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2012 RNC shenanigans – installment 1

To the casual observer, the news coverage of this year’s Republican National Convention would lead one to believe that nothing was amiss. Certainly, all the national news outlets presented a smooth picture of smiling people working harmoniously together in happy unanimity.

But that would be a false impression.

We are all busy people. We don’t often have the time to look deeper than the superficial portrayal of events spoon-fed to us in nice, 30-second segments by the handful of corporate conglomerates that is affectionately known as the mainstream media (MSM).

So we could be forgiven if we have been unaware of the things that went on at the 2012 Republican National Convention.

As a supporter of a candidate that was systematically marginalized by a train of injustices, I had cause to pay attention to what was really occurring, both on the convention floor, the breakout committees, and the proverbial smoke-filled back rooms.

Over the next week or two, I will present a number of incidents that occurred. Each of these, in isolation, may or may not rise to the level of obvious violations of the rule of law.

After presenting these in isolation, I will bring them together in a narrative that lays bare the inescapable conclusion that there is a power center within the RNC that will resort to any technique imaginable — legal, violation of bylaw, violation of parliamentary procedure, immorality, or outright criminality — to cement their power over the grassroots of the party.

Some of the evidence will include:

  • scripted votes
  • rule changes, and the manner adopted
  • barring duly credentialed delegates from the grounds
  • ignoring calls for division
  • ignoring parliamentary procedure
  • illegitimately disenfranchising delegates
  • on the spot changes of qualification for nomination (5? no 8!)
  • illegitimately disenfranchising entire delegations
  • illegal indefinite detention
  • and more!

If you follow the presentation of evidence, I fervently believe that you will come to the conclusion that the leadership of the RNC is playing the entire corpus of the party, while we dance to their tune.

Hang on – it’s going to be a bumpy ride

2012 Republican National Convention wrapup

Well, the 2012 Republican National Convention is now over.

Immediate topline news: Romney won the presidential nod, with Paul Ryan as the veep choice.

Digging deeper: party bosses, perhaps in an effort to make a spectacle of the coronation of the new king, pushed though a number of odious rule changes, and disenfranchised many duly-elected delegates from several states.

Further: a number of dirty tricks — perhaps outright criminality — were resorted to in order to present this unified front.

I will of course hew to the behavioral norms mandated of a person in my office (Vice Chair of Boulder County Republicans). I will work diligently side-by-side with my fellow BCR members to get our entire slate of local candidates elected. As the weeks unfold, however, I am likely to skirt right up to the edge of what the bylaws allow. Why? It is my firm belief that there are insiders within the Republican National Committee that will stop at nothing to retain ham-fisted control over the party. These usurpers must be cast out. Either: before the tide of public opinion turns against our party, due to the craven lawlessness with which they are acting; or before the entire nation descends into a tyrannical despotism as did Germany through the ’20′s.

We are Republicans. We claim adherence to the rule of law. The vast majority of the rank and file actually live by this principle. We will not be dictated to by a criminal cabal at the top.

We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.

Ken Buck stands with NAGR against UN ‘Small Arms Treaty’

Ken Buck — Weld County prosecutor and former GOP candidate for US Senate — explains his stand on the UN Small Arms Treaty. This treaty may end up written in a way that might be used to strip Americans of our inalienable rights to arms guaranteed under the Second Amendment to the Constitution for the United States.

He is working with the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR), led by Colorado’s own Dudley Brown, in staving off this usurpation.

 

Colorado’s Delegates to National Assembly

As we discussed before, by RNC bylaws, Colorado sends a number of Delegates (and Alternate Delegates) to the National Convention where the party will choose a Presidential candidate, set elements of the party platform, and conduct other business. The Delegates are voting members of this body, while the Alternates are moved up to Delegate status, should some Delegate not be able to attend.

On April 13 and 14, there were a number of assemblies held. In addition to other business, these assemblies are held to determine who the delegates to the National Convention will be. These assemblies are in turn composed of delegates who were voted upon at county and/or state house district meetings.

