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Meet Laurel Conrad, the Institute's New Lecture Director

We are pleased to announce that Laurel Conrad has joined the Luce team as its Lecture Director. She was previously the Communications Coordinator for the American Conservative Union.

A graduate of Cornell University, Laurel worked with the Luce Institute during her college years, both as an intern and as a conservative campus activist, where she helped organize and host a campus lecture at Cornell by Institute speaker, Bay Buchanan.


2014 Election, Gender Gap, and Public Opinion Today

American Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow and Research Coordinator Karlyn Bowman was the featured speaker at the November Conservative Women's Network. She offered insight into the trends and shifts in women's voting patterns over time and their influences on the 2014 election.


Strassel: The Next Prez and the Obama Way

WSJ Washington correspondent Kim Strassel lets her imagination run wild in a fantasy staff memo to a future Republican president outlining a plan – using Obama's executive order precedent – to usher in a conservative agenda in his first four months, including:

• instructing government agents not to enforce or uphold Obamacare, the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, the National Labor Relations Act, Dodd-Frank, McCain-Feingold, and the 73,954-page Federal Tax Code: “Hello, flat tax on a postcard.”

• instituting new Department of Justice task forces to bring criminal charges against trial firms and union shops: “That’s tort and labor reform done.”

"We could do the right thing; arguably should," the memo concludes. "Then again, who will they be to complain if we don't?"



New Labor Dept Rules Would Hit Professional Women Hardest

The Department of Labor's proposed new rules on overtime pay would significantly hurt professional women's ability to negotiate workplace flexibility tailored to their personal and family needs, writes economist Diana Furchtgott-Roth.

The new rules, which would apply to several million new female workers classified as executive or professional, would prevent women from negotiating such parent-valued arrangements as "comp" time, in which they exchange additional time off work for extra time worked.

A better solution for women, argues the author, would be to encourage and expand workplace flexibility; and she highlights a legislative proposal under consideration to do that.


College Punishes Conservative Campus Group for Exercising Free Speech

In an interview on Fox and Friends, Virginia Tech student Lauren McCue (who interned at this Institute this summer) discussed her conservative group's highly successful, standing-room-only campus lecture by CBLPI conservative speaker Bay Buchanan. Virginia Tech has chosen to punish the student group by withholding organizational funding for two semesters:



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