Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Greta Muirhead - District Court Judge, Family Division, Dept I

Greta Muirhead recently left a comment on this blog stating;

I have several friends who homeschool their children. So long as they have the
necessary skill set, I think they should be free to do so.


I questioned her through email, asking the following;

Can you please explain what you mean by "necessary skill set"?


This was her reply;

1) Patience is the most important attribute, in my opinion.
2) Organization;
3) Discipline to ensure that the work gets done;
4) The ability to read and write;
5) The ability to teach their children about technology
6) Resourcefulness;
7) Actively looks for and encourages socialization opportunities for their
children
Thank you for letting me share my opinion.


When I questioned her further on these comments and whether she agrees that as Family Court Judge she has no jurisdiction on whether or not or how a family chooses to homeschool as described by the law, she had no response.

*IMO* I do not see her as understanding homeschooling, the law pertaining to it or her role as judge (to interpret that law). Please use this information in making your own choice for Dept I.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Why I Will Be "Wasting" My Vote

I’ve heard it said too many times that voting for anyone other than a Republican or Democrat is a “wasted vote”. I cannot tell you how frustrating an idea I find that to be. I’ve heard all the reasons; a third-party candidate can’t win so why vote for them or if you don’t vote the lesser of two evils, the greater evil might win. Seriously people? Is this what it’s come to? Voting based not on preference but on popularity, like some high school contest? I think it was Jesse Ventura that said voting is not a horse race. We’re not betting on who we think will win. We’re telling others who best represents our views.

So for those that are curious, here are all the reasons I’ll be “wasting my vote” this year:

1. Voting for a candidate other than the best representative of your views has the exact opposite effect. Since the candidate already knows that your vote is in hand, he can then concentrate on moving the platform AWAY from your wishes, in order to court the votes of people with beliefs far from your own.

Many people who like Libertarian ideas always vote for Republicans. What does the party do to reward them? They make policies to win over moderate liberals. Similarly, many people who prefer Green Party ideas always vote for Democrats, and so the Democrats ignore them and make policies to win over moderate conservatives. Either way, the voters get the opposite of what they wanted, as the Democrats and Republicans both move toward the political center. Even Democrats and Republicans are getting screwed as their party plays politics as usual, instead of standing up for their ideals.

2. If the greater of two evils was to win it wouldn’t be my fault, because I didn’t vote for him. Nor would it be my fault that I didn’t vote for the lesser of two evils. The fault lies in the hands of anyone voting based either on popularity or fear, rather than policies, issues and ideals. Keep in mind that voting is suppose to be FOR something, not AGAINST something.

You personally have only one vote. Like it or not, you are powerless to turn the results of a democratic election. This being the case, your one vote counts for something only in the sense that it represents your approval of some set of principles. Voting is a means of conveying information about what you believe. If you ignore your principles then this information is lost, and your vote really is wasted.

3. I do not wish to take part in the status-quo. I believe in real change, not just change of hands. And real change will never come by supporting that which we do not agree with out of fear of who might win if we don’t. I think we’re on a slippery slope to fascism and both parties are to blame. My supporting the status-quo with my vote sends the message that I will tolerate what they are doing. (Click here to watch the documentary, America: Freedom to Fascism to fully understand my view.)

4. My vote may be extremely unlikely to affect the outcome of the election. But it can influence policy. A vote for one of the two main candidates will be lost in the mass of voters, while a vote for a minor candidate, especially if he gets enough to make the margin of difference between the other two, will have far more influence. It will impel the other two parties to appeal to the voters for that minor candidate, and that may come to be as important if not more important than their main positions. So my vote can be a drop in the ocean or a splash in the pool. I’ll go for the one that gets more attention.

5. Voting for the lesser of two evils, still results in evil in the White House and I refuse to take any part in that.

6. On a more personal note, Both McCain and Obama support this ridiculous “bailout” plan. I don’t find the solution to all our problems to be in the form of more government. And you don’t save a sinking ship by adding more water to the hull. Big Government got us into this mess, Bigger Government won’t get us out. Neither of the major candidates seem to understand this fully, therefore they do not share my utmost ideals. See #1.

So there ya have it. All my thought and research laid out for you. Call it a wasted vote or call it a protest vote. Either way I plan to send a message by supporting my third-party candidate this year. Whoever you choose to vote for, I simply hope it’s a vote for the right reasons; someone who best represents your views.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Update: Nevada Republican Delegation to the National Convention

The following is an email from Robert Terhune, one of the many faces behind the Ron Paul movement.


Hi everyone,

Here is a rundown of everything that's been going on with the Nevada Delegation to the Republican National Convention. Thanks to all who have helped with and supported this process, and please be assured that the fight is not over. I included our Press Release below.

OK...

Due to the fact that the Nevada State Republican Convention was shut down abruptly and illegally in April (when Party leaders weren't getting their way), and because the State Party leadership never intended to (and never did) complete the convention, we decided to finish it ourselves. We reconvened on June 28, and legally elected a full delegation to represent Nevada at the National Convention.

The Party leadership of course never acknowledged the June 28th gathering, and submitted their own list of delegates, appointed by the leadership. Their list was comprised of party regulars and contributers. A Party official was heard boasting at a meeting that "not one of those Ron Paul people" were on the list.

The party's list was submitted to the RNC, while we submitted an appeal to the RNC to try and stop them. The RNC's initial decision was to reject both delegations as illegal, and to seat only the three automatic delegates. The state party appealed that, and the matter was sent to the RNC's Contest Committee.

The Contest Committee heard the appeal on Sunday, August 24, 2008. The Party was represented by high-powered Washington DC attorney Ben Ginsberg, and we were represented by Mike Weber, a long-time Republican activist (and McCain supporter) from Washoe County, Nevada. The hearing was set up like a Senate hearing, with the committee seated at a table at the front of the room, with the two parties facing them, seated at their own tables. Each side was allowed opening and closing statements, and in between the committee peppered both sides with questions. The committee was obviously very knowledgeable about the situation, and seemed very interested in getting to the truth and conducting a fair process. As the day wore on, it was apparent that the committee started to realize how poorly the state party had been conducting itself. In one instance, a committee member was trying to find out how people became state delegates. Between Sue Lowden (NV GOP Chair) and Ginsberg, the State party was unable to answer the question, to the frustration on the member. In another instance, another member was trying to learn if the party knew who the state delegates were. After receiving no firm answer to several questions, she exasperatedly asked, "You accepted money to register for the State Convention, right? So there must have been some bookkeeping of some kind!" She never got a satisfactory answer.

Mike Weber closed with a stirring closing statement that basically told the committee that they could chose righteousness or corruption, and that the country was watching. No final decision was reached that day, and several smaller meetings between Weber and Party attorneys took place over the next few days. The outcome clearly was not going to be good.

So here is where the process stands now: The Contest Committee released its report on Wednesday. The report strongly chastised the state GOP, calling the Nevada GOP’s handling of the delegate selection process “flawed, inadequate, and unacceptable,” and added that they were “deeply troubled by the ineptness of the State Party in conducting its process to elect delegates."
The National Party has confirmed that, in their opinion, BOTH delegations were selected illegally, and that they would not accept either. The only exceptions were the CD1 and CD3 delegates that were elected during the original convention in April-- they will seat them. Ron Paul is represented by four of those six delegates.

However, there is a little-known rule that allows the National Party to appoint delegates to fill open slots within ten days of the National Convention. So, in order to fill all of the now-open seats from Nevada, they decided to invoke this rule and fill the vacancies. They did so using names from the State Party's appointed delegation.

So, in summary, the Nevada state party did not like what was happening at the State Convention, so they took the ball and went home, cheating the delegates out of their vote. They tried to appoint delegates to the National Convention instead. We tried to stop them and ensure the voting rights of ordinary Nevada Republicans. The National Party sided with the State Party and, after slapping them on the wrist, accepted their appointed delegates.

From now on, there is little to stop any state's GOP from ignoring the voices of it's people, and instead appointing their own cronies to attend the National Convention-- where our next potential President is selected.

Here is our press release from this afternoon:
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PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE
RELEASE

RNC Labels NV Party “Inept,” but Seats Most of
State-Appointed Delegation

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 8/28/08 – The RNC’s
Committtee on Contests handed down a recommendation yesterday regarding the
ongoing Nevada delegate debacle. The Committee condemned the State Party’s
handling of the delegate selection process, and declined the State Party’s
ability to appoint delegates. However, the Committee then recommended seating
the majority of the State Party’s appointed slate, as well as six delegates
elected in CD 1 and CD 3 at the April 26th State
Convention.

