My day at the Caucus

I know I already gave the results of the Nevada Caucuses, but I also wanted to report on my precinct.  There were 32 people who gathered together from our little precinct to gather together (most of our precinct is still undeveloped land).  Of the 32-people, 2 were not registered to vote and could not participate.  2 were not listed as being registered, so they cast provisional ballots.  That left 28 people.  13 people caucused for Mitt Romney, 11 for Ron Paul, 2 for Fred Thompson, 1 for John McCain, and 1 for Mike Huckabee.  The two provisional ballots: 1 for Mitt Romney and 1 for Rudy Giuliani.  I was elected as a county delegate for the Clark County Republican convention.  We were able to put up signs for the canidate you were supporting.  The Cacus chair put up a sign for Ron Paul, I put one for Mitt Romney.  No other signs were put up.  (1 person, when he got there, saw the two signs and said he thought there was more than two people running for President!).  Supporters of each candidate were also offered a 2 minute speech (1 per candidate) on why we should vote for their candidate.  I gave the speech for Mitt Romney.  I’ll post the notes for my speech tomorrow.  The caucus chair gave a speech for Ron Paul.  No other candidate had a speech given.  We then did the straw poll.  I went up front and watched the ballots being counted, just so that there was another witness.  They counted the votes by candidate in alphabetical order.  I was worried that Ron Paul was going to win for a minute.  If the Wife and I didn’t go, it would have been a tie, assuming that everything else was the same.  All in all, it was fun.  I’m glad we went.

Value of Freedom

I got this e-mail from my sister-in-law today.  It’s refreshing to get a forward that is actually true!

 Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, did something not to be forgotten.  On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom.  When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.

Looking around, confused, they asked, “Ms.  Cothren, where’re our desks?”

She replied, “You can’t have a desk until you tell me what you have done to earn the right to sit at a desk.”

They thought, “Well, maybe it’s our grades.”

No,” she said.

“Maybe it’s our behavior.

She told them, “No, it’s not even your behavior.”

And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period.

Still no desks in the classroom.  By early afternoon, television news crews had started gathering in Ms.  Cothren’s classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.

The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the desk less classroom, Martha Cothren said, “Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom.  Now I am going to tell you.”

At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it.  Twenty-seven (27) U.S.  Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk .  The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall.

By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place, those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.

Martha said, “You didn’t earn the right to sit at these desks.  These heroes did it for you.  They placed the desks here for you.  Now, it’s up to you to sit in them.  It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens.  They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education.  Don’t ever forget it.”

Romney – 1st in Nevada, 4th in South Carolina

Mitt Romney won in a land slide in the Nevada Republican Caucus straw poll today, taking in 51% of the vote, with a total of 22,649 in Nevada voting for him today.  In 2nd place, with 14% was Ron Paul.  Since Nevada has closed caucuses, is it a surprise that Mitt Romney came in first?  I don’t think so.

On the Democrat side (98% precincts reporting), Hillary won the Nevada Democrat Caucus straw poll, also taking in 51% of the vote, with a total of 5,355 people in Nevada voting for her.  In 2nd place, with 45% was Barack Obama.

What I think is the most interesting (and, thus far non-reported) aspect of this primary is the huge difference in the terms of actual turn out between the parties.  The media has been telling us for months that the Democrats are so excited and the Republicans are bored and not very enthusiast for their candidates.  Yet, in Nevada, you had 44,324 Republicans caucus and only 10,520 Democrats, fewer than 25% of the GOP turnout!  Mitt Romney had more people in Nevada caucus for him than all the Democrats did, combined!

To jump over to South Carolina and their open primary (95% precincts reporting):
John McCain came in first with 33% of the vote, Romney came in 4th with 15% of the vote.

