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Live Tweeting RNC 2012, Day 1 (2 parts)

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(For anyone who doubts that social media has changed how one views politics and politicians since the last presidential election in 2008, I offer the following snips for your consideration. ~Andi)

http://storify.com/andiparkinson2/tweeting-rnc-2012-day-1

1. Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert
Delegate with the #RomneyRyan beer box hat. #GOP2012
pic.twitter.com/YWUvKwGk

2. Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert
Ron Paul on the floor at #RNC. Asked him what he was doing, told me, “visiting friends in #Nevada delegation.”

3. Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert
Dueling chants of Romney! Ron Paul! On convention floor right now.
#GOP2012

4. Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert
Ron Paul supporters shouted down the #Romney chants.
Floor back to quiet now.

5. Matt McDonald ‏@Matt_McDonald_
#RonPaul getting tons of media love at #GOP2013

6. Siobhan Kümm ‏@Siobhanleslie
David Boyer of @defenseliberty and Mark Willis setting up interviews.#mepolitics #megop2012 
pic.twitter.com/u77KsLUl

7. Siobhan Kümm ‏@Siobhanleslie
Waiting for opening gavel and our chance to make a motion.
#mepolitics #megop2012 
pic.twitter.com/1F3gT0CR

(Photo credit to Siobhan Kumm)

8. Siobhan Kümm ‏@Siobhanleslie
#ronpaul on the floor with maine delegates. Chants of “ron paul! errupt. 
#mepolitics #megop2012

9. Anna Sale ‏@annasale
Been on floor 15 min, already two rounds of “Ron Paul! Ron Paul” chants in convention hall.
 #RNC2012

10. Siobhan Kümm ‏@Siobhanleslie
Convention called to order by Ryan P. #mepolitics #megop2012

(Photo credit to Frank LoBuono)

11. Mike Wallace ‏@md_wallace
Floor of the #rnc2012 with #ronpaul making a surprise appearance#megop2012
pic.twitter.com/p7iqKNM5
Retweeted by Siobhan Kümm

12. Steven Portnoy ‏@stevenportnoy
And we’re underway! #2012GOP  
pic.twitter.com/BTYsQDwE
Retweeted by ABC News

13. The New York Times ‏@nytimes
Live video: @jimrutenberg and @shearm 
on the floor of the RNC.
ABC News ‏@ABC Sarah Palin Pushes for Convention-Floor Fight
http://abcn.ws/PM9St9 #2012GOP

14. Siobhan Kümm ‏@Siobhanleslie
This is a hard invocation to sit through. 
#falseliberty #mepolitics#megop2012

15. Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert
Michelle Bachmann greets delegates on #RNC floor #GOP2012
twitter.com/LukeRussert/sta…;

16. Roll Call ‏@rollcall
#RNC 2012 called to order.
Speakers this next hour: @Reince,@SharonDay
@RepTimGriffin, @BobMcDonnell
@SenJohnHoeven, and @MarshaBlackburn

17. Ron Paul ‏@RonPaul_2012
Ron Paul makes floor appearance: ‘Let him speak!’ – Washington Post (blog) 
bit.ly/QtmdDz #RonPaul
 #tlot #tcot

18. Ron Paul ‏@RonPaul_2012
Could Ron Paul and Gary Johnson secure a Libertarian victory in November? – 
Examiner.com http://bi…
RonPaul #tlot#tcot

19. Siobhan Kümm ‏@Siobhanleslie
Chair: speaking of required written notification of motions/nominations. 
#mepolitics #megop2012

20. The Hill ‏@thehill
.@RepRonPaul causes stir on GOP convention floor http://bit.ly/PpnqYi 
(by @MollyHooper)

21. Andrea Mitchell ‏@mitchellreports
.@ronpaul rallies his delegates on the floor hasnt endorsed@
mittromney but tells @johnyang not angry he wont get chance to speak

22. David M. Drucker ‏@DavidMDrucker
Day 1 of #GOP2012 in Tampa, invocation delivered by a Rabbi.
Retweeted by Roll Call

23. Election 2012 News
‏@PresidentO’Keefe not allowed to fly to Tampa.

24. Lisa Desjardins ‏@LisaDCNN
LATEST RNC REBELS FLOOR CHANT: “Seat Maine Now”
(Maine full of Ron Paul delegates and was one of first points of contention.)
Retweeted by PressHerald

25. The Nation ‏@thenation#RNC 
Schedule: Tokenism Extraordinaire thenation.com/blog/169595/r…

26. Adam Smith ‏@adamsmithtimes
RNC forgets to send buses to pick up Fla delegation soc.li/M2eMFRN ;
#RNC2012 via PoliticsTbTimes