“We definitely do not consider this a just resolution,”
said Wayne Terhune, a Nevada Republican activist who traveled to Minneapolis to
support the appeal. “Despite some strong language from the Committee,
their actions have backed up the illegal delegate appointment of the State
Party.”

The Committee on Contests held a hearing on Sunday,
August 24th when they heard statements from both sides. The
Committee’s statement released on Wednesday called the Nevada GOP’s handling of
the delegate selection process “flawed, inadequate, and unacceptable,” adding
that they were “deeply troubled by the ineptness of the State Party in
conducting its process to elect delegates […].”

“This game seems to
have been fixed from the start,” Terhune said. “It was obvious to
everyone at the Committee’s hearing that the State Party was inept, but the
Committtee decided to back them up anyway and seat the majority of their
slate. This is a miscarriage of justice, and smacks of
tyranny. All the Republican voters of Nevada have been
disenfranchised. ”

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Thanks again to everyone who helped.
In Liberty,
Robert

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Rally for the Republic

If you haven't already gotten the email, please check out the Rally for the Republic!

"If they expected us to retire quietly from the scene, the political elite are
in for a surprise." - Dr. Ron Paul


It will be a 3 day event to send a strong message to our political establishment that we will not fade quietly from the scene. The Campaign for Liberty is planning music and entertainment, special guests and a speech promised to inspire.

Join the revolution from August 31-Sept 2 in Minneapolis, MN.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Homeschoolers for Liberty

By now you probably have heard the heartbreaking news that Dr. Ron Paul has dropped out of the race. I think many of us saw it coming, but still it's hard for me to see.

My journey with his campaign started almost a year ago, when I first heard a few hardcore Libertarians talking him up. After doing some research, I was shocked upon finding a non-corrupt politician, as well as a Republican that still stood for the core principals of the party.

This past year has been a crazy ride; full of canvassing, marching, meeting great people (including my neighbors!) and learning so much. I was once a very apathetic and cynical person when it came to politics. But Ron Paul's campaign has awoken something in me that had laid dormant for too long.

After hearing the official end of the campaign comes the hard decision: Where to go from here. Ron Paul has officially launched the Campaign for Liberty, which will focus on the long road ahead. It's mission, as quoted on the site, states:
The mission of the Campaign for Liberty is to promote and defend the great
American principles of individual liberty, constitutional government, sound
money, free markets, and a noninterventionist foreign policy, by means of
educational and political activity.

I have joined the campaign and will continue to fight for Liberty-minded candidates on the local, State and National levels. I have changed the title (but not the web address) of this blog to reflect that. I encourage you to join the campaign if you have not already done so. I also encourage any delegates to the Nevada State Convention to continue their duties. This is not the time for us to back out. It is not about the man, but the message that has resonated within us.

In the November election, we have some serious choices to make. This is something I've been contemplating for a few months. I cannot and will not allow myself to become apathetic again. I will also not allow myself to grudgingly follow a path I do not agree with or blindly fall in step with "party loyalty".

I will no longer "hold my nose to vote" or "choose the lesser of two evils", but will continue to find the person who best represents me.

I still have some decisions to make in who I will throw my support behind, and when I further research my choices I will post my decision and what got me to it. I encourage you all to do one thing: Put aside any party loyalty, as well as party grudges and research ALL candidates carefully to decide who best represents your beliefs. I will do the same.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Chuck Hoskin for Clark County Family Court Judge

In light of recent Family Court Judge's decisions in regards to homeschooling, I thought it would be important to evaluate what potential judge's thought on the matter. I started with Chuck Hoskin, as recommended by a friend of our family.

I (anonymously) asked him whether or not he supports parental choice in regards to education. His first clarification - that this issue does not fall in his realm of practice - is a good sign! Here is his full answer:

...As for your question concerning a parent’s right to choose how their
children are educated, let me first state that such issues are not decided, nor
is the existing law interpreted, by a Family Court Judge.

As a result, I can tell you that I believe a parent has the ultimate right in
deciding how their children are educated, whether that be by utilizing public
schools, choosing private schools, or home schooling. I have several
friends who home school their children and I see that their children are at, or
above, the education level of other children their age.


For more information on Chuck Hoskin, you can visit his website http://hoskin4judge.com/

If you know other candidates you would like me to highlight, please let me know via comment!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Chris Dyer on Homeschooling

Chris Dyer, candidate in District 1, has responded below:


1. To what extent do you support parental choice in regards to education?

I know what's best for my children. I should have every option available to educate my children.

2. Do you support the annual registration of homeschoolers in Nevada?

I would support one time registration. As long as the child remains in the same school, there's no need to re-register.

3. Do you believe homeschoolers should be subject to standardized testing?

That's one for Nevada voters. I actually enjoyed taking the standardized tests when I was in school. They're was no preparation and it didn't affect our grades. I have heard the schools now just teach kids how to pass the test and not much else. If that's what standardized testing gets us then we can do without it.

4. Do you support a tax credit/rebate to homeschooling families?

Sure. Public schools are overburdened and in some instances broken. Public schools should have to compete with private schools, charter schools, and home schoolers. I don't see why we shouldn't be allowed to invest our tax money in the best education for our children.

5. Anything else to add or could you provide a short overview of your stance on education:

I believe the federal government needs to get out of the education business. Let the voters of the states decide.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Carl Bunce on Homeschooling

Carl Bunce, candidate for Congressional District 3, is our next responder:


Hello, Thank you for your interest in my campaign. My answers are below.

I have worked in Education for 10 years, at all levels K-12 and University. I worked for Educational Testing Services (ETS) for the past 5 years, now I currently work for Clark County School District as an Administration. So I have seen the bad and good of public education. I have seen how standardized testing has destroyed the learning environment. Education is one of my main concerns in my campaign, because everything else we do in life depends on the education we receive.

1. To what extent do you support parental choice in regards to education?

I strongly support a parent's choice in the Education of their Children. I believe there are various educational opportunities for students in this country; I do not believe that any form of government can offer them all. Most of the time, governments try to push a single form of education on the population. This helps with costs! That is what government is concerned about. The students and parents are seldom considered.

2. Do you support the annual registration of homeschoolers in Nevada?

There should be no registration of homeschoolers, period.

3. Do you believe homeschoolers should be subject to standardized testing?

I do not believe any students should be subjected to standardized testing. I think the memorize and recall education environment that has been created over the past couple decades is a terrible learning environment. I have seen first hand across the country, most teachers and students only worry about how they will do on the next "TEST". I want students asking, "What can we learn next" not "This again!" just so the students are sure to pass their tests.

4. Do you support a tax credit/rebate to homeschooling families?

I support Tax Credits and Rebates, whatever it takes to get the money back where it needs to be, until the current system of federal taxation is removed and people get to keep all their income.

5. Anything else to add or could you provide a short overview of your stance on education:

I want to eliminate the Federal Department of Education, they spend $70 Billion + a year, and our education system is still falling short in the world. I want all that tax money to stay at home with the people that earn it. I want to see an education system where students can be free to choose a path they desire and not have to worry about financial restrictions or federal regulations that could prevent it.
--
Carl Bunce

Bunce for Congress CD 3 Nevada
www.carlbunce.com

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

James Smack on Homeschooling

James Smack, candidate for Congressional District 2, is my first responder to the homeschooling questions I sent out. Here is his response:


Tara,

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to answer some questions in regard to how I feel about Homeschooling and my positions on Education. I salute all parents like yourself that take educating their children seriously enough to accept the challenge of homeschooling. I will take them in the order received:

1. To what extent do you support parental choice in regards to education?

I believe that the parent has every right to determine how their child is to be
educated, whether that be in the public school system, in private or parochial
school, or whether by schooling their child at home with the parent as the
instructor.

2. Do you support the annual registration of homeschoolers in Nevada?

I do not believe that this is necessary. The superintendent of the school
district or other authorized person may need to be informed of a homeschooled
child to allow for participation in extracurricular activities within the public
school district as provided by Nevada Law. I firmly believe that there does not
need to be any regulated registration of the parents who decide that
homeschooling is their best option, nor any necessity for said parents to meet
state mandated teaching guidelines.

3. Do you believe homeschoolers should be subject to standardized testing?

No, subjecting homeschooled students to standardized testing is entirely
unnecessary. It is an infringement on the spirit of what homeschooling is trying
to accomplish, which is parental control over their child's education. Home
schooled students should be allowed access to all college entrance exams through
the local school district as allowed by Nevada State Law, such as the SAT and
ACT.

