Michael McGrady

Mike McGrady

Michael McGrady is the executive director of McGrady Policy Research and a political operator.

Articles From Michael

President-elect Trump will give millennials more economic opportunity

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It is not every day that Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and President-elect Donald Trump see eye-to-eye on policy. As we have seen in the enthralling saga of Congressional Republicans racing to fast-track a risky Obamacare repeal through both houses in time for next Friday’s Inauguration, the beltway is on edge anticipating a thousand different outcomes. One […]

Report: “The federal government has created a sex bureaucracy” on campus

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Too often we see college students plastered all across the media for wrongful allegations of sexual assault of a fellow student. Be it a male or a female, the American college campus has over-regulated the freedom of sexual expression, even if you agree with certain acts or not. In fact, the overall idea of engaging […]

Survey: 4-in-10 Americans unable to list “a single First Amendment freedom”

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The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center conducted its annual State of the First Amendment survey for 2016, and found that nearly half of all respondents were unable to name a single right protected by the First Amendment. “39 percent of Americans could not name a single First Amendment freedom: religion, speech, press, assembly or petition,” according to a summary of […]

“Conservatism already lost”: Ben Shapiro slams “Sell Outs For Trump” (SOFT)

From left, Shawn Dean of Brighton, Colo., takes a photograph of himself and Chrysendra Brunson and Samuel Louire, both of Denver, as they wait for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to speak during the opening session of the Western Conservative Summit, Friday, July 1, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief at The Daily Wire and former editor of Breitbart News, provided one of his signature blunt lectures to a room of conservatives at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver. Shapiro, one of the most vocal critics of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, spoke to a mixed crowd of Trump supporters, anti-Trump’ers, and […]

Trump protests turned violent at Western Conservative Summit

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People from all over the country flocked to Denver to witness Donald Trump and other conservative leaders speak at the 2016 Western Conservative Summit, and unsurprisingly, the anti-Trump protesters followed, hoisting picket signs that said “Make America Smart Again, Don’t Vote Trump,” or “Dump Trump.” “No justice. No peace,” was chanted loudly by dozens, while men […]

Campus free speech crackdowns and court rulings

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Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) recently filed a lawsuit against the administration of California State University-Los Angeles because of an apparent disregard for First Amendment rights. The suit, filed on the behalf of the conservative student group Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) and conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro, targets President William Covino and professors on the […]

Study: Millennials work less, volunteer less, and sleep more

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According to a recent study, millennials spent less time working in 2014, as compared to 2004. The study, reported by Government Executive and Quartz, touched upon the actual productivity of young people and their time usage on specific actions and activities during the previous decade. These findings were collected from a survey sponsored by the federal government. The Bureau […]

Study: College football games increase risk of rape, sexual assault on campus

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College football game days increase rates of sexual assault and rape, according to a recent study on the correlation of sexual assault and major sporting events on college campuses. The study, entitled, “College Party Culture and Sexual Assault,” published in December by the National Bureau for Economic Research, argued that intensified party climates surrounding sporting events […]

In Colorado, carrying guns on campus is no longer controversial

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The University of Colorado (CU) system fought for almost 10 years to ban licensed concealed carry on their college campuses. However, as the battle now plays out on other campuses across the country, many students and staff of the CU system seem to view other issues as more pressing than firearm possession. “The concealed carry issue is not much on the radar screen these […]

The Economist’s new college rankings: It pays to stay local

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According to a new system of college rankings released by The Economist, students who go to local colleges are likely to earn more money than those who choose to attend elite universities. The ranking system was developed as an alternative to that of the U.S. News & World Report rankings that currently carry so much weight.  “American universities claim […]

College Board: Tuition continues rising faster than inflation

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The College Board released a report yesterday on the cost of tuition for public and private higher education institutions and found this year tuition costs continued to rise faster than the inflation rate on the U.S. dollar. The College Board’s “Trends in College Pricing” 2015 report, indicated that tuition prices are increasing on both private and public campuses. A […]

RNC/NBC feud leaves Univ. of Houston in limbo for upcoming debate

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Disappointment over CNBC’s handling of the Oct. 28 debate led RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to suspend cooperation and planning for future debates with NBC News. The RNC was originally partnered with NBC to hold a debate at the University of Houston in February, right before ‘Super Tuesday.’ Red Alert Politics reached out to the UH community, which has […]

Why was Martin O’Malley at the GOP debate?

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley after a news conference on the campus of the University of Colorado before the Republican presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Republican candidates were not the only presidential hopefuls to visit the University of Colorado (CU) campus on Wednesday. Democratic candidate Martin O’Malley made an appearance as well. The former governor of Maryland participated in a student-run debate broadcast about political engagement among millennials. O’Malley told Red Alert Politics that he is planning to run on […]

What to expect at the upcoming GOP debate

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The upcoming Republican presidential primary debate has already had its fair share of controversy–from debate length to not letting students attend the event. Last week, CNBC said that it would eliminate opening statements for the debate, and saw backlash from Donald Trump and Ben Carson. Both candidates threatened to boycott the debate, unless CNBC restored the original format. […]

#DemDebate: Who won over younger voters?

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With the first Democratic primary debate now behind us, the question now is who won the night? Who will surge in the polls? And, who will win the youth vote? Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and self-identified socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, who were front and center for the entire broadcast, both discussed their college […]

CU Students shut out of GOP debate to host event outside

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As the next Republican presidential primary debate at the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder draws closer, a student organization fighting for representation at the debate is highlighting the fact that young people will not be able to attend. A millennial-run news network based in Colorado called Be Heard TV is partnering with CU students, and is prepared […]

CU-Boulder students: RNC shutting us out of next GOP debate

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University of Colorado (CU) Boulder students are petitioning the Republican National Committee (RNC) to allow a representation of the student body at the upcoming presidential primary debate. A mere 1,000 seats will be available for audience members in the 11,000-seat Coors Event Center. CU was only given a total of 50 tickets to select people […]

University of Colorado under fire for reported ties to fracking industry

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The University of Colorado (CU) is known for its climate and energy research and support for sustainability, even announcing new environmentally friendly programs for the CU Buffaloes football stadium this year. That reputation has come into question however, after an investigation by the Boulder Weekly and Greenpeace USA claimed the university is fronting a fracking public relations scheme. The Boulder […]

Students won’t be represented at the next GOP debate hosted by the University of Colorado

President Obama speaks during a campaign event at University of Colorado Boulder Sept. 2, 2012.
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With the first two Republican Presidential Debates past us, eyes are moving to Boulder, Colorado for, “Your Money, Your Vote: The Presidential Debate on the Economy,” which will be hosted by CNBC and the University of Colorado Boulder on Oct. 28. Though the debate is set to attract millions of viewers nationwide, the seating for the live broadcast […]

‘Transparent’ director uses Emmy award stage to promote transgender equality legislation

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Emmy award winner Jill Soloway, director, writer, and creator of Amazon’s Transparent, turned the awards stage into a political one this year by calling for support of transgender equality legislation. Soloway, who won the award for Best Directing for a Comedy Series, said that “we have a trans civil rights problem” in this country. “We don’t […]