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Lori Armistead

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Lori Armistead has worked for a decade as a legislative and public policy advocate advancing free market policies, with a career that includes grassroots campaigning, advocacy communications strategy, and lobbying in statehouses in across the nation.  She currently advises several companies, non-profits, and philanthropic foundations, focusing on a variety of domestic public policy issues.

A passionate believer in empowering parents with the freedom to make the right decisions for their children’s future, Armistead previously served as director of state projects at the national non-profits Alliance for School Choice and Advocates for School Choice.  Prior, she was the director of public affairs and the director of the education task force at the American Legislative Exchange Council, an organization representing more than 2,400 state legislators.  Armistead began her career serving as the legislative aide to Ohio’s then-Assistant Majority Leader Steve Buehrer.

Armistead received a bachelor’s degree in English from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Originally from Wauseon, Ohio, she now resides in Duluth, Georgia.


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Recent Articles:

How It Feels to Be a Conservative Amid a Liberal Tsunami
June 29 2015
Lisa Schiffren
The Observer

Policy Focus: Unhealthy Consequences of Government Nutrition Initiatives
June 19 2015
Julie Gunlock

NYC Is Going to the Dogs
June 2 2015
Lisa Schiffren
The Observer

Policy Focus: Renewable Energy
May 12 2015
Jillian Kay Melchior

Policy Focus: Fracking and Earthquakes
April 6 2015
Jillian Kay Melchior

Hillary was never going to be president anyway • WIBC Garrison
March 26 2015
Lisa Schiffren

Hillary Clinton: 72 percent of Americans say she’ll run for president, only 42 percent want her to
March 24 2015
Lisa Schiffren
Washington Times

Servergate Doesn’t Matter: Hillary Was Never Going to Be President Anyway
March 23 2015
Lisa Schiffren
The Observer

The national stage under President Obama • Seth Leibsohn
March 11 2015
Lisa Schiffren

Policy Focus: King v. Burwell
February 25 2015
Hadley Heath

Policy Focus: Personalizing Learning through Education Savings Accounts
February 19 2015
Vicki E. Alger

Policy Focus: The Science of the "Endocrine Disrupter" Debate
January 19 2015
Angela Logomasini

Policy Focus: Understanding Income Inequality
December 11 2014
Rachel DiCarlo Currie

Policy Focus: Doc Fix Problems and Solutions
October 6 2014
Hadley Heath

Policy Focus: The Gainful Employment Rule
September 25 2014
Carrie L. Lukas

Policy Focus: Occupational Licensing
September 8 2014
Abby Schachter

Straight Talk Booklet
September 1 2014
Charlotte Hays

Policy Focus: How Educational Freedom Benefits Women
July 29 2014
Vicki E. Alger

Policy Focus: Missing Workers and Missing Growth
July 7 2014
Rachel DiCarlo Currie

Policy Focus: Political Agendas Versus Sound Nutrition
June 15 2014
Julie Gunlock

Policy Focus: Four Myths About American Taxes
May 22 2014
Rachel DiCarlo Currie

Policy Focus: Why Earned Income Tax Credit Beats Minimum Wage
April 17 2014
Rachel DiCarlo Currie

Policy Focus: MyRA
March 17 2014
Abby Schachter

Policy Focus: Are We Winning or Losing the War on Poverty?
February 22 2014
Rachel DiCarlo Currie

Policy Focus: The FAMILY Act
January 12 2014
Carrie L. Lukas

Policy Focus: ObamaCare Cancellations
December 11 2013
Hadley Heath

Policy Focus: A Candid Look at Common Core
November 18 2013
Vicki E. Alger

Policy Focus: The Real Debt Crisis
October 18 2013
Carrie L. Lukas

Policy Focus: Saying No to Government Preschool and Child Care
September 12 2013
Vicki E. Alger

Policy Focus: Minimum Wage
August 14 2013
Carrie L. Lukas

Time to Retire, Not Reauthorize, No Child Left Behind
July 18 2013
Vicki E. Alger

Poll: Women to Alarmists • Knock It Off!!
July 1 2013

Policy Focus: The HHS Contraceptives Mandate
June 4 2013
Hadley Heath

FACT SHEET: HHS Contraceptives Mandate
May 29 2013

Coalition Letter: Culture of Alarmism Countering the "Mind the Store" Campaign
May 28 2013