4. Do you support a tax credit/rebate to homeschooling families?

I most certainly support a tax credit for homeschooling families.

5. Anything else to add or could you provide a short overview of your stance on education:

As Congressman, I would be in favor of the elimination of the Federal Department
of Education and elimination of No Child Left Behind, to be replaced by local
and state level control of Education. I believe that returning authority to the
schools at a local level will improve schooling for all students being educated
in the public system. Let the parents in the community have the input on how
their children should be educated. Federal and State Government should mandate
as little regulation as possible on parents who wish to homeschool their
children.

It is my feeling that homeschooled children are more likely to
succeed, get much more individualized teaching, and are more prepared to meet
the challenges of college and adult life. I look forward to continuing this
conversation, and please do not hesitate to contact me with any other questions
you may have!!

Most Sincerely,

James Smack
Republican Candidate for Congress
Nevada Congressional District 2
http://www.jamessmack.com/

Pro-Liberty Nevada Candidates

I've recently received a list of pro-liberty candidates and wanted to share them with you. Please pass thislist along to others. I've emailed those who's emails I could locate (minus those who's websites are not up) with questions about their stance on education in regards to homeschooling and will post those answers as I receive them.

To check your district numbers, refer to your voter registration card or click here for voter registration lookup.


Congressional District 1:
Chris Dyer - http://www.chrisdyer.com/

Congressional District 2:
James Smack - http://www.jamessmack.com/

Congressional District 3:
Carl Bunce - http://www.carlbunce.com/



Assembly District 6:
Lisa Marie Johnson - vegasamerican.com

Assembly District 13:
Michael Kurback (website not up yet)

Assembly District 14:
Andrew Brownson (website not up yet)

Assembly District 17:
David Isbell - http://isbellfornevada.com/



Please do what you can to support those running for State Assembly and Congressional seats. These candidates need contributions and volunteers.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

What's next for the Ron Paul revolution?

Just popping my head in to share a great article on Dr. Paul.

More to come from me in the future.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

My recap on the Nevada State Convention

I just returned home to Las Vegas from the Nevada Republican Party Convention in Reno, NV. The weekend was a whirlwind of drama, chaos and adrenaline. The following is my recap of what happened, based solely on my perception of things I witnessed and heard.

Our convention was scheduled for Saturday, April 26th. After a surprisingly short wait we were signed in as delegates and seated. We were called into order with 1,347 delegates shortly after 9am.

That’s about where it started going wrong. The first two and a half hours of our day were spent listening to teary speeches and patriotic poetry, while watching black and white movie clips that were quite frankly offensive to my friends, family members and neighbors who consider themselves Democrats. I wasn’t the only person in attendance to find them divisive, immature and unnecessary. I also wasn’t the only person ready to get down to business rather than waste our time socializing.

One highlight of the morning was one of the best speeches I've heard Ron Paul give, earning him a standing ovation by most of the room, including McCain supporters.



However much the majority didn’t complain about the morning’s “entertainment”, they sure did complain when actual business was being conducted and taking longer than presumed necessary. I can’t remember the number of times I heard the phrase “in the interest of time” being uttered by party leaders and other delegates. The fact that many of us had driven over 400 miles to come to a convention to work, and were instead made to suffer through pointless banter and being rushed through the actual business at hand was frustrating.

Our chairperson, Senator Bob Beers was another frustration. Many of us support Bob Beers but his smugness and apparent inability to conduct business or understand the rules of order was unacceptable. Many times a delegate more rehearsed in parliamentarian law, Mike Weber, had to go to the microphone to (thankfully) correct Senator Beers’ procedures. This was at one point not very appreciated by Senator Beers, as he attempted to have this gentleman unduly removed by the Sergeant at Arms, which the entire room objected to having done. (This gentleman, although not with the Ron Paul camp, has received much respect and support of his fairness.)

And the frustrations continued. Apparently the reason we wasted so much time in the morning was because the party assumed we were simply there to rubber stamp their agenda - their rules, their by-laws, their platforms and their delegates. That’s right, they had already selected the delegates they would allow us to vote on after hand-picking from the nominations that were required to be sent into the Nominations Committee prior to the convention. Luckily this was voted down by both McCain and Paul supporters.

To comply with state rules, we were required to vote for 3 delegates from each of the three congressional districts in Nevada, aside from an additional 22 delegates to bring the total to 31. Their second solution - after we voted down their rubber stamp idea - was to have each one of us only pick 5 delegates and the top 31 vote getters would be placed. This also was unacceptable to both sides and we managed to vote it down as well, enabling us to allow nominations from the floor and bringing fairness to those who had not received the nominations packet via mail and who therefore could not nominate themselves by the predetermined deadline.

Little did they tell us that these changes to the rules would throw us into overtime. Apparently long gone are the days when political conventions take more than their desired afternoon. Our convention hall was only booked until 5pm that evening, with no contingent plans for a run-over.

Shortly after we had taken our first vote to secure our 9 congressional district delegates (but before we had voted on the other 22 delegates-at-large), it started becoming apparent to vote counters and party leaders that the Ron Paul campaign had secured at least 6 and possibly 7 of the first 9 delegate spots up for grabs. This has been confirmed by vote counters of both sides - McCain’s and Paul’s.

However, in the middle of voting and before one district had finished, Beers swung the gavel, ending the convention without discussion or debate (against the rules of the convention) and notifying us that it was our fault because we had changed the previous rules that would have apparently safe-guarded us from running out of time (with no mention to the over 2 hours of wasted time that morning). He stated the party would inform us of when we would reconvene within the week. Senator Beers and other party officials quickly shut off the microphones, turned off most of the lights and left the building.

As you can imagine, mayhem ensued. Beers stated that our contract was up on the room, disallowing any discussion for alternatives, despite the fact the hotel managers came in shortly after and informed us we could extend the contract. Most delegates were even willing to help cover the added cost of the convention hall, in order to save themselves the expense of additional travel in the future and waved their cash in the air to prove it.




During this time, our fair and friendly McCain delegate, Mike Weber (mentioned above) called for a quorum, essentially allowing us to continue the convention and giving us the possibility to vote in a new chairperson should Senator Beers choose not to return. Unfortunately to have any of our conducted business count, a quorum requires one half the delegates from the original delegate count. 674 delegates must have remained which we narrowly missed with only 590 delegates willing to continue.



Although many McCain supporters were equally outraged and stayed in attempts to conduct a continuation via quorum, many others strategically waited in the hall to ensure we didn’t have the numbers to conduct business (but staying close by to reenter, just in case we did). Because of this and because of the many Ron Paul supporters who left too quickly (despite the fact that we’d been counseled time and time again to remain past the end of the convention for just this reason), we were not able to continue working.

I almost forgot to mention the angry protesters, the near fist-fights by outraged delegates on both sides, and the McCain supporters saying we had "bought out" the chair person, Congressman Beers in order to win the delegates. At least it’s not only Ron Paul’s supporters who are uttering the word “conspiracy”.

The following morning it was brought to our attention by hotel personnel that the Republican Party had booked the same room for half the morning. Because of this, many of us (quickly calling and text messaging as many as we could) waited in hopes of reconvening. Unfortunately our hopes were unfounded, as by 10am it became apparent that all our efforts and expenses in coming to the State Convention had been a near waste and we would instead have to foot another bill for another convention at a later date.

There were many rumors flying. One was that phone conversations were overheard that implied the National Convention leaders had been watching Nevada closely and would rather cut us off than allow us to get a majority of delegates for Ron Paul and had therefore ordered the meeting shut down until they could formulate a plan to lock us and our delegates out. This however was hearsay and although possible, not easily provable.

Another rumor was that the reconvening was to be held at another convention center in town, which turned out to be untrue. Yet another rumor was that “the McCain people” were hiding in the wings of the hotel waiting for us all to leave the Peppermill so they could reconvene without us. This was unlikely but even if it were true, they would require the same quorum of 674 delegates and would not be able to meet the requirement, just as we had not been able to the previous night.

What do I personally think of all this?

I believe most of this is a result of poorly orchestrated and incompetent plans. Had we not wasted several hours with out-of-order and meaningless activities, fundraising or divisive joking that morning, we could have done the job we came to do. Instead convention planners assumed this new wing of the party would simply play along as the old guard has for decades.

