Washington County Republican Delegates – Does this letter answer your questions?

OK_GOP_seal2-150x150You’re receiving this email because you are among those designated to serve as delegates to the 2015 Washington County County convention. Attached is a letter addressing a few questions which have arisen regarding the precinct meeting and delegate nomination process.

Mark Keesling
Washington County Republican Party State Committeeman
Received via email February 7th sent to Sandra Crosnoe
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January 29th, 2015

To all Washington County Republican Delegates,

This letter is being sent to clarify some questions regarding the 2015 Washington County precinct meeting.  As a result of information submitted via forms filled out at the Washington County precinct meeting held 1/20/2015, or for those unable to attend the precinct meeting, subsequently submitted by the midnight of 1/24/2015 deadline, you have been submitted as a delegate to the Washington County Convention, scheduled for 2/21/2015.  Registration will be from 12 noon to 1:30 pm at the Elks Lodge, 1060 Swan Dr. in Bartlesville. State party form B-6 states that such information is due

“by February 15, 2015 (or as determined by the County Chairman)”.

In this case, the county chairman determined the deadline to be 1/24/2015 to provide ample time for processing of the resulting delegate and platform information before the county convention.

Given the following passage from state form A-2:

“Some (counties) meet as one county-wide event and others meet in zones or by State House District.  OKGOP State Party Rule (SPR) 16(a) gives authority to the County Executive Committee to set the location of the Precinct Meetings where they think best for their county.”,

and given,Washington County’s decision for the precincts to meet “as one county-wide event”, the packets were distributed at that meeting and the advertising for this meeting was done by the County Executive Committee.

The Washington County Republican Executive Committee

Grace Farmer                        Dan Wimberly                        Todd Mathes

John Kahre                        Joe Beffer                        Mike Dunlap

Nolan Jones                        Alex Schuettenberg            John Ford

Peggy Dau                        Dorothy Nunley            Earl Sears

Debbie Cook                        Rick Silver                        Travis Dunlap

Mark Keesling                       Jill Sptitzer                        Mitch Antle

Denny Garrison            Marjorie Parrish            Gale Kane

Julie Daniels                       Brad Johnson                        Kevin Buchanan

References:

2015 Official Call for Oklahoma Republican State Convention April 11

Oklahoma Republican Party Rules 2013 – link from OKGOP website (pdf format)

 

Teegarden for OK GOP State Chair Announces Candidacy at OCPAC — Decision will be made April 20th at the State Convention in OKC

Amanda Teegarden Head Shot2Amanda Teegarden announced her candidacy for the State Chair of the Oklahoma Republican Party today. Teegarden’s experience in grassroots education and activism convinced her that “the only way to solve our current crisis is to truly become the party of the people… Oklahoma has a strong history of populism, based upon self-reliance, neighborliness, community and civic involvement that accounts for the unique character so many people admire in our citizens,” Teegarden said.

“That means making our precincts active enterprises for education and activism. The precinct is the smallest political unit in the nation and the most important. American government is designed to flow from the individual up to the precinct and beyond. We need to actively encourage participation in these neighborhood areas so we can help citizens restore good government to our cities, counties, state and nation, “ she continued.

Teegarden, of Tulsa, is the Executive Director of OK-SAFE, a non-profit educational and activism organization dedicated to restoring the principles of the American Free Enterprise system and Constitutional Government. She is a long-time grassroots activist, as well as being in national demand for her work on grassroots training and public policy.

Amanda feels that now is not the time for politics as usual; we must stop recruiting candidates who don’t understand the basic principles of our American system of government. “We need principled men and women of integrity to rise to the challenge of running for office to restore our nation. I intend to find them and equip them to win,” Teegarden said.

Amanda Teegarden for OK GOP State Chair

She was called by many supporters to consider running. It was a tough decision for Teegarden because last month she was elected as a member of the 1st District Committee. “After four days of prayer, thought and consultation,” she said, “I decided that I would accept the call and take on this new challenge.”

Amanda formally announced this afternoon at a candidate forum sponsored by Oklahoma Political Action Committee.

Her website is: Teegarden for OKGOP state chair/

Facebook Page: Facebook page for TeegardenforOKGOP

From her website, Teegarden’s reasons for running for State Chair:

“Amanda is motivated by devotion to principle, implementation of conservative policy, and effective grassroots mobilization. So she is distressed by recent rules changes by the National GOP to dis-empower the grassroots and put all the power to select candidates and state delegates into the hands of people who have lost the last two Presidential elections. She is dedicated to reversing this as State Chairman.

America is at an historic crossroads that will determine whether our grandchildren will enjoy the blessings of freedom or the curse of tyranny. Never has the need for principled, courageous state legislators, state, county and local officials, been so great to resist and roll back the power of the Federal government. As your next GOP State Chairman, Amanda will work tirelessly to help make Oklahoma the model for the nation.”

