All caucus participants arrive at their precincts where they will sign in at the door upon arrival. Caucuses will begin at 7:00PM CT.
The caucus meetings begin with the pledge of allegiance. A caucus chair and secretary will be elected by the body to run the meeting and take notes.
After the chair and secretary are elected, candidate representatives from each campaign are given time to speak on behalf of their candidate.
Once the speakers have finished, sheets of paper are be passed out to every registered Iowa Republican from the precinct. Voters then write down their candidate preference.
All votes are then collected.
Every vote is counted. The caucus chair and secretary will count the votes in front of the caucus and a representative from each campaign is allowed to observe the counting of the votes. The results are recorded on an official form provided by the Republican Party of Iowa and are announced to the caucus.
A caucus reporter is chosen to report the results to the Republican Party of Iowa, accompanied by campaign representatives to verify the results reported to Iowa GOP officials.
RPI officials do not count results; they aggregate them from around the state and report them to the media. To ensure consistency in reporting, campaign representatives have the opportunity to be present with RPI officials as votes are reported to the public.
We will be reporting the votes for Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Buddy Roemer, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, “No Preference,” and “Other.”
“No Preference” votes include those who vote “present,” “no preference, “uncommitted,” or “none of the above.”
Within fourteen days of the caucus, certified results will be released for a complete breakdown of all caucus votes that were cast by precinct.
After the Presidential preference poll is completed the caucus will elect precinct committee representatives; delegates, alternates, and junior delegates to the county convention; and discuss and submit platform resolutions for consideration at the county convention.
“The bridge back to me supporting Radkte has been burned, blown up and nuked to the stone age. I would vote for her in a primary if she was the only candidate against Allen, but that is how much I loathe an Allen candidacy.”
~ Chip Tarbutton comment on Sara for America blog
“[George Allen] voted for new entitlement programs and sat by as spending increased $16,000.00 per second for the six years he served.”
[George Allen] is no Mike Castle or Charlie Crist. Instead he's the governor who reformed welfare and abolished parole, the senator who voted for tax cuts and promoted conservative judges (including, as he is quick to point out, Henry Hudson, the Virginia jurist who ruled against Obamacare). Allen's campaign pitch is filled with references to balanced budgets and the line-item veto, and he is particularly sharp on energy policy. George Allen's sins against conservatism were ones widely committed by George W. Bush-era Republicans.
So could the 2006 winner of the Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll now be considered too moderate to nominate for the U.S. Senate? It's difficult to see that happening, and Allen is working hard to make sure it doesn't.
Another sign George Allen is the inevitable GOP Senate nominee: an opponent's campaign manager is stepping aside.
Jamie Radtke’s campaign is $85,472 in debt and only $43,163 on hand as of the last FEC filing. Radtke’s campaign has been floundering by Tea Party infighting, polls in the single digits, and an unwillingness to debate anyone but former Governor George Allen to the point of sidestepping a Shenandoah Tea Party debate last month.
This weekend the Republicans Party of Virginia will be the Advance (Republicans don't retreat) in Homestead Resort, in Hot Springs, Virginia. Here's a youtube about the Advance.
Hundreds (the resort and surrounding hotels are full) of Tea Party activists, Republicans, candidates and elected officials will gather to celebrate the 2011 victories, train for future elections, and plan for the critical Presidential, Senatorial and Congressional races of 2012.
There are 15 breakout/training sessions and politicians, candidates and political organizations host hospitality suites. If you are interested in Virginia politics this is the place to be seen. However, Radtke is not having a suite and she's not even getting a $100 table in the lobby. She retreating to Natural Bridge High School with only several other Tea Party leaders.
On Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., several Tea Party and other patriot groups in the 6th Congressional District will hear from U.S. Senate 2012 candidates, E.W. Jackson, Sr. and Jamie Radtke during the morning session.
Around 12 noon, there will be a potluck lunch, followed by breakout meetings by each patriot group to discuss the U.S. Senate candidates. Goal is to assist the process to support a two-candidate race for U.S. Senate in the Republican primary.
If there any doubt that the Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation was formed exclusively to promote Radtke, read on.
Henrico, VA – Today George Allen received the endorsement of over 100 Tea Party Patriots throughout the Commonwealth, led by Coby Dillard, Co-Founder of the Hampton Roads Tea Party, Laura Alcorn, Co-Founder of the Richmond Patriots, Strother Smith, President of the 10th Amendment Foundation, Ben Marchi, former State Director of Americans for Prosperity and conservative Tea Party activists Tito Munoz and Carl Tate. These Tea Party Patriots cited George Allen’s strong record on fiscal responsibility, individual liberty and his unwavering commitment to protect and stand up for the Constitution of the United States.
The press release provoked an immediate response by the Northern Virginia Tea Party and Virginia Tea Party Federation, one of the largest coalitions of tea party groups in the state. The federation claims to have approximately 40-50 legitimate groups in its membership, most of whom do not endorse or support George Allen. The group pushed out the following statement in response to George Allen’s release.