Also, had the party leaders been happy with the results they were seeing, I do not believe they would have been so quick to walk out and would instead have sought solutions, such as meeting at a local high school or passing a collection plate to pay for the extended contract on the hall. Where was the consideration to those who had traveled long distances at their own expense and have to now do so again?

Do I believe this is a top-down conspiracy? Not exactly. However I do believe the favoritism and goal to squelch our efforts was apparent in their actions. Not because of a "vast motive to take over the world", but simply because they’ve become accustomed to the relative ease and comfort of the herd mentality and have given away all independent thought that does not fall in line with party loyalty.

It is my opinion that for too many Republicans, it’s become about sticking their heads in the sand and refusing to admit the fault of losing their conservative way. Let’s have our banquets, wear our lapel pins, wave our flags on our lawns and trust someone else to sort out the decisions. At this convention it become apparent to me that many (no, not all) of them cared more about their frivolous socializing and the label of “conservative”, than the true meaning behind that label or the meaning of why we were there at all.

What did Caesar say when asked what to do about citizen dissent? “Give them bread and circuses.” We now have proof that Caesars formula works well for most Republicans. All but those pesky and highly organized Ron Paul Republicans, of course.

[For anyone worrying about the Clark County platform that supported more regulations on homeschooling, I can assure you the State platform was very acceptable. The exact platform read as follows: 8. We support a parent's right to choice in education including vouchers, charter school, and home schooling. We also support the elimination of the U.S. Dept. of Education. We further oppose requiring licensure for parents who choose to home school. We support the elimination of the No Child Left Behind law and require the State of Nevada to replace the No Child Left Behind concept.]

Update: Here are some preliminary videos from the State Convention.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=5iKzVTl-eHI
http://youtube.com/watch?v=XUMjySV72p8&feature=user

Thursday, April 17, 2008

State Convention coming soon

The campaign has slowed down but the foot soldiers are still working. The issue in the last post has been taken care of and the homeschooling delegates are getting ready for the Nevada Repubican State Convention in just over a week.

Anyone in need of transportation, lodging or anything else need only contact briank@ronpaul2008.com.

I'll let you know how it goes!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Update on County Convention

Today was a long, arduous day at the Clark County Republican Convention. I was proud to see homeschoolers in full force there as well as many homeschooling supporters.

One particular concern has come of this. The Republican party is currently attempting to adopt into their state platform a change to homeschooling laws. Yes you heard me right. They understand fully our current law stating a one-time notification of intent to homeschool and wish to change this to an annual notice.

Don't worry! I've been talking to Kime who was one of the instrumental (although less public, more behind-the-scenes) people who helped passed our current laws. She is also a member of the CCRCC, as well as the Active Republican Women's group and has assured me she is working on this. Because she is already involved in the very organization that wishes to make these changes, she has much clout over the situation. She is planning to meet with the Platform Committee before the next CCRCC meeting and explain to them the expense which the public school system would incur in establishing a yearly notification.

We are working on this and will let you all know if there is anything you may need to do to help (which my include joining the Clark County Republican Central Committee o assist us in voting this down at the next meeting). Stay tuned for more details on that.

Other than that hiccup and a very confusing process, the county convention went well. We had many, many Ron Paul supporters in attendance and all who applied to go to the State Convention will be going (including me!).

We were also able to make some great changes to the platform and resolutions, and although we still have some to make, we are heading in a great direction!

P.S. If any of our homeschooling supporters in Washoe County can host a few homeschooling families for the State Convention in late April, please email me at taraewagner att yahoo dott com.

California State Law

For those concerned about the recent ruling in California regarding homeschooling, I wanted to do a quick update to let everyone know

a) Do not put on your picketing boots just yet. They have several competent organizations on the case and when they need our activism, they will let us know. Until then our petitions, letters, calls or complints could hinder rather than help the cause.

b) At least we have The Governators support:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/03/08/MNCHVG0SD.DTL

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Huckabee Drops Out of Race

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080305/ap_on_el_pr/huckabee_14

But don't expect the MSM (mainstream media) to admit that there is still another candidate up against McCain.

So with Romney and Huckabee out, do you really think all their delegates will support McCain? Nope. I already know many who are backing Ron Paul.

Our Clark County convention is this Saturday. We will be narrowing down our hundreds (thousands?) of Clark County delegates and alternates down to a smaller number who will proceed to the State Convention next month. The State Convention will further narrow things down to 37 who will go on to the National Convention in September.

It's not over folks. Far from it. It *is* still possible to win this thing but it will take all our prayers, energy and efforts. Keep donating what you can, keep doing what you can. We can take this thing. We may be a long shot but long shots do win!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Update:

All has been pretty quiet on the Ron Paul homefront in Nevada.

Our County Convention is next Saturday. If you are a delegate, make sure you pay prior to the convention. If you are an alternate, be sure to show up! They have made all alternates into delegates! For more info, go here.

Other than that, I'm still keeping an eye on things while focusing on some personal stuff. The Democratic race is mildly amusing and I'll be interested in its outcome.

Did you hear Nader entered the race as in Independent? This one is a bit worrisome if John McCain gets the nomination and Ron Paul doesn't go independent. On one hand he will pull votes from the Democratic race which could swing it for the Republicans. On the other hand, having John "One-Hundred Year War" in office is a frightening thought.

I'm not giving up on the fact that Ron Paul does still have a chance, albeit a small one since most of his supporters no longer believe it. But the delegates are still there, we could still swing the convention not to mention we have more and more Romney delegates joining our ranks.

Also with John McCain's fundraising debacle being called into question, as well as his "alleged" consorting with an "alleged" woman who "allegedly" was a lobbyist who "allegedly" got McCain to do favors for her "alleged" friends, who knows if he'll be a viable option come September. It is still 6 months away folks and anything can happen!

If for some reason it doesn't, (my 8 year old son is convinced of voting fraud - I swear he didn't hear it from me!) I just don't know who I'll vote for.

Big government Republican or big government Democrat - they are both heading toward the same destination, just taking a different route to get there. I'm so tired of choosing the lesser of many evils.

Oh and for anyone concerned about the economy, send them to these two links:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=0EZeNulOz9E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnijgIbm1qc

Finally some good interviews!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Ron Paul: Going the Distance

Please be sure to watch this to the end; important info.


Monday, February 11, 2008

Is McCain electable?

Along the lines of my previous post, comes this:





Does no one else in the Republican party see how easily we are handing over the elections?

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Catching Wild Pigs

There was a Chemistry professor in a large college that had some Exchange Students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab the Prof noticed one young man (exchange student) who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt.
The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new communist government.

In the midst of his story he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked, "Do you know how to catch wild pigs?"

The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line.
The young man said this was no joke. "You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a Fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, who are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat, you slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.

Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity."

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees
happening to America. The government keeps pushing us toward
Communism/socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc. While we continually lose our freedoms - just a little at a time.

One should always remember, "There is no such thing as a free lunch!" Also, "You can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself.

Also, I hope you can see that all of this wonderful government "help" is a problem confronting the future of democracy in America. If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life then you will probably ignore this message, but God help you when the gate slams shut!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

HSLDA Pushes Constitutional Amendment

Mike Farris, of the HSLDA, is now pushing for a Constitutional Amendment to protect parental rights. This is a wolf in sheep's clothing and I'd like to briefly explain to you why we should NOT support this act.

1. Our constitution already protects our parental rights. Why the need to spell it out? Yes, our rights have come under attack but the real problem is not the Constitution but the myriad of politicians ignoring the Constitution. What our first goal should be is to protect our rights by protecting our Constitution.

2. When you demand an amendment, any amendment, you are inviting government into your homes, giving them too much information and too much say. Then you have to fight to force them out again. Our constitution states that while not all rights are not listed in the Constitution that does not negate them. But by allowing government to come in and rule on such a matter, gives them the right to turn the amendment down, which forces us all to acknowledge that the federal government has jurisdiction over our children.

3. Approximately 30 states have already called for a Constitution Convention (Con Con). Once such a convention is called, the Constitution is wide open for debate and changes, in every area. This is a very real and very scary possibility that can lead to some serious problems. It is important that we understand the possible implications of any amendment.

Please remind other homeschoolers and parents that our parental rights are already protected and that we do not need to invite the government into our personal lives to tell us so!

Do you want a Republican in office?

Of everyone I've spoken to, I can say that the majority of us want a Republican in office. In fact, most people's primary goal is to get a Republican in office, even if the chosen nominee wasn't their first choice. Now with three Republicans left, I think it's time we start putting serious thought into our strategy.

