Principles To Action


Principles To Action

Tacoma Convention Center  |   Saturday, June 15  |  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This is not just another policy conference. Principles To Action is about winning in politics while standing on principle. We select speakers and design our program so that you'll walk away more ready to fight and more able to achieve victory.

This year, your registration includes breakfast, lunch, two sessions of breakout workshops (choose two of the six!), great general session speakers and panels, and the Principles To Action bookstore with deep discounts on important books.

Turn your Principles into Action ... and win!

Breakout workshops will cover topics like using or defusing the media, strategies that have already worked to win local fights for freedom, and much more. Former Freedom Foundation attorney, now Executive Vice President of Michigan's Mackinack Center, Mike Reitz will explain how big labor lost big in that state and how we can do the same thing here. Plus national experts on federalism and gun rights.


John LottJohn R. Lott Jr.

John R. Lott Jr. has held positions at the University of Chicago, Yale University,
Stanford, UCLA, Wharton, and Rice, and was the chief economist at the United
States Sentencing Commission during 1988 and 1989.

Lott, who has published more than 100 articles in academic journals, is the author of “The Bias Against Guns,” “More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws,” and “Are Predatory Commitments Credible: Who Should the Courts Believe?”

He is a columnist for His opinion pieces have appeared in such
places as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune, and he has appeared on a variety of television shows. He received his Ph.D. in economics from UCLA in 1984.

Matt MayerMatt Mayer, Visiting Fellow at the Heritage Foundation

Matt A. Mayer researches, writes and speaks on national security issues
as a visiting fellow at Heritage, where the former U.S. Department of
Homeland Security official heads a project evaluating how each state has
met the modern threat of terrorism.

He has appeared as a guest commentator on C-SPAN, Fox News Channel
and other major media outlets. His articles and analysis have appeared
in a variety of newspapers, law reviews, public policy journals and online
forums such as He has presented expert testimony to
Congress and state legislatures, including Texas and Ohio.

Mayer is working on his second book, "Taxpayers Don't Stand a Chance:
Why Battleground Ohio Loses No Matter Who Wins (and What To Do
About It)," due this summer.

Mike R - P2A speakerMichael J. Reitz,
Executive Vice President - Mackinac Center

Michael J. Reitz is executive vice president of the Mackinac
Center for Public Policy. Prior to joining the Mackinac Center in 2012, Reitz spent eight years with the Freedom Foundation in Washington state as its general counsel and director of labor policy. Reitz established the Freedom Foundation’s Theodore L. Stiles Center for Liberty, where he litigated for accurate elections, defended the First Amendment rights of individuals, fought against governmental abuses of power and wrote extensively on constitutional law.

Reitz frequently comments on public policy issues and has been cited by The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times and other publications. He is a co-author of "To Protect and Maintain Individual Rights," a reference guide to the Declaration of Rights in the Washington Constitution. Reitz received his law degree from Oak Brook College of Law and Government Policy. He is a member of the Washington bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Rep. Elizabeth Scott 200Elizabeth Scott,
State Representative 39th District
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Elizabeth Scott grew up on a fourth-generation farm in rural Illinois. She is proud of the work she and her family put forth every day working the land and often references her upbringing when giving floor speeches or meeting with constituents.

After high school, Elizabeth enrolled at Seattle Pa cific University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics with a Minor in Literature. She became certified in teaching English as a Second Language and traveled to China and the United Arab Emirates. While teaching English in these foreign countries, Elizabeth enjoyed experiencing n ew food, cultures and customs.

She returned to Washington to teach recent legal im migrants at several local Community Colleges. She has served on the faculty at Edmonds Community College, North Seattle Community College, Lake Washington Technical Colleg e and was part of the “Founding Faculty” at Cascadia Community College.

Matt S - P2A speakerMatt Shea,
State Representative 4th Legislative District

Matt Shea has served as the 4th Legislative District as the state
representative since his election in 2008. He focuses on policy areas
such as limited government, protecting access to health care,
and providing our young people with top-caliber educational opportunities.
Transportation issues and addressing the needs of veterans and
their families also figure prominently among his priorities.

Bob WilliamsBob Williams,
Freedom Foundation Founder & Senior Fellow

Bob is the Founder and Senior Fellow of the Freedom Foundation and is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of fiscal and tax policies, election reform and disaster preparedness.

Bob is a visiting fellow with George Mason University's Mercatus Center State and Local Policy Project and is the President of State Budget Solutions, a non-partisan organization consulting with governors around the nation on fundamental reforms and real solutions to the state budget crises.

Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Penn State and was a Certified Public Accountant. In that capacity, he served as an auditor at the Pentagon and Post Office for the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He served five terms in the Washington State Legislature and was the 1988 Republican nominee for governor.


Michael BindasRick ForschlerJami Lund Lasse LundGlen Morgan
Bryan MyrickJeff RhodesScott RobertsDave RolandJ.T. Wilcox