Drew Ryun on The Steve Deace Show

Friday, October 2nd, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Family Values

Listen as the Madison Project’s Drew Ryun breaks down the Presidential race, the GOP Establishment and other topics with Steve Deace, the Rush Limbaugh of Iowa.

To hear Drew’s interview, click here.

#Winning

Monday, September 28th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Economy

We are winning. No doubt about it. The GOP Establishment, so confident it had crushed the peasants in 2014, is in disarray. After 9 months of abysmal performance, the proverbial chickens are coming home to roost for the Establishment.

The first indicator of this was the quitting of John Boehner on Friday. He quit. He did not resign to protect an institution, no matter how hard he and his team have tried to spin it.

He was potentially days away from being fired by his own caucus as a major fight over the Continuing Resolution loomed and he refused to commit to defunding Planned Parenthood through it. He and his team were still, believe it or not, under the impression that they won the majority in the House and grew it in 2014 based on his jobs agenda.

What, you ask, was John Boehner’s jobs agenda? Crickets. . . .

Don’t worry. We wonder as well.

No, John Boehner and Co. were given the majority to repeal ObamaCare, stop executive amnesty, halt the Obama Administration in its tracks and use the power of the purse to enforce all of the above.

He not only didn’t do any of that, he and his team rammed through the following “big ticket” conservative items like:

*Stripping conservative language from the DHS bill to pave the way for Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty

*Approving $500 Billion in Deficit Spending

*Funding Obamacare

*Walked away from Medicare reform

*Ruining the Pain-Capable Abortion Ban, the only pro-life legislation likely to be seen this session.

Much to his amazement, Boehner found he couldn’t spin himself out of how the items above were actually conservative and good for America.

Why? Because the ground underneath him had shifted. He wasn’t just dealing with outside pressure. He was dealing with internal pressure thanks to the House Freedom Caucus, a majority of whom were Madison Project candidates over the last few election cycles.

He was, in essence, attempting to govern with out the consent of the governed, i.e. his caucus. And they were ready to toss him.

Now that he is gone, House conservatives need to keep moving forward. Here are our suggestions for the next few weeks.

  1. Clearly communicate to any GOP Members who are considering running for House leadership: “You cannot allow John Boehner to ram through a transportation bill, renew funding for the Export-Import Bank or fund Planned Parenthood in October or you will not be considered for any leadership slot.”
  2. Work to elect someone, if not one of their own, who will be amenable to working with them to advance campaign promises. Before they support whomever it is they want to win leadership roles, they must have firm, public commitments from them on a host of issues: that they will stop any nonsense Boehner thinks he will engage in in October (see the above) and that they will drastically reform the House rules, from Steering Committee to chairmanships to the Rules Committee. It’s time to restore a little democracy to the peoples’ chamber.
  3. Message that if the government slows down, that is all it is. A slow down. Not a shutdown. ALL essential parts of our government will continue to be funded. If Obama and the Democrats want to have a public debate over Planned Parenthood, we should welcome it.

This is opportunity. With Boehner out, House conservatives hold all the cards.

It is imperative that they use them.

How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Episode #8

Friday, September 25th, 2015 and is filed under Blog

In today’s episode of How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Drew Ryun dives into the intellectual thought that gave rise to the American Republic. Who was John Locke and what work of his heavily influenced our Founding Fathers? To find out, listen to the new podcast below.

Kelly Ayotte: The Ultimate Knockoff Liberal

Monday, September 21st, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Uncategorized

In 2010 she ran as a pro-life conservative to replace retiring Senator Judd Gregg in New Hampshire, narrowly squeaking past Ovide Lamontagne in the Republican primary (we endorsed Ovide) before cruising to victory in the general election with 60% of the vote.

Entering the United States Senate with her conservative bone fides, many expected Ayotte to be a transformative force. She has been anything but transformative, quickly falling into the pattern we have seen established by many GOPers. Run as a conservative, govern as a liberal.

During her first Congress, Ayotte “enjoyed” a 73% on the Heritage Action scorecard. In the 113th Congress, she dropped to 48% and in the 114th, her slide into abysmal continued to a 29% against the average GOP Senator score of 62%.

On our Performance Index (that measures Members of Congress to their districts and states), Ayotte scores a paltry -15.