Colorado will be represented at the National Convention by delegates in the following numbers:

  • One Committeewoman
  • One Committeeman
  • One Chair
  • Three Delegates chosen at each of Colorado’s seven US Congressional House Districts (CD), for a total of 21
  • Twelve Delegates at large chosen by the entire state delegation

In addition to the delegates, there were an equal number of alternates elected at the CD (21) and State at large (12) level.

The delegates elected are as follows:

National Committeewoman

Lilly Nunez

National Committeeman

Mike Kopp

State Assembly Delegates

  • Bob Beauprez, Romney
  • Hank Brown, Romney
  • J. Paul Brown, Romney
  • Kevin Grantham, Unpledged
  • Paul Archer, Romney
  • Katie Witt, Romney
  • Dudley Brown, Unpledged
  • Keri Brehm, Unpledged
  • John England, Unpledged
  • Monica Owens, Romney
  • Lori Horn, Romney
  • Deidre Harper, Romney

State Assembly Alternates

  • Shari Williams, Romney
  • Merilou Athens-Barnekow, Unpledged
  • Wayne Williams, Romney
  • Judith Spady, Unpledged
  • Heather Smith, Romney
  • Daniel Green, Romney
  • Froncoise Bergan, Romney
  • Ted Kuroiwa, Unpledged
  • Kim Ransom, Unpledged
  • Alexander Casetta, Unpledged
  • Joy Hoffman, Romney
  • Joseph Woyte, Unpledged

Congressional District Delegates

Congressional District 1

  • Nancy McKiernanm, Santorum
  • Celement Koerber Jr., Unpledged
  • Florence Sebern, Unpledged

Congressional District 2

  • Timothy Leonard, Unpledged
  • Sue Sharkey, Santorum
  • Solomon Martinez, Unpledged

 

Congressional District 3

  • Todd King, Unpledged
  • Luke Kirk, Unpledged
  • Frieda Wallison, Romney

 

Congressional District 4

  • Guy Short, Unpledged
  • Sean Conway, Santorum
  • Karen Pelzer, Unpledged

 

Congressional District 5

  • John Suthers, Romney
  • Robin Coran, Santorum
  • Kent Lambert, Santorum

 

Congressional District 6

  • John Carson, Romney
  • Ted Harvey, Unpledged
  • Erik Hansen, Romney

 

Congressional District 7

  • Pete Coors, Romney
  • Anil Mathai, Santorum
  • Jeremy Strand, Unpledged

Alternate Congressional District Delegates

Congressional District 1

  • Earl Bandy III, Unpledged
  • Elizabeth Buchanan, Unpledged
  • David Bittner, Paul

 

Congressional District 2

  • Jon Warnick, Unpledged
  • Bryce Carlson, Romney
  • Kaye Ferry, Romney

 

Congressional District 3

  • Nancy Carlson, Romney
  • Michelle Gilleland, Romney
  • Barbara Smith, Romney

 

Congressional District 4

  • Kendal Unruh, Unpledged
  • Jim Gaston, Unpledged
  • Justin Williams, Romney

 

Congressional District 5

  • Robert Balink, Romney
  • Charles Aligaen, Paul
  • Joseph Burke, Paul

 

Congressional District 6

  • Glenn Hagen, Romney
  • Ryan Massfeller, Romney
  • Jeff Wasden, Romney

Congressional District 7

  • Lloyd Garcia, Unpledged
  • Libby Szabo, Unpledged
  • Robert Eskenberry, Paul

 

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why does government make true health insurance illegal?

Mark Hinkle released the following statement today:

“While President Obama and the Republicans in Congress spend time debating whether religious groups must provide their employees free contraceptives, a far more fundamental issue is being ignored: if we want better health insurance for all, why are we making it illegal?

“ObamaCare, known in Massachusetts as RomneyCare, effectively outlaws true health insurance. Insurance, if you think about it, should exist to protect you against catastrophic expenditures. For example, car insurance doesn’t cover the cost of gas and oil, as it would be outrageously expensive due to the incentive for increased driving. Similarly, health insurance should not cover ordinary and predictable costs, yet remains outrageously expensive because it does.”

