Robert's Rules, Delegate Info, Caucus & State Conventions (Video Library)Submitted by stillwater on Mon, 08/16/2010 - 23:39
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*** This post contains content that will hopefully prove to be useful for those who intend to become delegates or just want to learn a useful set of skills. A section has been added near the end with videos from previous county and state conventions so that people will know what to expect and what errors to avoid. Related posts about the delegate process may be found in the last section.***
Table of Contents - Sections & Main Presenters
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- Books & Useful Links
- Eleanor 'Coco' Siewart, P.R.P. - Professional Registered Parliamentarian brought in by Metro Detroit Area Campaign for Liberty
- Rick Weible - Minnesota Campaign for Liberty
- Gerald Smith - His purpose for producing this training series was to educate the delegates in parliamentary procedure so they would be able to take control of their fraternity as well as other African American organizations of which they where members.
- Christopher Magyar - “Christopher Magyar (Past District Governor - District 59) presents Robert's rules of Order as an educational series in the Munich Prostmasters Toastmasters club.”
- Akira Saito - DTM Akira Saito presents Robert’s Rules of Order at the First District 76 (Japan) Toastmasters Officer Training.
- Dr. Steve Parent - Discussion about RR on RPRRadio.com
- Bryan Martin - Gives PowerPoint presentation w/ audio commentary.
- Susan Leahy - A few promotional clips for her RR training program.
- Related Videos
- Caucus & State Conventions - Videos from 2006 through 2012
- St. Charles County, MO Caucus Shutdown
- Athens-Clarke County, GA Delegate Fraud
- Oklahoma State Convention Illegally Adjourned
- Louisiana State Convention - RP Rules Chairman arrested
- Related posts - Valuable posts by other users about parliamentary procedure or the delegate process.
Robert's Rules of Order - Wikipedia
“Robert's Rules of Order is the short title of a book containing rules of order intended to be adopted as a parliamentary authority for use by a deliberative assembly.
Currently in its tenth edition and published under the name Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (and often referred to using the initialism RONR) it is the most widely used parliamentary authority in the United States, according to the National Association of Parliamentarians, a professional association of approximately 4,000 members which provides education and accreditation certifications for parliamentarians.”
Who is Henry M. Robert and Why is He the Authority? - Nancy Sylvester
- National Association of Parliamentarians
- robertsrules.com - The Official Robert's Rules of Order Web Site
- roberts-rules.com - Survival Tips on Parliamentary Procedure
- Robert's Rules of Order Motions Chart
- Table of Common Motions - Minnesota Campaign for Liberty
- Roberts Rules, full text (1915 version)
- Roberts Rules, full text (1915 version) - Searchable format
- RulesOnline.com - Parliamentary Procedure Websites
Books - Amazon.com
- Robert's Rules of Order (Newly Revised, 10th Edition) - Used by videos in this post
- Robert's Rules of Order (Newly Revised, 11th Edition) - (Changes)
- Robert's Rules of Order in Brief
- Parliamentary Procedure at a Glance: New Edition (Reference) - O. Garfield Jones (Book mentioned by Gerald Smith in Part 1 @ 4:40)
- Robert’s Rules for Dummies - C. Alan Jennings
- The Guerrilla Guide to Robert's Rules - Nancy Sylvester
Gerald Smith was the first sigma appointed as national director of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity serving from 1978 until 1990. During its transition from a part time organization to a full time organization, its structure changed from a bottom up organization to a top down organization. He stated, “Parliamentary procedure is the process or running meetings that was taught when I came into the fraternity at every level - state, region, and national conclave. When I was executive director, you could not go to a conclave and not have multiple sessions in the parliamentary procedure because that taught you how to run your meetings; and in fact, at the conclave, the delegates are supposed to be in charge, not as things are done today, where the board is in charge.” (Source 1, 2)
His purpose for producing this training series was to educate the delegates in parliamentary procedure so they would be able to take control of their fraternity as well as other African American organizations of which they where members.
Part 1 - Parliamentary Procedure: Background and Basic Rules
Part 2 - Parliamentary Procedure: Officers, Order of Business and Motions
Part 3 - Parliamentary Procedure: Privileged Motions
Part 4 - Subsidiary Motions: Amend, Lay On Table
Part 5 - Subsidiary Motion: Limit or Extend Debate
Part 6 - Credentials and Rules
Eleanor 'Coco' Siewart, P.R.P. - Metro Detroit Area Campaign for Liberty.
