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LAKE JACKSON, Texas (FROM A RON PAUL 2012 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE PRESS RELEASE) – Supporters of 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul won yesterday’s Louisiana caucus, securing an overwhelming majority of winnable delegates to the June Republican state convention that will affect the weight of the Paul delegation to the August Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Preliminary results from the Louisiana Republican Party indicate that Ron Paul supporters won majorities in Congressional Districts 1, 2, 5, and 6, with a narrow decision having occurred in District 4. This means Ron Paul supporters won about four and a half of the six Congressional District caucus conventions held yesterday.
In each CD the top 25 delegates will go to the state convention on June 2ndin Shreveport. Yesterday, 111 out of 150 or 74 percent of delegates elected today were in fact Ron Paul delegates. The Louisiana state GOP soon will award 30 additional delegates.
A “conservative slate” ran a partially combined slate with establishment-moderate Mitt Romney in CDs 1, 2 and 4. In each of those districts Ron Paul supporters required more votes than all of their opponents combined. Remarkably, supporters of the 12-term Congressman from Texas accomplished this in CDs 1 and 2, but fell just short of this in CD 4, which is why the decision was split.
Taken together, victories across four and half CDs mean that Ron Paul supporters are likely to control the outcome of the state convention in June.
To be sure, a win on this scale gives Ron Paul supporters a majority of yesterday’s elected delegates and the ability to choose most of the at-large delegates, as well as the three National Delegates from CDs 1, 2, 5, and 6.
The Ron Paul campaign’s Louisiana State Director Pete Chamberlain said of the victory, “Yesterday’s result shows the changing dynamic among grassroots conservative activists dedicated to promoting a Republican platform that adheres to the Constitutional values Dr. Paul represents. Back-room dealing and insider politics are no match for the grassroots enthusiasm that is the hallmark of the Ron Paul campaign. Yesterday, Ron Paul’s dedicated Louisiana supporters showed what passionate, persistent activism can achieve when centered around a consistent message of freedom and prosperity.”
“Ron Paul’s victory shows his delegate-attainment strategy is working and demonstrates that the media and Washington pundits are underestimating his influence in the nominating process,’ said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Manager John Tate.
“The Louisiana win forecasts a prominent role for Ron Paul at the RNC. It also signals that the convention will feature a spirited discussion over whether conservatism will triumph over the status quo, all in relation to the end game of defeating President Obama,” added Mr. Tate.
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Ron Paul Wins Louisiana Caucus
SPARKS, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) – Ron Paul will be at the Nevada State Republican Convention from May 4-5, 2012 atJohn Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks. The tentative agenda for the convention is listed below.
Friday, May 4 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Platform Committee Meeting 10:00am – 12:00pm Parliamentary Procedures Workshop 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Resolutions Committee Meeting Convention Rules Committee Meeting By-Laws Committee Meeting Credentials Committee Meeting 12:00 pm – 4:00pm Registration 4:30 pm Deadline for Committee Reports 4:00 pm – 5:00pm Clark County Caucus Washoe County Caucus Rural Counties Caucus 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm VIP Reception 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Silver Stampede Dinner & Silent Auction (Doors Open 6:00 PM)
Saturday, May 5 7:30am – 9:00am Registration 9:00am – 10:00am Self nomination for national delegate and/or Elector closes at 10:00 am 9:00am – 12:00 pm Call to Order Invocation Presentation of Colors Pledge of Allegiance National Anthem Welcome Remarks from Chairman Appointment of Temporary Convention Officers Introduction of Opening Speaker Opening Remarks by Governor Sandoval Preliminary Report on Credentials Election of Permanent Officers Rules Committee Report/Adopt Rules Adoption of Agenda Bylaws Committee Report/Adopt Bylaws Final Report on Credentials Nomination and Election of National Committeewoman Nomination and Election of National Committeeman 12:15pm – 1:30pm Lunch 1:45pm – 3:30pm Convention Called Back Into Order Speech by Congressman Ron Paul Nominations Committee Report Election of Congressional District National Delegate and Alternates – CD 1 Pavilion B – CD 2 Rose Ballroom – CD 3 Pavilion C – CD 4 Pavilion D 3:30pm Return to Rose Ballroom Election of At-Large National Delegates and Alternates Election of Presidential Electors Resolutions Committee Report Platform Committee Report Old Business/New Business Announcements 7:00pm – 8:30 pm Dinner on your own ( if necessary)
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Ron Paul will be at Nevada GOP convention in Sparks
By Chuck Lindell
Thousands of chanting, cheering supporters flooded the University of Texas campus to show Ron Paul some love Thursday night, undaunted by the prospect that the Texas congressman is a long shot for the GOP presidential nomination.