“Then why do consumers continue to buy overpriced insurance that covers predictable costs? Government. First, the senseless connection of health insurance to employment is the result of a system that taxes cash wages but not health benefits, punishing employees who would rather have higher cash wages while making their own personal choice of health coverage.  Second, special interests in every state have lobbied legislators to mandate coverage for their particular product or service. Finally, regulation not only drives up the cost of healthcare, but also restricts entry into the field, leading to even higher prices.”

“The result is this: if you want inexpensive health insurance, but don’t want coverage for alcoholism, weight loss programs and baldness treatments, and would prefer a deductible based on your personal finances: TOUGH. Even if you’re not stuck with your employer’s choices, the type of individually tailored coverage you want is illegal.

“Instead of ObamaRomneyCare, we need to decriminalize good health insurance. Eliminate the coverage mandates, the laws against purchasing health insurance across state lines, and the unfavorable tax treatment of personal insurance policies. Remove the regulations that block entry of new insurers, including charitable organizations which could provide catastrophic protection for the poor and the club-based insurance policies that were once popular before the insurance industry and American Medical Association both pushed to make them illegal.”

“As for contraception? Women shouldn’t need a permission slip from their doctor to have safe sex. Removing the prescription requirement would massively reduce the cost of contraceptives, making it far more affordable. In turn, this would ease the burden on groups such as Planned Parenthood that have long provided free contraceptives to those in need.”

federal pay shockingly high compared to private sector

There are 3,141 counties in the United States of America, and ten of wealthiest fifteen counties are in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, including in Virginia and Maryland.  Is there any doubt why Washington, D.C. seems so chronically out of touch with the average person?

The affluence of the Washington, D.C. suburbs should not come as any surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to reports about the vast income disparity between the average federal government civilian worker and the average private sector worker.

In 2010, the Cato Institute reports that the average federal civilian worker receives $83,679 in average wages, while the average private industry worker only makes $51,986.  Further, the same report shows that when benefits are considered, the federal worker gets $126,141 in wages and benefits compared to $62,757 for the private worker.

An estimated 15 percent of the civilian federal workforce, or 300,000, live in Washington, D.C. and its surrounding suburbs.  This does not include military or contractors, public relations and other government dependent private sector workers.

So, it is logical that in the federal government employee rich Washington, D.C. region average household incomes significantly exceed the rest of America.

What do you think? Is it right that our federal civil servants make so much more than the average worker? Leave your comment below:

new precinct numbers

Well, the redistricting and reapportionment processes are complete. The county has renamed every precinct in the county. Over a third of the precincts have had border changes.

Here is a map of how it all shook out. I am listing the new precinct boundaries, along with their numbers. I have provided both the new numbers in bold, and the old numbers in italic. The old numbers are only approximate, as boundaries have changed.

Precinct numbers - new and old - Longmont region

Precinct numbers - new and old - Longmont region

Click on the picture for a higher-resolution version of the map.

The county has assigned voters to each of these new precincts. However, I do not yet have access to a more detailed view of the streets forming the precinct boundaries. As soon as I have access to such a map, I will post it.

Some precincts have had radical changes. For instance, there is no new precinct corresponding to old precinct 203. It has been subsumed into 619 and 620.

in the meantime, the State GOP can tell you what precinct you are in. Just click http://caucus.cologop.org/ and fill out your info. They also give you the address of your caucus, as well as the option of pre-registering for it.

the big disclaimer

While I serve in an official capacity in the Boulder County Republicans, this website is not in any way affiliated with this organization. All opinions stated and positions taken herein are not to be construed as official pronouncements of the Boulder County Republicans, nor of any other organ of the Republican Party.

Essential Duties of a Precinct Committee Person (PCP)

“The whole state must be so well organized that every Whig can be brought to the polls. So divide the country into small districts and appoint in each a committee.
Make a perfect list of the voters and ascertain with certainty for whom they will vote.
Keep a constant watch on the doubtful voters and have them talked to by those in whom they have the most confidence.
On Election Day, see that every Whig is brought to the polls.”

- Abraham Lincoln, first Republican President

Substitute ‘Republican’ for ‘Whig’ in the above, and this is still a good description of the role of a PCP.

(Lincoln was a Whig before the Republican party existed. The Whig party tore itself apart over the slavery issue.)