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  • Cruz Vows to Fight Trump on Key ‘Judeo-Christian Principles’ in RNC Platform

    05/27/2016 12:42:05 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 129 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 5/27/2016 | Kate Scanlon
    Former Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) vowed Friday to make sure that the 2016 GOP platform will reflect “Judeo-Christian principles” by working to elect conservative delegates and to fight a proposed change to the platform by Republican nominee Donald Trump. During an interview with Oklahoma radio host Pat Campbell, the talker asked Cruz if he would pledge to fight Republicans at the party’s convention in Cleveland who want to “screw around with the party platform and remove the abortion plank, or alter it.” “You have my word,” the senator replied. “One of the reasons that we are continuing...
  • Trump hasn't closed the deal—WE still decide who the nominee will be

    05/26/2016 1:09:38 PM PDT · by Innovative · 118 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 26, 2016 | Curly Haugland and Sean Parnell
    Delegates to the Republican National Convention will gather in less than two months and are expected by most to nominate businessman Donald Trump for president. But it's not quite so simple or certain – Trump will still have one last sales job ahead of him, persuading the delegates to choose him at the convention before he can claim the nomination. This is because each and every delegate has complete freedom to vote their conscience at the convention, including who the party's nominee should be. This may come as a surprise to many, particularly those who are reading about Trump's recent...
  • Analysis: Some conservatives are still plotting to stop Donald Trump at the GOP convention

    05/18/2016 5:48:04 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 143 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | May 17, 2016 | Ed O'Keefe & David Wiegal
    <p>The top ranks of the Republican Party may be coalescing around Donald Trump, but grass-roots conservative activists are still trying to find a way to stop him at the party's convention in July.</p> <p>Angered by Trump's shifting views on taxes, the minimum wage, national security and how little he discusses social issues, conservatives across the country are studying the party rule book for last-ditch moves they could make when the convention begins in Cleveland.</p>
  • 5 Things From Texas GOP Meeting (#5 Secede doesn't Succeed)

    05/16/2016 6:40:24 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 22 replies
    CBS- DFW / AP ^ | May 15, 2016
    The Texas Republican Convention began under a “Unite to Win” banner but ended with many delegates still standoffish toward Donald Trump and mourning Ted Cruz’s exit from the Republican presidential race. A rundown of one of the biggest state Republican conventions in the U.S. that wrapped up Saturday: 1. CRUZ STAYS SILENT ON TRUMP Cruz didn’t mention Trump and barely alluded to November in his first public event back home since suspending his campaign. He continues to withhold endorsing his former rival even as Gov. Greg Abbott and most other state officials urged delegates to get behind the billionaire businessman....
  • Nude-bombing GOP convention: 100 naked women sought

    05/13/2016 7:53:03 PM PDT · by Innovative · 73 replies
    My News LA ^ | May 13, 2016 | Ken Stone
    New York photographer Spencer Tunick is calling for 100 women to stand naked with mirrors outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Donald Trump might appreciate it. Photo from Spencer Tunick's Instagram account. Photo from Spencer Tunick’s Instagram account. As the Daily Kos noted Friday: “Tunick is known worldwide for his unique art installations where gets hundreds or even thousands of volunteers to strip totally nude and pose in thoughtfully placed positions.”
  • Why Paul Ryan’s Trump Gambit May Cost His Speakership

    05/10/2016 8:53:55 AM PDT · by dennisw · 31 replies
    breitbart ^ | 9 May 2016 | Joel B. Pollak
    A story of a small-town city council puts Paul Ryan’s shift on Donald Trump in perspective. A friend of mine who lived in a small country town was elected to the local council. Because he is something of a gadfly, his colleagues made him speaker of the council, thinking that by promoting him to a largely ceremonial role, they were taming him. He made one change: he had the council building lock its side entrances, so that the only entry was through the front, and made council members clock in and out like other municipal employees. They were livid —...
  • Donald Trump Won’t Rule Out Effort to Remove Paul Ryan as Convention Chairman

