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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Due to some personal business, I will no longer be able to post additional articles here. Thank you all for reading my blog. It's been a fun ride. God Bless! ~ NaLa

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Palin vs. Romney: A Stark Contrast

(Note: I wrote this article for the Sarah Palin's Earthquake Movement. It is cross-posted on their website



- Governor of Alaska, the first female and youngest in the state's history, 2006 - 2009
- Chairperson of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, 2003 -2004
- Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, 1996 -2002
- City Council Member, Wasilla, 1992 1996
- Vice Presidential Candidate, 2008


- Governor of Massachusetts, 2003 -2007
- Presidential candidate, 2012, 2008
- US Senate candidate, 1994



Alaska Gas Inducement Act (AGIA). GovernorPalin successfully negotiated a partnership of two private oil companies and started a long-stalled project to build a natural gas pipeline. She also took to court ExxonMobil for sitting on their leases to develop reserves at Point Thompson on the North Slope. She won and after decades of minimal activity, drilling for oil and natural gas at Pt. Thompson began.

The pipeline would supply a maximum of 41 billion cubic meters per year of natural gas from Alaska to Lower 48, leading the country towards energy independence.
The pipeline is the largest private sector infrastructure project in North America and can be seen from space.


Massachusetts Healthcare Insurance Reform law, also known as Romneycare. It was the model for Obamacare, according to the White House. Enacted in 2006, its central piece is the individual mandate, which requires individuals to purchase health insurance, or else be penalized with fines.

Some similarities between Romneycare and Obamacare:
(1) Both require those who are able to afford coverage and do not purchase it to pay tax penalties.
(2) Both create a new individual insurance marketplace (Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector for MA, exchanges for Obamacare).
(3) Both require employers, with at least 10 employees for MA, 50 for Obamacare, that do not offer health insurance to pay a penalty.

See complete list of similarities of Obamacare and Romneycare here. 




My plan is about empowerment: empowerment of our states, empowerment of our entrepreneurs, most importantly empowerment of you our hardworking individuals because I have faith, I have trust, I have respect for you.

1. We must stop expanding an out-of-control and out-of-touch federal government. ... All power not specifically delegated to the federal government by our Constitution is reserved for the states and for we the people. So, lets enforce the 10th Amendment and devolve powers back locally where the Founders intended them to be.

2. We must repeal Obamacare! And rein in burdensome regulations that are a boot on our neck. Get government out of the way. Let the private sector breathe and grow. This will allow the confidence that businesses need in order to expand and hire more people.

3. No more run away debt. We must prioritize and cut. Cancel unused stimulus funds own up to the debt challenge that is entitlement reform. The status quo is no longer an option. Entitlement reform is our duty now, and it must be done in a way that honors our commitment to our esteemed elders today, while keeping faith with future generations.

4. Fourth, it is time for America to become the energy superpower. The real stimulus that weve been waiting for is robust and responsible domestic energy production. We have the resources. Affordable and secure energy is the key to any thriving economy, and it must be our foundation. Drill here, drill now.

5. To make America the most attractive and competitive place to do business, to set up shop here and hire people here, to attract capital from all over the globe that will lead to an explosion of growth, instead of chasing industry offshore, I propose to eliminate all federal corporate income tax. This is how we create millions of high-paying jobs. This is how we increase opportunity and prosperity for all.

But here is the best part: To balance out any loss of federal revenue from this tax cut, we eliminate corporate welfare and all the loopholes and we eliminate bailouts. This is how we break the back of crony capitalism because it feeds off corporate welfare, which is just socialism for the very rich. We can change all of that. The message then to job-creating corporations is: Well unshackle you from the worlds highest federal corporate income tax rate, but you will stand or fall on your own, just like all the rest of us out on main street.


(Excerpts from Believe in America)

Mitt Romney will rebuild the foundations of the American economy on the principles of free enterprise, hard work, and innovation. His plan emphasizes critical structural adjustments rather than short-term fixes. It seeks to reduce taxes, spending, regulation, and government programs. It seeks to increase trade, energy production, human capital, and labor flexibility. It relinquishes power to the states instead of claiming to have the solution to every problem.

The plan does not increase the size of the federal budget or bureaucracy. To the contrary, it cuts spending and streamlines regulation. It does not promise the immediate creation of some imaginary number of jobs, because government cannot create jobsat least not productive ones that contribute to our long-term prosperity. It is economic growth, not government growth that provides productive opportunities for American workers. That is the lesson of these past three years, and one that America has learned well even if the White House has not.

