William Upton

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Age

27

School

Northwestern

Occupation

State Affairs Manager, Americans for Tax Reform

Twitter

@wupton

BIO

Will Upton is a state affairs manager at Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), where he focuses on state-level tax policy issues, educating on the need for pro-growth, revenue-neutral tax reform. He works to build broad-based coalitions to achieve the goal of tax reform. Previously, he worked for Richard Viguerie’s ConservativeHQ.com and at The American Conservative magazine.

 

 

Why is it important that at this particular point in time, right-of-center youth become involved publicly, whether in politics, media, their communities, or another capacity?

We have reached a point in which our future as youth is not reflective of that of our parents’ generation. The role and scope of government has changed drastically. The growth in government has added debt and uncertainty to our future and our children’s future. Now, more than ever, we need to engage the broader conversation about just how big our government should be, how services should be paid for, and how we can ensure a secure and sound future for ourselves.

 

What must elected officials and others in positions of leadership do to make a right-of-center message resonate with the Millennial generation?

Our political leaders should not be afraid to treat Millennials as adults. Our generation is capable — though some may not believe it — of having the hard conversation about the direction of our country. Do not be afraid to engage in the nitty-gritty discussion of policy, whether it be economics, taxes, life, transportation, energy, or whatever piques interest.

 

Where would you like to see the conservative movement in 10 years — and how can it get there?

I would like to see a robust and vigorous conservative movement in 10 years. One with fresh ideas and concrete solutions for continuing to reform our tax code and invigorate our economy. How do we get there? We have to embrace the tradition of conservatism as a bold way forward while always being conscious of the past. We have to learn from our mistakes, broaden our coalition, and point to our successes. The political Left panders, blames, and divides. We have to be a unifying force.

Thirty Under Thirty – 2014

Polititainment

Kanye West already has a PAC
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Kanye West announces presidential run
It’s time for a voter registration drive – Kanye West has declared his candidacy for president in 2020. Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards had the star artist accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. In his acceptance speech, he revealed the big news. He also mentioned that he “rolled up a little something” before taking the stage. […]
Hulk Hogan wants to be Donald Trump's VP
The list of celebrities aiming to be Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s vice president keeps growing. Former wrestler Hulk Hogan has joined his former WWE colleague Jesse “The Body” Ventura and actor Charlie Sheen in asking to be the billionaire’s running mate should he secure the GOP nomination. In an interview with TMZ on Saturday, Hogan […]
Damon: Snowden influenced 'Bourne' movie
Everyone is already excited about the new Jason Bourne movie and actor Matt Damon let a juicy tidbit slip about how much the world in the movie will have changed since the last installment in 2007. He told BuzzFeed that he and director Paul Greengrass would “revisit the idea” of making another Bourne movie every few years, but […]
Sheen weighs in on being Trump's VP
Don’t rule out a Trump/Sheen 2016 ticket just yet. Just as you thought that Donald Trump’s candidacy couldn’t get any more sensationalized, actor Charlie Sheen responded to fellow actor Owen Wilson comparing him to Trump. Sheen very epically, of course, responded on Twitter. Through his prose, he mentioned that Wilson’s comments were taken out of context, but […]

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2016

Farmers are no fan of Donald Trump
A key Republican constituency may have turned their backs on Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. Farmers experiencing a labor shortage are feeling disenfranchised and losing hope for an overhaul of the existing guest-worker program. “There are growers out there screaming for labor,” California farm labor contractor Carlos Castañeda said in an interview with Politico published on Tuesday. “The people […]
Trump and Kasich prefer Mount McKinley
Donald Trump will stand for Ohio in the dispute over restoring Mount McKinley’s original name of Mount Denali. The Obama administration’s decision to jettison McKinley was a “great insult to Ohio,” Trump tweeted on Monday. Ohio Governor John Kasich also opposed the change. “You just don’t go and do something like that,” Kasich said. “In […]
7,000 Clinton emails released
The State Department released more than 7,000 pages of Hillary Clinton’s emails she kept on a private server Monday night, including 125 emails with redactions of now-classified information. The 7,121 pages mostly contained routine emails concerning office life, but some concerned Clinton’s work with the Clinton Foundation, Haiti disaster relief after the 2010 earthquake, and […]
Kanye West already has a PAC created for him
Kanye West received a lifetime achievement award at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, but one fan wants to see him achieve another goal: the presidency. Eugene Craig, a 24-year-old Maryland Republican and head of the Young Minority Republicans Fund, created a PAC called Ready for Kanye after West declared his candidacy in 2020 […]
Donald Trump and Jeb Bush clash in campaign ads
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Policy

ICE arrests hundreds of illegals in California
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Third Obamacare co-op to close
Next year, Nevada customers will have to find new health insurance coverage as yet another Obamacare co-op is forced to shut down. The Nevada Health Co-Op will close January 1 after losing $15 million. The co-op cites “challenging market conditions” as the reason for closure. This is the third Obamacare co-op to close after CoOpportunity Health, which served […]
March for Life exempted from Obamacare mandate
The Hobby Lobby case was a religious victory against the Obama contraception mandate, but it’s no longer the only reason groups are allowed to be exempted. On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled that March for Life could claim secular reasons for being exempted from the contraception mandate. March for Life is a pro-life group, and has […]
Judge strikes down CA's 10-day gun waiting period
Second Amendment activists scored a huge victory last Tuesday when a federal judge struck down California’s 10-day waiting period for gun purchases. Federal Eastern District of California Senior Judge Anthony W. Ishii ruled in favor of the plaintiffs’ California gun owners Jeffrey Silvester and Brandon Combs, as well as two gun rights groups, The Calguns […]
Could we actually see Obamacare amended?
It may seem like Obamacare is in the news every other day with Republicans trying to get rid of certain or all aspects and Democrats defending it as the law. But, if Congress were to vote on overturning the law’s expansion of the small-group market insurance, we might actually see changes in Obamacare. The National […]