    Updated, 9:56 a.m. | Donald J. Trump said he would not rule out an effort to remove Representative Paul D. Ryan as chairman of the Republican National Convention if he did not endorse Mr. Trump’s candidacy. Mr. Trump stopped short of calling for Mr. Ryan, the speaker of the House, to step down from his convention role. But in an interview that aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mr. Trump said there could be consequences in the event that Mr. Ryan continued withholding his support. “I will give you a very solid answer, if that happens, about one minute...
  • Trump says he’ll name running mate at convention

    05/05/2016 9:09:39 PM PDT · by Innovative · 127 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 5, 2016 | Terry Spencer and Jonathan Lemire&#8201;|&#8201;AP
    Donald Trump said Thursday that he will name his vice presidential pick at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this July. Speaking in an interview with The Associated Press, Trump said that it was still early in the process to select a running mate, but that he would soon form a committee to begin vetting running mates. “It is early — we just won yesterday,” Trump said. “I will announce it at the convention. A lot of people are interested.” Trump has said he intends to pick a Republican with prior government experience. Trump has not yet reached the number...
  • Ted Cruz’s Support Softens Among the Delegates He Courted

    05/01/2016 10:41:23 AM PDT · by Innovative · 101 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 1, 2016 | JEREMY W. PETERSMAY
    Even as Donald J. Trump trounced him from New Hampshire to Florida to Arizona, Senator Ted Cruz could reassure himself with one crucial advantage: He was beating Mr. Trump in the obscure, internecine delegate fights that could end up deciding the Republican nomination for president. “This is how elections are won in America,” Mr. Cruz gloated after walking away with the most delegates in Wyoming. But it turns out that delegates — like ordinary voters — are susceptible to shifts in public opinion. And as the gravitational pull of Mr. Trump’s recent primary landslides draws more Republicans toward him, Mr....
  • Donald Trump’s path to 1,237 delegates

    04/25/2016 2:47:25 PM PDT · by Innovative · 40 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Apr. 22, 2016 | Steve Kornacki
    Donald Trump currently has at least 846 delegates, according to the NBC News tally, and he can still clear the magic number of 1,237 during the primary season. Doing so would prevent the open convention that Ted Cruz and the Stop Trump movement are banking on. Here’s what it would take:
  • In Maine, Ted Cruz Outmaneuvers Donald Trump Again on Delegates

    04/24/2016 4:56:54 PM PDT · by Innovative · 96 replies
    NBC News ^ | apr.24, 2016 | Mark Murray
    Nineteen of Cruz's slate of 20 delegates were picked for the Republican national convention, meaning that at least 19 out of the 23 delegates Maine will send to the convention in Cleveland will be Cruz supporters — which would benefit the Texas senator if the Republican presidential-selection process goes to multiple ballots. Back in March, Cruz won Maine's caucus contest, grabbing 12 pledged delegates — versus nine for Donald Trump and two for John Kasich. The delegates who were chosen in Maine are bound to reflect that allocation on the first ballot of voting. But if no presidential candidate wins...
  • Trump: 'I'm only interested in the first ballot'

    04/24/2016 4:37:52 PM PDT · by John W · 93 replies
    thehill.com ^ | April 24, 2016 | Rebecca Savransky
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Sunday he expects to secure the Republican nomination on the first ballot. "I'm only interested in the first ballot," he said during a rally in Hagerstown, Md. "I'm not interested in second, third, fourth, nineteenth because I'm really interested in winning it early and that's it." Trump said he's not "playing games," adding he's going to win in states that other Republicans are not even going to campaign in. But during the rally, Trump slammed the primary system, calling it unfair. He criticized rival Ted Cruz for "bribing" delegates.
  • President Hillary is totally unacceptable!

