In case you're wondering what I've been up to. Please check it out. What happens in the next couple of months within the Grand Old Party will have much bearing on the future not only the party, but for the pro-life cause as well. In order to persuade others to the point of view that "All men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights," applies to all persons born and preborn, we must have a fair and open process of debate and candidate nomination process.
Please visit From the Roots Up and read "A Contract with Grassroots Republicans" and take the poll to show your support.
Conservative activists are preparing to do battle with allies of Sen. John McCain in advance of September's Republican National Convention, hoping to prevent his views on global warming, immigration, stem cell research and campaign finance from becoming enshrined in the party's official declaration of principles.Full story.
If the Washington State Convention is a precursor, conservatives will have their work cut out of them. The list of issues will most likely include abortion as well.
Allocated National Delegate Ballots with only one candidate (pre-screened by John McCain staffer), and no option for write-ins or nomiations from the floor.
Ron Paul takes 4 unallocated national delegates from the state of Washington.
McCain & Party Leadership led a March Out in Exodus, in order to pull quorum, to avoid debate on the issues.
When the March Out backfired due to the hefty quorum remaining, the McCain & Party Leadership Marched back in to fillibuster and obstruct the body from completing any other business.
Still, the body managed to pass three pro-life resolutions including: support for a Human Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, opposition to the WA state Assisted Suicide Initiative I-1000, and support for the freedom of conscience for pharmacists to not despense abortion drugs. In addition, the body passed a resolution opposing any military action on a nation without the U.S. Congress declaring war, which is in keeping with our Constitution.
The spontaneous Ron Paul March and Rally immediately following the convention, signalling this movement has just begun.
Please stay tuned for the full report. I need to get reacquainted with my family and then find an opportunity to write a blow by blow. Meanwhile, TVW has full coverage of the convention business. Note: there are three segments and they are long. Most interesting are segments B and C. More details can be found here, here and here.
My apologies to Geri Modrell (Snohomish Co. Republican Chair), who appears to have stayed during the "march out". It was reported to me otherwise, and I am sorry for repeating that misinformation.
Our convention was held over the weekend and it was quite exciting. Almost the entire day was taken up by the delegate election process. We were divided up by legislative districts to do that. Yours truly was the top vote getter in her district, which can partly be attributed to my 6 yr. old daughter who created this irrisistable campaign sign. (A grassroots campaigner in the making.) Other factors were certainly involved too. More on that later, but you can read what I've already said to the "Sounds Orange" boys over at Sound Politics at comment #22. (Hint: a good portion of Ron Paul delegates were elected. And it looks like the Ron Paul supporters in Minnesota had similar success.)
Unfortunately, with the length of time it took to elect the delegates (with over 60 candidates running for 22 delegates and 22 alternate positions in my district for example), it was late in the day when we reconvened all the districts to adopt the platform. Many folks had left after the delegate elections were over, and therefore there was not a quorum to do any business. So the excellent platform that was proposed by our committee (on which I served) will have to be voted on at the next county central committee meeting. That meeting will take place on May 10 and the PCOs (Precinct Committee Officers) will have a chance to vote on it. But you can have a look at the proposed platform here soon. So check back.
Washington State Party Chairman Luke Esser has posted his explanation of the now national controversy over the caucus results, attempting to do some damage control.
Saturday, February 09, 2008 2008 Precinct Caucus Results
Statewide Results 2008 Precinct Caucuses:
Last Updated: Monday, 2/11/2008, 11:25 PM
Notice 1: The margin between Paul and Huckabee is tighter than the margin between Huckabee and McCain.
Notice 2: There is no winner yet in Washington State, and there will not be until the end of May at the State Convention. Some very interesting dynamics can take place with such a divided result of the first step of our process. Who among those delegates will be sent to the next level? Look at the percentage for Romney (who has dropped out or "suspended" his campaign), "other" and "uncommitted". Which way will they go? It depends on what issues motivate them most.
Notice 3: This is very sloppy reporting by the WSRP. They have still not posted the breakdown by county, which makes it tougher for anyone to check the veracity of these reported "results".
Washington State held its precinct caucuses today, the first step in our state's nominating process. My precinct was in a "pooled caucus" with approximately 25 other precincts, averaging about 5 participants each.
My precinct had 8 participants. 1 Romney supporter, 2 Huckabee supporters, 1 McCain supporter, 2 "uncommitteds" and 1 Paul supporter (me).
Our precinct is allocated 2 delegates. There were 5 nominees. 1 Huckabee, 1 Paul (me), 1 McCain, 2 "uncommitteds". On the first and only ballot for delegates, I was tied with the Huckabee supporter for 1st place. So both of us were elected. The alternates are split between McCain, Huckabee and "Uncommitted".
In the other precincts that met in my pooled caucus, it looked to be overwhelmingly for Paul, but I do not yet have the final numbers. There are reports around the state that in some districts and counties, Paul won the most delegates.
Our state Republican Party's delegate selection process for the Republican National Convention is a bit complex, but we have an opportunity to make our choice for president known twice.
Determining the delegates to the convention will be based 51% on the results of the primary (February 19) and 49% on the results of the caucus (February 9). All counties but King vote now by mail only, not at the polls. Ballots will be arriving in the mail in the next week or two. All precinct caucuses will take place on Saturday, February 9 at 1 PM. It is reccomended that you arrive their early so you can check in and be ready to begin on time.
To locate where your precinct caucus is being held, visit your county's Republican website. If you do not know your county's Republican website address, you can locate that at the Washington State Republican Party's website. You should first get out your voter registration card and find your precinct name or number. Some county parties have a precinct finder where you can type in your address and it will tell you.
At the caucus, you will be electing delegates to the county convention, and there delegates will be elected to the state convention, where finally delegates to the national convention will be elected. If there is a presidential preference poll at the caucus, this is merely a straw poll. The delegate you elect will really determine the candidate you support. So elect a delegate who supports the candidate of your preference. If there isn't one running, nominate and vote for yourself.
Our caucus comes after Super Tuesday where the following states will be voting: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Deleware, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia.
Do not let the results of these states sway you from participating in the caucus. It is very likely that we may have a brokered convention.