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“Can (Obama) Gaffe if the (GOP) Controls Congress?” (NT: GTTP Jan 23, 2015)

In Video on January 26, 2015 at 4:30 pm

“I have no more campaigns to run,” said President Obama on Jan 20th, but he will have 2 more years to run ideas past a Republican-controlled Congress. The Get To The Point Panel discusses his speech and America’s expectations afterwards on NT: Get to the Point on Jan 23 on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel.

PITTSBURGH CABLE NEWS CHANNEL (January 23, 2015): Political commentator Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get to the Point”) talks with the “Get To The Point Panel” this week (Jerry Shuster, Ph. D., John Phillips, and Olivia Benson) about the Jan 20th addresses given by new governor of Pennsylvania and President Barack Obama and expectations for Pennsylvania and America as a result.

A clip from the Get To The Point Panel discussion on January 23 episode can be by clicking the picture above or by clicking HERE


NightTalk: Get to the Point” is hosted by Lenny McAllister and airs on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel live on Friday nights at 8pm with an encore presentation on Mondays at 5pm.

PCNC can be seen in the Pittsburgh television market on Channel 35 on Comcast systems and Channel 9 on Verizon FIOS. It is the “sister-station” to NBC affiliate WPXI and broadcasts from WPXI-TV’s state-of-the-art studios. As the cable outlet of NBC affiliate WPXI, the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel reaches over 850,000 cable subscribers throughout Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and Northern West Virginia.


WATCH: Lenny McAllister Discusses Next Steps in US Politics in 2014 on AJAm (December 22, 2013)

In Video on January 6, 2014 at 11:56 am
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Lenny McAllister shrugs off illness to discuss what to expect in US politics in 2014 on Al Jaz America.

WASHINGTON, DC / PITTSBURGH  (December 22, 2013) –  Battling a tough illness, Lenny McAllister talks about what to expect for President Obama and US politicians in 2014 in this version of “News” on Al Jazeera America.



WATCH: McAllister Talks Next Steps for Diversity, Success for GOP on AJAm

In Video on November 5, 2013 at 7:14 am
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America Tonight (@AmericaTonight) tweets at 9:43 PM on Mon, Nov 04, 2013:
.@Lennymcallister: Republicans must be able to articulate across diversity (not of just color or gender) but across conservative principles.

PITTSBURGH / WASHINGTON, DC (November 4, 2013) – (Courtesy Al Jazeera America)

“We have to be able to…as Republicans…articulate a conservative message across diversity. Not just diversity across color and gender, but diversity of conservative thought (as well).…”

Political strategist and former Republican congressional candidate Lenny McAllister ( talks with Joie Chen about the latest diversity efforts and philosophical battles within the Republican Party on “America Tonight” on Al Jazeera America.

You can also click HERE to watch the segment courtesy of You Tube and Al Jazeera America.

LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (October 17, 2013)

In Audio on October 17, 2013 at 11:54 am

Why the conservative movement – if it were an NFL franchise – would not be a very good football team at this point in time

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (October 17, 2013) –PODCAST TOPIC: Why the conservative movement –if it were playing in the NFL – would not be a very good football team at this point in time.

Former WVON radio host, former congressional candidate, and nationally-respected political activist Lenny McAllister hosts today’s podcast of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”.

Catch this version of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister” by clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. Also catch “The McAllister Minute” on the American Urban Radio Network, where “The McAllister Minute” commentary is aired on over 400 stations throughout the AURN network.



Marching Onward from the Right to Procure “The New Civil Rights”

In Articles on August 28, 2013 at 1:13 pm
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“When we as Republicans can publicly, consistently, and confidently embrace and convince the diversity of Americans just as we convincingly embrace the contrasting colors of the American flag, we will have succeeded in becoming better leaders, historic visionaries, and embraced patriots throughout America.” ~Lenny McAllister


(August 28, 2013) – From the political left (unintentionally or otherwise), we were told about Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream on Saturday. On Monday, the political right observed the remembrance of this great event from 1963. Now, on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 – 50 years after rounds of speakers joined Dr. King on that stage in Washington, DC in the effort for change – President Obama and others will take their turn to recall the bravery of women and men that were committed to making America better in spite of itself during one of our more troubling eras.


