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[link]Des Moines Register,http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/ ... s/8203021/[/link]





Republicans in Iowa replace 'liberty' faction with new party leaders





Just two years after Ron Paul's eclectic army of activists orchestrated a hostile takeover of the Republican Party of Iowa headquarters, the other factions of the GOP have shown them the door.





Iowa is the first state to fully strip power from liberty-movement followers who led a charge on state parties in 2012.





Today, mainstream and evangelical conservative Republicans named 16 new members to the board that oversees the party machinery. Voting took place at the Republicans' four district conventions.





The turn of events means the GOP in Iowa, the state that gets first crack at presidential voting, will now be aimed at building a bigger, broader party that is more focused on electing candidates and less focused on pet liberty-movement issues like police checkpoints, raw milk or getting rid of the Fed, party insiders said. ...





Liberty-aligned conservatives who have burrowed in around the country — in states such as Nevada, Maine, Minnesota, Virginia and Alaska — have shown signs of negotiating a truce with establishment Republicans. But in Iowa, there was too wide of a fissure due to lingering conflict over the 2012 national convention delegates, who cast votes for Paul and snubbed party nominee Mitt Romney; procedural arguments at state conventions; and occasional battles with Iowa's elected officials.
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Until the GOP gets rid of the Tea Party activists and government haters it's not going to make any difference.

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I'm not sure this is going to be much of an improvement. So now instead of talking about getting rid of the Fed, they'll be arguing whether the earth is 6 or 10 thousand years old.
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[link]Anchorage Daily News,http://www.adn.com/2014/04/30/3449548/a ... kicks.html[/link]





As Republican convention kicks off in Juneau, tea party says it's staying home





The Alaska Republican Party's biennial convention kicks off Thursday in Juneau. But a whole swath of the faithful will be missing: the Ron Paul backers and tea party members who overwhelmed and overthrew the traditional leadership at the last convention, in 2012.





Two years later, the struggle for control of the Republican banner appears to have subsided, following the state executive committee's ouster of the new chairman elected in the conservative wave in 2012, Russ Millette. Millette said he and his supporters are disillusioned with the party and won't even be making the trip to Juneau.





"Virtually everyone that elected me will not be there," Millette said in an interview Wednesday. "They had a shot, and they took it and they won, and it was overturned by a group of 16 unelected people called the state executive committee." ...





Some of the Ron Paul supporters and tea party members are now defecting to an alternative group, the Alaska Republican Assembly, which is planning its own convention and "Freedom Fair" in Wasilla later this month.





The group is headed by Daniel Hamm, who has been a member of the Republican Party's central committee. Its convention poster advertises a speech by Rafael Cruz, the father of U.S. Senator and tea party darling Ted Cruz, as well as Sharron Angle, the Nevada Republican who challenged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2010.
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Surprized they haven't got the Wasilla Weasel to come down and tell them all about being free and dumb. I don't know if they can afford her though... :roll:
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Wisconsin Republican Party to vote on whether their state has a 'right to secede'





You may recall that the Wisconsin Republican Party is preparing to have a vote this weekend on whether or not Wisconsin has the right to secede from the Union. This is because a resolution to that effect made it up the chain of the Wisconsin Republican Party, passing each necessary hurdle to be considered at the party's state convention, and so there will actually, factually be a resolution presented to conventioneers so that they can affirm that even though Wisconsin is not really looking to secede from the Union, that is totally something Wisconsin could do and old Abe Lincoln is dead so who's going to stop us, or somesuch.





At every step of the way, people in the Wisconsin Republican Party who still want to feign some semblance of sanity have distanced themselves from this extraordinarily stupid idea, and yet it keeps making it through the Next Step of being something that the Wisconsin Republican Party thinks should be a party resolution. So no matter how chagrined they seem by their arrangement of a vote on whether or not the Wisconsin Republican Party endorses the idea of Wisconsin possibly seceding from the Union, they're still going to vote on it. So you keep on with the protestations of not being batshit crazy, fellas, and put some feeling into it:





“This has been totally blown out of proportion,” said Michael Murphy, vice chairman of the 4th District Republican Party and a former chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus, a Ron Paul-affiliated outlet. “This is one sentence in one resolution out of 23 that were passed, it is one tag line out of a larger resolution discussing state sovereignty. At no point are we going to the convention and debate that we want to secede from the union, even though some paint that as the case.”