The Northern Virginia Tea Party has rebuked a George Allen campaign announcement which has implied that they and the state federation of Tea Party Patriots have endorsed his campaign and called upon George Allen to withdraw the announcement, reprimand the staff or consultants who created this misleading or dishonest announcement, meet with their leadership to offer his assurance that this will not happen again, and focus on face to face debates with other candidates seeking the support of Tea Party Patriots in Virginia for the 2012 GOP Senate nomination.
The recent announcement of Tea Party endorsement by the Allen campaign, the Tea Party statement said that “it is misleading at best, dishonest at worst. No candidate has been endorsed by any statewide Tea Party organization in Virginia and especially not by the Northern Virginia Tea Party.”
Karen Hurd, President of the Northern Virginia Tea Party, said George Allen is falsely claiming to have tea party support. “he’s trying to make it look like he’s got this great big groundswell of grassroots support. He does not.” Hurd suggested many names on the list of Allen’s release do not fully support Allen and did not give permission to be listed.
After a few phone calls, however, I found most names on the list were very much in support of George Allen. Michelle Stanley of the Richmond Patriots, for example, confirmed she had indeed endorsed Allen and said she believed the list was legitimate. Stanley, who is also a blogger here at CampaignTrailReport.com, believes the Northern Virginia Tea Party and VA Federation are fully in support of candidate Jamie Radkte.
Indeed, there does appear to be a conflict of interest in the response put out by the Norther Virginia Tea Party. First, Karen Hurd told me that as of yesterday she is a paid consultant for Jamie Radkte’s campaign. Second, Jamie Radkte is one of the key founding members of the VA Tea Party Federation and the coalition appears to be heavy handed with its membership and support of Radtke.
Michelle Stanley told me the Richmond Patriots had at one time been a member of the Federation, but decided to withdraw membership when it became clear the coalition was a support mechanism for Radtke’s run for Senate.
There is no doubt George Allen doesn’t have unanimous support of Virginia Tea Party Groups. That said, he certainly has legitimate claim to a fairly large support base among Virginia tea partiers. Additionally, those reacting to Allen’s tea party support are clearly doing so in the interest of Jamie Radtke.
These clips are not just of the Great Depression, but time frames surrounding that period. Do you have any doubts that the Communists and Progressives have been with us for 100 years or better? Well, they have been under many guises. Many times it is in the form of unions and organizers who claim they want to help the worker, when in reality, the ultimate goal is bringing ‘change’ to our form of government. When you were growing up, did you ever hear of these riots and this violence that eventually led up to WWII and afterwards? I didn’t. This is a first for me.
From a comment on the thread:
Those workers who were rioting were damn serious!Two quotes are worth repeating from that video clip:
60,000 showed up for some of the riots at that time!
Governors of multiple states had to call out their National Guard.
The Guard showed up with their side arms, machine guns, and gattling guns, ready to use them as needed.
The workers made alot of use of homemade bombs and molotov cocktails.
The police used shot guns and alot of tear gas and “naseous” gas (that made you feel sick to your stomach).
Someone was reported dead and several were wounded at every riot that was covered in that footage.
Policemen were killed or injured.
Rioters overturned cars, attacked cab drivers and their passengers, and smashed all of the windows out of businesses.
There were alot of clubs, bats, and billy clubs used left and righ by law enforcement personnel and rioters alike.
I guess this is what we have to look forward to – a whole lot of death, injury, and destruction of personal property.
“American will never allow a dictator in this country.”
“Americans must remember that rioting is only a short step away from Civil War.”Another very interesting comment on the thread:
My uncle and men like him kept whole industries in operation during the likes of these riots and maintained America as an industrial power.
Many, many of his bones were broken as he crossed picket lines — he called it the cost of doing business.
A small-framed wiry man, and a WWII veteran, my uncle had grown up working the migrant wheat harvest and knew the intrinsic value and dignity of both hard work and ingenuity.
History is repeating itself and the Progressives/Communists will use violence, hatred, fear, hunger and class warfare to achieve their agenda using whatever means are necessary. This path ALWAYS leads to death, bloodshed and war.
I have added this video:
by Buck Sexton If you have ever wondered about the government’s ability to control the civilian airwaves, you will have your answer on November 9th. On that day, federal authorities are going to shut off all television and radio communications simultaneously at 2:00PM EST to complete the first ever test of the national Emergency Alert System (EAS). This isn’t a wild conspiracy theory. The upcoming test is posted on the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau website. Only the President has the authority to activate EAS at the national level, and he has delegated that authority to the Director of FEMA. The test will be conducted jointly by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through FEMA, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS). In essence, the authority to seize control of all television and civilian communication has been asserted by the executive branch and handed to a government agency. The EAS has been around since 1994. Its precursor, the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS), started back in 1963. Television and radio broadcasters, satellite radio and satellite television providers, cable television and wireline video providers are all involved in the system. So this begs the question: is the first ever national EAS test really a big deal? Probably not. At least, not yet. But there are some troubling factors all coming together right now that could conceivably trigger a real usage of the EAS system in the not too distant future. A European financial collapse could bring down U.S. markets. What is now the “Occupy” movement could lead to widespread civil unrest. And there are ominous signs that radical groups such as Anonymous will attempt something major on November 5th- Guy Fawke’s day. Now we know in the event of a major crisis, the American people will be told with one voice, at the same time, about an emergency. All thats left to determine is who will have control of the EAS when that day comes, and what their message will be.
