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GOP Leaders File Challenge Over Delegates

A pro-Ron Paul slate of delegates from Maine to the Republican National Convention is being challenged, reflecting lingering bitterness over a chaotic state convention that saw Paul supporters take over the delegate-selection process.

Peter Cianchette and Janet Martens Staples, a Maine representative on the Republican National Committee, filed the challenge to 14 pro-Paul delegates and alternates on Saturday, the last day challenges could be lodged. The challenge contends that the delegates were elected at the state convention in May when there was no quorum, that lax credentialing and security on the convention floor meant illegal votes were cast and that party and parliamentary rules were broken.

“I have a special obligation to understand, respect and follow those rules, and it is my sincere belief that we did not — in an egregious manner,” said Staples, who serves on the RNC’s rules committee. “This is about the integrity of the process.”

But to Matt McDonald, one of the challenged delegates, the action is “utter foolishness,” an “act of betrayal” and a weapon for Democrats to use to bludgeon Republicans with independent voters.

“Unenrolled (voters) will say, ‘Look at the Republicans, they couldn’t stop fighting each other,’ ” McDonald said.

The fighting began at the GOP convention nearly three months ago in Augusta, when supporters of Paul — who supports free-market economic polices and libertarian beliefs — took over the state convention from establishment Republicans and elected pro-Paul delegates, although the Maine delegation is officially uncommitted.

Staples said the rules got trampled in the process.

Challenges “were ruled out of order inappropriately,” and “we were suspending the rules every time you turned around,” she said.

Staples said the Paul supporters label “anybody who isn’t a Ron Paul supporter” as an “establishment Republican,” and they consider establishment “a dirty word.”

“These people are still fighting over Romney versus Ron Paul, and that’s been decided,” she said. “It’s not about Ron Paul, it’s about Obama versus Romney.”

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What will Ron Paul fans be doing at the RNC?

By Jo Piazza / current.com / @jopiazza

Dissent among the liberty-loving ranks and internecine warfare between organizers is leading to confusion about what kinds of events Ron Paul supporters will pull off in Tampa next month.

Fans of the Republican candidate who has suspended active campaigning have had grand plans for next month’s Republican National Convention in Florida.

Since April, they have been envisioning hundreds of thousands of like-minded lovers of freedom and liberty gathering en masse for a sort of Coachella meets South by Southwest, colored by freedom and idealism, in the days leading up to the GOPs big party.

Created in the spring by a loose network of Paul supporters, Paul Fest 2012 was originally envisioned as the largest festival for freedom the world had ever seen.

There would be bands, speakers, live readings of the Constitution and maybe even the odd Revolutionary War re-enactment.

But a splinter sect of Paul Fest workers formed in early June. That group, including part of the tech and social media team, claimed that Paul Fest was spreading misinformation to gin up ticket sales. They told Current.com that Paul Fest spread rumors about the Republican National Committee trying to thwart the festival’s plans to organize in order to galvanize their base. Those rumors did indeed appear in several news stories. The RNC has denied ever being at odds with the festival.

“That was a trick to try to drum up ticket sales,” one former staffer told Current.com. That was when half of the staffers from Paul Fest broke off to plan a similar event, yet it remains unclear whether they quit or were fired.

“All the staff kept telling the organizers that nothing was getting done. They weren’t letting us do the job we were brought in to do,” another former staffer told Current.com. “They told us they could replace us, and they said they didnt need us. It was all incredibly micromanaged. You couldnt tie your shoes without getting permission to tie them a certain way.”

Paul Fest planning committee member Tracey Diaz told Current.com there were other motives behind the breakaway of the staff, but refused to go into specifics.

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Ron Paul might lose Maine delegates

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) Members of Maine’s Republican Party have filed a challenge to a pro-Ron Paul slate of delegates from Maine who were elected to attend next month’s Republican National Convention.

Peter Cianchette, a prominent Republican leader, and Janet Martens Staples, a Maine representative on the Republican National Committee, filed the challenge to 14 pro-Paul delegates and alternates on Saturday, the last day they could be challenged.

