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Here Are the Issues That Will Win the Hearts of College Kids in 2016

Zachary Burns, 19, wants the freedom to innovate.(Photo/Editing: Kelsey Harris)

Zachary Burns, a babyfaced redhead, has only been on this earth 19 years, yet he knows enough to want to go back to the good old days in America.

“I read in history textbooks that America was once expanding and booming,” said Burns, whose dress shirt and tie clashes with his American flag patterned pants. “Now all I see is gridlock.”

Burns, a student at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, was part of a predominantly college-aged crowd who recently attended the largest conservative conference of the year, eager to have a say in the political process.

In a totally unscientific method, The Daily Signal interviewed multiple college students at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, outside Washington D.C. to find out what issues they care about going into the 2016 presidential race.

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The consensus? On the surface, it seems that few of the interviewees want the same things.

Some of the young people, the job seekers, simply want employment when they graduate college, and they hope their (often expensive) education provides them the tools to be competitive. Others, the innovators, crave an economy free of regulations so they can pursue their dreams unimpeded.

And still others, the world weary, just hope to be safe, to feel protected and to see their country use its power to overcome threats.

But though the college students see the world differently, they really want the same thing.

They want a leader who can carry out their vision for America, and they came here to find that person.

Create and Innovate

Burns is clear about what he would like in an ideal world.

“I like free enterprise,” said Burns, listing Donald Trump and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as potential Republican presidential candidates who impressed him at CPAC.

“I like innovation. I like straight-forward, to-the-point guys. I don’t care about age. I just want someone who can get the job done.”

“I just want someone who can get the job done,” says Zachary Burns, 19.

Mike Battey, a 21-year-old conference attendee, argues that Republicans should avoid talking about things that “don’t necessarily matter.”

Mike Battey, 21, cares most about ending the Federal Reserve. (Photo: Kelsey Harris)

Mike Battey, 21, cares most about ending the Federal Reserve. (Photo: Kelsey Harris)

Namely, Battey says, that means leaving alone the sensitive issue of same-sex marriage.

“Government should be out of marriage because it’s not a legislative function of government,” Battey said. “Whoever someone else decides to marry doesn’t impact my life.”

Concerns: Home and Abroad:

Briana Jamshid, a 20-year-old student at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, is ready to fight for what she believes America’s role in the world should be.

Briana Jamshid, 20, pushes for smart foreign policy. (Photo: Kelsey Harris)

Briana Jamshid, 20, pushes for smart foreign policy. (Photo: Kelsey Harris)

Jamshid is enlisted in the Army National Guard. She’s honored to serve her country, but she hopes to do so in the right places.

“ISIS needs to be eliminated,” says Jamshid, who claims to be open-minded about which politician she would support in that mission. “We definitely should be boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria. But we should stay out of the Ukraine conflict.”

Aaron Hass, a 22-year-old student at State University of New York at Oneonta, is similarly concerned about the Middle East.

Aaron Hass, 22, worries most about the future of the Middle East. (Photo: Kelsey Harris)

Aaron Hass, 22, worries most about the future of the Middle East. (Photo: Kelsey Harris)

“The Middle East is vital to our trade,” says Hass, who is a fan of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. “It is vital to defend the nation of Israel. They are a minority in the world and they need to know they have a friend. America is the big dog in the world. If you pet the big dog it will be your friend. If not, it will bite.”

Before Audrey Rusnak, 21, can fret about taking on the world, she has a more top-of-mind concern.

“College is too expensive,” says Rusnak, who admirers Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s rags-to-riches story. “I just hope it pays off in landing me a job.”

Audrey Rusnak, 21, just wants a quality job. (Photo: Kelsey Harris)

Audrey Rusnak, 21, just wants a quality job. (Photo: Kelsey Harris)

Source: Will County News

Political Correctness in Schools hurting students

Hardly a week goes by without another outrageous attempt by leftist administrators, professors, or teachers at America’s universities or high schools to stifle any expression of conservative ideas. This week was no exception.Political Corectness

On December 8, the Young Americans for Freedom chapter at Otay Ranch High School near San Diego, California, organized an event with popular Foundation speaker and conservative powerhouse Ben Shapiro—fresh off his extraordinary performance at the University of Missouri last month.

