- September 1, 2007: The Weekly Standard coins Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, and Paul Ryan the “Young Guns of the House GOP.”
- September 14, 2010: Cantor, McCarthy and Ryan author and release, “Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders,” published by Simon & Shuster.
- September 15, 2010: Ryan, Cantor and McCarthy participate in a series of interviews about Young Guns and getting the country back on track:
NBC’s Today Show
MSNBC’s Morning Joe
CNN’s Situation Room
CNN’s American Morning
- September 25, 2010: Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders makes the New York Times Bestseller List on the paperback non-fiction best-seller list.
- November 30, 2010: Cantor, Ryan and McCarthy host a Student Town Hall at American University and appear on Greta Van Sustren’s “On the Record,” to discuss the path forward.
- February 1, 2011: John Murray announces the launch of the YG Network to continue the Young Guns movement.
- Februrary 6, 2012: The YG Network hosts its first Issue summit, with two panel discussion entitled Redefining Growth” and “Strategic Imperatives to Achieve Growth.”
- March 23, 2012: The YG Network launches its first issue advocacy ad, entitled “Uncle Sam,” focused on the harm that ObamaCare would have on health care in America and our economy.
- April 25, 2012: The YG Network launches “Woman Up,” an effort dedicated to researching, prioritizing and communicating the issues most important to women. Mary Anne Carter, YG Network Policy Director, is named President of the effort.
- May 7-9, 2012: The YG Network’s “YG Woman Up!” conducted focus groups in Las Vegas and suburban Philadelphia to identify and understand the issues of most concern to independent women.
- June 11, 2012: The YG Network launches “Taxmageddon,” a radio issue ad campaign encouraging lawmakers to stop massive impending tax increases.
- June 25, 2012: The YG Network released the final national healthcare poll prior to the Supreme Court’s ObamaCare decision to gauge Americans’ feelings on healthcare policy.
- July 17, 2012: The YG Network launches digital issues ads and hosts an issue summit on the sequester, which would endanger national security and our economy.
- August 13, 2012: The YG Network releases two ads imploring Congress against raising taxes on small businesses and families.
- August 27-30, 2012: The YG Network hosts the Dr. Miriam Adelson Woman Up! Pavilion in Tampa, Florida.
- October 31, 2012: The YG Network highlights next-generation conservatives in final ad push.
- Februrary 13, 2013: The YG Network launches two ads, “Opportunity,” and “Conservative Principles” to promote conservative ideas found in the remarks of Rep. Eric Cantor’s address to the American Enterprise Institute.
- Februrary 26, 2013: The YG Network launches “Kick The Can,” an issue ad calling on Washington to address reckless spending.
- March 17, 2013: The YG Network releases results of its first 2013 national poll revealing that Americans believe the country is at an economic crossroads and they are most concerned about jobs and the economy.
- April 4, 2013: The YG Network launches “Obama Intervention,” an issue ad calling on President Obama to stop his spending addiction and rein in government spending.
- May 2, 2013: The YG Network releases results of its second national poll of 2013, which showed that the conservative message should move beyond simply debt and deficit reduction, and should focus on growing the economy and creating jobs. Additionally, the public has a strong desire for tangible policies that would lower gas prices, reduce the cost of higher education, and help the neediest through welfare-to-work reforms.
- July 22, 2013: The YG Network announces new additions to its team: Kate O’Beirne, Chris Bond, Michael Ramlet, Kristen Soltis Anderson, and Mark Bednar.
- July 27, 2013: The YG Network releases “The Sell,” an issue ad which uses humor and a strong digital presence to critique the Obama Administration’s efforts to “sell” Obamacare to the public.
- August 7, 2013: The YG Network releases the results of focus groups of middle-class Swing and Tea Party participants, which it commissioned as part of a larger effort to develop and advocate for YG Network’s next-generation conservative agenda.
October 30, 2013: The YG Network launches “This is Obamacare,” a series of short, improv-syle videos highlighting the failed rollout of Obamacare. The Hill reported that YG Network’s new ads fall “somewhere between Office Space and SportsCenter’s ads.”
November 9, 2013: The YG Network releases the first post-election poll taken in Virginia in 2013.
December 22, 2013: The YG Network releases a poll of 1,652 likely voters in 11 competitive U.S. House districts, revealing that one in four respondents have either lost their health insurance because of Obamacare or know someone who has.
