Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
We were entertained by the Tampa Bay cheerleaders, Shannon Magrane, the teenage American Idol contestant from Tampa Bay and Rodney Atkins, to name a few.
Security was uber tight and they closed off freeways to allow the buses to reach the Trop without trouble. A will devote a later post to the security alone. It's crazy!
Bern's Steak House is a Tampa restaurant famous for their legendary steaks, vast wine collection and famous dessert room. Seattle delegate Mark, who blogs here, arranged for our gastronomic adventure. After our fabulous dinner we enjoyed a tour of the kitchen and wine cellar before moving upstairs to relax in a private booth for dessert. All told, our dinner was a 4 hour phenominal experience. Wow, wow!
The weather is incredible and there was no sign of the univited delegate named Hurricane Isaac. Convention events don't start until Sunday so we had a wonderful day settling in at the lovely Holiday Inn & Suites and exploring Clearwater and it's breath taking beaches.
Friday, August 24, 2012
The 2nd credential's challenge comes from Oklahoma- also from the Paul campaign. Their complaint is a bit in the weeds but basically they are saying that the Oklahoma national delegation was not approved by a roll call (ballot) vote and so are asking that the Oklahoma delegation not be seated at the national convention. At the conclusion of the Oklahoma State convention there body amended their rules to eliminate a roll call vote and conducted a voice and standing vote. The intent of the state convention body was not in doubt and our credential's committee voted in the affirmative to seat the Oklahoma delegation.
We dispensed the Oklahoma challenge in short order and now we will hear from Oregon...
I arrived in Tampa a few days early to serve as a member of the Credentials Committee. There are 3 committees that serve the Republican National Committee- Credentials, Rules and Platform. Each state delegation elects a man and a woman to serve each committee. My counterpart on the Credentials Committee is Bob Brunjes from King County. Our job is to hear the cases of national delegates and/or alternates whose right to be seated at the national convention has been challenged.
There were 9 challenges from 8 states- the most contests since 1952.
The Washington State delegation was challenged by Ron Paul activists and their complaints involved procedural issues going back to the March 3 caucuses and county conventions. Our committee ruled that the RNC body has no jurisdiction over this matter because their challenge was already heard and ruled on by the state credentialing committee. As a national delegate who was individually challenged let me just say that the materials submitted by the challengers was riddled with false statements. Without a doubt this challenge was without fact and merit. This matter has been rightly decided and buried.
The challenges of 4 other states have either been dropped or settled outside of this body. That leaves 3 states who continued their contests: Maine, Oregon and Oklahoma.
First up Maine: It is clear the Maine state convention was riddled with serious credentialing, ballot and floor security issues. My word, what a nightmare situation! Multiple efforts were made to resolve the dispute and the RNC working with the Maine Republican Party procuded an alternate slate of delegates which includes representatives of both slates that were presented at the state convention. This is a fair and equitable resolution and allows for Maine to be representated on the floor of the national convention.
Vote of the credentials committee on Maine: an affirmative vote to seat a slate of delegates and alternates which constitutes individuals from both state convention slates (BTW: majority Paul delegates).
I sure hope Oregon and Oklahoma will be easier to consider.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
I have arrived in Tampa and had a good night’s rest after a long day of flying. As I came from the airport through Tampa there was a huge welcome billboard that said: Welcome to Tampa. The Mayor and City Council are all Democrat. Enjoy your stay. I'll try to get a picture because it's quite funny.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Just in time for another epic adventure...
Join me (via this blog) as I travel to the Republican National Convention and participate in the nomination of Mitt Romney as President of the United States and Paul Ryan as his chosen VP.
Like I said, it will be EPIC!