Maine GOP Plays Musical Chairs, as Republicans Name Rick Bennett 3rd Party Head Since November

Posted on July 23, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

bennettOver the weekend, the Maine Republican Party selected current Trucost board member, former board member of the Maine Heritage Policy Center and co-Senate President Rick Bennett of Norway as their third chair since last year. Via MRP press release:

      The Maine Republican Party State Committee has elected former Maine Senate President Rick Bennett, as the new Chairman of the Maine Republican Party.

    The vote, cast by the party’s 77-person state committee, demonstrated broad support from all areas of the Republican Party, with a majority of members from across the party’s diverse areas pledging support for Bennett in advance and an even greater number delivering votes the day of the election.

    “The Maine Republican Party is ready to make the case to the people of Maine that the liberal leadership and policies of Senate President Justin Alfond and Speaker of the House Mark Eves are bad for the Maine people, bad for Maine’s small businesses, bad for Maine’s economy, and bad for the generations of Mainers who will inherit our decisions,” Mr. Bennett said.

    Susan Morissette from her "For the People" website, poses with Bruce Poliquin. 'Nuff said.

    Susan Morissette from her “For the People” website, poses with Bruce Poliquin. ‘Nuff said.

    “It is time to roll up our sleeves and get to work electing Republicans who will grow Maine’s economy, protect Maine’s small businesses, control the size and scope of government and give the next generation of Mainers a stronger, more prosperous Maine than we inherited,”
    Mr. Bennett concluded.

    In addition to electing Mr. Bennett as new party Chairman, the Maine Republican State Committee also elected former State Representative and current Kennebec County Republican Chair Hon. Susan Morissette as new Vice Chair.

Morisette previously served one term as HD 54 Representative of Winslow before losing her re-election bid to Catherine Nadeau.

gop-splitBut one needs a scorecard to keep up with all of the scandals, claims of manipulation/ disregard of party rules (see RNC2012), changes in leadership and controversies in the Maine Republican Party since 2010- oh, how the party of Margaret Chase Smith and Bill Cohen has fallen in recent years!

When Paul LePage first was elected Governor in 2010, Maine also witnessed both State House chambers go from blue to red- the first time that the state had gone to Republican control in both the Executive and Legislative branches in over 40 years. It heralded a time of devastating party splintering and questionable ethics such as the state had never before seen and was part of a much larger picture nationally.

The chair of the Maine Republican Party at the time, Charlie Webster, claimed much of the credit for the flip, But then… well… Charlie Webster quickly went from being “the man” to being “Crazy Uncle Charlie, that guy that has to be invited to Thanksgiving dinner”, telling more and more wild tales:

June 2011: Democrats “steal elections” via same day registration:

    “If you want to get really honest, this is about how the Democrats have managed to steal elections from Maine people,” Webster told a columnist for the Portland Press Herald in a piece published Friday. “Many of us believe that the Democrats intentionally steal elections.”

July 2011: Webster claimed that UMF College Republicans “parked their vans” on Election Day in 2010, as to prevent students getting to the polls, and submitted a list of 206 names to then Secretary of State Charlie Summers to investigate for voter fraud:

None was found and the accusations/ witch hunt resulted in national attention.

Sept 2011: Webster, still determined that SOME fraud had indeed occurred, insisted that “Canadians were able to come across the border and vote illegally”:

    “Do we want people who live in a motel deciding who we send to the state legislature when they never vote again in Maine?” he asked. “Do we want people who are illegal aliens — illegal Americans — from Canada or another state? … Do we want them influencing our elections?”

LD 1373, “An Act To Preserve the Integrity of the Voter Registration and Election Process”, was introduced by Rep. Rich Cebra (R-Naples) that was passed by the GOP-led 125th Legislature and supported by Secretary of State Charlie Summers and signed law by Governor Paul LePage, went to referendum in November- and was soundly smacked down by Maine voters by a 60-40 margin:

    “Maine voters sent a clear message: No one will be denied a right to vote,” said Shenna Bellows, director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine. “Voters in small towns and big cities voted to protect our constitutional right.”

    “We felt good coming in and we knew we had run a better campaign,” Maine Democratic Party Chairman Ben Grant said. “It feels good to get a win but this isn’t the last vote of 2011, it’s the first of 2012. We need to take this momentum into next year.”

