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REPUBLICAN ELEPHANT AND FLAG
We will never forget.

Sixteen years ago I watched in stunned silence with high school classmates as Flight 175 crashed into Tower Two of the World Trade Center at 9:03 a.m. It was clear then we were under attack. To this day, every time I think of the attacks of September 11, 2001 I am overwhelmed with emotion - both sadness and anger - just as much I was on that day. The pain is very raw and, undoubtedly, will remain as such for the rest of my life.

In addressing the nation, President George W. Bush spoke for all of us when he stated:

"Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve."

Americans are a peace-loving people, but we will fight to protect the values that are rooted in our founding. President Woodrow Wilson pronounced a century ago, "America is privileged to spend her blood and her might for the principles that gave her birth and happiness and the peace which she has treasured." This is still true for the United States and the many nations who have joined her in the fight against the scourge of violent extremism.

However, it is not enough to only remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001. To properly honor the men and women we lost that day in New York, at the Pentagon, and in a field in Pennsylvania, we must eradicate those who seek to do us harm and wish to disrupt our way of life - to end our American experiment.

President Bush's address to the nation was the clarion call for our generation. It has defined us. Many from our generation have answered this call in the United States, as well as many others from around the world, in defiance of terrorism for the defense of freedom and democracy the world over. Just as the victims of 9/11 will never be forgotten, nor will the hundreds of thousands of men and women who answered the call in their honor who have fought, especially those who have died, to protect our way of life at home and defend the liberty of people in every corner of the world.

In remembering September 11th we must remain resolute in our commitment to fulfill the mission to preserve and protect our way of life with the steadfast belief that our work is focused on a future where our children and grandchildren can have the opportunity to live in a peaceful world devoid of radical Islamic terrorism and violent extremism under an umbrella of a free, democratic, and open global community.

In Freedom,


Jason Frederick Emert
Chairman
Young Republican National Federation
@jasonemert

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2017 Young Republican National Convention - Annapolis, MD
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

YRNF Chairman speaks to young American youth leaders regarding the incidents in Charlottesville, VA

Washington DC - The Young Republican National Federation (YRNF) calls upon young Americans across the nation and across all political spectrum's to denounce the hatred and destructiveness occurring in Charlottesville, VA.

Newly elected YRNF Chairman Jason Emert strongly condemned the violence and hate-filled rhetoric saying, “this bigotry must end. The disease of racism must be eradicated for good.” He continued calling upon our generation to “stand up and declare enough is enough.”

Chairman Emert reached out to other youth leaders across the political spectrum to unite against the un-American promotion of the hateful and backward ideology that only seeks to divide America.

“I call upon the leaders of our generation as well as those who will shape the world for future generations to join together in condemning this hateful division. Our nation was founded on principles of freedom and democracy, and while political discourse is crucial to our development, hate and bigotry hold no place in our conversation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who were injured or have been killed in the unsettling violence.”

We look forward to working as an organization, in partnership with our peers, to rise above the hate and vitriol to start a conversation to make America better, safer, and stronger for all.
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Friends,
 
For those of you who were not in Annapolis, I was elected as chairman of the Young Republican National Federation over the weekend. I first want to thank Chairman Emeritus Dennis Cook for his service to YRNF and the years he dedicated to our organization. Dennis has served YRNF with distinction and we are all better for it. I am proud to call him a friend.

As a candidate for chairman I visited with dozens of state federations and traveled thousands of miles across the United States. I listened to the concerns of Young Republicans and put forth a plan for a better organization. The results of the election for chairman proved that our message hit home with the vast majority of Young Republicans. I am humbled and honored to have the awesome responsibility to lead the Young Republican National Federation these next two years.

Nevertheless, I understand that with these results come great expectations. Our team has already taken the initial steps to becoming a better organization to our membership that is more responsive, more professional, more effective, and more influential. With President Trump and Republican leadership at a high water mark in Congress and state capitols around the nation, Young Republicans and all Republicans expect our organization to be better than ever before. We won't let you down.

Already our team has hit the ground running. We are working on multiple deployments in races in Virginia and New Jersey. We are building out a long term program to build and grow Republican majorities at all levels of government. We are taking the steps necessary to be the premier organization for developing Republican leaders that will protect the American Dream for our generation and generations to come. And, we are not even through the first week of this administration!
Needless to say I am excited about what the future holds for the Young Republican National Federation. As such, I have made it my mission to visit every state chapter during my term. This weekend I will be attending the Oklahoma Young Republican State Convention and the Texas Young Republican State Convention. Next week, I will be at the Arkansas Young State Convention. So, if there's an upcoming event you would like me to attend, please do not hesitate to ask. I plan on being active and visible in championing our organization over the next two years.

