Saturday, June 30, 2012

Ron Paul Campaign and Supporters Ready for Dueling Events in Tampa | Sunshine State News

Ron Paul Campaign and Supporters Ready for Dueling Events in Tampa | Sunshine State News - Kevin Derby:

June 30, 2012 - "U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, plans to end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination with an event ... on Sunday, Aug. 26, at the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome in Tampa.... The Paul campaign labeled the event a 'major rally' that will bring out “thousands of supporters" to the Sun Dome, which holds 11,000 seats.

"Paul’s event conflicts with the Paul Festival, an event held by supporters of the candidate at the Florida State Fairgrounds running from Friday, Aug. 24, through the weekend, featuring speakers – including Libertarian Party presidential nominee former Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico – and entertainment. While Paul has been invited by organizers of the Paul Festival to attend the event, he has not committed to it."

"While the maverick Texas congressman shows no signs of attending the Paul Festival, organizers ... show no signs of slowing down their preparations to hold it. On Friday, the team behind the Paul Festival announced that noted author and businessman Peter Schiff, who ran in the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut in 2010, will be speaking at the event."

Read more: http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/ron-paul-campaign-and-supporters-ready-dueling-events-tampa
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Friday, June 29, 2012

TheRecord - Libertarian party names byelection candidate

TheRecord - Libertarian party names byelection candidate - Paige Desmond:

June 29, 2012 - "WATERLOO — Cambridge’s Allan Dettweiler will carry the flag for the Ontario Libertarian Party in an upcoming provincial byelection.

“I’m running because I’m concerned about the direction our province is going into,” Dettweiler said. “Our government keeps growing bigger and bigger.... People here are expecting too much from the government'....

"A father of four, Dettweiler operates a genealogical website and also drives for a courier service. He is married and his wife owns a business in Kitchener.

"The Ontario Libertarian Party has been a registered political party since 1975. It advocates property rights and limited government."

Read more: http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/752856--libertarian-party-names-byelection-candidate
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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Gary Johnson to attend Ron Paul festival | The Capitol Column

Gary Johnson to attend Ron Paul festival in bid to court supporters | The Capitol Column:

June 27, 2012 - "Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson will be speaking to Ron Paul supporters at a festival in Tampa days before the Republican convention in August. The former governor of New Mexico hopes to rally support among independent minded voters at the Paul Festival going on August 25-26.

"The festival, which brings together speakers, rock bands, and entertainers, is planned as a tribute to Ron Paul and grassroots activism..... Johnson, as well as his running mate Jim Gray, will be speaking at the festivities. Other speakers include Peter Schiff, financial analyst and author, Thomas Woods, historian economist and political analyst, and Michael Scheuer, former CIA intelligence officer.

“'Governor Johnson’s attendance furthers Paul Festival’s goal to band together against the political establishment,' said Bryan Simeon, the chief organizer of Paul Festival."

Read more: http://www.capitolcolumn.com/news/gary-johnson-to-attend-ron-paul-festival-in-bid-to-court-supporters/
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mass. GOP deals dirty - BostonHerald.com

Mass. GOP deals dirty - BostonHerald.com - Michael Graham:

June 27, 2012 - "Evan Kenney was a senior at Wakefield High School when, inspired by a politically active teacher, he decided he’d like to become a delegate to the Republican National Convention.... He got on the phone and started organizing local voters — registered Republicans all — who shared his libertarian, small government, isolationist foreign policy views. He even convinced them to spend a Saturday morning in April ... sitting through boring political speeches so they could vote for him.

"Kenney won, receiving more votes than the two former GOP gubernatorial candidates he was running against, Charlie Baker and Kerry Healey.

But in the end, it’s Baker and Healey who are going to Tampa as delegates to the RNC.... Why? Because the state GOP cheated."

