemblywoman, State of Nevada
Assemblywoman Michele Fiore represents Clark County Assembly District 4 (Las Vegas) and is serving her first term. Michele was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has lived in Nevada since 1993. The only child of a single mother, Michele was taught to be fiercely independent and to value hard work.Michele has over 24 years of business and entrepreneurial experience. She owns a company that deals with healthcare issues, providing care to the sick... Read More →
avatar for Steve Lonegan

Steve Lonegan

Director, Monetary Policy
Steve Lonegan is widely considered one of the nation’s best policy debaters and as such has received extensive exposure on television and radio. He has dedicated his time in public life to fighting for taxpayers. On August 1, 2014, Steve took the helm as Director of Monetary Policy for the American Principles in Action. As the head of the Fix the Dollar project, he is charged with the responsibility of building national grassroots support... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 8:00am - 9:00am
Ballroom A/B

9:00am

Panel: Fixing the Electoral Process: Popular Vote, Term Limits, Approval Voting

Thomas Jefferson advised that we set limits on reelection to the Senate and to the Presidency, because, “Nothing is so essential to the preservation of a republican government as a periodic rotation.“  Discussion topics include the merits of the National Popular Vote plan versus the current system, and how term limits should be part of the system.


Moderators
avatar for Dan Krassner

Dan Krassner

Political Director, Represent.Us
Dan Krassner is the Political Director at Represent.Us, the largest grassroots anti-corruption campaign in the U.S. Dan served as a senior strategist on the successful campaign to pass America’s first statewide Anti-Corruption Act in South Dakota in 2016. He led the effort in 2014 to pass the first local Anti-Corruption Act in Tallahassee, Florida. Prior to joining Represent.Us, Dan co-founded Integrity Florida, a nonpartisan... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Saul Anuzis

Saul Anuzis

Former Michigan Republican Party Chairman, RNC Michigan National Committeeman. Republican Liberty Caucus Central Region Director.
avatar for Stephen Cobb

Stephen Cobb

Treasurer, The Center for Election Science
Stephen Cobb has 20 years of international experience in business, diplomatic, academic, and non-profit environments in the areas of project management, systems engineering, business analysis, IT, e-learning, and human performance improvement. Steve grew up in Southern California and received his B.S. in engineering from Harvey Mudd College and his M.S. in electrical engineering from UCLA. A project manager and business analyst, Steve spent 20... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Rogers

Kevin Rogers

Kevin J. Rogers is a freelance writer and journalist based in Clifton Park, N.Y., and the Director of Policy Research and national vice-chair of The Modern Whig Party of America. After studying political science at Siena College he embarked on a varied career in public advocacy, banking and the hospitality industry before becoming a full-time writer and journalist in 2004. He is the former managing editor of The Ballston Journal, covering... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Trafalgar A

9:00am

Panel: Liberty in Blue States

It’s not just Red state versus Blue state as much as rural (Red) values versus urban (Blue) values.  Blue states tend to be liberal or inclined towards bigger government, while Red states vote in the interest of rural areas and smaller government.  The Constitution is designed toward rural rather than urban values.  Discussion topics include How can we win in a Blue State?  Which states are most pro growth?  


Moderators
avatar for Sandi Belzer

Sandi Belzer

Sandra Belzer Brendale has been working at the nexus of the liberty movement and the Republican Party for more than 20 years. She’s been involved with presidential campaigns, state legislature races, municipal ordinance debates, Party leadership votes—and everything everywhere else that affects public policy. Specifically, Sandi has served as Chairman of the RLC/WA, which she built into an influential part of the Washington State... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michele Fiore

Michele Fiore

Assemblywoman, State of Nevada
Assemblywoman Michele Fiore represents Clark County Assembly District 4 (Las Vegas) and is serving her first term. Michele was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has lived in Nevada since 1993. The only child of a single mother, Michele was taught to be fiercely independent and to value hard work.Michele has over 24 years of business and entrepreneurial experience. She owns a company that deals with healthcare issues, providing care to the sick... Read More →
avatar for Russ Hryzan

Russ Hryzan

Vice Chairman, Rhode Island Republican Party
Northeast Regional Director & RI Chair, Republican Liberty Caucus, Global Program Manager, Pfizer, and owner of Village Restaurant Group, Providence RI | Russ is an IT Manager and restaurant entrepreneur from Providence, RI.  Russ has both run in as well as managed multiple political campaigns in Providence RI, and is also currently Republican City Committee Ward 10 Chair in Providence, RI.  Russ had been extensively involved in the RI... Read More →
avatar for Chip Jones