Nov 2012: Grant’s statement of the Rich Cebra sponsored bill LD 1376’s 2011 defeat being the “first vote of 2012” proved true, as Democrats regained control of both legislative chambers.

maine-gop-chair-suspicious-of-dozens-of-black-votersCharlie Webster then announced that he would not seek re-election and held an interview with WCSH’s Don Carrigan and still determined that there was indeed voter fraud occurring within the state, claimed that it was being committed by “dozens of black people” travelling into towns. The story garnered more national headlines and Webster later apologized for his remarks.

Then the termed-out of the Legislature Rich Cebra came in as the new party chair, somehow managed to make an even bigger mess than the one he had found time and time and time again… and promptly left- after seven months with no warning.

Cebra_ethicsOn July 3, news broke that Maine Republican Party Chair and former Rep. Rich Cebra abruptly stepped down from his position as head of the party amid multiple controversies, and that his Vice Chair Beth O’Connor had given notice a few days’ prior as well. O’Connor originally planned to run against Cebra for the top slot, but chose at the time to pull her name before the vote.

From Dec 2012:

    “It’s a new day in Maine,” said Cebra, who praised O’Connor’s withdrawal as a sign that the Maine Republican Party “is a unified party that works.” He said he planned to focus initially on “ground work,” building the party’s base by strengthening local and county committees.

    John Frary, a committee member and party stalwart from Farmington, described O’Connor’s withdrawal as “a noble gesture for party unity.”

So much for that idea!

Rep Rich Cebra of Naples, who also served from Dec 2012 to July 2013 as MRP Chair before abruptly resigning.

Rep Rich Cebra of Naples, who also served from Dec 2012 to July 2013 as MRP Chair before abruptly resigning.

    “Cebra has been a big disappointment,” Vic Berardelli, a Republican state committee member from Penobscot County and chairman of the Maine Republican Liberty Caucus, said by phone Wednesday. “I stuck my neck out and lost some good friendships in my efforts to get Rich Cebra elected as Maine Republican Party chairman. He did not have the management and fundraising ability or people skills to bring factions together.”

About that fundraising and money management… one wonders what the numbers actually DO show!

More previous reaction from Charlie Webster and Bruce Poliquin:

    Webster said he had heard a couple of days ago that Cebra might resign, but he said he didn’t know why and had no other information.

    Among those eyeing the job is former state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin, who said he is considering the post after being approached by a number of people asking him to take the job. Poliquin is also considering running in the 2014 2nd District congressional race, now that Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud is likely going to challenge LePage in next year’s gubernatorial election.

    “It’s a very difficult job and it’s important to be able reach out to all factions of the Republican party to make sure our message gets out about limited government and more economic growth and more jobs for Maine families,” he said. “It’s critical to get that message out. I’m sure we’ll find somebody who can do that.”

So, here’s the mess that Webster and Cebra left for Bennett- time will tell as to what he chooses to do- or even CAN do- with it.

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RNC2012 Finale Night! Coronation of Mitt Romney as GOP’s Presidential Nominee

Posted on August 30, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

( Live stream of Day 4 of the 2012 GOP Convention in Tampa, which reconvenes at 7pm EDT. This post will be continually updated throughout the evening as tweets become available. ~AP)


Tonight’s Schedule:

7:00 p.m.

Convention convenes
Call to order
Introduction of Colors US Central Command Joint Forces Color Guard Team
Pledge of Allegiance by Dylan Nonaka
National Anthem sung by SEVEN
Invocation by Ken and Priscilla Hutchins
Remarks by U.S. Rep. Connie Mack (FL)
Reagan Legacy Video
Remarks by Newt and Callista Gingrich
Remarks by Craig Romney

8:00 p.m.

Remarks by Governor former Jeb Bush (FL)
Remarks by Bob White, chairman of Romney for President campaign
Remarks by Grant Bennett
Remarks by Tom Stemberg

9:00 p.m.

Remarks by former Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kerry Healey
Remarks by Jane Edmonds, former Massachusetts Secretary of Workforce
Remarks by Olympians Michael Eruzione, Derek Parra and Kim Rhode

10:00 p.m.

Remarks by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL)
Remarks by presidential nominee Mitt Romney
Benediction by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
Speaker Boehner declares convention adjourned

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(UPDATED) #RNC2012 Day 3 Livestream & Selected Tweets

Posted on August 29, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

(Live stream of Day 3 of the 2012 GOP Convention in Tampa, which reconvenes at 7pm EDT. This post will be continually updated throughout the evening as tweets become available. ~AP)

Tonight’s Schedule:

    7:00 p.m.