27. RT @tampabaytraffic:
FL delegates finally arrive @ #RNC2012 after missing bus, then getting lost.

28. Nigel Parry ‏@flyingmonkeyair
People who plan political conventions in Florida during hurricane season
probably shouldn’t be running a whole country. 
#GOP2012 #RNC2012

29. Siobhan Kümm ‏@Siobhanleslie
Invocation included importance of god given rights, liberty, and troops fighting for our freedom. 
#irony #mepolitics #megop2012

30. Johanna Baxter ‏@hanniespice
this reince priebus guy makes me wanna go to sleep #rnc2012

31. Cole Streeper ‏@colestreeper
TX RNC delegation opposes Convention rules change. In other news, Ron Paul is from TX. 
#kerfluffin #RNC2012 #headdesk

32. The Hill ‏@thehill
GOP uses convention debt clock to play up President Obama’s red ink (by @elwasson)
thehill.com/conventions-201…

33. FOX 13 Tampa Bay ‏@MyFoxTampaBay
#RNC2012 protesters try, fail to arrest Condi Rice for war crimes:myfoxtampabay.com/story/193…protests

34. Siobhan Kümm ‏@Siobhanleslie
Love seeing the white #ronpaul hats on the floor. #mepolitics #megop2012

35. Gregg Phillips ‏@JumpVote
Fight over RNC rules – if not stopped soon – will be Romney’s Waterloo. He simply can’t win without the grassroots conservatives.#RNC2012

36. Taylor Williamson ‏@TaylorComedy
“The private sector” sounds like a level on a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game. #RNC2012 #GOP2012 #TMNT1990

37. HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol
Romney campaign tries to lower expectations for post-convention “bump”
huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/…

38. Siobhan Kümm ‏@Siobhanleslie
Vice chair: “this is the most important election of our nation’s lifetime.”#mepolitics #megop2012 #wth

39. Andrea Parkinson ‏@andiparkinson2
First #RNC2012 mention of “CZAR”- DRINK!!

40. Richard DeNapoli ‏@RichardDeNapoli
RNC Co-Chair Sharon Day #2012tampa #RNC2012
twitter.com/RichardDeNapoli…;

41. Gabe Ortíz ‏@TUSK81
Nothing like having Trump call Arianna Huffington ugly & anti-choice Santorum headline at #RNC2012 to prove you don’t hate women, GOP. #tcot

42. Donna Brazile ‏@donnabrazile
Senator Rand Paul got a speaking slot. The GOP wants to include the Tea Party, before it is completely absorbed by the Tea Party.#RNC2012

43. Andy Borowitz ‏@BorowitzReport
If its platform is any guide, the Republican party is staunchly pro-life until you are actually born. #RNC2012

44. LiveFree ‏@MattWilliams06
Delegates, vote your conscience. Mitt isn’t the right guy and you know it. Unless you’re 80 years old and senile. #rnc2012#RNCpowergrab

45. FreedomWorks ‏@FreedomWorks
More floor votes happening on this today. Call your state party NOWhttp://bit.ly/PjktHG #rnc2012 #nopowergrab

46. Grabtindy ‏@Grabtindy
Epic middle aged white person dance party at the #RNC2012 on@cspan right now. #lulz

47. Roll Call ‏@rollcall
RT @meredithshiner: There is a group of white men covering the Temptations “My Girl” on the convention floor right now. #groovin#RNC2012

48. Shu-Fy H. Pongnon ‏@shufypongnon
RT @HuffingtonPost: #Pastor says #prayer group sent #Isaac away from Republican National Convention  huff.to/SNdYmH#gop2012 #rnc2012

49. Joshua Gillin ‏@jpgillin
Democratic (Tampa) mayor Bob Buckhorn walks into the lion’s den. #RNC2012

50. Dan Cole ‏@dancole302
Already some1 is screaming “I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!”#RNC2012 totally illogical. Can’t get into roots in tweets: Fear of difference. Period.