To be clear, the text of the resolution reads, in full, “BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we strongly insist our state representatives work to uphold Wisconsin’s 10th Amendment rights, and our right to secede, passing legislation affirming this to the US Federal Government.”
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I clicked thru to the Daily Beast article. Lynette Clark, a leader of the Alaskan Independence Party, said that she was encouraged by the news of out of the Badger State.“With fascism alive and well in Washington D.C., there are a lot of states that are looking to affirm their rights as republics,” she said. “Look at what is happening with the BLM and our good friend Mr. Bundy. Government agencies are out of control. It reminds me of Europe in the 30’s.”Even Wisconsin Tea Partiers admit that, while no affirmative vote on secession would likely occur this weekend, one still could at some point in the future.“I do believe that a state has the right to secede if the voters wish. I just believe it is necessary at this time. We are not at the point. We are talking about nullification,” said Lewis. “We are led to believe that the Civil War ended that debate [on secession], but it didn’t. The Civil War was a war; one side won, one side lost, and because of that they didn’t secede, but we can still have the debate.[/break1]thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/02/wisconsin-s-gop-secession-panic.html]http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2 ... panic.htmlFreaks all.

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[link]WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL,http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/ ... f46ee.html[/link]





U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson goes after Hillary Clinton at GOP convention (WI)





U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson slammed Hillary Clinton during his speech to Republicans gathered in Milwaukee for their annual convention. ...





But he accused former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama of lying to the American people.





He said Clinton, likely Democratic nominee for president in 2016, lied about the tragedy in Benghazi to "cover up her dereliction of duty." ...





"The Democrats, the liberals, the progressives, they’re relentless in their denial of our freedoms," he added. "If we’re united, we can win, we can save this nation."





Democrats quickly responded, saying that Johnson is an embarrassment to the state of Wisconsin.
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[link]Associated Press,http://www.statesman.com/news/ap/top-ne ... mit/ngBSs/[/link]





Cruz wins presidential straw poll at GOP summit





NEW ORLEANS —





Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has won the latest 2016 presidential straw poll at a conservative summit in Louisiana.





Cruz took 30 percent of the vote at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. He edged out conservative speaker and author Ben Carson.





Organizers at the annual conference say about a third out of 1,500 delegates voted in the straw poll. Delegates had to pay to register for the conference and vote in the straw poll.





Cruz promised delegates Saturday to continue his uncompromising approach on Capitol Hill.
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Cruz'in for a Bruz'in in 2016 - :crazy: :crazy: :crazy:
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Long guns: The new accessory at the GOP state convention?





Read more here: [/break1]star-telegram.com/2014/05/31/5858773/long-guns-the-new-accessory-at.html#storylink=cpy]http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/05/31 ... rylink=cpy





Leaders of the movement to make open carry of guns legal in Texas are asking supporters to attend the Texas Republican Party convention and tote their long guns or pistols outside the Fort Worth Convention Center.





And they’d like any delegates, alternates or guests to carry their weapons inside the convention as well.





“All delegates, I urge you to open-carry the whole time,” Kory Watkins, a coordinator with Open Carry Tarrant County, posted on Facebook. “I will be a delegate with my AK 47. Thomas Jefferson would be proud.”





Not so fast, city officials say. They agree that it’s legal to have these weapons outside the convention center. But inside, it’s a different matter because there’s a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission license.What could possibly go wrong?
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The folks at Open Carry are trying their darnest to ensure Texas passes some gun control laws in the future. :confuzzled: :confuzzled: :confuzzled:
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[link]Austin American-Statesman,http://www.statesman.com/news/news/stat ... he-/ngFPc/[/link]





Perry rouses delegates with call to take back the White House





FORT WORTH — Gov. Rick Perry offered the Texas Republican State Convention a rousing valedictory of his historic service as Texas’ longest-serving governor, but brought the crowd to its feet with his forward-looking call to take back the White House.





“You have changed Texas for the better, now it’s time to change America for the better,” Perry said. “It’s in our power to make all things new. Let’s roll up our sleeves; let’s rebuild American.”





Perry’s speech, which clocked in a little over 30 minutes, was flawlessly delivered before an audience of delegates who will be participating in a presidential straw poll, in which Sen. Ted Cruz, who will speak Friday, is likely to score a first-place finish. But Perry’s speech showed what made him look like front-runner material when he ran for president in 2012 until a ragged performance cost him his standing.





