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After the intensity, its hard to pick up and simply write.
Catching up on other important aspects of life means taking a break by some from the posts one might expect after such a weekend. A busy one to be sure and one that had an interesting result with regard to the direction of the state party.
The convention went well.
The Michigan GOP convention in Detroit actually was a productive affair, that offered a cautionary tone for those who do not understand the dynamics of the tea party, conservatives, or even how those 'Paul' types operate. The Republican party is cleaning itself up, and the active new blood is a big part of it. Hopefully, it is not short lived, and some more patience is seen on both sides.
We need to win races in November, and there are legitimate concerns from old guard and new alike.
There is a bigger story to tell, but for now, and at least until I get some serious rest, I'll limit the commentary to the 1st district component.
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Cross-posted in The Wizard of Laws.
Just returned to the Emerald City from day one of the State GOP Convention, during which each congressional district chose its national convention delegates. In The Wiz's district, a total of six delegates were selected, three of whom have no business representing the party at the national convention.
During the presidential primary in February, our district voted for Mitt Romney. So, our delegates have to commit to vote for Romney at least through the first ballot at the national convention. In order to be considered for national delegate, each person had to sign an affidavit stating he or she would vote for Romney.
So, what's the problem? Three of the delegates voted in by our district were selected by bloc votes cast by those committed to a former Libertarian now claiming to be a Republican, who puts one in mind of Professor Irwin Corey. Not only were votes cast as a bloc, they were withheld from other candidates as a bloc, under orders from campaign organizers.
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By JGillman, Section News
MICHIGAN FAITH & FREEDOM COALITION
MICHIGAN GOP PRESIDENTIAL SELECTION TOWN HALLS
Concerned Citizens, MI GOP State Committee Members & Grassroots Activists Invited to Voice Opinion in a Transparent Series of Forums
The Michigan Republican Party's State Committee is scheduled to choose a method of selecting the Republican Presidential Nominee for Michigan on Saturday, August 13, 2011. Additionally, the Michigan GOP's State Committee's Policy Committee is slated to make a decision on Tuesday, July 12th. Their vote will recommend to the full State Committee which process should be followed in Michigan regarding selecting the GOP's nominee by Michigan Republicans and possibly the general public. However, many feel that we have not yet had an open and transparent process to solicit the opinions of grassroots activists and concerned Republicans across the state. Please join us as we have an open discussion about the options to determine the next GOP Presidential nominee. We have invited elected Michigan Republican State Committee Members, party leaders, grassroots activists and concerned citizens to listen to each other so that the Michigan Republican State Committee can make an informed decision on this critical topic for our important state and nation.
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One of the frustrating but not unexpected consequences of electoral defeats in legislative races is a significantly more difficult time both influencing and moving legislation and generating any sort of public awareness about your efforts.
The mainstream media, particularly in Michigan, is naturally inclined to avoid anything positive Republicans are doing anyways, and extreme-minority status gives editors one extra excuse to flash a thumbs down when it comes to covering GOP legislative efforts.
Even the Republican controlled Senate has a hard time breaking through the gatekeepers in the MSM because, after all, whatever they're doing is going to get scuttled by Andy Dillon in the House or Jennifer Granholm and John Cherry in the Governor's office anyways.
To the casual observer it might appear that our friendly neighborhood GOPers are unimaginative, asleep at the wheel or just plain lazy. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are a good number of genuinely rock-ribbed conservatives in Lansing fighting every single day on the side of working moms and dads, job makers and Michigan families against the big government liberals running this town.
But, at the risk of frivolously paraphrasing one of the most important lessons in Christendom, "how will voters hear if no one tells them?"
Beauty of the blogosphere is we can go around our friends in the mainstream press and talk about the things they and the Democrats would rather we didn't. So, going forward here at RightMichigan, on and around session days, we'll be posting a regular column, tentatively called the Caucus Courier, highlighting the various happenings from members on the right side of the aisle.
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