    04/23/2016 1:02:08 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 894 replies
    Free Republic stands for God, family, country! America! "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United State of America." Securing the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity is our mission on FR. We cannot secure the blessings of liberty with Hillary in the White House. When Trump wins the lion's share of the primary votes, states and...
  • Eagles' Joe Walsh: I'm dropping out of GOP convention show

    04/21/2016 4:40:19 AM PDT · by detective · 58 replies
    MSN ^ | April 21, 2016
    Eagles keyboardist and guitarist Joe Walsh says he's pulling out of a Cleveland summer concert he thought would be a nonpartisan event for veterans' families because it's actually a launch for the Republican National Convention. Walsh says in an emailed statement he's "very concerned about the rampant vitriol, fear-mongering and bullying coming from the current Republican campaigns." He says he "cannot in good conscience endorse the Republican party in any way."
  • McCain will skip GOP convention to campaign for reelection

    04/20/2016 8:00:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/20/2016 | John Sexton
    Senator John McCain will not attend the GOP’s convention this summer. Instead he plans to use the time to campaign for reelection. Politico reports: “I have to campaign for reelection, and I have always done that when I’m up,” McCain said. “We have a late primary in Arizona.”Though the GOP convention is scheduled for July 18-21, the Arizona lawmaker also faces an Aug. 30 primary against state Sen. Kelli Ward and business owner Alex Meluskey. McCain’s real problem is his likely Democratic opponent Ann Kirkpatrick. Though polling is sparse, the RCP average suggests the head-to-head match-up is currently a...
  • Trump convention chief: 'There's not going to be a second ballot'

    04/17/2016 7:14:46 PM PDT · by kevcol · 78 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 17, 2016 | Curt Mills
    "The dialogue and the narrative of this campaign isn't focusing on the real issue," Trump convention manager Paul Manafort said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday. "The real issue is there's not going to be a second ballot." "There are many paths to [a delegate majority] for Donald Trump, between now and middle of June," Manafort said. "We are working all of those paths." . . . "The states that we just finished — this was the time when Cruz was supposed to be ahead," Manafort said. "With Cruz, he wins the reddest of red states, where you get voterless primaries,...
  • Republican leaders consider rewriting convention rules

    04/15/2016 4:55:24 AM PDT · by McGruff · 192 replies
    POLITICO ^ | April 15, 2016 | ALEX ISENSTADT and SHANE GOLDMACHER
    The Republican National Committee is expected to debate a proposal next week that would dramatically shift the balance of power at this summer’s convention — and impose a new rulebook for selecting the party's nominee. The proposal, which will top the agenda during a meeting of the Rules panel at the RNC’s annual spring meeting in Hollywood Beach, Fla., would fundamentally alter how the convention is conducted, further empowering the delegates to determine the course of the proceedings. It amounts to not just a changing of the rules but of the rulebook itself, with far-reaching implications, potentially impacting whether party...
  • RNC member: Trump can win with 1,100 delegates

    04/13/2016 7:00:47 AM PDT · by nralife · 145 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/13/16 9:05 AM | Pete Kasperowicz
    Republican National Committee member Randy Evans said Wednesday that Donald Trump would likely be able to secure the Republican nomination if he captures anything more than 1,100 delegates, short of the 1,237 delegates needed for a simple majority. "If Donald Trump exceeds 1,100 votes, he will become the nominee even though he may not have 1,237," Evans said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." Evans' comment is good news for Trump if it's a sentiment shared by other RNC members, since Trump is at risk of falling short of a majority of delegates by the time of the convention in July. But...
  • Former Cruz Aide: Trump Now Believes He Will Lose Nomination at Convention

    04/13/2016 6:05:20 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 128 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Does Donald Trump think he's going to lose the nomination at the convention? Are his current complaints about RNC "dirty tricks," the system being "rigged," etc. a preview of the explanation he'll be offering when he does indeed lose? Yes, and yes, if you buy what former senior Cruz aide Rick Tyler said on today's Morning Joe. After the show rolled video of Trump's attacks on the RNC, Joe Scarborough said that the Donald had hit the "sweet spot." Scarborough again made the case for Trump, saying "no, that's the speech of somebody that can win 49 states and would...
  • Trump and Cruz are Wrong, It’s Still Possible for John Kasich to Win