Read more: http://bostonherald.com/news/opinion/op_ed/view/20220627mass_gop_deals_dirty/srvc=news&position=also
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Ron Paul's 'Audit The Fed' Bill Passes House Oversight Committee - Business Insider

Ron Paul's 'Audit The Fed' Bill Passes House Oversight Committee - Business Insider - Grace Wyler:

June 27, 2012 - "Ron Paul is finally gaining support for his beloved Audit The Fed bill.
The bill, H.R. 459, passed the House Oversight Committee this morning on a voivote, with no vocal opposition.... Here's Paul's statement on the vote:

"'I am very happy that the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today passed H.R. 459. The bill passed unanimously by voice vote, with all of its strong audit provisions intact. It is time for the Federal Reserve to face a thorough audit of its monetary policy and lending operations. The Fed’s purchases of dubious assets from favored Wall Street institutions; its lending of hundreds of billions of dollars to foreign governments and central banks; and the prospect of further quantitative easing and European bailouts underscore the critical need for transparency. I am deeply appreciative of the overwhelming support this legislation has received from my colleagues in the House, especially today from the Oversight Committee. I look forward to seeing my Audit the Fed legislation passed by a bipartisan majority of Congress next month.'"

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/ron-paul-audit-the-fed-federal-reserve-bill-passes-house-oversight-committee-2012-6#ixzz1z2C8pbTn
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Monday, June 25, 2012

Ballot Access News » Michigan Libertarian Party Files Lawsuit to Get Gary Johnson on the Ballot

Ballot Access News » Blog Archive » Michigan Libertarian Party Files Lawsuit to Get Gary Johnson on the Ballot:

June 25, 2012 - "On June 25, the Michigan Libertarian Party filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Detroit, seeking an order requiring the Michigan Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson, to list Gary Johnson on the ballot as the Libertarian presidential nominee.....

"The Secretary of State said on May 3 that she would not print Johnson’s name on the November ballot because his name had appeared on the Republican presidential primary ballot in February this year. Johnson had tried to withdraw but the Secretary of State says his withdrawal was received three minutes too late. There are very few precedents for a case like this, because no state has ever before told a ballot-qualified party that it will not list its actual presidential nominee on the grounds that the actual presidential nominee had run in the presidential primary of some other party. "

Read more: http://www.ballot-access.org/2012/06/25/michigan-libertarian-party-files-lawsuit-to-get-gary-johnson-on-the-ballot/
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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Romney campaign ousts Ron Paul delegates - Metro - Boston Globe

Romney campaign ousts Ron Paul delegates - Metro - Boston Globe - Stephanie Ebbert:

June 24, 2012 - "Evan Kenney was one of 17 delegates and alternates disqualified by a Republican committee deciding who gets to represent Massachusetts Republicans at the national convention in Tampa. Kenney and others had failed to deliver in time an affidavit swearing, under the penalty of perjury, that they would support Mitt Romney’s nomination for president.

"An affidavit is never mentioned in the Republican Party’s rules for selecting delegates and has never been required of delegates in the past, GOP critics say. Suspicions are steep this year because Kenney and the others are supporters of Ron Paul.... The delegates must vote for Romney, based on his strong primary win in Massachusetts, but Paul’s supporters hope to use the convention to draw attention to his agenda, including auditing the Federal Reserve and requiring wars to be declared by Congress.

"In Massachusetts, Paul’s Liberty Slate swept the Republican caucuses in April.... Some libertarian-leaning delegates balked at the notion of signing legal affidavits.... Many later submitted them, but not until after the deadline.... As a result, the committee disqualified them, winnowing the number of Liberty delegates and alternates to the convention from 35 to 19."

Read more: http://bostonglobe.com/metro/2012/06/23/romney-campaign-ousts-ron-paul-delegates/3xYwhZ5kbZuRMyMBlXy6EK/story.html
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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Koch brothers, Cato Institute reach settlement

Koch brothers, Cato Institute reach settlement - Think Tanked - Washington Post - Allen McDuffee:

June 19, 2012 - "The Cato Institute and billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch have reached an agreement that will end their legal dispute for control of the libertarian think tank....

Today’s settlement, first reported at the National Journal and based on an internal e-mail, includes a solution to dissolve the controversial shareholders agreement, and Edward H. Crane, Cato co-founder and its only president since 1977, will step down....

Cato Chairman Bob Levy issued a statement.... 'The story in the National Journal is both incorrect and incomplete. We will have more to say about this on Monday. Any assessment prior to that time would be without substantiation and very likely wrong in important respects,' said Levy.

Wes Edwards, Deputy General Counsel for Koch Companies Public Sector, concurred with the following statement: 'The National Journal story is not fully accurate. The parties have agreed to prepare a joint release early next week to explain the terms of the resolution.'"

