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

Hillary flaunts her celebrity friends

We already knew that Hillary Clinton was tight with Hollywood's music stars, but the Democratic presidential candidate appears to have several celebrity friends that she is just dying to show off on social media.

Obama likens GOP primary to Hunger Games

Ever the Hollywood fan, President Obama made a clever cinematic reference during his remarks on the economy in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Thursday afternoon.

Takei: Thomas a 'clown in blackface'

Actor George Takei is not shy about his anger towards Clarence Thomas in the wake of the Supreme Court justice's dissent in the court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide last week.

Watch the trailer for 'Jenny's Wedding'

Not even a week after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, the first trailer for the film Jenny's Wedding -- which centers on a gay couple as they get engaged -- has hit the Internet.

Watch Cruz audition for 'The Simpsons'

After Ted Cruz gave an interview at BuzzFeed HQ on Monday, BuzzFeed surprised him with a script to audition for The Simpsons now that Harry Shearer is retiring.

2016

Donald Trump surges among Republicans

A new CNN/ORC poll released on Wednesday has Trump in second place nationally among Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents, trailing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by seven percentage points.

Hillary Clinton flaunts her celebrity friendships

We already knew that Hillary Clinton was tight with Hollywood's music stars, but the Democratic presidential candidate appears to have several celebrity friends that she is just dying to show off on social media.

Obama: GOP primary will resemble 'Hunger Games'

Ever the Hollywood fan, President Obama made a clever cinematic reference during his remarks on the economy in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Thursday afternoon.

Stewart can't believe people are defending Trump

During his last episode of The Daily Show before a substantial break, Jon Stewart spent a solid nine minutes laughing at Donald Trump for all of the controversy he has caused with his comments about Mexicans.

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb to run for president
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announced his presidential campaign on Thursday, opening a long-shot bid against Hillary Rodham Clinton and a field of Democratic rivals for the party’s nomination. Webb, in an announcement posted on his campaign website, acknowledged he would face major hurdles but vowed to bring an outsider’s voice to […]

Policy

This NSA program is as searchable as Google
Two years ago, the Guardian published information about an NSA surveillance program called XKeyscore—the agency’s “widest-reachest” program, which allows NSA analysts to easily search through things like emails and browser history.    Now The Intercept has published 48 classified documents about the program, claiming it’s as easy to search through as Google, and contains a massive […]
Obama talks about gun confiscation
President Obama spoke about the government confiscating certain types of firearms, which many Second Amendment advocates consider the third rail of gun policy. In an interview with comedian Marc Maron on Monday, noticed by National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke, the President praised Australia for taking away people’s guns after a mass shooting in their country. “It was […]
Nevada school voucher program could go nationwide
Nevada State Treasurer Dan Schwartz (R) announced that he has begun the process to make the state’s new voucher program the largest in the country–and if he’s successful, it could lead to a wave of similar laws nationwide. The Las Vegas Sun reported on Wednesday that starting in January 2016 any parent, regardless of income, […]
TSA broadcasts pic of traveler's cash
Sure, the TSA may fail to apprehend weapons 95 percent of the time–but they did manage to tweet this pic of $75,000 in cash stowed in a law-abiding traveler’s suitcase, with the appearance and location of the suitcase conveniently included. TSA Public Affairs spokesperson Lisa Farbstein tweeted this picture on Tuesday: If you had $75,000, is this how you'd transport it? Just asking! TSA […]
New study finds 1 in 3 Americans own a gun
A new study by Columbia University surveying 4,000 people found that one in three Americans are gun owners. NBC News reported that owning a firearm varies between states and the local gun culture. “One-third of Americans reported owning a gun, ranging from 5.2 percent in Delaware to 61.7 percent in Alaska. Gun ownership was 2.25 times greater […]