Any American living through this economic crisis will immediately recognize the severity of the break that Mitt Romney proposes from our current course. He is calling for a fundamental change in Washingtons view of how economic growth and prosperity are achieved, how jobs are created, and how government can support these endeavors. It is at once a deeply conservative return to policies that have served our nation well and a highly ambitious departure from the policies of our current leadership. In short, it is a plan to get America back to work.

Top 5 of his 59-point economic plan:

1. Maintain current tax rates on personal income
2. Maintain current tax rates on interest, dividends, and capital gains
3. Eliminate taxes for taxpayers with AGI below $200,000 on interest, dividends, and capital gains
4. Eliminate the death tax
5. Pursue a conservative overhaul of the tax system over the long term that includes lower, flatter rates on a broader base.
See the rest of his proposals - from the 6th to the 59th here.



Excerpts from her Tribute to the Troops remarks at Colorado Christian Universit (CCU) on May 2, 2011, her 5-point use of military policy.

First, we should only commit our forces when clear and vital American interests are at stake. Period.

Second, if we have to fight, we fight to win. To do that, we use overwhelming force. We only send our troops into war with the objective to defeat the enemy as quickly as possible. We do not stretch out our military with open-ended and ill-defined missions. Nation building is a nice idea in theory, but it is not the main purpose of our armed forces. We use our military to win wars.

Third, we must have clearly defined goals and objectives before sending troops into harms way. If you cant explain the mission to the American people clearly and concisely, then our sons and daughters should not be sent into battle. Period.

Fourth, American soldiers must never be put under foreign command. We will fight side by side with our allies, but American soldiers must remain under the care and the command of American officers.

Fifth, sending in our armed forces should be the last resort. We dont go looking for dragons to slay. However, we will encourage the forces of freedom around the world who are sincerely fighting for the empowerment of the individual. When it makes sense, when its appropriate, we will provide them with material support to help them win their own freedom. 

I believe that America must never retreat into isolation. The world would be less safe and less free without our leadership. We cannot be the worlds policeman granted, or the worlds ATM. But we can lead by example. By our words and, when necessary, by our actions, we must and we will remain the worlds abiding beacon of freedom.


Excerpts from his speech at The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina.

"First, American foreign policy must be prosecuted with clarity and resolve. Our friends and allies must have no doubts about where we stand. And neither should our rivals. If the world knows we are resolute, our allies will be comforted and those who wish us harm will be far less tempted to test that resolve. 

Second, America must promote open markets, representative government, and respect for human rights. The path from authoritarianism to freedom and representative government is not always a straight line or an easy evolution, but history teaches us that nations that share our values will be reliable partners and stand with us in pursuit of common security and shared prosperity.

Third, the United States will apply the full spectrum of hard and soft power to influence events before they erupt into conflict. Resort to force is always the least desirable and costliest option. We must therefore employ all the tools of statecraft to shape the outcome of threatening situations before they demand military action. The United States should always retain military supremacy to deter would-be aggressors and to defend our allies and ourselves. If America is the undisputed leader of the world, it reduces our need to police a more chaotic world.

Fourth, the United States will exercise leadership in multilateral organizations and alliances. American leadership lends credibility and breeds faith in the ultimate success of any action, and attracts full participation from other nations. American leadership will also focus multilateral institutions like the United Nations on achieving the substantive goals of democracy and human rights enshrined in their charters. But know this: while America should work with other nations, we always reserve the right to act alone to protect our vital national interests."



Under her watch, (December 2006 - July 2009)
- Alaska ranked 2nd in the nation for job growth.
- Alaska ranked 3rd in the nation for change in the unemployment rate relative to the national average.


Under his watch (January 2003 January 2007)
- Massachusetts ranked 47th in the nation for job growth.
- Massachusetts ranked 34th in the nation for change in the unemployment rate relative to the national average.



Largest Surplus: $6.979 Billion (FY08)
Largest Deficit: -$292 Million (FY09)
Average Annual Surplus/Deficit: $2.633 B
Average Revenues: $10.790 Billion
Surplus/Deficit (% of Revenues): 24.40%

- Vetoed half a billion dollars in spending, the largest veto in state history,

- Cut more than $1Billion spending in her FY2010 budget vs. her predecessors FY2007 budget,

- Invested $5 Billion in the state rainy-day fund,

- Forward-funded education.

- Reformed state employees pension system to make it solvent.