There is more to winning than victory at the polls, Paul told the crowd, which broke into occasional chants of “President Paul.”
“I’m convinced a revolution is going on. It is an intellectual revolution,” Paul said.
“It is going to be difficult, but it is always glorious to have success. And we will have success,” he said. “Regardless of what happens next week, next month, November the spirit of this revolution is not going away.”
Paul hasn’t won any of the 36 state primaries or caucuses held to date, and his 80 delegates to the national convention are far behind front-runner Mitt Romney’s 846, leaving a mathematically slim path to the nomination.
But Michelle Stanley, who drove from Hot Springs, Ark., with five friends to hold a “Dr. Paul cured my apathy” sign at the Austin rally, said she wasn’t bothered by the long odds.
“I was ready, for the first time in my voting life, to not vote because I was tired of voting for the lesser of two evils,” said Stanley, a mother of nine. “But I am voting for Ron Paul whether he wins or not, because he believes in what I believe in.”
Beyond campaigning for president, Paul is working to build a national movement, adding converts to his libertarian ideals of a limited government with less federal spending, no Federal Reserve, a return home for U.S. troops and an end to the war on drugs.
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Ron Paul draws thousands at UT speech
Ron Paul fell short in the vote count, but he has edged out Mitt Romney in campaign contributions in at least 10 states and counting. From the start, the GOP ‘money primary’ has been a two-man race.
Heres something you hear on cable news all the time: Ron Paul hasnt won a primary. He hasnt won a caucus. Sure, hes stealing a delegate at state conventions here and there, because his forces are well organized. But hes lost. He should drop out and settle for an early-afternoon speaking slot at the Republican convention.
Heres something you dont hear: Representative Paul actually beat Mitt Romney in 10 states. In a manner of speaking.
What are we talking about? Money, thats what. Political pros are fond of talking about the money primary, in which candidates compete, not for votes, but for campaign donations. Its a crucial part of any nomination race, because a candidate without cash is like a shark thats not moving forward, if you understand what were saying.
Look at Newt Gingrich: Dont you think that deep down he really doesnt want to drop out? But his campaign has run up millions of dollars in debt. Hes a sinking shark. (He loves zoos and aquariums, too, so hed understand the reference.)
Paul, on the other hand, is still swimming. In the money primary context, the GOP nomination race has almost always been a two-man contest between Mr. Romney and Paul. Through the first quarter of 2012, Romney raised $87 million and Paul $37 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Mr. Gingrichs soon-to-be-extinct effort garnered $22 million, while Rick Santorum raised $21 million before he dropped out.
Whats more, Paul currently has about $1.7 million cash on hand, and debts of $0. Gingrich has $1.2 million cash on hand, and debts of $4.3 million, according to the latest public figures.
OK, OK, presumptive nominee Romney has $10 million in the bank, no debts, and a general election looming on the horizon. But before we pivot toward November, lets remember that Paul outraised Romney in 10 states, including some that will be key battlegrounds in the fall, according to figures compiled by Eric Ostermeier, a political scientist at the University of Minnesotas Hubert H. Humphrey Center for the Study of Politics and Governance.
Ron Paul leads Mitt Romney in large donor itemized fundraising in 10 states, representing all four geographical regions from the northeast (Maine), the South (Arkansas), the Midwest (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin) and the West (Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico), writes Mr. Ostermeier on his Smart Politics blog.
If small-donor contributions were rolled into the figures, it is likely Paul would have won the money primary in a few other states, such as Vermont, Delaware, and Montana, Ostermeier writes.
Ron Paul beat Mitt Romney in 10 states! Kind of.
Ron Paul hasn’t won a single state in the 2012 Republican primary season. And yet Thursday’s rally in the shadow of the LBJ Library at the University of Texas rivaled any crowdsMitt RomneyorPresident Obama could draw at a campaign appearance.
Audio: Ben Philpott’s story for KUT News
Paul fed off the crowd’s excitement. He seemed giddy at times just to have such a large crowd to speak to about ending foreign war, doing away with the Federal Reserve, returning to the gold standard and legalizing marijuana.