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them and OKGrassroots

Washington County GOP – Proposed Resolutions for Consideration

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Proposed Resolutions for Consideration on Saturday March 2, 2013:

For more information on the meeting to consider these resolutions

see Order of Business and Rules – Saturday March 2nd here >>>

Oklahoma State Party Rules 2011 (pdf format)

Oklahoma State Party Platform  2012 (pdf format)

Washington County GOP Precinct Chairs

[Editor’s note:  I do not know who was on the committee or when they met.  These resolutions were given to me via email from Joe Beffer who chaired the Rules Committee and are posted here as information only.  I would note that two resolutions that were sent in by my precinct 28 are modified but referenced here./sc]

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them and OKGrassroots

Washington County Republican Convention – Order of Business and Rules – Saturday March 2nd

[Editor’s Note:  Joe Beffer has asked me to post the proposed rules and order of business for the Washington County Republican Convention on Saturday March 2nd. There is also a link to the Oklahoma State Party Rules and Platform included in this post for reference.  You may contact Joe via email jmbeffer_RMS@hotmail.com if you have any questions./sc]

OK_GOP_seal2-150x150WASHINGTON COUNTY REPUBLICAN CONVENTION

Report of The Rules and Order of Business Committee

SECTION 1. Order of Business

WASHINGTON COUNTY REPUBLICAN CONVENTION Arvest Bank
March 2nd, 2013

12:00pm – Registration Open

1:00pm – Convention begins

1:30 – Registration Closed

  1. Welcome Grace Farmer
  2. Invocation John Kahre
  3. Flag Salute Connor Whitham
  4. National AnthemTBD
  5. Report from County Chairman and Vice Chairman  Grace Farmer, Chairman ‐ John Kahre – Vice Chairman
  6. Special Guest – Congressman Jim Bridenstine – 1st Congressional DistrictIntroduction by State Senator John Ford
  7. Legislative ReportState Senator John Ford, State Representatives Earl Sears, State Representative Steve Martin
  8. College Republican’s Report Connor Whitham – Oklahoma Wesleyan University College Republican Chairman
  9. Credentials Report Mark Keesling – Credentials Committee, Chairman
  10. State Convention Grace Farmer
  11. Election of Convention Chairman
  12. Treasurer’s Report Alex Schuettenberg – Washington County Executive Committee, Treasurer
  13. Approval of the minutes of the last convention Convention Secretary – TBD
  14. Rules Committee Report Joe Beffer – Rules and Order of Business Committee, Chairman
  15. Resolutions Report Charles Daniels – Resolutions Committee, Chairman
  16. Nomination Committee Report Dan Wimberly – Nominations Committee, Chairman
  17. Other Business

Adjournment

SECTION 2. RULES OF PROCEDURE

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A. PERMANENT ROLL

The permanent roll of this convention shall be that proposed by the Credentials Committee and approved and adopted by this Convention.

B. ACCREDITATION

  1. All issues of accreditation of delegates, or the contest, authenticity or other disputed matters related to accreditation and seating of delegates shall be referred to the Credentials Committee prior to its report to this Convention. Acceptance and approval of the Credentials Committee shall be conclusive of each such issue.
  2. An alternate may become an accredited delegate if certified by the Credentials Committee before the Credentials Committee report is accepted by this Convention.

C. VOTING

  1. Only accredited delegates to this Convention as reflected by the roll of this Convention, as reported by the Credentials Committee, and as approved by this Convention, shall vote on its deliberations.
  2. Voting upon all matters presented to this Convention shall be, preferentially, by voice vote or standing vote. The Chairman, if in doubt of the result of any vote, may call for a roll call vote. Any delegate may call for a roll call vote with or without a secret ballot, if approved by at least twenty‐five percent of the delegates to this Convention.
  3. In the event of a vote by call of the permanent roll of this Convention, the Chairman shall appoint three tellers of the vote. One teller shall be the Secretary of this Convention and shall conduct and report the voting under the direction of the Chairman.
  4. A quorum shall be equal to the number of the accredited delegates present during any given vote.