"Eleanor “Coco” Siewart is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian with the National Association of Parliamentarians. She serves a number of local, state, and national organizations. She has been the parliamentarian for the Michigan Municipal League for two decades and served two terms as the mayor of Birmingham, Michigan." (Source link for an event at "The Village Club" no longer exists)
Oakland County Michigan Republican Party Bylaws & Convention Rules: Session 2 - These videos are given only as an example. Obtain a recent copy of your own county/state's bylaws.
Robert’s Rules Parliamentary Procedure: Session 2
Part 1 - @2:20: "You should obtain an updated copy of your own county/state's bylaws. Each separate convention will have its own rules. They will be similar but NOT the same, obtain a recent copy from your county party rep."
Referenced in videos
Robert's Rules of Order Motions Chart
Referenced in first video
2008 Kentucky Republican Convention - Rules Amendment
2008 Missouri Republican Steamroller
Ron Paul Delegates at WA State Republican Convention 
Ron Paul Delegates at WA State Republican Convention 
An Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure - "Minnesota Campaign for Liberty presents the following video series and materials from Rick Weible on the subject of parliamentary procedure."
Materials - Slideshow presentation & Table of Motions
Robert’s Rules of Order - Partliamentary Prodedure - “Christopher Magyar (Past District Governor - District 59) presents Robert's rules of Order as an educational series in the Munich Prostmasters Toastmasters club.”
Robert’s Rules of Order - Partliamentary Prodedure - "Parliamentary Procedure WS by DTM Akira Saito on June 20, 2010 at the First District 76(Japan) Officer Training." (Toastmasters)
Part 1 - Course Introduction
Part 2 - Motion Examples
Part 3 - Making Main Motion, Role Playing
Part 4 - Practice, Main Motion
Part 5 - Amending a motion
Part 6 - Division of Question
Part 7 - Key take-aways / Purposes of Parliamentary Procedure
Part 8 - The Principles and Six Steps in handling a main motion
Part 9 - Reminder for Chairman
Robert's Rules of Order: Crash Course 2009 - Bryan Martin
"This is an overview of Roberts Rules of order. Follow through this presentation to learn the basic process that you will need to be successful in a meeting or convention by using the rules."
Part 1 - Title Page
Part 2 - Preview
Part 3 - Parliamentary Terms I
Part 4 - Parliamentary Terms II
Part 5 - Motions I
Part 6 - Motions II
Part 7 - Motions III
Part 8 - Handling Motions I
Part 9 - Handling Motions II
Part 10 - Deliberative Assembly and Its Rules I
Part 11 - Deliberative Assembly and Its Rules II
Part 12 - Deliberative Assembly and Its Rules III
Part 13 - Conduct of Business I
Part 14 - Conduct of Business II
Part 15 - Meetings and Sessions
Part 16 - Minutes
Part 17 - Committees
Part 18 - More Info
Robert’s Rules Made Simple - Promotional videos for Susan Leahy’s “Robert’s Rules Made Simple" training course. - RobertsRulesMadeSimple.com
Mastering the 3 Most Important Motions - The Main Motion, Amendments, Amend the Amendment. “Having everyone on your board master these three motions is essential to learning Robert's Rules of Order and getting your board working as a team!”
How to Avoid the Biggest Robert's Rules Mistakes - “1-Using Robert's Rules of Order as a weapon. 2-Not teaching all members the basics. 3-Relying on institutional knowledge when you shouldn't be. 4-Not restating the motion often enough. 5-Going too fast.”
How to Be an Effective Chair (What to say when...) - “In this video, especially for meeting Chairs, Susan Leahy M.A. teaches how to make powerful interventions to handle difficult meeting situations.”
How Robert's Rules Can Be a Team Building Tool - “How to use Robert’s Rules of Order as a team building tool”
How to Debate Effectively in Meetings - "Debateing: How to make powerful points during meetings"
Robert's Rules Made Simple Webinars - “Live, online Robert's Rules of Order classes now available.”
"Virtual Trainings" - A "Virtual Training" is the modern, effective, affordable way for your board to get custom Robert's Rules of Order education and training no matter where you are located.”
Ron Paul supporters in Scott County, Iowa used Susan's training materials to learn Robert's Rules of Order. Here is the video where they reference using it.
Caucus Done, What's Next - Ron Paul Delegates - “Members of Superliberty.com prepare for the Scott County, Iowa GOP convention. Ron Paul Delegates learn about the convention process, and Robert's Rules of Order.” (Video skips the RR training portion @ 20:40.)
Why learn Parliamentary Procedure? - “This video explains why Parliamentary Procedure helps meetings run more smoothly and promotes getting business done without wasting time.”
How to Make a Motion according to Robert's Rules of Order
Amending a Main Motion
How to Conduct a Meeting
Quorum - “This video tells what a Quorum is and why a Quorum is required to have a valid meeting.”