But Paul also addressed the 800-pound gorilla in the race: the fact that he’s far behind Romney and will not win the nomination.
“So it is going to be difficult,” Paul told supporters, “but it is always glorious to have success. And we will have success. Am I saying we’re gonna have success next week, next month, August or November? In some ways we will. We will have success.”
Paul said the spirit of what he calls his campaign revolution won’t go away. Supporter Alex Zhu plans to vote for Paul in the May 29Texas primary. He knows Paul won’t be the nominee, but that doesn’t mean rallies like the one last night are pointless, he said.
“In order to achieve some of this stuff, you have to start high. If you don’t aim high enough, you’re not going to get to a certain point,” Zhu said.
Some of Paul’s supporters also hope he’ll be able to pick up enough delegates by staying in the race to have some power at the Republican National Convention in August.
Jim Henson, head the Texas Politics Projectat UT and a pollster for the Tribune, says that based on his polling data, Paul does not have momentum heading into the summer.
“He’s lost a lot of support I think primarily because of his foreign-policy pronouncements and to a lesser extent some of the more controversial corners of his libertarian positions like drug policy,” Henson said.
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Ron Paul Still Pushing to Win Texas
Karen Kwiatkowski, a Republican candidate for Congress in Virginia, rarely passes up an opportunity to scold Washington politicians about runaway defense spending, which she says is an egregious waste of taxpayer dollars that does little to make Americans safer.
Halfway across the country, Tisha Casida, a Colorado independent, says shell push to end the drug war and legalize marijuana if shes elected to the House of Representatives. In Florida, Calen Fretts, a Libertarian seeking to unseat a veteran Republican congressman, promises that if hes elected hell begin working to abolish the U.S. Federal Reserve.
As people increase the size and scope of government, Fretts says, theres got to be a few of us to resist it.
These candidates have two things in common: All are long- shots seeking office for the first time. And all were inspired to run by the same man, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, Bloomberg Businessweek reports in its April 30 issue.
After 12 terms in the House, Paul, 76, says hell retire at years end. Though he insists he can still defeat former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and capture the Republican nomination, his presidential runs have always been about forcing other candidates and the public to pay attention to his libertarian arguments for eliminating most taxes, closing federal agencies, bringing U.S. troops home from overseas, legalizing drugs, outlawing official secrecy, dismantling the Fed, returning to the gold standard, and generally getting the government to get out of the way.
If forcing his philosophy into the mainstream is the benchmark, Paul can claim victory. Listening to his rivals in the Republican debates demand that the Fed be audited and the Departments of Energy and Education be shuttered, its clear that many of Pauls positions, once considered extreme, are now Republican talking points. Pauls influence outweighs his low poll rankings and back-of-the-pack primary returns.
Our time has come, says Paul, tempering the display of optimism. Its still going to be a knock-down, dragged-out fight.
Paul leaves behind a small army of brawlers itching to take up the battle in his name. This election year, at least 65 of his supporters are campaigning for local, state, or national office in 23 states. They join more than a dozen Paul acolytes who won elections in 2010, including Republican Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, who is seeking a second term — not to mention Pauls son Rand, who was elected to the Senate as a Republican in Kentucky.
Other Paul followers and former aides have maneuvered their way into Republican Party leadership positions in Nevada, Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, and Maine, where they are attempting to rewrite party platforms and keep establishment Republicans from giving Pauls 70-plus primary delegates to Mitt Romney.
Usually, when a candidate drops out, the followers go too, says Aaron Libby, a 29-year-old Maine blueberry farmer and Paul die-hard who was elected to the state legislature in 2010. They were following a candidate; we are following a movement.
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Ron Paul Loyalists Stepping Up to Fill Campaign Agenda
Karen Kwiatkowski, a Republican candidate for Congress in Virginia, rarely passes up an opportunity to scold Washington politicians about runaway defense spending, which she says is an egregious waste of taxpayer dollars that does little to make Americans safer. Halfway across the country, Tisha Casida, a Colorado Independent, says shell push to end the drug war and legalize marijuana if shes elected to the House. In Florida, Calen Fretts, a Libertarian seeking to unseat a veteran Republican congressman, promises that if hes elected hell begin working to abolish the U.S. Federal Reserve. As people increase the size and scope of government, Fretts says, theres got to be a few of us to resist it.
These candidates have two things in common: All are long shots seeking office for the first time. And all were inspired to run by the same manRon Paul.
