FFM Bulletin 1/5/12

Minnesota High School Students: Participate in our Second Annual Essay Contest: A Legacy of Leadership: The Ronald Reagan Essay Contest

 Last month, the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota announced details about the 2011-2012 “A Legacy of Leadership: The Ronald Reagan Essay Contest.” In its second year, this contest encourages Minnesota high school students to explore the leadership, legacies and values of America’s 40th President, Ronald Reagan.

The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota has “supersized” this year’s essay contest and will provide two five thousand dollar college scholarships to the top two entries!

To enter the contest, students must answer this question:

  • Much has been written about the diverse and unique background of President Ronald Reagan.  From his humble childhood in Illinois, Reagan began a unique path to American politics, often citing his own life experiences as having shaped his political philosophy.  What life experience do you think most dramatically impacted President Reagan's public policy and why? 
Entries must be submitted online at FreedomFoundationofMinnesota.com, or emailed to Reagan@freedomfoundationofminnesota.com by 11:59pm on February 29, 2012.

For all the rules and details of this year’s essay contest, visit: http://www.freedomfoundationmn.com/Reagan.

College/Grad Students: Apply for the Koch Summer Fellow Program. Deadline: January 31

The deadline for applying for a Summer Fellowship with the Charles G. Koch Foundation is rapidly approaching!

The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota has teamed with this excellent program for the past three years and has been honored to host research fellows at our headquarters. The 10-week program is a paid public policy internship running from June 2- August 10 and is open to undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students. Participants attend weeklong career and policy seminars in Washington DC, as well as weekly teleconference lectures on important public policy matters. The Koch Summer Fellow Program is ideal for those students looking to gain real-world experience while advancing liberty.

For more information, visit http://www.theihs.org/koch-summer-fellow-program.

MN State News: Coverage from the caucuses/primaries

Looking for even more news coverage from Iowa, New Hampshire and the rest of the caucus and primary states? MN State News is featuring articles from Capitol and “watchdog” reporters around the country who bring a fresh perspective and quality, unvarnished reporting from their home states. We’re partnering with the reporters housed at Watchdog.org to bring you some of the most timely and well-written coverage from each state as it happens.

Here are two stories currently on our website:
  • Romney wins Iowa GOP caucuses by eight votes over Santorum
    DES MOINES — It was an Iowa caucus night that came down to the wire, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum running neck-and-neck for first place in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination.  Read more…

  • Hundreds pack candidate events on caucus eve; Romney brushes off Occupy protesters
    CLIVE — Hundreds of people jam-packed candidate events in hotels, businesses and restaurants for a final glimpse of the 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls in the hours leading up to Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses. At least 600 people filled Competitive Edge in Clive, an advertising specialty manufacturing company that makes signs, for a late night, caucus-eve rally with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Read more…

FFM in the news

Speaking of the Iowa Caucus, FFM CEO Annette Meeks was a guest commentator on a WCCO radio panel that discussed the results and implications of Tuesday’s Iowa Caucus. The original segment was scheduled for 9:30PM-10:30PM, but with the final tally (and speeches) going to midnight, Annette and the rest of the panel stuck around, too. 
Over the holiday week, FFM CEO Annette Meeks was quoted in an article from the Heartland Institute on North Dakota’s lawsuit against the State of Minnesota over the Next Generation Energy Act (NGEA). From the piece: “North Dakota officials say the Minnesota law violates the U.S. Constitution’s Interstate Commerce Clause, while Minnesota officials claim it does not improperly discriminate against out-of-state power providers.” Read the entire article here.


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