But Perry is now very much considering a second run, and everything about his speech Thursday — touting Texas as a model for America — offered a blueprint for a second run.
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06/06/14 Ted Cruz calls to repeal ‘every blessed word of Obamacare’“Today, liberty is under assault,” declared conservative firebrand Ted Cruz before an adoring audience Friday at the Republican Party of Texas State Convention.The GOP senator and Tea Party darling left virtually no red meat unthrown, calling for a return to the Constitution – “the most extraordinary document crafted in history” – a resurrection of American leadership abroad – where “bullies and tyrants are laughing at [us]” – and a rebuilding of jobs and economic growth at home, through adhering to free market principles, supporting “the American energy renaissance,” abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and repealing “every blessed word of Obamacare.”On the subject of the Constitution, Cruz declared that religious liberty was under fire, and blasted the recent controversy over the IRS’s alleged targeting of conservative groups that applied for nonprofit status. In one instance, an Iowa-based anti-abortion group was asked to provide information about its members’ prayer meetings, according to documents sent by an IRS official to the organization.“You know what, the federal government has no business asking any American the content of our prayers!” said Cruz to roaring applause. much more - defending the Second Amendment, NSA surveillance scandal, Common Core, the Obama-backed education standards, Reagan-worship.[/break1]msnbc.com/msnbc/ted-cruz-texas-state-convention-obamacare]http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/ted-cruz-tex ... -obamacareRemember when Common Core was a Republican Governor product? At the end of that post:After removing decades-old platform language that states, “Homosexuality tears at the fabric of society,” the Texas Republican Party on Thursday advanced new anti-gay language – this time, endorsing so-called “reparative therapy” to turn gay people straight. The full 10,000-delegate convention will vote on the platform Saturday.“I really beg my social conservative colleagues to let this issue go,” said Rudy Oeftering, a Dallas businessman and vice president of the gay Republican group Metroplex Republicans, to the Associated Press. The Metroplex Republicans were one of two groups of gay conservatives who were blocked from setting up a booth at the Texas convention.“It’s your opinion. It’s your belief,” he continued, “but it’s my life.”I posted about "reparative therapy" here: http://www.thefogbow.com/forum/viewtopi ... 6424Joseph Robidoux III posted about this here: http://www.thefogbow.com/forum/viewtopi ... 75#p616425
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Texas Republicans have gone so far to the right that I fear the state will capsize. :x The problem is that older white right-wingers vote in large numbers. Most younger Texans don't vote. :(
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[link]Raw Story,http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/06/06/t ... tor-obama/[/link]





Texas GOP convention’s ‘Davy Crockett’ calls for war against ‘dictator’ Obama





The 2014 Texas Republican Convention takes place this weekend and things were off to an interesting start with this speaker, a Davy Crockett impersonator who called for the violent overthrow of President Barack Obama and his administration.





Dressed in buckskins and carrying a raccoon skin he called “Buster,” the Crockett impersonator took the stage, calling out, “Good morning Texans! Are you proud? Are you blessed to live in the state of Texas?”





“Crockett” went on to dispense such pearls of down-home wisdom as “Never be a member of a party whose name ends with the word ‘rat.’”





“We must protect the rule of law in this nation,” he said. “In the early 1800s at the Alamo, it ran red with the blood of the freedom fighters. In November of 2014, I want Texas to run red with the greatest candidates that has ever been seen by any state anywhere as we come and make Texas red again.”





“Now, I’m a little disappointed,” he continued. “I came down from Tennessee to fight with the great republic of Texas against a narcisstic , tyrannical dictator and here a hundred and seventy-six years later I have to come back and fight against a narcisstic , tyrannical dictator again?”





The crowd bellowed and applauded as he asked, “Who’s gonna help me do that?”
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Open Carry Nuts are there:

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Open Carry Nuts are there:Oh, you mean ammosexuals. ;;)
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[link]Associated Press,http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2 ... ent-336120[/link]





Ted Cruz wins Texas GOP presidential poll





FORT WORTH (AP) — Firebrand U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has easily won a 2016 presidential straw poll at the state Republican Convention in his native Texas.





Cruz took 43 percent of the vote Saturday, at a gathering in Fort Worth featuring roughly 7,000 delegates. Conservative speaker and author Ben Carson was second with 12.2 percent.





The result was announced a day after Cruz promised to lead a national conservative revolution unseen since the days of Ronald Reagan.