Convention convenes
Call to order
Introduction of Colors by Amputee Veterans of America Support Team (AVAST)
Pledge of Allegiance by Brigadier General Patrick E. Rea, US Army (Ret.)
National Anthem sung by Ayla Brown
Invocation by Ishwar Singh
Ron Paul Video
Remarks by Senate Republican Leader and Convention Temporary Chairman Mitch McConnell (KY)
Remarks by Senator Rand Paul (KY)
Remarks by Christopher Devlin-Young and Jeanine McDonnell

    8:00 p.m.

Remarks by Senator John McCain (AZ)
Remarks by Attorney General Pam Bondi (FL) and Attorney General Sam Olens (GA)
Remarks by Governor Bobby Jindal (LA) (NOTE: Gov. Jindal cancelled due to TS Isaac)
Remarks by Senator John Thune (SD)
Remarks by Senator Rob Portman (OH)

    9:00 p.m.

Remarks by Governor Luis Fortuno (PR)
Remarks by Governor Tim Pawlenty (MN)
Bush 41, 43 Film
Remarks by Mike Huckabee

    10:00 p.m.

Remarks by Condoleezza Rice
Remarks by Governor Susana Martinez (NM)
Remarks by vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan
Benediction by Archbishop Demetrios


Siobhan Kümm ‏@Siobhanleslie
#Maine and #texas Meeting of the minds. #mepolitics #megop2012

POLITICO ‏@politico
Young GOPers claim Ryan as their own: via @emilyrs, @jmsummers

Mitt Romney ‏@MittRomney
.@PaulRyanVP is a man of tremendous character, and I look forward to hearing him speak tonight
#WeCanChangeIt #GOP2012

A Libertarian ‏@jfktruther
HuffPost:RON PAUL Fans Anger Dismissed By GOP Officials: No Problem
Oh yeah?The #GOP WILL LOSE in Nov #RNC2012 #gop2012

Luis Gomez ‏@RunGomez
A more detailed account of the @CNN Camera Woman Incident at #RNC2012 [Another network reported it before CNN did.]

Gordon Rios ‏@gordonrios
All hell breaking loose at #RNC2012 — like something out of a James Ellroy novel — almost feel sorry for @Reince now

Alan J Van Dyke ‏@AlanJEtcetera
Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” playing in convention hall.
Not sure what message they’re going for. #RNC2012

juliebean ‏@juliagulia614
OMG I see black delegates at the #RNC2012. Whatever will the libs do now?!
Waiting for dem race-baiting to begin. #G0P2012

Wilma Colon-Ariza ‏@MillenniumWilma
He believes in America but Mitt Romney’s yacht flies the Cayman Islands Flag
during #RNC2012 in Tampa

Anthony De Rosa ‏@AntDeRosa
We’re kicking off #RNC2012 Day 3 now, @Reince calls the evening to order

PolitiFact ‏@politifact
We’re getting ready for another night of #RNC2012 tweeting. Follow along with us!

SheSheGo ‏@SheSheGo
Just LOOK at the crowd at the #RNC2012.
You can count the people of color on ONE HAND. #BlizzardConditions

Siobhan Kümm ‏@Siobhanleslie
A Sheikh gives the invocation. That’s not political at ALL.
#mepolitics #megop2012 #welovesheikhsmorethandemocrats

Markos Moulitsas ‏@markos
Sikh giving invocation at GOP convention looks terrified

NoBigGovDuh ‏@NoBigGovDuh
VP Role for Paul #Ryan Has His Former Parish Priest Worried #OWS #RNC2012 #p2 #p2b

Olivia Lopez ‏@PaperBagBiotch
Disabled veterans color guard! YOU ROCK! @GOPconvention @cspan
#gop2012 #rnc2012 #RomneyRyan2012 @MittRomney @PaulRyanVP

jennifer anne cuddy ‏@anj11234
is it just me or is parading some elderly, amputee Veterans
a tacky, false display of empathy? #rnc2012

Politics TBTimes ‏@PoliticsTBTimes
.@RonPaul tribute at #RNC2012.
Lots of buttons in crowd indicate it will be well received. #GOP2012

Anthony De Rosa ‏@AntDeRosa
“When he first got to the House, I thought he was nuts”
– Jim Demint on Ron Paul #RNC2012