    04/12/2016 9:07:19 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 19 replies
    lawnewz.com ^ | 4-12-16 | Rachel Stockman
    Some critics think that Governor John Kasich is just making a complete fool of himself by staying in the presidential race. In fact, The New York Times brutally dismissed his chances in Tuesday’s paper saying, “Gov. John Kasich of Ohio has performed so abysmally in the Republican presidential primary that his curious insistence on remaining in the the race has made him into a can’t-take-a-hint punch line.” But, he’s sticking it out with no signs of calling it quits anytime soon. “When the Super Bowl goes into overtime, does it matter what happened in the first quarter?” John Wever, Kasich’s...
  • Meet the Rules Committee: 112 people who may decide the Republican nominee

    04/12/2016 7:03:20 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | 04/12/2016 | Tom LoBianco
    The Republican National Convention Rules Committee is the most powerful group you've never heard of -- it will set the rules of the convention and could potentially keep John Kasich off the ballot, open the battle to House Speaker Paul Ryan or create a dozen other different scenarios that decide the result. Its power is only limited by the political constraints of Republican Party leaders worried about the long-term effects of Donald Trump winning or losing the nomination. "He who writes the rules, rules -- as the old saying goes," said Gary Emineth, former chairman of the North Dakota Republican...
  • How Trump could shut down an open convention

    04/12/2016 5:32:17 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 37 replies
    Stumpin for Trump ^ | 4/12/2016 | Liberated Citizen
    With Ted Cruz and his GOP Establishment allies doing all they can to steal the election from Trump the prevailing thought is there will be a contested (open) convention. Trump has said he thinks he will have the delegates necessary for the nomination. The NY Times says Trump getting 1,237 is not mission impossible. The NY Time’s outlines a path through Indiana and California. MSNBC say’s Pennsylvania could be the state that could stop an open convention. Here are the MSNBC highlights; “At issue is Pennsylvania, which votes on April 26. Officially, only 17 delegates are directly at stake in...
  • Matt Palumbo: Cleveland Cops Forced to Give Up Vacation to Babysit Soros’

    04/11/2016 1:23:58 PM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Apr 11, 2016 | Dan Riehl
    Truncated title. Full title: Matt Palumbo: Cleveland Cops Forced to Give Up Vacation to Babysit Soros’ ‘Dream Team of Protesters’ at GOP Convention Cleveland resident and conservative marketing and fundraising strategist Matt Palumbo thinks his city has made great strides in development over the past two decades, but he told Breitbart News Daily host Stephen K. Bannon that Cleveland is going to have its hands full when George Soros “rolls in his dream team of protesters,” including Black Lives Matter and others, during the Republican Convention in July. On top of this, Palumbo explained that “the City of Cleveland is...
  • Countdown to Cleveland: A guide to the remaining state contests.

    04/10/2016 7:38:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | The April 18, 2016 Issue | John McCormack
    The rap on Ted Cruz has been that his strength is limited to (1) caucus states and (2) states with large proportions of evangelical Christians. But Cruz undid that analysis with his double-digit victory over Donald Trump in Wisconsin last week. Cruz beat Trump 48 percent to 35 percent in a primary election (so much for the caucus argument). And he did so by besting the New York billionaire among virtually all groups, whether defined by income, age, or educational attainment. Trump did manage to win, by 9 points, that quarter of the Wisconsin GOP primary voters who described themselves...
  • Those Pesky Conventions