In terms of delegates, Mitt Romney is still leading.
CNN’s latest estimated & awarded delegates:
Romney – 66 delegates
McCain – 38 delegates
Huckabee – 26 delegates
Thompson – 8 delegates
Paul – 6 delegates
Giuliani – 1 delegate
Hunter – 1 delegate

In terms of states won, Mitt Romney is also leading:
1st Place Wins/Gold Medals – 3 states for Romney; 2 states for McCain; 1 state for Huckabee
2nd Place Wins/Silver Medals – 2 states for both Romney and McCain; 1 state for Huckabee

Romney – 1st in Nevada, 4th in South Carolina

Mitt Romney won in a land slide in the Nevada Republican Caucus straw poll today, taking in 51% of the vote, with a total of 22,649 in Nevada voting for him today.  In 2nd place, with 14% was Ron Paul.  Since Nevada has closed caucuses, is it a surprise that Mitt Romney came in first?  I don’t think so.

On the Democrat side (98% precincts reporting), Hillary won the Nevada Democrat Caucus straw poll, also taking in 51% of the vote, with a total of 5,355 people in Nevada voting for her.  In 2nd place, with 45% was Barack Obama.

What I think is the most interesting (and, thus far non-reported) aspect of this primary is the huge difference in the terms of actual turn out between the parties.  The media has been telling us for months that the Democrats are so excited and the Republicans are bored and not very enthusiast for their candidates.  Yet, in Nevada, you had 44,324 Republicans caucus and only 10,520 Democrats, fewer than 25% of the GOP turnout!  Mitt Romney had more people in Nevada caucus for him than all the Democrats did, combined!

To jump over to South Carolina and their open primary (95% precincts reporting):
John McCain came in first with 33% of the vote, Romney came in 4th with 15% of the vote.

In terms of delegates, Mitt Romney is still leading.
CNN’s latest estimated & awarded delegates:
Romney – 66 delegates
McCain – 38 delegates
Huckabee – 26 delegates
Thompson – 8 delegates
Paul – 6 delegates
Giuliani – 1 delegate
Hunter – 1 delegate

In terms of states won, Mitt Romney is also leading:
1st Place Wins/Gold Medals – 3 states for Romney; 2 states for McCain; 1 state for Huckabee
2nd Place Wins/Silver Medals – 2 states for both Romney and McCain; 1 state for Huckabee

Mitt's Ralley

I went to a ralley tonight at Brady Industries (Bill Brady, it’s president, and his family lived next door to my family, when I was really young) for Mitt Romney.  I was right next to him as he left and I went to shake his hand but he didn’t see my hand and shook someone elses.  Oh well.  It would have been exciting, but it was fun to hear his speak.

This morning, I talk about how I went about put up yard signs around my neighborhood.  Well, I went and checked on them tonight and two of them were missing…

Mitt's Ralley

I went to a ralley tonight at Brady Industries (Bill Brady, it’s president, and his family lived next door to my family, when I was really young) for Mitt Romney.  I was right next to him as he left and I went to shake his hand but he didn’t see my hand and shook someone elses.  Oh well.  It would have been exciting, but it was fun to hear his speak.

This morning, I talk about how I went about put up yard signs around my neighborhood.  Well, I went and checked on them tonight and two of them were missing…

Romney Yard Signs

I went the last two days to the Romney for President Nevada Headquarters and got some Yard Signs.  I put them up in front of my house.  Last night, I drove around Mitt Romney for President
my neighborhood and put some up around the area. I hope that it will cause people to wonder about the platform of Governor Mitt Romney and want to learn more about him. I believe that Governor Romney has a great record and I believe that he is the best choice for America.

Quarterback for the Packers

The Wife forwarded this to me a few days ago…

In a news conference Deanna Favre announced she will be the starting QB for the Packers this coming Sunday. Deanna asserts that she is qualified to be starting QB because she has spent the past 16 years married to Brett while he played QB for the Packers. During this period of time she became familiar with the definition of a corner blitz, and is now completely comfortable with other terminology of the Packers offense. A survey of Packers fans shows that 50% of those polled supported the move. 

Does this sounds idiotic and unbelievable to you? Well, Hillary Clinton makes the same claims as to why she is qualified to be President and 50% of democrats polled agreed. She has never run a City, County, or State.

When told Hillary Clinton has experience because she has 8 years in the White House, Dick Morris stated “so has the pastry chef”.