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  1. Reach out to Ron Paul and the Campaign for Freedom

    The younger generation is overwhelmingly turning away from the social conservative platform perpetuated by what they see as "old, grumpy, white guys"
    Instead they are turning by the thousands to people such as Ron Paul and his Campaign for Freedom to give them fresh perspective and a new outlook on the way a government should be run.

    Ron Paul already has mobilized the younger generation through the use of the internet (just check out facebook and see who the most supported candidate was through the primaries)...

    If the RNC ignores this youthful, strong, and passionate subset of the population, the…

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    • do a better job in Black and Latino communities

      I'm a Black conservative/republican. 95% of Blacks vote Democrat and 60% of Latinos. Those stats are RIDICULOUS. There is no way America can become this multicultural and our party not have a plan.

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      • Run Inspiring Candidates

        The GOP has to STOP nominating the next in line. Dole, McCain. We can not keep going to the old white military hero well. Nor the Bush family. With a longer resume as governor, someone like a Sarah Palin will be that inspiration. Same for Jindal. He has a really inspiring story. We have to give people a reason to vote FOR Republicans, not against the other candidate. And, they must be able to articulate conservative ideas a la Reagan.

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        • Reach out to Blacks, Latinos, Gays, and the Youth

          The party needs to become more inclusive and actively reach out to these communities. It means going directly into these communities and articulating why Republican policies and philosophy are best for these communities. Being young and Black, I have seen democratic policies continue to fail, and I believe if there is a real grassroots effort in these areas, and other communities (particularly college campuses), that it will take hold. We have to take the fight directly to democrats on their turf. It also means, becoming more progressive. By that I mean, holding fast and true to our conservative core beliefs,…

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          • fund College Republicans & conservative campus newspapers

            The only way to reach the next generation of voters is to win them over to conservative ideas before the liberal professors indoctrinate them. Thus, on every major college campus, we need to have a vibrant group of young Republicans as well as a strong conservative newspaper that will expose the liberal bias and also provide cogent arguments for a conservative worldview. Every campus needs to have an assigned regional coordinator that is funded by the RNC. This coordinator will help students to mobilize on campus and hold conservative events to counterbalance the constant liberalism in the classroom.

            The Collegiate…

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            • Reach youth via pop-culture and entertainment media.

              For too long the left has been seen as the "cool" party for the youth. It's time we fight back by embracing pop-culture by outreaching and creating our own entertainment media avenues such as entertainment oriented blogs, broadcasting, reporting, and parties.

              To reach youth, we need to think like E! Entertainment, MTV, Daily Kos, Jon Stewart and all other tools the left has to reach the youth.

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              • Enact a "40 under 40" initiative

                40% of our open seat and challenger candidates for Congress and up under 40 by 2012

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                • Implement a renewed focus on winning State Legislatures

                  The state legislatures elected in 2010 will control the redistricting cycle that dictates the makeup of Congress for the next decade -- and serve as our farm team for Congress and statewide offices. We need to strengthen our focus on winning local and state offices, not just federal ones.

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                  • be thinking about solutions, not about winning.

                    Conservatives have a lot to contribute to bi-partisan and post-partisan solutions for real problems that the country is facing. Republicans want less government; Democrats want better government. There's a meeting place for the two that we can call SMARTER government - but neither side can accomplish that alone.

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                    • Help campaigns and local parties build online movements

                      Set recruitment goals for online activism and fundraising for Congressional and Senate campaigns: 5,000 activists and $100,000 for each Congressional race and 7,500 activists and $150,000 per Congressional district in each Senate race

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                      • A 435 district strategy

                        We don't need a 50-state strategy. We need a 435 district strategy. Whether a safe or longshot seat, we need professionally-run campaigns with real candidates everywhere. This will allow us to maximize pickup opportunities against complacent Democrats. It will also help identify promising young leaders for future advancement elsewhere in the party. Also, we need to encourage repeat candidates -- not a win-at-all-costs mentality. Winning second time candidates received just 42% of the vote their first time out.

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                        • Make being Republican "cool" and "progressive"

                          We are slapped with too many stereotypes and have been defeated by a social movement. It is NOT socially acceptable to be young, educated, urban and Republican. If the party is going to succeed, that HAS to change. Build an exciting, inspiring and charismatic party that captures young hearts and minds and reminds them why it's "cool" to be Republican and people can proudly say we are Republican AND educated AND informed AND caring AND diverse AND forward-thinking.

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                          • Think Urban

                            We elect very few Republicans from urban districts, and, as a result, the party has few urban policy ideas and very little credibility on those issues. We can't afford to keep ceding that ground to Democrats; the demographics are against us. I believe that traditional Republican free market ideas can be melded into revolutionary and attractive urban policies (beyond vouchers) if the effort is made. Our new focus should be on attacking our opponents where they're strongest.

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                            • Start an "I am Republican" campaign!

                              Simply put remind everyone of who republicans really are! Though it may not seem so we are of different races, religions, and age groups all committed to the principles of conservatism: limited government, fiscal responsibility and social conservatism.

                              I am: young, educated, a professional, a catholic, a Native American, a voter, a parent, an entrepreneur, an educator. I am republican.

                              Its important to embrace all people who STRONGLY share our common principles and values and there are more of us out there then you think!

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                              • Shadow government

                                One of the great things that the British parties do when out of power is create a "shadow government", with the same ministers that exist in the real government. Their entire purpose is to shadow the debate in the ruling party.

                                Do the same here: if Obama puts out a detailed health care plan, don't just sit there and yell "Socialism!" and fire up the base. The base will *not* be enough for the future.

                                Instead, have the shadow government put out a detailed counter plan. Explain *why* it's better, not in terms of hot button labels but in terms…

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                                • Recruit 5 million new online activists

                                  Build the GOP's activist network with 5 million organically collected new activists with e-mail and/or cell phone numbers for text messaging

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                                  • Stop Accepting PAC and Lobbyist Money

                                    The Republican National Committee needs to deal with some very basic facts. First, less than 2% of the RNC's money came from PAC's and lobbyists in 2008. Second, 69% of Americans believe corruption is a major problem in Washington. Third, 44% of Americans trust Democrats more than Republicans to handle corruption.

                                    By refusing to accept PAC and lobbyist money, the RNC will powerfully show that they are committed to real change. This move would be a powerful counter-argument against what will be a protracted and ugly battle over what to do with Senator Ted Stevens. It would also help rebuild…

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                                    • Build a national Facebook-esque Website

                                      Currently the websites between local, state, and national GOP parties are very disjointed. I was dismayed to go to my county website to find that links were out of date and there was no RSS feed. We need to have a nationally built website where Republican candidates from the Presidential to the County Commissioner have a place to showcase themselves. It would include all the latest automated tools for connecting supporters for each candidate.

                                      Furthermore, it should be easy to navigate between local, state, and national candidates.

                                      This would give consistency and a united front to reinforce the GOP brand.…

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                                      • reestablish the New England branch

                                        The party is as good as dead in New England, and there isn't enough local talent to rebuild it alone. The few local Republicans that win office find themselves completely out-gunned and unprepared. We need financial and organizational support for candidates at the local level so that we can build a viable bench of locally-grown national candidates.

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                                        • Make Facebook a top target for organizing and communicating.

                                          As a younger conservative, I was completely distraught by the number of advertisements and motivational tools utilized by the left on the social network Facebook in 2008, and the total lack thereof on the part of the Republican Party. The GOP must bring balance to the "Facebook Vote" if it wants to ensure that the next generation of voters isn't bound to liberalism.

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