Again, thank you for entrusting me with this great responsibility to lead the YRNF and develop the next generation of Republican leaders. As we begin this journey together, please follow along and connect with me on Twitter and Facebook

 
In Freedom,


Jason Frederick Emert
Chairman
Young Republican National Federation

 
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EJ Wilder, Young Republican National Federation's Education Committee Chairman, and the YRNF Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month, the annual celebration of the role which African Americans have played and will continue to play in the history of the United States, was originally ‘Negro History Week’ which was celebrated during the second week in February which contained the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. Seeing the need to expand the history beyond just a week, in 1976, President Gerald Ford dedicated the entire month of February to this celebration honoring the history which is our American history.

Our country has progressed a great deal since 1976, even more since 1776, yet we know we still have mountains to climb in healing the relations which have been soured since well before the end of segregation in 1964. This is not to say we haven't achieved a lot in regards to the lives and rights of African American. It is important during this month we remember how far we have come and how far we can go, for all Americans, when we work together. 

The successes of African Americans run deep within the Republican Party. Many great African American Senators, Representatives, and other leaders have seen great success within the party. Senator Tim Scott, Representatives Will Hurd and Mia Love, several former cabinet level appointees, as well as a host of other former members of congress, and RNC leadership and staff members are men and women of color who have led as Republicans. And perhaps more importantly, thousands of up and coming African American leaders, Party members and leaders throughout our American communities.

As we progress through this century, history and the country will increasingly turn to the millennial generation to lead the way. Our generation will be tasked with continuing the momentum in bettering our nation regarding our education system, healthcare, the economy, criminal justice reform, and race relations. I am confident my generation can do just this. We must find a
Better Way to help unite America
and enable Americans.

We must make sure children in all communities have the opportunity to succeed at every stage of their lives, from early childhood through college. We must ensure individuals have the control and increased choices to pick the healthcare plans that meets each person's needs, and not a plan which is mandated. One-size-fits-all has never been the American way.

We need a workplace in which it is easy for the American worker and student to excel. We need to look at who we incarcerate, why we incarcerate them, and what we can do about breaking the cycle of life-long incarceration. We need to foster an overall American environment where every citizen can live the life they choose without the intervention of government be that the dinner table, boardroom, or place of worship.

And we shall endeavor to honor the achievements of African American not only during this February, but all months, because Black History is American History and our futures are bound together

Emmanuel “E.J.” Wilder is National Committeeman for the North Carolina Young Republicans and Chairman of the YRNF Education Committee.

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For Immediate Release
August 10, 2016

YRNF Congratulates Speaker Ryan on His Primary Victory
Chicago, IL -- The YRNF would like to congratulate Speaker Paul Ryan on his primary victory last night in Wisconsin.

Speaker Ryan faced an unorthodox opponent funded with money from outside Wisconsin. Instead of stopping to the lowest levels of campaign tactics, Speaker Ryan waged a campaign of positive ideas and solutions, in the same fashion in which he leads Congress. Speaker Ryan was rewarded by the voters of his district by an overwhelming margin.

Following the Speaker’s win, YRNF Chairman Dennis Cook said, “Speaker Ryan set an example for the rest of us to follow going into November. Instead of attending a victory party tonight, Speaker Ryan held a press conference where he took the opportunity to talk about the Party's agenda for the fall.” 

"Republicans are offering a Better Way to fix this country's big, pressing problems," said Speaker Ryan. "This is how we turn this passion of the moment, into a hard won future. Through ideas. Through inspiration. Through inclusiveness. Through an agenda that we can be proud of. Through an agenda that can unite people."

"Speaker Ryan, first elected to Congress at 28, is proof that Young Republicans are leaders who can truly make a difference for our country,” continued YRNF Chairman Dennis Cook. "We look forward to working with Speaker Ryan and the other office holders and candidates as they embrace the Better Way policy agenda in the fall, and into the next legislating session."


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Houston, TX: The following is an op-ed by YRNF Chairman Dennis Cook (IL) and Co-Chairman Chris Carmona (TX) ahead of the YRNF’s Summer board meeting Houston, Texas this weekend
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Friday, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the latest employment numbers, most people paid attention to the overall unemployment, where no change occurred, as well as to the number of jobs added to the economy. However, other numbers tell a more important story. 
 
In July, 94,333,000 of our fellow Americans were not in the labor force. The number of the long-term unemployed – those who are jobless for 27 weeks or more – did not change in July. But the problem goes deeper than employment numbers, to an economy that is still struggling, and an economy waiting to be unleashed. Young Americans, those within the age range to join our Young Republicans organization, are often most directly impacted when people cannot find work, or when people give up on looking for work.
 