Chip Jones

Managing Partner, Asymmetrical Political Solutions, LLC
We have developed an innovative political consulting company that focuses on the "retail" aspects of political campaigns using up-to-date cutting edge technological theory to drive balanced activity. As political operatives from a "Blue State", we have learned to build campaigns using innovative approaches and to "steal the playbook" of the progressive operatives and find new ways of making them work conservatively. | | Personally, I am a... Read More →
avatar for Michael Smigiel

Michael Smigiel

Candidate for US Congress, Smigiel For Congress
Michael D. Smigiel Sr., is a current United States Congressional Candidate in Maryland’s 1st Congressional District, and a former Maryland State Delegate serving 12 years in the Maryland Statehouse. Elected from 2002 through 2014, Michael held significant leadership positions including seven years as the Republican Parliamentarian, sole Republican member of the Chairman’s Committee “in the backroom”, as a member of the House Judiciary... Read More →
avatar for James Walsh

James Walsh

Owner, Silver Lake Publishing
Vice Chairman, Washington State Republican Party (WSRP). Director, RLC/WA. | I’ve been active in Washington politics for over a decade. For most of that time, my goal has been to help reform the Republican Party from within—to bring it back to its traditions of valuing individual liberty and free-market economics. This has meant staying true to RLC principles, openly and honestly, while earning the trust of all Republicans that I’ll... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Amphitheater

9:00am

Panel: Obamacare and Its Impact on Small Business

According to national polls, Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations are reducing small business (20-99 workers) pay by at least $22.6 billion annually.  In addition, ACA regulations and rising insurance premiums have reduced employment by more than 350,000 jobs nationwide.  Small businesses have slowly started shedding jobs and reducing wages.  Discussion topics include what do insurance rates really look like under Obamacare?  Is the ACA more affordable, or have insurances prices increased dramatically as some people claim?


Moderators
avatar for Edward Hudgins

Edward Hudgins

Director of Advocacy, The Atlas Society
Edward Hudgins is Director of Advocacy at The Atlas Society. Formerly director of regulatory studies for the Cato Institute and editor of Regulation magazine, Ed is an expert on the regulation of space and transportation, pharmaceuticals, and labor. He served as a senior economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and was both deputy director for economic policy studies and director of the Center for International... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Day

Aaron Day

Chief Executive Officer, The Atlas Society
Aaron Day is the Chair of the Stark360 PAC and serves on the board of directors. Day is listed byThe Boston Globe as one of the key activists whose endorsement is needed to win the 2016 Presidential primary in New Hampshire. Day Chairs the Republican Liberty Caucus Convention Committee which will be hosting itsbi-annual convention with many of the Presidential candidates in Nashua New Hampshire in October 2016. Day is also currently the... Read More →
avatar for Zachary Janowski

Zachary Janowski

Director of External Affairs, Yankee Institute for Public Policy
Zachary Janowski is the director of external affairs at the Yankee Institute, Connecticut’s free-market think tank. He joined Yankee in 2010 as an investigative reporter uncovering waste, fraud and abuse in state government. Now, in addition to his reporting responsibilities, he builds relationships and shares Yankee’s ideas. Janowski was born and raised in Nashua, N.H., and he’s trying to teach Connecticut how to “live free or die.” He... Read More →
avatar for Marie Lopez

Marie Lopez

Marie Lopez was elected an alternate member to the national board of directors for the Republican Liberty Caucus in May of 2013, at the Republican Liberty Caucus National Convention in Austin, Texas. | | Marie has been working in the Healthcare field since 2001 when she certified as an Emergency Medical Technician, since then she has had the opportunity to work in many different departments, at some of the best healthcare facilities in the... Read More →
avatar for Nick Zaricki

Nick Zaricki

A lifelong New Hampshire citizen, Nick Zaricki is a Republican member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Hillsborough, District 06. He serves on the Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Committee. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.  | | Zaricki mounted an aggressive campaign focused on the threat government growth has posed to the "New Hampshire Advantage." Throughout his campaign and as a... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Hunt Club

10:00am

Coffee Reception (Sponsored by the Free State Project)
Speakers
avatar for Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer

Entrepreneur, Author & Commentator, Let Me Be Clear
Katie graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of St. Thomas. Katie has a background in commercial real estate. Katie chaired a National NAIOP Young Professionals Forum of rising stars in commercial real estate and won multiple awards at the state and national levels for her leadership in commercial real estate. She was also named one of the ‘Twin Cities 25 Finest Young Professionals.’ Today, Katie... Read More →
avatar for Jason Sorens

Jason Sorens

Founder, Free State Project
Jason Sorens is Lecturer in Government at Dartmouth College. He received his BA in economics and philosophy from Washington and Lee University and his PhD in political science from Yale University. His research interests include secessionist movements, ethnic politics, civil war, fiscal federalism, and state and local public policies. | | Jason is the father of a five-year-old girl and volunteers for the Upper Valley Land Trust in his spare... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 10:00am - 10:15am
Ballroom A/B

10:15am

Panel: Conservatives and Libertarians in Common Core

The widespread fear that Common Core is a guise for the centralization of education.  This viewpoint is cause for great growth amongst conservatives and libertarians at the grassroots level.  Discussion topics include how will the centralization of standards affect curricula, promotion of informational texts in English classes, and the gathering of student information tracking students through the entirety of their school and college education.