A letter signed by Cianchette and sent to the counsel for the RNC in Washington claims there were illegal votes at May’s state Republican Convention, that a quorum wasn’t present when votes for delegates were case, and that convention officials violated party and parliamentary rules, according to the Bangor Daily News.

Staples said the integrity of the process is at stake.

“I have a special obligation to understand, respect and follow those rules, and it is my sincere belief that we did not in an egregious manner,” Staples, who serves on the RNC’s rules committee, told the Maine Sunday Telegram.

The letter from Cianchette, who ran unsuccessfully in 2002 for governor, was sent by registered mail to all 28 delegates and alternates elected at the Republican Convention in Augusta. Paul supporters took control of the convention and elected a majority slate supporting the Texas congressman, thereby stripping presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney of delegates.

One of the challenged delegates, Matt McDonald, said the challenge is “utter foolishness” and that all rules were followed at the convention.

“Unenrolled (voters) will say, ‘Look at the Republicans, they couldn’t stop fighting each other,'” McDonald said.

The challenge will be heard by the party’s contest committee, Staples said, but its finding could be challenged before the credentials committee, which will meet the weekend before the GOP national convention.

The convention is scheduled for Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.

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What exactly will Ron Paul supporters be doing at the RNC?

By Jo Piazza / current.com / @jopiazza

Dissent among the liberty-loving ranks and internecine warfare between organizers is leading to confusion about what kinds of events Ron Paul supporters will pull off in Tampa next month.

Fans of the Republican candidate who has suspended active campaigning have had grand plans for next month’s Republican National Convention in Florida.

Since April, they have been envisioning hundreds of thousands of likeminded lovers of freedom and liberty gathering en masse for a sort of Coachella meets South by Southwest, colored by freedom and idealism, in the days leading up to the GOPs big party.

Created in the spring by a loose network of Paul supports, Paul Fest 2012 was originally envisioned as the largest festival for freedom the world had ever seen.

There would be bands, speakers, live readings of the constitution and maybe even the odd Revolutionary War re-enactment.

But a splinter sect of Paul Fest workers formed in early June. That group, including part of the tech and social media team, claimed that Paul Fest was spreading misinformation to gin up ticket sales. They told Current.com that PJohnsonaul Fest spread rumors about the Republican National Committee trying to thwart Paul Fest’s plans to organize in order to galvanize their base. Those rumors did indeed appear in several news stories. The RNC has denied ever being at odds with the festival.

“That was a trick to try to drum up ticket sales,” one former staffer told current.com. That was when half of the staffers from Paul Fest broke off to plan a similar event, yet it remains unclear whether they quit or were fired.

“All the staff kept telling the organizers that nothing was getting done. They weren’t letting us do the job we were brought in to do,” another former staffer told current.com. “They told us they could replace us and they said they didnt need us. It was all incredibly micromanaged. You couldnt tie your shoes without getting permission to tie them a certain way.”

Paul Fest planning committee member Tracey Diaz told Current.com there were other motives behind the breakaway of the staff, but refused to go into specifics.

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The rise and fall of Ron Paul

By Jonathan Kuperberg / current.com

Like any politician, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has had ups and downs throughout his long career. Despite swells of support from stalwart supporters and an impressive cashflow, Paul was never seen as a viable GOP candidate for president neither in 2008 nor 2012. Now, the details are being hashed out as he aims for a speaking slot and a ceremonial nomination process at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Regardless of how it all turns out, Paul has fired up a loyal following that is rarely seen in politics, bringing hundreds of thousands if not millions of followers on his quixotic libertarian journey. What follows is a timeline, from his birth to his most recent unsuccessful presidential campaign, of notable events and achievements in the politics and life of Ron Paul.

Humble roots: Aug. 20, 1935 Ronald Earnest Paul is born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and proceeds to live life by his middle name.

First election: Circa 1952 Paul runs for president for the first time. He wins and serves as president of his high school student council.

Ooh, baby baby: 1960s – 1980s After graduating from Duke University School of Medicine and serving in the U.S. Air Force, Paul opens his own practice in Texas and delivers what is reported to be more than 4,000 babies throughout his lifetime.