51. Stacy Morrison ‏@bklynstacy
I’m gonna say it: The addition of interstitial music at the RNC feels really strange, like we’re on a ’50s variety show. #RNC2012 #BlogHer

52. Claire Wiseman ‏@clairelwiseman
During musical break, delegates are dancing and in the aisles. Texas delegation has cowboy hats, flag shirts. #RNC2012

53. Ashvin Lad ‏@ashvinlad
First line of security and we are not even close to the convention hall!#GOP2012 #RNC2012
twitter.com/ashvinlad/statu…;

54. βℒⒶℤΣ∞ℙℋξℕÎ✘ ❤Ⓐ ‏@BlazePhoenix_
One thing I’m noticing is the camera @#RNC2012 rarely lights on the audience. Could it be @GOP demanded that?There are literally are NO POCs

55. Jacob Kornbluh ‏@jacobkornbluh
VIDEO: Rabbi Soloveichik’s Invocation at the #GOP2012 youtu.be/0bHSMZLuyOg ;(h/t @gifterphotos#RNC201 2#JewishVote

56. Spot News ‏@NewsCritter
The band at #RNC2012 plays “I’m Busted”.. They got that one right !#p2 #GOP #Dems @NewsHour

57. Siobhan Kümm ‏@Siobhanleslie
Hooked up with Mark Willis, Sam Canders, and John Logan Jones. Looking for media outlets to talk to. #mepolitics #megop2012

58. MemoryClocksbyStan ‏@MotorHomeless
Republican women, no matter how they dress or fix their hair, all look like Real Estate Agents #cspanRNC #RNC2012 #RNC #GOP2012#tcot #p2

59. Gerald Weinand ‏@DirigoBlue
Who will be the 1st woman speaking at the #GOPConvention to wear a dress not colored red? #mepolitics

60. Andrea Parkinson ‏@andiparkinson2
@DirigoBlue I prefer the “CZAR” drinking game, although blondes in red dresses could get one liquored up pretty quick! #RNC2012

61. Christocrats ‏@christocrats
GOP is denying AJ Spiker access to Rules Committee meeting w/ his guest pass. Trying to protect First in Nation Status! #RNC2012@IowaGOP

62. Woman Voter ‏@WomanVote
RNC 2012 trying to shore up their rigged RNC rules to STOP Ron Paul  youtube.com/watch?v=QiKh9Ko…SeatDelegates #Veterans #Native #Priest #GOP #Vote

63. AngloSaxons4Obama ‏@TheAngloSaxons
So far, #RNC2012 is making Romney’s overseas trip seem like a success by comparison – #RomneyShambles meets #RonPaul fans

64. PolitiFact ‏@politifact
Yes, we’ll be live-checking #RNC2012. Spread the word!

65. Paula Dockery ‏@Paula_Dockery
Ron Paul supporters outside the Forum #RNC2012
twitter.com/Paula_Dockery/s…;

66. Christina Gace ‏@ChristinaGace
At Republican National Convention, Tampa’s Homeless Compete With Protesters For Food, Shelter ow.ly/dioYZ ;#RNC2012

67. Alex Altman ‏@aaltman82
Drink each time someone says so this wk RT @michaelkruse@SharonDay This is the “most important election in our nation’s lifetime” #RNC2012

68. Andrew Carden ‏@polibeast
Rep. Quico Canseco (R-TX) just delivered his #RNC2012 address in Spanish.

69. Becky Lannon ‏@beckylannon
I don’t speak Spanish. #RNC2012

70. Andrea Parkinson ‏@andiparkinson2
DINGDINGDING! Knew there would be complaints… RT@beckylannon I don’t speak Spanish. #RNC2012 #racism

71. Erick Brockway ‏@erickbrockway
Morton Blackwell to Delegates on Romney Rules Fighthttp://flpbd.it/WGWxp #tcot #RNC2012

72. Daily Paul ‏@dailypaul
VA Delegation Bus being Redirected away from Convention to prevent them from voting against Rules C…  bit.ly/QtChWa #RonPaul2012

73. Anthony De Rosa ‏@AntDeRosa
I know it’s early but this crowd doesn’t seem overtly excited or inspired by any of the speakers thus far. Platitudes falling flat.#RNC2012

74. Siobhan Kümm ‏@Siobhanleslie
Platform vote has been moved to 4:40 PM. #mepolitics #megop2012

75. AngloSaxons4Obama ‏@TheAngloSaxons
#RNC2012 should delay all of tonight’s speeches until #RNCpowergrab issue is resolved. I’m not even a GOPer and this pisses me off

76. CAP Action: Congress ‏@CAPcongress
FACT: Obama is “Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower.” says @Forbescap.af/Nx40PV http://c…GOP2012 #RNC2012

77. Donald D ‏@DonaldDeez
MT @AnjeanetteDamon Asked if he’s supportive of the rules fight, Paul says: “I always like a good debate.” #RNC2012 #RNCpowergrab #RonPaul

78. Rich Mullins ‏@DailyDeadline
Protest scene pretty quiet in #Tampa for #RNC2012. Police cancelled a 4 p.m. briefing because “there is no public safety update.”