Moderators
avatar for Jeffrey Horn

Jeffrey Horn

Vice Chairman, Republican Liberty Caucus of Wisconsin
Jeffrey D. Horn is a father of four children, a grassroots activist, and a data scientist. Earning his Bachelor of Science degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he also holds a master’s degree in mathematics and a Ph. D. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. A professional programmer, he works daily to build infrastructure that can be used to leverage Big Data in improving advertising... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kate Baker

Kate Baker

Network for Educational Opportunity
Kate Baker is Executive Director of the Network for Educational Opportunity (NEO), the first organization to implement the New Hampshire Education Tax Credit Scholarships. Kate grew up in Manchester and graduated from the University of New Hampshire, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Following graduation she directed operations at a friend's small business, and... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Levell

Michelle Levell

Director, School Choice for New Hampshire
Michelle Levell has been active in state-level public policy, particularly education issues, since moving to New Hampshire in 2005. She is the Director of School Choice for New Hampshire and has served on several diverse boards, including the Educational Choices Foundation, Liberty Harbor Academy, the New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition, the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance (NHLA), and the Pelham-Windham Razorbacks youth football and cheer... Read More →
avatar for Kirsten Lombard

Kirsten Lombard

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Resounding Books PAC
Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Kirsten Lombard has served as a volunteer grassroots organizer for the past six years and was recently elected member-at-large to the newly re-established Wisconsin charter of the Republican Liberty Caucus. In her capacity as organizer, she has focused her efforts primarily on state policy matters that bear on individual, civil, and constitutional liberties, with the past three years devoted almost exclusively to... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 10:15am - 11:00am
Amphitheater

10:15am

Panel: Emerging Issues for those Fighting for Freedom (Sponsored by Frontiers of Freedom)

Join Frontiers of Freedom for a panel discussing emerging issues on the front lines of the battle for freedom and liberty.  A free iPad will be raffled off at the end of the presentation.   Enter a business card at the beginning of the presentation and the winner will be called during the presentation. You must be present to win.


Speakers
avatar for Travis Korson

Travis Korson

Director - DC, Madison Strategies
Travis Korson a veteran of politics with years of experience in campaigns, communications and public policy. Recent roles and affiliations include Director-DC of Madison Strategies, Communications Director for Special Projects at Frontiers of Freedom, and Virginia Field Director for the Faith and Freedom Coalition (2013). Travis has also served in the Bush White House and has spent time at various conservative organizations and government... Read More →
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George Landrith

President & CEO, Frontiers of Freedom
Since 1998, George Landrith has served as the President and CEO of Frontiers of Freedom – a public policy think tank devoted to promoting a strong national defense, free markets, individual liberty, and constitutionally limited government.  Frontiers of Freedom is recognized as a national leader on many of the most important issues facing America today – including: national security and defense, constitutional law... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 10:15am - 11:00am
Trafalgar A

10:15am

Panel: Millennial Activism

Millennials represent an increasingly more influential portion of the American electorate and they view politics differently from their parents.  Generally speaking, research has shown that the millennial generation cares more about personal liberty, social equality, and environmental consciousness.  Discussion topics include how to identify and address these issues and “grab” the millennial vote.


Moderators
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Emily Ekins

Director of Polling, Cato Institute
Emily Ekins is a research fellow at the Cato Institute where she is launching a new public opinion research project. She conducts in-depth public opinion studies at the intersection of public policy, values, and psychology. Emily's publications include "The Libertarian Roots of the Tea Party" and "Public Attitudes Toward Federalism: The Publicäó»s Preference for a Renewed Federalism." Before joining Cato, she spent four years as the Director... Read More →

Speakers
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Katie Kieffer

Entrepreneur, Author & Commentator, Let Me Be Clear
Katie graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of St. Thomas. Katie has a background in commercial real estate. Katie chaired a National NAIOP Young Professionals Forum of rising stars in commercial real estate and won multiple awards at the state and national levels for her leadership in commercial real estate. She was also named one of the ‘Twin Cities 25 Finest Young Professionals.’ Today, Katie... Read More →
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Michael Melendez

Former Utah State Chairman, Young Americans for Liberty
Michael Melendez became involved in the liberty movement as a high school senior when he saw Ron Paul during the YouTube Debates in 2007. Since then he has been active in Campaign for Liberty (C4L), Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), Students For Liberty (SFL), and College Republicans. He founded a YAL chapter at Brigham Young University (BYU) in 2011 and became the state chairman for Utah in 2013. He has served as the Vice Chair and... Read More →
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Whitney Neal