Just as the nation stood on the brink some 50 years ago – looking at the obvious need for change and dealing with the ongoing social civil war over Jim Crow – we as a people stand today, looking into the social mirror at our reflection. Today, we ask ourselves as we look at the picture that we see: what must we do in order to ensure that the “pursuit of happiness” that is noted in the Declaration of Independence and the security of “…the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…” noted in the Constitution are fulfilled despite the challenges we face today? What must we do in order to secure the civil rights protected in the Amendments, earned through the blood and sweat equity of our forefathers, and required to maximize the talents and promise found throughout America?


All of us must chase, capture, and champion the new civil rights of the 21st century.


Whether it is as Republicans or as non-political activists, we must be willing to become the brand-building, mold-breaking leaders that we emulate from days long since past. Social success in 21st century America must include embracing the United States Constitution from a “conservative” perspective – namely, that the rights of all citizens are protected without progressive interpretations that expand the role of government, the tint of justice, or the invasive arm of the law. This must be applied to laws impacting the ballot box as well as initiatives that roll back the intent of the Second Amendment.


Initiatives such as voter validation must reflect the essence of the March on Washington 50 years ago, moving the tone and intent of such laws past the stigma and dysfunction of voter suppression to one where the right to vote is protected and promoted for all American citizens. From a conservative standpoint politically, we must relish the opportunity to strengthen the access to the ballot box for all Americans, be it through a modified version of the Voting Rights Act or through initiatives that show Americans across our cities and those pockets of non-traditional voters that voting is an American civil right. With all of the talk that “Martin Luther King was a Republican” – along with other prominent African-Americans including Frederick Douglass and Jackie Robinson – there must be legislative, grassroots, and partisan efforts that we enact that illustrate the commitment to the Republican legacy of civil rights and the willingness to partner with new voters currently. The new civil rights movement for us Republicans must include pursuing new voters, apologizing to them for abandoning them as automatic voters for Democrats for decades, and engaging them as valuable co-authors of a more prosperous nation.


Our pursuit of the new civil rights must articulate school choice not as a condemnation of teachers’ unions and public schools, but as a solution that recalibrates the classroom balance within public, private, and charter schools that benefits the teacher-student ratios throughout our communities. We must show that education is one of those new civil rights in America – one that has a recurring theme over the ages: education is the pathway to knowledge, and knowledge is power. In order to unleash the power that has been systematically contained in urban America through our flaws and oversights, we must use all available avenues to implement strategies that optimize our education dollars and children’s potential concurrently and immediately. Our segue to more school choice opportunities must not be promoted by fellow conservatives as a verdict against public education. Instead, we must articulate the need to pursue and win this new civil rights argument as a mission to protect the promise of the American Dream for all American children, offering this new direction as a national initiative that views improved academic results by our youth as a national security issue and an imperative for true justice to ring true.


The new civil rights pursuit cannot merely reflect upon the successes of the past. Our efforts must learn from the past – of the bravery, the vision, the discipline, and the sacrifices incurred by many. Any misdirection of focus away from what is necessary today only leads to a misapplication of our good intentions.


To win the new civil rights “dream”, we must apply conservative principles in ways that make sense for more Americans. That application will break the mold and definitions of what “conservative” and “Republican” have meant over the recent years – both from a branding standpoint as well as from a political perspective. This will not mean that we will need to move away from our political principles, but to be the leaders that America deserves from us, this trend-setting pivot will require us to show a pathway of prosperity from socioeconomic and educational poverty to the obtainment of the American Dream.


Freedom as discussed by conservatives must include the freedom to embrace the disadvantaged American, discard the labels of judgment and scorn, and develop strategies to partner with non-traditional allies to trumpet our principles in the pursuit of common goals. Dr. King’s “dream” must include the ability to partner with the diversity of America where they are right now instead of merely attempting to pull them over to our side with an immediate and uncomfortable nudge. Overcoming the racism that Dr. King and others fought against in the 1960s must include a conservative acknowledgment of where we are today as Americans concerning race relations, understanding both the misunderstandings and intentional missteps that inhibit our leadership from taking full advantage of the talent, resources, and opportunities within the overlooked pockets of America that only make the news when a shooting is reported or a failure is featured. Healing our fractured nation must include a conservative balm that steps the nation through tackling tough problems with a loving, thoughtful, and encompassing approach to leadership, not merely the tough-love rhetoric that blames victims of bad policy, failures in leadership, and a stagnant economy with catchy slogans and oblivious statements.