79. Benjamin Lepak ‏@BenLepak
Better link for my take on the RNC Rule Changeshttp://wp.me/p2GDSK-1c #RNC2012 #tcot #RNCpowergrab

80. Sherri ‏@mytngenes
RT @FreedomWorks: RT @michellemalkin: Dear Team Romney: You’re blowing it. ==> is.gd/AHhw54 #rnc2012 #gop2012 #rncpowergrab

81.  Michael C. Bender @MichaelCBender
Paul supporters trying to put congressman's name into #rnc2012 nomination. They’re escorted away from stage.
pics.lockerz.com/s/23924152…

82. Siobhan Kümm ‏@Siobhanleslie
Oklahoma and Texas planning on walking out if Maine doesn’t get seated. #mepolitics #megop2012

83. dcarrr ‏@dcarrr
Have never seen so many cops in my life #RNC2012 #riots

84. Jan Maxwell ‏@januarycat
#RNC2012 I have had enough. All saying same thing w different words. Nasty government, good GOP. No word about poor, disabled, elderly.

85. Tim Boyum ‏@BoyumNews14
Take a wild guess what delegation this is? #rnc2012 hint: its not iowa
via.me/-4j4tnjs ;

86. Dan Cole ‏@dancole302
Hey Deb Fischer! How does being “a wife and a mother” make you “not a typical politician”? #RNC2012 #offensivetowomen

87. UrbanRelations.Info ‏@UrbanRelations
The Social Media Story of RNC 2012 on Storify
nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_ne…;

88. Stanley Staco ‏@stacos
NOW: Protest march downtown Tampa #RNC2012 pic: pic.twitter.com/isAFuuVj ;(via FOX13)
Police have protesters trapped. They sit on ground. #RNC2012 pic.twitter.com/5uOG7VfL

89. mario ‏@elocio
RT @wilkie4 Anti-Conservative, anti-grassroots Move by Team Romney Threatens #GOP2012 #tcot #TPP #RNC2012  fb.me/1NgfGTuIy #RNCPowergrab

90. Voltaire ‏@MaxStyleTweeter
“Now speaking for our youth, here’s Alex Schriver, a 30 something rich white kid who hates taxes!” LOL #RNC2012

91. BetweenUnemployment ‏@BtwnUnemploymnt
Temporary Walk-Out Planned!!! #RNC2012

92. Anthony De Rosa ‏@AntDeRosa
The last RNC speaker bashed colleges and universities. Does the GOP hate education? #RNC2012

93. ACLU Liberty Watch ‏@ACLULW
#RNC2012 platform “amounts to a declaration of war on the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country”
washingtonpost.com/opinions…;

94. Gerald Weinand ‏@DirigoBlue
Here’s the full truth on the claim that 92% of jobs lost were those held by women factcheck.org/2012/04/obama… #GOPConvention #mepolitics

95. Fuzzy Slippers ‏@fuzislippers
GOP fears ghost of Katrina at RNC 2012http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=412185D0-D9C8-4146-A1F0-447367A8F542 /no they don’t, #hacks Let’s talk about the Gulf oil spill, shall we?

96. Jennifer Orsi ‏@Jenorsi
RT @SRossetter: Riot gear out. #rnc2012  instagr.am/p/O4lL63H-w1/&nb…PoliticsTBTimes

97. Jim ‏@MentatBashar
The Beatles playing at the #rnc? Seriously? They are liberal atheists, opposed to everything you do. #rnc #rnc2012

98. Rebekah Metzler ‏@rebekahmetzler
The house band is playing “Eight Days a Week” by the Beatles and the ten gallon hats are really waving in the air #rnc2012

99. Adam Whitley ‏@AdamWhitley
I hate it when the parents dance at prom. #RNC2012

100. Jesse Bacon ‏@trayf
Crowd at #RNC2012 reacting like they have never heard pop music before. Perhaps they haven’t?

101. Michael C. Bender ‏@MichaelCBender
Supporters just got petitions in to nominate Ron Paul for prez at #rnc2012, they say. Here’s 1 from MN.
pics.lockerz.com/s/23924602…;

102. Bryana Johnson ‏@_Bryana_Johnson
#LibertyPeople, stop what you’re doing an read THIS:freedomoutpost.com/2012/08/…;#rnc2012 #GOP2012

View the story “Tweeting RNC 2012, Day 1 (Pt 2)” on Storify

1. Sheryl ‏@sav01
Trying to limit political freedom is unAmerican whether it happens on the right or the left. #RNC2012

2. Bruce Fulton ‏@dbfulton
Boehner, the guy who mocked the Republican platform? #rnc2012

3. Chris Faraone ‏@Fara1 
Anti-Ron Paul delegates ironcally shouting ‘USA’ in the name of disenfrancising Paul supporters. #RNC2012 #RNC #RonPaul