Advocates of free trade agreements, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, rely on deeply flawed projections for estimating the jobs impact of signing new free trade agreements (FTAs). As a result, these projections generally show that signing new FTAs will create jobs in the United States, when in fact doing so may destroy or displace jobs.
This Economic Policy Institute analysis examines the likely jobs impact of signing pending FTAs with Korea and Colombia. It shows, based on past experience, that these trade agreements will increase the U.S.’s trade deficit with both countries. Contrary to the Chamber’s projections, the EPI analysis then shows that the increased trade deficit per se will correspond to the loss of 214,000 jobs in the U.S. by 2015.
Obama repeatedly said he would not introduce the three lingering free-trade agreements for congressional approval until money was found for the job-training program, which expired in February. The Senate passed the job-training amendment after it was attached to a bill to renew the General System of Preferences program. The bill and its amendment passed on a 70–27 bipartisan vote.
U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) projects this will have a small positive impact on the U.S. trade balance, and “minimal or negligible “ impact on U.S. employment, history shows that such trade deals lead to rapidly growing trade deficits and job loss in the United States.
The Charts below compare USITC’s estimates of the impact of the forthcoming free trade agreement with Korea to EPI’s own calculation. Unlike USITC’s forecast of a small positive impact, EPI’s research shows it will increase the U.S. trade deficit with Korea by about $16.7 billion, and displace about 159,000 American jobs within the first seven years after it takes effect.
The USITC has a history of vastly underestimating the negative impacts that free trade agreements have on the U.S. economy. In 1999, it estimated that China’s entry into the World Trade Organization would increase the U.S. trade deficit with China by only $1.0 billion, and have no significant impact on U.S. employment. In fact, the U.S. trade deficit with China increased by $185 billion between 2001 (when China entered the WTO) and 2008, and 2.4 million U.S. jobs have been displaced or lost. The U.S. trade deficit with Mexico also rose rapidly after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) took effect in 1994.
(NBC NY) — President Barack Obama said the growing protest movement against Wall Street, which has been spreading across the nation, is voicing the American public’s widespread frustration about the country’s financial system.
“I think it expresses the frustrations that the American people feel,” he said Thursday. “People are frustrated and the protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works.” “The American people understand that not everybody’s been following the rules, that Wall Street is an example of that,” he said.
“That’s going to express itself politically in 2012 and beyond,” he added.
It’s official, Obama has put his stamp of approval on mob rule. As have some Democratic lawmakers(Hmm…O must of finally given them the go ahead). That will surely resonate in 2012 O, you betcha.
Now let’s take a walk down memory lane to see what Obama had to say about Tea Party patriots, shall we?
“Does anybody think that the teabag, anti-government people are going to support them if they bring down health care? All it will do is confuse and dispirit” Democratic voters “and it will encourage the extremists.” – Barack Obama -Nov. 7 2009
What a hyper-partisan tool.
And here is what Nancy Pelosi said:
“The message of the protesters is a message for establishment every place,” she said. “The focus is on Wall Street and justifiably so. I think that the message of the American people is that no longer… will the recklessness of some on Wall Street cause massive joblessness on Main Street.”
"God bless them for their spontaneity," Pelosi added. "It's independent people coming (together), it's young, it's spontaneous, it's focused, and it's going to be effective.
My decision is based upon a review of what common sense Conservatives and Independents have accomplished, especially over the last year. I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office - from the nation's governors to Congressional seats and the Presidency. We need to continue to actively and aggressively help those who will stop the "fundamental transformation" of our nation and instead seek the restoration of our greatness, our goodness and our constitutional republic based on the rule of law.
From the bottom of my heart I thank those who have supported me and defended my record throughout the years, and encouraged me to run for President. Know that by working together we can bring this country back - and as I've always said, one doesn't need a title to help do it.
I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets, including in the race for President where our candidates must embrace immediate action toward energy independence through domestic resource developments of conventional energy sources, along with renewables. We must reduce tax burdens and onerous regulations that kill American industry, and our candidates must always push to minimize government to strengthen the economy and allow the private sector to create jobs.
We cannot allow Tim Kaine and his liberal allies to continue this massive expansion of the federal government. It’s time to take our country back from the big-spending Washington liberals ruining our economy and attacking our freedom.
George Allen understands that power belongs with “We the People.” He will fight to restrain this over-reaching federal government and preserve the individual freedoms and rights that our Founders envisioned. George Allen has a proven track record of fostering a pro-growth environment for job creation and implementing bold reforms needed to ensure the government serves us, not the other way around.
The elections in 2012 will mark a pivotal turning point for our nation. We need to elect George Allen to the U.S. Senate to help save America from failed, big-government policies that are diminishing the promise of the American Dream for ours and future generations. George Allen is a true conservative leader who shares our core principles. We know he will fight for our Virginia values and we are proud to fight with him.