A major Republican presidential candidate hasn’t endorsed the presumptive nominee and isn’t speaking at the convention. Instead he is headlining his own separate rally nearby.
That describes Ron Paul this year, but it was also true of Pat Buchanan in 1996. Buchanan had received 3 million votes and amassed over 200 delegates in the primaries, finishing second behind nominee Bob Dole. But he wasn’t invited to address the Republican National Convention because of the controversy surrounding his “culture war” speech four years before.
In Oregon, Polk County votes 30 to 5 to censure Oregon Republican Party and Allen Alley (for cheating Ron Paul delegates at this year's CD5 convention)
It just so happens that 1 of the 5 who voted against it was Mike Nearman, married to Debbie Nearman (who was one of the appointed delegates).
Audit files in the document dump also show that Romney has kept a number of offshore accounts through a Swiss bank and a Bermuda shell corporation. Through those accounts, Romney was not "subject to United States federal income or withholding tax on its income from United States sources," according to a 2009 audited financial statement on Bain Capital Fund VIII LP included in the document dump.
Glenn Beck interviewd Raub's attorney, who told him:
"Further, in a surprising twist, Whitehead revealed a startling allegation that his client told him about prior to his release. Raub complained to his attorney that one of the psychiatrists that he was seeing threatened to “brainwash” him and force him to take medication."
“That really scared him,” he said.
A circuit court judge has ordered that the Marine veteran detained over anti-government Facebook posts be released from a state psychiatric hospital because the original petition contained no facts, Catie Beck of CBS 6 News reports.
Story from the Rutherford Institute.
Background from Ben Swann
Mark Willis, Maine incoming RNC member will be on the Jerry Doyle show tomorrow at around 3:00 Eastern to discuss the battle to seat the duly elected Maine Delegation at the GOP convention. Spread the word. http://www.jerrydoyle.com/
Mitt Romney's campaign and allies have effectively quelled the Ron Paul revolution at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. On Thursday, the 168-member Republican National Committee approved a report that invalidated Ron Paul's claim to a plurality of delegates in Maine. The RNC voted to split the at-large delegation in half. In order to be eligible for nomination for president, a candidate needs to have a plurality of delegates in five states. Ron Paul had five, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Oregon, Oklahoma, and Maine. Without Maine, he now has four.
The RNC attempted to raise the number of states a plurality was needed in to 10 on Wednesday, but that amendment was denied. The attempted raise to 10 states angered many who claimed that the only reason the RNC would try this would be to block Ron Paul from possibly stealing the nomination at the convention. Despite that amendment being blocked, the RNC and Mitt Romney seem to have accomplished what they wanted.
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"Mark Willis, a Maine delegate supporting Paul, and Maine’s elected GOP national committeeman, is disappointed by the news. (Currently, GOP officials are only accepting 10 delegates as a "compromise.") And even though the Republican National Committee says it will make the choices for them if the Paul supporters cannot agree, Willis says the fight is far from over." Read more.
UPDATE: The Republican Party of Iowa will donate guest passes to the Maine Delegates who are shut out. Unfortunately, they will not be able to vote which gives Paul supporters good reason to continue this fight. If you are a wronged delegate from Maine, contact Steve Bierfeldt via Facebook.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: State Rep. Kurt Bills, who won the Republican Party's endorsement for U.S. Senate, switched his presidential support Thursday from Ron Paul to Mitt Romney.
Bills said in a statement that Romney and his running mate, Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, "alone have the ability to beat Barack Obama in November and help America rediscover its conservative principles."
In a statement being distributed by the Republican Party of Minnesota, GOP Senate candidate Kurt Bills states, "In order to defeat Obama and his lieutenant Amy Klobuchar, Republicans of all stripes must stand together. We cannot afford to squabble, and mustn't equivocate. We need to unite--standing on our shared principles--to win in November."
Who's Afraid Of An Open Debate? Must Watch Documentary: The Truth About the Commission on Presidential DebatesSubmitted by Shawker on Thu, 08/23/2012 - 14:52
The Commission on Presidential Debates is a private corporation headed by the former chairmen of the Republican and Democratic parties. The CPD is a duopoly which allows the major party candidates to draft secret agreements about debate arrangements including moderators, debate format and even participants. The result is a travesty riddled with sterile, non-contentious arguments which consistently exclude alternative voices that Americans want to hear.
As an ex-Mainer, I'm DISGUSTED to report to you the following link:
Members of the Republican National Committee voted Thursday to split Maine’s delegation to the national convention into two separate groups, awarding roughly half of the state’s 20 contested delegates to Mitt Romney and half to Ron Paul, a Maine party official said.
Charlie Webster, chairman of the Maine Republican Party, said the RNC Committee on Contests had hoped that Maine’s contingent of 20 Paul delegates would agree to the split.
Webster said the Contests Committee concluded "there were so many mistakes made by the party, by the credentialing committee and by the chairman of the convention ... that it wasn't a legitimate election."
Ben Swann Reality Check: U.S. Marine Held In A Mental Hospital Against His Will Because Of Facebook PostsSubmitted by DJP333 on Thu, 08/23/2012 - 14:00
Ben Swann Reality Check takes a look at the case of U.S. Marine Brandon Raub who is being held in a mental hospital in Virginia over Facebook posts.
Looking around online, it appears the MSM has not yet noticed -- or at least reported -- that Ron has sold out the 10,411-capacity USF Sun Dome for Sunday. The baseball stadium next door is being prepared for overflow.
You may wish to pass along this news to Drudge as I did.