    04/11/2016 6:32:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2016 | Rich Galen
    Every four years, thousands of people - Republicans and Democrats - make their way to a major city for somewhere between five days and two weeks to attend their party's national convention. Those major cities have submitted bids, in competition with other major cities, promising to raise money, provide services, and generally be good hosts to the political party's party. Every four years, people like me vow never to do this again. Then,four years later, there we are; at the next national convention seeing and being seen just before we vow never to do it again. This year might mark...
  • Craig Shirley: ‘Cleveland Is Going To Be A City Under Siege’ During GOP Convention

    04/08/2016 1:11:25 PM PDT · by detective · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 8, 2016 | Dan Riehl
    Reagan biographer and public affairs consultant Craig Shirley tells Breitbart News Daily that “Cleveland is going to be a city under siege by Left wing protesters protesting Donald Trump and the Republicans” when the GOP comes to town to pick its nominee in July. “First of all, on the outside, you can expect a lot of protesters a la Chicago … a lot of Left wing protesters, Black Lives Matter, Left Wing college professors,” Shirley tells host Stephen K. Bannon.
  • 90 percent of GOP insiders predict a contested convention

    04/08/2016 11:12:52 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 43 replies
    The Week ^ | 4/8/16
    By robbing Donald Trump of a victory in Wisconsin on Tuesday, Ted Cruz increased the odds of a contested Republican convention. If you ask GOP insiders, though, they'll tell you the contested convention is pretty much a done deal — 90 percent of the experts who spoke with Politico said neither Ted Cruz nor Donald Trump will lock the delegates needed to take the nomination. Only a month ago, just half of the same insiders group said there would be a contested convention, but Cruz has since shown resilience in states like Wisconsin, North Dakota, Colorado, and Wyoming."There is no...
  • IT BEGINS: Ryan Releases Presidential Ad (How many times has he said no?)

    04/07/2016 5:29:49 PM PDT · by doldrumsforgop · 131 replies
    breitbart ^ | 4/7/16
    A new video released by House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) 56% has reporters chattering about whether or not it serves as a subtle campaign ad, as his supporters continue to whisper his name as a potential Republican presidential nominee in a brokered convention. The video features footage from Ryan’s speech calling for a better brand of politics. That talk implicitly criticized Donald Trump’s brand of campaigning. The video is the latest of a series of web videos produced by his digital communications director Caleb Smith to highlight the Ryan brand of politics. Smith’s video includes multiple camera angles, a...
  • Hatch: Ryan could be drafted at convention

    04/07/2016 11:06:21 AM PDT · by Stalwart · 78 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 04/07/1 | Naomi Jagoda
    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said there's "potential" for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to be drafted as a presidential nominee at a Republican convention because he is the one person who could unify the party. "I think it's just natural that that speculation would happen because he's one of the great leaders here on Capitol Hill and one of the people who brings both sides, all sides together, I should say," Hatch told reporters Thursday.
  • Cruz Defeats Trump in Wisconsin Is this 1828-1932 All Over Again?

    04/07/2016 6:12:26 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 18 replies
    Armstrong Economics ^ | 4/7/16 | Martin Armstrong
    Posted Apr 7, 2016 by Martin Armstrong Inside sources have relayed that from the outset, Cruz is very much disliked behind the curtain. His entire strategy from the beginning has been to be the last man standing against Trump assuming the Party will install him despite the fact most really dislike him.All the exit polls have shown that more than half of voters in this Republican primary were merely “dissatisfied” with government, compared to one-third who were simply outright “angry.” The voters in Wisconsin seem to be more in never-never-land and said for the most part they want someone with experience....
  • Koch Privately Committed To Getting Ryan Nominated In Cleveland: Source

    04/04/2016 1:58:39 PM PDT · by detective · 44 replies
    MSN News ^ | Apr 4, 2016 | Ryan Grim|Sam Stein
    Charles Koch is confident House Speaker Paul Ryan could emerge from the Republican National Convention as the party’s nominee if Donald Trump comes up at least 100 delegates shy, he has told friends privately. Koch believes Ryan would be a “shoo-in” at a contested convention, should the campaign get to that point. Though Koch's wealth gives him significant influence within the Republican Party, it does not necessarily translate into skill in political prognostication. Still, he and his brother David are fond of Ryan. As a source close to the brothers told the Huffington Post, they appreciate the agenda he has...
  • Send Paul Ryan a message post card: “NO TRUMP, NO VOTE” every Monday until he listens

