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APP - Carly Fiorina in New Hampshire, Ben Carson's Abortion Problem, and More...  

The Man Who Wouldn't Sit Down

Alfonso Aguilar discusses the flaws with Spanish language news:
“Spanish-language media is not being held to the same standards as mainstream media”



Three Republican Presidential Candidates Speak at American Principles Project Forum


Ben Carson’s Muddled Messaging on Life

By Frank Cannon


Ben Carson has time and time again affirmed his pro-life position. However, Dr. Carson has made several confusing statements that call that stance into question. These statements included bizarre, unprovoked statements in support of the abortion pill RU-486, his past participation in fetal tissue research, and his campaign’s muddled responses as to which legal restrictions on abortion Carson would support.


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Presidential Hopefuls Hawk Conservative Ideals at Hooksett ‘Federalism’ Forum

"The event, hosted by the conservative American Principles Project, included speeches from fellow Republican candidates Carly Fiorina and Rick Santorum, and focused on tried and true Tea Party themes: wresting power from federal politicians, simplifying the tax system, eliminating Common Core and reestablishing religious freedom."


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The Missing Fed

By Steve Lonegan


"The Federal Reserve is the most powerful unelected financial powerhouse in the world. Its impact on our economy and financial markets is staggering.


Yet this unaccountable institution and its role in our economy and government is missing from the presidential debate."


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Fiorina: Get the Feds Out of Your Child’s Education

By Emmett McGroarty


"Most of the Republican presidential candidates at least pay lip service to the idea of local control over education. Some even call for abolishing the U.S. Department of Education (USED). But what do these positions really mean? Does “local control” extend to standards and testing (the federal government’s big stick), or should the federal government ride herd over those aspects of education? Would abolishing USED accomplish anything other than rolling its responsibilities over to a different agency (such as the Department of Labor, given the workforce-development mania in the national education establishment)?"


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Exclusive- Ted Cruz: States Should ‘Stand Up and Lead’ On Defunding Planned Parenthood

"Cruz headlined an event in New Hampshire, “Practical Federalism: Stand Up and Fight,” hosted by American Principles Project, Cornerstone Action, and The Family Leader, that focused on how far America has moved away from the Constitution over the past century, shifting power away from the states and the people and toward the federal government."


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APP - Here's What You Missed in New Hampshire  

I wanted to take a moment to share the success of our 2nd annual Practical Federalism Forum with you.
On Saturday, we welcomed over 250 activists and voters to our event in Hooksett, N.H., and featured presentations from over 10 experts on a variety of topics. We also had three presidential candidates -- Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, and Rick Santorum -- address the audience on the 10th amendment and what federalism means for the American people today. 
This event was an opportunity to engage and empower citizens in New Hampshire and across the nation, and we have already begun to see the fruits of this.  
During the event, we also asked each of the candidates in attendance,  “How would you define Practical Federalism?” This is what they said: 

Ted Cruz: “It is the genius of the Constitution, it is the genius of the 10th Amendment, that the states serve as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis put it as laboratories of democracy, that the Constitution defines the powers of Congress in Article I, Section 8 that they are few and enumerated and everything that is not in there is left to the States to decide. I’ve spent a lifetime fighting and defending the Constitution, we need to get back to the Constitution, and as President that’s exactly what I’m going to do.” 
Carly Fiorina: “I think Practical Federalism is the recognition that our nation was founded on a set of incredibly profound, but incredibly practical principles. We need to remember who we are now. We need to remember who we are. And who we are is laid out for us. It curtails the abuse of power by government, and it lifts up the rights of individuals to pursue their God given gifts.”
Rick Santorum: “Practical Federalism is locating the solution to the problems at the area most appropriate for those solutions to maximize the benefit for individuals in society. And the idea that, if you can handle a problem at an individual, family, community level, that’s where we should put the burden. If it’s too big of a problem for that area, then move it up to a local government and then a state government – it’s only when a problem becomes overwhelming that the federal government needs to weigh in. That’s the principle that Jefferson espoused, and if we go back to those principles and we look at areas where federal government inserting itself – like welfare – has actually done real damage to the structure that was most designed to help people, which was the family. Then, we can begin to repair the family unit by exiting the government – particularly the federal government – out of that equation.”
I’d like to thank you for everything you did to support this great event. And I would also like to thank our co-sponsors Cornerstone Action and The FAMiLY Leader, and our other speakers including: 

