Thirty Under Thirty 2013

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Last month, CNN brought to light an important shift in young Americans’ attitudes about the direction of the country. Young people, who carried President Barack Obama to victory in the 2012 election, now view President Obama more unfavorably than ever before. According to CNN‘s polling, President Obama’s popularity with young people has dropped 12 points since last November’s election to a mere 48 percent, showing an opportunity for the GOP to win the youth vote in the next national election.

This shift in momentum can be attributed in part to the efforts of young Republicans across the country to better educate their peers about the merits of conservatism and the GOP’s concern for young people.

In our second annual “30 under 30” list, we sought to honor some of the finest young conservative, libertarian and Republican leaders. The young people on this list were selected for their consistent involvement in the movement, their influence on other youth and their heartfelt dedication to American principles, regardless of opposition.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the nomination process. After receiving more than 400 nominations for this year’s exclusive list, we again chose to exclude Red Alert contributors and staff at our sister publications (The Weekly Standard, The Washington Examiner) from consideration. We also opted not to include previous winners in this year’s list in order to give other young leaders the opportunity to shine.

Red Alert Politics Editor and Publisher Francesca Chambers

Polititainment

Super Bowl 50 ad: 'Bud Light Party'
Things got a little political, well sort of, from Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen for Super Bowl 50. In light of the divide from Americans when it comes to politics, the two comedians declared they were forming their own political party, the “Bud Light Party.” The ad also featured actors Michael Peña, asking a crowded […]
Jesse Watters talks with Sanders fans
In the spirit of Bernie Sanders having “captured the imagination of some younger Americans,” Bill O’Reilly sent out Jesse Watters to talk to some of those younger Americans, at the University of Oregon, “to explore the Sanders phenomenon.” As is usually the case with Watters World segments for The O’Reilly Factor, the responses are both cringe worthy and hilarious. […]
'Lenny Letter' dismisses GOP women
While I consistently find myself stuck in an inner battle of liking HBO’s Girls and disliking its lead actress and writer, Lena Dunham, I nonetheless signed up for her “feminist newsletter,” Lenny Letter. I don’t disagree with Dunham on every single political issue, but I do on most and find her comments about the Republican […]
Matt Damon praises Gen-Y over Gen-X
Young fans of hearthrob Matt Damon may have even more of a reason to like him now. As GQ mentioned about the talk they had with the actor, he’s got “an unpopular opinion” in that “Damon Prefers Millennials to Generation X,” his own generation. Damon believes “this generation seems so much more dialed-in than mine,” […]
No safe space: Lena Dunham quits Twitter
On Tuesday afternoon, Lena Dunham discussed her decision to (once again) quit Twitter. God only knows how long the Internet will be free from her pro-Hillary Clinton, pro-Planned Parenthood, pro-abortion, and anti-Republican tirades. But, this time, she may actually be off for good. That’s because, as Breitbart reported, such a discussion occurred Tuesday at a […]

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2016

Anti-Trump rally brings out almost no protestors
The anti-Donald Trump protests aren’t what they use to be. At a rally in Plymouth State University on Sunday fewer than a dozen anti-Trump protestors showed up to shame the billionaire and his supporters. According to Think Progress, hundreds of Trump voters lined up for hours in the cold weather to see the Republican frontrunner […]
OK Prof: Sanders voters a 'symptom of our failure'
One professor understands the rise of Bernie Sanders in 2016 as illustrative of a broken education system. “The enthusiasm of our youth for the candidacy of Bernie Sanders is a symptom of our failure to educate them, not only in history, government and economics, but also basic morality,” University of Oklahoma Professor David Deming wrote […]
Trump slams RNC: Debate audience was rigged
The Republican debate held Saturday at Plymouth State University was suppose to be a chance for the GOP to reach out to college students but according to Donald Trump, none of that happened. According to the Boston Herald, the Republican frontrunner accused the Republican National Committee of stuffing the room with donors instead of millennials. […]
Is drafting women 'nuts?'
Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie are all in agreement during that young women should be eligible for the draft, while Ted Cruz calls the idea “nuts.” During Saturday’s ABC GOP debate, moderators pressed the candidates on the recent Defense Department policy change, and whether they would support a measure requiring women to register for the Selective Service. […]
Millennials' "best chance is socialism"?
Like a broken clock, the public has been told that, for this election season, the only hope for Americans is an embrace of socialism as progress. Bemoaning the transformation of the United States into an oligarchy and citing “radical European parties,” The Nation urged Americans to socialism as a way out of the current American […]

Policy

Thanks Autocorrect: Now millennials can't spell
A texting app turned off its spellchecker, and people became very lax with their spelling accuracy. When Blend, a group texting app, paused autocorrect for 72 hours, about one-third of all words were misspelled, according to News 1130. Blend has a heavily young user base, and “weird,” “definitely,” and Budweiser were victimized. Double-letter words, misspellings […]
Even Millennials see themselves as narcissistic
Millennials are much more self-aware than is generally assumed by their crotchety grandparents. They view themselves as more narcissistic than previous generations, but not as narcissistic than older generations think, according to Live Science. A new study fleshed out how millennials view themselves; unsurprisingly, “millennials do not appreciate being called narcissistic and entitled,” Joshua Grubbs, […]
Critics could kill college's shooting club
It is said all the time that gun control advocates don’t actually seem to understands guns, and thus the issue they’re fighting. Well, we have another example. Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, offers a Shooting Spots Club. And, as the Des Moines Register writes, “Critics take aim at Simpson College shooting club.” The club is supervised by a […]
Study: Min. wage hurts young workers
When a state increases the minimum wage, younger workers stand to absorb the negative consequences. When minimum wages increased between 2006 and 2012, workers between ages 16 and 30 with less than a high-school education had their employment rate reduced by 5.6 percent, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper. The negative […]
Sanders' tax plan kills 6 mil jobs
When it comes to their choice in Democratic candidates, many millennials are going for Bernie Sanders. And it’s not hard to see why in some ways. He’s not only more likable and relatable than Hillary, but he cares about issues like climate change. Another one of Bernie Sanders’ issues though is wealth distribution. While that […]