A standing-room-only crowd of more than 450 students, faculty, and community members packed the room, as Ben introduced many of these students to your conservative ideas for the first time.

Halfway through Ben’s speech on how free markets can alleviate poverty, however, the school’s assistant principal decided to “dismiss the students” because Ben “crossed the line.” The assistant principal later told Ben that he decided to let the students leave in order to “protect” their feelings.

Can you believe that?

Unfortunately, instances in which school officials feel the need to coddle students and prevent them from hearing your conservative point of view are becoming more prevalent.

Prior to the speech, Ben even shared with this assistant principal an overview of the topic he planned to address in his remarks—“the differences between leftist thought and conservative thought”—and assured him that he would not address controversial issues that run counter to the school district’s guest speaker policy.

This still was not enough for the leftist administrator who simply decided that expressing any conservative ideas was too much. The Left’s intolerance of opposing views knows no bounds.

Many of the students booed loudly when the assistant principal interrupted Ben’s speech, and more than half of them chose to stay to hear the remainder of the lecture.

The controversy made national headlines, including appearing onBreitbart.com, The Blaze, IJ Review, Newsbusters, The Rebel, The College Fix,Red Alert Politics, and The Daily Wire.

Commenting after his speech, Ben could not have put it better when he said, “The left has hijacked our educational system from the bottom up. It doesn’t start in college. It doesn’t even start in high school. Teaching American children that they are victims of a cruel and unjust system is a nasty lesson few Americans unlearn. And apparently, if you attempt to teach that they have every opportunity in the freest nation in the history of the world to succeed, you will ‘cross the line.’”

You and I know that it is more important than ever to reach students with your conservative ideas at an earlier age. That is why Young America’s Foundation’s high school programs at the Reagan Ranch and across the country are so vital to ensuring that young people understand and are inspired by ideas of limited government, free markets, traditional values, and a strong national defense.

The students of Otay Ranch High School’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter attended one of our programs earlier this year. The activism training they received and connections they made helped them organize this great event with Ben Shapiro.

As a result, they introduced many of their peers to conservatism and exposed at least one of their administrator’s leftist views, intolerance of conservative thought, and preference for political correctness.

Your generous support has helped these young students on their journey with Young America’s Foundation. I am sure they are as grateful as I am.

As always, thank you very much for partnering with Young America’s Foundation and standing so strongly with our students who are working hard to counter the liberal bias at their schools.


Ron Robinson

Source: Will County News




The Joliet Mayor and City Council are set to vote on increasing the City’s property transfer tax by 40%. If approved, Joliet will have the 2nd highest property transfer tax in the area. After years of paying property taxes, homeowners will get hit with thousands in additional taxes just because they’ve decided to move.

They are holding a public hearing THIS TUESDAY NIGHT at 6:30pm at the City Council Chambers, after which they will decide whether to support the increase going to referendum.

We need your help!

Attend the Public Hearing: 6:30pm at the Joliet City Council Chamber (150 West Jefferson, 2nd Floor). When you arrive, sign in with the City Clerk to make sure you can speak.

Contact the Mayor and City Council: Emails and phone numbers at www.cityofjoliet.info/government/city-council

Source: Will County News

James Marter for U.S. Senate is #1 on Ballot for March 15th Primary

James Marter for U.S. Senate Wins Lottery!
He is #1 on Ballot for March 15th Primary


After successfully obtaining over 9,000 signatures from 162 circulators in 64 days the petitions were not challenged we just won the #1 position on the ballot through the Lottery held Wednesday in Springfield.