Peter Schorsch ‏@SaintPetersblog
Going into tonight’s speech, 38% view Ryan favorably going into tonight
and 36% view him unfavorably, says Gallup. #GOP2012, #RNC2012

Dries Tisci ‏@DKuzLA
—-> RT @elonjames: Ha. A Ron Paul tribute. A tribute for a dude who wouldn’t even show up
and his supporters hate y’all. #NICE #RNC2012

Emmalee Mattern ‏@Emmalee_Mattern
All the RP delegates who left early missed their opp
to see their man speak tonight. #RNC2012 #GOP2012

Anthony De Rosa ‏@AntDeRosa
Mitch McConnell coming out to cheers of “RON PAUL” #RNC2012

Bradley J Wogsland ‏@wogsland
So they’re happy to praise Ron Paul, just not to let him speak… #RNC2012

Daniel ‏@dan_verg_
One rich white male after another. A fitting tribute to Ron Paul. #RNC #rnc2012

The Last Word ‏@TheLastWord
.@Hardball_Chris: @PaulRyanVP is essentially an “Ayn Rand devotee.”
#RNC2012 #msnbc2012

Jim Roberts ‏@nytjim
RT @AntDeRosa: Most on the floor are milling about, not
paying any attention to Mitch McConnell #RNC2012

Nato Green ‏@natogreen
Mitch McConnell PGA Tour “joke” is yet another reminder that Republicans don’t write good jokes. #asifweneededthereminder #GOP2012 #RNC2012

Jim ‏@MentatBashar
A golf joke about Obama? Seriously? After the bush vacation series?
Weak stuff. #rnc2012 #rnc

AverageBro ‏@AverageBro
Same guy who said his ONLY goal was to make sure Obama didnt get reelected.
Nice. #McConnell #RNC2012

Hadassah Lebowitz ‏@hadassaheliana

Perhaps Mitch McConnell wasn’t the greatest choice to begin with. #RNC2012

Ginny Baker Gibbs ‏@GinnyRED57

Hey, it takes a lot to recover from 2 wars, banksters,
being attacked by terrists, and outsourcing jobs. #RNC2012

A Libertarian ‏@jfktruther
RON PAUL: 3rd Party Can Win If We Wake Up: #RONPAUL Run as #3rdParty!
Screw the #GOP & #RNC #gop2012 #rnc2012 #tcot

Joel Palmer ‏@PoliticalLogic
.@LaserOrbs Rand Paul is next

Joe Osborne ‏@JROsborne
Watching the #RNC2012, no real solutions offered, just mindless Obama-bashing.
Can’t wait to vote #GaryJohnson2012

Politics TBTimes ‏@PoliticsTBTimes
Next up: Jack Blades from Night Ranger. Wonder if his mic is low on purpose?

Anthony De Rosa ‏@AntDeRosa
The musical acts chosen for the #RNC2012 seem to be from a 50 year old aging rocker dad

jennifer anne cuddy ‏@anj11234
wow! That band sucks!! Do they also do wedding receptions??? #rnc2012

noland_nyc ‏@Noland_nyc
Watching the GOP/Republican convention is about as enjoyable
as getting a shard glass enema. #RNC2012

Anthony De Rosa ‏@AntDeRosa
Rand Paul comes out to a standing ovation and a little Rush #RNC2012

Anjeanette Damon ‏@AnjeanetteDamon
Loud cheers for Rand Paul, but then again I’m standing between Nevada and Kentucky.

Zack Ford ‏@ZackFord
Rand Paul doesn’t like us “merciless” lefty blog.
He also apparently doesn’t like the Constitution. #RNC2012 ‏@LotusTom
Paul: Obamacare is unconstitutional. Well, he doesn’t mince words. #rnc2012

Jim ‏@MentatBashar
Rand Paul knows more than the SCOTUS, absurd. #RNC2012 #CSPANRNC

NPI ‏@nwprogressive
At #RNC2012, Rand Paul says he “still thinks” Patient Protection Act is unconstitutional.
Suggests that James Madison agrees with him. Huh?