According to The Pew Research Center(1), The Republican party has decreased in size, shrinking from 43% in 2002 to a low 35% in 2007. The Democratic party which was similar in size to "The Grand Ol' Party" in 2002 has increased to 50% of the population. Long story short: We're outnumbered, folks!

And now for the strategy: Out of the remaining Republican candidates - Huckabee, McCain and Paul - who is going to best represent the majority of the nation to win enough votes in November to secure the White House?

To understand this, we have to look to the key issues. Besides what the Onion News Network(2) comically refers to as the most important issue, I think it's obvious to say that for most Americans, their primary concerns are the Iraq war and the economy.

According to numerous polls(3), 57% of the nation say that going into Iraq was a mistake, while 64% currently oppose the war in Iraq, and 63% say that we should withdraw within a year or less. Will such a large disapproving majority of the nation vote for a candidate that supports the war in Iraq?

And considering the enormous cost of the war, I can unequivocally say a candidate's stance on the war is directly tied to a candidates stance on the economy. How can a person be strong on economic issues yet support the war when our nation is 9 trillion dollars in debt(11), our dollar's value is free-falling(12) and we are virtually bankrupt? Will the majority of the nation support a candidate who doesn't see we are falling into the trap of Bin Laden(4)?

So if getting a Republican in office is truly our first goal, shouldn't we look at who is most likely to receive the votes of the majority of American people, not just the Republicans (because remember, we're outnumbered)?

Huckabee and McCain both state their support for the war; McCain even going so far as to state he would stay there for "one hundred years or one million years" if he thought it necessary. Now whether or not we agree with this, it's obvious that the majority of the nation does not. So when these two candidates are put up against a Democrat that promises to bring the troops home, which of these do you think the majority of the nation is going to vote for?

Which leaves Paul. He voted against the war in Iraq, something that even anti-war/anti-Republican Clinton can't claim(5) and something that the inexperienced Obama admits to not being sure(6) of how he would have voted as he shared the same political views as Bush at the time.

Paul wants to bring the troops home in the fastest and safest way possible, something that both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have stated they can't promise to do for several years(7) and possibly not within their first term(8), a full five years from now. Again, we may not agree with this stance, but the overwhelming majority of the nation does.

So when placed against either inconsistent Democrats, Paul starts to look really good to voters in all parties. He represents true economic conservatism, the core beliefs of the Republican party and a foreign policy that resonates with the majority of the nation. There are no issues that he has flip-flopped on that can be drudged up, like with the other candidates. There is no dirty laundry that can be paraded through public. Just a solid, consistent and constitutional voting record and a message that can reach across party lines and secure us a shot at putting a Republican in office in 2009.

So ask yourself what is most important; nominating your favorite candidate at the risk of losing in November, or nominating a Republican that stands a good chance of siphoning votes from all parties?

You owe it to your party to think these things over. And you owe it to yourself to open-mindedly educate yourself on Ron Paul. Here's a great and easy way to start: Ron Paul Intro(9) and for those with some uncertainties, check out The Spins(10) page on that site.

For the future of the Republican party and ultimately our nation, I ask you to consider Ron Paul.

Please continue to send this forward to other Republicans. Information is golden and we deserve all of it before we make an educated opinion.

Links:

1 http://www.pollingreport.com/iraq.htm
2 http://youtube.com/watch?v=_9AH-ufAkCU
3 http://www.pollingreport.com/iraq.htm
4 http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/11/01/binladen.tape/index.html
5 http://harpers.org/archive/2007/05/hbi-90000033
6 http://www.cnn.com/POLITICS/blogs/politicalticker/2007/03/clinton-obama-aides-spar-over-iraq.html
7 http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/12/15/519023.aspx
8 http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/stuck_in_iraq.html
9 http://ronpaulintro.com
10 http://ronpaulintro.com/thespins.phtml
11 http://brillig.com/debt_clock/
12 http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0001519.html





"If you are lucky enough to find a way of live you love, you have to find the courage to live it." - John Irving

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." - Thomas Paine

"The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks." - Samuel Adams

"Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it Almighty God! I know not wht course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" - Patrick Henry

"History convinces me that most bad government is the result of too much government." - Thomas Jefferson

"Liberty, when it begins to take root, its a plant of rapid growth." - George Washington

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Romney to drop out!!

Romney to drop out of race today!

Now the question remains, will Romney supporters support the true Constitutionalist or will they swallow their grudge against liberal McCain or liberal Huckabee and jump on the front-runner bandwagon?

Time will tell!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Paul Beats McCain in Maine and rakes in 35% of delegates!

In the race for delegates, Ron Paul appears to closely trail Romney for first place.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2008

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – While most reports about this past weekend’s Maine Caucus focused on the purely symbolic presidential preference poll, in the meaningful race to secure delegates to the state convention Ron Paul is primed to finish second with likely 35 percent of the total delegates.

Delegates to the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis are elected by the state delegates. Internal results from 10 of 16 counties, including the largest cities of Portland, South Portland, Lewiston, Auburn, Augusta, Waterville, Bangor, and Brewer, show Ron Paul picking up 215 of 608 State Convention delegates so far reported, or 35%.

“Ron Paul’s strong second place finish in Maine, in which he beat John McCain, is proof that this race is far from over,” said Ron Paul campaign manager Lew Moore. “We’ll continue to battle for every delegate in this wide-open race for the Republican nomination.”

In the presidential preference poll, with 70 percent reporting, Ron Paul is in third place just two percentage points behind John McCain. However, the Maine preference poll is purely a beauty contest, and in the actual election of state delegates the so-called “frontrunner” McCain is far behind Ron Paul.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Clinton health plan may mean tapping pay

WASHINGTON - Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday she might be willing to have workers' wages garnisheed if they refuse to buy health insurance to achieve coverage for all Americans.

The New York senator has criticized presidential rival Barack Obama for pushing a health plan that would not require universal coverage. Clinton has not always specified the enforcement measures she would embrace, but when pressed during a television interview, she said: "I think there are a number of mechanisms" that are possible, including "going after people's wages, automatic enrollment."

Read more here:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080203/ap_on_el_pr/campaign_rdp

How can you waste your voice?

I'd like to take a moment to speak to all parties here - not just Paul supporters, not just Republicans. This is a message we all need to hear and absord and truly understand.

I've heard so much lately about "electibility".

"I like this person or that person, but I just don't think they are electible."

"I really agree with so-and-so but I don't think they stand a chance at winning so I'm going to vote for this other candidate."

I'm here to tell you that is the most errant believe pervasive in our nation today. Millions of people, dating back to the conception of our nation, have faught and died to give you your vote. Your vote is your voice and it is your vote that tells Washington what you believe and what you want. Your vote is not suppose to tell anyone what they think but what you think.

There is no such thing as a wasted vote. Let me repeat that, there is no such thing as a wasted vote.

Too many of this nation's citizens will look to the top-tier candidates and assume that any other vote is not worth being cast. But who decides who the top-tier candidates are? The mainstream media. That's right. At the beginning of this political process, bets were cast on who would be most liked. They guessed who might win! And we followed suit but voting for their guess.

This is not a beauty contest; we are not voting on who "looks like a president". This is not a popularity contest; the question on the ballot is not "Who do you think most other people will vote for?".

The question is "Who best represents your beliefs?" and that should be the only question you consider before marking that ballot.

We vote how we perceive our neighbors or the rest of the nation votes, while our neighbors and the rest of the nation are voting based on what they believe we think. Truly the blind leading the blind. If we are choosing how we think others will choose, we have already lost our voice in Washington. The mainstream media and the political powers-that-be have already won.

Here's a question: If the other candidate is "going to win anyway", why feel the need to jump on the bandwagon? Just so you can say you were part of the winning team?

It doesn't matter who you support, the idea is that you should support them. Not because they may or may not win. But because regardless of who does win, your opinion will show that person where the rest of the nation stands. Your opinion, saying this other person best represents me, will help to influence everyone who should be listening.

You think you'll waste your vote? You think they won't be listening? Then you might as well not vote at all, because it seems as if your neighbor already has it covered for you.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

IMPORTANT: Help call CO supporters!

If you would like to help call Colorado supporters, please email robert@ronpaul2008.com for details on how to help.

There is a website set up that gives you one person at a time, a personalized script and an easy way to confirm their support. All it requires is your computer (with internet obviously, a cell phone with free long distance and a nice speaking voice.

Email Robert now!

Prayer Bomb February 3-5th

Grassroots activists are asking for a "Prayer Bomb" February 3-5 (Sunday thru Tuesday).