Cruz easily bested Texas Gov. Rick Perry who took 11.7 percent, and fellow tea party favorite and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who won 12.1 percent.
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"[Moderate] doesn't mean you don't have views. It just means your views aren't predictable ideologically one way or the other, and you're trying to follow the facts where they lead and reach your own conclusions."
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The children at play. It's too bad the adults won't be elected in Texas for a while.Patience, patience ... But it's they damage they do in the meantime.
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[link]Indianapolis Star,http://www.indystar.com/story/news/poli ... /10165743/[/link]





Richard Mourdock says nation going way of Hitler's Nazi Germany





FORT WAYNE – Reaction ranged from anger to shock to befuddlement after Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock compared the nation's direction to Hitler's Nazi Germany during a farewell speech at the Indiana Republican Convention on Saturday.





"The people of Germany in a free election selected the Nazi Party because they made great promises that appealed to them because they were desperate and destitute. And why is that? Because Germany was bankrupt," he said.





Mourdock, who has stoked outrage with incendiary comments in the past, then alluded to the 70th anniversary last week of the D-Day invasion during World War II, saying, "The truth is, 70 years later, we are drifting on the tides toward another beachhead and it is the bankruptcy of the United States of America." ...





The speech received a standing ovation from the nearly 1,700 delegates from across the state. But by the end of the day, even the party's state chairman was distancing himself from the treasurer's comments. ...





During his unsuccessful run for U.S. Senate in 2012, Mourdock said during a debate that when a woman becomes pregnant during rape "it is something that God intended." He also said during the primary race, "We need less bipartisanship in Congress." And the day after unseating longtime GOP Sen. Richard Lugar, he told "Fox & Friends" that "bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view."
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Texas Republicans adopt a platform which appeals to the most right wing section of the party. If moderate and progressive people don't start voting in larger numbers, I do not know what is going to happen in this state. :( On efforts to fix the nation's broken immigration system, for example, the delegates to the state convention rejected its own "Texas Solution," approved in 2012, a platform position that at least acknowledged the need for immigration reform. The Texas Solution called for an expanded guest-worker program, but the new position emphasizes the hardest of hard lines by calling for the end of in-state tuition, the abolition of "sanctuary" cities and ever more spending on border security.Never mind that moderate Republicans are well aware that their party needs to become more inclusive for the sake of its own future. When it comes to immigration; the ideologues have taken uncontested control.The ideologues don't seem particularly interested in the gay vote, either. The 2014 Republican Party platform actually endorses the practice of training LGBT people to "convert" to heterosexuality. Never- mind that such therapies have been repudiated by the American Psychological Association and other major health organizations, not to mention common sense. Of course, the party platform isn't binding on Republican elected officials, but it does offer a glimpse of Texas 2015, with the tea party wing of the party in almost total control of state government. It's a disturbing portent.Snip---------Cruz and the tea party are "pushing the Republican Party off the ideological cliff," said Texas Democratic Party communications director Manny Garcia. We tend to agree, but neither Democrats nor moderate Republicans seem capable of reversing the trend any time soon.[/break1]chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/GOP-cliff-walk-5539970.php]http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas ... 539970.php
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Idaho GOP Fails To Elect Chairman, Agree On Platform





The Idaho Republican party adjourned its convention on Saturday without agreeing on a platform or electing a chairman, the Spokesman-Review reported.





Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), the Tea Party congressman running against Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to be House majority leader, lamented that as convention chairman, he was unable to facilitate consensus.





"For three weeks I’ve tried to broker a deal to prevent what happened today," he told Idaho Public Television on Saturday.





During the convention, the entire delegation from Bannock County was unseated, leading to chaos, according to the Idaho State Journal. Attempts were underway to remove the delegates for two additional counties due to disagreements between establishment and Tea Party Republicans when Labrador brought the convention to a close.





State Sen. Chuck Winder blamed the chaos on Tea Partiers and libertarians.
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[link]Yahoo News,http://news.yahoo.com/muslim-reporter-c ... 08817.html[/link]





Muslim reporter describes being ridiculed at the Texas GOP convention





The Texas Republican Party's annual convention ended a week ago, but it’s still managing to make headlines.





The GOP gathering first attracted national attention by fast-tracking a new platform that includes endorsing “reparative therapy” for gays. Some of the more moderate Republicans in attendance had hoped to address the matter, but the anti-gay topic was never allowed to come up for debate.





Now, a reporter who was covering the convention says she was targeted and taunted because of her Muslim headdress.





Heba Said, a senior at the University of Texas at Arlington, is the opinion editor of the school paper, The Shorthorn. The 22-year-old said she applied for media credentials and attended the convention hoping to share with her readers what it was like to sit in on panel discussions with delegates.





Instead, Said writes, “I discovered a cult-like hatred that is simply disgusting.”
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