True conservative leadership that reflects the legacy of 50 years ago in Washington embraces the notion that all corners of America fit into the confines of the Constitution – as voters, as citizens, as potentially productive  members of American society – and pursues that end with a vigor that breaks down the stereotypes of the current GOP, repairs the breakdown of communication with key constituents, and forever abolishes the one-party system that many Americans have been forced to live under for the past 50 years.


We, too, have a dream in 2013. That dream must include celebrating suffrage for all citizens while winning over new voters from all areas in America. That dream must include expanding educational efficiency and success for more Americans to secure our geopolitical and economic standing in the world, much less sure-up our neighborhoods as safer and better communities. That dream must apply conservative principles in the spirit of patriotism and partnership with those that we have dismissed in the past with a wanton broad stroke, not an insightful viewpoint focused on leading in a historic and necessary manner.  That dream must expand our vision in order to expand our influence. That dream must expand our willingness to lead the United States of America, not just the politically red states and areas in America. That dream is required of us today in an urgent way if we are to protect the American Dream for those that have it, evangelize the Dream to those that have never heard of it, and reclaim those that have given up on it. That dream of inclusive, smart, and visionary leadership can no longer be a political fantasy. The time is now to stand on the shoulders of a Dreamer and secure the American Dream – for all.



Political commentator and community advocate Lenny McAllister is the “Working Man’s Conservative” currently working to make his hometown of Chicago and our proud nation better by working together as #OneBigTeam. Featured as one of the “40 Under 40 to Watch in 2012” by the historic newspaper The Chicago Defender, he has been featured in several national and international publications and media outlets, including Essence, Chicago Crusader, and Charlotte Magazine. “The McAllister Minute,” a regular feature of the American Urban Radio Network, runs on more than 300 stations nationwide. 

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Philly Trib’s Ellison Chats with McAllister on VRA, Civil Rights and the Relationship between Blacks and the GOP

In Articles on August 1, 2013 at 2:29 pm

“Are issues like the recent decision from the Supreme Court on the VRA (voting Rights Act), the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case and ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws, and the Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action the type of issues that will get Black voters mobilized for the 2014 midterm elections?” Writer Charles D. Ellison (above) asks this to Lenny McAllister in an upcoming interview for The Philly Tribune.

PHILADELPHIA / WASHINGTON, DC (August 1, 2013) – (Courtesy The Philly Tribune) Sirius XM Radio host and Washington correspondent to the Philly Tribune Charles D. Ellison talks with Republican strategist and former congressional candidate Lenny McAllister about the impact of recent legal decisions over the summer on the upcoming elections in 2013 and 2014.


The full quote from McAllister is listed below. The full article from Ellison will be published this weekend (August 2 – August 4).


“Although these issues were not designed to prompt Black voters to a higher level of political engagement and consciousness, the historic events of the past 60 days will certainly become a collective force that will galvanize voters for the rest of 2013 and, most likely, throughout 2014 as well. As long as Republicans and conservatives are collectively incapable of connecting to Black voters in the aftermath of these events as well as on pertinent ‘dinner table’ issues, the GOP ticket will be on the wrong side of election night results in more areas across the nation.”


“It was good to see a meeting at the White House concerning the Voting Rights Act this week. We need to see more Republicans taking the forefront in securing the potency of the Voting Rights Act moving forward. Politicians such as Leader Eric Cantor have indicated support for this, so we must move forward and make Republican support for the VRA a visible advocacy. I support this effort, as civil rights protection must be a bipartisan goal in the 21st century. Sadly, on issues such as the Voting Rights Act, there is an element within the Republican Party that is more inclined to disengage Black voters and distance some from suffrage rights than this element is to engage Black citizens and win over these valuable voters. This approach is both un-American and unethical. It works against the party at election time. It works against healing and rebounding the nation overall. It is misguided and inappropriate. If it continues, 2014 starts lining up to be a repeat of 2006, 2008, and 2012. As leaders within the GOP, it is time that we prove to African-Americans that our focus as a party is to always uplift the American Way, not merely the Republican way or any GOP candidate. Without this clear and renewed focus, issues of civil rights, race, and justice will become partisan issues – and if this is so, the Republican brand currently cannot withstand the electoral scrutiny it will face in 2013, 2014, and moving onward into the next presidential election.”


Political commentator and community advocate Lenny McAllister is the “Working Man’s Conservative” currently working to make his hometown of Chicago and our proud nation better by working together as #OneBigTeam.