- Alaska's credit rating was upgraded twice: by S&P in March 2008 from AA to AA+ and then again in 2012. The upgrades were direct results of the conservative and commonsense fiscal policy implemented by Palin and continued by the current governor Sean Parnell.


Largest Surplus: $1.570 Billion (FY05)
Largest Deficit: -$23 Million (FY07)
Average Annual Surplus/Deficit: $897 Million
Average Revenues: $22.896 Billion
Surplus/Deficit (% of Revenues): 3.92%

- Vetoed more than 800 spending items passed by the Legislature,

- Cut taxes 19 times,

- Invested $2-billion in state rainy-day fund.


- The Legislature overrode most of Romney's spending vetoes, sometimes unanimously.

- Spending rose by 22% during his tenure, almost twice the rate of inflation.

- Corporate taxes and state fees increased by $750 million a year, exceeding his tax cuts.

Massachusetts also received a credit rating upgrade from AA- to AA in 2005.



- Signed the most sweeping bipartisan ethics reform into law, making it a crime for elected officials to trade votes with political favors.

- Unwilling to be part of the Corrupt Bastards Club, she resigned her post at the AOGCC and blew the whistle on the ethical lapses and conflict of interests of, among others, her fellow Commissioner Rudy Ruedrich who was also serving at the same time as chairman of Alaska Republican Party. In the end, the FBI investigations resulted in arrests and jail times for some public officials and with Mr. Ruedrich paying the state's largest fine for ethics violation.


Nothing found on record.


- Opposed to abortion except to save the mothers life.
- Would counsel victims of rape to choose life, and persuade them to choose life for their babies."
- Gave birth to a child with Down Syndrome.

- Effectively ran as Pro-choice for Governor (2002) and Senate (1994) but switched to pro-life in 2005.
- Says abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother.
- Held a fundraiser with a maker of morning-after pill in May 16, 2012 - Romneycare offers abortion to mothers with co-pay options ranging form $0 to $100.



24,000 of Palin's emails (plus 17,000 on the second round) from state-issued computers were sought by the media and released to the public in an effort to embarrass her and her administration.

According to Drew Griffin of CNN: ...what we're seeing here...is a hardworking governor, working hard for the State of Alaska, a lot of discussion about policy, about taxes, about cutting budget, a lot of just the mundane state government work."
He added "...somewhat different than the narrative that we've been hearing from certain political parts of the country..." 

Molly Ball of Politico wrote that Palins emails provided no big bombshells.


Before leaving the governors mansion, Romney's aides spent nearly $100,000 to purchase the hard drives of all state-issued computers used during his tenure and scrubbed all e-mails from a server. 

Romney defended this move claiming that his emails could be used against him by his political opponents. "There has never been an administration that has provided to the opposition research team, or to the public, electronic communications. So ours would have been the first administration to have done so." 

John Wonderlich , an advocate for open government said, "That's the most explicit statement of Gov. Romney treating public records as fundamentally campaign materials. The way we should view public records is not through the lens of a campaign, as he did, but through the lens of a government that serves the people's interest."



Highest: 93% (May 2007)
End of Term: 56% (June 2009)


Highest: 66% (November 2003)
End of Term: 34% (November 2006)



In her TV show, Sarah Palin's Alaska (fourth episode, She is a Good Shot), Palin went caribou hunting with her father Chuck Heath and a friend, Becker. She fired five shots to down a caribou using two of her father's guns but missed. She then borrowed Becker's gun and shot the animal at first attempt. She believed the scopes of Chuck's guns were off and made a $5 wager to prove her point. After testing his guns and missing several targets, Chuck conceded that Sarah was right. The scopes were misaligned.

Sarah Palin, indeed, is a good shot.


In the Iowa presidential debate, Rick Perry accused Mitt Romney of suggesting that individual mandates should be a model for national health insurance, as was written on the MA governors book. Romney offered Perry a $10,000 wager to prove him wrong. According to Politifact, although Romney had long advocated for individual mandates, that reference was never found in Romney's book. 

Romney kept his money but lost the image contest. The wager only added to the perception that he was out-of-touch. According to ABC News, an average Iowan takes three months to make $10,000.


On Political Career:

Major Accomplishment:

(Pipeline discharge)
(Point Thompson)

Economic Policy/Plan:

Foreign and Defense Policy:

Jobs Creation Record:

Fiscal Record:

Ethics Reform/Fight Against Corruption:

Pro-life/Abortion Positions:


Disclosure of E-Mails:


Approval Ratings: 

Fun Tidbits:


Wednesday, July 18, 2012



In the 1880 presidential election, a historic brokered convention took place. At the Republican convention, the delegates were deadlocked between two candidates, James A. Blaine and John Sherman. Heavy politicking and brokering ensued. Over thirty ballots were cast. On the 34th ballot, a new contender emerged. James A. Garfield, who was NOT even a candidate, was nominated and prevailed in the general election to become our country’s 20th president.