After 12 terms in the House, Paul, who is 76, says hell retire at years end. Though he gamely insists he can still defeat Mitt Romney and capture the Republican nomination, his presidential runs have always been about forcing other candidates, and the public, to pay attention to his libertarian arguments for eliminating most taxes, closing federal agencies, bringing U.S. troops home from overseas, legalizing drugs, outlawing official secrecy, dismantling the Fed, returning to the gold standard, and generally getting the government to get out of the way.
If forcing his dont-tread-on-me, minimalist philosophy into the mainstream is the benchmark, Paul can claim victory and return to Texas a happy man. The professional political class may ridicule him as an eccentric kook leading a cantankerous army of potheads who invade chat rooms with ALLCAPS rants about government overreach. (And no doubt theres something to thatthe most worshipful Paul evangelists can be hard to stomach.) But listening to his rivals in the GOP debates demand that the Fed be audited and the Departments of Energy and Education be shuttered, its clear that many of Pauls positions, once considered extreme, are now routine Republican talking pointsand that his influence over conservative politics greatly outweighs his low poll rankings and back-of-the-pack primary returns. I believe our time has come, says Paul, who quickly tempers this uncharacteristic display of optimism. Its still going to be a knock-down dragged-out fight.
Paul leaves behind a small army of brawlers itching to take up the battle in his name. This election year, at least 65 of his supporters are campaigning for local, state, or national office in 23 states. They join more than a dozen Paul acolytes who won elections in 2010, including GOP Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, who is seeking a second termnot to mention Pauls son Rand, who was elected to the Senate as a Republican in Kentucky.
Other Paul followers and former aides have maneuvered their way into Republican Party leadership positions in Nevada, Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, and Maine, where they are attempting to rewrite party platforms and keep establishment Republicans from giving Pauls 70-plus primary delegates to Mitt Romney. Usually, when a candidate drops out, the followers go too, says Aaron Libby, a 29-year-old Maine blueberry farmer and Paul die-hard who was elected to the state legislature in 2010. They were following a candidate; we are following a movement.
This kind of fervor is common among Paul candidates, many of whom date their interest in politics to the moment they first saw him speak. Kwiatkowski, a 51-year-old cattle farmer and retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, was raised by Goldwater Republicans. I voted for Reagan, she says. But he grew government, he didnt reduce it. Disillusioned, Kwiatkowski left the GOP. Then, in 2003, she read about Pauls staunch opposition to the Iraq Warwhich she thought was an irresponsible use of troops and moneyand his shrink-the-government philosophy. She was hooked, and started attending Paul rallies. Eventually, she rejoined the Republican Party. I came back because Ron Paul is a Republican, she says. If he became independent or a libertarian, I would follow.
Kwiatkowski has nothing good to say about Mitt Romneya big government socialist running as a Republicanand feels the same about her own GOP congressman, nine-term incumbent Bob Goodlatte, whom she faults for voting to raise the debt ceiling, among a litany of other grievances. Instead of grousing about it, she decided to challenge him in the primary. Shes unconcerned that she has almost no chance of unseating him. The point is to show voters that mainstream Republicans have lost sight of what the party once stood for. People are really responsive to the ideas, she says. They dont care if they come from Karen Kwiatkowski, Ron Paul, or Thomas Jefferson.
Other Paul-inspired candidates tell similar stories of their political awakening. Casida, a 30-year-old graphic designer running as an Independent in a sprawling Colorado district, says she had little interest in becoming a politician until 2008, when she read End the Fed, perhaps Pauls best-known manifesto. It opened my eyes, she says. She read everything she could about him and went to see Paul speak. Casida decided to run for office herself after she tried to start a farmers market but discovered it would mean paying thousands of dollars in feesevidence, she says, of government run amok.
So many of our problems stem from unconstitutional acts at the federal level, she says. Casida has little chance of defeating the Republican incumbent Scott Tipton. Shell be outspent by hundreds of thousands of dollars, though shes managed to raise $20,000, much of it from Paul supporters around the country.
Ron Paul's Torchbearers
Mitt Romney may have all but locked up the Republican nomination with his victories in the East Coast primaries this week, but Ron Paul and his army of acolytes aren’t ready to give up the fight just yet.
As the rest of the political world’s attention shifts to the general election, Paul is still quietly amassing delegates at district and county conventions, and is now poised to take a real bite or at least a big nibble out of Romney’s delegate total.