Trevor Lyman ‏@trevorlyman
GOP Destroys Integrity of #rnc2012 , Flagrantly Cheats #RonPaul2012
Out of Nomination @libertycrier

Bearded Stoner ‏@beardedstoner
Sarah Palin speaks tonight. In front of a mirror, into a hair brush, alone.
Like every night. #RNC2012

Alex Guillen ‏@alexcguillen
Is Rand Paul giving this speech from the surface of the sun? #RNC2012

Jamie ‏@jcm57
RT @OTOOLEFAN: Dear Rand Paul: How do you even HAVE a business WITHOUT roads?
#RandClown #RNC2012

MJ ‏@BeachPeanuts
Rand Paul’s ignorance is shocking. #RNC2012

JamilaJP ‏@JamilaJP
Hmm. Rand Paul says “an individual is stronger than a collective” then goes on
to tell a story of a successful FAMILY business #RNC2012

Anthony De Rosa ‏@AntDeRosa
Rand Paul gets in his #RNC2012 required “You Didn’t Build That” reference
in from the podium of a government funded stadium

tifosies ‏@tifosies
RepRandPaul ‘s entire speech is based on a lie. Obama’s “you didn’t build that” comment. #rnc2012

Aleah ‏@ASt_RN
“Success isn’t based on who you were, but what ya did [sic]” Paul Jr.
Except Wrong. #RNC2012

Jerri Stephenson ‏@jerrigirl
Rand Paul telling the first black president, son of single mom that
he doesn’t know the essence of the American Dream. #RNC2012

Martin Callaghan ‏@MartinCallaghan
#RandPaul speech heavy on support of immigrants #RNC2012

skullsinthestars ‏@drskyskull
Oh, sure, Rand Paul — try and get sympathy for Exxon-Mobil.
Truly the stupidest politician in America. #RNC2012

Imani ABL ‏@AngryBlackLady
Pro-tip: if you’re going to talk about Vietnamese peeps,

Zack Ford ‏@ZackFord
Rand Paul logic: When you “punish” the rich with taxes, it’s your fault
when they fire people from their jobs to keep more money. #RNC2012

Luiza Ch. Savage ‏@luizachsavage

Rand Paul: “When you punish the Keystone pipeline, you punish the welder
who works on the pipeline.” #rnc2012

Raven Brooks ‏@ravenb
This crowd could not look more bored by this speech.
You gotta go straight racist to excite them Rand! #rnc2012

Chris Pumpelly ‏@chrispumpelly
I was really worried no one at this convention was going to gush over Reagan #RNC2012 #senrandpaul

Rivers Langley ‏@RiversLangley
I completely forgot about George W. Bush until just now. #RNC2012

1WhoStrays ‏@1WhoStrays
Sure ain’t about RMoney. RT @lizzwinstead: They should rename this whole thing
the Mepublican Convention #RNC2012 #PuttingTheMeINominmee

Brandon Larrabee ‏@BylineBrandon
When Laura Bush talks about Barney biting a reporter, some delegates clap.
They know how to make a guy feel welcome #rnc2012

Steven Brown ‏@Spectricide
GWB You did build this: #rnc2012

Elon James White ‏@elonjames
WAIT. WAIT. Did George W. Bush say “We know what it takes to be President.”

SEWisconsinPatch ‏@SEWisconsnPatch
BREAKING: Here are some excerpts from @PaulRyanVP acceptance speech from later tonight. #wigop #RNC2012

Steve King ‏@steveking_
That was the closest Bush can get to the party. Still toxic.
LBJ + Nixon. He’ll be allowed back next time though. #rnc2012

Sam Seaborn ‏@SamSeaborn
And with that, the two Bushes will now disappear from sight
until after the election. #RNC2012

Marcos Saldivar ‏@MarcosJSaldivar
Ann Romney courts Latino voters, urges they get past biases.
“You people really know how to party.” @ABC #RNC2012

Kelly ‏@KLSouth
Next up at 8pm: McCain. Thume. Portman….
Good time to go rake your yard. #RNC2012

Gen JC Christian ‏@JC_Christian
W wants to get this over quick.
“That case of NyQuil won’t drink itself!” #Rnc2012

Nato Green ‏@natogreen
Someone please send a bottle of whiskey to my office. #RNC2012 #GOP2012 #fb

Rania Khalek ‏@RaniaKhalek
BREAKING: Old white dude will soon address #RNC2012.

skullsinthestars ‏@drskyskull
McCain starts: “I had hopes, once…”
I thought he was about to go into bitter old man mode right off the bat.