Economic writers such as Greg Ip are even suggesting to people thinking about retiring to reconsider, writing in the Wall Street Journal, "The economy needs you more than you know." What does this do for the young people either looking to move up or looking for a first job to begin building a career? What does this mean for the young couple who wants to buy a home and begin a family, but struggles simply to find the opportunity for the employment that will get them where they desire?
 
We are six years removed from this administrations so-called Recovery Summer. We are thirty years removed from the last major reform to our tax code. Our tax code should be built for growth, both in the economy and for the future population of our country. 
 
Many things, beyond just the unemployment measures need to be part of a larger discussion as we move toward the November election and part of our next President’s First 100 Days agenda. Investor's Business Daily editorialized last week, "It’s time for the government to come up with a new jobless measure which more accurately depicts what's really going on in the job market today." We agree.
 
Here's the bottom line: If some of these problems are not solved or addressed now, we will see Washington grow even more bloated than it already is. Local municipalities, cities and states will see themselves caught up in the undercurrent and will have no recourse but to turn to Washington, and when Washington is the place eventually holding all the power, freedom and liberty are diminished for young and old alike.
 
Have you tried to start a small business? Not everyone has, but the amount of rules and regulation to go from an idea to actually “open for business” is breathtaking, and can only get worse if we do not begin to institute real reform now.
 
When it comes to the economy, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for everyone. This week, the Young Republican National Federation will be gathering in Houston, Texas for our quarterly meeting. As part of this meeting, we will be putting service into practice in one of Houston's less fortunate parts of town. We have been able to partner with a local ministry to provide supplies to families with children as the kids get ready to go back to school; while the ministry provides some guidance, some hope and some counseling.
 
The economy affects people in different ways. In this instance, a local ministry is helping families in need. This ministry is connected to the people it serves, and even more broadly, it is connected to the community that surrounds it. In most cases, the ministry can provide for personal and emotional needs, in ways no government entity can. When the economy leaves people behind or makes it difficult for some to get by, we should have a mechanism there to help, a springboard if you will. We, as a nation, are capable of this, and it is what we do as we watch out for our neighbors. We can also do some commonsense things right now that will start solving problems that a stagnant economy cannot even begin to address.
 
This year, and moving into next session of Congress opening in January 2017, the Republicans are advancing a Better Way policy agenda developed by Speaker Paul Ryan and Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady among others. The ideas within a Better Way on the economy, jobs and tax reform are vital enough to our country that they merit not only now and through to Election Day, but into the next legislative session to be implemented. 

Young Americans deserve a Better Way. Young Americans are counting on a Better Way. It is time we start advancing it.
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About YRNF: The Young Republican National Federation, headed by Chairman Dennis Cook and Co-Chairman Chris Carmona, is an official auxiliary organization under the RNC. YRNF represents Republican voters between the ages of 18 and 40 across America. The national youth wing of the GOP includes members of both state and local chapters of the Young Republicans.

For any questions inquiries or more information about YRNF please contact Chief of Staff Clayton Turner at claytonmarkturner@yrnf.com.


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Chairman Cook Statement On Donald Trump’s Choice Of Governor Mike Pence As His Running Mate

CLEVELAND - Young Republican National Federation (YRNF) Chairman Dennis Cook released the following statement on Donald J. Trump’s selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate:
 
“The selection of Governor Mike Pence is a strong addition to the our ticket,” said YRNF Chairman Dennis Cook. “A solid conservative in Congress and now as Governor of Indiana, Governor Pence's policies have led to the longest period of uninterrupted job growth in Indiana’s history. The number one consideration when choosing a Vice-President is someone who could step into the role of President and lead without hiccup and that is what Donald Trump has done with his choice of Governor Pence. Mike Pence, as a Governor of a midwest state, understands flyover country, he understands the working man and woman and has worked to improve their lives in Indiana. We look forward to hearing from both Governor Pence and Donald Trump in Cleveland this week and taking the battle to the liberal Clinton machine this November at the ballot box."

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Friends,

Memorial Day is a reminder to us all that our freedom has a cost. The men and women who have died for our freedom paid a debt which cannot be repaid.

As we gather with friends and family over the weekend, remember these men and women were husbands and wives; brothers and sisters; sons and daughters; and, mothers and fathers. Our nation is more secure and the world is freer because of their sacrifice. 

I am reminded of what President George W. Bush so eloquently said: "Their sacrifice was great, but not in vain. All Americans and every free nation on earth can trace their liberty to the white markers of places like Arlington National Cemetery. And may God keep us ever grateful.” 