I don't usually Fwd stuff of a spiritual or religious nature, mainly because so many of my friends and acquaintances are so diverse in their beliefs. But I do believe that whether you believe in the Law of Attraction or the bible, whether your an athiest or a Christian or a Buddhist, everyone believes to some extent the power of prayer, meditation, or positive thought.

"Prayer" may not apply directly to your beliefs but the message certainly does. I for one believe it's time for us to start doing more of these kinda things, instead of focusing on the negativity we perceive to be given RP in the media and the debates. Negativity begets negativity. Let's stay on track with the positive!

Please spend time in prayer, meditation and positive thought this February 3-5th for Ron Paul's success, as well as his health, energy, motivation, determination and hope.

Bin Laden: Goal is to bankrupt U.S.

http://edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/11/01/binladen.tape/index.html

Al-Jazeera releases full transcript of al Qaeda leader's tape

Tuesday, November 2, 2004 Posted: 0107 GMT (0907 HKT)

(CNN) -- The Arabic-language network Al-Jazeera released a full transcript Monday of the most recent videotape from Osama bin Laden in which the head of al Qaeda said his group's goal is to force America into bankruptcy.

Al-Jazeera aired portions of the videotape Friday but released the full transcript of the entire tape on its Web site Monday.

"We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too great for Allah," bin Laden said in the transcript.

He said the mujahedeen fighters did the same thing to the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s, "using guerrilla warfare and the war of attrition to fight tyrannical superpowers."
"We, alongside the mujahedeen, bled Russia for 10 years until it went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw in defeat," bin Laden said.

He also said al Qaeda has found it "easy for us to provoke and bait this administration."
"All that we have to do is to send two mujahedeen to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al Qaeda, in order to make generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic and political losses without their achieving anything of note other than some benefits for their private corporations," bin Laden said.

Al-Jazeera executives said they decided to post the entire speech because rumors were circulating that the network omitted parts that "had direct threats toward specific states, which was totally untrue."

"We chose the most newsworthy parts of the address and aired them. The rest was used in lower thirds in graphics format," said one official.

U.S. intelligence officials Monday confirmed that the transcript made public Monday by Al-Jazeera was a complete one.

As part of the "bleed-until-bankruptcy plan," bin Laden cited a British estimate that it cost al Qaeda about $500,000 to carry out the attacks of September 11, 2001, an amount that he said paled in comparison with the costs incurred by the United States.

"Every dollar of al Qaeda defeated a million dollars, by the permission of Allah, besides the loss of a huge number of jobs," he said. "As for the economic deficit, it has reached record astronomical numbers estimated to total more than a trillion dollars.

The total U.S. national debt is more than $7 trillion. The U.S. federal deficit was $413 billion in 2004, according to the Treasury Department.

"It is true that this shows that al Qaeda has gained, but on the other hand it shows that the Bush administration has also gained, something that anyone who looks at the size of the contracts acquired by the shady Bush administration-linked mega-corporations, like Halliburton and its kind, will be convinced.

"And it all shows that the real loser is you," he said. "It is the American people and their economy."

As for President Bush's Iraq policy, Bin Laden said, "the darkness of black gold blurred his vision and insight, and he gave priority to private interests over the public interests of America.
"So the war went ahead, the death toll rose, the American economy bled, and Bush became embroiled in the swamps of Iraq that threaten his future," bin Laden said.

U.S. government officials said Friday that the tape appeared to be authentic and recently made. It was the first videotaped message from the al Qaeda leader in nearly three years.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Romneyfacts.com

Need some Romney facts? Good luck.

http://romneyfacts.com/

Get his quotes on many issues and see why it's not where he stands that bothers people, but how many places he seems to stand at once or how quickly he seems to jump from one side to the next, depending on who he is speaking with or to.

Want a sample?

Desire To Serve in Vietnam

Boston Herald, 5/2/94 in running for U.S. Senate in liberal Massachusetts:
"I was not planning on signing up for the military. It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam..."

Boston Globe, 6/24/07 in running for Republican Presidential nominee:
"I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there and in some ways it was frustrating not to feel like I was there as part of the troops that were fighting in Vietnam."


Check out more here: http://romneyfacts.com/

Thursday, January 31, 2008

5 Million Dollar Boost



Dr. Paul is asking for a 5 Million Dollar boost ASAP to be able to have a good showing on Super Tuesday (February 5th).

Many of us are giving on February 1st in honor of Dr. Paul and his wife, Carol's 51st anniversary.

Please do what you can to help spread this message to the two dozen states that vote next Tuesday.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Know Before You Vote

One of the best voting guides I've seen:

http://knowbeforeyouvote.com/

And then there were four!

Giuliani has backed out of the race and has endorsed McCain...no shocker there.

Huckabee is expected to drop out soon, but many commentators are saying he will not do it until after Super Tuesday to avoid his rival, Romney, getting his votes.

But the kicker is how all the news broadcasts keep repeating that it will soon be a two-man race.

Even now, after seven candidates have dropped out, after Ron Paul has broken record after record for fundraising and won nearly all straw polls, he still is getting ignored and labeled as the long shot?

Wasn't Giuliani given the title of front-runner not long ago? Maybe people should stop listening to the mainstream media for their political information. They obviously don't have their facts straight.

Ron Paul is one step closer to the national convention but remember, he can't do it without our continued support. And as much a we loathe the idea that campaigns revolve around money...well, until we can effectively change the game, we need to play by their rules.

The best thing we can do for Ron Paul now is to donate and donate regularly. It doesn't matter if all you can commit to is $20 a paycheck. That $20 (or whatever amount it is that you're comfortable with) is the best thing we can do to help propel him nationally.

Need something else to do? Encourage supporters in other states to canvass - it's a tried and true method that has shown to work. Also, if you hear a newscast or radio show that censors Ron Pul, call in or email and remind them he's not out of the race yet!

Our job in Nevada may be done for now but their is still a long way to go until we can breath easy.

Go Ron Paul!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

HQ Update

Monday, January 28, 2008

Sunday, January 27, 2008

AL Republican Assembly Endorses Ron Paul

The Alabama Republican Assembly endorsed Ron Paul at their state convention today in Birmingham.

The endorsement required a 2/3rds majority of registered delegates. Ron Paul received the 2/3rds on the first ballot! Mike Huckabee came in second.

Convention chair Elaine Little noted that, with the crowded field, it was unusual that an endorsement would be won on the first ballot.

The group also held a straw poll that was open to the public. The winner of the straw poll was Ron Paul, with 81%.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Liberty Tax - Spread the Word

Well, here we are, about 12 days until Super Tuesday...

We just performed a medium moneybomb on the 21st of January and
produced 1.8 million dollars for the campaign.

Mitt Romney is buying the Presidency with his own money.
McCain just raised $7 Million over the last month.
Giuliani is broke.
Huckabee is broke.

McCain is surging in the polls and appears to be doing better in
the primaries.

We need to do something. If we sit and wait, we lose. If we
generate momentum we win.

We need to demoralize the other campaigns. We need to drive fear
into the hearts of the establishment and show that Ron Paul and his
supporters are fully committed are are ready to go the distance.

So here is the plan and we all need to participate:

On February 3rd (2 days before Super Tuesday) we will fund Ron
Pauls General Election. We will show our forward thinking and our
massive support for the freedom message. We need to attract the
previous Thompson voters, the previous Gravel voters, and now the
Kusinich voters to take a stand and not waiver.

The MoneyBomb(s) have been the most effective tool we have toward
showing support and driving a wedge into the minds of
the other campaigns. We are fighting a battle of ideologies, true
but on the ground, we are fighting a battle of wills.

Everyone wants to be on a winning team. This is why we must show
the other campaigns, and the undecided voters who is determined,
who has the loudest voice, who has the greatest backing, and who is
more determined to win.

On February 3rd. We need 20,000 (as many as possible) people to
donate $500 each. This mass donation event has been in stealth mode
so as not to attract the media who can then warp it to their
message. The intent is to "out of nowhere" produce a ridiculous
amount of support for Ron Paul. The "out of nowhere" is vital.

http://www.libertytax08.com is the website for the event.

This will take a small amount of work on your (our) part. If we
commit to at least 30 minutes of time each within the next two
days we can make this massive event happen.

Here is what is needed from each of us.

1. Set aside 30 minutes during the next two days to be in front of
your computer.

2. Start the clock on the half hour and proceed to visit as many
blogs, meetup group websites, message boards, comment sections as
possible. Visit politics oriented websites, conservative oriented
websites, Fred Thompson websites, Kucinich websites, Diggs,
MySpaces, Facebooks, etc.