Solid gold: 1971 Paul decides to enter politics after President Richard Nixon cancels the U.S. dollars direct convertibility to gold.

Big break: April 1976 Paul wins a special election to serve as congressman for the 22nd District, a race he lost just two years prior. Paul runs as a Republican.

Grounded: November 1976Paul loses his House seat in the general election.

Triumphant return: 1978 – 1984After winning the 1978 election, Paul serves in Congress until running unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1984 or, as his current campaignwebsite puts it, he voluntarily relinquished his House seat and returned to his medical practice.

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Pro-Ron Paul delegates challenged in Maine

PORTLAND, MaineMembers of Maine’s Republican Party have filed a challenge to a pro-Ron Paul slate of delegates from Maine who were elected to attend next month’s Republican National Convention.

Peter Cianchette, a prominent Republican leader, and Janet Martens Staples, a Maine representative on the Republican National Committee, filed the challenge to 14 pro-Paul delegates and alternates on Saturday, the last day they could be challenged.

A letter signed by Cianchette and sent to the counsel for the RNC in Washington claims there were illegal votes at May’s state Republican Convention, that a quorum wasn’t present when votes for delegates were case, and that convention officials violated party and parliamentary rules, according to the Bangor Daily News.

Staples said the integrity of the process is at stake.

“I have a special obligation to understand, respect and follow those rules, and it is my sincere belief that we did not — in an egregious manner,” Staples, who serves on the RNC’s rules committee, told the Maine Sunday Telegram.

The letter from Cianchette, who ran unsuccessfully in 2002 for governor, was sent by registered mail to all 28 delegates and alternates elected at the Republican Convention in Augusta. Paul supporters took control of the convention and elected a majority slate supporting the Texas congressman, thereby stripping presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney of delegates.

One of the challenged delegates, Matt McDonald, said the challenge is “utter foolishness” and that all rules were followed at the convention.

“Unenrolled (voters) will say, `Look at the Republicans, they couldn’t stop fighting each other,'” McDonald said.

The challenge will be heard by the party’s contest committee, Staples said, but its finding could be challenged before the credentials committee, which will meet the weekend before the GOP national convention.

The convention is scheduled for Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.

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Election 2012: GOP leaders file challenge over delegates

Yesterday at 9:41 PM Its a stab in the back to Ron Paul supporters, says one of the 14 delegates chosen in May to attend the Republican National Convention.

A pro-Ron Paul slate of delegates from Maine to the Republican National Convention is being challenged, reflecting lingering bitterness over a chaotic state convention that saw Paul supporters take over the delegate-selection process.

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Toby Hoxie of Hallowell, left, and Chad Libby of Winthrop hang up a sign supporting Ron Paul at the state Republican convention at the Augusta Civic Center in May. Peter Cianchette and Janet Martens Staples, a Maine representative on the Republican National Committee, have filed a challenge to the 14 pro-Paul delegates and alternates elected at the convention.

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Peter Cianchette, a member of the Republican establishment in the state.

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Peter Cianchette and Janet Martens Staples, a Maine representative on the Republican National Committee, filed the challenge to 14 pro-Paul delegates and alternates on Saturday, the last day challenges could be lodged. The challenge contends that the delegates were elected at the state convention in May when there was no quorum, that lax credentialing and security on the convention floor meant illegal votes were cast and that party and parliamentary rules were broken.

I have a special obligation to understand, respect and follow those rules, and it is my sincere belief that we did not in an egregious manner, said Staples, who serves on the RNCs rules committee. This is about the integrity of the process.

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Ron Paul argues for small government in New Hampshire

By Shira Schoenberg, Globe Correspondent

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. – Texas Representative Ron Paul said tonight that he was not worried that government bureaucrats would be laid off, under his plan to cut $1 trillion out of the federal budget in one year.

Some would be laid off, but economically theres a big difference between a bureaucrat who hinders productivity than people in the workforce who actually produce goods and services, Paul said.

The comment was part of the small government message that Paul, a Republican presidential candidate, delivered to an audience of about 500 people at the Peterborough town hall.

Paul also said he believes the United States should allow young people, under 25, to opt out of Social Security. To tide over retirees during the transition, he said he would cut overseas spending.