Marketing Director, Bill of Rights Institute
A former Public Relations professional, department director, and middle school History teacher, Whitney holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration with an emphasis in Education Policy.  After spending two years as the Director of Grassroots for FreedomWorks, she currently serves as the Director of Marketing for the Bill of Rights Institute... Read More →
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Nick Zaricki

A lifelong New Hampshire citizen, Nick Zaricki is a Republican member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Hillsborough, District 06. He serves on the Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Committee. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.  | | Zaricki mounted an aggressive campaign focused on the threat government growth has posed to the "New Hampshire Advantage." Throughout his campaign and as a... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 10:15am - 11:00am
Hunt Club

11:00am

Book Signing with Katie Kieffer
Saturday October 10, 2015 11:00am - 11:30am
Boardroom

11:00am

Meet and Greet with a Candidate
Speakers
avatar for Mark Everson

Mark Everson

Presidential Candidate
Mark Everson is the only presidential candidate with both extensive business and federal executive branch experience. In the private sector, Everson has held both operating and financial positions within companies in the United States, Turkey, France and Zambia. His assignments have ranged from plant manager of a unionized beverage can factory to senior financial positions at the world’s largest packaging and airline catering... Read More →
avatar for Jim Gilmore

Jim Gilmore

Presidential Candidate


Saturday October 10, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
Hunt Club

12:00pm

Lunch
Speakers
avatar for Trevor Loudon

Trevor Loudon

Barack Obama and the Enemies Within (2011) | Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress (2013)  From Christchurch New Zealand, Trevor Loudon has been researching the radical left for more than 30 years. Loudon has interviewed many people from both sides of the struggle over the years to former Western intelligence offices, to government undercover operatives inside the communist movement, to... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom

12:00pm

Panel: Marriage in GOP Platforms
Defining marriage between one man and one woman versus supporting same-sex marriage.  Historically, the Republican Party supported and lobbied for marriage equality before the Left started to.  The Democratic Party was responsible for anti-gay legislation, specifically in regard to President Bill Clinton signing the Defense of Marriage Act and the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.  Discussion topics include is the definition of what it means to be a family changing?  Do we need to attract voters by advocating multiple ideologies within the Republican Party?

Moderators
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Whitney Neal

Marketing Director, Bill of Rights Institute
A former Public Relations professional, department director, and middle school History teacher, Whitney holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration with an emphasis in Education Policy.  After spending two years as the Director of Grassroots for FreedomWorks, she currently serves as the Director of Marketing for the Bill of Rights Institute... Read More →

Speakers
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Jeff Angelo

Jeff Angelo was born in St. Louis where he developed both his love of media and politics.  His political infatuation began when he volunteered for a political campaign as a requirement of a high school political science class; his love of media occurred while listening to all those great St. Louis radio personalities. After graduating from Broadcast Center in St. Louis, Jeff worked at radio and television stations as well as newspapers in... Read More →
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Sean Buckley

CFO, Asylum Connect
After spending a year at the University of Notre Dame, Sean transferred to the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and is pursuing a degree in Finance with a minor in Government. At Georgetown, Sean is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi (a national co-ed business fraternity) and serves as a transfer peer advisor. As a member of the leadership committee ofFreedom to Marry’s Young Conservatives initiative, Sean... Read More →
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Jerri Ann Henry

Campaign Manager, Young Conservatives for the Freedom To Marry
Jerri Ann Henry is one of the nation’s foremost communications and messaging strategist focused on grassroots, digital and traditional outreach and coalition building. Through her work as the Campaign Manager of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry and as an advisor to a number of education, women’s issues and message development groups for conservatives, Jerri Ann has utilized her expertise in digital listening, data analysis... Read More →
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Di Lothrop

Constitutional Conservative Activist
Over twenty years as a political activist in NH.  Serving as Communications Director and Events Chair for the Nashua Republican City Committee for ten years and served on several political campaigns one of which was Communications and Media Advisor for Senator Bob Smith (R-NH).  Professional background includes 30 years of event management and fundraising in the corporate and hospitality fields.
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Paul Mirski

Hon. Paul Mirski, Principal, Paul Mirski + Associates Architects, Enfield, NH; 52 year liberty activist beginning as Co-Chair of the 1964 Goldwater campaign at the University of Detroit; former 6 term member of the NH House of Representatives, (1995-2002 / 2005-2006 / 2011-2012); Chairman, NH House Redistricting Committee, (2011-2012 Legislative Session); Co-founder of the NH House Republican Alliance, (1997-1998 Legislative Session). Member... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom

1:30pm

Panel: Tea Party in Liberty Movement

The Tea (Taxed Enough Already) Party began in 2007 as a grassroots group of frustrated libertarians and paleo-conservatives angry at the Republicans for their spending deficits, and debts, and the loss of civil liberties to name a few.  The Liberty Movement is an offshoot of the Tea Party.  Both groups believe that the Bill of Rights, a market economy, and a sound currency are the paths to prosperity.  Discussion topics include how both groups bring important issues to the forefront, and how their principled, philosophical consistency can grow together


Moderators
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Corie Whalen Stephens

Corie Whalen Stephens has been a dedicated liberty advocate for nearly a decade. At twenty, she got involved with Ron Paul’s presidential campaign in Boston, Massachusetts. Rising as a young activist, Corie was a lead organizer of the Boston Tea Party Freedom Rally, an event held at Faneuil Hall in conjunction with the original grassroots money bomb for Ron Paul’s presidential campaign in December of 2007. This event featured future... Read More →

Speakers
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Saul Anuzis

Former Michigan Republican Party Chairman, RNC Michigan National Committeeman. Republican Liberty Caucus Central Region Director.
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Emily Ekins

Director of Polling, Cato Institute
Emily Ekins is a research fellow at the Cato Institute where she is launching a new public opinion research project. She conducts in-depth public opinion studies at the intersection of public policy, values, and psychology. Emily's publications include "The Libertarian Roots of the Tea Party" and "Public Attitudes Toward Federalism: The Publicäó»s Preference for a Renewed Federalism." Before joining Cato, she spent four years as the Director... Read More →
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Dave Nalle

Director, Texas Liberty Foundation
Dave Nalle is Executive Director of the Texas Liberty Foundation, Chairman of the Center for Foreign and Defense Policy, South Central Regional Director for the Republican Liberty Caucus and an advisory board member at the Coalition to Reduce Spending and the Republican Reason Caucus. He has worked as Texas State Director for the Gary Johnson Presidential campaign, as an adviser to the Ted Cruz senatorial campaign and as Communications... Read More →
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Luis Vargas

Director of Community Development, Rhode Island Republican Party
Luis Vargas, age 23, is the current Director of Community Development for the Rhode Island Republican Party, former Executive Director of the Rhode Island Republican Party, and executive board member of the Rhode Island Republican Liberty Caucus. He ran for the state legislature in the inner-city of Providence, Rhode Island and remains an active contributor to his community and to the public discourse through works published in GoLocalProv and... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Amphitheater

1:30pm

The GOP's Choice: Embrace the Modernist Future or Die (Sponsored by The Atlas Society)
To survive, the GOP must make as Job One outreach to modernist achievers.  These are individualists who pursue their dreams and love their work.  They have the right values but most still have the wrong politics.  The only way America will survive is if government steps aside so they transform education, medicine and other sectors.  The GOP needs to transform itself into a modernist party that will fight for a non-fiction future!

Speakers
avatar for Edward Hudgins

Edward Hudgins

Director of Advocacy, The Atlas Society
Edward Hudgins is Director of Advocacy at The Atlas Society. Formerly director of regulatory studies for the Cato Institute and editor of Regulation magazine, Ed is an expert on the regulation of space and transportation, pharmaceuticals, and labor. He served as a senior economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and was both deputy director for economic policy studies and director of the Center for International... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Trafalgar A

1:30pm

Leadership Institute Workshop - Candidates & Campaigns

Part 1: Grassroots Engagement

Learn what motivates voters and how to effectively engage, recruit, and motivate people.  Turn apathy into action using some of our time-tested techniques. Learn how to become a better recruiter for a candidate or cause of your choice.

 

Part 2: Voter Turnout Operations
Recognizing that the world is run by those who show up, the information in this lecture will help participants develop and implement voter turnout programs for select voters to maximize the rate at which supporters cast ballots in the election.  Studies have demonstrated clear differences in the effectiveness of various types of programs on voter behavior, and this lecture differentiates effective from ineffective methods.


Speakers
avatar for Robert Arnakis

Robert Arnakis

Senior Director of Domestic and International Programs, Leadership Institute
Robert Arnakis is the Senior Director of Domestic and International Programs for The Leadership Institute, the nation’s premier public policy training organization.  Robert oversees divisions which provide political education and training to tens of thousands of activists, elected officials, and political staffers. Robert's 15 years of grassroots organizing, campaign, fundraising, and communications... Read More →
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Travis Korson

Director - DC, Madison Strategies
Travis Korson a veteran of politics with years of experience in campaigns, communications and public policy. Recent roles and affiliations include Director-DC of Madison Strategies, Communications Director for Special Projects at Frontiers of Freedom, and Virginia Field Director for the Faith and Freedom Coalition (2013). Travis has also served in the Bush White House and has spent time at various conservative organizations and government... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Hunt Club