In the 114th Congress, she has already voted:

*To Fully Fund Executive Amnesty

*For Same-Sex Benefits

*To Undermine Religious Liberties

*To Reauthorize No Child Left Behind

*To Renew Funding For The Ex-Im Bank

*Against The First Amendment Defense Act

Her latest foray into the art of run as a conservative, govern as a liberal, has been to serve as the GOP Establishment’s hatchet man (woman) against Senator Ted Cruz’s efforts to defund Planned Parenthood through the Continuing Resolution process.

Let’s establish the pattern for the Ayotte types. It generally starts with, “There is no one more pro-life than I am (no one!!). I support investigating Planned Parenthood. I voted for the stand alone bill to defund Planned Parenthood.”

Then there is the inevitable “but” thrown in there.

Ayotte’s, predictably, is: we just don’t have the votes because we don’t have the White House. If you think you’ve heard this line before, see Mitch McConnell.

Backing up the first excuse is the alarmist: we can’t shut down the government over this!

Quick question for Senator Ayotte-how pro-life are you that you would surrender before the fight to save hundreds of thousands of babies begins?

But here is where the ignorance of Senator Ayotte shines through.

There is no such thing as a government shutdown. Slowdown, yes. Shutdown, no.

In fact, in the longest government slowdown in history (1995-96, 21 days) all non-essential government employees were furloughed and guess what? Employees defined as those performing duties vital to national defense, public health and safety, or other critical operations kept right on working. It makes you wonder why we have “non-essential” government employees in the first place, doesn’t it?

Bottom line is this. Kelly Ayotte has not come remotely close to fulfilling her promise as a conservative in the United States Senate. Not only has she fallen in with bad company, she is now helping lead their charge.

While she frets that a government shutdown may ruin her chances to re-election, we cast a quick glance at her scorecard averages and performance index numbers and ask, “Why would any voters in New Hampshire vote to re-elect you? If given the choice between a legitimate liberal and a knockoff one parading as a conservative, go with the authentic one.”

 

 

Donating To David Gerson!

Monday, September 21st, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections

Team Madison-

We made our 8th endorsement of the 2016 cycle last week and we made it in support of David Gerson in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. That means Step #1 in the process is complete. A great candidate has been ID’d and we have endorsed.
Step #2 in the process is now raising as much money for David as possible. That’s where you all come in. With September 30th looming, end of the quarter reports will be due in just 9 days and we want David to have a strong showing at the end of the month.
So here’s what I need you to do today. Go directly to David’s campaign site and donate to his campaign. To do so, just click here.
$5, $10, $25-every dollar counts. So please, go give to David today!

The Madison Project Endorses David Gerson For Congress In MN-2

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections

In 2014, he ran a well-organized, self-funded campaign and almost beat a heavily entrenched incumbent.

While many challenger candidates walk away discouraged after a first (and somewhat predictable) loss, David Gerson refused to do so. Instead, he went back to the drawing board and began planning a comprehensive plan on how to beat the incumbent Congressman from Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, John Kline.

With a 59% on the Heritage Action scorecard and a -14.5% on the Madison Performance Index, Kline is the type of underperforming, establishment incumbent in a strong Republican district we need to defeat when opportunity arises.

Given the work Gerson has done over the last 18 months and seeing an even tougher primary process looming, Kline did what few expected-he announced his retirement.

As the race now goes into a free-for-all scenario, it is time to rally conservatives around David Gerson.

A mechanical engineer with over two decades of experience in the private sector, David has seen firsthand the effects of a government run amuck with red tape. A comprehensive conservative, David is pro-life and fiscally conservative and during our conversation with him it became abundantly clear he understands the problem in Washington, D.C. – the current leadership of the GOP party. Not only is David committed to winning this race, he is committed to electing new leadership that reflects the party platform and the conservative base.

We are excited to endorse David for Congress and urge other conservatives to rally behind him.

This is a seat we can and must win. To turn the tide in Washington, it starts one race, one seat at a time.

The Florida Project

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections

Here at the Madison Project, we have consistently claimed three core competencies:

1) Identifying and supporting good conservatives to run for office

2) Holding the GOP Establishment accountable for their legion of broken promises.