D. ELECTION OF WASHINGTON COUNTY OFFICERS

  1. Election of County officers shall take place at Conventions falling on all odd numbered years.
  2. The Chairman of this Convention shall first call for the Report of the
    Nominations Committee. Following its report, the Chairman shall accept nominations from the floor, and seconds, thereto, for the office of Washington County Chairman.
  3. Sponsors of each nominee will be allotted a combined total of (5) five minutes for nominating and seconding speeches and/or for the nominee to speak in his or her own behalf. Nominees and sponsors will speak in the order of their nomination.
  1. The voting shall be as prescribed in Section 1 (C) of these rules, except that in the case of a contested election, the vote shall be by secret ballot.
  2. A candidate shall be deemed elected upon receiving a majority of the votes cast. A majority is defined here as any amount greater than 50.0 percent.
  3. Following the election of the County Chairman, the Convention
    Chairman shall call for nominations from the floor, in turn, for the offices of: County Vice‐ Chairman; the State Committeeman; the State Committeewoman; District 1 Committeewoman; and District 1 Committeeman. The election procedure shall be the same as that for the Washington County Chairman. Per state party rules, the County Chairman and the County Vice‐ Chairman shall be of opposite genders.

E. SELECTION OF DELEGATES TO THE STATE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION

  1. Any delegate to the Washington County Convention electing to be a delegate at the State Convention on April 20, 2013 at the Magnuson Hotel & Convention Center in Oklahoma City, must nominate himself or herself, in writing, to the Secretary of the County Convention on or before Friday, March 8 2013.
  2. The Chairman shall then call for a discussion and motion as to the type of delegation to be adopted (i.e. “Open Delegation” or the “Delegate‐Alternate Type Delegation”)
  3. Voting shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Section 1 (C).

F. RESOLUTIONS

  1. All resolutions, whether substantive, declaratory, or endorsement, must be presented to the Resolutions Committee in writing before it begins its deliberations.
  2. All resolutions contained in the Resolutions Committee report shall be presented first collectively to the Convention for its approval.
  3. Any delegate may request, from the floor, to have any resolution in the report, considered and voted on separately.
  4. The remaining resolutions shall then be put before the Convention and voted on collectively.
  5. Voting shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Section 1 (C).
  6. Other resolutions, endorsements or motions of a declaratory nature considered and not brought forth by the Resolutions Committee, may be brought to the Convention from the floor under the order of business titled “Other Business”. Any such resolution shall first be submitted, in writing, to the Secretary of this Convention (prior to the conclusion of the Resolutions Committee Report) and then read to the Convention by the Chairman of the Resolutions Committee.
  7. Any resolution proposed from the floor shall require approval from 20 percent of the accredited delegates. Voting shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Section 1 (C).

G. GENERAL

  1. Any “Other Business” to be brought before the Convention shall be submitted, in writing, to the Convention Chair prior to the call for “Other Business”. Any such motion shall be read in its entirety to the convention and shall require 20 percent of present delegates to be moved to the floor.
  2. The rules of this Convention as set forth in this report may be suspended or amended by the affirmative vote of two‐thirds of the votes cast by the accredited delegates to this Convention.
  3. Any delegate may appeal a ruling of the Chair. Such appeal may be granted only upon the approval of twenty‐five percent of the accredited delegates to this Convention.
  4. Debate on any issue shall be limited to a total of six minutes, evenly split between the affirmative and the opposed.
  5. Any action of this Convention not specifically covered by the foregoing rules shall be governed by Rules of the Republican Party of Oklahoma as interpreted by the Chairman of this Convention. The Rules of the Republican Party of Oklahoma includes the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order.
  6. Any delegate who attempts to shout down, disrupt, or hinder a delegate recognized to speak shall be warned by the Chair to cease. The second breach of this rule shall result in expulsion and forfeiture of the delegate’s right to participate in the convention.
  7. Guests or observers are not allowed in the area reserved for delegates to this Convention. They may not participate in or vote on any action taken on the floor of this Convention.
  8. Any motion to adjourn, qualified or unqualified, shall be out of order until after the conclusion of that section of the convention business entitled “Other Business”.

Attached to these Rules and made a part hereof is an ORDER OF BUSINESS for the Washington County Republican Convention 2013.

Respectfully Submitted by:
Joe Beffer, Tim Hazelwood, John Kahre, Greg Mathers, and Candy Roberts

Oklahoma State Party Rules 2011 (pdf format)

Oklahoma State Party Platform  2012 (pdf format)

Washington County GOP Precinct Chairs

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My reply to RNC Fundraiser Request — First Fire Ben Ginsberg

Some ideas for ways to raise $$$ from real Republicans
(or my reply to RNC fundraiser request)
1) fire Ben Ginsberg
2) announce Ron Paul as a frontrunner for Secretary of Treasury
3) then resend this request

TAMPA, Fla. — Top Republicans are fighting one another over what one party leader called “one of the biggest power grabs” in the party’s history.
Senior GOP officials are accusing the Romney campaign’s chief attorney, Ben Ginsberg, of pushing through a rules change for delegate selection that would give Mitt Romney enormous power over the primary process should he win the White House and seek re-election in 2016.
“It shifts the power to select delegates from the state party to the [party’s presidential] candidate,” Republican National Committee Vice Chairman Jim Bopp told The Washington Times on Sunday. “And it would make the Republican Party a top-down, not bottom-up, party.”