Benghazi Scandal Gets Deserved Attention
May 15 2013
Lisa Schiffren

Medicaid: Don't Expand a Broken System
May 7 2013
Hadley Heath

Chemicals and Cancer
April 14 2013
Angela Logomasini

FACT SHEET: Fracking and the Clean Energy Boom
April 9 2013

The Violence Against Women Act
February 25 2013
Christina Villegas

Lisa Schriffen discusses big government policies, President Obama, and women on The Morning Show with Diane Jones
February 14 2013
Lisa Schiffren

Significant Tax Changes in 2013
February 12 2013
Emily Wismer

FACT SHEET: Violence Against Women Act
February 10 2013

What we won’t ever know about Hillary Clinton’s legacy
February 4 2013
Lisa Schiffren
Washington Times

What Goes Around, Comes Around
January 24 2013
Lisa Schiffren
National Review Online

Lisa Schiffren on TheBlaze TV's "Wilkow!" (01.23.2013)
January 23 2013
Lisa Schiffren

Health Insurance Exchanges Explained
January 10 2013
Hadley Heath

Alarmism about Genetically Modified Foods
December 17 2012
Julie Gunlock

Fuel Efficiency Standards
November 19 2012
Emily Wismer

Lessons from Experience in Sex and Politics
November 1 2012
Lisa Schiffren
National Review Online

Lisa Schiffren quoted on FNC's "Huckabee" (10.27.2012)
October 27 2012
Lisa Schiffren

Lisa Schiffren on FBN's "Lou Dobbs Tonight" (10.26.2012)
October 26 2012
Lisa Schiffren

Win: Hillary
October 16 2012
Lisa Schiffren
National Review Online

Dependency on Government
October 16 2012
Carrie L. Lukas

FACT SHEET: Women and the Economy
October 5 2012
Emily Wismer

Our New Poster Girl for Free Stuff vs. Freedom
September 30 2012
Lisa Schiffren

Medicare: A Choice of Two Futures
September 17 2012
Hadley Heath

Michelle Obama’s Mistaken Threat Assessment
September 14 2012
Lisa Schiffren

FACT SHEET: The Wage Gap
August 28 2012

How Will the Todd Akin Movie End?
August 22 2012
Lisa Schiffren
National Review Online

Lisa Schiffren discusses Rep. Todd Akin comments and the so-called "War on Women" on the Neal Larson Show
August 21 2012
Lisa Schiffren

Student Loans and College Affordability
August 7 2012
Vicki E. Alger

Kirsten Gillibrand: Sideline Senator Oprah
August 2 2012
Lisa Schiffren
National Review Online

A Better Direction for Health Reform
July 9 2012
Hadley Heath

Paycheck Fairness Act
June 11 2012
Carrie L. Lukas

FACT SHEET: Paycheck Fairness
May 21 2012

Providing Educational Choice through Military Education Savings Accounts
May 21 2012
Vicki E. Alger

FACT SHEET: Lilly Ledbetter
May 4 2012

Free Advice to Ann Romney About Trivial Girly Stuff That Matters
May 4 2012
Lisa Schiffren

Title IX's Mid-Life Crisis
May 2 2012

Seriously, Senator Gillibrand?
April 26 2012
Lisa Schiffren

We Want It All
April 20 2012
Lisa Schiffren

Is Morality Really the Issue in the Secret Service Prostitution Scandal?
April 17 2012
Lisa Schiffren

The “Equal Pay Day” Myth
April 3 2012

Violence Against Women Act: Reauthorization Fundamentally Flawed
March 29 2012
Christina Villegas and David B. Muhlhausen Ph.D.

Tax Simplification
March 2 2012

ObamaCare and the Constitution
February 7 2012

Sour on Sugar-Cereal Restrictions
January 17 2012

Teacher Selection and Evaluation in Nebraska
January 11 2012
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Welfare and Charity: Two Different Things
December 6 2011

The Case For For-Profit Education
November 7 2011

Health Care Regulations Don't Help - They Hurt!
October 11 2011

Policy Focus: Unions Fail Women
September 20 2011

Policy Paper No. 34: Safety Opportunity Scholarships (SOS)
September 16 2011

Policy Focus: The Need for Social Security Reform
September 12 2011
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Policy Focus: The Independent Payment Advisory Board
July 12 2011

