Grassroots Conservative Republicans Fight to Keep Delegates

Written By: John Nix  3/26/15

This is a follow-up article to one entitled “RNC Delegates May Be Lost To RINO Leadership” published March 21st in the Daily News Fix http://www.dailynewsfix.org and in again in http://www.pundithouse.com on March 25, 2015. This story deserves to be followed due to the hard work grassroots conservative republicans put into achieving a super-majority in NC.  As a recap, the delegate count for the Republican National Convention (RNC) will be reduced from the allotted (and earned) 72 delegates to a mere 12 delegates unless the primary in moved to a date after March 1, 2016.

More Background

The current NC General Assembly moved the date to February 16, 2015 during the last session when they instituted the Voter Information Verification Act or “VIVA.” (S.L. 2013-381). Whether unknowingly or not the consequences of that move have come to light since the RNC “Carve Out Rule” allow only four (4) states to hold Presidential Primaries prior to March 1st.  What we have been told is an early primary was intended to make the southern vote stronger by piggy backing off other southern states making North Carolina more relevant in the primaries.  There was also talk of states benefitting from increased sales tax revenues.

Reality Strikes

No matter the NC Senate leadership’s motive, RNC rules apply to all states. We are told that Senate leadership is seeking exemption from RNC rules in this application.  They ask, “Who are you to tell us when we can have our primaries”.  RNC rules are what they are.  The Democrats have a set the abide by too.  Another reality is that with only 12 delegates representing NC you can forget a significant increase in sales tax revenues because “they”, the media, free advertising, and the “dog and pony show” accessories won’t set up camp for 12 delegates.  So, the grassroots conservatives that worked hard to earn 72 delegates are now having to fight to keep them.

More Reality

One would think that by pointing out an obvious error in legislation, said legislators would be willing to fix things up right and admit a mistake was made.  After all, they do work for us, right?  But due to petty power struggles, untamed egos, and possibly an unsophisticated strategy to secure an establishment candidate during the primary, there is still pushback.

Ideal Scenario

The grassroots conservatives in this fight to keep our 72 delegates believe the date for the Presidential primary should be set for Tuesday, March 22, 2016.  Oklahoma is considering the same date which would keep North Carolina relevant, keep our delegates and set up a “Winner Take All” primary instead of “Proportioned” delegates. That way, when our sovereign state votes for their Republican candidate of choice ALL 72 delegate votes will be counted, not a percentage thereof.  Our statement will be made loud and clear. Talk about relevance!

What Can You Do To Help?

Call or e-mail your Senate and House representatives. Here’s a link to that information:

http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx

They need to understand that it is important to you to keep ALL our delegates.  Resolutions may be circulating at your local County GOP meetings. Be sure to vote YAY to support the resolutions reflecting March 22, 2016 for the Presidential Primary date.

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