4. polymath22 ‏@polymath22
 if someone yells #PointOfOrder, meeting is supposed to STOP until issue is resolved 
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point… RNC#GOP #RNC2012 #GOP2012 #OWS

5. Donald D ‏@DonaldDeez
For those confused: this is why “Seat Them Now” chants started over#Maine 
Delegation: dailypaul.com/214328/maddow…
GOPcorruption #RNC #RNC2012

6. Anthony De Rosa ‏@AntDeRosa
Chants of “point of order” continue, now the Texas delegation joins in #RNC2012

7. Claire Wiseman ‏@clairelwiseman
Speaker Boehner takes the stage, recognizes Sununu #RNC2012.
Faint “point of order” cheers going in and out as Sununu speaks.

8. FarrellFiles ‏@FarrellFiles
Speaker Boehner and Former NH Gov. sununu trying to make rules changes – Paul folks booing 
ow.ly/i/T2YB ;#RNC2012 @cl_tampa

9. Anthony De Rosa ‏@AntDeRosa
John Sununu who is speaking on stage doesn’t bother to acknowledge the dissent from the floor #RNC2012

10. Neil Lynch ‏@neeho
Video: Texas delegation objects to credentials report, chant “point of order” when ignored #rnc2012 #gop2012

11. Joe Deaux ‏@JoeDeaux
Maine delegates came by sayin Texas would help
RT @AntDeRosa: Chants of “point of order” continue now the Texas delegation joins in #RNC2012

12. Milkshakes Anytime ‏@MomMilkshake
Ron Paul supporters doing more harm to their cause, than good. Clothespins in nose, shouting frantically, U look foolish. #GOP2012#RNC2012

13. Paula Dockery ‏@Paula_Dockery
Some unhappy chants and boos on Sununu’s motion for rules changes. Ron Paul supporters not happy #RNC2012

14. Anthony De Rosa ‏@AntDeRosa
Loud chants of NO were ignored by John Boehner and the motion is passed #RNC2012

15. Brittany Wynn ‏@Bretagne
What is this disturbance at the #RNC2012? #imconfused

16. Eli Stokols ‏@EliStokols
Rules are adopted, followed by mix of cheers and boos. #RNC2012

17. Politics TBTimes ‏@PoliticsTBTimes
.@RonPaul supporters continue to shout out at #RNC2012. Lots of hearty NOs to any procedural changes. #GOP2012

18. Jesse Bacon ‏@trayf
I do hope #RNC2012 is resolving these disputes by applause-o-meter. Do they not believe in voting? Oh yeah..#GOP2012 #CSPANRNC

19. Laura Ⓥ ‏@peacechicken
Apparently the #Romney neocons were instructed to yell “U-S-A!” whenever the #RonPaul crowd yells anything. So creative.#CSPANRNC #RNC2012

20. CBS News ‏@CBSNews
Watch the #RNC2012 Rules Vote:  CBSNews.com/RNC RT@LACaldwellDC: Applause erupts after Paul supporters lose the voice vote

21. Chris Brennan ‏@ChrisBrennanDN
Is it just me or does the RNC seem like pure chaos all of a sudden?
Competing chants of “point of order” and “USA” #RNC2012.

22. David Corn ‏@DavidCornDC
Tremendous booing in #rnc2012 from Ron Paul supporters as convention adopts rules. Can’t recall such booing in recent conventions.

23. Patty ‏@Hoptoad4
RT @TheReidReport: John Boehner lustily booed at #rnc2012 #nbcpolitics//Provide video please. Can’t wait to savor that.

24. Anjeanette Damon ‏@AnjeanetteDamon
Ok, now the Paul people really have lost the rules battle. #rnc2012

25. Erica Drayton ‏@ericadrayton
It’s getting serious over there. People are not happy with what’s going down at the RNC right now.
What’s up w/the Maine delegates? #RNC2012

26. Anna Sale ‏@annasale
On rules adoption, “ayes” and “nos” sounded about even to me. Ayes got it.
Paul supporters’ boos cont as Boehner moved ahead.#RNC2012

27. Bruce Fulton ‏@dbfulton
Uh oh, Gov. Trans-Vag speaking. #rnc2012

28. Jason Rosenberg ‏@jro
Adoption of the rules at #rnc2012 has crowd going nuts. They want Ron Paul. @speakerboehner gets jeers.