In just the last week, Paul locked up 49 delegates, including five in Pennsylvania and four in Rhode Island, two states thought to be firmly on Romney’s turf. In Minnesota, Paul won 20 of the 24 delegates awarded at last weekend’s district caucuses, an impressive sweep that guarantees that Paul will control a majority of the state’s delegation at the Republican National Convention.
And despite staunch opposition from the state Republican Party, Paul took 20 of the 40 delegates awarded in Missouri last weekend, according to campaign chairman Jesse Benton.
In at least five other states Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Washington, and Maine Paul has done remarkably well at county and district conventions, and his supporters are expected to win a big chunk of the RNC delegates at the state conventions later this spring.
“We are very pleased with the results,” Benton told Business Insider. “We still have a long way to go, but we’ve done very, very well at the county caucuses and district conventions and that bodes well for our strength when we get to the state conventions. Now we need to keep our nose to the grindstone.”
Even Rick Santorum, who earlier in the race accused Paul of shilling for Romney, acknowledged the Texas Congressman’s impressive organization this week, telling CNN’s Piers Morgan that “Ron Paul is working the delegates hard.”
In a surprising twist, a lot of Paul’s recent success can actually be attributed to Santorum’s decision to suspend his campaign earlier this month. In many places, Santorum supporters have banded together with Paul organizers in an attempt to deny Romney delegates.
In Colorado, for example, Santorum supporters have bonded with their Paul counterparts over a shared skepticism of Romney’s conservative values. Although the Colorado GOP won’t select its RNC delegates until the state convention next month, Paul organizers have gotten many of Santorum’s pledged delegates to commit to supporting Paul over Romney.
“In Colorado, there is a real anti-Establishment sense they want to send a very conservative delegation to the national convention,” Benton told BI. “We’re fighting it out, and we think there are enough Santorum delegates that are sympathetic to Ron Paul who will come over to us.”
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Actually, Ron Paul Is Secretly Winning A Lot More Delegates Than You Think
WASHINGTON – Ron Paul supporters distributed a “caucus voter guide” at Louisiana Republican Party presidential caucus sites Saturday steering voters to choose one of six virtually identical slates of Paul supporters, which the guide variously characterized as backing Paul, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, the Tea Party, defenders of faith, family and freedom, and “Citizens Against Traffic Cameras.”
Charlie Davis, who is running the Paul campaign in Louisiana, described the “third-party voter guide,” which was the handiwork of The Dead Pelican, a Louisiana political website, as an attempt “to bring clarity to a somewhat confusing situation.” Davis said the “activists” passing out the guide were also passing out a copy of a story from Friday’s Times-Picayune explaining the complicated caucus process.
The Dead Pelican’s Chad Rogers defended the voter guide. “To the best of my knowledge, this is the most accurate description and perhaps only real in-depth analysis of the different slates involved,” he said in an email.
But the distribution of the guide seemed more designed to maximize the vote for the Texas congressman than to clarify anything, and, not long after the voting ended at noon, The Dead Pelican was reporting, “Ron Paul Slate Sweeping LA Caucus!”
On the ballot, only the delegates’ names were listed, without any identification of which presidential candidate they might prefer.
Each of the state’s six new congressional districts was electing 25 delegates to the party’s state convention June 2 in Shreveport. That gathering will, in turn, choose the delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August, and also vote on a state party platform.
On the caucus ballots the delegates were arrayed in nine different slates (10 in the 1st Congressional District), and voters could either vote for a slate or pick25 individuals. There was considerable overlap on the slates, and the delegates who accumulate the most votes on all theslates combinedwin.
Slate 7 was the official Ron Paul slate.
The Romney campaign was asking its supporters for vote for Slate 5, which also, in a move toward party unity, included some delegates from Slates 2 and 3, which had been backing former House SpeakerGingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen.Santorum. In kind, Slates 2 and 3 included some pro-Romney delegates.
“I think having pro-Romney state delegates on so many slates made it a bit confusing for everyone,” said Davis.
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Ron Paul supporters disseminate 'caucus voter guide' to guide votes his way
22-04-2012 15:47 US Marines Major Christopher Miller at Missouri GOP Congressional District 3 convention, April 21, 2012. Debate on Presidential candidates before voting on delegate slates. See another angle here:
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US Marines Major Christopher Miller, Ron Paul 2012 delegate – Video