3. Then send an email to a minimum of 10 other people. These people
should be friends of Ron Paul or emails gotten from freedom
movement websites. Could even be webmasters, or admin@something.com
addresses. Tell the folks you send an email to who you are and that
we are doing up a sneak moneybomb for Ron Paul. If they want to do
away with the IRS, now is the time to prove it. Paste the content
of this email to your own. - Bottom line is get the word out.

4. If you own a website, there are banners available on the
http://www.libertytax08.com site to use.

That is all that is required to pull in $10,000,000.00. (30 minutes
each).

I have sent this email to 800 of you, so collectively 800 folks
spending 30 minutes to get the word out this weekend creates 24,000
hours spent advertising the event

Maybe you do not want to partake in the event, maybe you don't have
$500 dollars, this is completely understandable. Please help
donating 30 minutes toward spreading the word.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Paul Claims Boondoggle on the Bayou

ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf: Not too many people paid too much attention to the Louisiana Caucus on Wednesday. John McCain won and Ron Paul logged his second second place finish of the primarycaucus season after his showing at the Nevada caucus last Saturday.

For Paul, R-Tex., Louisiana is really more of a third place finish since finishing ahead of the winner, John McCain, was "uncommitted pro-life."

But the Paul campaign says they got second place and maybe should have gotten first.

In a statement this afternoon, they allege that Paul supporters were forced to file provisional ballots even when they were pre-registered as delegates for Paul and they accuse the Louisiana Republican party of changing the rules at the last minute.

Paul campaign statement:

The failure of the Louisiana GOP to properly determine who was and wasn't eligible to vote threw this entire process into disarray," said Ron Paul campaign manager Lew Moore. "The party needs to correct this mistake by counting all the votes immediately, and releasing the results."

Due to mistakes by the Louisiana GOP, hundreds of voters were forced to file provisional ballots, including nearly 500 that could change the outcome of the election. According to party officials, caucus locations relied on a voter list from November 1, 2007 despite the fact that under caucus rules, voters must have registered Republican by November 30, 2007.

In multiple instances, state-certified Ron Paul delegates that were on the ballot were forced to file a provisional ballot despite the fact they were pre-approved as delegates.

The Louisiana State GOP also changed the rules at the last minute to allow other candidates to file more delegates. At the time of the original January 10 deadline, Ron Paul had the largest number of delegates pledged to him. The party then changed the rules to give other candidates until January 12 to file more delegates.


It's a confusing process in Louisiana and a trip to the Louisiana Republican Party does not clear things up. They don't even assign numerical totals to show how big the gap between places one and two and three were. In fact, at the website, a statement from party chairman Roger Villere Jr. only says Paul "appear to have captured the next highest number of delegate positions."

But Villere did praise Paul's supporters for having dash.

"I applaud the supporters of Congressman Paul for their enthusiasm and superior organizational ability. Our Party needs the infusion of new activists who have both political skill and a passion for protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us by the Constitution," he said. "I left the caucus with a renewed commitment to promote our core Republican principles of limited government and individual freedom, thanks to the zeal displayed by Congressman Paul's Louisiana supporters," Villere says on the website.

According to the website, more than 10,000 Louisana Republicans met yesterday to elect delegates to their state convention. Those delegates, led by those currently lobbying for uncommitted, will ultimately award delegates to candidates for the Republican National Convention.

ABC News tried to speak to an official representative of the Louisiana Republican party, but the phone number listed on the website http://www.lagop.com rings busy.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Message from Campaign (with newest Endorsements)

January 22, 2008


Yesterday, you raised over $1.85 million for Ron Paul. Congratulations, and thank you so much!

It's been a great few days to be a supporter of Ron Paul, and not only because of the successful fundraising day or our great second-place showing in Nevada.

On the endorsement front, Ron Paul has won the support of three significant public figures in the last two days.

Yesterday, former New Mexico Governor Gary "Veto" Johnson announced that he is supporting Dr. Paul for president. Governor Johnson is an icon to small-government conservatives and libertarians for his long-standing commitment to the principles of the Founders. You can read our press release here.

This morning, Ron Paul also received the glowing endorsement of Donald L. Luskin, a prominent financial commentator on CNBC and Chief Investment Officer for Trend Macrolytics LLC. You can read Don's editorial in National Review about why Ron Paul is right for America here.

Finally, Dr. Paul hosted a press conference this morning with well-known pro-life activist Norma McCorvey, better known as 'Jane Roe' from the infamous Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade.

Much more good news about the campaign is coming soon, and all of it is made possible by your support. Here are some ways that you can immediately help to keep building our momentum:

1. Become a Precinct Leader: We really need to fill spots for precinct leaders around the country. Outside of donating, this is the most critical thing you can do to get Dr. Paul elected. Help us by signing up in your area.

2. Spread the Word: We've created a great tool to help you get the word out to your friends about why Ron Paul should be our next president. Check it out here.

3. Donate: Keep in mind that we need financial contributions from our loyal supporters every day - and more so now than ever. Remember, there are an astounding 22 primaries and caucuses coming up on Super Tuesday. If you didn't get a chance to give yesterday, you still can help us compete in all of the upcoming primaries and caucuses by donating today: https://www.ronpaul2008.com/donate

Thanks again!

Jonathan Bydlak
Fundraising Director
Ron Paul 2008

P.S. For those of you who haven't heard, Mike Huckabee's campaign is broke and like Guilini is asking staff to go without pay. Don't let the same thing happen to Ron Paul. After all, where else would Mike Huckabee get all of his ideas? Contribute today!

And then there were five...

Fred Thompson Quits Presidential Race
Jan 22 03:31 PM US/Eastern

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson quit the Republican presidential race on Tuesday, after a string of poor finishes in early primary and caucus states.

"Today, I have withdrawn my candidacy for president of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort," Thompson said in a statement.

Thompson's fate was sealed last Saturday in the South Carolina primary, when he finished third in a state that he had said he needed to win.

In the statement, Thompson did not say whether he would endorse any of his former rivals. He was one of a handful of members of Congress who supported Arizona Sen. John McCain in 2000 in his unsuccessful race against George W. Bush for the party nomination.

The actor-politician best known as the gruff district attorney on NBC's "Law & Order" placed third in Iowa and South Carolina, two states seemingly in line with his right-leaning pitch and laid-back style, and fared even worse in the four other states that have held contests thus far. Money already tight, he ran out of it altogether as the losses piled up.

Thompson departs the most wide open Republican race in half a century; three candidates each having won in the six states that have voted.

In Florida, McCain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani are battling for the lead ahead of its Jan. 29 primary, while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee evaluates his next steps amid money troubles of his own.

[This article, of course, makes no mention of Ron Paul's successful fundraising and his gaining success. But we all know who the frontrunners are! I'm taking bets on who is next to leave the race - Guiliani and Huckabee. I'm going with the Mayor!]

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Moving Forward!

The Nevada caucus is over and despite Dr. Paul impressive showing, he still isn't getting the media coverage he deserves.

We're not done yet!

Louisiana holds in caucus on January 22nd (it's primary on Feb 9) with Hawaii, Florida and California following closely behind.

How can you help?

First commit to donating, even a small amount, every payday between now and Super Tuesday (Feb 5th). You can follow this link to signup:



Then check back here soon to read some others ways to help out these earlier primary/caucus states! (Don't forget to sread the word about Ron Paul's PayDay!)

Monday, January 21, 2008

Please Read

My name is Vijay Boyapati, I'm Director of Operation Live Free or Die ( http://operationlivefreeordie.com/).

Some of you may remember me from the interview with Dr Paul at Google (skip to 42:31 in the interview - that's me).

I'm writing to you because we're at a turning point in Ron's campaign. In the short history of this Revolution we're in the best position we've ever been in. I don't mean to sound hyperbolic and nor am I exaggerating. Consider these facts:

- Two Republican Presidential candidates (Tancredo and Hunter) have dropped out of the race for want of both money and support. Along with Ron, Tancredo and Hunter were the only candidates truly strong on fixing illegal immigration. Illegal immigration is a huge issue for many voters, and Ron is now the only candidate left with a sterling record on the issue.

- Fred Thompson has had no successes in any states and finished a distant third in South Carolina where he needed a strong result. He has little money and no grassroots support. It's very likely that he'll drop out of the race in the near future.