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/think-tanked/post/koch-brothers-cato-institute-reach-settlement/2012/06/19/gJQA3A8hoV_blog.html
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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Justin Amash votes to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress | MLive.com

Justin Amash votes to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress - Nate Reens, MLive::

June 20, 2012 - "Rep. Justin Amash, who sits on the federal Committee on Government Oversight and Reform, said today that Attorney General Eric Holder’s defiance of a congressional subpoena earned him a contempt of Congress charge. Amash ... has been among a group of Republicans who have called for Holder to resign for the botched 'Fast and Furious' program that led to the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry....

“Attorney General Holder has refused to comply with a congressional subpoena requiring him to hand over documents related to Operation Fast and Furious. Pursuing contempt was not the Committee’s nor my first choice for resolving the issue. Unfortunately, the Department of Justice forced the Committee’s action by deliberately obstructing our investigation,” Amash said in a statement."

Read more: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2012/06/justin_amash_votes_to_hold_att.html
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ron Paul Idaho State Convention: Supporters Push For Major Delegate Upset

Ron Paul Idaho State Convention: Supporters Push For Major Delegate Upset - Jake Horowitz, Policymic:

June 20, 2012 - "Ron Paul supporters are preparing to come out strong at Idaho's State Convention ... held from June 21-23 at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls.....

Delegates will be obliged on the first ballot at the Republican National Convention to vote for the candidate who nominated them. However, if any delegates selected are representing the "uncommitted" choice, they wil be able to cast their vote for any candidate whose name is on the ballot. Paul supporters are hoping to capitalize on this exception to secure delegates for their candidate. "

Read more: http://www.policymic.com/articles/9976/ron-paul-idaho-state-convention-supporters-push-for-major-delegate-upset
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Young millionaire's PAC hires Ron Paul staffers

Young millionaire's PAC hires Ron Paul staffers - Houston Chronicle - Roger Alford, Associated Press:

June 19, 2012 - "A political group that helped sway a Kentucky congressional primary last month has beefed up its staff with former Ron Paul campaign aides in hopes of electing more libertarian-leaning candidates this fall.

"Liberty For All Political Action Committee, financed largely by millionaire college student John Ramsey, spent more than $500,000 on TV ads in Kentucky to help Republican Thomas Massie win the 4th District GOP nomination in May.

"The super PAC's executive director, Preston Bates, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Chris Kuper has signed on as political director. Kuper had served as Paul's liaison for national coalitions. Bates said several other Paul aides also were added, including Jared Chicoine as senior adviser, Kate Schackai as press secretary, and Jordan Brown as senior researcher....

"The group is now turning its sights on a Michigan congressional race this fall, backing freshman Rep. Justin Amash's re-election. It plans to continue being involved in the Massie race, and as many as 10 others that haven't yet been announced."

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/article/Young-millionaire-s-PAC-hires-Ron-Paul-staffers-3645359.php
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Monday, June 18, 2012

Some Nebraska delegates at convention may back Paul (AP)

Some Nebraska delegates at convention may back Paul - Margery A. Beck, Associated Press:

"OMAHA -- No one doubts Nebraska Republicans ultimately will line up behind presumptive nominee Mitt Romney, but don't be surprised if some GOP delegates from the state cast votes for Ron Paul.
That's a scene party leaders would like to avoid, but they acknowledged it's likely given the success Paul supporters and tea party advocates have had electing delegates at county conventions throughout the state. Those activists chose delegates to the July 14 state convention, which in turn determines the state's 32 delegates to the Republican National Convention.

"About half the delegate and county central committee seats in Douglas and Sarpy counties -- two of the state's largest -- went to supporters of Paul and the tea party."

Read more: http://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/some-nebraska-delegates-at-convention-may-back-paul/article_371a50a6-c532-59de-b07d-3f8f66501136.html
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Ron Paul wins the majority of Iowa's Republican delegates - KWWL.com - Iowa

Ron Paul wins the majority of Iowa's Republican delegates - KWWL.com - News & Weather for Waterloo, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids & Iowa City, Iowa |:

"Saturday ... Ron Paul supporters dominated the final delegate count.... At least 21 of the 28 delegates backed Paul, who came in third in the Iowa caucuses.