    04/04/2016 8:41:49 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 22 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 4/4/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    We’ve tried every way possible to get the message to the Republican establishment. We have voted 7 million times for Donald Trump so far which is roughly 5 to 1 more than Ted Cruz’s vote count. In months of hard fought primaries we have dispatched the fakers and pretenders the GOPe has backed. We have stood firm knowing we are right while the hatchet men in the “so called” conservative media have mocked us as an unwashed mob of un-initiated rubes. We have propelled Trump to victories in 21 states or territories and rallied by the MILLIONS for him across...
  • Top Republicans believe Paul Ryan will be nominee

    04/04/2016 6:14:42 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 371 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/4/16 | Mike Allen
    On the eve of the Wisconsin primaries, top Republicans are becoming increasingly vocal about their long-held belief that Speaker Paul Ryan will wind up as the nominee, perhaps on the fourth ballot at a chaotic Cleveland convention. One of the nation’s best-wired Republicans, with an enviable prediction record for this cycle, sees a 60 percent chance of a convention deadlock and a 90 percent chance that delegates turn to Ryan — ergo, a 54 percent chance that Ryan, who’ll start the third week of July as chairman of the Republican National Convention, will end it as the nominee.
  • How an Obscure Rule Could Limit the GOP Convention to a Choice of Trump or Cruz

    03/31/2016 12:19:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | March 31, 2016 | Ed Kilgore
    Back in the day, when national party conventions were largely autonomous events rather than infomercials for a nominee chosen in primaries and caucuses, you'd have many names, including multiple "favorite son" candidates who were not really running for president, placed in nomination, with extensive time spent on nominating speeches and even "spontaneous" floor demonstrations. As conventions became more tightly controlled and their managers worried about things like ensuring that the balloting and acceptance speeches occurred before East Coast television viewers were asleep, nonserious candidacies were sacrificed to efficiency. Among Republicans, the tradition developed that no one's name could be placed...
  • The Cleveland Conspiracy To Steal The Nomination

    03/30/2016 9:37:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2016 | Derek Hunter
    Have you heard? The Establishment is conspiring to steal the GOP nomination from Donald Trump! It’s true. I read it somewhere. There have been secret meetings all over the country of Establishment types plotting how best to deny what the voters want, and what they want is Donald Trump! At least, that’s how the story goes from the paranoid and the media desperate to attract them to their shows. It’s pathetic. Here’s some breaking news for you: If Donald Trump acquires 1,237 delegates to the GOP convention he will be the nominee. If he doesn’t, he may not be the...
  • Ted Cruz in the Trenches: May Pick up Delegates in Louisiana as Donald Trump Caught Napping

    03/26/2016 12:35:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 25, 2016 | Alex Swoyer
    ...“Donald Trump beat Sen. Ted Cruz earlier this month in Louisiana’s Republican presidential primary by 3.6 percentage points, but the Texan may wind up with as many as 10 more delegates from the state than the businessman,” WSJ reported. In Louisiana, Cruz and Trump each won 18 delegates. However, Cruz may now be able to gain 10 more delegates because there are five unbound delegates who can vote for whichever candidate they want. Additionally, five delegates are now up for grabs after Sen. Marco Rubio left the race. Louisiana also released the names for delegates on the Rules Committee, Credentials...
  • The Inside Story of Donald Trump's Strategy to Protect His Delegates

