Monday, June 4, 2012

Disaster and an Embarrassment for Governor Heineman

On Thursday May 31,we took note of the effort by the Ron Paul folks to hijack the Nebraska Republican Party county and state conventions (Ron Paul Still Seeking Nebraska Convention Delegates), the ultimate aim being to send as many Paul delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa as they can.
Based on the Sarpy County Republican Convention on Saturday, it appears that the Paul delegates are well organized and on track to do exactly what we've suggested.

Virtually all of the members elected to the state central committee on Saturday were Ron Paul delegates.    Virtually all those selected as delegates and alternate delegates to the state convention where national convention delegates are chosen were Ron Paul supporters.    

In Sarpy County it was clear that the Paul supporters were well organized.   They had slates on their phones and a few paper ones.   They knew whom they were to nominate and vote for for each elected position.    Some even cast more than one vote which required at least one caucus to have to vote several times.  

Even the very conservative Nebraska State Senator Jim Smith could only be elected as an alternate delegate to the state convention!

What are the ramifications of this?  

First and foremost, we suspect that Governor Heineman, Mitt Romney's State Chairman, is going to be highly embarrassed if the Nebraska delegation in Tampa casts the majority of its delegate votes for Ron Paul rather than Mitt Romney.    Given the results from Sarpy County, the organization in Douglas County (which holds its convention next Saturday) and across the state (see below) we fully expect that will, indeed, happen.

Secondly, Governor Heineman is the titular head of the Nebraska Republican Party.   It appears likely that the party central committee will be governed by Ron Paul folks for the next two years and it appears that while the governor has anointed Mark Fahleson, Darlene Starman and Brian Buescher to become the party's leadership that, in fact, the Paul folks may very well have the ability to elect their members to control the party in defiance.     The state party has already had a difficult time raising money.   Having it controlled by the Ron Paul folks would virtually dry up all contributions from so-called 'establishment' donors and put the state party's finances, assets and ability to elect candidates this fall at risk.  

In what was likely to be a leadership election that was challenged anyway (one other non-anointed female has started soliciting votes for national committee woman position), it appears that there will be a leadership slate for the national committee seats as well.

For the last several years, the State Republican Party has been poorly financed and supported and shown little or no organization or concern about dealing with the Ron Paul folks or any organizational issues.    

The inattention to these issues may very well come home to roost and the embarrassment for it will fall at the feet of Governor Heineman and current party leadership.


In TWO DAYS some of you will be having your County Conventions. I hope you're all planning on going, because the battle to restore the liberty-loving element to the Republican Party has just begun! See information below related to the County Conventions.

County Conventions, June 1-10

PLEASE make sure to attend your County Conventions--especially if you're a filed/elected delegate, but even if you're not. There's always a chance that your county will seat Republicans who have just decided to show up--and even if you're not seated as a delegate, you can certainly stay and watch what's going on. If you don't know when or where your county convention is, click the "learn more" link below to go to the Nebraska GOP page for listings of times and places.

Learn More...
Convention Training--Last Chances

There are a couple of options for those convention delegates who want to learn more about what happens at County Conventions;
  • THIS SUNDAY, June 3, 1:30 P.M. at the Kearney Public Library, 2020 First Avenue. The Buffalo County convention is the following day. Anyone else in that part of the state--whose conventions haven't already been held--who would like to attend is more than welcome to do so, to learn more about the convention process, and what to expect when you get there.
  • LANCASTER COUNTY--last chance, and opportunity to meet with others in your part of the county. Wednesday, June 6, 6:30 p.m. dinner, followed by meeting at 7 p.m. at Spaghetti Works, 228 N. 12th, in Lincoln. The Lancaster County Convention is the following night.
  • AS NEEDED: Skype or Conference Call meetings. I had two Skype meetings tonight with delegates in northeast and south central Nebraska, and I'd be happy to try and schedule other meetings with any group that would like to have them before their own conventions.
I'll leave you with an "afterward" below, but thank you for your efforts and commitment to being part of the solution to our problems. We will help you as you prepare for conventions in any way that we can.
Laura Ebke, Chair
Never Give Up!

Many of you are involved in the Republican Party because you were inspired by Ron Paul. Some of you have been largely apathetic for most of your lives, and have decided to get involved because of the Tea Party movement, or because you've had it with the some function of the government. Still others of you are lifelong Republicans, who have as sense that somewhere along the line, your Republican Party left you, as its wheels left the tracks of true conservative principals.
Whatever your reason for being involved this year, and any year, thank you. You are needed, if we're to make a difference in the direction of the Republican Party. We CAN change the direction of the Party--that much is obvious, because all we have to do is look at the Preamble to the 1952 REPUBLICAN PLATFORM to see just how much the Party has changed in 60 years:
We maintain that man was not born to be ruled, but that he consented to be governed; and that the reasons that moved him thereto are few and simple. He has voluntarily submitted to government because, only by the establishment of just laws, and the power to enforce those laws, can an orderly life be maintained, full and equal opportunity for all be established, and the blessings of liberty be perpetuated.
We hold that government, and those entrusted with government, should set a high example of honesty, of justice, and unselfish devotion to the public good; that they should labor to maintain tranquillity at home and peace and friendship with all the nations of the earth.
We assert that during the last twenty years, leaders of the Government of the United States under successive Democrat Administrations, and especially under this present Administration, have failed to perform these several basic duties; but, on the contrary, that they have evaded them, flouted them, and by a long succession of vicious acts, so undermined the foundations of our Republic as to threaten its existence.
We charge that they have arrogantly deprived our citizens of precious liberties by seizing powers never granted.
We charge that they work unceasingly to achieve their goal of national socialism.
We charge that they have disrupted internal tranquillity by fostering class strife for venal political purposes.
We charge that they have choked opportunity and hampered progress by unnecessary and crushing taxation.
They claim prosperity but the appearance of economic health is created by war expenditures, waste and extravagance, planned emergencies, and war crises. They have debauched our money by cutting in half the purchasing power of our dollar.
We charge that they have weakened local self-government which is the cornerstone of the freedom of men.
We charge that they have shielded traitors to the Nation in high places, and that they have created enemies abroad where we should have friends.
We charge that they have violated our liberties by turning loose upon the country a swarm of arrogant bureaucrats and their agents who meddle intolerably in the lives and occupations of our citizens.
We charge that there has been corruption in high places, and that examples of dishonesty and dishonor have shamed the moral standards of the American people.
We charge that they have plunged us into war in Korea without the consent of our citizens through their authorized representatives in the Congress, and have carried on that war without will to victory.

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