Policy Focus: Paid Sick Leave Regulations
June 16 2011

Policy Focus: Government Fast Food Toy Bans
May 17 2011

Policy Focus: Alternative Teacher Certification
April 19 2011

Policy Focus: Misguided Renewable Energy Policies
March 22 2011

Policy Focus: How You'll Pay for ObamaCare
February 22 2011
Hadley Heath

Policy Focus: Government Over-Spending
January 24 2011
Carrie L. Lukas

Independent Women's Forum Presents "Agenda for Women 2011"
January 20 2011

Position Paper No. 33: The Unintended Consequences of the Paycheck Fairness Act
November 9 2010

Policy Paper No. 32: The Impact of Health Reform on Businesses
October 13 2010
Hadley Heath

Position Paper No. 31: Foster-Care Opportunity Scholarships: The Benefits of Expanding Education Options to Students, Public Schools, and States
August 11 2010
Vicki E. Alger

Position Paper No. 30 Title IX and Athletics: A Case Study of Perverse Incentives and Unintended Consequences
June 15 2010
Allison Kasic

Policy Brief #29: Obama's New Engagement Policy Is Costing the U.S. Allies and Risking National Security
March 3 2010
Julie Gunlock

Policy Brief #28: The Worst Aspects of the Current Health Reform Proposals: More Taxes, Higher Costs, More Government Control, and Less Individual Freedom
January 13 2010
Nicole Kurokawa Neily

Policy Brief #27: FMLA Benefits for Part-Time Workers Would Hurt Those They Are Supposed to Help
January 6 2010
Carrie L. Lukas
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Policy Brief #26: New FMLA Regulations Provided Needed Clarity to Law
October 10 2009
Carrie L. Lukas

Policy Brief #25: Down but Not Out in D.C.: Bi-Partisan, Bi-Cameral Efforts to Continue the Opportunity Scholarship Program
August 13 2009
Vicki E. Alger

Policy Brief #24: National Health Care in Canada: Lessons in Rationing
July 23 2009
Carrie L. Lukas

Policy Brief #23: Lawmakers Shouldn't Promote Waste in the Name of Homeland Security
July 14 2009
Julie Gunlock

Policy Brief #21: Can American Families Really Afford Cap-and-Trade?
June 26 2009
Amy Watson

Policy Brief #22: Keep Uncle Sam Away from Toddlers:The Case Against Government Funding for Preschool
June 11 2009
Carrie L. Lukas

Policy Brief #20: Proportionality is Not What High Schools Need
March 31 2009
Allison Kasic

Policy Brief #19: Hawaii's Lesson in the Perils of Universal Health Insurance
March 23 2009
Carrie L. Lukas

Policy Brief #18: Mandated Paid Sick Leave: The Wrong Medicine for Workers
March 18 2009
Carrie L. Lukas

Testimony of Michelle D. Bernard before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education on Labor
March 4 2009

Policy Brief #17: Card Check Will Harm, Not Help, American Workers
February 26 2009
Allison Kasic

Policy Brief #16: Advancing Green Technologies and the Massive Economic Stimulus Plan
February 12 2009
Amy Watson

Policy Brief #15: Expanding SCHIP Doesn't Fix Real Problems in U.S. Healthcare System
January 26 2009
Carrie L. Lukas

Policy Brief #14: Expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act and Other Government-mandated Leave Benefits: A Preview of the 111th Congress
January 22 2009
Carrie L. Lukas

Position Paper No. 614: Women's Concerns About Rising Prices: Why Price Controls Are Not the Answer
December 14 2008
Solveig Singleton

Advancing Women's Rights: Two Years in Iraq
December 3 2008

Position Paper No. 613: Title IX and Single-sex education
October 30 2008
Allison Kasic

Position Paper No. 612: More Than a Classroom
October 25 2008

Position Paper No. 611: Peeking Behind the Blue Ribbon
October 20 2008

Position Paper No. 610: Title IX and Athletics: A Primer
September 29 2008
Allison Kasic and Kimberly Schuld

The American Promise
September 2 2008

Position Paper No. 609: Excellence, Not Gender Parity, Should Be Priority for STEM Faculty
August 15 2008
Carrie L. Lukas

Position Paper No. 608 Studying Women and Science
May 19 2008

Position Paper No. 607: Waging Blame
February 22 2008

IWF Policy Brief #13: Congress Should Commit to Restraining Spending
February 11 2008
Carrie L. Lukas

Position Paper No. 606 Who Pays for My Time Off? The Costs and Consequences of Government-Mandated Leave
February 5 2008
Carrie L. Lukas

IWF Policy Brief #12: Women and Security in Afghanistan: Threats, Challenges, and the Continuing Response
January 25 2008