- While both Huckabee and McCain have won some states, neither has established a clear lead. Neither has significant financial resources, and both will struggle to advertise in the super Tuesday states.

- Rudy Giuliani has chosen a very risky strategy of focusing his efforts on Florida, and has done abysmally in every other state. If he doesn't post a victory in Florida his campaign will essentially be dead.

All the while, Dr Paul has has built an enormous war-chest that will allow him to be among the very few candidates who can afford to advertise in a significant way in the huge super Tuesday states (California, Illinois, New York etc).

http://news.yahoo.com/s/thenation/20080120/cm_thenation/45272954

Further, only a small fraction of the total delegates necessary for the party nomination have been decided. The Republican race is still wide open. We still have a terrific opportunity to shock the media and the country with a strong showing.

This is not the time for despair. It is not the time for complacency. It not the time to abandon the American Revolution. Now is the time for our greatest effort in the glorious cause of human freedom.

So I ask each of you to help us deliver a third huge fund-raising day for Dr Paul on January 21st (this Monday) by promoting this effort as much as possible in your meetup group:http://freeatlast2008.com

The money we raise will allow Dr Paul to dominate the air-waves in the days leading up to super-Tuesday.

I also ask that you participate in a march in your city and contact your local press to let them know this is part of a national movement. Even if you're only able to march with 5 or 10 fellow supporters, you should do so. Together we'll show that ours is a national movement. That freedom is not forgotten in our beloved Republic. And that we will not stop the fight until our Government acknowledges our urgent entreaty: we demand liberty and justice for all Americans.

Sincerely,
Vijay Boyapati
Director of Operation Live Free or Die

[The Las Vegas MeetUp group is orchestrating a rally today at 3pm in front of the NYNY.]

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Watch Caucus Results

These sites are reporting the Nevada Caucus results and are updating as soon as the votes come in.

State Results:

http://www.nvgopcaucus.com/results

County Results:

http://www.nvgopcaucus.com/county


Something for all Ron Paul supporters to remember: Dr. Paul may not be coming in first but he has an overwhelming number of delegates; more than any other candidate. Finishing in the top three is great to ensure enthusiasm but delegates are the make-or-break.

Go Ron Paul!

Friday, January 18, 2008

McCain's Reckless "100 years in Iraq" Comment Endangers Americans

In response to John McCain's comment at a recent town hall event that he would be fine with keeping American troops in Iraq for 100 - or even 1 million years - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul issued the following statement:

"John McCain's statement in favor of keeping troops in Iraq for 100 years
or longer puts him out of sync with the majority of Americans, who want our
troops to come home. Further, his comments recklessly put America at risk as
such a statement will likely serve as a recruiting tool for Bin Laden and Al
Qaeda, who appeal to radicals and incite violence against Americans by claiming
that the US desires to occupy the Middle East indefinitely.

It is time to act in the true national security interest of the United
States and begin withdrawal from Iraq and the rest of the Middle East
immediately. Americans will be far safer under a pro-America foreign policy that
seeks to end the dangerous idea that the US should be the policeman of the
world.

Further, the financial costs of keeping troops in Iraq for a century would
be massive - in addition to the steep price in American lives. If John
McCain really wants such a long term presence, he needs to level with the
American people and tell them that his policy means we will not be able to
fulfill our obligations here at home."


According to quarterly FEC reports, Dr. Ron Paul is supported by more active duty and retired military retirees than any other candidate to be the next commander in chief. An investigation by the Houston Chronicle revealed that Congressman Paul received "more donations from current military and retired military than any other candidate."

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Meet Ron Paul TODAY!

Ron Paul will meet and greet local supporters at:

LOCATION:
Peter Piper Pizza
560 South Decatur (next to Arizona Charlie's)
Las Vegas, NV

TIME:
6:00pm - 6:45pm

The pizza place has been nice enough to allow us to meet Dr. Paul at their location for free so please help them out and make us look good by patronizing their establishment. Have fun, eat some pizza, meet Ron Paul and then ALL THOSE THAT ARE CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS can go next door to the meeting at Arizona Charlie's and support our candidate Robert Holloway for Chairman of the CCRCC!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Caucus and Primary Results

Iowa: Ron Paul came in with 10% of the votes and 2 committed delegates. He ranked 5th place above Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Wyoming: 2nd place! However he got zero delegates (that we know of). This is a great example of why you should become a delegate in NV! (Info on becoming a delegate in Clark County on this blog.)

New Hampshire: Ranked 5th place with 8% of the votes and an uncertain number of delegates. However, the Boston Globe is reporting a recount is to be done when several hundred people called the GOP and stated they voted for Ron Paul but their counties came back showing no votes for him. I'll update this recount info when I have substantiated details. (They are also recounting the Democratic side stating there are major discrepancies on both sides when it comes to machine counts vs hand counts, as well as missing votes completely.)

Important!

Our caucus is this Saturday, the 19th! You can go to http://locator.nvgopcaucus.com/ to find your precinct location. Please be sure to show up for this as some info I received prior stated that only delegates could vote for Ron Paul, when in fact the preference poll is open to all attendees. We need you there! Better yet, we need you to become a delegate so we don't have a repeat of what happened in Wyoming.

Need quick info about canvasing or the caucus? Check out this page for Clark County residents: http://ronpaullv.com/

Call the Clark County Ron Paul Headquarters at (702) 430-1407 for more info or to help the campaign in any way. Even a small amount of help is huge and much needed right now.

Dr. Paul coming to Nevada this week!

Ron Paul will be visiting Nevada beginning today, January 13th. His trip through the Silver State will begin in Pahrump. Dr. Paul will visit with Nye County Republicans at the Bob Ruud Community Center in Pahrump, Nevada. The Community Center is located at 150 North Highway 160. The event will begin at 7 pm and end at 8:30 pm.

Dr. Paul will then head north to Reno for media events on the morning of Monday, January 14th. He will meet with supporters and undecided voters at a local restaurant. Then he will head south to Carson City to hold a rally at Comma Coffee at 312 South Carson Street. The media and the general public are invited to attend.

The next stop for the Texas Congressman will be in Las Vegas on Tuesday the 15th. He will meet with various media outlets in the morning. At 12:30 pm, Dr. Paul will attend the Third Tuesday Coalition Luncheon hosted by the Nevada Policy Research Institute, which will be attended by Clark County Republicans.

Later in the afternoon, Dr. Paul will meet with Nevada voters concerned about border security as well as some citizens' group leaders concerned about border security from Nevada and other western states at the Memphis Championship Barbecue in Las Vegas.

For additional details about Dr. Paul's trip to Nevada, please contact Jennifer Terhune, Ron Paul 2008 Nevada Communications Coordinator, in Reno at 775-741-9163 or Jeff Greenspan, Ron Paul 2008 Regional Campaign Coordinator, in Las Vegas at 602-690-4288.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

A Great Resource

This is a great resource for introducing freinds and family to Ron Paul's message:

http://www.ronpauldvdproject.com/themovie.php

It's a bit long but is truly eye-opening, informative and really fantastic! Despite the length I couldn't peel myself away from it.

Huckabee Not the Best for Homeschoolers

Mary Pride, the publisher of Practical Homeschooling, recently published an article worth the time to read. I find it important to know our competition to be able to intelligibly stand up for our candidate, Ron Paul.

Read her article here: Huckabee Not the Best for Homeschoolers

Follow the link on the bottom of the article (or here) for a very good candidate comparison.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Send Your Endorsement!

Message from Shana Kluck, National Coordinator of Homeschoolers for Ron Paul:

Let's show the world how many homeschoolers support Dr. Paul!

The campaign is going to add a "Homeschoolers Endorse Ron Paul" page to
their site. It would be great if every single one of you would send me a
short endorsement statement about why you, as a homeschooler, choose to support
Ron Paul. Include a short bio- names, state, how long you've homeschooled,
etc. If you know other homeschooling supporters that are not on this list,
please forward this info to them.

Please send your endorsement to [my email] with "Endorse" in the subject
line. I'm collecting them all and sending them to Jonathan Bydlak in a
single email. He's overwhelmed with the number of emails coming in from
other sources and we felt that this would make it easier for him.

Thank you!
Shana
shana@ronpaul2008.com

Important Info on the Issues

Here are some links to Ron Paul's stance on the important issues that matter most to homeschoolers:



Parents must have control of education



Congratulating Home Educators and Homeschooled Students



Statement of Faith



[I thought this had posted several weeks ago but apparently did not. Sorry for the delay n the resources!]