 "'I think there's a lot of accusation going on. That is needless,' Angie Davidson of the Republican Party said at the state convention. 'I believe they should be able to vote who they want to vote for especially since we truly don't have a nominee yet.'

The party's delegates are 'unbound' - meaning even though Iowans voted Rick Santorum as the winner of the caucuses, delegates can still vote for whomever they want at the national convention."

Read more: http://www.kwwl.com/story/18808312/ron-paul-wins-the-majority-of-iowas-republican-delegates
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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Ron Paul wins 23 of 28 National Delegates in Iowa

Ron Paul's Iowa maneuvers place GOP in awkward position - latimes.com - Seema Mehta::

June 16, 2012 - "The congressman from Texas finished ... third in the Iowa caucuses more than six months ago, but of the 28 delegates selected Friday and Saturday to head to the national convention, 23 are Paul supporters – and they are not bound to support the victor of the state’s first-in-the-nation voting contest.

"It’s part of a quiet strategy by Paul and his backers to amass an army of supporters at the GOP gathering in August in Tampa, Fla., to push Paul’s views on liberty, states' rights, the monetary system and foreign policy. By working arcane electoral rules and getting supporters into positions of power in local, county and state party operations, the strategy is paying dividends across the nation."

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-ron-pauls-iowa-maneuvers-place-gop-in-awkward-position-20120616,0,3570263.story
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Friday, June 15, 2012

More Delegates Want to Join Republican Revolt | Courthouse News Service

More Delegates Want to Join Republican Revolt | Courthouse News Service - Rebekah Kearn:

June 15, 2012 - "SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) - In a revolt against Romney, at least 40 more national convention delegates asked to join 123 previous plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Republican National Committee, and their attorney said hundreds more may soon follow suit.

"The first 123 delegates, all from the 9th Circuit, sued the RNC, its Chairman Rince Priebus, and every state party chairman in the 9th Circuit in Federal Court on Monday, demanding the right to vote for the candidate of their choice on every ballot at the Republican National Convention, including the first.

"The delegates claim the party violated federal law by forcing them to sign loyalty affidavits, under threat of perjury, to vote for Mitt Romney.... They also claimed that state party chairmen are fixing elections at state conventions and changing ballots so that all votes cast count for Romney."

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pro-Paul emphasis splits Iowa Republicans | The Des Moines Register | DesMoinesRegister.com

Pro-Paul emphasis splits Iowa Republicans | The Des Moines Register | DesMoinesRegister.com - Jennifer Jacobs:

June 12, 2012 - "Ron Paul loyalists now dominate the management structure at the Republican Party of Iowa — a fact that is motivating other Republicans to make some power plays.

"A team is pushing to send a different set of Iowans to the national convention, not the at-large slate selected by Paul backers. They hope to round up enough votes for a 'unity slate' to override the Paul activists at this weekend’s state convention.

"And there are rumblings about a meeting of the Republican State Council — the coalition of all the county GOP chairs and co-chairs — to express dissatisfaction with the direction of the state party."

Read more: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20120613/NEWS09/306130043/Pro-Paul-emphasis-splits-Iowa-Republicans?Frontpage&nclick_check=1
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Monday, June 11, 2012

Paul's disciples seek local offices | StarTribune.com

Paul's disciples seek local offices | StarTribune.com - Kevin Duchschere:

June 10, 2012 - "Ron Paul-styled libertarians are stepping forward to stand for political office -- many for the first time -- in cities and counties across [Minnesota].

"Marianne Stebbins, chair of Paul's Minnesota campaign, says that so far she knows of Paul supporters running for office in 11 counties and 13 cities, including several metro-area governments. That's in addition to 26 Paul candidates for the Legislature....

"Stebbins expects the number of local Paul candidates to grow in August, when candidate filings open for many cities. She's seriously thinking about running herself for the Excelsior City Council....

"Paul ... talks often about efforts to 'grow our movement' and bring the Republican Party back to 'its limited government, liberty roots.' One way, he wrote supporters in a recent e-mail update, is to back local candidates who hold the same values."

