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From ValdostaToday.com:

Eighth District Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA) and Georgia Young Republican President Robert Lee will address the Lowndes County Republican Party at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

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Here’s your chance to record your thoughts! The last Republican debate of 2015 was held in Las Vegas, NV. After watching who won the debate, who do you feel won? Cast your ballot and let your opinion be heard!

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Who won the 5th Republican Debate in Las Vegas, NV?

  • Donald Trump (38%, 95 Votes)
  • Marco Rubio (19%, 47 Votes)
  • Ted Cruz (17%, 42 Votes)
  • Carly Fiorina (14%, 34 Votes)
  • Rand Paul (8%, 21 Votes)
  • Jeb Bush (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Ben Carson (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Chris Christie (0%, 1 Votes)
  • John Kasich (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 248

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From Peach Pundit:

Rob Lee says the difference between those under 40 and their elders is the difference between rabbit ears and 500 channels of cable TV. Lee, who is chairman of the Georgia Young Republicans, was trying to explain how the GOP can get the support of millennials who, he said, have a different context for understanding the conservative experience. His point was that those who grew up in the days of rabbit ears and three network stations shared a generalized experience, where people watched the same shows. Young people, on the other hand, have hundreds of channels to choose from, each appealing to specific interests, from European football to cooking. They can choose to watch channels the closely match their interests.

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From the Marietta Daily Journal:

MARIETTA — The future success of Republicans depends on having a party willing to listen to the individual needs of younger generations. That was the message Rob Lee, chair of the Georgia Young Republicans, shared with those at the Cobb County Republican Party’s breakfast on Saturday.

Lee — who owns and manages 2g Strategies, a consulting firm that assists political organizations and small businesses — has served in leadership roles in College Republicans, Young Republicans and other Republican organizations across the country. He related the differences in the members of those young Republican groups and older members of the party by way of growing up during two different eras of television, starting with those who grew up in the time of only three TV channels.

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Who won the 4th Poll in Milwaukee, WI?

  • Marco Rubio (31%, 31 Votes)
  • Ted Cruz (18%, 18 Votes)
  • Rand Paul (17%, 17 Votes)
  • Donald Trump (11%, 11 Votes)
  • Ben Carson (8%, 8 Votes)
  • Carly Fiorina (8%, 8 Votes)
  • John Kasich (4%, 4 Votes)
  • Jeb Bush (3%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 100

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Who won the 3rd presidential debate held in Boulder, CO?

  • Ted Cruz (53%, 100 Votes)
  • Marco Rubio (27%, 51 Votes)
  • Donald Trump (7%, 14 Votes)
  • Chris Christie (3%, 6 Votes)
  • Rand Paul (3%, 5 Votes)
  • Mike Huckabee (2%, 4 Votes)
  • Carly Fiorina (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Ben Carson (1%, 2 Votes)
  • John Kasich (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Jeb Bush (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 187

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Politicians were quick to politicize the tragedy in Roseburg, Oregon last week. President Obama claimed that “we know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths,” yet fails to mention that when looking at gun related homicides, 3 of the 5 states with the lowest rates have little restrictions on gun rights (Vermont, New Hampshire, South Dakota). Now, all of this is not to say that one state is better than the other. It merely says that “common sense” doesn’t necessarily dictate what the reality we face is. After all, according to the Pew Research Center, 56% of Americans polled believe gun related deaths are higher than in the 90s when in fact the reality is we have seen a 49% decrease since the peak in 1993.

The shooting at Umpqua Community College does demonstrate two demonstrable facts that Young Republicans have to understand if we are to have a reasonable conversation. First, we as young conservatives have to be willing to engage people on a deeper level than “guns save lives.” That’s rhetoric meant to confirm our own feelings instead of engaging those that differ with us. Once again, we have to face the reality that the people we are communicating with increasingly don’t see the world that way, and if our only goal is to lecture them on why they are wrong then we will undeniably lose the argument, and with it our rights under the 2nd Amendment.

Second, we have to begin to view our rights as a byproduct of a deeper philosophical foundation – protecting life is our purpose. Violence of any sort is what we should be striving to prevent, and this means building off last month’s commentary about engaging people. Valerie Weiner writes about how young people may join violent gangs as a result of marginalization, highlighting the hope that comes from building bonds with other people (and the impact that lacking those bands has). More than 3 million children witness domestic violence, and it costs our country $37 billion annually in legal, health, and lost productivity. Preventing this should be our goal first and foremost.

The key for any of our efforts is to end violence and build a tangible concept of hope. That tangible concept manifests itself in the role we take in lifting our fellow Georgians up when they feel tired, afraid, and hopeless. President Obama’s quick politicization of the Oregon shooting is but one consequence of the larger problem. Laziness. Pure intellectual and spiritual laziness, which is a risk we conservatives have to recognize, too. Responding to the president with more rhetoric about the 2nd Amendment won’t protect our rights. Protecting lives will, and the best way we can do this is preventing violence towards our fellow Georgians at every opportunity we get. Young Republicans can, have, and will take a leading role in that endeavor.

by GYR Chairman Robert Lee

The past couple of months have brought great opportunities to the Young Republicans. Personally, that has been the wonderful invitations to speak to Republican gatherings across Georgia since my election in May. The response I receive from Republicans has been overwhelmingly supportive of our efforts. That doesn’t just include the plans we have to recruit other younger party members into the fold. What has been well received across Georgia is the effort of the Young Republicans to build relationships with the leaders of our party who have a lot to teach us. Conversely, the come to realize they have a lot to learn from us, too, and that is where the real party building takes place. We have a conversation as Republicans – a very productive, respectful conversation that leads to real personal growth.

Consider first that younger generations just have more on their mind than politics. While this has always been consistent among previous generations at the time they were between the ages Millenials are now (roughly 18-36), it is still noteworthy that “politics” will not reverberate among younger voters the same way it will with older voters. That is for a good reason, too. Many of us that are recent graduates are saddled with enormous education debts. Many of us that have been in the workforce for the better part of a decade face higher unemployment as a result of the most recent recession, or we have young families with the pressures of educating our children.

Furthermore, we receive our information from different sources. The Pew Research Center identified that Millenials are less familiar with nearly half of surveyed news sources than previous generations. However, those news sources that Millenials are more familiar with are digital – Google News, Facebook, and Buzzfeed are the primary examples. Even those that are television based – Colbert Report, Daily Show – are created with shareable content in mind and frequently feature in those same digital news sources.

Initially, that looks like a difficult barrier to breakdown, however worry not about our generation. One thing we do appreciate is the fact that our predecessors have strong moral character and work ethic, which is something we can learn from. That same Pew study noted that 70% of Millenials say older generations have stronger moral values; 74% were noted as believing the work ethic is stronger in older generations. That said, what Millenials do better, according to us, is racial and ethnic tolerance. 47% of Millenials give higher marks to our generation. These, of course, are just attitudes, but what does it say about our generation?

We recognize we have a lot to learn and room to grow. That is where the power of a conversation comes in. We value relationships and the power of personal connections, and considering that, there is always one thing above all else that will build a strong relationship to build our party. Embrace the individual you are speaking to; the one thing that each of us own that nobody else does is our name. Our identity is unique, and that is the one thing that sets our generation apart from our predecessors. We were brought up to be unique, treated as unique consumers, and given tools in every day life to express that uniqueness. Nothing recognizes that better than asking “What’s your name, and what’s your story?”

There’s a lot of power in that, nothing more powerful than the ability to connect to a generation of voters.

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