    03/25/2016 5:39:07 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 25. 2016 | Katherine Fauldersand and RyanStruyk
    As Donald Trump rolls through the political calendar, his campaign has already begun focusing on a new battle that may have a broader set of consequences -- finding delegates who will be loyal to his cause at the Republican National Convention. Part of the battle has come in the form of emails to delegates and supporters trying to lock down crucial votes. The other half is a five-person task force that has been quietly being trying to amass the 1,237 votes needed. Candidates accumulate their delegate count based on the primary or caucus vote, but the processes by which the...
  • 10,000 support petition for open carry at GOP convention

    03/25/2016 8:29:22 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 28 replies
    Guns.com ^ | March 25, 2016 | Chris Eger
    Gun rights advocates want to be able to bring their firearms under Ohio’s open carry laws to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. A Change.org petition started Monday by “Americans for Responsible Open Carry” calls out the Republican National Committee while pushing the Quicken Loans Arena to reverse their policy on firearms carry on their property for the event. Cleveland, Ohio is consistently ranked as one of the top ten most dangerous cities in America,” reads the petition that is pushing 10,000 signatures just days after it began. “By forcing attendees to leave their firearms at home, the RNC and...
  • Open Convention Could Upend VP Selection Process

    03/24/2016 1:53:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 24, 2016 | Rebecca Berg
    An open Republican convention would not only leave the party's presidential nomination hanging in the balance until July: The question of a running mate for the nominee, a vitally important component of any campaign, could also remain unanswered until the GOP meets in Cleveland, or perhaps even later. This variable could create an added element of chaos to an already turbulent convention, possibly forcing a last-minute scramble to name a vice presidential candidate for the freshly minted nominee, or setting up a battle on the convention floor among multiple wannabe running mates. Either way, there would be no precedent in...
  • Muslim Group Objects To Police Efforts To Protect Themselves In The Event Of Riots At RNC Convention

    03/19/2016 12:02:39 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 54 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 18 Mar, 2016 | Casey Harper
    Muslim activist group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the American Civil Liberties Union and others have formed a coalition questioning Cleveland police and their plan to use riot response equipment at the upcoming Republican Nation Convention. The groups will hold a press conference Monday to present their demands regarding the city’s plans to buy riot equipment ahead of the Republican National Convention in July, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports. The city received a $50 million grant to pay for additional security, though it is unclear how all that money will be spent. The groups do not totally oppose riot...
  • [Warning] Donald Trump Must Beware of Trojan Horse Delegates

    03/21/2016 10:48:52 AM PDT · by windhover · 94 replies
    Anti Trump Infiltrators are moving into delegate positions in states Donald Trump has; either won by winner take all,or by proportionally awarded by percentage. This is being orchestrated by GOP County Chairmen, primarily in and out of County conventions. Rules differ by State and County with some delegates being appointed and others elected, so one size does not fit all cases. Here's the rub: Although all delegates are bound to vote for the delegates on the FIRST ballot. After that they can vote to change convention Rules and vote for any candidate you want. If you do not have a...
  • Donald Trump Must Beware of Trojan Horse Convention Delegates (alert!)

    03/20/2016 9:49:23 PM PDT · by dennisw · 87 replies
    breitbart ^ | 3-21 | Roger Stone
    Staffer from a large Northeastern state passed the entry codes for a conference call of five Republican chairmen from significant states this past Saturday. The topic on the table? Stopping Donald Trump. I had to listen in. These hard-boiled pols know the nomination will be decided not on the first ballot, but in a series of procedural votes by the entire convention to adopt the rules of the convention as recommended by the Rules Committee and the seating of the delegates as recommended by the Credentials Committee. Those key committees are made up by two members from each state. The...
  • Republican Delegates Prepare for Donald Trump Convention Battle

    03/21/2016 11:46:28 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 15 replies
    Time ^ | March 17, 2016 | Zeke J Miller
    [...] Delegates elected directly on ballots are a rarity. In most states, conventions or party committees handle the process weeks, or even months, after primary and caucus votes are cast, and often long after the emergence of a presumptive nominee. What has traditionally been an overlooked part of the process is taking center stage.The GOP’s best hopes of picking off Trump delegates won’t come from people like Kozanecki, who had to collect 100 signatures to qualify as a delegate, but from places where party committees wield influence, like South Carolina and Tennessee. In Tennessee, for instance, the state chairman offers...
  • GOP insiders: Nominee won't be limited to winner of 8 states