Senator Kirk hurls insults, James Marter responds:


Oswego, IL – December 11, 2015 – Senator Kirk hurled insults at workers at the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) annual meeting in Chicago:

“The 2 million Poles that, you know, Poles just work all day long and don’t           ask for recess. … We’ve got to make sure that we sell that. There’s no absenteeism during huntin’ season for us, unlike the southern          jurisdictions. We sell the Illinois worker who is just going to work like        crazy.”

I am a tech industry businessman. I know manufacturing and am an avid outdoorsman. I also can read U.S. Census data, which say there are fewer than one million people of Polish ancestry in Illinois, not Kirk’s “2 million”.

My opponent, Senator Mark Kirk, gave us yet another example ─ in addition to his very liberal voting history in the Senate ─ why he is so out of touch with the people of Illinois. Aside from insulting my one quarter Polish ancestry, the Senator has also managed to insult just about everyone everywhere with these remarks at the manufacturer’s group meeting.

Apparently, Kirk has never met any hard working people of other ancestries. We are a state of people of all backgrounds. It is not one ethnic group that attracts manufacturers to come to Illinois. People of all races, ethnicities and cultures are valued in this state. Perhaps the Senator should spend more time here, so he can meet the people who keep Illinois thriving despite our “high costs and corruption…”:


It is unfortunate the senator felt comfortable mocking our fellow Americans and neighbors in the southern states. They, like many of my friends and family, who are avid outdoorsmen and women all over Illinois, happen to enjoy hunting a few weeks of the year in this highly regulated and taxed activity. Outdoorsmen and women are the primary conservators and protectors of our natural resources in Illinois. It is evident by Kirk’s many votes for gun restrictions that he isn’t familiar with those who like “huntin’”.

Being long gone from Illinois these last 15 years, inside the Beltway of Washington D.C., he has become so out of touch that he’s unaware of the dash to exit our State ─ both from the employers and one million Illinoisans leaving in the last two decades for freer pastures in other states. How utterly shameless it is for the senator to ask those manufacturers why they continue to operate in Illinois despite our reputation for high costs, oppressive unions and corruption ─ as if that is acceptable to him. The people of Illinois deserve better.

On the bright side this Christmas season, you now have a choice ─ a conservative candidate who is on the Republican ballot against the liberal Mark Kirk. I will be your gift who keeps on giving, pledged to represent the values and interests of basic Illinoisans all across our state!

If you are interested in learning more about the Marter campaign for U.S. Senate, please visit


You have a choice in March!


Thank you,



James Marter

If you believe Senator Kirk does not represent you, we ask that you support my campaign. Please contribute online or mail a check to:


James Marter for United States Senate

P.O. Box 271, Oswego, IL 60543




Source: Will County News

House Conservatives Frustrated by Ryan’s Secret Budget Talks With Democrats

House Conservatives Frustrated by Ryan’s Secret Budget Talks With Democrats

House Speaker Paul Ryan was dealt a ‘weak hand,’ an aide says, but is representing conservatives in budget talks with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. (Photo: Congressional Quarterly/CQ Roll Call/Newscom)

More than a trillion taxpayer dollars are on the table as House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi negotiate a massive spending deal.

But while those talks drag on between Pelosi, D-Calif., and Ryan, R-Wis., many House Republicans say they’re growing frustrated by the secrecy surrounding the process and the lack of details about the package.

As the days tick down toward a looming budget deadline, the chairman of the Republican Study Committee—the largest conservative caucus in Congress—said in an interview with The Daily Signal that he still doesn’t know what’s exactly on the negotiating table or what could end up in the spending bill.

“My biggest frustration is that [the negotiating process] is too opaque,” Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, said. “We don’t have any transparency into anything that’s happening.”

Congress will miss its Dec. 11 deadline but is expected to buy itself more time by passing a stopgap spending patch. That measure likely would give lawmakers another week to cobble together a deal.

Before the end of the year, Congress must pass a spending bill to fund the government and avoid a government shutdown. For the last month, Democrat and Republican leaders have been scrambling to hammer out that last-minute budget agreement.