29. Storify ‏@Storify
Who’s storifying the #RNC2012 for #GOP2012? Check out what ppl are saying: storify.com/hashtags/gop201… join our#storifychat (thurs) to discuss

30. Chris May ‏@chrismayphilly
Pretty clear Ron Paul supporters will not go quietly into the night.
LOUD booing as RNC steamrolls Paul delegates. #cbsphilly #RNC2012

31. Katrina Pierson ‏@KatrinaPierson
The ayes did NOT have it!!! #RNC2012 #GOP2012

32. Bryan Llenas ‏@Bryan_Llenas
Chants of “USA! USA! USA!” @ #RNC after chairwoman from Puerto Rico is introduced. RNC Chairman visually ‘perturbed’ #latism@foxnewslatino

33. Hayley Peterson ‏@hcpeterson
McDonnell on Republican Party platform: “It’s an indictment, it’s a blueprint and it’s a declaration of values” #RNC2012

34. KristineFrazao ‏@KristineFrazao
With a half smirk on his face, Speaker Boehner says, “The Ayes have it.” #Rulesvote #RNC2012

35. Joy Reid ‏@TheReidReport
That yelling you heard at #rnc2012 *appears* to have been Ron Paul supporters objecting to the delegate rule chg. #nbcpolitics

36. Nethead ‏@nethead
sounds like it’s time for a 3rd Party to be Created  bit.ly/U8Tbs3 ;#rnc2012

37. DurangoHerald ‏@DurangoHerald
RT @joehanel: Shouts of “no” sound just as loud as “ayes” for controversial #RNC2012 rules. Boehner adopts rules, and boos all around.

38. Capital Tonight ‏@NCCapTonight
Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell says #RNC2012 platform calls for balanced budget amendment, protects human life. #ncpol #news14rnc

39. CathyAreu ‏@CatalinaMag
Gov. Bob McDonnell not being interrupted at #RNC2012, like the Latina from Puerto Rico was.

40. Conservatism Lives ‏@Conlives
The Republican Party has just died into the hands of the DC insiders.#rnc2012

41. Jan Maxwell ‏@januarycat
GOP platform. #RNC2012 take all rights of women to control their bodies. Must carry rapist’s baby to term.

(4:40pm)  42-46. twitter.com/Siobhanleslie

Maines delegates walk out. #megop2012 #mepolitics
Huge media swarm greets the delegates. #megop2012 #mepolitics
Maine is walking out of the building. #megop2012 #mepolitics
I’m about to be really pissy. Forgive. All delegates walked out. Shame on you all for your slander and your doubting. #megop2012#mepolitics

47. Tia Mitchell ‏@TBTia
Some delegate buses just rolling up to TBT Forum. Conspiracy theories from Paul supporters abound. @PoliticsTBTimes #RNC2012

48. Ian Geldard ‏@igeldard
Ron Paul Nominated At RNC  flpbd.it/7qaw4 ;#RNC2012

49. Anjeanette Damon ‏@AnjeanetteDamon
Roll call vote about to take place to nominate Romney.
Last chance for Paul delegates to make a stink when they have the mic. #rnc2012

50. Capital Tonight ‏@NCCapTonight
State roll call starting now. Watch live here :triangle.news14.com/content…#RNC2012 #news14#ncpol

51. Darion G ‏@RaptorJesuss
Mitt Romney will never beat Obama after disowning Ron Paul supporters.
The #GOP and #RNC2012 will pay Nov. 6th

52. Jason Rosenberg ‏@jro
The GOP are about to nominate their nominee for president during the primetime hour of 5p EDT. #RNC2012 #cspanRNC

53. Greg Pinelo ‏@gregpinelo
Actual BREAKING NEWS: Ron Paul’s delegates from Maine just walked off the floor in protest.
Retweeted by Chris Dixon

54. The Last Badasstion ‏@lastbadasstion
You’re so Maine. You probably think this convention’s about you.
Retweeted by Gerald Weinand

55. Stephanie Crowley ‏@stephcrowley
Glad @MittRomney is the official Republican nominee!
Too bad Iowa wasn’t more helpful… #RNC2012 #RomneyRyan2012

56. Keori ‏@TheRealKeori
Have to give Maine’s #RNC2012 delegates kudos. They’re standing up to the corporate-chosen candidate. Wish Dems would do the same.

57. Wm. Duke Harrington ‏@DirigoDuke
The way things look right now, I suspect the person getting the biggest bounce out of #GOPConvention2012 will be @GovGaryJohnson.

58. Caroline Horn ‏@CNHorn
Convention organizers tell @CBSNews it was not planned for New Jersey to put Romney over the top. Coincidence it was Christie’s home state.

59. Erin Burnett ‏@ErinBurnett
Ignoring #ronpaul votes in #rnc rollcall seems counterproductive. His supporters are passionate, Mitt needs their votes in Nov.