Read more: GOP officials accuse Romney of ‘power grab’ – Washington Times

Reblog: Grassroots just got a massive dose of RNC fertilizer

Reblogged from Republican Coalition of Denton County:

SHOVEL-READY?

Grassroots GOP leaders across Denton County and the state of Texas have begun a grassroots uprising, after the Republican National Committee began pushing through a set of hugely unpopular Rule changes at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last week. The rules attempt to take away the power of the grassroots to conduct business at the local, state, and national levels.

Read more… 241 more words

 

The Hot Topic in Tampa — Rules Rules Rules

Day 1 of the Convention kicked off the debt clock in a building built with a state backed money.  The convention gaveled open on Monday.  Now the delegates are debating the rules that will be voted on this week.  Here is a bit of the debate:
Dear Oklahoma Delegation,
Please read below the proposed RNC Rule 15 change that was pressed through the Convention Rules Committee Friday.
I believe we need to rescind the change with the Minority Report.  The Minority Report would be presented as an amendment to the Rules Committee Report on the floor of the Convention on Tuesday.  I encourage you to vote for the Minority Report.
We can discuss this more on “Hurricane Monday”…
Sincerely,
CarolynCarolyn L. McLarty, DVM
Republican National Committeewoman for Oklahoma


Jim,
You have hit the heart of this proposed Rule 15 change.
If this disavowal track is followed to the fullest, the Presidential Candidate (or his staff) could actually pick all of the Delegates to a convention!
As a result, the Candidate could totally control the Convention Platform Committee, Rules Committee and Credentials.
That would eliminate grassroots input into the Republican Party.
Thanks for your insight.
CarolynCarolyn L. McLarty, DVM
Republican National Committeewoman for Oklahoma

To RNC members:
    On Tues., the Convention Rules Committee will report the revised RNC Rules for adoption.  A minority report will be presented to delete an amendment which has the effect of allowing Presidential candidates to select his bound delegates in all of the states he carried by allowing him to “disavow” any of them.  They are then not certified as a delegate.
    Here is the amendment to be deleted by the minority report with the disavowal language:

Add a new section 15(a) and replace as follows and renumber accordingly:

“(1) Any statewide presidential preference vote that permits a choice among candidates for the Republican nomination for president of the United states in a primary, caucuses, or a state convention must be used to allocate and bind the state’s delegation to the National Convention in either a proportional or winner-take-all manner, except for the delegates and alternate delegates who appear on a ballot in a statewide election and are elected directly by primary voters.”

(2) For any manner of binding or allocating delegates permitted by these Rules, no delegate or alternate delegate who is bound or allocated to a particular presidential candidate may be certified under Rule 19 if the presidential candidate to whom the delegate or alternate delegate is bound or allocated has, in consultation with the State Party, disavowed the delegate or alternate delegate.”

Add anew 15(e)(3) as follows:

“(e)(3) The Republican National Committee may grant a waiver to a state Republican Party from the provisions of 15(a) and (b) where compliance is impossible, and the Republican National Committee determines that granting such waiver is in the best interests of the Republican Party.” 

    This puts the candidate, not the state party, in control of who is a delegate from your state. By disavowing a delegate he is out, even though already legally elected. As a practical matter, no state party wants its delegates to be disavowed so they will make sure that all the delegates are agreed to by the winning candidate and the candidate will have the hammer to make sure that happens. As a result, the winning candidate controls the selection of delegates, not the state party.
    This is the biggest power grab in the history of the Republican Party because it shifts the power to select delegates from the state party to the candidate. And it would make the Republican Party a top down, not bottom up party.
    It would also hurt state parties because they use delegate selection as a way to honor party volunteers and party contributors. A Presidential candidate will have his own agenda for delegate selection.  As a result, this always is a threat to party regulars who make up most of our delegates.  But it is also a threat to both moderates and conservative who could be purged, depending on who is the Republican Presidential nominee.
    This proposal is an over reaction to the problems in a few states where Ron Paul delegates threaten to not support the winning Presidential candidate.  I agree that they should honor that pledge, but that can be fix by a few tweaks in a few state laws. Massachusetts handled this successfully by requiring an affidavit promising to vote for the candidate, Mitt Romney, who carried the state. But the Rules change here is overkill — killing a fly with a sledgehammer.
    I urge you to support the minority report.
James Bopp Jr.
Co-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Restoring Constitutional Government
Convention Committee on Resolutions
National Committeeman, Indiana
Vice Chairman
Republican National Committee
jboppjr@aol.com
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