America’s presidential elections are rife with history of brokered conventions (which are a form of open conventions). In 1844, James A. Polk only hoped for a VP slot yet was handed the nomination on the ninth ballot and emerged as the 11th US president. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was nominated on the third ballot and became our 16th president. In 1876, the delegates picked Rutherford Hayes on the seventh ballot. He, too, was victorious and won to become our 19th president.

Back to the anxious time of 2012, America is one election away from turning into a socialist nation. We need a strong-willed, independent-thinking challenger to the incompetent Chicago-politician sitting at the White House. Instead, we have a presumptive nominee with no core principles who does not feel the need to have to “light his hair on fire” to earn the support of the conservative base, and an alternative candidate, buoyed by his fiery delegate-supporters but managed to win only 3% of the Republican  primary votes. The gravity and depth of problems facing our country are begging for history to repeat itself - only our circumstances call for an open convention where the delegates, and not the political leaders, would be doing the negotiating. LET US BRING ON AN OPEN CONVENTION. This is not to disrespect the rules of the Party or to disrupt the order of the convention event. We need to nominate another candidate at the convention because we NO longer have a choice.

How formidable is our presumptive nominee when the delegates were forced to sign affidavits of support, under threat of perjury, to secure their votes? How credible is our presumptive nominee when the Republican Party itself had to break their own rules to carry their preferred candidate across the finish line? Why did the RNC allow Florida to be winner-take-all when the Sunshine state broke Rule No. 15(b)(2) and held its primary prior to April 1st? Did RNC Chairman Priebus have to thumb his nose at the voters and endorse Gov. Romney prematurely when Rep. Paul was still very much in the race in clear violation of Rule No. 11? In Montana, Indiana and many other state conventions, why did the RNC prevent the delegates to vote for their chosen delegation but instead force on them slates of delegates hand-picked by the Romney campaign?

The RNC and the Romney campaign had no qualms in breaking the Republican Party’s own rules to ensure his victory at the primaries and the convention. We the People are only asking our delegates to use the rules in the book to give us a TRUE COMMONSENSE CONSERVATIVE choice in Tampa. Please, delegates, exercise your right to Rule No. 38. “No delegate or alternate delegate shall be bound by any attempt of any state or congressional district to impose the unit rule."  Vote your conscience, vote for our country, vote for our future. Give us the strongest Republican who can energize the base, who has a proven record of accomplishments, serving only the best interests of the people she served, with concrete and tangible benefits to her constituents - Governor Sarah Palin.

The Republican Party establishment is now only looking to advance their own interests. The media has surrendered their journalistic duty to report unbiased facts at the president’s and the Left’s feet. It is time to take our destiny in our hands and restore everything that is good about our country. WE ARE AMERICANS. We are the leader of the free world. It is time to defend our freedoms and founding principles and values that the permanent political class has callously kicked aside in favor of perpetual power and greed.

The first step towards taking our exceptional nation back begins, not on November 6, but right here at the convention in Tampa in August, and it starts with YOU – the delegates.  If not now, when? If not us, who?

(Note: This article is cross-posted at www.palinquakes.com and is part of the delegate packet that we are mailing out to the RNC national delegates who will be convening in Tampa, Florida in August 27 - 30, 2012. I also wrote the cover page of the same packet that was signed by the founder of the Sarah Palin's Earthquake Movement).

Monday, June 11, 2012

Making Open Convention Happen - Based on an RNC Counsel Memo

                    "A wise man will hear, and will increase learning,
                  and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise
                  counsels:" Proverbs 1:5 KJV

(This article also appears on the Earthquake Movement's website  under Open Convention.)
Romney has passed 1,144 delegates but an OPEN CONVENTION can still happen – within bounds of the Republican Party Rules. A memo from no less than an RNC Associate Counsel confirms that all delegates are unbound. The same memo also showed a way to overcome Rule #40(b) which requires a candidate to have a plurality of votes from five states to be eligible to an official nomination at the convention. 