60. Black Canseco ‏@BlackCanseco
Romney got the #GOP nomination with one year of tax returns out. ONE YEAR .
And not even a completed one year at that. #RNC

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Maine’s Remaining 14 Delegates Cast All 24 Votes During RNC 2012 Roll Call (14 Romney, 10 Ron Paul)

Posted on August 28, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Video here of the live feed from C-SPAN:

Have confirmed that pursuant to the rules, the ten delegates that left did indeed indicate their support for Ron Paul prior to leaving.

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RNC 2012 Chaos (VIDEO); Maine’s 10 Ron Paul Delegates Walk Out Together

Posted on August 28, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

BREAKING: Hearing from one of the Maine delegates that the 10 Ron Paul supporting Maine GOP delegates walked out moments ago together. Will update this post, as more information becomes available.

A reminder: Governor LePage is not in Tampa. Will be interesting to see what happens when Maine’s remaining delegates stand to cast their votes in a few minutes- as well as what sort of reception they will receive upon returning to Maine.

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BREAKING: Six States Nominate Congressman Ron Paul for President at the Republican National Convention

Posted on August 28, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Via press release, moments ago:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contact:
Wayne Terhune
Delegation Chair, Nevada

Six States Nominate Congressman Ron Paul for President at the Republican National Convention

TAMPA, August 28, 2012— Supporters of Congressman Ron Paul have collected the necessary signatures to nominate him for President of the United States at the RNC. The current rules state that a plurality of delegates from five states are required to nominate a candidate for President. The Secretary of the Convention, Kim Reynolds, was presented with the forms over an hour before the call for nominations.

“We are excited to get Dr. Paul nominated,” said Wayne Terhune, Nevada Delegation Chairman. “Congressman Paul’s message of limited, Constitutional government, sound foreign policy, and personal liberty needs to be heard on this convention floor.”

The list of nominating states and territories are: Nevada, Minnesota, Iowa, Oregon, Alaska, and the Virgin Islands.

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ICYMI, Part 2: Brent “Boss” Tweed on RNC’s Rule Changes (Video)

Posted on August 28, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Brent Tweed:

“Basically what’s happened the credentials committee has ruled against the elected Maine delegation. We elected twenty Ron Paul supporter delegates and twenty as alternates, the RNC basically told us that we didn’t follow proper rules and procedure and that we had illegal votes cast at our state convention which is inaccurate it really came down to a political decision and they decided to kick us out because we supported Ron Paul. So now basically on Monday when the convention opens we will be issuing an adoptive credentials committee report…our goal is to offer an amendment to reinstate our Maine delegates that got kicked out. It will be our one last fight that we can make to seat our…delegates.”

Of course, we know now that the Hail Mary strategy Tweed mentioned failed. It remains to be seen if the Maine delegates will join Texas in protesting on the floor of the convention- stay tuned!

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ICYMI: Maine’s Ashley Ryan Fires Up Ron Paul Supporters in Tampa (Video)

Posted on August 28, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

Ashley is now being called by some “the new face of the Ron Paul revolution” after her speech in Tampa; give it a look:

Morning Sentinel has this:

A Paul supporter and one of Maine’s 20 contested delegates to the convention, Ashley Ryan urged the fired-up crowd gathered inside the cavernous University of South Florida Sun Dome to “keep fighting” and stay engaged in politics despite frustrations.

“I say that no matter what happens, we all make a commitment right now to get involved and stay involved at the local level,” said Ryan, who later this week will become the country’s youngest state Republican national committeewoman. “What we did in my home state of Maine is nothing short of incredible.”

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Reince Priebus and Rush Limbaugh Explain Monday’s RNC 2012 Cancellation: “Safety First” Vs. Blaming Obama

Posted on August 28, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

First, RNC Chair Priebus on Sunday’s Face The Nation:

“You know, we’ve got to put the safety of the delegates and guests first… you know, some of the background here is that we know the tropical storm or hurricane is far off the coast of Tampa, so it’s not a terribly hazardous situation, except, um, we couldn’t be asured that the buses coming across the bridges from Clearwater and St Pete would be safe with driving wind and rain. The second piece was the Secret Service took out all of the tenting outside of the forum. So what that meant was fewer entrances and our guests and delegates would be waiting outside in driving rain. The last thing is, obviously you can’t be assured what would happen on Monday, if you had a full arena and then couldn’t get people out of here. So, I mean, it’s an obvious choice… safety first.”