2:45pm

Speaker Reception
Speakers
avatar for Trevor Loudon

Trevor Loudon

Barack Obama and the Enemies Within (2011) | Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress (2013)  From Christchurch New Zealand, Trevor Loudon has been researching the radical left for more than 30 years. Loudon has interviewed many people from both sides of the struggle over the years to former Western intelligence offices, to government undercover operatives inside the communist movement, to... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom B/C

3:00pm

Break and Book Signing with: Trevor Loudon and Kirsten Lombard
Speakers
avatar for Kirsten Lombard

Kirsten Lombard

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Resounding Books PAC
Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Kirsten Lombard has served as a volunteer grassroots organizer for the past six years and was recently elected member-at-large to the newly re-established Wisconsin charter of the Republican Liberty Caucus. In her capacity as organizer, she has focused her efforts primarily on state policy matters that bear on individual, civil, and constitutional liberties, with the past three years devoted almost exclusively to... Read More →
avatar for Trevor Loudon

Trevor Loudon

Barack Obama and the Enemies Within (2011) | Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress (2013)  From Christchurch New Zealand, Trevor Loudon has been researching the radical left for more than 30 years. Loudon has interviewed many people from both sides of the struggle over the years to former Western intelligence offices, to government undercover operatives inside the communist movement, to... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Ballroom B/C

3:15pm

Panel: Conservative Activism: Is Libertarian or GOP the Best Vessel?
According to Wikipedia, A Liberterian Republican is a Republican Party member who has advocated libertarian policies while typically voting for and being involved with the Republican Party.  The most common belief libertarian Republicans share is fiscal conservatism, including advocating for lower taxes at every level of government and a reduction in the level of spending in the federal budget.  Discussion topics include the differences between the principles of both parties and uniting them

Moderators
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Brinck Slattery

PR Manager, The Content Factory
Brinck Slattery is a writer and PR manager for The Content Factory, a digital PR and content marketing agency. Before starting in the business world, Brinck worked in New Hampshire politics for six years. He moved to the state to work as a field coordinator for the Ron Paul campaign in late 2007, and worked on numerous campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels. Brinck also engaged in some issue advocacy campaigns, and still likes to... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dan Feliciano

Dan Feliciano

Dan Feliciano was the Libertarian nominee for Governor of Vermont in the 2014 elections.  | | Feliciano grew up in the small town of Monroe, New York. His parents divorced when he was in middle school, at which point he took on jobs to help his family through difficult economic circumstances. Eventually these responsibilities took their toll on his K-12 education. Despite having to drop out, Feliciano joined the Navy to help his family... Read More →
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Ed Lopez

Vice Chairman, Republican Liberty Caucus
Ed has worked and served on boards of directors in academic, non-profit, political, public service, and public relations endeavors spanning domestic and international affairs. This includes work for the United States Army Military Intelligence Corps, University of Connecticut, Habitat for Humanity International, Hard Rock International, the Republican Party, and the United States Senate, as well as consulting work for organizations and... Read More →
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Kevin Rogers

Kevin J. Rogers is a freelance writer and journalist based in Clifton Park, N.Y., and the Director of Policy Research and national vice-chair of The Modern Whig Party of America. After studying political science at Siena College he embarked on a varied career in public advocacy, banking and the hospitality industry before becoming a full-time writer and journalist in 2004. He is the former managing editor of The Ballston Journal, covering... Read More →
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Michael Smigiel

Candidate for US Congress, Smigiel For Congress
Michael D. Smigiel Sr., is a current United States Congressional Candidate in Maryland’s 1st Congressional District, and a former Maryland State Delegate serving 12 years in the Maryland Statehouse. Elected from 2002 through 2014, Michael held significant leadership positions including seven years as the Republican Parliamentarian, sole Republican member of the Chairman’s Committee “in the backroom”, as a member of the House Judiciary... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Hunt Club

3:15pm

Panel: Digital Piracy

Legislators have long characterized copyright infringement as piracy.  In the modern digital age, two rival camps dominate public discussion around the ethics of illegal downloading.  One hand, there are “fundamentalist libertarians” who think that all ideas and artistic creation should be held in common and freely accessible to all.  On the other hand there are “fundamental protectors” who think that illegal downloading is equivalent to theft.  Discussion topics include illegal downloading as a victimless crime, how different rules are applied to different offences, and intangible forms of property

 


Moderators
avatar for Dave Nalle

Dave Nalle

Director, Texas Liberty Foundation
Dave Nalle is Executive Director of the Texas Liberty Foundation, Chairman of the Center for Foreign and Defense Policy, South Central Regional Director for the Republican Liberty Caucus and an advisory board member at the Coalition to Reduce Spending and the Republican Reason Caucus. He has worked as Texas State Director for the Gary Johnson Presidential campaign, as an adviser to the Ted Cruz senatorial campaign and as Communications... Read More →

Saturday October 10, 2015 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Trafalgar A

3:15pm

Panel: Federal Reserve and The U.S. Debt

In general, government debt increases as a result of government spending, and decreases from tax and other receipts, both of which fluctuate during the course of a fiscal year.  Debt and spending may also be impacted by monetary policies that are coordinated by the Federal Reserve independently of the Federal Government.  Discussion topics include the ratio of debt to GDP, marketable or non-marketable securities, and measuring debt burden.