Read more: http://www.startribune.com/politics/158383225.html
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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rick Santorum predicts a convention fight with Ron Paul delegates over party platform - ABC News

Rick Santorum predicts a convention fight with Ron Paul delegates over party platform - ABC News - Chris Moody:

June 8, 2012 - "Rick Santorum and Ron Paul have never gotten along, and while the primaries are effectively over, their intra-party rivalry could stretch on through the summer....

"Santorum is planning to flex his muscle at the Republican party convention in August, where he predicted Friday there could be a showdown over the party platform between the social conservative delegates who pledged support for him and Ron Paul's libertarian supporters..... Both want a piece of the party platform, but candidates agree on very little politically. Speaking to reporters here Friday at a conservative conference, Santorum said his supporters are ready for 'a fight' in Tampa."

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/rick-santorum-predicts-convention-fight-ron-paul-delegates/story?id=16526318#.T9VQQ7BDySo
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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Rand Paul endorses Mitt Romney for president | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Rand Paul endorses Mitt Romney for president | Indianapolis Star  - Joseph Gerth, Courier-Journal:

June 8, 2012 - "U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has endorsed Mitt Romney for president.

"Paul made his announcement Thursday on the Fox News Channel during an interview with Sean Hannity. Paul ... said his father, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, was his first choice for president but that he was supporting Romney 'now that the nominating process is over'....

"Romney said that he has embraced ideas that Paul championed. 'As president, I will reform the federal government and make it smaller, simpler and smarter. I am grateful for Senator Paul’s support and look forward to working with him to get America back on the right track,' he said.

"But some of Paul’s supporters, many of whom believe that Romney is not wedded to a smaller, less intrusive government, weren’t as pleased. By Friday afternoon, more than 2,500 people commented on Paul’s Facebook page — many of them critical of him."

Read more: http://www.indystar.com/article/B2/20120608/NEWS01/306080074/Rand-Paul-endorses-Mitt-Romney-president?odyssey=nav%7Chead
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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Cuomo's pot plan gets raves from Bloomberg, Johnson

Cuomo's pot plan gets raves from Bloomberg, Johnson - Catalina Carmia, USA Today:

June 5, 2012 - "New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat and possible 2016 presidential candidate, is getting kudos from Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson for his call to decriminalize open possession of small amounts of marijuana.

"Cuomo's proposal is a 'welcome bit of sanity,' says Johnson, a former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico. Still, Johnson believes it would be better to legalize marijuana outright in order to lift the burdens on police officers and the courts.

Cuomo is also supported by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent, who says the Democrat's proposal 'strikes the right balance.'"

Read more: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2012/06/andrew-cuomo-marijuana-possession-gary-johnson-/1#.T9FXSrBDySo
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Massachusetts GOP upholds election of Ron Paul delegates in Mitt Romney’s congressional district - Politics - The Boston Globe

Massachusetts GOP upholds election of Ron Paul delegates in Mitt Romney’s congressional district - Politics - The Boston Globe - Callum Borchers:

June 6, 2012 - "The Massachusetts Republican Party’s Allocation Committee has upheld the election of six Paul loyalists who defeated Romney backers at a Fifth Congressional District caucus in April.

The upsets did not strip Romney of delegate votes -- because of Romney’s decisive win in Massachusetts’s March primary, delegates from the state could not vote for Paul during the first, and likely only, round of balloting at the convention, even if they preferred the representative from Texas....

"Statewide, Paul backers seized 18 of the 27 delegate slots Romney won on Super Tuesday."

Read more: http://bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2012/06/06/massachusetts-gop-upholds-election-ron-paul-delegates-mitt-romney-congressional-district/eZeCGyrJ2ww0UavnGEWLQL/story.html
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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Michigan Secretary of State refuses to list Gary Johnson on November ballot

Ballot Access News » Blog Archive » Michigan Libertarian Party State Convention Takes Action to Guarantee Gary Johnson is on the November Ballot:

June 3, 2012 - "Gary Johnson, the national Libertarian Party presidential nominee, was on the ballot in the February 2012 Republican presidential primary ballot in Michigan. The Secretary of State is interpreting Michigan law to mean that, therefore, the Libertarian Party is forbidden to nominate Johnson.