A short background: A Utah Republican National Committeewoman named Nancy Lord wrote to the RNC Counsel in 2008 to seek clarification on the so-called “unit rule” (Rule#38) which states that “No delegate or alternate delegate shall be bound by any attempt of any state or congressional district to impose the unit rule.” (See reprint of the full memo at the end of this article.)
Here are the key parts of the memo:

From: Jennifer Sheehan – Legal
To: Nancy Lord
Cc: Sean Cairncross - Legal ; Blake G. Hall
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2008
Subject: RE: The Unit Rule

Mrs. Lord:

I am going to attempt to clearly answer your questions as listed below. 

1. You are correct - the answer is no.  The national convention allows delegates to vote for the individual of their choice, regardless of whether the person's name is officially placed into nomination or not.
(Regarding Rule #40)
4. … The Rules require that a roll call be taken from each state who announces the number of votes that its delegates cast for any eligible candidates, as well as for any person someone would like to cast a vote for in the roll call.  You are correct that a person does not have to be officially nominated in order to receive votes, however, this vote is essentially pointless as it will not count towards the official tally (emphasis mine).

Therefore to clarify, a candidate must receive the support of the majority of five state delegations in order to be officially placed into the nomination.  Only candidates that have been officially nominated can accumulate votes that will count towards the majority of delegates necessary to officially nominate the Republican nominee for President.  The Republican nominee for President must receive at least 1191 votes from the national convention delegation in order to receive the official nomination. 

The memo is clear enough that Rule #38 frees delegates to vote for any candidate they want and only a candidate with a 5-state majority support  [per Rule #40(b)] can be officially nominated. It also clarified that since every delegate is unbound, he/she is free to cast a vote for anybody, even one who does not meet the 5-state majority support. However, that vote will not count as it will not be added towards the official tally. Let us say someone puts in Sarah Palin’s name. That vote will be tossed out. BUT A VOTE FOR PALIN IS A VOTE DENIED ROMNEY, THUS KEEPING HIM BELOW THE THRESHOLD OF 1,191 - WHICH LEADS US TO AN OPEN CONVENTION.

Nothing is set in stone. No one is declared a nominee until after the convention. Members of the 5-state majority delegations can place ANYBODY's name on the nomination form. Please nominate anybody but Romney on the first ballot and keep him under 1,191 votes. Make open convention happen.  


 REPRINT OF THE MEMO (SOURCE: http://republicanselect.blogspot.com/2012/05/rnc-counsel-on-rule-38-of-rnc-rules.html)


TO:             NANCY LORD
DATE:       AUG 20, 2008


This Memorandum is based on your request to examine the Republican Party Rules historyrelating to the so-called “Unit Rule” provision currently found at Rule 38 which states, “Nodelegate or alternate delegate shall be bound by any attempt of any state or congressional district to impose the unit rule”.

This language was initially adopted at the 1964 Republican National Convention, paraphrasingthe words of the proponent of the amendment, in order to codify in party rules the actual practicefollowed in past conventions, namely to allow delegates to vote as they chose even if state law bound them to vote for a specific candidate.

This amendment which modified then Rule 18(a) was initiated by the RNC Rules Committee andadopted by the full RNC at its pre-convention meeting. That ’64 language stated, “No Delegateor Alternate shall be bound by any attempt of any State or Congressional District, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands to impose the unit rule.” Based upon a review of the transcripts of the RNC debate on the “Unit Rule”, proponents of the ’64 amendment argued that their amendment to Rule 18 merely reflected current practice and adopting this Rules change would simply memorialize what was the historical Convention practice, not create a new policy.

During the debate on the “Unit Rule” amendment, there was some concern raised that the new language would be interpreted by some to prohibit the individual states from adopting rules that would bind or allocate delegates to specific candidates. The proponents, however, gave assurances that it was not their intention to effect any “legal or “moral” obligation of the delegates. Based upon the concern raised that this provision would be erroneously read to prohibit states to bind or allocate delegates a concerted effort was made to defeat the amendment. That effort to reject the addition of the new “Unit Rule” language based on that concern, failed, 59 to 41.

In 1976 the no “Unit Rule” language was modified by the RNC Rules Committee, effectively requiring the 1976 Convention to record delegate votes based on the results of “any binding Presidential Primary or direct election of delegates bound or pledged pursuant to state law.” The Convention Rules Committee and the Convention itself accepted this RNC modification without any debate. The additional Rule 18(a) language applicable to the 1976 Republican Convention read as follows, “…however, that in any event, the vote of each state for the nomination for President shall be announced and recorded (or in the absence of an announcement shall be recorded) in accordance with the results of any binding Presidential Primary or direct election of delegates bound or pledged pursuant to state law. No delegate or alternate shall be bound by any attempt of any state or Congressional district to impose the unit rule.”

