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Are State Parties Bound by Tampa Convention?

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terms in the RNC rules --

"state Republican party"
"congressional districts"

none of these things are each other. they are all distinct separate entities.


RULE NO. 15 (of the RNC rules)

Election, Selection, Allocation, or Binding of
Delegates and Alternate Delegates

(a) Order of Precedence.
Delegates at large and their alternate delegates and delegates from Congressional districts and their alternate delegates to the national convention shall be elected, selected, allocated, or BOUND in the following manner:

(1) In accordance with any applicable Republican Party rules of a state, insofar as the same are not inconsistent with these rules; or

(2) To the extent not provided for in the applicable Republican Party rules of a state, in accordance with any applicable laws of a state, insofar as the same are not inconsistent with these rules...


This, at least on the surface, seems to be saying the RNC rules override both state Republican party by-laws and rules AND state law.

Now, taking a look at Rule 38:

No delegate or alternate delegate shall be bound by any attempt of any state or Congressional district to impose the unit rule.

Referring back to the list of terms at the very top:

state NOT EQUAL state Republican party NOT EQUAL Congressional district

IMO, this in no way prevents a state party delegation from invoking the unit rule. A "delegate" is a person chosen to represent a third party. Delegates at the RNC represent republican party member voters NOT "states" or "congressional districts".

Rule 38 either refers to something almost wholly unrelated to the common interpretation or Rule 38 is a trojan horse wrapped around the term "state" (sans "republican party")

~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

Ron Paul says yes.

Ron Paul says yes.

And seriously...is that what this site has sunk to? Linking to random nothing blogs written by nobodies as if they are experts?


Picture in your minds eye a Texas State Trooper seeing on U-Streem you voting for Paul, and he gets into his cruiser and heads out in hot pursuit...

I ought to have a monument over me when I die. Not for anything I've done, but for the foolishness I've put a stop to!

Grover Cleveland — our 22nd and 24th president

If state parties are bound by

If state parties are bound by the rules of the RNC then it would appear so. However, if there are blatant violations of those rules, dirty tricks, and vote fraud being practiced by some state parties it would seem that the rules have been rendered meaningless and without force. In other words no delegation or delegates should be bound by rules that have been egregiously violated.

All bets are off. People of conscience should vote their conscience and the unconscionable cheaters should be turned out.

Bad things happening out in the open...

doesn't mean a judge will interpret the evidence in favor of the truth.

Also, if an organization publishes a set of rules and you willingly join that organization then those rules are a de facto implied legal contract and "obligation to contracts" is enforced in the Constitution.

~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

And when the rules are

And when the rules are violated by a competing group?

In most states...

presidential election party rules are a combination of party by-laws becoming part of state code by proxy and/or by submission of party rules to the state's attorneys.

At the end of the day it is for judges to decide state and national party rules and how they apply...

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