Jeff Chidester, Host of New Hampshire Perspective, News Radio WQSO, and New Hampshire’s News Network WGIR, 
Bryan McCormack, Executive Director of Cornerstone Policy Research Action, 
Ken Ivory, Member of the Utah House of Representatives, 
Emmett McGroarty, Director of Education at American Principles Project, 
Ann Marie Banfield with Cornerstone Policy Research Action, 
Jamie Gass, with Pioneer Institute,
Stanley Kurtz, Author, Conservative Commentator, and Contributor to National Review
Sean Fieler, Chairman of the American Principles Project.
Robert E. Murray, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, of Murray Energy
We look forward to continuing our work in New Hampshire leading up to the primary in a few months and we will continue to work to raise the consciousness of legislators, activists, and all of the presidential candidates on the reality of federal overreach and the importance of limited government. 
Thank you for your continued support. Keep up the good fight!

Emmett McGroarty
Director of Education
American Principles Project

APP - LAST CHANCE TO RSVP: Fiorina, Cruz, Santorum to Speak at Forum in New Hampshire 





Are you coming to see Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, and Rick Santorum this weekend?




There's still time to register for our  upcoming “Practical Federalism – 2016: Stand and Fight” forum to be held on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 at Southern New Hampshire University (500 N. River Rd., Dining Center Banquet Hall, Hooksett, NH 03106) from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm EST

Attendees will receive complimentary breakfast, lunch, and afternoon coffee. You can register by calling (202) 503-2010, emailing, or through the following link: 

If you are unable to attend the event, however, a live stream of the event will also be available here on Saturday

We intend to shine a light on how the federal government overreach works, the Framers’ view that state elected officials must guard against federal intrusion, and how the federal government undermines that duty. And we aim to make this a central issue in the public square through this event.

Thanks for your support, and we hope to see you in New Hampshire this weekend!

APP - Check Out the Buzz from Last Week's Jackson Hole Summit!  


Hi friends,

We just wrapped up our first Jackson Hole Monetary Policy Summit, taking place in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming opposite the Federal Reserve's annual symposium, and by all accounts our event was a huge success.

We heard from dozens of speakers from around the world about the flaws in the Federal Reserve's aimless discretionary monetary policy, the importance of interest rates being set by the market and not central planners, the need for a Centennial Monetary Commission to pass Congress, and why a return to the Gold Standard would be our best course of action.

The media and those on social media took notice. #JacksonHoleSummit was a top trending topic on Twitter throughout the day  on Friday and more than 40 news outlets in print and online covered the event. 

Check out some of the best news coverage below:

This was an important first step as we build a grassroots movement to take back our money and promote sound monetary policy for our nation. Thank you for standing with us as we continue to fight for the future of our nation. 

Terry Schilling
Executive Director
American Principles Project

APIA - URGENT help needed to stop tomorrow's vote on Every Child Achieves Act!



The U.S. Senate could vote on the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177)  the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) reauthorization  as early as tomorrow. We need your help to stop this legislation and end federal overreach.

What can you do? 

Go to this link, click your Senator, and tweet them the automated message showing your opposition to Common Core and ECAA. You can do this multiple times to multiple Senators. So, please help us by tweeting them often.

If you don't have a Twitter account, you can sign up for one here.

It's easy. Join the battle on Twitter and tell your Senator to vote NO. 

Take action today! 

Also - you can call your Senator at 202.224.3121 and ask them to vote against ECAA. 

Let's stand strong together as we fight for local control of education and against federal intrusion.


Emmett McGroarty

Director of Education
American Principles in Action

Read the top 21 reasons to oppose ECAA here.