Our Nation mourns with thanksgiving for each one of their sacrifices.

With gratitude,


Dennis Cook
Chairman
Young Republican National Federation


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Friends,

Yesterday, Republican businessman Donald J. Trump surpassed the necessary delegates needed to earn the Republican Party's nomination for president. The Young Republican National Federation (YRNF) congratulates Mr. Trump and the Trump campaign on this milestone. Our primary process was a showcase of the best and brightest of our party and was a hard fought contest to determine the leadership of our party for the presidential election.

Mr. Trump’s nomination comes as the likely Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton cannot seem to pull away from the septuagenarian socialist Bernie Sanders. Not to mention, Mrs. Clinton  continues to find herself embroiled in the controversy over her illegal use of a private email server during her lackluster time as secretary of state. Mrs. Clinton has repeatedly lied to the American public and her impending nomination should cast doubt upon the entire Democratic Party.

As such, there are many things for our party to fight for this year and having all freedom loving conservatives uniting for that purpose is crucial to ensure success. We must fight to retain the United States Senate and House of Representatives, as well as protect the incredible gains we've made in state legislatures the last decade. We have great candidates from all corners of the country. Many of these candidates are young republicans who bring our generation’s fresh perspectives and innovative conservative solutions to the bureaucratic stagnation that persists at all levels of government. Our mission as an organization is to fight for these people and we will not abandon our cause or our party in this most crucial election year.

The YRNF is committed to electing Republicans across the country and developing future leaders of our party and the nation. We appreciate the countless members of the YRNF who have put this organization ahead of self-interests for the successful advancement of the conservative movement over these last few years. It is exactly because of these individuals we have the foundation built to emerge victorious in 2016.

Sincerely,


Dennis Cook
Chairman

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Young Republican National Federation 2016 Summer Meeting


May 9, 2016

Houston, TX – The YRNF will descend upon Houston, TX in August to hold its 2016 Summer Quarterly Meeting. Although Texas is traditionally looked at as a safe red state, the city of Houston has long been controlled by the progressive left.  With local races being a heavy concentration this upcoming fall, there is no better place to host our Summer meeting than an urban hotbed that is ripe for conservative change. 

“I am thrilled to bring the national body to my hometown of Houston this summer,” said YRNF Co-Chairman Chris Carmona, “Most people truly don’t understand the inner city initiatives which Republicans have been implementing over the last few years in trying to turn these areas from blue to red, and I hope that having the meeting in Houston will shine a light on some of those successes.”

The Southern Hospitality of Texas will be on full display, along with local and statewide office holders this August. We will be rolling out registration, hotel info, and a tentative agenda in the next few weeks, so please be sure to stay connected to the YRNF app and Facebook Event page.

For press inquiries or more information about YRNF please contact Chief of Staff Clayton Turner at claytonmarkturner@yrnf.com.

About YRNF:

The Young Republican National Federation, headed by Chairman Dennis Cook and Co-Chairman Chris Carmona, is an official auxiliary organization under the RNC. YRNF represents Republican voters between the ages of 18 and 40 across America. The national youth wing of the GOP represents members of both state and local chapters of the Young Republicans.
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Young Republican National Federation Statement on Election 2016


May 5, 2016

Washington, D.C. – The YRNF is composed of politically active leaders in states and territories across the country and represents the present as well as the future of the Republican Party. With races upcoming at the local level from City Council to State Representative, the YRNF is focused on the down ballot foundations which are the future of the Republican Party. 

The importance of ensuring the liberal progressive agenda of Hillary Clinton is never implemented means the U.S. Senate and House must continue to be led by a Republican majority. We will not allow liberals like Chuck Schumer a free pass on the road to picking up where Harry Reid left off in the U.S. Senate. The Supreme Court, the American economy and the safety of our nation are all at stake.

The Young Republican National Federation looks forward to supporting and electing Republicans throughout the U.S. most especially those Young Republicans who are seeking elective office themselves. We must ensure future generations of young Americans are not controlled by liberal progressive policies which have failed in the past and continue to fail around the world.

From New Hampshire to Florida, Nevada to Ohio, Republicans face a tough 2016 map, but our efforts to elect Republicans will be fierce and our work with local and national candidates will be to ensure the future of our country, our Party, and our families. The Country is at stake and we will endeavor to give our full measure of devotion to electing leaders dedicated to conservative policies and upholding of the Constitution.

For press inquiries or more information about YRNF please contact Chief of Staff Clayton Turner (claytonmarkturner@yrnf.com) at 205-540-3264, or Communications Committee Chairman, Katrina Jørgensen (Katrina.Jorgensen@yrnf.com) at 817-881-8199.


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