He stuck with his traditional message of a limited foreign policy: Stop the drones. Stop the bombing. Bring our troops home.

And he counseled self-sufficiency. Asked how to make people live within their means, Paul responded that people would be more cautious if they did not always know government would take care of them: If we didnt have bailouts, dependency on government, welfare for the rich, food stamps for the poor.

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Ron Paul’s unusual contribution to campaign literature: a family cookbook

By Shira Schoenberg, Globe Correspondent

Take three tablespoons of wholesome family photographs and mix with a teaspoon of Bible verses. Pour over several dozen recipes from family and friends. The recipe makes one piece of yummy campaign literature: The Ron Paul Family Cookbook.

The cookbook, distributed free at campaign events, is the newest addition to Texas Representative Ron Pauls Republican presidential campaign. It is perhaps the most creative and entirely positive – piece of advertising out this cycle.

The cookbook features an essay written by Carol Paul, or Mrs. Ron Paul, as shes called. Carol Paul tells the story of her husbands early life, as the son of a dairy operator and a homemaker. He was raised with a work ethic, she writes, that you worked six days a week and went to church on the seventh. Growing up, the now-representative delivered newspapers, worked in a drug store, and delivered mail during the Christmas holidays. Carol asked Ron to be her escort to her Sadie Hawkins-style 16th birthday party. Dont tell anyone but I asked him, she writes. Readers learn about Pauls collie, his first house (nicknamed the Doll House), and his move from Detroit, where he was doing his medical residency, to Texas, where he was sent by the Air Force (no more snowsuits for the children!).

The cookbook is sprinkled with photos of the Pauls children and grandchildren (they even have five great-grandchildren), often campaigning with Paul. There are Christmas-card style tidbits about the family: Robert (13) is in the 7th grade at Saint Andrew Catholic School. He plays club soccer with Texas Lightning and also plays baseball, basketball, and runs track. Daisy, their beagle, is an important member of the family and turns 10 in March.

Of course, for the gastronomically inclined, there are recipes from family members and supporters, for everything from pepper steak to warm sauted bananas. There are even chocolate mint cookies. Yum.

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Ron Paul favors states’ rights on same-sex marriage issue

By Shira Schoenberg, Globe Correspondent

MANCHESTER, N.H. – On a day when several Republican presidential candidates were touting endorsements from socially conservative leaders in Iowa and nationally, Texas Representative Ron Paul made clear why he was not getting them.

Asked about Bob Vander Plaats, president of the Iowa Family Leader group who today endorsed former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Paul said, He had decided I wasnt willing to nationalize enough and Ive stuck to my guns. The founders were right in letting states sort out the more difficult problems.

On both gay marriage and abortion, Paul differs from most of his Republican rivals and from much of the conservative Republican base in not urging a federal law either to define marriage or ban abortion. It is particularly in the area of social issues that Pauls libertarian leanings are evident.

Today, while speaking to students at Straight A Academy, a small non-traditional private school, a 22-year-old college student who would not give her name quizzed Paul about his position on gay marriage. She noted that the Constitution talks about equality and inalienable rights and asked Paul why he did not want to give every citizen access to marriage.

Paul said he did not support a constitutional amendment allowing or forbidding same sex marriage. Why should the government be telling you what marriage is all about? Paul said. You might have one definition. I have another definition. Paul said he personally thinks marriage is between a man and a woman, but regulations involving marriage should be up to the states.

The government should not amend the Constitution to define marriage, Paul said. Theres no need to do that, if you accept the idea that people have a right to do what they want as long as they dont hurt other people, and as long as they dont force their will on others in either direction.

Paul advocated a secular agreement a concept that sounded like a civil union for all couples, though he did not use that phrase. If theres a voluntary secular type contract versus a marriage contract, thats an agreement. You can go to court to resolve the differences and the arguments over it, he said.

Speaking to reporters later, Paul said, My personal opinion is government shouldnt be involved. The whole country would be better off if individuals made those decisions and it was a private matter.

People have a right to do what they want, and say what they want, and associate with the people they want. They shouldnt be inhibited in any way whatsoever, Paul added.

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