Taking the Minutes - “How to take the Minutes of a meeting according to Robert's Rules of Order. What to include in the minutes."
Approving the Minutes - “Explains how to approve the Minutes of the previous meeting.”
Officers reports - Officers reports as agenda items in the context of Robert's Rules of Order and Parliamentary Procedure.”
Other agenda items - “Other agenda items in the context of Robert's Rules of Order and Parliamentary Procedure such as program, "for the good of the order," announcements, opening and closing ceremonies.”
Robert's Rules of Order Basics - United Nurses of Alberta presentation on parliamentary procedure.
Parliamentary Procedure - (Sample demonstrations using Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (10th edition) “Produced by the Hawaii State Association of Parliamentarians.”
Handling a Main Motion
Handling a Subsidiary Motion to Commit (Refer)
Handling a Previous Question Motion
____________Caucus & State Conventions____________
2006 - TX State GOP Convention: Rule Violations
5/30/2008 - Washington State Republican Convention
“This is a six part video of the final hours of the Washington State Republican Convention. We experienced a walkout by the McCain camp, an act designed to try and rob of us of a quorum and to end debate. This move backfired on the McCain leadership and embarrassed much of the Republican Party. This video was taken by an official delegate at the convention and is entirely unedited from it's original form.”
5/30/2008 - Washington State GOP Convention McCain Delegation Leaves - “When the Washington State GOP decided to go with the slogan "A Party On the March", they weren't kidding as the majority of the McCain delegation representing the Washington State GOP just walked off the floor to stifle any debate on the floor regarding platform discussion.
2/16/2008 - Louisiana State Caucus, Baton Rouge - "Here is a verbal exchange between some Ron Paul Delegates and LAGOP at the Republican Caucus in Baton Rouge. Sorry I didn't get the whole motion to submit an alternate Delegate list. There was a hearing the day before which was much more drawn out than this, but they wanted to get the inconsistencies on record."
2/18/2012 - Houston County, GA Mass Precinct Confusion - "Houston County Chairman has trouble with interpretation of registration rule." (1, 2)
3/3/2012 - Ron Paul Supporters in Oklahoma Fight Back and WIN - "Many precinct delegates were rejected when they got to the GOP Oklahoma County Convention. Ron Paul supporters showed up in numbers and fought back against the establishment machine.....and won!" (1 ,2)
3/10/2012 - Ron Paul supporters plunge Denver GOP meeting ‘into madness’ - Edited video. It appears that the Chair failed to recognize a "Point of Information" which resulted in further "Points of Order." See related post for more info. (1, 2)
3/10/2012 - Fraud, & Bias at Cobb County, GA GOP Convention - “In Cobb County, Newt Gingrich business associate and attorney Randy Evans, the delegate-selection convention chairman, helped turn back the Paulites' attempt to win a majority that would send delegates to the next delegate selection levels -- congressional district and state conventions." (1, 2)
3/10/2012 - Fulton County Georgia GOP Convention - Delegate Questions Procedure - “A delegate questions the delegate selection procedure at the Fulton County GOP Convention. The Chair, Rusty Pole, admits that the rules being used were not adopted by those present at the Convention.” (1)
3/10/2012 - Athens-Clarke County, GA Republican Delegate Fraud - "County chairman Matt Brewster and nominating committee chairman John Elliot blatantly broke the rules of their own party when they improperly, and without a majority, passed delegate slates and adjourned the convention amidst cries for "division", which is a call for a standing head count." (1 ,2, 3, 4)
3/10/2012 - Paul Supporter Denied Attempt to Crash Polk County, OK GOP Convention - “A Ron Paul supporter who claimed he was elected as a delegate, but had no paperwork to prove it, was denied in his attempt to have the rules changed to allow him to become a delegate at the Polk County GOP convention in Iowa.” (1)
3/10/2012 - Jasper County, Iowa GOP Convention
Camera 1: No other parts available.
Part 4 - After this video, continue to Camera 2, Part 3 @ 1:45.
Camera 2: No other parts available.
Part 1 - Covers the same time frame as Camera 1, Part 1.
St. Charles County, MO Caucus Shutdown - (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
3/17/2012 - The St. Charles County Caucus [WHOLE] - .”Nothing is cut out. Only cameras and audio sources are changed to understand the speaker and audience better.”
3/17/2012 - Brent Stafford Being Arrested
3/17/2012 - St. Charles County Caucus Fraud
3/17/2012 - Arrest of Brent Strafford, St. Charles County Caucus
3/17/2012 - St. Charles County caucus blasted with police sirens
3/17/2012 - Ron Paul and Romney supporters after GOP hijacks St. Charles County MO. caucus
3/17/2012 - Wapplehorst Park - “After the St. Charles County Caucus was illegally shut down on 3-17-12, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney supporters gathered in a nearby park to figure out what to do next.”
