Growing the Republican Base

As we move into 2016, one thing more than most is on the minds of people – the Presidential election. As younger voters are coming into their own and becoming more active in the political process, pundits want to know why the much maligned “Millenial” generation looks at issues the way they do and why.

Atlanta Young Republican President Angelyn Dionysatos and Vice President for Political Affairs Jake Evans joined NPR recently to discuss that very issue, among others, facing younger voters here in Georgia and across the country.

To listen to their interview, visit Soundcloud. Their portion of the program starts at about the 20:00 mark.

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Abbie Frye Abbie Frye, 21
Buckhead Young Republicans

Abbie represents the next generation of Buckhead Young Republicans. As a senior at UGA she has a dual role, both being a YR and a CR. In December 2014 she was elected Chairman of the UGA College Republicans. One of her goals was to establish relationships with YR chapters throughout the state, something that was previously non-existent.

She is a Republican because she views the of party’s pragmatic principles and common-sense American values of limited government, lower taxes and individual liberties are key to ensure our country’s best days lie ahead.

“I have learned that college students are most successful when they not only have a community, but also have mentors and role models, folks who share the same political interests, but are just a few steps ahead. After visiting a few YR chapters, I decided that Buckhead was the best chapter for me to invest in, not only because of its convenient location in Atlanta, my home stomping grounds, but also because of the culture that is so prevalent in this chapter. Joining BYR as a lifetime member was an easy decision for me.”

In 2015 Abbie interned for Senator Johnny Isakson in Washington D.C. She’s helped take the lessons learned there and has been playing a crucial role on the GOP can connect with young people and current serves on BYR’s executive board as CR Liason. She adds, “I have experienced and continue to experience lifelong friendships not only in my home chapter of BYR, but also in YR chapters throughout the state. I will forever be a “cheerleader” for College Republicans and Young Republicans in Georgia, and look forward to many, many years of friendship and fun ahead.”

Josh MeansJosh Means, 28
Cherokee Young Republicans

Josh is a resident of Woodstock, GA. He first because involved with YRs in 2011 and is the new Chairman of the Cherokee Young Republicans. He believes in giving back to his community and starting one-on-one dialogs with members of government when the policies they create hurt families.

According to Josh, “I believe our leaders need to learn how they can better serve the people they represent, and they need to be held accountable to acting on that knowledge. That’s why I’m a conservative.”

He continues, “One single voice might not affect much change on its own, but I know first-hand that our country is better off when we put our voices and experiences together. That’s why I’ve been involved with the YR group in my county since 2011. It gives me the networking opportunities I personally need to improve my community one conversation at a time.”

If he could grab coffee and chat with one person in history, he’d hang out with Bono. Josh would ask him about his favorite memory helping the poorest places on earth develop their local economies.

Fun facts, he speaks Thais, and was a thespian in high school and college!

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!


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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Growing the Republican Base

This past week, GYR visited the Cobb County Republican Party and spoke about how we can effectively grow the party. From the article in the Marietta Daily Journal:

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.

As we grow the GOP, we will inevitably go through some changes. That isn’t a bad thing — it offers us the opportunity to show the Republican Party actually shares the values of individualism and prosperity that younger generations of voters are searching for!

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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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RubinSydney Rubin, 25
Atlanta Young Republicans


Sydney joined the ranks of the Atlanta Young Republicans just this year, after attending meetings and social events that drove home some important steps the YRs can take to make the party better.  “I enjoy the friendships and fellowship I experience at AYR events but also find gatherings to be very productive and force discussion on hard issues that simultaneously moves the Republican Party forward.”  Those discussion reflect her beliefs about how important the Constitution is to our American republic and its embodiment that the people, not the government, hold ultimate power.

One thing you might not know about Sydney is that she’s a gymnast – or at the very least was for 13 years before backflips on a 4-inch wide beam didn’t seem appealing anymore.  However, she wouldn’t shy away from a good conversation with Abraham Lincoln about how he would see the current state of our country, particularly about the topic of race relations.


HollimanEthan Holliman, 24
Central Savannah River Area Young Republicans


Ethan is also a newer member of the Young Republicans, and helped re-establish the CSRA Young Republicans a few years back.  Driven by his strong personal belief in individual liberty and limited government, his involvement followed that of close personal friends who shared his values.

If given the opportunity, Ethan says he would have a coffee and chat with Alexis de Tocqueville. “We would chat about whether or not America can continue to be great if it ceases to be good,” Holliman says.  Quite an interesting conversation that would be!

If you have had a conversation with Ethan, more than likely you’ve been thrown off by his deep baritone voice.  Don’t let his youthful looks fool you, he can use that deep voice to imitate Gandalf the Gray!  Thanks for being a wizard in the conservative movement, Ethan.

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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GYR is Global!

We find it easy sometimes to get sucked into our little bubbles and never leave. However, there is a larger world out there that helps remind us of the impact we can have in our country and abroad.

This past weekend, the Georgia Young Republicans were honored to sign a “Brotherhood Pact” with fellow young conservatives in KDU Stockholm, our counterparts in Sweden’s largest district. Together, we hope to achieve an impact across the pond as well as at home.

The greatest thing about this agreement? We hope to welcome back our friends to our State convention in June…

…and who knows. Maybe GYR will be making an appearance in Sweden sometime soon, too.

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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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