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WATCH: The Bush Legacy Discussed on HuffPost Live

In Video on April 27, 2013 at 11:31 am
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“President George W. Bush was the second-most polarizing president in modern times. However, he has been followed by President Obama, who has been the most polarizing president for a plethora of reasons. As long as President Obama is in office, you will likely not hear much from President Bush, and that may end up helping his legacy overall…” – Lenny McAllister

CHICAGO, IL (April 25, 2013) –  (Courtesy HuffPost Live) George W. Bush’s legacy is back in the spotlight, but some Republicans aren’t happy. A new poll finds that 47 percent of all Americans (84 percent of Republicans) finally approve of Bush again, but can the GOP get past some of his scarring moments?

Originally aired on April 25, 2013

Hosted by:


  • David Wallechinsky (Santa Monica, CA) President of the International Society of Olympic Historians
  • Lenny McAllister (@Lennymcallister) (Chicago, IL) Former Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (Illinois); Conservative American Political Commentator
  • Niger Innis (@3568NI) (Washington, DC) Chief Strategist for TheTeaParty.Net
  • Samuel Goldman (@SWGoldman) (New York, NY) Blogger for The American Conservative; Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University

Click HERE to watch the segment on the HuffPost Live website or click on the picture above.

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READ: “Meet Lenny McAllister, an Intriguing GOP Name in Chicago’s House Race”

In Articles, Lenny for Congress on January 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm
“I think first I would define myself as a child of God...(s)omebody that is a leader...I am a Republican, but I am definitely not of the current stereotype...(someone) who embraces conservative principles and understands where conservative principles can apply to urban and suburban voting populations in a way that the Republican party has not been successful...(y)et at the same time, not afraid to talk about issues of race, issues of social economics, not afraid to talk about issues that have been impacting the youth, the poor, and the working classes of America..." Read more of Lenny McAllister's interview in National Review Online

“I think first I would define myself as a child of God…(s)omebody that is a leader…I am a Republican, but I am definitely not of the current stereotype…(someone) who embraces conservative principles and understands where conservative principles can apply to urban and suburban voting populations in a way that the Republican party has not been successful…(y)et at the same time, not afraid to talk about issues of race, issues of social economics, not afraid to talk about issues that have been impacting the youth, the poor, and the working classes of America…” Read more of Lenny McAllister’s interview in National Review Online


CHICAGO (January 10, 2013) — Noted conservative writer Jim Geraghty featured 2013 US congressional candidate Lenny McAllister (IL-2nd) in a conservation that was featured on National Review Online and National Review this week. The 1300+ word article covered a range of perspectives given by McAllister, providing a glimpse into why Geraghty called McAllister “…an intriguing GOP name in Chicago’s House Race…”



“Who am I? I think first I would define myself as a child of God,” McAllister begins. “Somebody that is a leader, that doesn’t follow conventional politics. I am a Republican, but I am definitely not of the current stereotype. I am a Republican who embraces conservative principles and understands where conservative principles can apply to urban and suburban voting populations in a way that the Republican party has not been successful in engaging those voting blocs over the past 30 years. Yet at the same time, I am a Republican not afraid to talk about issues of race, issues of social economics, not afraid to talk about issues that have been impacting the youth, the poor, and the working classes of America…we have an opportunity in 2013 to change that, to change the tone within the Republican party and to change the attention that both sides of the aisle give to districts like this one, and to start working better together.”


Read “Meet Lenny McAllister, an Intriguing GOP Name in Chicago’s House Race” in the latest version of National Review Online by clicking the link above or by clicking the picture above.


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RNC Tampa 2012: Lenny McAllister on Los Angeles Times Google Hangout

In Video on September 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Catch Lenny McAllister as featured on the Los Angeles Times Google Hangout from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida this week


TAMPA, FL (August 30, 2012): L.A. Times Washington columnist Doyle McManus hosts a discussion with L.A. Times politics editor Cathleen Decker, L.A. Times’ Top of the Ticket columnist and cartoonist David Horsey and special guests Andy Kohut of the Pew Research Center and Politic365 contributor Lenny McAllister, live from Republican National Convention in Tampa. More at:


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Politic365 McAllister’s Saturday Remix (March 17 2012)

In Video on March 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm

CHICAGO, IL – In a Republican plea for front-runners to stop preaching to voters and be more presidential instead, Politic 365 Sr. Contributor Lenny McAllister emphasizing the need for the GOP to avoid being pigeon-holed into a corner where discussions on social issues limit them.

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