3/17/2012 - St. Charles County Caucus - (Audio)
3/17/2012 - St. Charles MO Hijacked Caucus
Part 1 - “This was shortly after the unrest began while the initial points of order to overturn the "no recording" ruling were being ignored.”
Part 2 - “This is when the real unrest begins. The introductory chairman begins by threatening the congregation to (illegitimately) adjourn the meeting if things don't come to order.”
3/19/2012 - St. Charles Caucus: Bryan Spencer admits to rigging the outcome - “Bryan Spencer, Former St. Charles County Republican Central Committeeman and Caucus Subcommittee Chairman, admits to premeditated rigging of the St. Charles County Caucus.” (1)
2nd St. Charles County, MO Caucus (Rescheduled)
4/10/2012 - St. Charles County Republican Caucus (2nd try) No army of police required - “A short video of the caucus getting started and Brent Stafford being nominated as the permanent chairman.”
4/10/2012 - Irony, Ron Paul Supporters Always Win - Shows Brent Stafford being arrested at 1st St. Charles Caucus and then being elected as permanent chairman at the 2nd(rescheduled) St. Charles Caucus.
4/10/2012 - Romney Supporter Stalling Ron Paul Delegate Votes At St Charles County, MO GOP Caucus - “A Romney supporter upset with the manner in which slates are voted upon by district and county. This one of numerous delay tactics by Romney supporters.”
3/17/2012 - Clay County, MO Caucus Blatant Election Fraud - (1)
3/17/2012 - Dallas County, MO Questionable GOP Republican Caucus - (Audio) “The delegates were pre-selected via "slate."”
3/17/2012 - 36th Legislative District Caucus GOP WA State - Read video description. (1: See comments)
3/17/2012 - How To Rig A Caucus In 9 Hours - Jefferson County, MO (Compilation of the four videos below)
- Jefferson County Republican Central Committee Sneaking Santorum Supporters in at Caucus Pt I
- Jefferson County Republican Central Committee Sneaking Santorum Supporters in at Caucus Pt II
- Jeff Co, Mo Central Cmte called out on stealing Caucus Rolls in attempt to extort delegates
- Jefferson County Rep Cmte.Chair refusing to comment on Paul/Romney misconduct allegations - (Audio)
3/17/2012 - Voter Fraud Declared !!- Christian County, MO GOP Caucus - “Orange generic ballots were handed out hours before the vote to select delegates began. Shortly after votes were collected and counted, the Christian County Republican Chair declared there was voter fraud and then scolded the attendees noting Republicans are supposed to be honest (insert laugh track here). He then took the fraudulent votes and declared the slate for Santorum titled "Republican Central Committee" the winner of the caucus giving Rick Santorum the delegates from Christian County. This video is of the debate that came about after the county chair declared the fraudulent votes.”
3/24/2012 - Securing Nomination for Mitt by Tricking Santorum and Newt supporters in Tacoma WA - “Alex Hayes, President of the Mainstream Republicans in WA State, tells Pierce County 2nd district delegates at the County convention that they need to vote on a slate to stop Ron Paul. It worked in several districts, but this one later shifted and Santorum's people cut a deal with Paul's people.” (1)
3/24/2012 - Establishment tries to stop Ron Paul supporters from becoming delegates in MN - “Segment of video from Minnesota's Republican Senate District 49 BPOU Convention on Mar 24, 2012. This video shows the Republican Party establishment trying to close floor nominations in order to prevent Ron Paul supporters (and supporters of other candidates) from running for delegate to Congressional District and State Conventions.“ (1)
3/24/2012 - St. Louis City Republican Caucus (podium view) - “This is the entire St. Louis city Republican caucus of 2012 held at Forest Park Community College on 24 March.”
3/24/2012 - St. Louis City Republican Caucus (crowd view) - Entire video
3/30/2012 - ND GOP State Convention Rigged to Favor Mitt Romney - “Video from the ND GOP convention (day 1) national delegate election process.” (1)
Part 7 - "Video from the NDGOP convention day 1, and also day 2. On day 2, there was an illegal adjournment."
Oklahoma State GOP Convention - (Livestream, 1, 2, 3)
5-12-2012 - PROOF Oklahoma GOP Convention ILLEGALLY ADJOURNED!!!