"The Secretary of State’s position is very weak. The law hasn’t changed since before 1980, and in 1980 the former Secretary of State, Richard Austin, interpreted the state’s 'sore loser' law not to apply to presidential primaries. Therefore, he printed John B. Anderson’s name on the November 1980 ballot in Michigan even though Anderson had run in the 1980 Republican presidential primary. The Secretary of State disavows this precedent on the grounds that in 1980, Michigan didn’t have procedures for independent presidential candidates, something that is irrelevant, and also not true....

"In all history, no minor party has ever had its presidential nominee kept off any state’s general election ballot on the grounds that the nominee had run in a major party presidential primary."

Read more: http://www.ballot-access.org/2012/06/03/michigan-libertarian-party-state-convention-takes-action-to-guarantee-gary-johnson-is-on-the-november-ballot/
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Ron Paul Delegates Arrested As They Win a Majority at Louisiana GOP Convention

Ron Paul Delegates Arrested As They Win a Majority at Louisiana GOP Convention:

June 2, 2012 - "The Louisiana State Republican Convention descended into chaos Saturday morning, with several delegates being arrested and the convention chairman being thrown to the ground by police. Sources report that state party officials panicked when it became clear that Ron Paul delegates commanded a decisive majority of the delegates on the floor – at least 111 of 180 (62%)....

"When Alex Helwig, the newly elected Rules Committee chair, rose to address the delegation, [Roger] Villere [Chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party] ordered him removed from the floor. Video footage shows Shreveport police dragging Mr. Helwig out of the room.... At this point, a motion was made to elect a new convention chairman. Henry Herford, Jr., was elected by an overwhelming majority. Nevertheless, Mr. Villere – who had appointed himself the convention chairman – refused to relinquish control of the gathering.... Mr. Villere and state party officials then ordered police to attack Mr. Herford."

Read more: http://www.policymic.com/articles/9163/ron-paul-delegates-arrested-as-they-win-a-majority-at-louisiana-gop-convention
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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Video of a Ron Paul Delegate Being Assaulted and Thrown Out is Posted on YouTube

Louisiana State Republican Convention Results LIVE: Ron Paul Campaign Releases Statement -Policy Mic:

 "Saturday 3:27 PM: Video of a Ron Paul Delegate Being Assaulted and Thrown Out is Posted on YouTube  A video of Alex Helwig, Ron Paul Rules Chairman, who was elected legitimately by the majority delegation, being thrown out and assaulted by Shreveport Police from  the Louisiana Convention was posted on YouTube."

Watch here::


Following is a statement from the Ron Paul Campaign as printed by The Examiner: “The Ron Paul campaign condemns the unfortunate activities that took place at the Louisiana Republican State Convention in Shreveport. However, we also wish to highlight and applaud the fact that the convention ended on a high note reflective of the cooperation all Republicans wish to see toward the mutual aim of defeating President Obama in the November general election." Read more: http://www.policymic.com/articles/9130/louisiana-gop-convention-results-live-ron-paul-can-win-big
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Friday, June 1, 2012

Rick Santorum asks Louisiana GOP to make sure 'bona fide' supporters represent him in Tampa

Rick Santorum asks Louisiana GOP to make sure 'bona fide' supporters represent him in Tampa | NOLA.com - Jonathan Tilove, Times-Picayune:

May 31, 2012 - "Washington - Rick Santorum Thursday sent Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere a list of 20 'bona fide Santorum supporters' who he would like to see Saturday's Republican State Convention in Shreveport name to fill the ten delegate and ten alternate slots he won in his overwhelming victory in the state's March 24 primary. Santorum's letter was an effort to forestall any move by Ron Paul supporters, who, by virtue of their triumph in the party's sparsely attended April 28 caucuses, will control events in Shreveport, to name Paul loyalists to fill the Santorum slots at the national convention in Tampa....

Noting that he won 49 percent of the primary vote, Santorum wrote, 'T'hough I have suspended the campaign, I have no intention of releasing delegates before the Republican National Convention'....

But at Saturday's state convention, at which the delegates to he national convention will be chosen, Paul forces will control 111 of the 180 delegates, according to Charlie Davis, who is directing the Paul effort in Louisiana, 'We'll have a clear majority on every committee and in every way possible,' said Davis.

"It is possible they could choose Paul backers to be Santorum delegates. They would vote for Santorum if he has not released them before the balloting, but support Paul in his efforts to otherwise influence the convention."

Read more: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/05/rick_santorum_asks_la_gop_to_m.html
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