January 1, 2014: The YG Network launches “Aloha: Obamacare Wipeout” (www.ObamacareWipeout.com), a web video highlighting the ways in which Obamacare is harming American families, as well as Obama’s out-of-touch style of leadership. The ad comes as Obama continues his lengthy Hawaiian vacation, during which Fox News reports that “there’s no escaping the buffeting winds of troubled state health insurance exchanges,” including the “botched roll-out of the ObamaCare state exchange in Hawaii.”
January 28, 2014: YG Network hosts a national conference call with U.S. Senator John Thune (S.D.), who responds to President Obama’s State of the Union Address and discusses topics such as economic growth, job creation and energy. The call is hosted by YGN’s Kate O’Beirne, and Thune is joined by American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Resident Scholar Michael Strain.
- March 10, 2014: YG Network releases a poll exploring seniors’ attitudes towards Obamacare and Medicare. The survey revealed that seniors don’t like Obamacare, and are overwhelmingly happy with their current Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and Part D plans—a rejection of the Obama Administration’s planned cuts and changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D.
March 17, 2014: The YG Network releases a national poll showing that Americans believe the country is at an economic crossroads and remain most concerned with jobs and the economy.
May 22, 2014: The YG Network releases “Room To Grow: Conservative Reforms for a Limited Government and a Thriving Middle Class.” The book is made available to the public free of charge and is “widely hailed as representing the best, freshest conservative thinking on the pressing issues of the day” and called “the most coherent and compelling policy agenda the American right has produced this century.”
June 19, 2014: The YG Network releases the results of a national survey of women, exploring women’s attitudes on issues ranging from jobs and the economy, to healthcare and education, to energy and pro-family tax reform. As noted by the Washington Post, the results indicate that conservatives “don’t have to imitate liberals in fashioning a welfare state, but they do need to understand the concerns of women voters. If they don’t and refuse to come up with a problem-solving agenda, there is no reason to expect they will do any better with women than they have in the recent past.”
June 25, 2014: The YG Network co-sponsors “Finding Economic Security In An Insecure Time,” a speech by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. Rubio outlined reform conservative ideas to address the rising cost of living plaguing middle class families.
July 2, 2014: The YG Network and our book Room To Grow are the focus of a front-page New York Times Magazine story. The full-length piece — “Can the G.O.P. Be a Party of Ideas?” — describes the process that led YG Network to publish our new book, Room To Grow: Conservative Reforms for a Limited Government and a Thriving Middle Class, and reflects YG Network’s role as “a kind of processing plant for (conservative) policies” to help middle-class families—an organization which marshals the best ideas in the conservative movement, distills those ideas into a smart message through “polls and focus groups with middle-class” Americans, and applies aggressive communications and advocacy tactics to drive the public policy debate.
November 17, 2014: The YG Network releases a national post-election survey on conservative reforms. As the newly-elected, conservative-led U.S. Congress prepared to take office, YGN released the results of a national post-election poll testing Americans’ attitudes towards new conservative solutions to middle-class economic challenges. The survey’s results, first reported by Fox News, reveal strong opportunities to advance an agenda of conservative reforms, and helped leaders set clear priorities for 2015.
November 19, 2014: YGN and the AEI brief new members-elect. YG Network teamed up with the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) yesterday to brief new members-elect to the House of Representatives in Washington. New members-elect were welcomed to the half-day program by U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, after which they enjoyed presentations on a full range of policy areas — domestic and foreign — by leading conservative scholars and strategists. Attendees were treated to domestic policy discussions led by YG Network’s Kate O’Beirne, pollster Whit Ayres, Ramesh Ponnuru, Yuval Levin, Peter Wehner and James Capretta
March 13, 2015: YG Network changes its name to the Conservative Reform Network (CRN). As Yahoo News reports, the “new name is a nod to the role it is seeking to play now, that of a group bringing organization and cohesion to the disparate elements that make up the reform conservatism movement.” CRN’s mission is to promote next-generation policies that grow the American economy, expand the middle class, and create opportunity for all Americans.
March 14, 2015: Neil Bradley joins CRN. Roll Call reports that Bradley, “[o]ne of the most respected policy minds… who spent 20 years on Capitol Hill, will play the ‘chief strategic role'” in “the new Conservative Reform Network [which] will continue to be a ‘hub'” for forward-looking conservatives.
- April 9-11, 2015: CRN hosts its second annual policy summit. The Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes wrote that the “discussions were lively,” as CRN “spurred a fresh flow of proposals, policies, talking points, and new ways of thinking,” the product of which were “smart, interesting, and useful” proposals. Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson wrote that the closed-door sessions featured “enough crackling intellectual energy to recharge a party,” and embodied “an ambitious agenda” to empower individuals, families and communities through the application of proven conservative principles.