“The OK GOP Convention was a complete fiasco yesterday morning and into early afternoon. Multiple rules were broken and pleas to follow the rules were IGNORED and DENIED. The delegates were NOT verified and there was at least 84 votes MORE than there were delegates. Chair refused multiple pleas to re-verify the delegates and do a recount. The convention was eventually adjourned by the Chairman WITHOUT a two-thirds vote to do so which made the adjournment illegal and void. The delegates who did not leave went out and met in the parking lot and scrapped everything from the morning and started over correctly following all rules and procedures.” (Video comment says there were problems processing the video.)
Part 2 - ?
Part 3 - ?
5-12-2012 - Oklahoma GOP Convention Prevents 1/3 of its Delegates from Voting. Illegally Adjourn - “At about 5:10pm on May 12, 2012, the Oklahoma GOP Convention started closing off the wall to cut off 1/3 of the delegates before it asked for motion to adjourn. Go to marker 2:42 on this youtube video to see walls closing off delegates. Delegate at microphone called for orders of the day. That's was when Oklahoma RNC chairman Pinnell at about 5:13pm asked for a motion to adjourn (see video marker 3:19 on this youtube video). No motion was made.” (Continue reading on video’s description.)
5-12-2012 - Romney Supporters attack Ron Paul? Supporters at OK GOP Convention - Video cam off of TV
Romney Camp Cheats & Assaults Ron Paul Supporters in OK - May 13th (2012-05-13) - Better quality version
6-2-3012 - Louisiana Republican State Convention 2012 - Entire convention footage
6-2-3012 - Police Assault Ron Paul Delegate at LAGOP Convention - “Alex Helwig, Ron Paul Rules Chairman, elected legitimately by the majority delegation, is thrown out and assaulted at LA GOP Convention by Shreveport Police.”
6-2-3012 - Third Chair takes floor after second Chair is violently assaulted ! -See video description summary of events
6-2-3012 - Henry Hereford toppled by police
6-2-3012 - Another video of Henry Hereford falling down
6-2-3012 - Alex Helwig speech after detainment
Dr. Steve Parent : Delegate information and Roberts Rules Of Order for Ron Paul 2012 starts here
Can the Ron Paul supporters PLAY WITH THE BIG BOYS? - Posted by Joeinmo
Vote or Abstain, Bound or Unbound: Rules 15(Unit Rule) & 38
Are you a bound delegate for Romney, Santorum or the Newt? A way to beat that - The subject of abstaining is discussed. Posted by Joeinmo
Penalty for Legally Bound Delegates Voting for Ron Paul? - The subject of abstaining is discussed in the comments. Posted by markmax33
May 10, 2012 Ben Swann Reality Check: All GOP Delegates Unbound at Tampa Convention - Posted by the_chiefe71
Important info about Ben Swann and delegate information he left out of the important discussion. - Good discussion. Posted by Neverquit
(Update iii: Here's the proof of abstaining) Doug Wead Joins Stossel In Predicting Something Big Next Week! - Some good comments. Posted by 2102luaPnoR
MA delegates asked to sign affidavit that they will vote for Romney on first ballot Posted by Michael Nystrom
Ben Swann Update on Affidavit: Do NOT sign! - Posted by Furious Primate. (See disclaimer in Michael Nystrom's post above.)
The DIRTY word NO GOP convention wants you to know about, but YOU WANT TO KNOW: Becoming an ELECTOR - Posted by joeinmo
★Win The Nomination★ - Delegate info posted by Barracuda_Trader
All delegates that will be going to a state/county convention must watch this and not let it happen again - Post about Nueces County Republican Convention audio clip. Posted by ralph hornsby
Important Caucus strategy for All State Caucus for all Paul supporters - Posted by joeinmo
PARLIAMENTARIANS For Hire! Here Is Info On How We Can Hire A Parliamentarian To Go With Us To The Conventions! - Posted by sovereignjanice
How to avoid a potential AMBUSH! - List of preparation tips & precautions for the caucus. Posted by 4Constitution
Heed my words - KEEP YOUR MOUTHS SHUT! - your fingers too! - A word of caution about publishing strategy or group strength. Posted by Sun Tzu
What to do if the Chairman ignores your Point of Order - Posted by Neverquit
Robert's Rules of Order: Study Sheet, How to Make Motions/Challenge the Chair - Posted by normltexas. Refer to Motions Chart or Table of Common Motions for order of precedence.
Delegate,Caucus, Convention,Primary,& GOP Meeting Reports: AL,AK,CA,CO,GA,HI,IA,KS, OK,ME,MN,MS,NC,NV, RI,SD,VA,WA,WY & More! - Posted by GCN3030
Record The GOP with This - Various cameras and recording devices useful for documenting conventions. Posted by fred584