Alpha Harlot ‏@AlphaHarlot
Highway to the Danger Zone? I’d say that’s about right #McCain #RNC2012 ‏@LotusTom
McCain looks irritated when people applaud,
‘hey people STFU, I’m speaking’ #rnc2012 #tcot

Joy Reid ‏@TheReidReport
Wow, people are milling around like crazy on the floor
while John McCain, the 2008 nominee, is speaking. #RNC2012 #msnbc2012

David Corn ‏@DavidCornDC
I love the part of the McCain speech when he talks about Libya
and the bin Laden raid. Oh, wait… #rnc2012

Raven Brooks ‏@ravenb
Here we go, Iran war mongering.
Followed by chants of “USA! USA!” #rnc2012

skywaker9 ‏@skywaker9
Is it 2004 again John McCain, the whole “Timetables for withdrawal
mean the terrorists win”. BS? #rnc2012

Marc Love ‏@marcslove
Even the #RNC2012 delegates are struggling to muster enthusiasm.

RightWingWatch MA ‏@RWwatchMA
RT @otoolefan: Debt Clock ticks away as McCain pimps for MORE
Defense spending, MORE Wars. #RNC2012 #mapoli

Gabe Ortíz ‏@TUSK81
Let me know when McCain yells at the delegates from Guam to get off his lawn.
#GOP2012 #RNC2012

Brandon Larrabee ‏@BylineBrandon
Paul delegates walking around concourse chanting “As Maine goes, so goes the nation.”
So there’s that #rnc2012

Christina Henderson ‏@Miss_CTINA

I think McCain is in the minority in that arena of wanting to go into Syria.
Should be familiar to him. #RNC2012

Gabe Ortíz ‏@TUSK81
Let us remember that wonderful, warm moment when war-loving McCain lost the presidency in 2008.
#GOP2012 #RNC2012

iCharles ‏@charlesnroll
why didn’t mccain trust mitt enough to pick him in 08? babbling rubbish. #rnc2012

Adam Kurzawa ‏@kurzawapower

McCain trusts Romney to be our President? This coming from the guy
who thought Sarah Palin would make a great VP. #RNC2012 ‏@LotusTom
Man, McCains speech was factually right on the money,
but listening to him is like getting root canal. #rnc2012 #tcot

Rebekah Metzler ‏@rebekahmetzler
Convention disrupted with tea partners chanting
“so goes the nation, as Maine goes” #mepolitics #rnc2012

Andrea Parkinson ‏@andiparkinson2
Hearing #MEGOP #RonPaul delegates present,seated in guest section.
Refuse to take delegation seats,participate rest of #RNC2012 #mepolitics

Joy Reid ‏@TheReidReport
Just like yday’s floor vote disruption, the Paulite protest
was heavy with Texas delegates, “standing up for Maine.” #RNC2012 #msnbc2012

Steven Dennis ‏@StevenTDennis
Ron Paul delegates walk out en masse again in protest
over stripping half of his Maine delegates #RNC2012

Sujata Mitra ‏@SujataCQRC
Just witnessed @ronpaul supporters protest out of #rnc2012 #fb

Jon Ralston ‏@RalstonFlash
Liberty has left the building! #paulprotest #rnc2012

Chris Redfern ‏@ODPChairman
Oh look, a real live birther on the TV. #rnc2012 Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

Luke Brinker ‏@LukeBrinker
I’ve never seen so many gray, pasty, pudgy white people in my life. #rnc2012 #gop2012

Michael Hammer ‏@TheNotoriousMJH
Transcript of Sen. Rand Paul’s speech at RNC #RNC2012 #GOP2012

Brian W. Schoeneman ‏@BrianSchoeneman
The arena seems much calmer, less energized tonight than last night. Fewer folks in the stands. #rnc2012

Jason Putorti ‏@putorti

The Ron Paul people just stormed out chanting, “as goes Maine, so goes the nation.” #RNC2012

Jamil Smith ‏@JamilSmith
These two attorneys general yelling about Obamacare and “taxes” are having the effect of playing easy listening at a rock concert. #RNC2012

Bill Cortese ‏@BillCortese
Since Maine’s Ron Paul delegates walked out of the convention does that mean I can take their seats? #RNC2012 #RNCCONVENTION

skywaker9 ‏@skywaker9
YEAH REPEAL OBAMNEY CARE! Mitt Romney would never propose something like that, oh wait.. #rnc2012

Craig Robinson ‏@IowaGOPer
Make it stop, or show the Ron Paul supports chanting about Maine. #rnc2012