But that explanation varies greatly from Limbaugh's thoughts, as heard on his broadcast yesterday! Let's hear what the true head of the GOP had to say about Monday’s delay:

“…So this whole thing has been politicized, as the Democrats politicize everything, and that’s why we are talking about it. Now, I want to remind you: All last week… And, no, at no time here am I alleging a conspiracy. At no time. With none of this am I alleging conspiracy. All last week what was the target? Tampa. What was going on in Tampa this week?

The Republican National Convention. A pretty important one, too. Introducing the nominee, Mitt Romney. It’s only after the convention that Romney can actually start spending all of this money that he’s raised, so this convention is very important. It’s a chance to introduce Romney to a lot of people who don’t know him yet. And I noticed that the hurricane center’s track is — and I’m not alleging conspiracies here. The hurricane center is the regime; the hurricane center is the Commerce Department.

It’s the government.

It’s Obama.

And I’m noticing that that track stayed zeroed in on Tampa day after day after day. And the Republicans react to it accordingly over the weekend, canceling the first day of the convention. What could be better for the Democrats than the Republicans to cancel a day of this?

….Again, I’m alleging no conspiracy. I don’t want anybody thinking I’m going somewhere with this. I’m just telling you what happened.

I’m sharing with you my thought process, ’cause I know full well that if you give these people the slightest chance and they’re gonna turn this into Katrina and they’re gonna scare the hell out of New Orleans and they’re gonna revive, “Bush doesn’t care about people” and revive all of it. They’re gonna politicize everything ’cause they do it. And now they had the model runs allowing them to do it.

Now they had these model runs allowing them to start scaring the hell out of people in New Orleans and make political connections to Bush.

It was all there.”

A reminder: The RNC 2012 reconvenes at 2pm today.

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Guest Post by SD 25 Dem Candidate Colleen Lachowicz: Tyranny

Posted on August 28, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

(Cross posted with permission. ~AP)

    Tyranny

August 27, 2012 — Colleen Lachowicz

The decision by the Republican National Convention not to seat the Paul delegates hits home for me. Much like many other people who have placed their faith in the Republican Party of the past two or three decades, they have been betrayed. My father is a former Republican and agrees with me. I imagine my grandfather, a dyed-in-the-wool Republican who served as a judge, would also agree – but he is not around to ask.

Many people who consider themselves Republicans do so based on a rather simple belief system, one which I actually would like to agree with. They believe that if you just work hard and play by the rules, that you will succeed and become part of the middle class. That used to be true for the most part but it isn’t anymore. Even in their own convention, to their own delegates, when the results of Maine’s vote cannot change the outcome – they marginalized even their own activists. Playing by the rules doesn’t matter to them anymore. It seems like to win at their game now you need to cheat. Democracy no longer is the game we play, but plutocracy. Whoever has the money makes the rules.

They do so at their own peril. Given enough time, the average voter catches on, and from my time knocking on doors I would say they are beginning to figure out just what’s going on. And that includes the Republicans; they aren’t blind. People like Mitt Romney push tax policies that benefit the richest Americans and raise everyone else’s bills. They do so under the guise of “rugged individualism”, the belief that we don’t need anyone, we can just do it all ourselves. Mitt’s father George once referred to rugged individualism as “nothing but a political banner to cover up greed”. And he was right. George Romney understood something the Republican Party has since forgotten – the value of the social contract and of our communities. He understood how his employees made him wealthy, and so he took enough for himself and gave the rest to them.

George knew we needed to be in the game together, not all playing for ourselves. It’s no wonder that we spend all our time debating over whether low-income women deserve welfare checks or whether teachers make too much money. There are powerbrokers at the top, bipartisan powerbrokers, people with lots of money that have decided the best way to keep most of their money is to keep most of us divided. They force us to fight among ourselves for an ever-shrinking piece of the pie.

So they pit non-union workers against those in unions, public sector workers against private sector, those who favor marriage equality against those who do not. They pump billions of dollars into political advertising designed to make us do nothing but react against the people we see as our opponents and do everything we can to beat them. And then they extend tax cuts for the wealthy for another decade and snicker at the rest of us as we fight one another to survive.

I have more in common with most Republicans than I do with plutocrats. Admittedly, we disagree more than we agree. But we all want enough money to provide for our families and to live with dignity. I would say to Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike – let’s pull back the curtain and see who’s there. I think it’s high time that we “common folk” – the disaffected middle class – shake the halls of power and place them back into our hands, not the hands of wealthy interests who only have their own interests at heart.

A quote from a great president, Progressive Republican Teddy Roosevelt: “Of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth, the tyranny of plutocracy.”

I would argue this country does need a change, but it isn’t based on red states or blue states. It’s whether or not the middle class will continue to endure the tyranny of the wealthy.

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