Thirty Under Thirty

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The Red Alert Politics fourth annual “30 Under 30” list highlights young, right-of-center people who are making a difference on their campuses and in their communities. The people on this list were selected for their passion, their dedication to conservative principles even in the face of opposition, and for their influence across the country.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the nomination process. We chose to exclude staff members 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.

To help feature this year’s honorees, names will be unveiled 10 at a time, chosen randomly, on a rolling basis. The announcements will be made July 10, July 17, and July 24.

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Presidential Trump is drowsy
Donald Trump has given America a glimpse of how he’ll lead as president: in a drowsy state of mine. In the latest installment of “On the Road to the White House,” Stephen Colbert discussed Super Tuesday 4 on Wednesday’s The Late Show. Tuesday will eventually be known as “Day 1 Year Zero of Before Trump Time,” Colbert claimed. In […]
Minaj dedicates song to Trump, Biden
During her Tuesday night TIME 100 Gala Performance, Nicki Minaj gave a shout-out to Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Washington Examiner reports that Trump, unfortunately, was no longer there at the time of the performance: “I’m very political, and I would like to dedicate a song, just in the spirit of unity, to Joe Biden and Donald […]
Hillary panders to every demographic
Thanks to Hillary Clinton, Stephen Colbert learned that African-Americans commonly carry around hot sauce, he admitted on Monday’s The Late Show. Hillary recently appeared The Breakfast Club radio show, where she answered she always carries hot sauce with her. When an interviewer said people would say she was pandering to black people, she asked “okay, is it working?” “I […]
'Hamilton' creator raps for Puerto Rico
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver focused on Puerto’s Rico’s debt crisis, inviting a Puerto Rican broadway star to explain the island’s plight. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton, was mentioned along with other famous Puerto Ricans, including judges from American Idol and the Supreme Court, and athletes. Oliver showed a clip of Miranda speaking about the island’s “crisis,” […]
Ironic: Clinton has "Scandal" fundraiser
On April 27, Hillary Clinton will throw a swanky fundraiser with several cast members from the ABC hit show Scandal. Scandal is an enormously popular show about the seedy side of the seat of power — the sort of thing a leading political candidate ought to dismiss as pure fiction, rather than bring it into […]


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The "woman card" vs. the Trump card
As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump close in on their respective party nominations, they have started trading barbs about Clinton’s alleged use of the so-called “woman card.” Donald Trump used his victory speech on Tuesday evening to knock Hillary for allegedly running on her gender instead of on her record. “I think the only card […]
Cruz needed Kasich, not Carly: Now, it's over
Two weeks ago, the Republican nomination was Sen. Ted Cruz’s to lose. Yes, he had fewer votes and first-ballot delegates, but he was keeping Donald Trump under the 1237 threshold and winning delegates for the second ballot and beyond. Cruz was on his way to a resounding second ballot victory, but then his campaign made […]
John Boehner: Ted Cruz is “Lucifer in the flesh”
Senator Ted Cruz always claims that he didn’t go to Washington to make friends — and former House Speaker John Boehner let the world know he accomplished that task. During an interview at Stanford University on Wednesday, the former House Speaker was asked his thoughts on the 2016 Republican primary, and he didn’t have any kind words […]
Ryan: GOP ideas over "pandering politicians"
House Speaker Paul Ryan was aware that he wasn’t in the most welcoming company at Georgetown University on Wednesday. Ryan began his speech with a question: “Why support Republicans?” Students in the crowd responded with a collective laugh. While he carefully avoided conveying any specific opinions about the Republican presidential candidates, Ryan made a case […]
Trump foreign policy appeals to older millennials
Donald Trump delivered his foreign policy doctrine during a speech Wednesday that had a moderate tone appealing to older millennials who critique the Bush Administration’s hawkishness, but are disappointed with the Obama Administration’s failures to defeat Islamic terrorism. Older millennials (like me) grew in the shadow of the Iraq War, only carrying vague memories of Bill […]


FL Gov. runs ad bashing $15 min. wage... in CA
The Florida governor is using California’s $15 minimum wage as an opportunity – to lure companies to the Sunshine State. “Ready to leave California? Go to Florida instead – no state income tax, and Gov. Scott has cut regulations,” an ad running in Los Angeles and San Francisco stated. The ad is part of a […]
Regulation has stifled $4 trillion economic growth
The increasing burden of regulations since the 1970s has strangled $4 trillion of GDP from the American economy. That eye-popping figure comes from a new working paper out of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University that calculated the cumulative cost of regulations and their economic effect. “Had regulation been held constant at levels observed […]
The unseen effects of the $15 minimum wage
Speculation of the consequences of raising the minimum wage has experts worried as a $15 change puts cities and states in unfamiliar territory. “It’s a grand experiment with potentially profound consequences — some good, some bad — that could extend far beyond the borders of the nation’s two largest states, with ramifications for the health and direction of the U.S. […]
Fmr. McDonalds CEO: $15 min. wage kills jobs
A former president and CEO of McDonald’s USA on Monday illustrated what may be the biggest nail in the coffin to minimum wage supporters. “The $15 minimum wage demand, which translates to $30,000 a year for a full-time employee, is built upon a fundamental misunderstanding of a restaurant business such as McDonald’s,” Ed Rensi wrote for Forbes.  The […]
Obama admin. workplace rules squash flexibility
New regulations for overtime pay limit flexibility and will affect women and millennials hardest of all workers. The good intentions of the rule revision to ensure workers are properly classified and earn their due compensation will do little to improve their position. “Studies have shown that raising the overtime pay ceiling will generally not raise […]