    03/21/2016 1:15:23 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 97 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/21/16 | David M. Drucker
    The Republican Party does not require a presidential candidate to win eight states to qualify to be placed in nomination at its upcoming Cleveland convention, GOP officials say. The Republican National Committee's "Rule 40(b)" makes eligibility for the GOP nomination contingent upon winning a majority of the convention delegates in at least eight states or territories, an achievement generally accomplished by winning at least eight primary or caucus elections. However, Rule 40(b) only applied to the 2012 Republican convention in Tampa, Fla., that nominated former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Party officials and knowledgeable sources have confirmed over the past few...
  • Convention Chaos: The Impact Of ‘Rule 40B’ On The RNC (VIDEO)

    03/19/2016 4:57:54 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 17 replies
    OANN ^ | 3/18/2016
    As election season progresses… The scrutiny over a potentially brokered GOP convention is escalating. One America News examines one rule that would have to be changed in order for the presidential candidate pool to expand… And what it means for “Donald Trump and the future of the Republican party.
  • RNC Rules: Insiders Speak Out on Contested Convention

    03/18/2016 2:00:50 PM PDT · by Innovative · 59 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 18, 2016 | Ari Melber
    "Maybe the delegates that voted for Trump can now change their mind — a lot has happened," she said, "it's really delegates will elect the candidate."
  • Doomsday Savior? How Paul Ryan Will Pick the Next President

    03/17/2016 3:38:10 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 41 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 3/16/16 | Adam Phillips
    It’s hidden there in plain sight, even if it hasn’t happened since the election of 1825: The people will not pick the next president, Congress will. We wrote about this last week on Medium, and now the story is beginning to flesh out. Politico reports that leading conservatives will meet on Thursday to plot out a third-party spoiler plan to beat presumed nominee Donald Trump. With Marco Rubio suspending his campaign after losing the Florida primary and it is beginning to appear he will reverse his previous words to support a nominee Trump. Because there will be a third party...
  • Paul Ryan: I Know Best

    03/18/2016 8:22:03 AM PDT · by doldrumsforgop · 21 replies
    breitbart ^ | 3/17/16 | j hayward
    An unintentionally revealing interview with House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) 56% shows exactly why he’s being touted as an establishment replacement for Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention, and also why Trump is the shocking frontrunner for the 2016 nomination. Like some modern Marie Antoinette, Ryan seems to be utterly clueless about the state of the nation, and utterly condescending towards the voters he needs to keep his job, according to his answers in the interview with CNBC interviewer John Harwood. But first, with some throat-clearing modesty, Ryan wants to distance himself from establishment calls that he should...
  • RNC Chair Reince Priebus Discusses Open Convention (Video)

    03/17/2016 4:43:11 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 48 replies
    CTH ^ | 3 17 2016 | sundance
    Let me begin by saying I am convinced candidate Donald Trump will get the 1,237 delegates he needs, so this outline could be just an intellectual exercise. However, last night on Sean Hannity RNC Chairman Reince Priebus discussed the delegate math and state of the GOP race headed toward the presidential nomination. RNC Chairman Preibus and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan are best friends having grown up in the same town in Wisconsin and attending High School together. Please focus your attention to the specific wording he uses @05:34. Close attention: (direct video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h7TBNnEqOE)
  • Hugh Hewitt: We're Going To an Open Convention

    03/17/2016 2:24:31 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 59 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 15 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    Early on in the 2016 presidential election when more than a dozen GOP candidates were in the race for the White House, nationally syndicated Salem radio host Hugh Hewitt predicted a nominee wouldn't be crowned during the primary process, but instead at an open convention.