IWF Policy Brief #11: Stabilizing Afghanistan: The Case for not Legalizing Poppy Cultivation
January 23 2008

IWF Policy Brief #10: The Young Woman's Guide to Financial Independence
December 11 2007
Allison Maranuk

IWF Policy Brief #9: Ensuring Women's Rights in Iraq
November 20 2007

IWF Policy Brief #8: SCHIP Debate Isn't About the Children: It's About Our Healthcare System's Future
November 19 2007
Carrie L. Lukas

IWF Newsletter: Summer/Fall 2007
November 9 2007

IWF Newsletter: Summer/Fall 2007
November 9 2007

IWF Policy Brief #7: Chairman Charles Rangel's Plan to Penalize Marriage and Discourage Women from Working
October 26 2007
Carrie L. Lukas

IWF Policy Brief #6:When Policies Cry Wolf: A Look at Sexual Harassment Policies on Campus
October 24 2007

IWF Policy Brief #5: Senator Clinton's Plan to Expand Family and Medical Leave
October 23 2007

IWF Policy Brief #4: Eliminating the Wage Cap Won't Fix Social Security
October 6 2007
Carrie L. Lukas

IWF Policy Brief #3: Bigger Waistlines or Bigger Government? Obesity Policy in America
September 19 2007
Christie Raniszewski Herrera

Empowering Teachers with Choice: How a Diversified Education System Benefits Teachers, Students, and America
August 13 2007

IWF Policy Brief #1: Baucus-Grassley Tax Increase Could Have a Negative Effect on the Economy...and not just for the rich.
June 21 2007

Taking the Boy Crisis in Education Seriously: How School Choice Can Boost Achievement Among Boys and Girls
April 13 2007
Krista Kafer

IWF Newsletter Winter 2007
February 26 2007

IWF Newsletter Winter 2007
February 26 2007

Five Ways to Improve Healthcare for Women
January 31 2007

Issue 2: Indecency
January 18 2007
Solveig Singleton

Social InSecurity
October 19 2006
Allison Kasic

Summer Newsletter 2006
August 28 2006

Summer Newsletter 2006
August 28 2006

Women's Participation in the Democratic Processes in Iraq and Afghanistan: Achievments and Challenges
August 3 2006
Lida Sahar Noory

Women and the Information Technology Revolution
March 27 2006

IWF's Agenda for Women 2006
January 30 2006

Winter 2005 Newsletter
November 22 2005

Winter 2005 Newsletter
November 22 2005

The Death Tax: Unfair, Inefficient, Bad for Women
November 9 2005
Carrie L. Lukas

Rebuilding Civil Society: Marriage
October 18 2005

Cornerstones of American Democracy
July 21 2005

Capitol Hill Intern Study 2005
July 14 2005

Summer 2005 Newsletter
July 8 2005

Summer 2005 Newsletter
July 8 2005

Spring 2005 Newsletter
May 8 2005

Spring 2005 Newsletter
May 8 2005

Globalization: Threat or Opportunity to Women in the Developing World?
March 7 2005
Jo Kwong

Agenda for Women 2005
February 28 2005

Sex (Ms.) Education
February 10 2005
Carrie L. Lukas

Free Trade: What Global Girls Need
December 20 2004
Sara Cooper

Fall 2004 Newsletter
November 17 2004

Fall 2004 Newsletter
November 17 2004

Women's Economic Independence Report Card
October 22 2004
Carrie L. Lukas

Taxing Independence: The Price of Feminists' Love Affair with High Taxes
August 24 2004
Carrie L. Lukas

IWF Summer Newsletter 2004
June 29 2004

IWF Summer Newsletter 2004
June 29 2004

Recess from Reality: The Feminist Failure to Embrace School Choice
June 21 2004
Carrie L. Lukas

Golden Girl Power
April 28 2004

2004 Communications Survey of Women in Swing States Using Thematic Argumentations
April 1 2004

Making the Healthcare System Work for Women
March 18 2004

Dependency Divas: How the Feminist Big Government Agenda Betrays Women
January 30 2004
Carrie L. Lukas

Agenda for Women 2004
January 26 2004

How to Make Health Insurance Work for Women
December 17 2003

IWF Special Report: Women and Islam
December 10 2003
Melana Zyla Vickers

Lying in a Room of One's Own
June 1 2002
Christine Stolba

Hooking Up, Hanging Out, and Hoping for Mr. Right
July 26 2001

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