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  • In with the New: Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, says social media, online events and email alerts will play bigger roles. (Gage Skidmore/Special to The Washington Times)

    Face of change at American Conservative Union: Matt Schlapp is ready to ruffle feathers

    Matt Schlapp, the new chairman of the American Conservative Union and its first born after the group's founding a half-century ago, is moving quickly to put a uniquely 21st-century touch on one of the political right's most sacred establishments.


  • **FILE** Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union (Gage Skidmore)

    Koch network says no ties to new ACU chief

    Koch Industries is distancing itself from Matt Schlapp, the new chairman of the American Conservative Union, who used to run the Washington political shop for the network of companies and political organizations associated with Charles and David Koch.


  • In the wings: Matt Schlapp, who has broad experience and connections in politics, is expected to be chairman of the American Conservative Union. (Gage Skidmore)

    Matthew Schlapp is leading candidate to head American Conservative Union

    Matthew Schlapp, a seasoned political player with ties to former President George W. Bush and deep-pocketed conservative activists, is poised to take over as chairman of the American Conservative Union, said a member of the group's board of directors.


  • Cardenas to step down as ACU leader

    Al Cardenas is stepping down as chairman of the American Conservative Union after spending more than three years leading the nation's oldest grass-roots conservative organization.


  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) supporters applaud as he speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    SKLAR: Faith, freedom and a new generation at CPAC

    This month I attended my 11th consecutive Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a project of the American Conservative Union (ACU), which drew 11,000 people to Washington, D.C. from every state in the country.


  • Conservative UNITER: Ronald Reagan was one of the speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 1986 and at the group's first gathering in 1974, when nearly 1,000 people listened to California's governor at the time. Stan Evans, the ACU chairman who presided over that conference, said it was simple back then: "Are you for Reagan or not?" (Getty Images)

    ACU at 50: Strong and looking ahead

    The year the American Conservative Union began, Ronald Reagan was a newly minted Republican, Nikita Khrushchev had been recently ousted as leader of the Soviet Union, and the U.S. was just beginning to deepen its involvement in the Vietnam War.


  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-K.Y.) speaks at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (C.P.A.C.) held at the Gaylord National Hotel, National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 14, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Question for CPAC-goers: Is Congress relevant anymore?

    Thousands of conservative activists descend Thursday on the nation’s capital for three days of discussions, panels, debates and speeches, and there’s a once-unthinkable slate of questions on their agenda.


  • Sen. Thad Cochran (left) of Mississippi appears to be the only longtime Republican officeholder to face a tough challenge in his primary battle for re-election this year. State Sen. Chris McDaniel also has status among voters by having a high political post. (Associated Press)

    Tea party loses some steam in GOP races

    Tea party challenges to Republican senators are fizzling across the country, leaving Mississippi as the only state where a longtime Republican officeholder is seriously endangered by a primary threat from his right.


  • **FILE** Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, during a news conference with conservative Congressional Republicans at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Cruz, Lee among top scorers in ACU conservative survey

    The American Conservative Union announced Thursday its 43rd annual conservative ratings guide for members of Congress and Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, was among the perfect scores, to the surprise of few or none.


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