Rather than passing bills to fund individual agencies and programs one at a time, Congress will approve the totality of government spending with a single vote. In recent years, Congress has made a habit of bundling smaller appropriations bills into a single lump package—known inside Washington as the omnibus.

A budget hawk, Ryan long has opposed this legislative model, recently calling it a “crap sandwich” and indicating he’d like the House to vote on appropriations bills individually in the future.

And since becoming House speaker in October, Ryan has pledged to return the legislative body to regular order as quickly as possible by re-empowering rank-and-file members and letting individual committees take the lead on all major legislation.

In line with this promise, Ryan said last week that the Appropriations Committee would be “taking the lead” and “following regular order, as much as you can with omnibus appropriations.”

Throughout November, Ryan regularly sought input from members by holding listening sessions and hosting policy conferences weekly. But as last-minute budget talks stalled, the former Budget Committee chairman took point during negotiations with Democrats in meetings that have remained secret.

A Ryan aide told The Daily Signal that the new speaker hasn’t backslid on his promise. The aide noted that while members don’t have specific details, they have more information than they would have had under the previous speaker, John Boehner of Ohio.

In September, under pressure from conservatives, Boehner announced his resignation from the speakership and from Congress, leaving Ryan with a tight budget deadline. Now, the staffer said, Ryan is doing the best he can after being dealt a “weak hand.”

“I wasn’t going to let December 11 be an arbitrary deadline that made us rush legislation,” Ryan told reporters Thursday, adding of the talks with Democrats:  “We’re trading offers, we’re talking to each other, we’re doing all the things that you would do—the appropriators and the leaders–so that we can get an agreement.”

For the most part, Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz, agrees. A member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, Salmon said Ryan is trying to simultaneously steer and repair the unwieldy ship that Boehner built.

In an interview with The Daily Signal, Salmon praised Ryan’s reform efforts but noted they would take time.

“It’s like turning the Titanic around in the Potomac: It’s not possible, you can’t take all these years of bad policy and turn it around overnight,”  he said.

Though unhappy with the process, Salmon said he understands the political context. Ryan must negotiate in secret to keep all parties in good faith—otherwise members and outside groups would gum up the works with attacks. Then, Salmon said, the process “would drag on for a couple months.”

To make it out of the House, the omnibus spending bill needs a simple majority of 218 votes. To get to that finish line, GOP leadership has tried to win over Democrats without losing too many conservatives along the way.

The current holdup likely stems from skirmishes over numerous competing priorities for tax extenders and policy riders from Democrats and Republicans.

“We’re kind of in this awkward spot because it’s hard to get 218 votes from Republicans on appropriations bills, and the Democrats know that,” Flores told The Daily Signal. “Our negotiators are uncomfortable that they’ll get 218 votes if they hold very firmly to the riders we [the Republican Study Committee] want to have in the bill.”

Rather than crafting a compromise in secret, Flores said, Ryan could use Republican muscle to outflank Democrats and move the bill on their own.  He said:

I would certainly like to see more transparency because I think we could add some real value to the process. And I think I would be willing to go out there and help get the 218 votes if we get the important riders we need.

Flores has offered to help Ryan whip that support–if leadership makes guarantees to push conservative agreements on pro-life, economic and national security riders into the omnibus bill.

Flores said he’d tag team that whip effort with Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, chairman of the more conservative House Freedom Caucus.

If united, the two groups would make a formidable coalition. The ranks of the Republican Study Committee swell past 170 members. The House Freedom Caucus boasts a roster of 40 representatives, although there is some overlap in membership.

But House leadership, Flores speculated, is concerned that this approach would create a too conservative package that “they couldn’t get it through the Senate.”

This article has been modified to add the video of Ryan’s remarks to reporters and a quote from those remarks, and to more accurately describe the memberships of the Republican Study Committee and the House Freedom Caucus. 

Source: Will County News