3) Creating and implementing ground game plans to help our (and other) conservatives win.

It is the latter we are engaged in down in Florida right now. As we often tell folks, when it comes to winning a state, you don’t have to win every county. You just have to win the right ones and inside those counties, you have to win the right precincts.

Simple, yes. Easy, no.

There are a lot of folks who talk about doing the necessary work that it takes to win. There are few who will actually take the time to do it, but on August 1st, we launched a comprehensive voter ID project in key counties in Florida and already have thousands of completed surveys. Because of these, we feel confident in saying the following:

1.) High frequency Independent voters are VERY gettable for the right Republican candidate. Among these voters, Hillary Clinton has a relatability problem. When told that Hillary and Bill Clinton made over $165 million between 2001 and 2012, over 60% of these type voters do not think she can relate to them.

2.) A minority demographic is HIGHLY antagonistic to Hillary Clinton’s statement that churches that refusing to change their positions on abortion and same sex marriage should lose their tax exempt status.

3.) 60% of the high frequency Independents feel that ISIS and Islamic terrorism is a rising threat to America and 42% of them believe Hillary will NOT provide the leadership necessary to defeat ISIS.

4.) The Democrats are already ACTIVELY working parts of the state and various demographics where the knowledge of political races is insanely high, the kind seen during the latter stages of an election.

How do we know this?

Because we’re on the ground already, building out data to use for 2016. Free from the static caused by political season, we are having a conversation with the voters right now.

And it is fascinating.

Moving Past Forearm Shivers

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections

 

Let’s just say that over the last two election cycles, especially in 2014 and 2015, the cat and mouse game between the GOP Establishment and the outside conservative groups has moved from a few forearm shivers thrown here and there to a full on brawl.

And it’s a good thing.

For too long the GOP leadership has attempted to co-opt conservatives and make them part of The System (who can forget Trent Lott’s infamous quote to this affect in the Washington Post? He said what Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and all the Establishment talking heads were thinking back in 2010.).

The problem is, the harder the GOP hits, the stronger we outside groups become as well as the Members of Congress we helped elect because the GOP Establishment is on the wrong side of history. We will see this play out in the Mark Meadows scenario. We just saw it today with Ted Cruz’s op-ed backing away from TPA because of the wrong-headed “leadership” of Mitch McConnell.

Ever since the Bush Administration, the conservative movement has taken on a battered spouse syndrome, afraid to challenge the GOP, either at the party level or in the halls of Congress. Dissenters were quietly strong armed or beaten back into submission with threats of drying up campaign donations.

This has given rise to the new generation of conservative groups like Heritage Action, the Senate Conservatives Fund, the Madison Project and a newly reinvigorated Club for Growth. Members like Mark Meadows and Ted Cruz can now openly disagree with GOP Leadership and their tactics because they know the vast majority of Republicans are conservatives who stand with them. They also know the outside groups have their backs and the threat of drying up campaign funds is a hollow one.

With the events of the past few days, it’s apparent the GOP Establishment is throwing off any more attempts at smoke and mirrors. They are all in with the corporations and big business and will do whatever it takes ram their bad legislation through.

It is time for conservatives to gear up. 2016 presents a fantastic opportunity for us, but it’s not going to be easy. It’s time to shed the old persona and put on the new.

We are the Republican Party and it’s time we took back what is ours.

How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Episode 2

Monday, April 20th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections

Last week we discussed “How To Hold Your Members Accountable” in Episode #1 of our podcast series, How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes.

This week, Drew Ryun with the Madison Project discusses building political strength from the ground up in Episode #2.

How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Episode #1

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections

This week we are launching our weekly podcast series, How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes. From practical tips on how to engage in politics to American history to the “inside baseball” of Washington, DC maneuverings, our goal is to share with you our experiences and the lessons learned over the years, from the chairman to the Madison Project, former Congressman Jim Ryun, to members of our team on things like Get Out The Vote work and Becoming An Online Ninja.

Today’s episode deals with an issue many grassroots folks struggle with: how do you hold your elected officials accountable? With an emphasis on the federal level, Drew Ryun lays out in just a few minutes practical steps that grassroots activists can take to hold their Members of Congress accountable. Enjoy!