Gerald Farinas ‏@GeraldFarinas
This is the most boring convention I’ve ever seen. #election2012 #rnc2012

ShirL ‏@ShirLB702
Buh bye! Dont let the door hit you on the way out!
RT @RalstonFlash: Liberty has left the building! #paulprotest #rnc2012

Marlene Zenker ‏@mokeyZ
#RNC2012 Thune – another liar

Dawn ‏@dawn9476
POTUS has been harder on terrorism than Bush was and the right
really can’t stand it so that is why they say he’s been soft. #RNC2012

McKenzie Wark ‏@mckenziewark
All it needs to complete the picture is klan hoods. #RNC2012

Sandi Behrns ‏@SandiBehrns
Gee – this doesn’t seem scripted at all. #rnc2012

Rick ‏@RichmondDistRic
The national debt. We built that
(with two unfunded wars and fruitless and unnecessary tax cuts) #RNC2012

Bill McMorris ‏@BillMcMorris
Theory: GOP is bombing on purpose so Ryan doesn’t have to face
the high bar set for Christie yesterday #RNC2012

Laura ‏@GOPrincess
Awaiting the #RNC2012 speech from Rob Portman, R-Ohio…
We will see the proof that Mitt Romney picked the right Veep. #GOP2012

skullsinthestars ‏@drskyskull
Stepped away from #RNC2012 for a while until the urge to hurt myself goes away.
Let me know when the MYSTERY SPEAKER arrives!

Raven Brooks ‏@ravenb
I’m switching to whiskey, I can’t take this anymore.
I’m no longer responsible for this twitter account. #rnc2012

Ron Paul ‏@RonPaul_2012
Ron Paul supporters protest in halls of convention – Fox News (blog) #RonPaul #tlot #tcot

Andrea Parkinson ‏@andiparkinson2
Throwing in my chips on Snoozefest Day 3 #RNC2012;
a gal can only take so much punishment! #mepolitics

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(VIDEO) Maine Ron Paul Supporting Delegates’ Interviews, Post RNC 2012 Walk-Out

Posted on August 29, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pete Harring: “I was jammed- I was duly elected as a delegate by the State of Maine, by a thousand of my fellow Republicans, who knew exactly who I was going to vote for.”

(Interruption, as loud chants of “Mitt Romney!” and “Ron Paul” drown Harring out; rude behavior by one unnamed Romeny supporter, who pointed to his back to emphasize his point)

Harring continued: “It’s time that the American people understand that we’re all being screwed here. If it can happen to me, if it can happen to me, it can happen to anybody and everybody.”

There were interviews with other Maine delegates; one statement jumps out: “I am going to focus my efforts on electing Republicans on the state and local level.” When asked about working on the presidential race, the answer was, “No. That is not going to be my priority.”

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Live Tweeting RNC 2012, Day 1 (2 parts)

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

(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)

1. Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert
Delegate with the #RomneyRyan beer box hat. #GOP2012

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.

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

7. Siobhan Kümm ‏@Siobhanleslie
Waiting for opening gavel and our chance to make a motion.
#mepolitics #megop2012

(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.

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
Retweeted by Siobhan Kümm

12. Steven Portnoy ‏@stevenportnoy
And we’re underway! #2012GOP
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 #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…;

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) #RonPaul
 #tlot #tcot

18. Ron Paul ‏@RonPaul_2012
Could Ron Paul and Gary Johnson secure a Libertarian victory in November? – 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 
(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
(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…

26. Adam Smith ‏@adamsmithtimes
RNC forgets to send buses to pick up Fla delegation ;
#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)…

33. FOX 13 Tampa Bay ‏@MyFoxTampaBay
#RNC2012 protesters try, fail to arrest Condi Rice for war…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”…

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…;

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 NOW #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 #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…;

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 ;(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…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…;

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

72. Daily Paul ‏@dailypaul
VA Delegation Bus being Redirected away from Convention to prevent them from voting against Rules C… #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 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 Changes #RNC2012 #tcot #RNCpowergrab

80. Sherri ‏@mytngenes
RT @FreedomWorks: RT @michellemalkin: Dear Team Romney: You’re blowing it. ==> #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.…

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 ;

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…;

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

89. mario ‏@elocio
RT @wilkie4 Anti-Conservative, anti-grassroots Move by Team Romney Threatens #GOP2012 #tcot #TPP #RNC2012 #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”…;

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

95. Fuzzy Slippers ‏@fuzislippers
GOP fears ghost of Katrina at RNC 2012 /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…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.…;

102. Bryana Johnson ‏@_Bryana_Johnson
#LibertyPeople, stop what you’re doing an read…;#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… RNC#GOP #RNC2012 #GOP2012 #OWS

5. Donald D ‏@DonaldDeez
For those confused: this is why “Seat Them Now” chants started over#Maine 
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 ;#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: 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:… 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 ;#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.