Moderators
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Amy Coombs

National Director, Owner, Prestige Government Relations & Consulting Group LLC
Amy Coombs is a seasoned strategic consultant, registered lobbyist, experienced business professional, Director of Prestige Government Relations & Consulting Group. She is currently working as the Communications & Strategic Management Director for the Smigiel for Congress Campaign. | Amy has secured significant legislative experience working across the United States, including opportunities on state and national boards. Furthermore, she is a... Read More →

Speakers
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Steve Lonegan

Director, Monetary Policy
Steve Lonegan is widely considered one of the nation’s best policy debaters and as such has received extensive exposure on television and radio. He has dedicated his time in public life to fighting for taxpayers. On August 1, 2014, Steve took the helm as Director of Monetary Policy for the American Principles in Action. As the head of the Fix the Dollar project, he is charged with the responsibility of building national grassroots support... Read More →
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Mark Skousen

Presidential Fellow, Chapman University
Dr. Mark Skousen is a professional economist, financial advisor, university professor and author of more than 25 books on economics, personal finance, and investing. His works include  Economic Logic, A Viennese Waltz Down Wall Street, The Making of Modern Economics, and The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin. He writes an award-winning financial newsletter, Forecasts & Strategies, produces the annual FreedomFest conference... Read More →
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Clifford Thies, Ph.D

Eldon R. Lindsey Chair of Free Enterprise and Professor of Economics and Finance at the Byrd School of Business of Shenandoah University. Previously on the faculties of the University of Baltimore and the University of Montana. | | 1982 Boston College PhD in Economics. | | Author, co-author, contributor or editor of 95 books, encyclopedia articles and articles in scholarly journals. Most recently, a co-authored article on Warren Harding... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Amphitheater

3:15pm

Panel: Secession Movement in The U.S.
Threats and aspirations of states to secede from the U.S., or arguments justifying secession, have been a feature of the country’s politics for a very long time.  Some have argued for secession as a constitutional right and others from a natural right of evolution.  Discussion topics include secession arguments of fighting out-of-control state legislatures trying to ram big government policies down the throats of voters, and understanding the rghts of self-governance

Moderators
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John Green

John Green is a Constitutional Lawyer, who currently serves as General Counsel and Chief Law Enforcement Advisor to the United States Bill of Rights Foundation. John earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice (with honors), from the University of Houston and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law. He is an experienced Trial Lawyer, who concentrates on matters related to Liberty. A sound money advocate, John... Read More →

Speakers
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Chandler Gabel

Director, Foundation for New Hampshire Independence
Chandler is a software engineer with a background in customer service and user interface design.  Outside of work, he enjoys hiking in New Hampshire’s wilderness areas and exploring the history and culture of his beloved home state.  A long-time resident of Bedford, he now lives in Merrimack with his wife and son.
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Luis Raul Laracuente

Luis Raul Laracuente was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Inheriting his parents love for politics and helping others he went on to study Political Science at the University of South Florida in Tampa. It was at USF that he began to follow his passion by becoming involved in Student Government, local political campaigns and by going back to his roots, Puerto Rican politics. Luis has been involved with the Puerto Rican statehood movement for... Read More →
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Jason Sorens

Founder, Free State Project
Jason Sorens is Lecturer in Government at Dartmouth College. He received his BA in economics and philosophy from Washington and Lee University and his PhD in political science from Yale University. His research interests include secessionist movements, ethnic politics, civil war, fiscal federalism, and state and local public policies. | | Jason is the father of a five-year-old girl and volunteers for the Upper Valley Land Trust in his spare... Read More →
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Thomas Walls

Head of U.S. Office, Free Republic of Liberland
Tom Walls is a longtime libertarian activist and writer. He is the current head of the U.S. Office of the Free Republic of Liberland, Located on the Danube River, Liberland is a country founded on the principles of individual freedom. In addition to his activities with Liberland, Tom is one of the founders of the RLC. He is also a senior marketing consultant for a large online travel company.


