The Michigan County Conventions were held Thursday 05/03 at 7:00 PM. If you attended, or were informed by someone who attended, please post your account of the event on this thread.
If possible, please answer the following questions in your account...
1. What was the total number of delegates and alternates chosen? How many were Paul supporters?
2. Was the overall turnout heavy? Light? In between?
3. Which candidate's supporters seemed to be most numerous?
4. Was there an organized Paul presence?
5. Among precinct delegates (having the right to vote at the county convention), about what percentage seemed to be Paul supporters?
6. Among the "drop-ins" (not precinct delegates), about what percentage seemed to be Paul supporters?
7. Among those who seemed to be Paul supporters, did they stay until the end, or did many leave partway through?
8. Did the convention seem to be hostile, friendly, or neutral toward Dr. Paul?
Thank you for your dedication to the cause of Liberty!
By Ralph Z. Hallow | Washington Times
May 1, 2012
Mitt Romney may be the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, but Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is quietly racking up some organizational victories that could complicate Mr. Romney’s anticipated coronation at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., this summer.
Exploiting party rules, loyalists for the libertarian congressman from Texas in recent days have engineered post-primary organizing coups in states such as Louisiana and Alaska, confirming what party regulars say would be an effort to grab an outsized role in the convention and the party’s platform deliberations.
In Massachusetts, the state where Mr. Romney served as governor, Paul loyalists over the weekend helped block more than half of Mr. Romney’s preferred nominees from being named delegates at state party caucuses — even though Mr. Romney won his home state’s primary with 72 percent of the vote. Many state GOP establishment figures, including longtime state Republican National Committee member Ron Kaufman, won’t be going to Tampa in August as official delegates.
Thanks for the video link, ron_paul_is_awesome
"Ron Paul Won Minnesota & Washington State!" Rachel Maddow
(NaturalNews) A major health victory has been achieved in New Mexico where officials in the state's largest city, Albuquerque, have made the historic decision to stop artificially fluoridating the municipal water supply. This means that more than half a million local residents will no longer be forcibly medicated with a toxic byproduct of the phosphate fertilizer manufacturing industry, and the city itself will save hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars a year in the process.
What little commentary we’ve seen from the media on Ron Paul’s silent coup presently underway in the Republican Party has focused mostly on its implications for the 2012 Republican Primary and whether Paul can hold back Romney’s delegate count just long enough to ensure a brokered convention, which is the only feasible scenario in which Paul could emerge as the party’s nominee.
But perhaps more important and far-reaching in its implications for the future of national politics in the US, is not Ron Paul’s delegate count, but the fact that his supporters are successfully taking over the Republican Party district by district, county by county, state by state. That the fiercely independent Republican congressman from Texas might still have a tiny chance at winning his party’s nomination, while interesting, is less important than what he will most certainly have succeeded at doing: Ron Paul has built a political machine.
Judging by recent events in state and local GOP conventions across the country, it may not be at all presumptuous for Ron Paul’s supporters to call their burgeoning movement a revolution.
Krugman took to his NYT blog the day after the Bloomberg debate with Ron Paul...and he acts like a jerk and insults Ron Paul and his fans who think RP won the debate:
As you may recall, Monday afternoon on Bloomberg TV’s Street Smart, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman got into a heated debate with Congressman Ron Paul. This morning, after he presumably received a great deal of criticism from Paul fans and/or read the general web buzz that declared Paul the victor, Krugman took to his blog to insult the congressman and his fans:
Read the whole thing at Mediaite
To those who care about such things, the silence of the media about the extraordinary events around Ron Paul's campaign is deafening.
Some see conspiracy. I don't. I see the expected reaction to a paradigm shift -- a complete change in the concepts we use to make sense of our politics and culture.
An excellent illustration of the power of a "paradigm" is the Perceptions of Incongruity experiment that was conducted at Harvard in 1949.
In this experiment, subjects were shown playing cards and asked to call out what they saw. They would consistently identify the cards correctly. After a while, however, the experimenters would slip in "incongruous cards" in which the colors red and black were switched, such as black hearts or diamonds and red clubs or spades.
Of course, it remains to be seen how many client news organizations repeat the AP heresy, that Ron Paul cannot be bought-like the others can be bought.
Little breaks like this one little mention by AP is how we chip away, slowly but surely.
Ron Paul’s sweeping victory in Saturday’s Republican Party caucuses in Louisiana was the latest in a series of guerilla caucus-state coups by the outsider campaign that may ultimately give him command of enough state delegations to place his name in nomination at the national convention in Tampa. The struggle to wrest control of the Louisiana delegation could also make the party’s June 2 state convention in Shreveport, at which the delegates to the national convention will be chosen, an interesting affair.
Saturday’s results, in which delegates backing the Texas congressman won all the spots in four of the state’s six new congressional districts, vindicated the campaign’s decision to largely forego the high-profile, low-stakes March 24 primary for the low-profile, higher-stakes caucuses. The Paul victory also confounded a state party that had devised a system for electing delegates to the 2012 convention so complicated it seemed designed to keep power in the hands of party insiders.
Even though I just created this new username, I have been here under a different name for over 4 years. I had to shed that old skin so that I could focus on representing Liberty as a candidate.
I am running for U.S. House of Representatives in Maryland's 3rd District (which I've been told is the 3rd most gerrymandered district in the country) against an incumbent who hasn't been a friend of the Constitution or it's values.
Prior to July of 2007, I considered myself a Liberal because I was against the wars in Iraq and Iran and didn't want to see the country going in the direction it was seemingly going. While watching the debate hosted in South Carolina, I saw this older gentleman I had never even heard of put Rudy Guiliani in his place and a fire was kindled immediately. In December of 2007 I quit my job (a very good one at that) to go campaigning for Dr. Ron Paul in both Iowa and in South Carolina. This is where my re-education began...
My education continued here on the Daily Paul (and continues to this day). I have spent many days and nights writing and replying and bouncing ideas off of you amazing liberty minded people and am now taking this knowledge forth to the streets.
Ron Paul seemed to have got the better of Krugman in their recent televised debate.
Face to face debates are useless! He belittled Ron Paul's arguments as "Gah Gah Goo Goo"