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 ;#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…#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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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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(UPDATEDx2) Proposed Maine RNC Delegate List Released

Posted on August 23, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

(This list of names was read on-air this morning by WLOB’s Ray Richardson. ~AP)

BDN 1:30pm story:

The 20 Maine Republicans committed to Paul continue to reject compromise and insist that they all be seated at the national convention that begins Monday.

Ashley Ryan, a Paul supporter who was elected Maine’s new Republican national committeewoman during the state party convention, is at the national convention site in Tampa, Fla. She reaffirmed Thursday morning that her group will not agree to any compromise.

Despite Wednesday’s negative ruling from the Committee on Contests and the RNC’s endorsement of that ruling today, the Maine delegates pledged to Paul will take their case to the convention credentials committee, which is scheduled to meet this afternoon and Friday, according to Ryan.

“We were all duly elected and we should all be duly seated,” she said. “When you look at the case, it would be an embarrassment to the party, to [presumptive presidential nominee] Mitt Romney and to Maine if we’re not seated.”

PPH 1 pm story:

“Members of the Republican National Committee voted Thursday to split Maine’s delegation to the national convention into two separate groups, awarding roughly half of the state’s 20 contested delegates to Mitt Romney and half to Ron Paul, a Maine party official said.

Charlie Webster, chairman of the Maine Republican Party, said the RNC Committee on Contests had hoped that Maine’s contingent of 20 Paul delegates would agree to the split. But the Paul delegates rebuffed the deal, so the RNC committee went ahead and named the individuals who will represent Maine on the floor of the Republican National Convention, Webster said.

The Paul delegates now have the option of appealing the Contests Committee’s decision to the convention’s Credentials Committee, which is expected to meet later Thursday. Paul supporters have said they would take their case to the convention floor on Monday, if necessary.”

Here are the names:

Maine At-Large Delegates

Paul LePage
Mike Wallace
Brent Tweed
William Schneider
Dale Crafts
Bryan Daugherty
Ashley Ryan
Kevin Pierce
David Emery
Bobby Reynold
Bernard Johnson
Alex Titcomb
Peter Cianchette
Garrett Mason
John Atkinson

Maine At-Large Alternates

Ann LePage
Jedidiah Curtis
Cody Morgan
Linda Gahagan
Ann Robinson
Dorris Russell
Sara Galope
Thomas Sarbanis II
Elaine Bridge
Mark Ellis
Tony Oberley
Dave Savage
Avery Day
Jim Donnelly
Tim Woodcock

CD-1 Delegates

Linda Bean
Aaron Libby
Charlie Summers

CD-1 Alternates

Michael Coleman
Russell Montgomery
Jan Love

CD-2 Delegates

Stavros Mendros
Josh Tardy
Hayes Gahagan

CD-2 Alternates

Andrea Lane
Julie Morgan
Brian Violette

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(UPDATE) RNC to Maine GOP: Split The Delegates

Posted on August 22, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

(Cross posted at Dirigo Blue)

(5pm update) Not so fast:

Brent Tweed, one of the Maine delegates whose seat in Tampa is being challenged, said he and other pro-Paul delegates would not agree to such a proposition because they believe all 20 delegates were properly elected during the state GOP convention in May.

“We haven’t agreed to any deal,” Tweed said. “We think the [Republican National Committee] Contest Committee has to rule in our favor and seat all 20 delegates.”

The conflicting information comes just five days before the convention kicks off, creating a cloud of uncertainty over delegates from Maine as they prepare to head south.


Maine’s Republican chairman says the national party has made a decision on the contested seating of the state’s Ron Paul delegates at next week’s national convention.

Maine GOP Chairman Charlie Webster says the national party’s Committee on Contests today determined that party rules were broken when a slate of 20 Ron Paul delegates was elected at the state convention in May. Webster says the committee is now telling Paul supporters and mainstream Republicans who challenged them they can each pick 10 delegates.

If they don’t, the Republican National Committee will make the choices for them.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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