Saturday October 10, 2015 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Trafalgar A

4:00pm

Meet and Greet with Candidates
Saturday October 10, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Hunt Club

6:00pm

Saturday Dinner
Annnouncement of Straw Poll Winner Will Be Made During Dinner

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Day

Aaron Day

Chief Executive Officer, The Atlas Society
Aaron Day is the Chair of the Stark360 PAC and serves on the board of directors. Day is listed byThe Boston Globe as one of the key activists whose endorsement is needed to win the 2016 Presidential primary in New Hampshire. Day Chairs the Republican Liberty Caucus Convention Committee which will be hosting itsbi-annual convention with many of the Presidential candidates in Nashua New Hampshire in October 2016. Day is also currently the... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Hemingway

Andrew Hemingway

CEO, The Mountain Retail
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Grover Norquist

President, Americans for Tax Reform
Grover Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. ATR works to limit the size and cost of government and opposes higher taxes at the federal, state, and local levels. It supports tax reform that moves toward taxing consumed income, one time at one rate. Norquist chairs the Washington, DC - based “Wednesday Meeting,” a weekly gathering of... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Ballroom
 
Sunday, October 11
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Sunday October 11, 2015 8:00am - 9:00am
Ballroom A/B

8:00am

9:00am

Panel: Minority Outreach
The narrative on the Left continues to disingenuously claim that the Right is hostile to minorities.  The old adage here is that if you repeat it so many times, people will begin to believe it’s true.  We need to get beyond the false narrative and continue our journey of growth and opportunity of all demographic communities.  Discussion topics include minority recruitment drives, pitching libertarian and conservative policies to minority communities and initiatives to help and support minority groups and the social impact of same

Moderators
avatar for Luis Vargas

Luis Vargas

Director of Community Development, Rhode Island Republican Party
Luis Vargas, age 23, is the current Director of Community Development for the Rhode Island Republican Party, former Executive Director of the Rhode Island Republican Party, and executive board member of the Rhode Island Republican Liberty Caucus. He ran for the state legislature in the inner-city of Providence, Rhode Island and remains an active contributor to his community and to the public discourse through works published in GoLocalProv and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kristoffer Adams

Kristoffer Adams

Kristoffer Adams is a community activist from Memphis, TN. He was also the former University of Memphis College Republican President. He is the Outreach Director for CityGOP, a group based out of Washington D.C. In his spare time he volunteers with SoGiv and Lifeline to Success. In the past he has served as the West TN Director and Shelby County Chairman.
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Aundré P. Bumgardner

The Hartford Courant has described State Reresentative Aundré Bumgardner as "a socially progressive politician with a strong libertarian streak." It adds: "After ousting a four-term Democratic incumbent by a scant 39 votes, Bumgardner carries the hopes of the Connecticut GOP on his slender shoulders." | | He is 20. | | Aundré P. Bumgardner, born in New London and raised in Groton — attended The Regional Multicultural... Read More →
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Will Coley

National Director, M4L (Muslims for Liberty)
William Coley is a native of Lenoir City, Tennessee. | As National Director for Muslims 4 Liberty, Coley has spent the last five years as a visible political activist within the Muslim community. Mr Coley worked as co-host of America's first Tea Party radio show "Tea Party Patriots Live" on WORL, 660 Orlando. During his time as co-host of TPPL he and show co-host Phil Russo brought to light an obscure campaign to unseat two activist judges on... Read More →
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Amy Coombs

National Director, Owner, Prestige Government Relations & Consulting Group LLC
Amy Coombs is a seasoned strategic consultant, registered lobbyist, experienced business professional, Director of Prestige Government Relations & Consulting Group. She is currently working as the Communications & Strategic Management Director for the Smigiel for Congress Campaign. | Amy has secured significant legislative experience working across the United States, including opportunities on state and national boards. Furthermore, she is a... Read More →
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Carlos Gonzalez

Carlos Gonzalez is a Republican member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing District Hillsborough 45. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014. | | He served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Hillsborough 17 from 2010 to 2012. | | Gonzalez earned his M.S. from the University of New Hampshire in 1987 and his B.A. from Catholic University, Santiago-Dominican Republic in 1981. His professional... Read More →


Sunday October 11, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am
Trafalgar B

9:00am

Panel: Municipal Campaigning
Municipal elections, like state elections, are governed by the provisions of state laws.  The Office of the Secretary of State has general authority over the conduct of elections.  Discussion topics include political accountability, campaign finance data; knowing who is funding the campaigns of local city council members, mayors, and other elected officials

Sunday October 11, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am
Ballroom Parlor D

9:45am

Special Coffee Reception: Leadership by Design: Introduction to Triadic Networking
Nathan Fatal of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL)

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Fatal

Nathan Fatal

West Regional Director, Young Americans for Liberty
Nathan is the West Regional Director of Young Americans for Liberty and the Founder and Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Liberty Caucus. He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a minor in Spanish from the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain. Before becoming a Regional Director at YAL, he started 10 college chapters across New England as Massachusetts State Chair of YAL, and worked... Read More →


Sunday October 11, 2015 9:45am - 10:30am
Ballroom B/C