The ’76 language was deleted in 1980 effectively reverting back to the 1964 language and the current language regarding the “Unit Rule” now found in Rule 38 is consistent with the 1980 language.

Dear Blake and Sean,

Thank you so much for the memorandum [above] regarding the history of the Rule 38.

After studying it, I still have unanswered questions.

From the memo, I am clear that:

1. Rule 38 was not intended "to prohibit the individual states from adopting rules that would bind or allocate delegates to specific candidates".

What I need clarified is the following:

1. Do the RNC Rules require a state's delegation to follow its state laws or state party rules in the matter of binding of their national delegates to vote for a particular candidate? (I believe the answer is no; the RNC Rules are silent on this issue. My understanding is that any “legal" or “moral” obligation of the delegates, under either state law or state party rules, is simply that -- a state party matter. The RNC will not get involved in any such issue unless it deems that there is a violation of Rule 38 - an attempt to invoke the "Unit Rule" - during the time of the national convention.)

2. Do the RNC Rules prohibit a state party from changing its rules regarding the binding of their national delegates after the 2nd Tuesday in the September the year before the convention but before the national convention begins? (I believe the answer is no - the RNC Rules are again silent on this issue.)

3. Do the RNC Rules allow a national delegate to cast their vote for anyone they choose at the national convention, regardless of any vote-binding rules in their state or regardless of whether or not that "candidate" has been officially nominated under the RNC "majority of delegates from five states" rule? (I believe the answer is yes. I cite the actual rolling roll call of the states vote in 2000 as an example. In several states, even though George W. Bush had for many months been the presumptive nominee, several states, including Arkansas (19 for Bush, 5 for Alan Keyes) in the 2nd session on Monday evening, Massachusetts (35 for Bush, 1 for McCain, and 1 abstention) in the 3rd session on Tuesday evening,

4. Is the process of the "rolling roll call of the states" the process by which it is determined which candidates have met the RNC "majority of delegates from five states" rule in order to have their name officially placed in nomination? In other words, or as a corollary, do only those candidates who receive a "majority of delegates from five states" votes during the "rolling roll call of the states" become an official nominee, while any candidates receiving votes who did not receive the required majority of five states' votes simply fall to the floor, having not met the threshold?

Is there any way that you can clarify the answers to these questions in writing before tomorrow morning?

Nancy Lord
Utah Republican Republican National Committeewoman

From: Jennifer Sheehan - Legal
To: Nancy Lord 
Cc: Sean Cairncross - Legal ; Blake G. Hall 
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2008 
Subject: RE: The Unit Rule

Mrs. Lord:
I am going to attempt to clearly answer your questions as listed below.
1. You are correct - the answer is no.  The national convention allows delegates to vote for the individual of their choice, regardless of whether the person's name is officially placed into nomination or not.

2. National Party Rule No. 15(e) does prohibit State Parties from changing their delegate selection and allocation process that the State Party had to submit to the RNC no later than Sept. 4, 2007.  However, the time frame for submitting a challenge to the national convention delegation based upon these Rules has expired, as any delegate contests had to be filed by August 2, 2008.

3. Yes - see #1 above.

4. Your question is mixing two separate issues.  The first issue involves the nominating process, which requires the majority of delegates from five states to put a candidate's name into the official nominating process.  The delegates from these five states must sign a nominating form that is then submitted to the Secretary of the Republican National Convention.  After the Secretary receives these forms, the candidates are announced who have been officially placed into the nominating process and are therefore eligible to accumulate votes from the national convention delegates.    

The Rules require that a roll call be taken from each state who announces the number of votes that its delegates cast for any eligible candidates, as well as for any person someone would like to cast a vote for in the roll call.  You are correct that a person does not have to be officially nominated in order to receive votes, however, this vote is essentially pointless as it will not count towards the official tally. 

Therefore to clarify, a candidate must receive the support of the majority of five state delegations in order to be officially placed into the nomination.  Only candidates that have been officially nominated can accumulate votes that will count towards the majority of delegates necessary to officially nominate the Republican nominee for President.  The Republican nominee for President must receive at least 1191 votes from the national convention delegation in order to receive the official nomination.

Please let me know if you have additional questions or need further clarifications related to this process. 


Jennifer Sheehan
Associate Counsel
Republican National Committee
Posted by Mike Ridgway